The following is my Quarterly Real Estate Market Report for the Second Quarter 2011 for the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the South Bay Beach Cities
Simply Click on the Market Report Desired Below ( Note that Market Information Reports are Year to Date Figures ) :
Palos Verdes Peninsula 2011 2nd Qtr. Market Information
Palos Verdes Peninsula Neighborhood 2nd Quarter 2011 Detailed Real Estate Activity
Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach 2nd Qtr. 2011 Market Information
Redondo Beach 2nd Qtr 2011 Market Information
Torrance 2nd Qtr 2011 Market Information
San Pedro 2nd Qtr Market Information
2011 Second Quarter Market Report Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay Single Family Homes
The real estate market activity for the Palos Verdes Peninsula continued to stabilize during the 2nd quarter 2011, with overall sales volume almost identical compared to the second quarter 2010 sales. Buyers who can get financing are actively looking and aggressively offering where they see a deal. Sellers who are motivated to move are pricing their homes to sell. Buyers are taking advantage of significant discounts and continuing record low interest rates.
Properties, on average, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are selling for approx. 94% of list price. The average price per sq. ft. for Palos Verdes homes sold in the second quarter 2011 compared to the second quarter 2010, increased approx. 2% overall, but varied city by city. Prices per sq. ft. are down approx. 18% on the Palos Verdes Peninsula from their peak in 2006. Prices in the South Bay, however, have decreased much less than other areas in Southern California due to the relative few number of foreclosures compared to other inland areas. This market is now considered a stabile market by loan underwriters.
The following is a chart of the sales price per sq. ft. for homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Prices do seem to have stabilized. ( Note: I prefer to analyze average price per sq. ft. trends as the more often quoted "median" sales price is highly dependent on the mix of homes sold between less expensive homes and higher-end homes):
The large increase in price per square foot for homes sold in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach noted above is due to a large increase in the number of homes sold in the very expensive "sand sections" of these two cities, an increase from 21 homes sold in the second quarter of 2010 to 54 homes sold in these areas during the second quarter of 2011. The homes in these areas close to the beach are often over $1,000 per sq. ft.
INVENTORY - The total inventory of single family homes for sale in the cities listed above is down approx. 16% compared to the prior year and averages only 4 months of inventory. For most of the last two decades, L.A. County has averaged an 8 month inventory. Homes in the lower end of the price range have also been selling faster than the higher priced homes.
Interest rates for Conforming Loans ($417,000 and below) are at approx. 4.75%, approx. the same as of end of last quarter. Rates for loans between $417,000 and $729,750 (conforming jumbos) are approx. 4.9- 5.0%. Conforming loans generally require a 20% down payment (less for FHA or VA loans). Interest rates on Jumbo 30 year fixed rate mortgages (loans in excess of $729,750) have an average rate of approx. 5.3%, an improvement over the prior quarter. The spread in interest rates between conforming loans and jumbo loans has narrowed considerably over the last year or so as more banks are participating in making jumbo loans. Jumbo loans require a higher down payment of 25 to 30%. All rates above are APR rates as of 6/15/2011, and assume a 20% down payment, a 1 point fee and a FICO score of at least 700.hange
Second Quarter 2011 Market Analysis for Palos Verdes Peninsula Condos and Townhomes
As far as picking up condos in this market for less than construction costs, the average price per sq. ft. paid recently for condos and townhomes in Palos Verdes has been approx. $327 per sq. ft. I would not consider this price to be significantly less than replacement cost including the cost of the land.
The following is a chart of Palos Verdes Peninsula condos and townhomes for sale and sold over the last year
I have been very involved in the condo and townhome market on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You can see that by "Googling" the search term " Palos Verdes Condos" and you will see that my website is the first listing on page one of the search results. To check out the various condo and townhome projects on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, see the following link on my website: PV Condos & Townhomes / Townhouses. Each of these project descriptions have an analysis of recent prices paid for sales in each project. You can also see the latest listings for condos and townhomes in Palos Verdes on my website at the following link: MLS Listings - South Bay and PV
For more information about Palos Verdes and South Bay Real Estate and buying and selling a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, visit my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com . I try to make this the best real estate web blog in the South Bay Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.