Happy 2024!


December 30, 2023

Good morning,


2024 is anticipated to be a better year for both buyers and sellers as mortgage interest rates are expected to decline next year. A more favorable market environment with lower borrowing costs, coupled with an increase in available homes for sale, will motivate buyers and sellers to reenter the market next year. If you're considering buying or selling, or just want to discuss strategy, please always consider me as your real estate resource.


I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2024.

I'm excited for new adventures that await us all!

Information + Updates

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”

—Melody Beattie, Author 



In case you didn't notice, we are already about a week away from the shortest day of the year....and the sun is starting to rise a wee bit earlier and set a wee bit later.... Once you turn the corner things start out very slowly and then accelerate..... a week later we already have about 7 minutes more daylight in New February this pace DOUBLES to about 14 minutes more light per week! ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️



I thought these were some rather interesting New Year's resolution ideas (I know, I know....) that you might consider:

  1. Stay in touch and reach out to your friends/family for the small things like asking how a doctor's visit went, or a job interview, or....?
  2. Every day log one activity or moment that brought you joy on that day.
  3. Any time you pick up something you own that has no more use to you, give it away, donate it or fix it/throw it away if it's broken.
  4. Try something new when offered to you - anything - to fuel thinking, creativity, connecting and an experience or knowledge you may not have had otherwise. (NY TIMES)



The vast majority of economic predictions for 2023 got it wrong, with most assuming a recession after the rapid rate hikes. These are the conclusions of most looking in the rear-view mirror:

  1. The supply disruptions were the primary cause of inflation after all and this was indeed transitory, although over an extended period. The Fed never needed to raise rates so fast, and can now cut rapidly.
  2. Massive government spending filled the gap, but the debt levels are unsustainable and will lead to either higher taxes and/or less spending that will weaken the economy and profits in the future.
  3. Higher rates did not bite as hard as expected. Housing and commercial real estate were impacted the worst by far, but mostly in volume of transactions in the housing sector, not valuation.



The combined net worth of the world's 500 richest people surged by $1.5 trillion in 2023, fully rebounding from the $1.4 trillion lost the year prior. And $100 billion is the new Billionaire status-symbol.....$1 billion is just so pedestrian! L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt is the first female $100 France, not exactly the bastion of capitalism!



If you want to rein in your spending in 2024, financial advisers say you first need to sort out where inflation ends and lifestyle creep begins. It's easy to place too much blame for overspending on inflation and the post pandemic fear of missing out and not enough on everything else, financial advisers said. (WSJ)



Dallas saw three of Wall Street’s largest banks start construction on new campuses in 2023, cementing their bets on one of the fastest-growing metros in one of the fastest-growing states. The industry’s rapid Texas expansion since the onset of the pandemic means the area now has more finance workers than Chicago or Los Angeles, trailing only New York. Financial and investment analysts, for example, average $102,000 a year in Dallas, almost 30% less than the going rate in New York. But without state and local taxes, and a lower cost of living/housing workers net about the same in spendable dollars... great for corporate/bank profitability for sure! (Bloomberg)

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Please to meet us tomorrow night, December 31st, around 4:30 for a toast of the last sunset of 2023 at Main Beach.

Let's Eat

Marché Moderne


My business partner, Michelle and I had dinner at Marché Moderne in Newport Beach this week. The hamachi appetizer is off the charts.

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Scientists Destroy 99% of Cancer Cells in The Lab Using Vibrating Molecules


Scientists have discovered a new way to destroy cancer cells. Stimulating aminocyanine molecules with near-infrared light caused them to vibrate in sync, enough to break apart the membranes of cancer cells.

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Power Couple


Eagles are majestic birds of prey that are known for their impressive hunting skills and aerial acrobatics. One of the most fascinating behaviors of these birds is when they lock their talons with each other while flying.

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Flocking Together


Next time I go to the Pacific Northwest where they get to witness the migratory snow geese that arrive by the thousands and stay in the Skagit Valley all winter. Check out this amazing video.

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Recently Sold

I have several off market listings, please contact me if you are looking!!!

For Lease

For Lease

For Lease

Just Leased in 2023


322 Emerald Bay

1221 Emerald Bay

806 Emerald Bay

517 Emerald Bay

1503 Emerald Bay

1402 Emerald Bay

150 Emerald Bay

812 Emerald Bay

37 Emerald Bay

523 Emerald Bay

1131 Emerald Bay

78 Emerald Bay

107 High Drive 

I have a few new sales and leases off market, please call for details


There are currently 2 active homes for sale in Emerald Bay

ranging in price from $11,000,000 to $11,995,000.

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