Friday, November 13, 2015

Live the Oceanfront Lifestyle in Palos Verdes

Oceanfront Estates was developed by Capital Pacific Holdings at the turn of the century, from the very late 1990s to the early 2000s. The development company was from Orange County–synonymous with large homes on tiny lots, but in keeping with the locals love of the large lot, the developer broke the mold and built large homes on large lots at Oceanfront Estates.

The name of the development is not a misnomer. The ocean views are a sight to behold. The water is up close and personal. You can smell it, you can hear it and often feel the ocean mist on your face. Yet, you are far enough above it to be protected from rogue waves and winter storm surges. The cliffs and bluffs of Palos Verdes provide a wonderful buffer from the rise and fall of the ever-present tides.

  Oceanfront Estates Panorama

True, the homes began life in Palos Verdes as look-alike production homes, but during the ensuing decades many are emerging with styles and designs quite unlike their next door neighbor. The landscaping is maturing giving better balance and beauty to an enclave of estate-size homes. The development no longer appears out-of-place in Palos Verdes. It has earned its place along the coveted coastal acreage of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  Palos Verdes Peninsula at dusk. 
 For more information on the luxury homes at Oceanfront Estates in Rancho Palos Verdes contact Charlemagne Int'l Properties at 310.493.8333 or email

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Contact us to arrange your tour of Palos Verdes coastal luxury homes on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula located the the South Bay of Los Angeles.   Homes for sale on the coast of Palos Verdes:
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Southern Coast of Palos Verdes - The "Resort" Lifestyle

Palos Verdes Drive South neighborhood real estate and home sales report for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA in October 2015.

The south side of Rancho Palos Verdes is fast becoming the resort side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula as the location is home to Terranea Resort and Trump national Golf Course. The neighborhood is graced with some of the most breathtaking view on the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Palos Verdes Drive South homes for sale: (See all Rancho Palos Verdes homes for sale)
Norma Toering, Broker-Owner of Charlemagne Intl Properties
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- Rancho Palos Verdes Listing Broker Charlemagne

Palos Verdes Housing Market Indicator - Oct 2015
Market report Oct 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Need a Top Agent to Sell Your Palos Verdes Home--Norma Toering & Josh Toering Are the BEST!

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If you're in the market to find a top Palos Verdes real estate agent to sell your Palos Verdes property the choices can be daunting with so many agents and real estate companies to consider. The agent you choose to list and sell your residence is one of the top two most important decisions you will make during the entire real estate transaction.  The other one is pricing the property.  The best real estate agents can help you make pricing the property simple with their knowledge of the local market, past experience, negotiating expertise and awareness of current real estate trends.

Norma Toering and Josh Toering of Charlemagne International Properties have over 40 years of combined experience selling residential properties in the South Bay of Los Angeles.  Although our primary area of concentration is Palos Verdes, we have a number of sales in the beach cities, San Pedro and other South Bay areas.  Past clients enlisted our help to sell or buy property in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Needles, Pasadena and other areas of California.  Yes, we will travel to represent our clients.
Staged and Ready to Sell--Pasadena CA property presented by Charlemagne Int'l properties--Norma Toering, broker, Josh Toering agent.
Charlemagne Int'l Properties is headquartered in Rolling Hills Estates, CA and is the boutique real estate company founded by Norma Toering after years of working as an agent and associate broker for one of the Big Box Brokerages in Palos Verdes.  Our goal is to provide an elevated level of service to our clients through each and every step of a real estate transaction.  The depth of our real estate knowledge impacts our clients' bottom line.  Our negotiating skills can have a huge impact on net profits.  Real estate, especially in California, is expensive and most likely one of the most valuable assets in a client's investment portfolio. Every seller and buyer deserves a dedicated real estate professional with high integrity and one who will put their client's best interest above all.

Sold by Norma Toering --Rancho Mirage, CA
A seller whose home is currently in escrow sent me a delighted and somewhat amazed text of gratitude this morning after learning we successfully negotiated only limited repairs and no credits on the sale of her property.  Those words of appreciation mean we are doing the job she hired us to do--represent her to the best and highest level possible.  That's what we do.

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We love it when people are talking about Charlemagne International Properties and Norma Toering and Josh Toering!  Let me share a few of the comments we receive on a regular basis from clients who are delighted with their real estate experience with us.

Real estate customer service is not dead.  At least not at Charlemagne Int'l Properties located in Rolling Hills Estates, CA.  Although, one may wonder if calls are not returned and details are left unattended causing home owners to feel the weight of the myriad of details involved in selling a Palos Verdes property seem to rest solely on the seller's shoulders.  As one seller recently commented, "Who knew selling a house involved so many moving parts and so much time?"  At Charlemagne, we make every effort to reduce the stress and burden of selling your Palos Verdes property.

