El Camino Village a Great Alternative For South Bay Home Buyers

By Keith KyleExterior-2

For many home buyers searching in Redondo Beach and Torrance, finding a single family home in their price range is often not possible.  An alternative to these more expensive areas is a small community locally known as El Camino Village, located near the El Camino City College.  The community name is somewhat made up as it actually consists of 2 different cities, Lawndale and Gardena, but has helped create a nice community feel not shared with some other areas of the same cities.  El Camino Village is a bordered by Prairie to the west, Marine to the north, Manhattan Beach Blvd to the south and Crenshaw to the east.

What makes the area fairly unique is that zoning only allows for single family homes and with elementary schools located within walking distance, the area has a very nice look and feel.  The Lawndale and Gardena neighborhoods do not actually connect and are divided by an aquaduct with the Lawndale side having a bit more of a uniform feel and home values being slightly higher.

Home prices have risen rapidly in 2014 with the smaller 3 bed/1 bath homes starting in the low to mid $400’s and larger or upgraded homes quickly reaching into the mid $500’s.

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Is the world of short sales and REOs a little fishy…or is it just me?

Unfortunately, I realize that we are in a profession in which ethical standards do not mean much to everyone. Fortunately being in a high end market in Redondo Beach CA, the bulk of the realtors that I work with and encounter are very professional and seem to put their clients needs ahead of their on on most occassions. One thing that’s hard not to notice is that with the increase in bank owned foreclosures and short sales, the number of out of area listing agents has increased and that hasn’t always been a good thing. Although I don’t always agree with it, the seeming lack of effort…from terrible photos or even no photos at all, unclear showing instructions, to poor, vague or confusing descriptions, etc can perhaps be justified, and I can convince myself that’s something they’ve come to an agreement with the sellers on. Today was one of those days, however, that just makes me want to pick up the phone and call someone to tell them they’re getting poor representation….or worse. Today 3 short sales came on the market in my fairly high end market. All three were priced far too low and to my surprise (ok that’s sarcastic) all three immediately went off the market after being listed. One of the properties not only had no description or showing information, the picture of the home wasn’t the home, and was of a home likely 15 years older and very run down. The second home went on hold shortly after being listed (which it had done a month ago the first time) and had a photo from about 10 years ago the 3rd went pending 8 minutes after being listed. Now I understand that there MAY be circumstances in which something like this may occur but 3 in one day? And yes all three agents were from out of the area.

South Bay Brokers The Top Sales Volume Per Agent

Congratulations to South Bay Brokers for being recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as the South Bay real estate brokerage with the highest residential sales volume per agent.  According to Keith Kyle, a top producing agent in the Manhattan Beach office, “what makes South Bay Brokers so unique is that they really focus on hiring and training full time agents.  While many other real estate firms focus on hiring as many new agents as possible as that’s often good for the brokerages bottom line, South Bay Brokers thinks that as every agent is a representative of their brand, it’s critical that those agents treat real estate as a full time profession and naturally leads to long term and repeat clients”.  This is the 23rd straight year in which South Bay Brokers was recognized for this achievement.

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