Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Real Estate News

By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
I was sent this list of things a Realtor does by Allan Ephraim http://allanephraim.point2agent.com/ in my Master Mind Group at Remax Palos Verdes. It is an awesome job description for our clients of all the behind the scenes duties that a Realtor performs from the beginning to the end of a transaction.Hopefully, this will educate the public about just what is involved in being a REALTOR! Just What they are hiring us to do..     Courtesy of google images-movexrealty.com            Comprehensiveness The list is by no means an attempt to set forth a complete list of services as these may vary within each brokerage and each market. Many REALTORS® routinely provide a wide variety of additional services that are as varied as the nature of each transaction. By the same token, some transactions...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
  Build Your FICO SCORE Tips!    Picture -Courtesy of www.azmortgageguru.com   I attended a credit seminar recently and I learned some new and very exciting information. It use to be the case that we had to caution our clients that if they applied for a mortgage loan with more than one source puling their credit report it would lower the Fico score 15 points per credit report ordered. Well The FICO Score has no taken care of that problem....If you shop for a loan either automobile or mortgage loan within a 30 day period this means that Fico will only take one hit off your Fico that you can shop for score of 15 points.  Which means to the consumer different loans with in 30 Day period and not worry about a big drop in your FICO Score which is  a great relief to those consumers who like t...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Here's a mid-month update on the number of homes currently for sale in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Statistics are also given for number of homes in escrow and number of homes sold in 2008. Rancho Palos Verdes Real Estate Update: 139 single family homes are currently for sale 40 single family homes are in escrow 34 single family homes sold in 2008 YTD The real estate market may not be sizzling in Rancho Palos Verdes, but it remains strong. Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Find Norma on: Facebook - Twitter...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Located in Rancho Palos Verdes the Wayfarers Chapel is one of my favorite places on the entire peninsula.  With a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and nestled amid 3.5 acres of towering redwood trees, rose garden and meandering walking paths the glass and stone building is a prime example of organic architecture.Chapel architect Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the structure as a "tree chapel" set in the midst of a forest.  It effortlessly combines nature and spirituality.  I sought comfort and peace there more than once while my son was serving in Iraq.There's always something wonderful happening at the chapel such as concerts, lectures, art show, classes and other special events. This sacred and historical chapel welcomes all wayfarers along life's path.   Photo...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
This market we currently have in Palos Verdes Peninsula including Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Val Monte, Rolling Hills are currently a very busy market this month.Our inventory is moving faster and if priced right you will sell your home in a short time 60-90 days. If staged right and priced right your home can sell in 30 days.To sell your home is 30 days you need to do the following:Make sure your home shows well. Hire a professional stager and get their opinion. Fresh Paint inside and out the right color of neutrals of course.         New carpet, hardwood floors are a must. Again neutral and latest shades. Ask your stager.                                                                    Pic courtesy of google images New kitchen appliances, great...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Palos Verdes has a few sandy beaches along with many cliffs that tower above the shoreline.  This is a strip of beach in Rancho Palos Verdes accessible from the Trump National Golf Course public trails.  It's a great place for a morning jog, exercising your dog, or searching for seashells and sea glass.  If you're in the mood for something a little more zen, there are numerous rocks to sit upon while you watch the rhythmic motion of the waves.  Blissful indeed! Norma Toering and Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty (310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate, property, houses and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and ...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Palos Verdes is so beautiful this time of year! I want to share a photo I snapped on my morning walk.  I've lived here for nearly twenty years and the natural beauty is still capable of taking my breath away.This photo was taken at Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes.  The public hiking trails hug the coast and there's a photo opportunity around every bend.  Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty (310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 Subscribe via ActiveRain Subscribe via Email Facebook Twitter PalosVerdesLifestyle Boitano Palms - Boitano Palms Video - Boitano PalmsCustom Desert Home Boitano Palms - Palos Verdes Homes Videos
