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Greater Pasadena real estate market trends, valuable news about market conditions, including foreclosure information in Pasadena and surrounding cities plus much more.
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What really happens when properties finally hit the auction block? Well... here's an interesting chart looking at all the foreclosure home auctions in the state of California from December 20098 through 2009. It shows that most of the properties are bought back by the bank - take a look at the red line.
However, let's take a closer look at the dark line, the one in the middle that is on the rise. It shows the number of homes where the auctions have been cancelled. Reasons for it? Many distressed home sellers are trying to minimize the impact on their credit score by negotiating a short sale on their property with the bank. In many instances, if a home seller or a real estate agent negotiating on their behalf, can bring an offer to the bank, the lender will cancel or delay the auction date.
So... if you are a Pasadena neighborhood home owner ready to walk away from your home and leave it for the bank... Wait... there might be a way to have you walk away with a smaller dent on your credit. Contact a reputable real estate agent experienced with working short sales.
The orange line shows the number of homes that were purchased by investors or 3rd parties. As you can see the numbers are significantly lower - less than 1 in 6 homes that are up for auction fall into this category. Reasons are many - investors need all cash, they accept tremendous risk and inherit any and all title claims to the property.
If you are interested in seeing more data on foreclosure statistics in California, please visit our Foreclosure Search site. If you are home owner that is having financial difficulties and need to understand your options, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
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San Marino and foreclosures are not synonymous. There were only 2 bank owned homes in San Marino last year. Well, we have a new one on the market now.
This home features 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and is listed by the tax assessor to have 2,839 square feet. It sits on a 12,000+ sq. ft. lot. I have not had an opportunity to drive by and take a look at the property, but as soon as I do, I'll post some pictures.
September 2005: Home purchased for $1,220,000. The home buyers put a 30% down payment and financed the difference with a $854,000 loan.
July 2006: Home owners took out an equity loan of $150,000
February 2007: Home owners refinanced their loans to combine into one - $1,000,000 trust deed.
August 2007: a 2nd loan was obtained for $500,000.
Notice of Default filed by the Trustee on 12/12/08
Notice of Trustee Sale was filed on 3/23/09
Actual Auction Sales date was on 11/6/2009
It took the bank 2.5 months to actually list the property for sale. Information on the listing is at the bottom of this post for your review.
There are currently, 3 homes slated to go to auction between now and the end of February and 5 San Marino homes are in pre-foreclosure process with Notices of Default already filed.
Unfortunately, San Marino is also beginning to feel the pain of this market place.
If you are interested in seeing this home or getting information on upcoming foreclosures in San Marino, give us a call. If you are a home owner in distress and need help in negotiating with your bank(s), let us know, we might be able to help.
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There's a lot of talk about the "shadow foreclosure inventory" across the country - homes that are in the pipeline for a foreclosure or have been foreclosed by the bank, but not released or listed on the real estate market and are not part of the existing inventory.
On December 17, 2009, Bloomberg reported:
The number of homes that may be in the pipeline for a sale because of foreclosure and delinquency climbed about 55 percent to 1.7 million at the end of September, according to estimates by First American CoreLogic.
We are constantly getting calls from home buyers asking about available foreclosures in Pasadena California. Unfortunately, the volume has been pretty darn low. Almost nothing to choose from. If a nice REO home comes up on the market, it is sold (usually with multiple offers) immediately.
Single Family Homes available for sale - 9
Condos available for sale - 4
Townhomes available for sale - 3
Single Family Homes available for sale - 203
Condos available for sale - 152
Townhomes available for sale - 50
But, are we sitting on a ton of "shadow" foreclosure inventory? When will these REOs be released? How will that inventory affect the current Pasadena home prices?
