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By Collen And Ivan | Agent in West Hollywood, CA
  • Well known famous house hits the Los Angeles real estate market

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  March 14, 2012 5:06 PM  |  226 views  |  No comments
    Well known famous house hits the Los Angeles real estate market.
    The owner of the six-bedroom Agoura Hills, Calif. mansion where TV’s “The Bachel...or” and “The Bachelorette” are filmed has lowered his asking price again to $6,750,000, meaning that his listing price now is almost half his original, nearly $13 million asking price.The owner built the house in 2005 and used materials for the house from Mexico, India, China and Morocco, according to an October Wall Street Journal article on the house.

    Features in the house include nine baths, hand-carved Cantera stone fireplaces, imported fountains, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, electronic skylights and dual pane windows, according to listing information. The living room is where the reality shows’ incredibly cheesy “rose ceremonies” take place (pictured are 2007 “Bachelor” Andy Baldwin plus some of the gals at one such rose ceremony). Outdoor features include a separate, 4,000-square-foot accessory building, a solar-heated, saltwater swimming pool, a swim-up barbecue and bar, arched aqueduct spillways and two spas, according to listing information. The house sits on 9.8 acres



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  • Well known famous house hits the Los Angeles real estate market

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  March 14, 2012 5:06 PM  |  241 views  |  No comments
    Well known famous house hits the Los Angeles real estate market.
    The owner of the six-bedroom Agoura Hills, Calif. mansion where TV’s “The Bachel...or” and “The Bachelorette” are filmed has lowered his asking price again to $6,750,000, meaning that his listing price now is almost half his original, nearly $13 million asking price.The owner built the house in 2005 and used materials for the house from Mexico, India, China and Morocco, according to an October Wall Street Journal article on the house.

    Features in the house include nine baths, hand-carved Cantera stone fireplaces, imported fountains, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, electronic skylights and dual pane windows, according to listing information. The living room is where the reality shows’ incredibly cheesy “rose ceremonies” take place (pictured are 2007 “Bachelor” Andy Baldwin plus some of the gals at one such rose ceremony). Outdoor features include a separate, 4,000-square-foot accessory building, a solar-heated, saltwater swimming pool, a swim-up barbecue and bar, arched aqueduct spillways and two spas, according to listing information. The house sits on 9.8 acres



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  • New Home in Hollywood Hills for Hollywood Star

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  March 6, 2012 3:19 PM  |  272 views  |  1 comment

    In news guaranteed to make anyone over 22 feel grumpy and confused, pop star Justin Bieber is supposedly buying the crazy Hollywood Hills house that Ashton Kutcher has been renting, according to the Daily Mail. We first noticed the house back in June 2011 when it was pricechopped from $12.5 million to $10.8 million (its current asking price). Bieber is going full-on mini-Kutcher and has also been working on a reboot of the seminal mid-aughts celebrity pranking show Punk'd. Kutcher was seen sniffing around the Lake Hollywood house in December and is reportedly now renting it for $50,000 a month. The house has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater, a gym, an elevator, a sauna, retractable glas walls, and of course an infinity pool. It was built for fashion exec Arif Noor and designed by Jeffrey and Rochelle Mills. Bieber was last rumored to have been looking at a condo on the Wilshire Corridor.






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  • Los Angeles Celebrity Real Estate

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  February 27, 2012 1:24 PM  |  267 views  |  No comments

    Ellen and Portia Los Angeles Celebrity Real Estate
     
    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's spread in Beverly Hills hit the market in October. The listing first appeared on Westside Estate Agency's website back in May, with that old tease "price available on request," and Real Estalker heard rumors then that the main house was going for $49 million while the whole thing was asking $60 million. The legit compound includes a 9...,200 square foot main house, two guesthouses totaling about 15,000 square feet, a three bedroom house, and, according to the listing, "every conceivable amenity and state-of the-art security." And it's all on 2.87 acres off of Coldwater Canyon, behind gates on its own street. RE estimates that the pair laid out about $48 million to assemble the estate starting in 2007. And now, according to the MLS, the asking price on the whole thing is just $49 million.