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
On Tuesday mornings I leave my heels in the closet and slip on a comfortable pair of flats before I embark upon a mad dash around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to preview new listings.  After a three hour marathon of house hunting I return to the office anxious to phone clients with potential property matches.  I award one property "Best of the Day" and a few others receive less desirable recognition, such as "Most Overpriced" and other notes jotted down as I race around The Hill in search of a newly unveiled jewel. This week's award for Rancho Palos Verdes goes to 3 Pomegranate.  This ocean view retreat is in the gated neighborhood of Portuguese Bend.  the 47,180 sq ft lot offers privacy and room to roam.  Offered at $1,838,000.   I especially loved the indoor/outdoor feel of the property...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
While sorting through some books I plan to donate to charity I came upon Donald Trump's Think Like a Billionaire.  I gave it one final thumb through, and paused at the the chapter titled How to Sell a House.  Written in 2004 it contains some sage advice whether you're a fan of The Donald or not.  Here is the first paragraph: If you are selling your home and there is no or little activity, or activity but no offers, you should revisit the price.  The real estate market is volatile, and prices change daily.  I always keep in mind the saying "Old listings, like old soldiers, never die--they just fade away" when it comes to pricing.  Also, don't worry about competition; count on it--you will save yourself a lot of time.  Competition may even help you by drawing in prospective buyers within ...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
Featured Property of the Week: Bay Club Ocean View Penthouse  $629,900.00Best Priced Penthouse at the Bay Club. The Bay CLub not only has spectacular Ocean Views and Catalina Islands The complex includes Tennis courts, Breathtaking Ocean Views in the workout/gym,Clubhouse with Coastline views for weddings and parties, 2 Swimming Pools with Coastline, White Water and Catalina Island Views. This Unit includes gourmet kitchen with new granite counter tops and terrazzo tile floors, very oversized master suite, formal dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, immaculate condition and breathtaking views for the rest of your soul.Available Now-more info and pictures check out http://www.ilovepv.com/ or google the address @ 32646 Coastsite,#f, RPV, Calif.  This is a fantastic price and the best buy...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
  I have a couple of buyers who are like kids in a candy store; they are overwhelmed with all the choices and want to sample them all!  Others are hard-core comparison shoppers and they are waiting for the next price reduction or interest rate cut.     There is no sense of urgency in this market.  The buyers are keeping their emotions at arm's length and it's up to the sellers to entice them to commit to a property.  Last week while showing property in Palos Verdes I informed the buyer that two of the homes we previously looked at were now in escrow.  She shrugged her shoulders, and said, "There are plenty of houses that aren't selling, so I'm in no hurry.  There are plenty of fish in the sea." She's right.  Sellers, it's up to you to make your house stand out from the crowd: Price:  It...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
 This chart below is a perfect example of the facts that need to replace the bad press and fear stampede of the L.A. Times and Television News.   Why don't you see these statistics running in the L.A. Times this week? Yes, we know positive things are repeated 5 times and a negative statement is repeated 14 times in a recent survey I read.  But just how much damage control do we as Realtors have to do to re-educate the public in the South Bay that the sky is not falling and either is our real estate prices,My hat is off to the Daily Breeze for running an article of real press this month, telling it's South Bay readers that the South Bay Real Estate Market is up by 14.3% for 2007.... That is a start but how much bad press are we suppose to encounter before this gossip affects our homeowne...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
 Well, It's on,,focus on the Family's own Dr. James Dobson endorses Mike Huckabee and the interesting race is on.   DO you like to bet on long shots or God shots I do. This is an interesting article from FoxNewsBLog that I linked below.I wish Mike Huckabee the best. I feel he is a strong leader that will be a fresh new face in Washington and put our country on the right track. It surprises me how many Christian voters do not see the need to unite and choose one strong Christian leader to ensure our "In God We Trust" country.  Hopefully, if more of us get the word out and pass along blogs and emails like this, we can educate our Christian brethren in the 2008 Presidential Election....Hang in there Mike and Don't give up...Surprises are waiting in the wings... http://embeds.blogs.foxnews....