Looking for Palos Verdes Horse Property?
Looking for Palos Verdes Horse Property?
"Thanks for being such a great agent on all our deals! I sure do appreciate more so that you are one heck of a professional in this field who has always had our best interest in mind." 

I think one of the reason real estate professionals are often undervalued is because so much of our work happens behind closed curtains.  If you've ever participated in a theatrical production, you know the vast amount of work involved prior to opening night.  The goal is to have a seamless production for the attendees to enjoy. There's a real correlation between a play's opening night and presenting a new Palos Verdes listing to agents, brokers, open houses and the online audience of untold number of prospective buyers.
We keep close tabs on the Palos Verdes and surrounding South Bay real estate markets and pass our knowledge along to you.
We keep close tabs on the Palos Verdes and surrounding South Bay real estate markets and pass our knowledge along to you.
  "You made everything simple and helped us in every way...We know we can safely say you are a great person, someone who can be trusted."
The value and esteem of a real estate professional would be elevated if we actually involved the home owner each time we inched her/his property closer to "opening day." For instance prior to placing a property on the market we check with a title company to ensure the seller has the right to sell the property.  We review property tax records for square footage discrepancies and review the MLS history of the property.  Sometimes a visit to city hall is required for a review of permits and discussion of how existing issues must be handled to be in compliance with local requirements.  The list goes on and on with the consistent use of the words, "best interest," "someone we can trust" and other terms reflecting honesty and integrity.
We work with one of the top staging companies in Los Angeles.
We work with one of the top staging companies in Los Angeles.
Presentation of the property in its best light cannot be overlooked.  Currently we are helping a seller arrange for wallpaper removal, a fresh coat of paint throughout, and vetting local staging and estate sale companies to ease the burden of preparing the property for sale.   No room will go untouched.  Prospective buyers are financially savvy,  market knowledgeable and searching for the best value.  Our goal is to make sure your home delivers on each count.  No house is sold without a ready, willing and able buyer.
If you're ready to downsize contact Charlemagne Int'l Properties to help maximize the value of your Palos Verdes home.
We specialize in helping couples downsize and maximize the value of their Palos Verdes property.
"Norma and Josh, I want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to the sale of my mom’s house. You turned this very emotional time into a positive experience. I cannot praise you enough, I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting and working with you both. I appreciated the step by step information keeping me continually informed of each phase. Norma, I truly believe your vast experience and continued efforts, made this a reality."

The above seller received a financial blow delivered by the appraiser.  The home appraised $50,000 below the accepted offer.  Some agents would have suggested the seller adjust her price in order for the bank to fund the buyer's loan and move on.  After all, the property was not her primary residence and she was finalizing the settlement of her mother's estate.  I knew the appraiser was off on the value.  Call me crazy but I got up at 2:00 AM and wrote a 27-page rebuttal to the bank. I asked for and received a second appraisal.  The property appraised a few thousand dollars OVER the accepted offer price and we moved forward with only a short delay.  The seller was beyond ecstatic with the results.  There is no questions sellers and buyers receive varying levels of representation when it comes to their real estate transaction.  The additional commission I received was small ($1250) but $50,000 more for the seller was huge.  I went the extra mile for my client's sake, not my own self-interest.

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When it comes to selecting a real estate firm to represent your interests and your valuable asset, give it the careful consideration a decision of this magnitude deserves.  That one decision will impact the experience you have during the process and perhaps more important, your representation will impact the bottom line of the your closing statement from escrow.  You will sleep better knowing you made the right choice and the sale of your property is in capable hands.

Choose Charlemagne Int'l Properties when only the best will do.  We've been selling Palos Verdes homes since 1992 and our top priority is helping you achieve the best real estate results possible.  

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We care about the sale of your property and what's best for you.
Our pre-listing marketing includes over five pages of steps we take to make sure every property we list receives top-notch online marketing presentation.  Today's buyers search online first.  It's imperative your property is presented in its best light from day one.  Simply listing it on the MLS is not enough.  We list locally, but we market to the world.
Charlemagne Int'l Properties sells locally but markets your Palos Verdes Property to the world.
Charlemagne Int'l Properties sells locally but markets your Palos Verdes Property to the world.
If it's time to discuss the sale of your Palos Verdes property with one of the best brokers and agents in the South Bay of Los Angeles we're ready to help you maximize the value of your home whether it is a cottage or a castle.

Our award-winning blogs was ranked in the top 100 real estate blogs in the world.  We're serious about sharing our real estate knowledge and expertise with our clients.

Charlemagne Intl Properties:
Imagine how thrilled you will be to have a sale pending sign in front of your Palos Verdes Property.
Imagine how thrilled you will be to have a sale pending sign in front of your Palos Verdes Property.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's the Value of a Palos Verdes View?

