Are Contingent Offers Starting to Be a Workable Strategy?

By Keith Kyle

In the past two months I’ve had three contingent offers accepted.  Not only were the offers accepted but my clients homes were not even on the market yet.  I spent much of 2017 submitting contingent offers for these clients only to be rejected time and time again.  Often times we were competing against 15-20 other offers and some were all cash….we didn’t have a chance.

So is that changing?

It may just be timing, luck or the right situation, but sellers seem to be considering contingent offers in the current Redondo Beach real estate market.  It’s key to submit a VERY strong offer in regards to price and terms, but sellers may be realizing that the buyer’s homes will likely sell fairly quickly.

For those that don’t know what a contingent offer is…..there are many situations in which a home buyer needs to sell their home to have enough money for the down payment and to qualify for the loan.  When you submit an offer that requires the buyer to sell their home to make it work…that’s a contingent offer.  It adds a whole additional level of uncertainty to the sellers of the home being purchased.  No longer is their just a home inspection, appraisal and loan on their house……but likely a home inspection, appraisal, and loan on the buyers sale as well.  The uncertainty is the reason most sellers won’t consider it unless it’s the only option.

In a sellers market with multiple offers and high demand, getting a contingent offer accepted is a long shot at best, but maybe the recent wave of acceptances is a sign that things are changing slightly.

If oceanfront is what you’re looking for…..

By Keith Kyle 501 Paseo De La Playa Hollywood Riviera

I’ve been fortunate to represent a few clients on purchases or sales along Paseo De La Playa in the Hollywood Riviera and the locations is nothing short of spectacular.  Paseo De La Playa is the oceanfront street that connects Redondo Beach with the beginning of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers a lifestyle not found in many places.

The recent listing of 501 Paseo De La Playa is no exception.  This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home sits high on the bluff and offers mesmerizing views of the ocean, Palos Verdes and the beautiful coastline from Redondo to Malibu.

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Redondo Housing Inventory Stays Low…So Where are the New Listings?

By Keith KyleHomes for sale in Torrance CA

As a Redondo Beach realtor who has been doing this a while, I’ve come to expect a nice increase in houses for sale in mid to late January. As the holidays wrap up, football season ends, and everyone gets back to work, we generally see a nice increase in homes that hit the market. It can often set the tone for much of the year as and abundance of homes early in the year often seems to stabilize the market one way or another. Unfortunately 2015 hasn’t seen that increase as the number of active homes for sale continues to go down at a time when the homes for sale should be going up. It’s still early enough that sellers may yet be holding off for a week or two to put their homes on the market and it would be welcome relief for the home buyers sitting and waiting.

The chart below shows the number of homes for sale represented by the light green bar. As of January 29th there are only 88 homes for sale in all of Redondo Beach.

Where Have all the Ocean Front and Ocean View Condos Gone?

Although the housing inventory has been low in Redondo Beach for almost 2 years now, the market for oceanfrontRedondo Beach condos for sale Esplanade and ocean view Village condos is almost non-existent. Popular condo complexes such as The Village, the Seascape buildings, and various oceanfront buildings on the Esplanade are nowhere near the normal inventory levels. According to realtor Keith Kyle, “It’s really been months since there’s been anything new. There are currently a few places that have been on the market for some time now, but the few new listings, if priced anywhere near where they should be, disappear quickly.”

“These homes offer the iconic South Bay beach lifestyle and are are highly sought after, often by professionals that travel extensively, local retired or semi-retired people looking for that vacation beach feel, or those priced out of nearby townhomes and single family homes.”

Seascape-1-PoolThe inventory has continued to drop to nearly a trickle with only 2 condos on the market as of this writing.  Both are in the Seascape buildings behind King Harbor and the Redondo Pier area.  The homes often offer the real feel of living on vacation as many have great views and some offer terrific amenities.

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Redondo Beach September 2014 Home Prices

The real estate market continued to show strong numbers in Redondo Beach CA with 88 home sales and a median home price of $785,000.  Housing inventory remained low and demand continued to be strong in Redondo.

