As Interest Rates Rise….how Does it Impact Torrance Home Buyers?

Many prospective home buyers are concerned with rising interest rates.  While the Torrance interest rates in 2018 are still historically very low, the concern is justified.  Higher interest rates mean reduced buying power.  With every slight rise in interest rates, the monthly payment increases reducing the price of a home that a buyer can qualify for.  See the chart below for an idea of how different interest rates impact monthly payment and what a buyer’s income needs to be to qualify.

Historical Interest Rates since 1972

Many Torrance CA buyers are concerned with interest rates rising with the Fed making it clear that rates will slowly increats.  That’s certainly a valid concern for potential Torrance homebuyers as a higher interest rate means a higher monthly payment which most often means a lower priced home.  Taken in historical standpoint the current rates are dramatically lower than at just about any other time.  The chart below shows the interest rate on conventional and conforming 30 year fixed rate mortgages.  As we’ll see we’ve basically seen rates drop consistently since the high water mark of 16.3% in 1981.  It certainly makes todays current rate in the mid 4% range seem pretty enticing.

Our Latest Torrance Listing Featured in The Daily Breeze

It’s always a pleasure when one of our listings is recognized by the community as something special. Our listing at 1323 Cota in Old Torrance was mentioned in the Daily Breeze as a home of historical significance. Once owned by the Torrance family themselves, this charming 1914 craftsman on an enormous lot is unique in just about every way.

Take a look at the Daily Breeze article about 1323 Cota in Old Torrance

Beautiful Historic Craftsman in Old Torrance – Just Listed

1323 Cota, Torrance CA 90501

  • $899,000
  • 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath
  • Huge 10,500+ foot lot
  • 1,944 Sq Feet
  • Open Houses 7/28 1pm-4pm and 7/29 1pm-4pm

This California Craftsman Executive Home is a magnificent, rare find. Built in 1914 on huge R2 lot near Nativity Church & Triangle Park, one of the most desirable parts of Historic Old Torrance. This 2 story home has fabulous bones & incredibly retains all its Historic charm. The large front porch that tracks the entire width of the house is perfect for sitting on pleasant evenings. Original front door enters into a large living room with large fireplace. The office features the original built-in desk, a coat closet and is accessed through the original pocket doors. The formal dining room has a grand built-in hutch/buffet & wainscoting. A sunny breakfast room is connected to both the dining room & kitchen. The circular downstairs floor plan is great for entertaining with a separate area for the original staircase that wraps through the center of the house. Upstairs are two large bedrooms & another smaller 3rd bedroom. There are 2 separate two car garages in the rear off the alley. Two additional storage rooms are connected to the first garage. Huge 75′ x 140′ lot (10,500 sqft) has endless possibilities including another one story house (Check with City of Torrance Building Dept). Title & Records Search indicate that this house was once owned by Jarred Sidney Torrance. Truly one of Old Torrance’s best properties & a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to own a piece of local History. To appreciate this house and its craftsmanship you must see it yourself.  Contact listing agent Keith Kyle with Vista Sotheby’s International for more information or for a private showing.  310.251.2344

 

California 2018 Tax Reforms – Specific Changes That Affect Real Estate

Here’s a helpful chart to see how the changes in the tax policy impacts Torrance and all California property owners.

PREVIOUS LAW 2018 LAW
MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION Capped at $1M Capped at $750,000
STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION Unlimited Deduction capped at $10,000 (income, sales and property combined)
CAPITAL GAINS EXEMPTION ON SALE OF PRIMARY RESIDENCE Exclusion of up to $250,000 ($500,000 if married) of gain realized on sale or exchange of principal residence if lived in
for 2 of the last 5 years
No change
1031 LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES Applied to all classes of property (e.g. personal and real) Limits non-recognition of gain to real
property
PERSONAL DEDUCTION Allowed Eliminated
STANDARD DEDUCTION $6,350 individual and $12,7000 if married $12,000 individual and $24,000 if married
MID FOR SECOND HOMES Capped at $750,000
HOME EQUITY LOAN DEDUCTION Capped at $100,000 Not deductible unless the proceeds are used to substantially improve the property
MOVING EXPENSE EXCLUSION AND DEDUCTION Incurred in connection with change in work place Eliminated except for members of armed forces on active duty that move pursuant to military orders
CHILD TAX CREDIT $1,000 for each child $2,000 for each child
DEDUCTION FOR QUALIFIED BUSINESS INCOME OF PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES INCLUDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS None 20% deduction of taxable income phased out above $157,000 ($315,000 if married) for brokerage services
DEPRECIATION RECOVER PERIOD FOR REAL PROPERTY (RESIDENTIAL RENTAL) Recover period is 27.5 years No change
DEPRECIATION RECOVER PERIOD FOR REAL PROPERTY (NONRESIDENTIAL) Recover period is 39 years No change
DEPRECIATION RECOVER PERIOD FOR REAL PROPERTY (LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS) Recover period is 15 years No change

