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New York penthouse sells for $88m
A lavish New York penthouse with panoramic views of Central Park has become the most expensive apartment ever sold in the city.
Russian fertiliser magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev – said to be the world’s 93rd richest man – spent $88m (£56m) buying the Central Park West pad.
It is thought to be for his 22-year-old daughter, Ekaterina Rybolovleva.
The 6,744 sq ft (627 sq m) apartment was sold by American Sandford Weill, a former head of banking giant Citigroup.
The penthouse stands atop 15 Central Park West, a landmark building designed by architect Robert Stern.
It boasts a custom-made oval bedroom, a library, gallery, chef’s kitchen and a 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m) terrace running along three sides of the building.
Sold by high-end New York real estate agents Brown Harris Stevens, the apartment is expected to net the broker a commission of $3.5m, the Wall Street Journal reported.
However, the apartment is not even thought to be the most expensive US property in Mr Rybolovlev’s portfolio. He is said to have paid closer to $100m for an investment property in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011.
The sale – which was concluded at the full asking price – is the latest example of international buyers setting the pace in New York’s elite property market.
Privately owned apartments, or condominiums, are increasingly being snapped up by wealthy overseas buyers, a spokeswoman for Brown Harris Stevens told the BBC.
“What’s slowing down in New York is the middle of the market, but the high and low end are doing very well,” she said.
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While there are numerous shortpay transactions taking place on the Westside of Los Angeles the below report from MSN supports the areas with the most foreclosures.
Foreclosure rates: 20 cities with highest filings and state-by-state rankings
The highest foreclosure rates are primarily in cities where the proceedings don’t move through the courts.
By Melinda Fulmer of MSN Real Estate
In the first quarter of 2011, all but one of the 20 highest foreclosure rate metros — Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. — were in “nonjudicial” states where foreclosure proceedings don’t move through the courts. Foreclosures in these states are moving more rapidly.
California cities accounted for 11 of the 20 highest foreclosure rates. But Las Vegas retained its top spot in the quarter as the market where the most buyers who gambled on a home stood to lose.
Here are the cities with the highest rates, followed by state-by-state rankings:
20 cities with highest foreclosure rates, 2011 first quarter
|Rank||Metro||Total # of filings||% Housing units||1/every # of households||% change from Q4 2010||% change from Q1 2010|
|1||Las Vegas-Paradise, NV||26,275||3.21||31||-11.54||-7.74|
|6||Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||29,859||2.04||49||-6.84||-27.17|
|13||Boise City-Nampa, ID||3,458||1.42||70||3.01||-10.58|
|15||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA||27,250||1.26||79||-4.13||-6.48|
|16||Salt Lake City, UT||4,907||1.22||82||-0.45||-4.81|
|17||Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||3,340||1.22||82||-9.44||-15.06|
|18||Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||4,248||1.16||86||-34.48||-58.74|
Chart data provided by RealtyTrac
Foreclosure filings by state, 2011 first quarter
Community Events for The South Bay
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Manhattan Beach – www.manhattanchamber.net
Dec. 11 Used Book Sale ~
Manhattan Beach Friends of the Library
10-3pm, 1320 Highland Ave.
Every Tuesday Manhattan Beach Farmers Market
11-4pm, 13th Street and Morningside
Hermosa Beach – www.hbchamber.net
Every Friday Hermosa Beach Farmers Market ~
12-4pm, Valley Drive & 11th Street
rain or shine every Friday except December 24th and 31st, 2010
Dec. 11 Christmas Boat Parade Redondo Beach Marina 5:00-7:00pm
Snow Fest and Hermosa Beach Holiday Tree Lighting 3:00-8:00pm, Pier Plaza
Dec. 12 Fireworks Festival ~
4-8 pm, Manhattan Beach Pier
Friends of the Manhattan Beach Library seeking new volunteer members ~
For more information, Call (310) 376-2649
Botanical Garden needs volunteers ~
Each Friday Volunteers are needed to help from 9:30-11:30 am
Located in Polliwog Park on Peck Ave., N. of M.B. Blvd, Call (310) 546-1354
RECENT PRICE REDUCTION TO $11,995,000 MAKES 2408 THE STRAND, THE BEST VALUE ON THE BEACH!
