Hermosa Beach Pending Home Sales Reach 5 Year High

Hermosa Beach has long been one of the more sought after coastal communities with demand for homes in the small beach community always high.  Recent market conditions have created an even greater demand as inventory of active home listings has continued to decline while the few homes available quickly go into escrow.  The 31 homes in escrow or “pending” in June of 2013 is the highest number since 2007 and is helping drive prices up as demand continues to soar.

Chart showing 5 year active, pending and sold homes in Hermosa Beach

June saw 37 active MLS listings and homes for sale, 31 pending home sales and 18 closed escrows or sold homes. Visit our home sales page to see the homes sold in June 2013 and prices for the sold homes.  According to long time Hermosa Beach resident and top real estate agent Keith Kyle with South Bay Brokers, “This is an almost ideal climate for sellers with the usual summer demand in full effect due to buyers looking for homes in the Hermosa Beach school district, low inventory, historically low interest rates and prices continuing to rise.

Are Foreclosure Opportunities a Thing of the Past?

As a short sale listing expert, I’ve tracked the number of foreclosures, meaning both short sales and bank owned homes (REOs) in the South Bay for the past few years. It wasn’t long ago that each month there would be consistently over 100 short sale homes listed in Torrance alone. That certainly isn’t the case any longer. As of April 10th 2013 only 29 short sales were on the market in the cities of Lawndale, Gardena, Manhattan Beach, Redondo, Hermosa, Palos Verdes, El Segundo, San Pedro and Torrance combined.

The chart above shows the number of active short sale listings, pending escrows and sold homes for each month in the cities mentioned above. The light green bar shows the active listings, dark green shows sold homes with the red line showing the pending or “in escrow” homes.

 

Oh this crazy market……how home prices are getting out of control

Chart-UpwardI often tell my statistically driven friends and clients that although “trendlines” and statistical data can help explain what is happening and what may happen in real estate, it often overlooks a very key piece of the puzzle. Unlike other products people buy and sell, home sales are often driven by both emotion and perception. It was only a few months back when the perception was that prices would continue to be flat, or even go down slightly, and the biggest challenge I faced was convincing buyers that now was a good time to buy.

Oh how things have changed in such a short time. Very quickly the market shifted to favor sellers and as soon as buyers decided that they may miss their opportunity, things have quickly gotten out of control. Low inventory, low interest rates, short sale and REO “deals” drying up, and pressure from large investors buying and flipping everything they could find has made it almost impossible to buy a home. How quickly we forget all that created the bubble in the first place and buyers are now chasing homes, overbidding, paying too much, waiving the appraisal and just about everything else that once again appears unsustainable.

In my own personal experience the last 4 offers I have put in for homes in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have required that my buyers waive their appraisal contingency….the sellers knowing full well that the home wouldn’t appraise. No doubt this is great for sellers, but again it appears unsustainable and will likely cause problems in the near future.   We’ll likely continue to see this incredible turnaround until inventory and interest rates move away from near record lows.  I’m looking forward to the days of a balanced market, in which well priced homes sell quickly and buyers have a chance of paying market value.   In the mean time, if I were a  South Bay home seller who had given some thought to list my home…..it doesn’t get much better than this.

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