Let's look at some hard data as of January 10, 2010
Since we know that only 16 REO homes are actually listed for sale, the other 72 are MIA. That's 82% of foreclosures that are sitting on lender books waiting to hit our real estate market. That's also approximately 16% of additional inventory to the existing listing inventory. Here's the break down:
Single Family - 53 homes
Condos and Townhomes - 35
Read More: See Pasadena Foreclosure List of Properties
To receive a Notice of Default, otherwise known as NOD, a home owner has to be behind on their payments. They usually would have missed at least 3 payments and the Notice of Default is the beginning of a foreclosure process. Here's the break down:
Single Family - 143
Condos and Townhomes - 63
Most of these homes will be auctioned off in January or early February unless the home owners are able to either get current on their mortgage, negotiate a short sale with the bank, or get the bank to postpone the auction date.
Single Family -232
Condos and Townhomes - 66
It's interesting to note that only a few of these home owners are trying to negotiate a short sale with their lender. Only 9 condo/townhomes are listed for sale as short sale and 30 single family homes.
As you can see, we will definitely be seeing quite a few foreclosures on the Pasadena real estate horizon. When will they hit? I don't know. We've seen continuous efforts by the government to help home owners hold on to their homes including lender moratoriums delaying the foreclosure process. Unfortunately, that is not helping the majority of Pasadena property owners who are in trouble.
If you are a Pasadena home buyer, 2010 will be a year of opportunity.
If you are a home owner who is in trouble and is in jeopardy of losing your home, don't wait for the bank to foreclose. A short sale is a much better option. Give us a call for a free consultation and we'll try to help.
To see how your neighborhood is affected by foreclosure, take a look at our FREE foreclosure neighborhood data and analysis tool here.
Additional Reading: 2009 Real Estate Home Sales Recap and 2010 Pasadena Real Estate Forecast
See all Pasadena foreclosures by clicking on the Pasadena Foreclosure Homes for Sale
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As 2009 wrapped up, it's interesting to see how Pasadena and surrounding cities real estate market performed. So instead of writing our monthly report, I wanted to take a look at the last few years of home sales.
Last year was difficult for many families, short sales and foreclosures were showing up in both low end and high price spectrum of the real estate market. However, 2009 presented many opportunities for both investors, first time home buyers, as well as long term renters waiting for prices to come down to a point of affordability.
The prices have not moved down as much as expected in Pasadena California and surrounding neighborhoods, but the interest rate remained historically low and coupled with tax incentives, home buyers were out in force.
Let's take a look at the home sales statistics below.
Throughout this year, I've been saying that Pasadena was very low on inventory. The moment a home came up on the market, if it was priced correctly, it was gone immediately. We were expecting to be hit with a wave of foreclosures, but that never realized. We've seen some bank owned properties hit the real estate market, but moratorium after moratorium kept the majority of the foreclosures from hitting the streets.
There's been a lot of talk of "shadow" foreclosure inventory. The inventory of foreclosure homes that are still sitting on bank books. 2010 might be the year for the shadow inventory to be released especially in the higher priced end of the market.
As you can see, 2009 had a higher number of home units sold at 841 an increase of 28% over 2008, but still far short of the 1,300 to 1,400 units in 2003 and 2004.
Take a look at the average listing price per square foot vs average sold price per square foot. This pretty much tells you the story of the Pasadena real estate market in 2009 - multiple offers! Prices were bid up by the buyers and on average the price per sq. ft. was almost 22% higher than the original listed sq. ft. price - pretty darn amazing!
The actual average closing Pasadena home sales price was at $900,582, way higher than 2008's $851,702. Don't let anyone tell you that there are no home buyers out there. The home buyers are there and ready to buy. The prices are right and the financial conditions - interest rates, government tax incentives are making this a perfect storm for many.
|# of Units Sold||1402||1390||1294||1069||811||657||841|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$339||$402||$472||$502||$496||$440||$382|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$336||$408||$479||$497||$489||$428||$433|
|Ave List Price||$620,750||$717,994||$835,039||$938,407||$977,794||$880,432||$739,797|
|Ave Sales Price||$616,489||$728,126||$847,985||$928,328||$959,394||$851,702||$900,582|
|% of Sold to List||99.3%||101.4%||101.6%||98.9%||98.1%||96.7%||121.7%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||27||24||26||37||51||96||71|
Read More: See all Pasadena homes for sale
A similar situation with condos and townhomes, the volume of home sales is down, but not as signifcantly as we see in Pasadena's single family homes. Pasadena condo and townhome buyers are seeing prices at the 2004 level. Think of rolling the home prices back 5 years - not bad!
