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Third Quarter 2010 Market Analysis for Palos Verdes Peninsula Condos and Townhomes

The average price per sq. ft. for townhomes and condos on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has fallen about 8-9% the last few years,  Prices in a few projects , such as the Palos Verdes Bay Club have fallen more than this, but generally prices for condos and townhomes are now relatively stable. The Price per sq. ft. for condos and townhomes sold over the last six months has held relatively steady, and showing no signs of additional declines.


  Curnt vs. Prev Month Curnt vs. Same Month 1 Yr Ago Curnt vs. Same Qtr 1 Yr Ago
  Sep. 10 Aug. 10 % Change Sep. 10 Sep. 09 % Change Jul. 10 to Sep. 10 Jul. 09 to Sep. 09 % Change
Avg. Sq. Ft. Price 363 355 2.1% 363 410 -11.5% 354 382 -7.3%

 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. $355 per sq. ft.  I would not consider this price to be significantly less than replacement cost including the cost of the land. Homes in this area have fallen much less than other areas because there has been so little new construction here,  and much fewer foreclosures than in many other areas.  This market is now considered a stable market by loan underwriters.


The following is a chart of condos and townhomes for sale and sold the last two years:

  Curnt vs. Prev Month Curnt vs. Same Month 1 Yr Ago Curnt vs. Same Qtr 1 Yr Ago
  Sep. 10 Aug. 10 % Change Sep. 10 Sep. 09 % Change Jul. 10 to Sep. 10 Jul. 09 to Sep. 09 % Change
For Sale 56 59 -5.1% 56 60 -6.7% 57 52 8.9%
Sold 11 11 0%     11 15 -26.7% 10 18 -42.6%
Pended 14 11 27.3% 14 15 -6.7% 13 17 -22%

Over the last 6 months,  an average of 13 units have sold each month and there are currently 56 units for sale, which is only a 4 month inventory and the number of units for sale is actually down significantly over the last two years from it's peak of 82 homes for sale 2 years ago.  Because of this, I do not believe that there will be any significant, if any, drop in prices over the near term.  With record low interest rates, and the fact that the spring and summer sales season is coming to an end and sellers are now very anxious to do a deal, I really believe that now is an incredible opportunity to buy in this market. 


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:  Palos Verdes - Townhomes / Townhouses and Condos . This will give you a good idea of what is available in your price range.

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 . 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.

Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen Megowan • October 26 2010 04:03PM


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