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

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

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

 

 

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.

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.

Torrance Short Sales Continue to Dwindle

As a short sale specialist I have tracked the short sale market for years and as Torrance is the largest city in the SouthForeclosure-sign Bay, it has been a very good indicator of how much of a factor short sales and bank owned homes have been on the local market.  Short sales first became a factor in mid 2007 with a high point in 2010.  In August of 2010 there were 159 active short sale homes for sale in Torrance.   Those numbers started to decline in April of 2011 and have continued downward to the current level which has seen an average of 4 homes for sale for the past few months.  What was a source of the “deals” sought by buyers is no longer putting downward pressure on the market and has basically ceased to be a factor. View short sale homes for sale on our distressed home site for Torrance and all of the South Bay

Torrance Alternative – Beautiful Townhome for Sale in Hermosa Beach

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While we may be focused on Torrance real estate we do have listings elsewhere as well.  Located just a few short blocks to the beach at 618 1st Street, this beautiful detached Cape Cod designed townhome offers the best in beach living in Hermosa Beach.  Very rare for this area of Hermosa, the home is completely detached and feels like a single family home with great outdoor spaces and a private entry. With a mid level entry and reverse floorplan, the formal entry offers soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and is bathed in natural light.  Entry level features the master suite, 2 spacious bedrooms, convenient laundry area, and a full bath.  The enormous master suite features dual walk in closets, new carpet and paint, and an beautiful bath with jacuzzi tub and  shower.  The upper level offers an incredible amount of space with an open and flexible layout that can adapt to your lifestyle.  The living room features vaulted ceilings, beautiful gas fireplace, and 4 French doors allow for direct access to the patio to take in the near perfect weather.  The top floor also features an oversized and open kitchen with recessed lights, stainless appliances sits cental to both the living room and huge dining room.  Head up to the rooftop deck for great ocean and city light views.  The home also offers a nice backyard area with deck and artificial turf, and a two car attached garage.  All of this ideally located in Hermosa Beach, recently voted the 10th “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” by Coastal Living Magazine.

 Contact listing agent Keith Kyle with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty for more information or for a private showing.  Details and videos at 618FirstStreet.com



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Torrance Housing Inventory Still Down But on the Rise

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The real estate market in Torrance CA continues to be driven by the lack of homes for sale but for the third straight month we have seen an increase in the number of homes for sale.  Inventory has been on the rise since the low point in December but still far below the norm.  We have also seen an increase in the pending home sales over that same period of time and it appears that the inventory will continue to rise as we head towards the usually busy summer buying and selling season.  See all of the Torrance homes for sale or search by neighborhoods.  To see the most recent Torrance home sales visit our closed sale pages.

See the Homes That We Have Sold in Southern California

By Keith Kyle

We are so fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people and in such a great area.  It just doesn’t get much better.  See the map below to view all of our local home sales. Although we’ve sold more homes in Torrance and Redondo, we have been lucky enough to sell throughout the area, from Santa Monica to Huntington Beach. Many of these were first time buyers and are now happy homeowners. The red marks are home sales in which I represented the buyer, the orange marks represent homes that I listed, and the blue marks represent homes in which I represented both buyers and sellers.  Click on the marks to see pictures of the various homes and properties.

You can also see the interactive map of our South Bay home sales on Google.