Real Estate Outlook

Pain In the Upper End?

The self-fulfilling prophecies are right again according to the LA Times article "At the luxury end, home prices are falling." The upper end of the market is feeling some pain. It appears misery loves company. Statistics are in for the month April and indicate some exclusive neighborhoods show decreased sales prices compared to April 2007. Palos Verdes real estate had mixed reviews. Palos...


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Buyers Had Their Beauty Sleep

I believe home buyers of Palos Verdes real estate are finally waking up. Blanche Evans in Realty Times has written that consumers have "been getting bad information" and goes on to explain that Robert Shiller (founder of the Case-Shiller Index) might just have an ulterior motive when he says that housing prices may drop further than 30% (as experienced in the Great Depression). Shiller "makes money...


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Hottest SoCal Zip Codes

Today's Los Angeles Times Real Estate Section reported the ten Southern California cities with the highest increase in sales prices for single family residences for the first quarter of 2008 compared with the same period last year. Both zip codes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula were on this list. Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates (zip 90274) showed an increase in median...


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The Human Yo-Yo

I can only imagine how the public feels regarding real estate in the Palos Verdes and South Bay areas with the news media's seemingly conflicting reporting . Yesterday's LA Times Business section headline, "March a cruel month - Foreclosures take over..." is only 8 days after the LA Times Business section headline, "Home prices staying afloat at the beach" (see my post "Now You're Talking" April 8,...


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One for the Money, Two for the Show….

This is an open letter to Buyers. If you are looking for foreclosures or REOs (bank owned real estate) in Palos Verdes or the South Bay, here are some ideas to help you... One for the Money -You must have your finances ready. The Bank-Seller has already experienced shaky finances from the prior owner. Get pre-approved from your lender and have them pull your current FICO scores. You will also...


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Now You’re Talking…

"Home prices staying afloat at the beach" is today's headline in theLos Angeles Times Business Section. They researched 18 zip codes "excluding such spend-happy areas as Malibu, Palos Verdes and Newport Beach" inferring that real estate in those 3 cities are doing even better. Kudos to the LA Times for writing a balanced article with information that is specific to our South Bay area. We are...


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Are You As Old As Your Home?

Tuesday night, Barbara Walters had a fascinating ABC-TV Special entitled, "Live to be 150 - Can you do it?" There are more than 84,000 centenarians (100+) living in the United States with a projection of over 1,000,000 by the year 2050. Many are choosing to stay in their own homes. This is an important demographic that will change many industries, including real estate. According the 2000 U.S....


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Spring Has Sprung!

With the first day of Spring our thoughts go to nature and real estate. The flowers are blooming and there is life in Palos Verdes real estate too. Today, there are 223 active single family residences for sale compared to 216 last month. March 1st to date, there are 74 Pending transactions for March compared to 32 last month. March 1st to date, there are 18 sold or closed transactions compared...


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Spring Bounce

I am seeing increased activity in our market on the Palos Verdes Peninsula which follows normal trends for this time of year. Spring is the "season" for real estate. In the last 6 days, 20 new listings came on the market, 12 properties became Contingent, 10 properties went into Pending and 5 properties closed escrow (from sales a month or two ago). Some of the Pending sales actually were properties...


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How is our market in Palos Verdes?

This is a question that I am asked often. The answer is "Just fine, thank you" for several reasons. First, if you look at recent statistics such as "California Association of Realtors - LA County Economic Profile January 2008" the median price year to year November 2006 to November 2007 for Palos Verdes Peninsula shows an increase of 20.4%. Los Angeles Times in Southland Home Prices dated 1/20/08...


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