It is taking longer to sell these condos and townhomes, but still less than 3 months. Remember the post about whether or not we are in the buyer's vs seller's market? We are still in a pretty strong seller's market - these properties are selling if priced correctly.
|# of Units Sold||664||744||731||683||597||374||488|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$268||$341||$410||$437||$442||$409||$359|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$269||$346||$420||$431||$432||$388||$348|
|Ave List Price||$343,168||$425,945||$499,323||$526,625||$571,055||$529,495||$464,392|
|Ave Sales Price||$344,487||$430,696||$507,887||$519,946||$557,042||$504,093||$449,964|
|% of Sold to List||100.4%||101.1%||101.7%||98.7%||97.5%||95.2%||96.9%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||24||23||31||50||66||95||85|
Read More: Pasadena's New Construction Condos for Sale
South Pasadena home sales were on fire... great school district and a small town, family oriented atmosphere was driving real estate sales last year. The volume went up drastically from 2008, but buyer were much more finicky.
South Pasadena is known for older, character homes. The homes that were staged and updated sold immediately with multiple offers. Homes that had deferred maintenance or were not presented as well as they should took a bit of time to sell.
Sold price per square foot dropped from the high of $513 in 2005 to $477 in 2009 - still a pretty high number considering that an average home sold cost almost a million dollars.
|# of Units Sold||255||180||179||185||145||79||117|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$344||$401||$481||$510||$518||$524||$488|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$344||$415||$488||$513||$517||$510||$477|
|Ave List Price||$656,128||$796,551||$937,169||$1,037,107||$1,023,445||$1,152,025||$1,027,664|
|Ave Sales Price||$646,771||$819,416||$957,034||$1,042,387||$1,017,776||$1,095,100||$993,201|
|% of Sold to List||98.6%||102.9%||102.1%||100.5%||99.4%||95.1%||96.6%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||37||34||32||42||44||81||67|
Read More: See all South Pasadena homes for sale
There were really some amazing deals to be found in South Pasadena's condo and townhome market. First of all, families were able to buy homes within one of the top school districts in the area for as little as $349 per sq. ft. On average, a So Pas home buyer would need a bit over $500,000, but that's still half the price of a single family home.
One of my lucky home buyer clients, were able to buy a 3 bedroom townhome for only $420,000. That would have been truly unheard of a few years ago. The best advice for families that are waiting to get into the South Pasadena real estate market is to be prepared - work with a real estate agent that cares about your needs, get pre-approved and be available to view properties as they come up on the market.
|# of Units Sold||54||71||76||65||55||30||42|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$252||$314||$399||$426||$431||$399||$349|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$252||$317||$404||$422||$429||$390||$342|
|Ave List Price||$338,313||$404,019||$477,004||$560,290||$607,253||$550,240||$517,996|
|Ave Sales Price||$337,435||$407,825||$483,327||$554,302||$602,763||$537,503||$506,375|
|% of Sold to List||99.7%||100.9%||101.3%||98.9%||99.3%||97.7%||97.8%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||21||27||25||38||60||95||58|
This has been a truly amazing year for San Marino real estate. Prices held quite well and homes were selling higher than they did in 2007!
San Marino is known for its huge lawns, amazing school district and a very close-knit community. With Huntington Library, Lacy Park and luxury estates, it's truly an amazing place to live.
A home buyer still needs a bit over $1.7 million to get an average priced home. There are homes available in the low 1 million dollar range and sometimes one can find a home under a million, but for the most part these homes need quite a bit of attention.
San Marino was not immune to foreclosures. We did see two foreclosure homes - both homes sold over a million still. If you are interested in tracking potential foreclosures in San Marino, bookmark this San Marino foreclosure post. It will update, real time as new foreclosures come up on the market.
