Benefits of Owning a Home in El Segundo

Owning a homel, especiallin in El Segundo, has so many benefits that it’s hard to argue against the merits.  While every owner has different reasons and some are more important to one homeowner than another, there’s no lack of great reasons….

Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Appreciation:  Home values have a welll documented history of going up over time.  While there may be temporary dips in the market, there’s no question that home values go up in the long term.  The increase becomes equity you can benefit from when you refinance or sell.
  • Equity:  Renting has often been compared to paying 100% interest, but when you own a home and a mortgage is in place, a portion of your payment goes towards the principal balance on your loan….meaning each month you own a little bit more outright.  This builds your equity and acts as a savings or retirement account.  When the home value goes up the equity accrues even faster.
  • Happiness.  While some investors might think this is frivolous, you simply can’t understate how important this is.  The feeling of owning your hown home is unlike anything else people own.  It’s yours and it’s simply not the same thing as renting.  You can fix it up, you can spend your time gardening or mowing the lawn, you can fix it up….knowing that….it’s yours.
  • Tax Savings:   Home ownership has long been a goal for buyers and the government alike.  The government rewards homeowners by providing excellent tax benefits.  Interest paid on your mortgage and other home related expenses can often be deducted, there are huge capital gains tax exemptions when you sell (primary residence) and more
  • Education:  Research shos that children of homeowners earn higher test scores and graduate at a higher percentage than those of renters.
  • Community Ties:  People who own rather than rent stay in their homes 4 times longer according to statistics.  This provide and opportuntiy to get to know you neighbors and connect with you neighborhood and local community.

Places We Like – El Segundo Brewing Company

If you like craft beer and the feeling that you’re in a “locals” type place, you may want to visit the El Segundo Brewing Company tap room.    It’s not a fancy place but has that cool vibe that you’ve found something that the tourists don’t know about.  As it’s a working brewery it’s just a small area with a bar and a few small tables basically in what was probably a loading dock at some point.  They have a great variety of beers and the people are very friendly.

They usually have between 15-20 beers on tap and are open 7 days a week.  We’ve only been in the evenings but there always seems to be a healthy amount of people without being too crowded.  If a casual off the beaten track experience is what you’re looking for…this could be your place.

El Segundo Brewing Company
140 Main Street  El Segundo, CA 90245   (310) 529-3882

November 2017 Median Home Prices in El Segundo CA

November 2017 was a solid month for home sales in El Segundo.  There were 19 sold homes in the month at a median home price of $875,000 which was a 5.4% drop from the same month a year earlier.  To see the sold homes in El Segundo visit our recent home sales page.

City Homes Sold November 2017 Median November 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 58 $495,000 $455,000 8.8%
El Segundo 19 $875,000 $925,000 -5.4%
Gardena 43 $545,000 $490,000 11.2%
Harbor City 17 $510,000 $415,000 23%
Hawthorne 50 $578,000 $540,000 6.9%
Hermosa Beach 21 $1,414,000 $2,038,000 -30.6%
Lawndale 21 $404,000 $411,000 23%
Lomita 17 $575,000 $580,000 -.9%
Long Beach 322 $525,000 $475,000 10.5%
Manhattan Beach 28 $2,875,000 $2,250,000 27.8%
Marina Del Rey 35 $979,000 $1,150,000 -14.9%
Palos Verdes Estates 30 $1,600,000 $1,825,000 -12.3%
Playa Del Rey 16 $665,000 $635,000 4.8%
Rancho Palos Verdes 47 $1,265,000 $1,250,000 1.2%
Redondo Beach 72 $1,105,000 $878,000 25.8%
San Pedro 69 $530000 $588,000 -9.8%
Torrance 127 $675,000 $632,000 6.9%
Westchester 38 $1,089,000 $1,050,000 3.7%

Happy Holidays from El Segundo Real Estate

From our family to yours we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. El Segundo, with it’s small town charm, is a fantastic place to enjoy the holidays. There are numerous events in downtown El Segundo as well as the neighboring South Bay cities of Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo and Torrance.

Happy Thanksgiving from El Segundo MLS

From our family to yours….we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving

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

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%

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%

El Segundo – Get Out and Vote!

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