November 2017 Median Home Prices in Torrance, CA

November 2017 was a solid month for home sales in Torrance, CA.  There were 117 homes, townhomes, condos and multi unit properties sold  in the month at a median home price of $700,000 which was a 6.6% increase from the same month a year earlier.  The number of sales was down slighty from October which saw 127 homes sell.

The lowest price of the month was $265,000 for a one bedroom condo with the highest priced sale of the month being $1,550,000 for a 4 bedroom single family home in South Torrance.

To see the sold homes in Torrance CA visit our recent home sales page.

City Homes
Sold
November
2017  Median
November
2016  Median
Year over Year % Change%
Carson 49 $476,000 $450,000 5.9%
El Segundo 12 $1,243,000 $816,000 52.3%
Gardena 52 $533,000 $504,000 5.7%
Harbor City 10 $555,000 $523,000 6.1%
Hawthorne 30 $577,000 $575,000 .3%
Hermosa Beach 20 $1,550,000 $1,380,000 12.3%
Lawndale 18 $515,000 $393,000 31.2%
Lomita 11 $599,000 $473,000 26.8%
Long Beach 318 $510,000 $490,000 4%
Manhattan Beach 35 $2,300,000 $1,863,000 23.5%
Marina Del Rey 33 $925,000 $955,000 -3.1%
Palos Verdes Estates 27 $1,510,000 $1,550,000 -2.6%
Playa Del Rey 21 $710,000 $658,000 7.9%
Rancho Palos Verdes 31 $1,108,000 $1,088,000 1.8%
Redondo Beach 79 $955,000 $900,000 6.1%
San Pedro 55 $550,000 $515,000 6.8%
Torrance 117 $700,000 $656,000 6.6%
Westchester 35 $1,015,000 $943,000 7.6%

October 2017 Torrance and South Bay Home Sales

October 2017 was a big month for home sales in Torrance with 127 closed sales.  Median home prices through all of Torrance CA was $675,000 which was slightly under 7% gain over October 2016.  The Torrance market has been extremely busy with prices continuing to rise.  The rest of the South Bay saw a mix of year over year increases and decreases.  See the Torrance homes that sold in October

City Homes Sold October 2017 Median October 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 58 $495,000 $455,000 8.8%
El Segundo 19 $875,000 $925,000 -5.4%
Gardena 43 $545,000 $490,000 11.2%
Harbor City 17 $510,000 $4145,000 23%
Hawthorne 50 $578,000 $540,000 6.9%
Hermosa Beach 21 $1,414,000 $2,038,000 -30.6%
Lawndale 21 $505,000 $411,000 23%
Lomita 17 $575,000 $580,000 -.9%
Long Beach 322 $525,000 $475,000 10.5%
Manhattan Beach 28 $2,875,000 $2,250,000 27.8%
Marina Del Rey 25 $979,000 $1,150,000 14.9%
Palos Verdes Estates 30 $1,600,000 $1,825,000 -12.3%
Play Del Rey 16 $665,000 $635,000 4.8%
Rancho Palos Verdes 47 $1,265,000 $1,250,000 1.2%
Redondo Beach 72 $1,105,000 $878,000 25.8%
San Pedro 69 $530,000 $588,000 -9.8%
Torrance 127 $675,000 $632,000 6.9%
Westchester 38 $1,089,000 $1,050,000 3.7%

Happy Holidays from Torrance Real Estate Homes

Happy holidays from all of us at Torrance Real Estate and Vista Sotheby’s International Realty.  We wish you a very happy holiday season.

Thank you To All of Our Clients

We wanted to thank all of our past and current clients for making 2017 another successful year in Torrance real estate.  We thank each and every one of them for putting their trust in us.  From our family to yours thank you and happy holidays.

Torrance Real Estate Statistics

Information is critical in real estate and the right information can help you determine where the market has been and where the market is heading.  See the various charts below to view some important real estate statistics such as average sales price in Torrance, number of active v pending listings, etc.