City Homes
Sold
September
2014 Median
September
2013 Median
Year
over Year % Change
Carson 38 $363,000 $360,000 0.83%
El Segundo 9 $526,250 $730,000 -27.91%
Gardena 34 $365,000 $352,500 3.55%
Harbor City 13 $465,000 $375,000 24.00%
Hawthorne 35 $495,000 $473,500 4.54%
Hermosa Beach 17 $1,020,000 $1,032,500 -1.21%
Lawndale $400,000 $432,500 -7.51%
Lomita 8 $522,750 $430,000 21.57%
Long Beach 314 $420,000 $388,500 8.11%
Manhattan Beach 32 $1,950,000 $1,675,000 16.42%
Marina Del Rey 31 $797,000 $848,000 <-6.01%
Palos Verdes Estates 34 $1,575,000 $1,306,000 20.60%
Playa Del Rey 24 $534,050 $467,000 14.36%
Rancho Palos Verdes 51 $1,038,000 $1,053,000 -1.42%
Redondo Beach 88 $785,000 $750,000 4.67%
San Pedro 56 $448,250 $430,000 4.24%
Torrance 117 $530,000 $525,000 0.95%
Westchester 34 $869,000 $724,000 20.03%

Price Reductions Making this Oceanfront Esplanade Home for Sale Intriguing

The home located at 709 Esplanade hasn’t been one of the easiest homes to sell, despite the fact that it sits 709 Esplanadeoceanfront with unbelievable views from Palos Verdes to Malibu.  It’s a home with some challenges and will require a buyer with some vision, and some money to do a fairly sizable remodel.  It’s been listed by a number of realtors and has come down from the hyper inflated $10,000,000 that it started at in 2012.  It’s a fairly palacial home by any South Bay standards with the sellers claim that it’s over 9000 feet.  Unfortunately it’s a classic example of an owner with very specific tastes that doesn’t appeal to the masses.  The owner clearly liked the color pink (or salmon we’re not sure) and tile.  Just about every surface in the home is a pinkish tile and some of the features are a challenge for most luxury home buyers…..pink frog fountains, pinkish kitchen, etc.  In general our opinion is that the home will need a total overhaul, but at it’s current price it is starting to be a very enticing option for the homeowner that wants it all.  Contact us or call/text 310-251-2344 for more information.

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Happy Halloween from Redondo Beach Real Estate

We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy Halloween weekend.  Halloween in the Beach Cities and South Bay is ideal with some great family friendly neighborhoods and perfect places to take the little ones to trick or treat.  The walkstreets of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan offer the best locations as they’re always lively and no cars!   Have fun.

Hermosa Beach Halloween House Happy Halloween

Redondo Beach oceanview Condos – Seascape I, II, III, and The Village

The area of Redondo known as The Village, or Seascapes I, II and III offers the finest in resort living. Located near the Redondo Beach pier andEnjoy ocean and harbor views a short walk to both King Harbor and the beaches of Redondo, these upscale condominiums offer a resort feel, and are the perfect home for those wanting to live close to the ocean. Often offering fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina, and the beaches of Redondo the Seascape condominiums and townhomes boast pool and exercise facilities, a short walk to beaches, shopping and the pier. This is South Bay living at it’s finest.

View current oceanview condos for sale

Redondo Beach offers a wider variety of options than neighboring Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach as it’s zoned to allow higher density housing in some areas…..meaning larger condo complexes. Some of the most ideal complexes are located in South Redondo Beach just off of Catalina and are known as the Village or Seascapes I, II and III. All of the Seascape Buildings are also known as the Village (they’re actually all on Catalina but the addresses are on The Village) All of the complexes have Homeowners Associations with HOA dues to cover the various landscaping, pools and some insurance. If you’re looking for an affordable way to have a beach home, they may be ideal for you. All of these complexes offer some fantastic ocean, and harbor views and are centrally located just a short walk or bike ride to the beach, marina, restaurants and shops and parks. Keep in mind that some of my comments are just opinions on what is both good and bad about the buildings based on my observations and feedback from my clients.

The Village Townhomes and Condos (610-688 The Village)

The Village in Redondo Beach Harbor views from The Village Fitness-Center
The Village in South Redondo Beach may just be the most affordable way of living near the water in the South Bay. The Village condominiums and townhomes feature 323 well maintained units including studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom condos along with a few townhome style homes at the southern end of the property. The Village offers resort style living and includes two beautiful pool and spa areas (one is for owners only, the other is owned by Ocean Club rental units but fully usable by the owners in The Village) a state of the art fitness center (again part of the Ocean Club but free access is provided to owners) several bbq areas, walk paths, access to the Redondo pier area and more. Most units have ocean views, ocean breezes and are a wonderful place to call home…or a second home.

Seascape I (210-250 The Village)

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Seascape One is actually located between Seascapes II and III and consists of 210-250 The Village. It was built in 1978 and is just east of King Harbor and the Redondo Beach pier. Many of the units have fairly unique windows that allow for plenty of light and breezes. The smallest units are 1 bedroom 1 bath with around 577 square feet with the largest units being 2 bedroom 2 bath with just over 1600 feet. Values depend primarily on the location and view as well as the upgrades that the owners have done over time.

Pros: Location, location, location. Seascape I is central to everything and you truly don’t have to get in the car on the weekends. It’s directly adjacent to the marina and the Redondo Beach pier and has a large grassy park just outside your door. Some of the units are very nicely remodeled and some have tremendous ocean views (although those unblocked view units rarely come on the market. This is an affordable way to live by the beach or use a rental unit. See additional pictures of an ocean view unit at 240 The Village.