It's also interesting to note that there are no condos or townhomes in San Marino. However, there's a complex of townhomes on the border of Pasadena and San Marino that is assigned to San Marino schools. There are also certain homes in San Gabriel and Pasadena that fall under the San Marino schools boundaries.
|# of Units Sold||304||303||203||192||169||110||126|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$399||$470||$529||$579||$617||$595||$597|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$375||$454||$526||$569||$611||$582||$575|
|Ave List Price||$1,189,954||$1,363,619||$1,500,824||$1,588,317||$1,802,251||$1,684,134||$1,797,913|
|Ave Sales Price||$1,094,214||$1,291,828||$1,438,804||$1,519,560||$1,729,589||$1,562,207||$1,721,617|
|% of Sold to List||92.0%||94.7%||95.9%||95.7%||96.0%||92.8%||95.8%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||42||41||41||48||57||54||56|
Read More: See all San Marino homes for sale
Well San Gabriel didn't fare as well as some of the other cities near Pasadena. It's taking longer to sell a home as well as the price sold has rolled back to 2004 levels. This is great for home buyers. Inventory of homes has increased and there's quite a bit of choice. Even though, we are seeing multiple offers on some of the homes, overall buyers are able to find a home to fit their needs and check book. Homes are being priced fairly and are selling close to aslking price - just a percentage or so below.
|# of Units Sold||445||452||406||368||294||207||278|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$267||$332||$398||$409||$412||$372||$356|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$267||$331||$404||$413||$404||$361||$350|
|Ave List Price||$429,918||$530,420||$615,726||$672,220||$673,120||$600,296||$572,244|
|Ave Sales Price||$436,074||$528,448||$630,230||$675,388||$658,664||$584,949||$563,219|
|% of Sold to List||101.4%||99.6%||102.4%||100.5%||97.9%||97.4%||98.4%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||9||8||11||16||23||24||57|
Read More: See all San Gabriel Homes for Sale
Price per square foot has decreased to $271 for San Gabriel condos and townhomes, but the average sales price is actually a bit higher than in 2008. Home buyers are getting more square footage for their money.
The selection of condos and townhomes is quite nice. Inventory has doubled from last year and is higher than the year prior. Home buyers are nicely surprised with the choice of homes. This can also be seen in a longer marketing period of 105 days compared to previous years of only a month or less on the market.
|# of Units Sold||91||77||104||80||54||37||74|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$201||$258||$317||$333||$330||$325||$275|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$199||$257||$315||$371||$320||$310||$271|
|Ave List Price||$275,367||$325,205||$458,785||$481,131||$502,924||$458,387||$447,410|
|Ave Sales Price||$272,193||$323,450||$456,743||$516,066||$488,083||$437,135||$441,052|
|% of Sold to List||98.8%||99.5%||99.6%||107.3%||97.0%||95.4%||98.6%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||11||18||25||36||31||39||105|
Read More: Search San Gabriel Condos and Townomes
I was actually quite surprised to see the inventory increase towards the end of 2009. Monterey Hills condo and townhome owners have been holding on to their homes and not putting them on the market. However, we did see quite a bit of distressed sales in the area which helped increase the inventory.
The price per square foot fell under $300 to $277 and is rolling prices back to the 2003 level. Folks working in downtown LA or have kids attending USC love Monterey Hills for its geographic convenience. A lot of investors are itching to buy units because they are so easy to rent and are conveniently located minutes from South Pasadena and Pasadena.
Overall, I think that we'll see more foreclosures and opportunities in 2010 in Monterey Hills. There's definitely "shadow" inventory to be found next year. We will be watching closely.
|# of Units Sold||129||108||99||61||52||35||50|
|Ave List Price/Sq.Ft.||$228||$303||$355||$375||$369||$325||$281|
|Ave Sold Price/Sq.Ft.||$224||$302||$358||$372||$361||$307||$277|
|Ave List Price||$259,226||$325,912||$407,407||$420,655||$406,281||$362,246||$333,350|
|Ave Sales Price||$254,996||$325,115||$409,962||$414,330||$397,217||$354,097||$327,107|
|% of Sold to List||98.4%||99.8%||100.6%||98.5%||97.8%||97.8%||98.1%|
|Ave # of Days on the Market||35||34||40||74||84||87||66|
Read More: See all Monterey Hills condos for Sale
As always, we will be providing monthly home sales reports for Pasadena and surrounding cities. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call us should you have any questions about any of the real estate data above or need helping with buying or selling a home, condominium or townhome.
Pasadena Real Estate Agents
As the 2009 is coming to a close, I thought that it would be interesting to compare November 2008 to November 2009 real estate statistics for Pasadena California.
|Single Family Residence||Nov-08||Nov-09|
|Average Days on the Market||115||67|
|Average Price Per Sq. Ft.||$402||$368|
|Median Selling Price||$445,750||$620,000|
|Average Selling Price||$699,591||$714,001|
|Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)||26.9||14.2|
|Average Days on the Market||110||86|
|Average Price Per Sq. Ft.||$377||$377|
|Median Selling Price||$455,000||$485,000|
|Average Selling Price||$428,641||$491,121|
|Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)||40.5||25.7|
|Average Days on the Market||36||59|
|Average Price Per Sq. Ft.||$426||$397|
|Median Selling Price||$ 575,000||$520,000|
|Average Selling Price||$ 604,600||$539,267|
|Absorption Rate (# of weeks to sell current inventory at present rate of sales)||58.9||19.4|
Take a look at the inventory of homes for sale vs sold below. The number of available Pasadena homes for sale has decreased by over 50% from September 2008 to November 2009.
Also, an intersting chart below graphing the number of newly listed homes in Pasadena to the number of closed sales. November usually seeing the end of year slow down had a spur of sales this year most likely driven by the tax credit and low interst rates.
The feeds below are direct from the Multiple Listing Service
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This year, many calls and emails from potential home buyers came in about short sales and foreclosure homes in South Pasadena; every one is looking for that "Real Estate DEAL"! As we begin to evaluate the year that is coming to a close and look ahead for the goals of 2010, for many home ownwership will be at the top of the list. Don't limit your possiblities to foreclosure homes and short sales!
There are South Pasadena homes and condos for sale now that could be purchased for pretty good prices. And... when you are not dealing with banks, but are negotiating directly with home sellers, you can ask for concessions. For example, wouldn't it be nice to have the home seller buy down your interest rate to make your monthly payment lower?
A great place to start would be with homes, condominiums and townhouses that have been on the market for several months. Most home sellers at this point have either adjusted their home price or are open to negotiation. The houses below have been on the market for over 100 days (over 3 months!). There could be some pretty good deals hiding in there and incentives! With the first time home buyer tax credit still available through April of 2010, why not make your new home dreams a reality! We call them Dusty Deals™!
|5054 Collis Ave. So.Pasadena, CA 91030||3||2||699,900||467||22128522||119|
|1203 Pine St. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||5||2||899,950||368||F1808099||216|
|529 Floral Park Ter. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||3||1||918,800||639||22129027||105|
|1993 La Fremontia St. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||4||4||1,248,000||409||22129216||99|
|1719 Monterey Rd. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||3||4||1,349,000||505||22127961||127|
|611 Chapman Woods So. Pasadena, CA 91107||4||5||1,600,000||412||A09069006||174|
|1038 Magnolia St. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||10||12||1,795,000||361||22120591||325|
|989 Breawood Ct. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||4||5||1,858,000||445||22127834||139|
|224 Oaklawn Ave. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||4||5||2,280,000||580||22127834||138|
|335 Monterey Rd. So. Pasadena, CA 91030||11||n/a||3,990,000||925||22125798||183|
|Address||BR||BA||Price||Price/Sq.Ft.||HOA Dues||MLS #||DOM|
|909 El Centro St. #208 So. Pasadena, CA 91030||1||1||332,000||505||$471||O90382625||159|
|909 El Centro St. #209 So. Pasadena, CA 91030||1||1||332,000||454||$471||O90382637||159|
|909 El Centro St. #207||1||1||335,000||444||$471||O9382607||159|
Pasadena Real Estate Agents