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Polished: Market Update

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From busier than usual beach parking to longer lines for dining al fresco, and the slight underlying scent of sunscreen… all the signs of another exciting summer abound. It seems there is fun to be had and it’s all outdoors in an attempt to catch a breeze in this heat!
The rise in temps all around can also be seen cooking up the rising rents in the area! The sales of apartment buildings in the South Bay have nearly tripled recently. Giving the new owners a fantastic reason to do a few upgrades (great for the construction companies!) and therefore pass that cost onto their tenants.
This rise in rental property transactions have been linked to several factors including reality TV renovation shows as well as the soon to be finished NFL stadium. It’s more than likely a combination of a few factors. No matter how you look at it, upgrading current buildings brings a new found inspiration for economic growth throughout the area.
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POLISHED *Market Update*

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We are now seeing record high selling prices for homes in many markets of California and the nation.

The sky high home values that seemed unbelievable back in 2007 have now been eclipsed in many of the larger markets of the state. The markets in the Bay Area now boast the highest values and record fast sell times.

 

Demand Conditions

  • Employment is strong throughout the state. In all coastal counties, the unemployment rate is now at the full employment level, meaning that job opportunities are relatively abundant and wages are rising.
  • The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.83% this week — significantly below the 5% to 6% range during the 2005 to 2007 “bubble” years.
  • In fear of facing higher interest rates because of overt statements by the Federal Reserve to push rates higher in a measured fashion, demand for mortgages has increased.
  • Because consumer confidence in March was at its highest level since 2000, people in general are feeling very confident about their employment prospects, their future income prospects, and the stability of the economy right now.
  • The financial market composite indices are at or near all time record highs. Households owning financial assets are feeling more wealthy today than during the previous 10 years.

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April Market Update

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Here in the Beach Cities, spring is in full bloom and there are signs of it all around us.

In real estate markets near and far, growth is abundant and it looks like it will continue that way for at least a bit!

According to National Mortgage Professional Magazine, “… Sky-high potential price gains may be finally prompting more homeowners to sell.” This is fantastic news for sellers and buyers alike. Movement increases inventory. Inventory increases a buyers choices. We all like choices! The unique and distinctive properties available on the market right now are not to be missed!

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*Market Update*

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“Hermosa Beach will temporarily permit residents of commercial areas to rent out their homes to vacationers on sites like Airbnb.com — even as it fights a court challenge to its outright ban on them in most neighborhoods.”

 

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Market Update – January 2017

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Happy New Year!

CoreLogic reported in late December that home buying saw the fastest November in more than four years even though the month’s sales totaled 7.5% below 1988 month average.  The surge in sales increased what buyers paid. Our relatively robust local job market created more job opportunities along with pay hikes nationwide.  Fewer absentee buyers were reported.  Mortgage financing was not used in 21% of the deals.

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Housing Market Update – November 2016

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After falling to the lowest level in 50 years, the U.S. homeownership rate bounced up slightly in the third quarter of this year. Corelogic reports that the amount of equity homeowners now have has doubled in the last five years sales.

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Housing Market Update – October 2016

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“Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in September and were propelled by sales from first-time buyers reaching a 34 percent share, which is a high not seen in over four years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw an increase in closings last month, and distressed sales fell to a new low of 4 percent of the market.”

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Why Buyers Choose a Particular Home

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When it comes to home buyer preference, there are a lot of variables. Some people buy according to price, while others are looking for a particular neighborhood or style of home. A recent analysis of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s American Housing Survey done by the National Association of Home Builders looked at what’s most important to buyers of both new and existing homes. According to the report, the top two reasons a buyer chooses a particular home are size and layout/design. In fact, 76 percent of buyers named size the most important factor and 74 percent said layout. Neighborhood came in third at 72 percent of buyers. New home buyers named similar features but added exterior appearance and construction quality to their list of deciding factors. They were also even more likely to name these features as important than buyers of previously owned homes. Among first-time buyers, the home’s price was a bigger factor than among other buyers. First timers were also more likely to look for a neighborhood that was close to work, family, and friends. Other buyers said the neighborhood they moved to would be based primarily on the house they were interested in and safety. To a lesser extent, potential home buyers were interested in buying in a good school district, though that tended to be more important to new home buyers than other types of buyers. More here.

South Bay Vision – Market Update

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The California Association of Realtors released their report on California existing home sales and median prices in July. The statewide median price rose over the 12 months ending in July by 7.1% to $464,750. Although June marked the end of the 23 months of double-digit prices increases, the median single-family home price in California has now risen on a year-over-year basis for 29 months.

“Home prices continued to march higher across much of the U.S. in July. Most states are reaching price levels not seen since the boom year of 2006,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Our data indicates that this trend will continue, with more states hitting new all-time peaks this year and into 2015 as the recovery continues.”

Please enjoy. Should your plans include real estate purchase and sales, please call or email with questions – and as always, thanks for your referrals!

Sources:

*LAEDC / Volume 18 N. 34

** HousingWire / Trey Garrison CoreLogic 9-2-14

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South Bay Vision – Market Update

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According to the latest TrendGraphix reports for the beach cities for the period May 13th – July 13th compared to the same period last year you will see the number of properties for sale increased in Hermosa, Redondo and El Segundo however decreased slightly in Manhattan Beach. Although months of inventory have increased since the same time last year, we’re looking at approximately 1.9 months of available inventory for most of the beach cities including El Segundo.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the housing market is stabilizing, but ongoing challenges are impeding full sales potential. “Activity is notably higher than earlier this year as proces have moderated and inventory levels have improved,” he said. “However, supply shortages still exist in parts of the country, wages are flat, and tight credit conditions are deterring a higher number of potential buyers from fully taking advantage of lower interest rates.”

Pending home sales in the West inched 0.2 percent in June to 95.7, but remains 16.7 percent below June 2013.

Please enjoy. Should your plans include real estate purchase and sales, please call or email with questions – and as always, thanks for your referrals!

* Sources: TrendGraphics, C.A.R.

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