Cons: The complex is a little maze like and finding your way around isn’t always simple. The complex also has shared laundry with a laundry room near the elevator on every floor. Another negative is that there seems to continually be an assessment in addition to the HOA dues and currently all of the planters and ponds have been undergoing continual work. Unlike Seacapes Two and Three the complex is not gated (although the parking is)  View current oceanview condos for sale

Seascape II (110 – 160 The Village)

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Seascape 2 was built in 1980 and looks a bit more modern than Seascape I. The units are much larger with the smallest one bedrooms just a bit over 900 square feet and the largest condos having 2 bedrooms plus a very good sized loft (with an additional balcony) and just at 1900 square feet. Seascape 2 consists of the buildings with 100-160 The Village addresses and is the furthest north of the oceanfront/oceanview buildings. The complex has a very nice pool area and is walkable to just about everything imaginable. Seascape 2 also has some townhome units with larger square footage and attached garages. Many/most of the units have been extensively remodeled and many have stunning ocean and harbor views.

Pros:Again the location is excellent with shops, restaurants, gyms and the beach just a stroll away. The complex has a very nice vacation like feel to it and is ideal for those looking for a beach home, second home or just wanting a primary residence at the beach….without the price tag of many other oceanview properties.

Cons:There are often assessments and the monthly HOA is fairly high and currently start around the mid $400s as of this article. It’s a fairly large complex and often a bit confusing to find your way around. Although the views can be stunning some of the units are a bit further back with a service road and a few buildings in front of the views of some of the lower units.

Seascape III (510-540 The Village)

  Seascape-3-Pool

Built in 1980 Seascape III feels very similar to Seascape II with a slightly more “vacation” type feel. The condos are fairly large with the smallest 1458 square feet and the largest being the penthouse 2 bedroom with an ocean view loft and separate patio with slightly over 2000 square feet.

This is the furthest south of the Seascape buildings but still walkable to everything.

Pros: Again the location is just ideal and the complex has a great second home or vacation feel. Higher floor units have some tremendous views and many have been very nicely upgraded. As with all of the Esplanade and Village buildings, prices have come down considerably as they have had a very high second home ownership in the past and have suffered quite a bit with some foreclosures and short sales forcing prices down which makes for an ideal environment for buyers

Cons: As with all of the Seascape buildings the HOA is quite high and the age of the buildings, coupled with their environment of sun and salt air, often make for additional assessments. HOA is also fairly restrictive as to what can be done to the units, but this can also be considered a positive for many.  View current oceanview condos for sale

1634 Ford Street in the Golden Hills of Redondo Beach

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Welcome home to this wonderfully remodeled  single family home in the Golden Hills of Redondo Beach. This beautiful home boasts a great
split level floorplan that offers a spacious and open layout with all three bedrooms on the same floor and a stylish interior.    Features include a gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, pendant light and recessed lighting with great natural light.  Custom paint and dramatic dark hardwood floors extend throughout the home giving the home a true designer feel.   Nice sized master suite offers large customized closets, gleaming hardwood floors, newer doors and windows and a beautifully remodeled bath.  The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms share another stylishly remodeled bathroom with custom tile and frameless shower.   Both bedrooms are west facing and offer great natural light and sit high above the neighboring home to take full advantage of the coastal breezes.   Spacious one car garage has a laundry area, direct access to the home, and a full size access door to the seemingly endless storage space underneath the home.   Just a few blocks from both Hermosa and Manhattan Beach this home is the perfect starter home in a fantastic neighborhood.  

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  • Priced at $769,000
  • 3 bed/2 bath, 1350 square feet
  • Golden Hills location

Contact listing agent Keith Kyle at 310-251-2344 or Keith@KeithKyleHomes.com for more information

617 Paseo De La Playa. From FSBO to New Oceanfront Listing in Redondo

Paseo De La Playa views

Located on the bluff in the charming neighborhood of Hollywood Riviera, the new listing at 617 Paseo De La Playa has a view and location that may be second to none.  With fantastic coastline views from Palos Verdes to Malibu, the home sits on a huge lot that extends all the way to the sands of Torrance Beach.  The home itself has been updated throughout the years but still has a fairly original feel.  The home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths at 3100+ square feet.  From the moment you enter the home you’re absolutely struck by the views.  The home came on the market at a fairly hefty $4,495,000 which would be the new high in the area.  Formerly a FSBO priced at $4,350,000 the home didn’t sell which wasn’t a surprise given that homes rarely sell as for sale by owner properties.  Contact us or call/text at 310-251-2344 for more information.

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