El Segundo CA once again saw a fairly low number of home sales for September 2014. The real estate market continued to be a sellers market with very low inventory and very high demand in this coastal community of the South Bay outside of Los Angeles. The bulk of the home sales in September were dominated by condos, which is a bit unusual. Of the 8 homes sold on the MLS, 5 were condos, one was a townhome and only 2 single family homes. Visit our El Segundo CA homes for sale page to see the current active MLS listings or visit our recent home sale page for the South Bay to see other months and other South Bay Cities.
By Keith Kyle
The market in El Segundo seems to have leveled a bit with the number of homes for sale hovering in the high teens for the past few months. As of August 25th there are currently active listings in El Segundo. Although last month saw a significant increase in active listings and this month we see an increase in pending home sales, the numbers are skewed a bit due to the recent release of a number of new construction townhomes on Walnut and Pepper.
With the extremely tight inventory of homes for sale in the South Bay, many buyers approach me looking for off market, or pocket listings. Pocket listings and exclusive listings are the hot trend at the moment as eager buyers clamor for a chance to purchase a home without all of the competition. In this market knowing about it first may not ultimately make a difference, but it certainly helps. Many agents seem to be trying to keep listings private as well in the hopes that perhaps they can represent both buyer and seller, which is much easier if fewer agents know that the home is for sale. So what do the terms actually mean? A pocket listing can be anything from a realtor simply knowing about a home that a seller might consider selling and not having a listing agreement, to something coming to the market but not yet on the MLS, to the intentional withholding of the listing from the MLS. Sign up for information on El Segundo pocket listings.
But is it beneficial to the seller? In terms of price, exposure, etc. the answer is generally no. The more exposure the home gets, the more potential buyers see it, and the likelihood that it will sell for a better price and with more favorable terms for the seller. Eliminate that competition and generally speaking the chances of such favorable terms decrease.
There are very legitimate reasons for exclusive or “pocket” listings and for keeping the property off the market…..work being completed, tenant issues, or simply a seller who doesn’t want the world touring their home. Seller’s just need to be sure that the reasons for keeping a home off of the South Bay MLS are beneficial to them….and not just to the listing agents.
Whether keeping a listing from the MLS is good or bad for the seller ultimately depends on the situation and whose best interest is the primary reason, but working with a top local realtor who has the network and knowledge to seek out these possible opportunities is certainly key for the buyer.