I will be holding open 1026 1st Street in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, May 25th from 2-5 pm. Come see this fabulous new construction in the Hill Section with a spectacular ocean view and open floor plan. It’s a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home for $3,495,122.
Don’t miss the festivities in the South Bay this weekend:
First and foremost is the Hermosa Fiesta from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Come browse tons of vendors’ booths with trendy clothing, fine jewelry, col art, fun knick knacks, yummy food and more! There is a food court, beer garden and music. For more information go to www.fiestahermosa.net.
Hermosa Beach Firemen’s 17th Annual Pancake Breakfast
This is one of my favorite events. Pancakes and Firemen!!! Come join the Hermosa Fire Department for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 26th from 7 am – 12 pm at the Hermosa Beach Fire Department on Pier Avenue just below Valley. The cost is $10 for 13 yrs and older, $5 for 5-12 yrs, and free for children 4 yrs and younger. All proceeds from the breakfast go to local charities. Enjoy some good food with our local heroes and get a chance to see the inside of a firehouse!
Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort’s Summer Concert Series
Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff of Terranea’s Summer Concert Series. This weekend’s performances are:
Friday (Tonight) – Steel Rod
Saturday – Wise 100 Doors
Sunday – Lindsay Harper Duo
For more info go to www.terranea.com.
I’ll be honest, it’s challenging in this market to compete with other buyers when you have VA or FHA financing. The reason being is there are so many buyers making offers on properties that sellers naturally gravitate to offers that are all cash or have heavy down payments, and those offers that remove certain contingencies such as appraisal or loan up front. There are two major issues that you are up against with a VA loan.First, the appraisal process can be sticky. If there are issues with the property, the appraiser will red flag these items which will need to be addressed prior to the close of escrow. In most cases, the seller knows that this responsibility will fall on them because someone who isn’t making a down payment, won’t be able to afford the cost of repairs either. Second, sellers equate (whether accurate or not) the size of the down payment to the strength of the buyer.It’s going to be crucial for you to work with an agent who can effectively educate the listing agent to why your offer is a strong offer. And there are things you can consider to make your offer stronger. For instance, you might not be making a down payment, but you can pay your own closing costs. Or if there are problems with the property, you may want to put in the offer that you will take care of these costs for repairs. You also may want to refrain from asking for a home warranty paid for by the seller. Doing things like this will help you structure a stronger offer.You may also want to make sure that you pick a lender with the shortest turnaround times. The time it takes to process a VA loan can be longer than conventional financing which is definitely a down side. With my VA clients, I also like to emphasize the patriotic angle of a VA offer. Veterans are being rewarded for their dedication to this country. They shouldn’t be penalized for not making a down payment. As long as the lender is giving the preapproval, there is no reason why the loan should not come through. I always want to encourage positive feelings with the seller if they decide to accept a VA offer.. it’s like they’re saying thank you for your service.It’s going to be challenging, but it’ s not impossible. You just have to be patient and keep trying.
Inventory in Redondo Beacn (as in all the Beach Cities) is still low. Multiple offers are running rampid. Prices are being pushed up. The question is how high will they go – or in other words, how desperate are buyers? There are certain properties that test the waters for us – that show that buyers have gone a little crazy, and the market is getting over-inflated. One of those properties is 2500 Ruhland. It’s a beautifully remodeled town home. It has 2800 sq feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. With these stats alone, I absolutely agree with the price point of $899,000 in our current market with the most recent sales as comps. But the location is two doors away from the high tension power lines, locating it in the eastern most part of North Redondo. If this town home sells close to or above asking, I believe we’re experiencing an inflated market that will later be referred to as another bubble, albeit, a smaller one. Another town home that’s pushing the envelope is 2204 Plant Ave, #A. It’s an attached town home built in 2007. With 2500 sq feet and 4 beds, 2.5 baths, it’s a nice property that shows well. It’s potential downside is that it’s located across from Lincoln Elementary. The street gets congested with the loading and unloading of kids every day. Again, I like this property; It shows wells. But keep in mind, it sold in May 2008 for $830,000 and now they’re asking for almost a $100,000 more at $924,500. We’ll see if they get it, and if it is, this market may really be out of wack. There is always the possbility of sustainability in the market, but I think that the current pressure buyers are feeling right now are and the low supply is propelling the market at a much faster rate than what the industry experts were expecting for the next several years. One last property to earmark is 1933 Gates Ave, #B with the asking price of $949,000. I will keep you posted as additional data becomes available and I can further analyze which way this market is trending.