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Buyer Do's and Dont's 02-10-2014

Although the Palisades housing inventory has increased somewhat since its near-historic lows in December, there is still a serious shortage of homes available in most price ranges of our highly desirable neighborhoods. We continue to see a substantial number of all-cash buyers, people coming with investment capital from overseas, and all-cash investors still on the hunt for suitable properties.

 What does a buyer need to do in order to increase their odds of succeeding in such a difficult market environment? There are several actions that will significantly increase the probability of success.

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Palisades Housing Market - Looking Back and Forward 01-03-2014

As we begin 2014, the number of homes available for sale in Pacific Palisades is as low as it has been since the end of 2004.  There are only 54 homes on the market, which is the same level of supply as at the beginning of 2013. Due to the high demand for Palisades houses especially under $2 million, the average list price is almost unbelievably 50 percent higher than it was 12 months ago.

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Buying and Selling a Home During the Holidays 12-05-2013

Is it a correct observation or a misconception that it is a disadvantage to list your home for sale during the holiday period?  Conventional belief has generally been that November-December is the least desirable time of the year to have a home on the market.  The reasons for this thinking are that people go on vacation, holidays distract attention, bad weather may inhibit some buyers, and many real estate agents discourage home sellers from winter listings.

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An Unprecedented Market 11-15-2013

Real estate prices in the Palisades have continued a steady and much stronger increase than could reasonably have been expected. Fueled by a historically low cost of money, the number of homes sold in 2013 is 20% greater than last year. This has resulted in prices being about 15% higher than last year.  As long as the number of homes available for sale is less than would be sold in 4-6 months, the upward pressure on prices is likely to continue.

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A Close Look at the Current Palisades Market 10-01-2013

We are often asked, “How is the market doing now? Where do you see it headed?” The answers to these questions have been relatively easy to give for the last year or so. Today, however, this is not at all an easy subject to fully understand.

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Palisades Home Leases 09-16-2013

There continues to be much interest in the local real estate leasing market.  Owners who choose not to sell their current property for various reasons have asked what is involved and how the process works if they decide to lease. We are also asked if this is a good area to purchase real estate for long-term investments and if the income from leasing would be enough to justify the investment.

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Multiple Offer Tips 08-12-2013

Multiple offers refers to the situation when a seller receives more than one purchase offer at the same time, or before a counter offer is presented to the first buyer who has presented an offer and another offer is received. This has occurred fairly often since the local real estate market began its recovery in 2011, and is a refreshing change for many sellers who previously might have felt fortunate if anyone made an offer on their property. Conversely, of course, it has resulted in an environment that has become increasingly frustrating to well-qualified buyers who repeatedly are out-bid in their attempts to buy a home.

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Money in Today's Real Estate Market 07-03-2013

As most people must know by now, the housing recovery has been much greater than anticipated in 2012. While nationwide prices have increased about 12% in the past year, in Pacific Palisades the median sale price and average price per square foot are up more than 17%.

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Seller's Advantage Continues 05-03-2013

As we look back over the past twelve months, and particularly since the beginning of this year, several observations can be made. The number of homes available for sale continue to be insufficient to meet the continuing strong demand with the number of sales 17% higher than last year at this time. Accompanied by 21% lower inventory of homes available, the Palisades median sale price is 14% higher now than at this time last year.

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Local Home Prices at High Levels 04-05-2013

Is your home worth more now than it was 3-5 years ago? The correct answer is absolutely!

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