The Do’s and Don’t Of Home Staging in Torrance

Home staging is an important part of the preparation process when selling a house.  Whether fully staging the home using a professional stager, or simply de-cluttering and adding something to the owners current furniture, staging can make the difference between a home selling quickly and sitting on the market.  Here are a few pointers to help prepare your Torrance home for sale.  If you have given any thought to selling your home in Torrance or the South Bay, we can help.  Contact us for information on how we sell homes or find the value of your home in Torrance CA.

 

1108 Harper Redondo Beach – Just Listed in the Golden Hills of North Redondo

Extra high living room windows with western exposure bathes the large living room in natural light. The main level features solid hickory,

distressed hardwood floors, gas fireplace, recessed lights, & gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, 6 burner stove, & ample cabinet and counter space. The open floorplan and high ceilings adds to the sense of space and light. The spacious master suite offers a corner fireplace, private balcony, large windows, walk in closets and the luxurious bath features a spa tub, separate shower, dual sinks & more. First floor offers 2 large bedrooms and direct access to the private and tranquil backyard patio. What make the home truly unique is the very large 3rd floor mezzanine perfect for a playroom, office, den & more. Off of the mezzanine sits a private roof deck perfect for evening sunsets with panoramic city views. At almost 2200 feet this home offers far more space than your traditional Golden Hills home and is awaiting it’s new owner to make it their own.  Contact listing agent Keith Kyle with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty for more information or a private tour.

This is not your typical Golden Hills home. Offering a unique and open layout with soaring ceilings, 3rd floor mezzanine/office overlooking the living room & private roof deck with panoramic city and mountain views, this beautiful home has features rarely seen in Redondo. Located in the highly sought after Jefferson elementary district and just steps from Hermosa Beach, 1108 Harper offers an open layout with all of the bells and whistles of newer construction.

  • Priced at $1,399,000
  • 2,160 Square Feet
  • Built in 2010
  • 3 Bed + Office, 3 Bath
  • Rooftop deck, master bedroom balcony, private backyard patio

In Escrow In One Week! 4171 w 172nd Street in North Torrance

4171 w 172nd Street, Torrance CA 90504 – Priced at $735,000

This home boasts many impressive features, including a large open living and dining room with recessed lighting, hardwood floors, and sliders to the backyard and patio. The remodeled and spacious kitchen offers new granite counters, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, roomy pantry, in kitchen breakfast area and opens to the living/dining areas. Two bright and beauitiful bedrooms sit off the front side of the home and share a beautifully remodeled full bathroom. The master bedroom addition is a spacious retreat with sliding doors to the backyard and private patio. The master suite offers walk-in closets, recessed lighting, a large master bath with tiled flooring, a beautiful shower and dual sinks. Enjoy the great year round weather in the landscaped grass back yard filled with flowers, fruit trees, and is ready for entertaining in the spacious patio area.   See additional homes for sale in North Torrance

  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • 1,375 square feet
  • remodeled throughout
  • Grassy front and rear yards

The property located in a great neighborhood of Torrance with easy access to shopping, dining, freeways, the beach and a short distance to the South Bay Galleria.

Welcome home! This home is as charming on the inside as it is on the outside. From the wonderful curb appeal and the great location, to the upgrades and enhancements, it has it all. Drive up the tree lined street and pull up to a beautifully landscaped front yard and shaded front porch in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. From the moment you enter you’ll notice the open and bright interior with a flexible floorplan to fit every lifestyle.   For more information call/text us at 310.251.2344 or email at keith@keithkylehomes.com. We would be happy to set up a tour of the home.

 

Video Tour of 4171 W 172nd Street in Torrance CA

Take a quick walkthrough the latest North Torrance listing from Keith Kyle of Vista Sotheby’s International.  To see the details of this charming single family home visit the MLS listing site.

For more information call/text us at 310.251.2344 or email at keith@keithkylehomes.com. We would be happy to set up a tour of the home.

The Truth About Lead Paint Liability

There has always been some concern and confusion about lead based paint in California and what it means for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.  Things have recently been clarified and we hope that the information below is helpful.