El Segundo and South Bay Open Houses

Take a look at the list below to see this weeks open houses in El Segundo and the South Bay

What are El Segundo Pocket Listings and How Do You Find Them?

In this incredibly competitive market many homes are not even making it to the market.   So how do you find out about these homes in El Segundo and the South Bay?  First it’s important to understand just what we’re talking about.

What does off market or a pocket listing mean?

It can actually mean a few different things but in general, when we refer to homes sold off market or pocket listings these are homes that are never put on the MLS and therefore unknown to most buyers and many realtors.  That means that searching the Redfins and Zillows of the world may mean that you’re not aware of these types of opportunities.

Why would an El Segundo homeseller want to sell the home off market?

In general it’s not a great idea.  Fewer buyers that know about the home usually means less competition and ultimately a lower sales price.  That’s certainly not always the case but usually accurate to some extent.  Sellers have many reasons for not wanting to put their home on the market.  It may be due to privacy reasons such as not wanting the neighbor or even the tenant know that the home is for sale.  It may be that they don’t want to deal with some of the hassles that come along with listing a home…..buyer’s and agents that want to show the home at all hours, open houses on the weekends and more people simply curious with few legitimate buyers.  Whatever the reason it does limit the exposure and again usually limits the price.

That’s why it can be a good opportunity for buyers….less competition, fewer bidding wars which generally leads to a lower sales price.

How do I find out about these homes?

Unlike the MLS listings, off market, upcoming and pocket listings are much more elusive.  The key is to work with an agent that has deep connections in the El Segundo community and market.  Some of the top realtors in certain areas may share information on these hard to find opportunities and the larger or more numerous the seller and agent networks, the more information the agent can obtain.

We are happy to help you find off market homes but this requires a good deal of work, considerable communication with sellers and agents and a readiness to act should the right home come available.  If you would like us to help find off market opportunities please feel free to text us at 310-251-2344 or email us with the details of your home search.

Big Ups and Big Downs in the South Bay Real Estate Market

What a crazy month July was in the South Bay.  The year over year % changes in median home prices were drastic in many cases with some cities seeing huge increases while others saw major drops.  Unfortunately real estate in El Segundo CA was on the losing end with median home prices being almost 20% lower than they had been in July of 2016.  One of the reasons was the rash of newer, and more expensive, construction a year ago somewhat artificially inflating prices.  El Segundo saw a high number of homes close escrow with 20 sold homes in July at a median home price of just under $1,055,000.  While that’s considerably lower than the previous July, that is still a very big number in El Segundo.  Click here to see the recent home sales in El Segundo and the South Bay.

City Homes Sold July 2017 Median July 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 60 $480,000 $445,000 8%
El Segundo 20 $1,055,000 $1,310,000 -19.5%
Gardena 65 $549,000 $454,000 21%
Harbor City 15 $439,000 $550,000 -20.2%
Hawthorne 35 $730,000 $562,000 30%
Hermosa Beach 19 $2,025,000 $1,410,000 43.6%
Lawndale 15 $515,000 $430,000 19.8%
Lomita 21 $598,000 $585,000 2.1%
Long Beach 331 $520,000 $471,500 10.3%
Manhattan Beach 48 $2,449,000 $2,200,000 11.3%
Marina Del Rey 36 $921,000 $974,000 -5.4%
Palos Verdes Estates 28 $1558,000 $1,800,000 -13.4%
Playa Del Rey 20 $613,000 $629,000 -2.5%
Rancho Palos Verdes 63 $1,345,000 $1,160,000 15.9%
Redondo Beach 95 $975,000 $920,000 6%
San Pedro 63 $542,000 $542,000 0%
Torrance 113 $687,000 $617,000 11.4%
Westchester 33 $1,185,000 $1,116,000 6.2%

$3,000,000 in El Segundo? Rarified Air at 425 West Oak

The recent listing at 425 West Oak in El Segundo is in some rarified air pushing the elusive $3,000,000 price barrier.  It will be a good home to keep an eye on to see if El Segundo can achieve a price point more common in the neighboring Manhattan Beach luxury real estate market.  The home at 425 West Oak is brand new construction with a modern design and sitting on a well appointed 8000+ square foot lot.  With 5 bedrooms and 4000 feet it is definitely a home to rival new construction in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach.

El Segundo Median Home Prices Top $880,000 for May 2017

May 2017 saw another solid month in the El Segundo real estate market with 8 homes selling at a median price of $880,000 which was almost 10% higher than the same month a year earlier. View the sold homes for May 2017 in El Segundo or visit our El Segundo real estate market statistics.

City Homes
Sold
May 2017 Median May 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 41 $458,000 $453,000 1.2%
El Segundo 8 $880,000 $803,000 9.7%
Gardena 65 $523,000 $425,000 23.1%
Harbor City 14 $503,000 $439,000 14.5%
Hawthorne 46 $610,000 $485,000 25.8%
Hermosa Beach 26 $1,738,000 $1,285,000 35.3%
Lawndale 16 $485,000 $455,000 6.5%
Lomita 18 $653,000 $488,000 33.7%
Long Beach 356 $472,000 $485,000 -2.6%
Manhattan Beach 46 $2,175,000 $1,875,000 16%
Marina Del Rey 32 $933,000 $925,000 0.8%
Palos Verdes Estates 47 $1,650,000 $1,499,000 10.1%
Playa Del Rey 31 $720,000 $560,000 28.6%
Rancho Palos Verdes 51 $1,275,000 $1,060,000 20.3%
Redondo Beach 87 $1,054,000 $950,000 10.9%
San Pedro 63 $620,000 $489,000 26.8%
Torrance 140 $690,000 $593,000 16.4%
Westchester 44 $965,000 $1,130,000 -14.6%

How Best to Determine How Much Is Your El Segundo Home Worth?

