Short sale inventory down in Redondo Beach

It wasn’t too long ago that most buyers had heard all of the horror stories involved with and wouldn’t go near them. In many conversations I explained to buyers that if they were looking for a “deal” a short sale was definitely the way to go. Unfortunately that just doesn’t seem to be the case any longer as short sale inventory is way down and anything initially priced below market value is quickly in escrow with multiple offers and most seem to be selling at numbers much closer to market value. According to Keith Kyle, a South Bay short sale specialist, “it’s a combination of lower inventory and a much more streamlined short sale process in which most short sales are going through. No longer are buyers overly cautious about potential short sales taking 6 months or more like they had in the past.” While short sale may not be the bargain they once were, they still are the likeliest source of well priced homes if and when you can find them. For a current list of foreclosures visit either our Redondo Beach foreclosures site, or our South Bay foreclosures and short sales listings.

Torrance Short Sales At Lowest Point Since 2007

As a short sale specialist I have tracked the short sale market for years and as Torrance is the largest city in the South Bay, it has been a very good indicator of how much of a factor short sales and bank owned homes have been on the local market.  Short sales first became a factor in mid 2007 with a high point in 2010.  In August of 2010 there were 159 active short sale homes for sale in Torrance.   Those numbers started to decline in April of 2011 and have continued downward to the current level which has seen an average of 4 homes for sale for the past few months.  What was a source of the “deals” sought by buyers is no longer putting downward pressure on the market and has basically ceased to be a factor. View short sale homes for sale on our distressed home site for Torrance and all of the South Bay

The Days Of Redondo Beach Short Sales May Be Winding Down

Although the South Bay and certainly the Beach Cities were fairly protected from the wave of short sales and bank foreclosures that plummeted prices in other areas of California, there were opportunities out there.  As Redondo Beach is both larger than neighboring Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, and typically caters to more first time home buyers, it felt the foreclosure brunt the most and it wasn’t a challenge to find “deals” on such properties.  Gone may be the days of short sale deals and homes selling below market value, as the inventory of both standard sales, and distressed home sales has continued to decline while demand has grown.  The influx of investors buying up short sale and foreclosures added to the pressure.  As of December 2011 there were 46 active short sales and foreclosures in Redondo Beach and just a year later the inventory was down to 9 distressed sales.  This will likely lead to rising prices as these short sales were the driving factor behind the declining prices over the past few years.

The chart above shows the monthly inventory of distressed homes in Redondo Beach from October of 2011 until December of 2012.

South Bay Short Sales Not the “Deals” They Once Were

It wasn’t too long ago that most buyers had heard all of the horror stories involved with short sales and wouldn’t go near them.  In many conversations I explained to buyers that if they were looking for a “deal” a short sale was definitely the way to go.  Unfortunately that just doesn’t seem to be the case any longer as short sale inventory is almost non-existent.  According to Keith Kyle, a South Bay short sale specialist, “it’s a combination of lower inventory and a much more streamlined short sale process in which most short sales are going through.  No longer are buyers overly cautious about potential short sales taking 6 months or more like they had in the past.”

While short sale may not be the bargain they once were, they still are the likeliest source of well priced homes if and when you can find them.  For a current list of foreclosures visit either our Redondo Beach foreclosures site, or our South Bay foreclosures and short sales listings.

The above chart shows the “for sale” distressed homes in light green, sold homes in teal, and pending sales in red over the past 10 years.   Needless to say there’s certainly not an abudance these days.

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