Last week, we effectuated a reduction that is $4,505,000 lower than the original list price. The current price is the LOWEST price per square foot for land on the market today. In doing a simple and quick analysis, we were able to determine that 2408 The Strand in Hermosa Beach is now by far the most aggressively priced home. If you take all of the current listings on the Strand, the numbers are pretty compelling. See below:
“Competition”: sq. footage: $/sq.ft Projected Value of 2408 The Strand
3500 The Strand 3670 $2,452/ft $18,713,995
3124 The Strand 2731 $2,196/ft $16,764,689
1534 The Strand 2396 $2,086/ft $15,926,540
1540 The Strand 4199 $1,846/ft $14,086,210
2666 The Strand 4914 $1,679/ft $12,813,186
2408 The Strand 7632!! $1571/ft $11,995,000 *actual price!
If you haven’t already seen 2408 The Strand–YOU SHOULD. It is “the Quintessential Beach House.” Originally built in the early 1900’s by the Doheny family, this 5172 square foot home has incredible appeal and charm. The ocean views are stunning from every room, while preserving the privacy inside. The main house has five large bedrooms, three and one half bathrooms and two beach showers. There is 1000 square feet of living space including four additional bedrooms and one bathroom over the large three car garage. The main value of this property is however in the enormous piece of land. The lot is more than twice the size of an average Strand lot, spanning twice the width and one and a half times the depth. The size of the lot is 7632 square feet including two separate buildable lots of approximately 30 x 129 feet, making it one of the largest single lots on the Hermosa Strand. It can and will also be sold (if buyer(s) desire) as two separate lots to build custom or for speculation. Please contact Lauren Forbes for details or to schedule a private showing at 310-901-8512 or email@example.com
LOS ANGELES, CA – Gibson International http://www.gibsonintl.com/, a prominent real estate company serving the Westside and beach communities of Greater Los Angeles, has been selected for membership in Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), Scott L. Gibson, the company’s president and founder, announced today.
Gibson International joins Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global network comprising 600 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms, with 5,000 offices and 150,000 sales associates in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries. Collectively, these firms sell almost 1 million homes annually in the U.S. valued at nearly $250 billion, which is more than that of any national brand or franchise.
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is the country’s largest network of residential real estate firms. Its network affiliates are widely recognized as the premier providers of quality residential real estate and relocation services. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® also excels in the upper-end market.
As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Gibson International can assist individuals purchasing or selling property in virtually any community in the U.S. or abroad with services including real estate assistance, comprehensive destination orientation programs, household goods move management and more. The membership also enhances Gibson International’s ability to assist with corporate relocation accounts through RELO Direct®, LeadingRE’s third party relocation company.
Gibson notes that selection as an affiliate of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network represents another step in the development of the firm and its ability to meet the high-end real estate needs of its Los Angeles clientele.
“I credit our success and business growth to the progressive, entrepreneurial structure of our brokerage and to an outstanding team of results-oriented agents,” Gibson said. “This affiliation brings added value to the personal service-based experience our agents can offer.”
Gibson continued, “Our Westside agents and their clients have reacted very favorably to our business model, which allows agents to use advanced technology and powerful networks to their advantage. The agents joining us were specifically chosen for their sales success and professionalism with the highest integrity. This affiliation strengthens the extensive support system we offer to our team.”
Gibson International, with 65 highly qualified sales associates, was selected for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® membership only after meeting the network’s exacting standards.