Finding the value of your home in El Segundo isn’t quite as easy as some real estate sites make it appear.  Sites like Zillow provide an estimate, but their modeling is challenged in communities like ours.  Unlike tract homes or newer communities that all share similar characteristics, El Segundo and the South Bay has an extremely diverse range of homes.  With features such as ocean views and large yards at a premium simply determining what some of the neighboring homes have sold for doesn’t give a very accurate assessment.  Add to that some dramatic differences in terms of upgrades, new kitchens, hardwood floors and more and a simple one price fits all concept doesn’t work.

So what’s your best way to find the value of your home in El Segundo?  Find a local realtor that knows the area well and understands both the micro market and what impacts the values in the area.

If you are interested in learning the value of your home in El Segundo with a pressure free analysis of your home feel free to contact top listing agent Keith Kyle or simply tell us about your home below.  Feel free to visit our recent El Segundo and South Bay home prices for a month by month view of the recently sold homes and median prices.

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2016 Top Realtors for Vista Sotheby’s International Real Estate

Vista Sotheby’s International, one of the top real estate firms in the South Bay area of Los Angeles have recently introduced their “Top Producers” for 2016. With offices throughout the area including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and the Hollywood Riviera, Vista Sotheby’s has quickly become the dominant force in the local real estate market.

We are proud to annouce that Manhattan Beach realtor Keith Kyle was one of the top agents companywide and was the #9 top producing agent for 2016.   Congrats to all of the realtors given the award.  See also the Vista Sotheby’s top producers for 2015.

We wanted to thank all of our clients and friends that helped make 2016 such as successful year in real estate.

Why Days on Market Can Be Misleading on El Segundo Homes

By Keith Kyle

I’m sure most MLS systems are different but here in the South Bay the days on market on the CRMLS can be a bit misleading.  Many buyer and agents use days on market as a negotiating tool….the longer the home has been on the market, the more leverage the buyer has to come in low or negotiate other favorable terms.

The problem is that days on market doesn’t always indicate just how long the home has been available and is not necessarily indicative of “active” status.  As realtors when our clients accept an offer we have the option of changing the status to “pending” or “active under contract”.  Pending stops the days on market from accruing, but active under contract does not.  A home can go into escrow on day one, change the status to active under contract (again meaning it’s in escrow) and if it falls out of escrow 20 days later the days on market for the home will show 20.  It’s very misleading as the home has not been available for those 20 days and now puts the seller and listing agent at a disadvantage…..even though it sold the first day.

The other aspect that leads to misinformation is that with this days on market accruing on many home, it does not allow for an accurate picture of the market.  For instance a certain area of town or city itself may show an average days on market for a certain month to be one thing….when many of those homes were not actually available.  It may show days on market at 45 when the reality is that the homes in the community actually go into escrow after 30.

It’s a problem that needs to be addressed as it can change perceptions….both on an individual home and the market in general.

El Segundo CA Home Sales and Prices for November 2016

By Keith Kyle

El Segundo posted some solid home sales numbers in November 2016 with 14 homes selling at a median price of just over $816,000.  Although this was a dramatic 30% drop from November 2015 it was representative of a solid month.  The prior November was an extreme exception as median prices of over $1,000,000 are very rare in this costal community.  To see the home sales in El Segundo click here.

City Homes
Sold
November
2016 Median
November
2015 Median
Year
over Year % Change%
Carson 54 $450,000 $420,000 7%
El Segundo 14 $816,000 $1,171,000 -30.3%
Gardena 44 $504,000 $413,000 22%
Harbor City 9 $523,000 $404,000 29.5%
Hawthorne 37 $575,000 $520,000 10.6%
Hermosa Beach 17 $1,380,000 $1,625,000 -15%
Lawndale 8 $393,000 $521,000 -24.6%
Lomita 6 $473,000 $535,000 -11.6%
Long Beach 298 $490,000 $435,000 12.6%
Manhattan Beach 38 $1,863,000 $1,831,000 1.7%
Marina Del Rey 21 $955,000 $945,000 1.1%
Palos Verdes Estates 25 $1,550,000 $1,675,000 -7.5%
Playa Del Rey 20 $658,000 $612,000 7.5%
Rancho Palos Verdes 47 $1,088,000 $945,000 15.1%
Redondo Beach 75 $900,000 $855,000 5.3%
San Pedro 58 $515,000 $485,000 6.3%
Torrance 112 $656,000 $585,000 12.1%
Westchester 32 $943,000 $892,000 5.7%

Thank You for Making 2016 Another Successful Year in South Bay Real Estate

We wanted to take a moment to thank our friends, clients, and family for making 2016 another successful year in real estate. We appreciate each and every one of our clients for putting their trust in us.