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.

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

 

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.

 

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%

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%

August 2017 Home Sales and Home Prices for Torrance CA

Torrance saw a nice jump in home sales with a 154 recorded property sales for August of 2017.  Overall the South Bay trended up from the previous year in terms of median home prices with only a few local cities seeing a decrease in y over year prices.

Torrance saw a median home price of just under $700,000 and the numbers continue to trend upward.  To see all of the home sales in Torrance and the cities below visit our recent home sales page.

City Homes
Sold
August
2017 Median
August
2016 Median
Year
over Year % Change%
Carson 52 $470,000 $450,000 4.3%
El Segundo 15 $1,235,000 $1,075,000 14.9%
Gardena 53 $495,000 $472,000 4.9%
Harbor City 20 $521,000 $522,000 -.2%
Hawthorne 45 $583,000 $575,000 1.4%
Hermosa Beach 22 $1,358,000 $1,723,000 21.2%
Lawndale 17 $460,000 $498,000 -7.5%
Lomita 19 $610,000 $619,000 -1.5%
Long Beach 404 $490,000 $463,000 5.9%
Manhattan Beach 36 $2,230,000 $1,815,000 22.9%
Marina Del Rey 37 $940,000 $1,059,000 -11.2%
Palos Verdes Estates 37 $1,545,000 $1,413,000 9.4%
Playa Del Rey 27 $625,000 $623,000 .3%
Rancho Palos Verdes 60 $1,088,000 $1,065,000 2.2%
Redondo Beach 118 $975,000 $969,000 .6%
San Pedro 78 $572,000 $481,000 19%
Torrance 154 $698,000 $645,000 8.2%
Westchester 50 $1,180,000 $1,093,000 8%

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%

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%

New Real Estate Website for the Hollywood Riviera

We’ve created a new website geared specificially to the Hollywood Riviera area of Torrance. The Hollywood Rivera is one of our favorite areas in all of the South Bay with great views, proximity to the beach, ideal weather, a wonderful neighborhood feel, and somewhat restrictive building codes keeping the homes appropriate for the lot sizes and protecting the views.

To see real estate and homes for sale in the Hollywood Riviera visit out new real estate website.

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What makes the Torrance real estate market so unique in the South Bay?

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People often think of the South Bay as one large market but each individual city can mean an entirely different real estate market….just take a look at the monthly median home prices in the South Bay as an indication.

Each city is it’s own real estate market but Torrance is different.  As Torrance is the largest city in the South Bay it’s also the most diverse.  That’s especially true in terms of real estate and home values in Torrance.

What make Torrance so different is the variety of areas, and the diversity of both the homes and the prices.  Torrance is a city that has multi million dollar homes along the Bluff on Paseo De La Playa and also has some of the most affordable homes in all of the South Bay.

Search Torrance homes by area.

The sheer size of Torrance also makes a difference.  Stretching all the way from the ocean to east of the 110 freeway makes for an abundance of options not possible in any other city in the area.  This also allows for everything from single family homes, to condos to even co-ops (rarely seen in the South Bay).

It is definitely not a seen one seen em all type real estate market.

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