“We are delighted to welcome Gibson International to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®,” commented Pam O’Connor, President and CEO of LeadingRE. “Their selection was based on the company’s outstanding reputation, as well as its demonstrated ability to deliver the same high quality service and reliability as our other affiliates. This level of service is the foundation of our network and is the basis for our longevity and success as one of the industry’s leading providers of real estate and relocation services.”
About Gibson International: Founded in 2008, Gibson International is a high-quality real estate brokerage based in Brentwood, California. The fast-growing firm, headed by leading real estate veteran Scott Gibson, presents a unique, full-service business model, which incorporates the latest in technological advances with enhancements to help its agents achieve success and “work-life balance.” Its team of agents includes some of the most respected names in Westside real estate, and each agent averages more than 10 years of real estate sales experience. Gibson International can be reached by telephone at 310-820-0195. More information about Gibson International is available online at http://www.gibsonintl.com.
About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is a global real estate network comprising over 600 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms. With nearly 5,000 offices and 150,000 sales associates in the United States and more than 30 countries abroad, LeadingRE affiliates sell $250 billion in home sales, representing nearly one million transactions annually. The network has among its members the #1 market leader in 41 of the top 90 markets in sales volume, transaction sides or both – nearly double that of the closest competitor.
Editor’s Note: Scott Gibson is available for interviews to discuss the company’s performance as well as the continued 2010 outlook for residential real estate in Southern California.
Compounds are the hottest commodity in L.A.’s high-end real estate market, brokers say.
June 12, 2010|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
In the Middle Ages, moats were the thing. More recently, the rich have taken refuge behind tall hedges, view-obscuring walls and guarded gates.
But today’s super-wealthy, seeking even greater privacy, are increasingly buying adjacent properties as a buffer zone around their mansions. And that’s made the compound the hottest commodity on L.A.’s high-end market, real estate brokers say.
On the Westside, the growing list of compound owners includes movie industry titan Terry Semel, financier and producer Tom Gores and corporate housing kingpin Howard Ruby, founder of Oakwood Worldwide.
Divorcing Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt maintain two compounds, one in Holmby Hills and another in Malibu.
“If you don’t have a neighbor anymore, you create more privacy,” said Kurt Rappaport, co-founder of Westside Estate Agency, with offices in Beverly Hills and Malibu.
Not that the “buffer” homes are vacant. Some house family, friends, guests or staff. But these aren’t mother-in-law cottages or little guesthouses like the one Kato Kaelin holed up in at O.J. Simpson’s old place in Brentwood: Think multimillion-dollar mansions — next door, behind or even a few doors down.
The adjoining properties may be used during major fundraisers or large-scale entertaining, Rappaport said, to create more parking or as a place to stage the catering during lavish events. Some buyers have been known to tear down well-known homes for more elbow room.
Property records don’t fully capture the trend. Owners typically want the flexibility of selling the parcels individually, and so they usually don’t apply for a lot merger to create a formal compound. Still, veteran real estate agents say high-end buyers are increasingly looking to snap up adjoining properties.
“We’ve never seen this much activity going on,” said Drew Mandile, who works as a team with Brooke Knapp at Sotheby’s International Realty, specializing in Bel-Air.
Mandile and other agents said there were perhaps two or three compounds in Bel-Air 10 years ago. Today, there are at least nine.
“A decade ago, the idea of combining properties was extremely rare,” Rappaport said. “Now in the ultra high end it’s the norm to strategize about amassing multiple properties.”
Notable designs and functional living spaces
February 5th, 2010
We don’t normally blog about the designs of board games, but since Monopoly is the most famous board game of all time and has somewhat its root in different real estate “properties” we thought we would use it as a perfect way to start the weekend.
This new version of Monopoly is a special 75th anniversary version of the game and includes a number of interesting changes. The board is circular, doesn’t have paper money but debit cards instead, and when you pass go you don’t get a measly $200, but $2,000,000 to account for all the inflation and the change in real estate prices since 1935 when Monopoly was first released.