    According to Curbed LA


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  • Los Angeles Celebrity Real Estate

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  February 27, 2012 1:24 PM  |  258 views  |  No comments

    Ellen and Portia Los Angeles Celebrity Real Estate
     
    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's spread in Beverly Hills hit the market in October. The listing first appeared on Westside Estate Agency's website back in May, with that old tease "price available on request," and Real Estalker heard rumors then that the main house was going for $49 million while the whole thing was asking $60 million. The legit compound includes a 9...,200 square foot main house, two guesthouses totaling about 15,000 square feet, a three bedroom house, and, according to the listing, "every conceivable amenity and state-of the-art security." And it's all on 2.87 acres off of Coldwater Canyon, behind gates on its own street. RE estimates that the pair laid out about $48 million to assemble the estate starting in 2007. And now, according to the MLS, the asking price on the whole thing is just $49 million.


    According to Curbed LA


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  • Existence

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  January 9, 2012 12:58 PM  |  439 views  |  No comments

    Every now and then we feel a nudge somewhere deep inside and close to our souls. We feel the emptiness and the panic when the realization hits us that something is missing – but we don’t know what it is, or when it may have disappeared or if we had it in the first place. We may not even know it’s missing until we are teased with a glimpse of its existence. The longing, the missing, of something can be painful. However, pain can tells us something. Pain can serve as a compass to point us in new directions and new opportunities. Pain can motivate us to understand the purpose of why something is missing. Our pain can help us find the missing piece. In our moments of quiet desperation we push stuff down into the holes hoping to fill them up. We drink one beer too many or we eat when we are not hungry. We exercise too much or we pray even when we are not feeling spiritual. We refuse to show our pain to the world; we self-medicate hoping to find relief; we wear our fear like a blanket. While it’s true we just can’t have it all, somewhere along the way we were lead to believe we should. There’s no question love, money, personal relationships and success are all important, but reality suggests these things will always ebb and flow. By setting realistic expectations we are better able to reconcile the gaps when they do occur. Life is a process and its lessons are taught to us each day. It may be that what we want is removed for a while so we can concentrate on something else – something that will provide better answers. Sometimes the less you try to find the source of what you are missing, the closer you become to finding the answer. At the end of the day you are here; you are a person of tremendous value and worth; and you are not missing.Focus on nurturing you soul. Respond to the nudge by acknowledging its existence, but stay grounded with what you are doing and stay within your heart. The missing piece will fall into place naturally. When it does, you will know its truth by how it fits



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  • Great News For Buyers In The Market Today.

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles  |  November 18, 2011 2:12 PM  |  523 views  |  No comments

    Great News, 

    Just in case you didn't catch this news, Congress restored the loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for two years. 

    See message from NAR below:


    As you know, in late September the FHA, Fannie Mae; and Freddie Mac loan limits were reduced in 42 states pricing potential home buyers out of the American Dream of home ownership and holding back the housing recovery.

    NAR immediately went to work with the goal to get the loan limits restored in Congress. For weeks that goal seemed unlikely.

    The REALTOR®  community went to work and educated Congress that well-qualified buyers didn't need yet another hurdle to access affordable mortgage financing.

    They finally listened. Because we were persistent. And because we were right.

    The reinstated FHA loan limit formula and cap change will help make mortgages more affordable and accessible for hard-working, middle-class families in 669 counties in 42 states and territories, where the average loan limit reduction after the reset last month was more than $68,000. The provision reinstates the FHA loan limits through 2013 at 125 percent of local area median home prices, up to a maximum of $729,750 in the highest cost markets, the floor will remain at $271,050. However, Congress chose not to apply the loan limits restoration to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fannie-and-Freddie-backed mortgages will remain at 115 percent of local area median home prices up to $625,500.

    The bill also provides for a short-term extension of National Flood Insurance Program through December 16, 2011 and NAR will continue to press Congress to use the additional time to complete their work on a five-year reauthorization of the program, which ensures access to affordable flood insurance for millions of home and business owners across the country

    This is certainly the best time to buy. More options are yet again becoming more available.


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