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

 

 

Home Sales and Median Home Prices in Redondo Beach for August 2016

By Keith Kylepark-plaza-plaza-del-amo-sign

August 2016 saw another strong month for homes throughout the South Bay and Torrance.  Torrance, CA reached a 179 homes sold in the month of August with a median home price of $645,000.  As of October 18th 2016 there are 151 active homes and income properties for sale in Redondo Beach and 173 homes currently in escrow.  The lowest price of the month was a one bedroom condo in a 55+ building at $215,000 with the highest sale a $1,225,000 for a single family home in the Southwood community of Torrance.  Of all the homes sold only one was a short sale or foreclosure showing just how much of a non factor short sales are becoming in Torrance.   View the current homes for sale in Torrance, CA or view a list of the homes sold in Redondo Beach and the South Bay in August.

City Homes
Sold
August
2016 Median
August
2015 Median
Year
over Year % Change%
Carson 56 $450,000 $430,000 4.7%
El Segundo 15 $1,075,000 $780,000 37.8%
Gardena 43 $470,000 $399,000 17.8%
Harbor City 24 $523,000 $450,000 16.1%
Hawthorne 47 $575,000 $493,000 16.8%
Hermosa Beach 22 $1,723,000 $1,389,000 24.%
Lawndale 16 $498,000 $437,000 13.8%
Lomita 23 $619,000 $510,000 21.4%
Long Beach 348 $463,000 $459,000 .8%
Manhattan Beach 36 $1,800,000 $1,923,000 -6.4%
Marina Del Rey 24 $1,059,000 $928,000 14.1%
Palos Verdes Estates 42 $1,412,000 $1,815,000 -22.2%
Playa Del Rey 16 $623,000 $560,000 11.2%
Rancho Palos Verdes 57 $1,065,000 $1,155,000 -7.8%
Redondo Beach 100 $968,000 $842,000 15%
San Pedro 70 $481,000 $475,000 1.3%
Torrance 179 $645,000 $585,000 10.3%
Westchester 44 $1,093,000 $890,000 22.7%

Torrance Home Spotlight – 55+ Living at Village Court 21345 Hawthorne

By Keith Kyle21345_Hawthorne_Blvd_Village Court Spa

Located in the fantastic Torrance neighborhood of Southwood, Village Court is definitely not what often comes to mind when you think of 55+ senior living.  Village Court was built in 2005 by Anastasi Developement and original prices ranged from the lower to mid $400s for a one bedroom all the way up to over $700,000 for the largest of the 3 bedrooms.  There are several Village Court floorplans ranging from one bedroom units with 716 square feet, 1 Torrance 55+ Condosbedroom with a den, 2 bedroom as well as the rare 3 bedroom units with approximately 1300 square feet.

See the current homes for sale in Village Court 21345 Hawthorne Blvd.

All floorplans have a nice and open layout with a spacious corner kitchen, featuring hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless appliances, open to the living room.  Each home offers a deck or patio and face either the exterior side of the building or the interior social area with views of the BBQ areas, sitting areas, pool and spa.Village Court Bedroom

With resort style amenities Village Court offers a beautiful pool and spa deck with fireplaces and firepits, sitting “lounge” areas, outdoor dining tables, exercise room, library area and clubhouse.

2 Great 55+ Condos for sale in Village Court, Southwood Torrance

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Village Court, located at 21345 Hawthorne Blvd in the great area of Southwood Torrance may just be the nicest 55+ complex in the South Bay.  Located in a great part of Torrance, with an abundance of shopping and dining options just a short distance away, Village Court offers resort style living.

View the Current Village Court Homes for Sale

Amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse with billiards and social areas, a fantastic pool and entertainment deck with a sparkling pool and spa, outdoor dining areas, fireplaces, and BBQ areas.  Having been built in 2005, the complex and condos still feel very new and have the latest features such as open kitchens, granite counters, and more.