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By James R. Hagerty Wall Street Journal
- Barclays Capital The numbers through March 2010 are estimates, the rest are projections.
It’s a bit like guessing how many pennies are in a gallon jug at the state fair, but housing analysts keep trying to count how many foreclosed homes banks and mortgage investors own.
Why should we care? Unlike at the state fair, there is no prize for guessing right. Still, if we can track the number of these REO (“real estate owned”) homes, we can get some sense of how banks and others are doing in their efforts to dispose of the properties and how much longer they will be weighing on the housing market.
The good news is that two of the leading contenders in this guesstimating game–Tom Lawler, an independent housing economist and gentleman farmer in Leesburg, Va., and Robert Tayon, an analyst at Barclays Capital in New York–have been comparing their methods recently and learning from each other. Both are in the same ballpark and both say the REO count is on the rise.
Mr. Lawler estimates there were 574,000 one- to four-family REO homes at the end of the first quarter, up from 518,000 at the end of 2009 but well below a peak of 668,000 in the third quarter of 2008. More modest (honest?) than most economists, Mr. Lawler describes his estimates as “crude” and “a work in progress.” He figures his tally is too low–he can’t find good data on all of the thousands of REO owners– but still “indicative” of the trend.
Mr. Tayon of Barclays estimates that REOs totaled 522,000 in March, up from 479,000 at the end of 2009 but below the peak of 688,000 in September 2008.
After soaring in 2008, the REO total shrank for most of 2009 as foreclosure-prevention efforts slowed the flow of defaulted loans toward resolution and investors rushed to buy what they saw as bargains in hard-hit areas such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Now, as banks and other loan servicers work their way through the backlog of loan-modification applicants and reject many of them, the REO count is rising again. Mr. Tayon expects it to peak at 538,000 in August 2011 before starting to decline gradually.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the biggest holders of REO, both expect their REO inventories to increase in the next few quarters, Mr. Lawler says.
The expected rise in REO supply will “challenge” housing markets in areas with high concentrations of foreclosures, Mr. Lawler adds. But he doesn’t think the effect on prices will be as severe as it was in late 2008 and early 2009, when loan servicers dumped huge amounts of property on the market.
There are still plenty of struggling borrowers at risk of losing their homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association, a trade group, last week reported that 14% of mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit homes were 30 days or more delinquent or in the foreclosure process as of March 31. That represents about 7.3 million households. The rate was 12% a year earlier. At the same time, fewer people have fallen behind in recent months as the economy has improved.
Those who want to guess how many REOs will be in the jug two years from now will have to take a view on whether the economy is going to produce enough jobs to create demand for all those houses.
Getting What you Want
May 23, 2010|By Lew Sichelman Los Angeles Times
When it comes to selling a house, everything from the price to whether the refrigerator stays or goes is negotiable. But negotiating the terms should never be an “I win, you lose” situation. Rather, it should be “I win, you win.”
“The best negotiations end with all parties feeling like they won,” says Scott Friedman, a Linwood, N.J., real estate coach. “Both parties need to feel they came to an amicable agreement and want to move forward.”
To get to that point often involves give and take on both sides. Here are some tips:
- Let your agent do your bidding. That’s what you’ve hired the agent for, so let him or her handle the bargaining.
Hopefully, he or she has had some schooling in the art. Unfortunately, to hear sales trainers such as Friedman and Rich Levin of Rochester, N.Y., tell it, most do not. So it might be wise to hire an agent who has either taken some courses or has lots of experience in getting buyers and sellers to close without incident.
Buyers and sellers may have met when the buyer visited the property. But once the offer is submitted, they should never see each other again if possible.
Never negotiate directly, says Levin, who had a 15-year career in real estate sales before turning to coaching. By remaining apart and unseen, there’s no chance your words or body language can be misinterpreted. You want the other side to focus on the deal, not you.