Median Home Prices in Torrance

Number of active Listings

Number of Pending Home Sales

Number of Closed Sales

Median Price Per Foot

Why You Should Have a Home Inspection When Purchasing a Home in Torrance

Why You Should Have a Home Inspection – Torrance Real Estate

Whether you’re buying an older home or new construction in the South Bay, a home inspection is an absolute necessity. A home inspection will assess the building code conformity as well as all the systems and structural components that make up the building, such as:

  • Structural elements, foundation, framing etc
  • Plumbing systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Heating and Cooling systems
  • Roofing
  • Cosmetic condition, paint, siding, etc.
  • General Environmental Issues.

When you’ve decided upon the South Bay home you want to buy and you’re about to sign the Offer To Purchase real estate contract, make sure there is an inspection contingency in that contract allowing you to get your own professional Home Inspection. “Pre-Selling” or “Pre-Listing” inspections are not common, however, in some cases, a savvy seller may have had their own structural inspection done which they usually will provide to a prospective home buyer. If they are wise, they will have arranged to have any discovered problems corrected.

However, I still insist that my buyer clients have his or her own independent inspection done. Normally, upon acceptance of the Offer To Purchase, you will have 17 days to have the inspection completed, analyze the report and respond to the seller. We will be your eyes and ears at the structural inspection should it not be possible for you to be present yourself.

In the event that hidden problems are revealed through the structural inspection process, you may do one of two things:

  1. If the inspection reveals conditions that change your desire to buy the home, you may terminate the purchase agreement by notifying the seller in writing and provide a copy of the inspection report disclosing the problems.
  2. You may submit a list of the problems discovered in the inspection report, known as a request for repair, to the seller and request that the seller make the necessary corrections and repairs before the deal is closed, or adjust the price accordingly.

The Inspection Report

When you interview a home inspector, ask him what type of report format he provides. There are several types of reports used by inspectors, such as computer generated reports, the checklist format and the narrative style report. Some reports are completed and generated on site and some may take up to a week to complete. There are good and bad points to all of these formats.

Make sure that the inspector will take pictures that explain their descriptions and potential problems.

Hire an inspector that gives detailed descriptions of the home and potential problems instead of vauge and easily missinterpreted descriptions.

“Bathroom Shower Enclosure: Condition – Minor wear, heavy wear, damaged, rust stains, or chips in enamel finish. Recommend sealing drain and pan at base of tile.”

As you can see, this narrative description includes a recommendation for repair. Narrative reports without recommendations for repairing deficient items may be difficult to interpret, should your knowledge of construction be limited.

Make sure, if you do not understand something, that you ask questions. Items in the inspection report that are not serious quite often can be interpreted by a nonprofessional to be a major factor. A good home inspector should be able to put things into perspective and answer all your questions. If for some reason a question cannot be answered at the time of the inspection, the inspector should research the question and obtain the answer for you.

Take the time to become familiar with your home inspection report. If the report has a legend, key, symbols or icons, read and understand them thoroughly. The more information provided to you about the property, the easier it will be to understand the overall condition. If possible, try to be present when the inspector is doing the inspection. You do not have to be there during the entire process, but if you can walk through with the inspector at the end so he can show you the findings of the structural inspection, you will learn a great deal about the home you are about to purchase.

Torrance Real Estate – By the Numbers

Information is key to making sound real estate decisions. The information below should help you keep up with the market and provide valuable insight into where the market currently is and where it’s going in the future.  See below for updated information such as number of active homes, pending sale, recent closed home sales and home prices for Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach

New Listings

Active Listings

Pending Sales

Closed Sales

Days on Market

Price Per Foot

Average Sales Price

Torrance Home Sales and Median Home Prices for September

September was another busy month in South Bay Real estate with a strong number of home sales along with some impressve prices.  Torrance recorded 126 property sales with a median home price of just under $730,000.  The lowest sale of the month was a sharp 1 bedroom condo on Sepulveda for $269,900 with the high sale of the month being a beautiful 4600 foot single family home in the Seaside Ranchos/Christmas Lights area which sold at $2,400,000.  To see all of the homes sold in the South Bay in September visit our recent home sales page.