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
There are currently 29 single family homes for sale in Palos Verdes for less than $1,000,000.  19 of those homes are located in the Eastview area of Rancho Palos Verdes.  The others are scattered throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Eastview area has the option of attending Los Angeles Unifed Schools or Palos Verdes Peninsula School District.   This three bedroom (plus office) is an example of what $898,000 will purchase in the Eastview neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Man...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
Date10/0611/0612/061/072/073/074/075/076/077/078/079/0710/0711/0712/07For Sale10630137345108345Sold445313246250131Pended271142442401110Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales2.51.50.60.01.01.03.50.80.72.52.0n/a3.01.35.0Months of Inventory based on Pended Sales5.00.93.00.00.31.51.80.82.01.3n/a8.03.04.0n/aAvg. Active Price114610441094014851161118914111429141313151301121311231189Avg. Sld Price11939441048118011201085100011941107115711340115011941239Avg. Sq. Ft. Price5064994605455565315935775755575860590525582Sold/List Diff. %98100989894100981001011009909499100Days on Market2528371765121427121790594352Median Price1152952108512151120990100011901116115811700115010601239*All reports are published Jan. 2008, based on data available at the end of Dec. 2007. All reports presented are based on da...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
CURRENTLY THERE ARE 12 HOMES FOR SALE IN LOS VERDESMinimum price $1,050,000 Maximum price $1,399,000 Average price $1,210,833 Average days on market 46Average home was built in 1964 with four bedrooms and two and a half bathsLIST OF HOMES FOR SALE IN LOS VERDES FROM LEAST TO MOST EXPENSIVE28227 AMBERGATE28610 CEDARBLUFF7050 HEDGEWOOD29205 GOLDEN MEADOW7002 CHERTY DR,28205 AMBERGATE28855 CEDARBLUFF29010 MAPLEPARK28557 BLYTHEWOOD DR.28719 BLYTHEWOOD DR.6975 VERDE RIDGE28016 LOBROOKFOR MORE DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT ME mailto:RACHEL@RTYNDALL.COM 
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
If you enjoy following the trends in Rancho Palos Verdes real estate, check out the chart below for number of sales, days on market and existing inventory.  For a personalized market report on your neighborhood call Norma Toering.Date10/0611/0612/061/072/073/074/075/076/077/078/079/0710/0711/0712/07For Sale130118787370719011010511012213011810093Sold272531221731293327393417112112Pended203217233721192024271082178Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales4.84.72.53.34.12.33.13.33.92.83.67.610.74.87.8Months of Inventory based on Pended Sales6.53.74.63.21.93.44.75.54.44.112.216.35.614.311.6Avg. Active Price178519392037214223612362211620772035218720271948199220021783Avg. Sld Price153412781149123811891246140015141125143012561669115413431624Avg. Sq. Ft. Price6074884754944815195125655275455135594...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
Date10/0611/0612/061/072/073/074/075/076/077/078/079/0710/0711/0712/07For Sale127114757068708911010611012413211910092Sold272531221630293226393417112112Pended213216223720192024271082178Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales4.74.62.43.24.32.33.13.44.12.83.67.810.84.87.7Months of Inventory based on Pended Sales6.03.64.73.21.83.54.75.54.44.112.416.55.714.311.5Avg. Active Price177019121993209923232345210120571999216719991935195219841770Avg. Sld Price153412901149123811791244140014531118143012561669115413431624Avg. Sq. Ft. Price607492475494491518512567527545513559487484514Sold/List Diff. %1039696959696979899989896979994Days on Market385061566458503945462547445350Median Price1140122099911391096982129912121082126511751200115012301170*All reports are published Jan. 2008, based on data availabl...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
With the 400 additional acres acquired in 2005 in the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has a lot more planting, weeding, trail maintenance and beautification projects to do.  The nonprofit organization is looking for a few good men and women to lighten the load.Nearly every Saturday of the year the organization hosts a volunteer event.  Team Leaders direct and assist volunteers with the project for the day.  The Land Conservancy continues to look for Team Leaders who are members of the community and at least 16 years old with a desire to learn new skills while interacting with the environment.  Team Leaders are trained at full day workshops. The workshop includes various aspects of ecological restoration, plant identification, trail work maint...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
I was recently asked by a soon-to-be resident what I like best about living in Palos Verdes.  My answer was not as concise and to the point as I would have liked.  Later, I found myself thinking about the very legitimate question and here's my list:1. The Coastal Location:  I have a need to be close to the ocean.  A long walk along a beach is one of my favorite indulgences, and I partake often. It's a quality of life decision for me. It's also called location.2.  The Outstanding School District:  Hands down this is why I moved to Palos Verdes 19 years ago.  It remains the main draw for many new residents.3. The Country Setting in an Urban County:  Los Angeles is one of the most densely populated counties in the country, but upon entering Palos Verdes you are immediately struck by the op...
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