The only time you may want to break this rule is as a last resort in an effort to keep the transaction from going south. “If the deal is near death, then a face to face may be the only way to breathe life back into it,” Levin says.
- This is no time for vanity. It’s not about defending your position or outwitting the other side, Friedman says. It’s about both sides coming together amicably until all the papers are signed and the keys change hands. So put your ego aside and get out of the way.
“If the seller feels beat up so badly, how willing is he going to be to cough up some extra money to make repairs?” Friedman asks. “And it’s the same for the buyer. All of a sudden, stupid little things like nail pops become stupid big things.”
- “Get it in writing” is a universal truth in any business arrangement. And it’s a fundamental rule here, too: Do not negotiate orally.
Oral negotiations are “fraught with potential problems, misunderstandings, misinterpretations, omissions, as well as simple changing of minds,” Levin warns. “Put every step of the negotiation in writing.”
If the seller agrees to leave the lawn furniture, put it in the contract. If the buyer agrees to allow the seller to remain in the house for a month after the closing, put it in the contract. Otherwise, memories fade and the sale could fall apart when one side or the other says, “I don’t remember agreeing to that.”
- Don’t go back and forth more than twice. If there is a third round of counteroffers, Levin says, the chance of both parties coming together falls dramatically.
When the buyer makes his initial offer, he’s thinking about the house and the seller is thinking about his impending move. “They’re both focused on what they must do next,” Levin says.
When the seller makes a counteroffer, both sides start to lose their focus, he says. “They stop thinking about the house and start thinking about the money. ‘Am I paying too much?’ ‘Am I getting enough?’ And if there is a third round, they lose sight of both the house and the money. They begin to make it personal and focus on each other, and that’s when the deal breaks down.”
Consequently, try to take your best shot early in the negotiations. Don’t hold back. Play your hand no later than the second round. Otherwise, you could wind up blowing the deal.
- If you are asked to give something — say, the buyer doesn’t want to close for 60 days but you would rather do so ASAP — then ask for something in return. You may not get it, but according to Levin, this ploy effectively mutes the other side’s impulse to ask for more.
Otherwise, if you concede on one point — “Yeah, I’ll throw in the washer and dryer” — the buyer might sense weakness and ask for the kitchen sink, too, at least metaphorically.
- If you reach an impasse on an item, don’t dwell on it. Rather, skip it, get an agreement on everything else and then come back to it. That way, Levin advises, you will build momentum toward a done deal. Otherwise, you may never get past a sticking point.
“If you get all hot and bothered about something, it often influences the rest of the conversation,” he explains. “But if you isolate the points of disagreement, the negotiations go much easier.”
- The state of the market will dictate which side has the upper hand in negotiations. Given the current state of things, this may be the only offer a seller has seen for months, so the would-be buyer can remain steadfast on price, terms and conditions. But if you’re in an area that is picking up steam — or never lost it — the seller may be in the driver’s seat. The buyer could be competing with other potential buyers, so the seller can stick to his guns.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bend, at least a little. Remember, this is not a war of wills, it’s a business transaction that should be devoid of emotion. “Wars have casualties,” Friedman says, “not good outcomes.”
Rustic Canyon: The Sequel
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sponsored by DWELL
Picking up where last year’s historic walking tour left off, Leo Marmol, FAIA, takes visitors deeper into this architecturally bountiful neighborhood, stopping to tour a fresh collection of homes representing the old and the new.
Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration: 10:30 am, Rustic Canyon Community Center, 601 Latimer Road, Santa Monica, free parking
Tickets: $175 per person, includes lunch, as well as private cocktail reception and tour preview led by architect Leo Marmol and historian Randy Young on Friday evening, May 21, at Marmol Radziner offices in West L.A. and VIP cocktail reception at Dogtown Station Lofts in Venice on Saturday evening, May 22. Tickets extremely limited and must be purchased in advance. Ticket buyers will receive confirmation prior to May 22.