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We are just about to say goodbye to 2020 and start the new year. What an insane 12 months it has been. Last year, for the conclusion of 2019, I wrote a blog titled, “The Best (and Worst) Performing South Bay Real Estate Markets of the Decade.” That sure was an interesting data-dive as we moved into the new decade. With the unprecedented happenings this year, I thought we might as well look at how local submarkets performed amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. As always, this weekly blog focuses on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the beach cities of Manhattan, Redondo, and Hermosa Beach. There are 33 unique submarkets to be exact and I will breakdown the
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Last week, I discussed how the Manhattan Beach market was ramping up its spring selling season, whereas other South Bay markets will likely start a month or so later. Due to the activity, this post is a continuation of some new listings and some recent sales to demonstrate how certain sub-markets have performed and where they might go. Manhattan Beach Walkstreet Action For this section, I want to focus on the 100 and 200-block walkstreets around the pier. For reference, south walkstreets are defined here as Manhattan Beach Blvd. to 1st Street, while north walkstreets are defined here as Manhattan Beach Blvd. to 19th Street. Let’s dive into the north walkstreets first. North Manhattan Beach Walkstreets
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Who’s HOT Manhattan Beach New Construction This is no secret but Manhattan Beach has been on a new construction kick. Buyers in this city tend to be high-income earners and want to focus on their business, not remodeling a home. Although East Manhattan Beach was down as a whole, new construction prices continued to make record highs even to this day. That being said, Liberty Village is setting new records for itself as well. The Tree Section was flat in 2018 and although new construction has slowed slightly, people are still picking up new builds at a strong pace. The Hill Section poses a lot of risks for spec builders, so when a newer well-done home
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In 2018, the Manhattan Beach median home price was right around $2.4 million. That is a BIG number. If you are looking to get into this coveted beach home market without breaking the bank, you should consider Liberty Village. In this sub-market of East Manhattan Beach, there are options for all types of buyers. There are fixer starter homes for under $1.3 million, there are medium-sized turnkey homes around $1.7 million, and of course, there are new construction homes commanding over $2.7 million. Today, I will be breaking down some of these options to show how Liberty Village is a great option to get you into the Manhattan Beach real estate market. New Construction As most
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Who doesn’t love Manhattan Beach real estate? Especially at an affordable price. As the premier beach real estate market in the South Bay, Manhattan Beach has buyers that are not as price sensitive in comparison to other markets. Much of the investment thesis is buy high and hold for the long term because of the belief that beach real estate never goes down. But what if you do not have deep pockets and want to limit your risk if there is a short term hiccup in the market or economy? Manhattan Beach Boulevard Condominiums Look no further than two bedroom condominiums along Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Not only are these condos insanely affordable relative to the rest
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East Manhattan Beach real estate has had a nice run over the past few years. If you have been watching my IGTV channel, then you know the first three quarters of 2016 were up 10.28% year over year. The same period in 2017 was up 5.78%. The strongest portion of this market has been new construction sales. It seems that prices continue to go higher and higher. And, although we are seeing a flattening of East Manhattan Beach price growth this year (down 3.68%), new construction homes have remained highly desired. So desired, that prices have warranted significant premiums above similar existing homes. New Construction vs. Existing Homes Looking at new construction sales versus existing home
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The second half of August can really slug along in the South Bay as agents and clients are wrapping their last summer vacations. Most agents will hold off from listing their new inventory until Labor Day. For this week’s blog, I will be diving into some interesting South Bay sales that all occurred last week. Manhattan Beach 2200 Harkness Street sold for $2,780,000 (5 bed, 5 bath, 3,578 sq. ft., new construction) This Liberty Village new construction sale is a perfect example of Manhattan Beach buyers’ insatiable appetite for new construction. In April, a comparable sale at 1401 Lynngrove Drive sold at a record price of $2.68 million, but Harkness, only four months later, cleared at
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August in the South Bay tends to be a slower month for real estate. During this slow time, I thought it would be beneficial to examine different home offerings under $1 million. Palos Verdes Peninsula This may surprise some readers, but Palos Verdes does in fact have inventory under $1 million. Most of these listings exist in Rancho Palos Verdes on the east side of The Hill. Asking $1 million on the dot, 5320 Ironwood Street is located in the popular Silver Spur area. This home can certainly be had under that $1 million price tag if you are looking for a fixer in a great school district. You will not find single-family homes under $1
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Per reader request, today’s blog will give a breakdown of lot deals versus new construction in Manhattan Beach (basically, what does a developer do). There is a ton of new construction going on in this area and purchasing a “land value” deal has a lot of nuance and risk. These examples are not meant to be exact numbers; these are rough numbers to keep the reading light. Let’s dive in! East Manhattan Beach This portion will be the Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village area of east MB (area 146 on the MLS). Since prices are lower and finishing’s tend to be cheaper, we’ll assume $250 per sq. ft. to build and a 15% budget for soft costs. Recently,
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Mortgage Rates Will Rise Moderately One of the biggest questions in residential real estate is whether or not mortgage rates will rise. This coming year, 30-year mortgage rates will rise very moderately from their year-end rate of about 4.00%. I predict a rise of about 0.25% with a maximum jump of 0.5% before The Fed would step in to get rates under control. The reason rates did not rise last year, and why they will only rise moderately this year, is due to the fact that mortgage rates are impacted by demand for mortgage-backed securities. For the majority of last year, The Fed reinvested their principle payments and bought up the bulk of residential home mortgages.
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