City Homes Sold September 2017 Median September 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 55 $511,000 $462,000 10.5%
El Segundo 9 $1,130,000 $840,000 34.5%
Gardena 48 $475,000 $444,000 7.1%
Harbor City 22 $553,000 $465,000 19%
Hawthorne 46 $595,000 $558,000 6.6%
HermosaBeach 12 $2,150,000 $1,449,000 48.4%
Lawndale 15 $490,000 $479,000 2.3%
Lomita 12 $576,000 $593,000 -2.9%
Long Beach 326 $520,000 $478,000 8.8%
Manhattan Beach 38 $1,877,000 $2,200,000 -14.7%
Marina Del Rey 24 $933,000 $900,000 3.7%
Palos Verdes Estates 43 $1,600,000 $1,4023,000 14.1%
Playa Del Rey 17 $753,000 $538,000 39.9%
Rancho Palos Verdes 52 $1,250,000 $1,035,000 20.8%
Redondo Beach 86 $1,021,000 $1,035,000 20.8%
San Pedro 71 $558,000 $534,000 4.7%
Torrance 126 $728,000 $648,000 12.4%
Westchester 25 $1,140,000 $890,000 15.2%

Happy Halloween from Torrance Real Estate & Homes

From all of us at Torrancerealestatehomes.com, Keith Kyle Homes and Vista Sotheby’s International we wish you and yours a very happy and safe Halloween.  There are so many great areas throughout the South Bay to enjoy Halloween an we hope you have a great one.

Prop 60 and 90 Information for Torrance Home Buyers and Sellers

**Propositions 60 and 90 are Constitutional initiatives passed by California voters. They provide property tax relief by preventing reassessment when a senior citizen sells his/her existing residence and purchases or constructs a replacement residence worth the same or less than the original. They were enacted to encourage a person, age 55 or older to “move down” to a smaller residence. When a senior citizen acquires a replacement property worth less than the original property, he/she will continue to pay approximately the same amount of annual property taxes as before.

How Do These Propositions Work?

When the senior citizen purchases or constructs a new residence, it is not reassessed, if he/she qualifies. The Assessor transfers the factored base value of the original residence to the replacement residence. Proposition 60 originallyrequired that the replacement and the original be located in the same county. Later, Proposition 90 enabled this to be modified by local ordinance. Los Angeles County enacted an ordinance to provide that when the replacement is located in Los Angeles County, the original property may be located in any other California county.

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse that resides with you are age 55 or older, you may buy or construct a new home of equal or lesser value than your existing home and transfer the trended base value to your new property. This is a one-time only benefit. You must buy or complete construction of your replacement home within two years of the sale of the original property. Both the original home and the new home must be your principal place of residence. A claim must be filed within three years of purchasing or completing new construction of the replacement property. If a claim is filed after the three-year period, relief will be granted beginning with the calendar year in which the claim was filed.
Once you have filed and received this tax relief, neither you nor your spouse who resides with you can ever file again.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The replacement property must be your principal residence and must be eligible for the Homeowners’ Exemption or Disabled Veterans’ Exemption.
  2. The replacement property must be of equal or lesser “current market value” than the original property. The “equal or lesser” test is applied to the entire replacement residence, even if the owner of the original property acquires only a partial interest in the replacement residence. Owners of two qualifying original residences may not combine the values of those properties in order to qualify for a Proposition 60 base-year transfer to a replacement residence of greater value than the more valuable of the two original residences.
  3. The replacement property must be purchased or built within two years (before or after) of the sale of the original property.
  4. Your original property must have been eligible for the Homeowners’ or Disabled Veterans’ Exemption.
  5. You, or a spouse residing with you, must have been at least 55 years of age when the original property was sold.

When Are These Propositions Effective?

The replacement residence must have been purchased or constructed on or after November 5, 1986 if the original was located in Los Angeles County. The replacement residence must have been purchased or constructed on or after November 9, 1988 if the ongmal was located in any other California county. Claims must be filed within three years following the purchase of the replacement residence.

Were Are Claim Forms Available?

They are distributed at Assessor’s public counters, in Room 225 of the
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, and in district offices. If you need additional information, call (213) 893-1239.

Counties Accepting Prop 90 Transfers:

 

Alameda
Orange
San Diego
Tuolumne
El Dorado * (set to expire 2021)
Riverside
San Mateo
Ventura
Los Angeles
San Bernardino
Santa Clara

**much of the information above and some additional information can be found at the County Assessor flyer at https://assessor.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/E-20.pdf