How Do I find Off Market and Pocket Listings in Torrance CA?

In this incredibly competitive real estate environment many homes are not even making it to the market.   So how do you find out about these homes?  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 a Torrance 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 Torrance real estate market and community.  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 in Torrance 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 and are not currently working with a realtor please feel free to text us at 310-251-2344 or email us with the details of your home search.

Torrance Median Home Prices Up in July

What a month it was for home sales in Torrance and the South Bay.  Double digit year over year changes were the norm but there was really no sense to it with some cities seeing major increases over June of 2016 and some seeing just as major drops in home prices.

Real estate in Torrance CA was no different with another double digit jump for the median home prices compared with July of 2016. Torrance was actually a bit more moderate than other areas but still saw 113 homes close escrow in July with a median home price of just under $687,000  Click here to see the recent home sales in Torrance 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%

Village Palos Verdes – Oceanview Townhomes in the Hollywood Riviera

For many, an oceanview home in the Hollywood Riviera is unaffordable.  One option may be Village Palos Verdes located just south of Palos Verdes drive.  Not only do many of the townhomes have great ocean views but the location is ideal with the community just a short walk to Torrance beach and Paseo De La Playa.  The complex consists of approximately 180 units with current HOA (as of 8/17) around $480 a month.  The street addresses for the homes in Village Palos Verdes are either Calle Mayor, Calle Miramar, Camino De Las Colinas or Palos Verdes Blvd (see map below).

The homes are located very close to Riviera Village shopping and downtown areas.

The homes are a combination of 2 and 3 bedrooms generally on 3 levels ranging between 1350 square feet and 1905 square feet. All have attached garages.  The townhomes were built between 1974 and 1978 with some still having a fairly original feel and some being extensively remodeled.  The community offers a pool and spa and is ideally located just a few blocks from the beach.  Click here to see the current homes for sale in the Hollywood Riviera and Village Palos Verdes.  For many years the concern about the community had been the large special assessment needed to update and renovate the exteriors from the original wood siding.  Those changes took place several years ago and the community now has a wonderful look and feel.

Torrance Home Sales and Median Home Prices for June 2017

June was a big month for home sales in Torrance CA with a fairly huge number of homes selling.  The summer months are always an active market and this year was no different with 184 homes selling..  Thats well above the normal number of Torrance homes selling in a month.  Median home prices were up just a bit over June of the previous year with the median home in Torrance selling at $673,000.  Click here to track all of the important real estate trends for Torrance CA.

City Homes Sold June 2017 Median June 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 61 $445,000 $450,000 -1.1%
El Segundo 15 $800,000 $1,135,000 -29%
Gardena 70 $461,000 $430,000 7.2%
Harbor City 19 $465,000 $547,000 -15%
Hawthorne 45 $592,000 $624,000 -5.1%
Hermosa Beach 26 $1,718,000 $1,274,500 34.8
Lawndale 12 $535,000 $519,000 3.1%
Lomita 18 $565,000 $555,000 1.8%
Long Beach 419 $523,000 $470,000 11.2%
Manhattan Beach 57 $2,467,000 $1,924,000 28.2%
Marina Del Rey 34 $968,000 $900,000 7.6%
Palos Verdes Estates 46 $1,679,000 $1,533,000 9.5%
Playa Del Rey 34 $683,000 $603,000 13.3%
Rancho Palos Verdes 75 $1,240,000 $1,200,000 3.3%
Redondo Beach 117 $969,000 $945,000 2.5%
San Pedro 82 $510,000 $500,000 1.9%
Torrance 184 $673,000 $635,000 5.9%
Westchester 42 $1,090,000 $1,050,000 3.8%

Market Update – Paseo De La Playa

Paseo De La Playa, the oceanfront street in the Hollywood Riviera of Torrance and Redondo Beach, has seen some busy days in the real estate market.  Currently there is the enormous gated estate of 433 Paseo De La Playa listed at a “mere” $16,000,000.  The recent high water mark was set by 517 Paseo De La Playa, a completely renovated home, selling at $5,920,000.  See the current homes for sale on Paseo De La Playa in Redondo Beach.

See Torrance CA Home Prices for May 2017

Torrance saw a big increase in the monthly number of home sales in May 2017 with 140 homes closing escrow.  The median home price was an impressive $690,000 for the month.  See the Torrance CA real estate market trends and statistics here.  To see the homes that sold in Torrance CA for May visit our home sales page.

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%

New Real Estate Website for Home Buyers and Sellers in the Hollywood Riviera

With the individual real estate markets in the South Bay being so diverse and specialized, the larger real estate sites and portals just can’t focus on specific neighborhoods.  We are proud to announce the Hollywood Riviera real estate website www.HomesinHollywoodRiviera.com which will provide home buyers and sellers insight into this localized market.   From the current homes for sale and MLS listings, to determining the value of homes in the area, to finding realtors that specialize in the real estate market of the Hollywood Riviera, we hope the site is an invaluable resource for all things real estate in this wonderful coastal community.

Coming Soon – Beautiful Craftsman in Old Torrance

Coming to the market in the summer of 2017. Classic California craftsman in Old Torrance on an oversized lot. Contact Keith Kyle at 310-251-2344 or Keith.Kyle@VistaSIR.com

2016 Top Producing Realtor Announced in the South Bay

Vista Sotheby’s International, one of the top real estate firms in Torrance and the South Bay area of Los Angeles have recently announced  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.

28 Homes over $1,000,000 in Torrance

By Keith Kyle

It wasn’t long ago that a Torrance home in the million dollar range was a rarity….now it’s fairly commonplace. Currently there are 21 homes in the city of Torrance that are priced higher than this formerly elusive price. If you factor in homes in the homes for sale in the Hollywood Riviera, which has a Redondo Beach mailing address but is actually in the city of Torrance, there are actually 28 homes price over $1,000,000 with 5 homes priced over $2,000,000.

  1. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,102 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.82 ac
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 4
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,490 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 7
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,408 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 7
  4. $1,329,000 : 4303 Mesa, Torrance
    3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,812 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 8
  5. 6 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,863 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 8
  6. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,740 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 12
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,125 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 13
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,408 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 27
  9. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,232 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 30
  10. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,172 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 31

See all Real estate in the city of Torrance.
(all data current as of 9/20/2017)

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