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 Day for Single Family Home Listings in El Segundo

By Keith Kyle

While usually the single family homes for sale in El Segundo are limited at best, today was a big day by El Segundo standards.  Four new home listings hit the market today and the other big news is that all four were listed over $1,000,000.  Most months the median home prices in El Segundo are below $1,000,000 so it’s impressive to see everything hit the market at this price point.

Click to see the full list of homes for sale in El Segundo.

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El Segundo CA Home Prices Up in December

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The December numbers are in and if there was any thought that the real estate market in El Segundo was leveling the numbers certainly say otherwise.

The average home price in El Segundo for the homes that closed escrow during December was $1,023,000 with a median price of $999,000. Those are big numbers that still shows no sign of slowing or reversing.   See the chart below for the December home sales numbers for El Segundo and the South Bay for December of 2015.

City Homes
Sold
December
2015 Median
December
2014 Median
Year
over Year % Change
Carson  73 $360,000 $365,000 -1.4%
El Segundo 9 $999,000 $735,000 35.9%
Gardena 41 $420,000 $385,000 9.1%
Harbor City 15 $483,000 $467,000 9.1%
Hawthorne 35 $508,500 $667,750 -23.8%
Hermosa Beach 24 $1,475,000 $1,360,000 8.5%
Lawndale 13 $420,000 $415,000 1.2%
Lomita 16 $520,000 $490,000 6.1%
Long Beach 339 $456,000 $395,000 15.4%
Manhattan Beach 34 $2,184,000 $1,689,000 29.3%
Marina Del Rey 31 $905,000 $759,000 19.2%
Palos Verdes Estates 29 $1,456,000 $1,150,000 26.7%
Playa Del Rey 17 $605,000 $482,000 25.5%
Rancho Palos Verdes 48 $1,170,000 $1,135,000 3.1%
Redondo Beach 89 $836,250 $770,000 7.3%
San Pedro 72 $517,500 $492,000 5.2%
Torrance 133 $597,000 $562,000 6.3%
Westchester 34 $951,000 $807,500 17.8%