 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is the value of a view. This is one of the great puzzles of selling view homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We have a plethora of views. There are varying degrees of views, there are up close and personal views and there are some homes with pastoral views (some buyers consider this a non-view when compared with a panoramic view). What's an agent to do when asked to place a value on a view?

The Views of Palos Verdes:

The Queen's Necklace view is one of the most sought after on the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula. Many residents of Palos Verdes Estates are fortunate to enjoy this amazing sight from the comfort and convenience of their home. It is a combination of Pacific Ocean meeting the encircling lights of the Beach Cities and beyond all the way to Malibu. Toss in snow-capped mountain in the background on a clear day and few would disagree this is a million dollar view.

The Blue Pacific and Catalina Island is another very popular view in Palos Verdes. A drive along Palos Verdes South will soon reveal why Lowe's chose to build one of the most spectacular resorts in Southern California overlooking this view. Terranea will open this summer and the views are incredible and inspiring. Donald Trump's golf course is located nearby and enjoys the same view.

City lights is an undeniably romantic view. The lights of the Los Angeles Basin and Los Angeles Harbor sparkle throughout the night and twinkle like millions of strands of holiday lights. Palos Verdes is affectionately referred to as "The Hill" by locals and nowhere is this more evident than when you are looking down at the glittering lights of the night.

Other views include coastline, whitewater, bluffs, hills. parks and so much more. Some are from atop "The Hill" and others are so close you can dip your toes in the water or feel the mist of the surf on your face. There is no doubt views add value to Palos Verdes Property. It also adds beauty, serenity and joy. Those intangibles may be one of the greatest gifts of owning property on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

- Norma Toering, Broker at Charlemagne Intl Properties - A Top Palos Verdes Realtor -

Coastal Homes for Sale in Palos Verdes CA:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Seller Tip--3 Little Secrets for a Happily Ever After Sale

The sellers I work with are smart and savvy. It may be a strong market for sellers, but every seller realizes they still needs a ready, willing and able buyer. Sellers are adapting to the new rules of real estate with a shift in attitude, increased market knowledge and cooperation, and by playing their property's trump card with pride.
Shift your mindset:  Pack your emotions away. You are now a seller and that requires a shift in attitude. You have a property to market and sell before you can move on with your life.
Know what buyers want, and give it to them.  Today's buyers are savvy and they want a good product at a fair price. Make sure your property meets or exceeds their expectations.  Get serious about showcasing your product. Some buyers have vision, but many need you to paint the picture for them. Staging a property can be a wonderful way to showcase a home's floor plan and livability factor.

What's your property's wow factor? If it's the view accent it by orienting the furniture to showcase the view. Open the drapes and blinds to show it off.  Lead the buyers toward your home's best features. Maybe it's a wonderful outdoor living space, a spacious master bedroom or a breathtaking garden. Go ahead and be a bit of a show-off, and chances are you will soon be enjoying the pay-off.

In other news: one of our Palos Verdes clients just listed their Pasadena home at 875 S Madison Avenue in Pasadena CA.  We'd be honored to be your agent when time to sell your Palos Verdes luxury home.

- Norma Toering, Broker at Charlemagne Intl Properties, Palos Verdes Real Estate Agents
(310) 493-8333 or Email us
Norma Toering - Broker

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Palos Verdes Dr. West Home Sales Report – April 2015 – Rancho PV

Oceanfront Estates in Palos Verdes

The P.V. Drive West area is home to many of the mega mansions in Rancho Palos Verdes. With its miles of ocean frontage it is the perfect setting for many of the elite ocean view homes hugging the Palos Verdes coastal area. Oceanfront Estates and Marguerite Drive are two neighborhoods to explore if you're in the market for a Rancho Palos Verdes luxury home.

- Norma & Josh Toering - Palos Verdes Real Estate Agents
Charlemagne Intl Properties

Homes for sale in the PV Drive West area of Rancho Palos Verdes:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stop the Car! Another Great View Day in Palos Verdes

Those were my words when we rounded a curve and this view popped into my line of vision on a glorious view day in Palos Verdes.  We simply had to park the car and capture the view.

Views are an integral part of the Palos Verdes lifestyle, and it's not hard to understand why once you are treated to sights like this view of the Queen's Necklace.  The curve of the land where water meets sand and is greeted by twinkling city lights is such a bejeweled vision it earned the name of Queen's Necklace.  It is certainly ranked among the most royal and sought after views on the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula.

I love this view, but there are others just as grand and memorable.  Are you in the market to buy or sell a view property in Palos Verdes?  If so, Charlemagne Int'l Properties would be proud to represent in acquiring such a property to treasure and enjoy on a daily basis.

You may reach us at or 310.493.8333.  There's a Palos Verdes View waiting for you!

- Norma Toering, Broker
(310) 493-8333

Coastal Homes for Sale in the Palos Verdes area: