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Jan. 26, 2009

Monterey Hills California Real Estate Sales - December 2008

Monterey Hills condos and townhomes are definitely feeling the downturn in the economy. Only 2 Monterey Hills condos and 1 townhome sold in December. The listing inventory is very low as well. Less than a dozen properties are available for sale. Take a look at the real estate statistics for the last quarter of 2008 below.

Monterey Hills Real Estate Statistics for October 2008 to December 2008:

Condos Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
1 0 4
Total
Listings
10 8 7
Sales
Pending
2 1 0
Homes Sold 3 4 2
Listings
Expired
4 0 1
Average Days
on the Market
75 100 24
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$268 $298 $346
Median
Selling Price
$280,000 $324,000 $279,500
Average
Selling Price
$295,667 $322,000 $279,500
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
14.4 8.7 15.2
Townhomes Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
1 1 1
Total
Listings
1 1 1
Sales
Pending
1 0 0
Homes Sold 2 0 1
Listings
Expired
0 1 0
Average Days
on the Market
74 n/a 8
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$285 n/a $276
Median
Selling Price
$467,500 n/a $390,000
Average
Selling Price
$467,500 n/a $390,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
2.2 n/a 4.3

Search for available Monterey Hills condos and townhomes:

Data taken from ITEC (Pasadena Foothills Association MLS service)

If you are interested in beginning your search
for a Monterey Hills condominium or townhouse
, please click on the
search
home link
.

For weekly updates on Monterey
Hills real estate market activity
, please feel free to request
market analysis reports with detailed information by clicking
here
. These reports are gathered and updated by Altos Research and
will be emailed to you with my compliments.

Posted by Irina
Netchaev, Monterey Hills Real Estate
Agent
626-627-7107

Jan. 24, 2009

Blurry Home for Sale - Photo of the Day

If I was a home seller and this was my house, I'd be pretty unhappy with my real estate agent. I don't know about you, but it pains me to look at this home listing's photo. This is the only home photo that is in the Multiple Listing Service.

The description of this home claims that this Arcadia home is a "nice and lovely 2 bedroom". The real estate agent goes on to say that "this property has great opportunity for all types of use" (misspellings corrected by yours truly) and that this Arcadia home has an "additional 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom without permit".
What exactly does "all types of use" mean? Real estate is zoned for a specific use. This is residential real estate zoned for a single family residence ONLY! There should be no additional illegal additions and advertised impications that this is okay. YIKES!
Now, this Arcadia home seller is in trouble. They are trying to sell this home as a short sale. This means that the home seller owes more money to the bank on this home than what it is worth. They are hoping that this real estate agent will be able to effectively negotiate with the bank or banks (depending on how many loans they have on this property) on their behalf to save their credit worthiness.
Would you hire a real estate agent that would market your home for sale like this? Most consumers do more research when they buy a computer or decide to sell their car.
It really, really saddens me to see this. What do you think?

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Jan. 19, 2009

San Gabriel Real Estate Market Report - December 2008

San Gabriel real estate ended the year on a positive note. Single Family homes closed at $378 per sq. ft. just a bit higher than the average San Gabriel home sold in 2008 at $362 per square foot.

The volume of homes sold each month has slowed down in the last quarter to about 10 a month. In December 11 homes sold. 2008 averaged about 17 homes per month with summer months being the busiest. Overall inventory for San Gabriel homes is pretty high at 77 homes available. At December's rate of sales, it will take over 30 weeks to clear this inventory.

San Gabriel condos and townhomes had no movement last month. Only 1 townhome sold and no condos. Absorption rate, the number of weeks it will take to sell condos and townhomes is at an all time high.

San Gabriel real estate market statistics for October 2008 through December 2008:

San
Gabriel
Single
Family Residence
Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
23 19 18
Total
Listings
87 72 77
Sales
Pending
15 9 10
Homes Sold 10 12 11
Listings
Expired
11 10 29
Average Days
on the Market
148 n/a 75
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$322 $366 $372
Median
Selling Price
$482,500 $577,950 $519,793
Average
Selling Price
$501,778 $575,353 $517,725
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
37.7 26.0 30.3
Condos Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
5 4 3
Total
Listings
13 13 13
Sales
Pending
2 0 1
Condos Sold 0 4 0
Listings
Expired
7 3 5
Average Days
on the Market
n/a n/a n/a
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
n/a $278 n/a
Median
Selling Price
n/a $410,000 n/a
Average
Selling Price
n/a $423,500 n/a
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
n/a 14.1 n/a
Townhomes Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
25 2 5
Total
Listings
37 34 32
Sales
Pending
5 0 0
Townhomes Sold 6 2 1
Listings
Expired
6 2 6
Average Days
on the Market
55 n/a n/a
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$314 $268 $334
Median
Selling Price
$519,000 $390,500 $285,000
Average
Selling Price
$493,667 $390,500 $285,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
26.7 73.7 138.7

Data taken from ITEC (Pasadena Foothills Association MLS service)

See all homes available for sale in San Gabriel:

For weekly updates on San
Gabriel real estate market activity
, please feel free to request
market analysis reports with detailed information at How is the
Market
button on this site. These real-time real
estate market reports
are gathered and updated by Altos Research and
will be emailed to you weekly with my compliments.

Posted by Irina Netchaev, Real Estate
Agent

Jan. 3, 2009

San Marino Real Estate Market Report: December 2008

December is always a slow month for real estate, but San Marino California pretty much took the entire month off. There were only 2 San Marino homes listed for sale in December. And, only 22 homes, overall, available for sale.

The number of closed sales in San Marino has been pretty stable with a little under 10 homes selling each month for the last six months. December was no exception - 9 home sales.

Only 3 homes though, went into escrow. With banks taking time off for the holidays, we will have a very slow sales month this January.

The lowest priced San Marino home is listed at $1,050,876 and is located at 465 Winthrop Road. This home is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with 1,480 sq. ft.

The highest priced San Marino home is still the $7.9 million Old Mill Road estate. This San Marino luxury property sits on over 82,000 sq. ft. lot and has 8 bedrooms and 7 baths.

READ MORE: San Marino Real Estate Housing Update for November 2008

Also, for my data loving readers, please visit San Marino real estate blog for a detailed analysis of the San Marino real estate market over the last five years: San Marino Housing Analysis - Five Years in Review

San Marino Real Estate Statistics for October through December 2008:

Single
Family Residence
Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
12 7 2
Total
Listings
33 31 22
Sales
Pending
8 4 3
Homes Sold 7 7 9
Listings
Expired
3 5 12
Average Days
on the Market
47 38 44
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$578 $597 $576
Median
Selling Price
$1,480,000 $1,220,000 $1,679,000
Average
Selling Price
$1,681,478 $1,230,714 $1,877,889
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
20.4 19.2 10.6

Data of San Marino homes for sale and San Marino solds was taken directly from
ITEC (Pasadena
Foothill MLS)

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Jan. 3, 2009

Pasadena Real Estate Market Report and Housing Report - December 2008

December has been uneventful for Pasadena's real estate market. Inventory of homes and condos dropped from last several months to 250 homes and 158 condos. While the number of available Pasadena townhomes for sale increased to 76 units.

Since, there was an increase in the number of homes sold and the number of Pasadena sellers that decided to take their homes off the market, absorption rate dropped dramatically.

I expect that we will see a lot more Pasadena property listings hit the market in January since many home sellers wait until after the holidays to list their Pasadena home for sale. I also expect banks to start releasing foreclosures that they've been holding on to for book keeping purposes.

While prices have been basically flat over the last several weeks, the price per square foot has been heading downward. While not a sign of broad strength in a market, larger homes are becoming more available and Pasadena buyers are tending to get more home for their money.

Pasadena Real Estate Market Statistics for October 2008 through December 2008:

Single
Family Residence
Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
72 56 46
Total
Listings
303 261 250
Sales
Pending
61 29 40
Homes Sold 71 42 69
Listings
Expired
54 53 83
Average Days
on the Market
141 115 102
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$411 $402 $373
Average
Selling Price
$811,092 $699,591 $760,146
Median
Selling Price
$620,000 $445,750 $560,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
18.5 26.9 15.7
       
Condos Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
43 39 26
Total
Listings
165 159 158
Sales
Pending
26 7 22
Homes Sold 31 17 19
Listings
Expired
16 27 29
Average Days
on the Market
135 110 60
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$401 $377 $355
Average
Selling Price
$442,758 $428,641 $410,363
Median
Selling Price
$415,000 $455,000 $380,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
23.1 40.5 36.0
       
Townhomes Oct-08 Nov-08 Dec-08
New
Listings
12 27 20
Total
Listings
68 68 76
Sales
Pending
3 10 13
Homes Sold 15 5 14
Listings
Expired
10 5 26
Average Days
on the Market
72 36 116
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$347 $426 $351
Average
Selling Price
$
544,820
$
604,600
$540,214
Median
Selling Price
$
519,900
$
575,000
$465,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
19.6 58.9 23.5

Data compiled from ITEC (Pasadena Foothill Association Multiple Listing Service)

Read More: Pasadena City Guide

A few quick facts as we look back at Pasadena real estate market's performance in 2007 and compare to 2008:

  • 2008 ended with 657 Pasadena homes (single family) sold compared to 811 homes sold in 2007, a 19% decrease in sold inventory.
  • Price per square foot for Pasadena homes (single family residence) dropped from $489 in 2007 to $428 in 2008.
  • Average sales price for Pasadena homes in 2007 was $959,394 compared to the average sales price of Pasadena homes in 2008 of 851,702 - a drop of 11.2%
  • Pasadena home prices declined to the 2005 pricing levels with the peak for property prices in Pasadena California hitting in 2007.

For a complete review of Pasadena real estate market statistics over the last five years, please visit Pasadena Real Estate Housing Analysis - Five Years in Review.

Read More: Pasadena Real Estate Outlook for 2009 This post also provides a basic understanding of the Mark to Market rule which partially led to our current financial crisis.

If you are a buyer looking to buy a home or a condo in Pasadena California, take a look at the available listings below.

Search all Pasadena Condos for Sale in MLS (Multiple Listing Service):

 

Search all homes (single family residences) for sale in Pasadena MLS (Multiple Listing Service):

 

Search All Pasadena Foreclosures or Bank Owned Homes for Sale (MLS - Multiple Listing Service)

 

SEARCH
PASADENA CA HOMES FOR SALE (Single Family Residences - SFR)

SEARCH
PASADENA CONDOS AND TOWNHOMES FOR SALE

If you are interested in receiving a weekly Pasadena real estate market
report
with the Market Price Index, you can request
the Pasadena Market Real Estate Report
here and it will be emailed
to you automatically each Monday. This is a report that I order specifically
for the readers of my website from Altos Research who specializes
specifically in real estate housing market activity throughout the country.

Check back next month for our Pasadena housing report analysis and statistics. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call Irina Netchaev & Associates, your Pasadena Realtors with specific questions on Pasadena property values or if you would like to schedule a private consultation to sell your Pasadena home.

Jan. 2, 2009

Foreclosures for Sale - Bank Owned Homes in Valencia California

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Dec. 23, 2008

Monterey Hills Real Estate Market Report - November 2008

Not much change in the Monterey Hills real estate inventory in November 2008. Monterey Hills townhomes are non-existent - only one unit on the market. Monterey Hills condos are also pretty much at a stand-stil with no new condo listings in November and only eight total condos available for sale.

Statitstics for Monterey Hills real estate for September through November 2008:

Condos Sep-08 Oct-08 Nov-08
New
Listings
2 1 0
Total
Listings
12 10 8
Sales
Pending
3 2 1
Homes Sold 2 3 4
Listings
Expired
3 4 0
Average Days
on the Market
108 75 100
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$313 $268 $298
Median
Selling Price
$425,000 $280,000 $324,000
Average
Selling Price
$394,500 $295,667 $322,000
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
26.0 14.4 8.7
Townhomes Sep-08 Oct-08 Nov-08
New
Listings
0 1 1
Total
Listings
1 1 1
Sales
Pending
3 1 0
Homes Sold 3 2 0
Listings
Expired
0 0 1
Average Days
on the Market
57 74 n/a
Average
Price Per Sq. Ft.
$307 $285 n/a
Median
Selling Price
$394,500 $467,500 n/a
Average
Selling Price
$425,667 $467,500 n/a
Absorption
Rate (# of weeks to sell
current inventory at present rate of sales)
1.4 2.2 n/a

See Monterey Hills condos and townhomes available for sale below:

(Please note, because there are multiple listing services in the Pasadena Monterey Hills area and our listing service combines condo and townhome information from all these listing services, some of the home listings can be duplicated since these condos and townhomes have been entered into each indivdual service separately - have fun searching)

Data taken from ITEC (Pasadena Foothills Association MLS service)

If you are interested in beginning your search
for a Monterey Hills condominium or townhouse
, please click on the
search
home link
.

For weekly updates on Monterey
Hills real estate market activity
, please feel free to request
market analysis reports with detailed information by clicking
here
. These reports are gathered and updated by Altos Research and
will be emailed to you with my compliments.

Posted by Irina
Netchaev, Monterey Hills Real Estate
Agent
626-627-7107

Dec. 22, 2008

Tracking the Pasadena Real Estate Market - buyer's or seller's

I've been posting monthly
real estate market report updates
on this site for cities around Pasadena.
One of the key real estate indicators that I refer to is the Market
Action Index
or MAI.

What is the Market Action Index ? And, why does the
Market Action Indicator matter?

Residential house prices are a function of supply and demand, and
market MARKET ACTION INDEX conditions can be characterized by
analyzing those factors.

My research company, Altos Research
uses an algorithm to divide a Buyer's Market from a Seller's Market. The red
line at 30 is that line.

For example in the graph below for Pasadena's
real estate market
, it has been a COLD, BUYER'S MARKET
since end of 2007 with the MAI hovering quite a bit under the balanced market of
30, closer to 15. Now, this graph is for the entire Pasadena real estate market.
Each zip code within the city has a different MAI.

Come back to this site to watch this index for sustained changes:
if the index falls into the Buyer's Market zone for a long period, prices are
likely in for a downward correction.

The Market Action Index (MAI) illustrates the
balance between supply and demand using a statistical function of the current
rate of sale versus current inventory.

An MAI value greater than 30 typically indicates a "Seller's
Market" (a.k.a. "Hot Market") because demand is high enough to quickly gobble up
available supply. A hot market will typically cause prices to rise. MAI values
below 30 indicate a "Buyer's Market" (a.k.a. "Cold Market")
where the inventory of already-listed homes is sufficient to last several months
at the current rate of sales. A cold market will typically cause prices to
fall.

If you are interested in receiving a weekly real estate market
re
ports with the Market Price Index, you can request
Market Real Estate Report
here and it will be emailed to you
automatically each Monday. This is a report that I order specifically for the
readers of my website from Altos Research who specializes
specifically in real estate housing market activity throughout the country.

I currently offer real estate market reports for Pasadena, Alhambra, San
Marino, South Pasadena, Monterey Hills (under Los Angeles 90042), Arcadia,
Altadena, San Gabriel and more.

If you have additional questions about the state of the Pasadena housing
market, please call me at 626-629-8439 .

Irina :-)

Dec. 19, 2008

Pasadena Real Estate Market Report: Side by Side 2 Year Housing Snapshot Comparison

I just came across a chart from my favorite real-time real estate analysis company - Altos Research - analyzing the health of Pasadena California's real estate market in January of 2006. I thought it would be interesting to compare the above Pasadena real estate snapshot to the one that was just received on December 15, 2008 - almost 2 years later.

Looking at these Pasadena housing statistics side by side, it's interesting to note the following:

  • Median List price is 20% lower in 2008 vs. 2006
  • There are properties for as low as $120,000 in 2008. The lowest priced home in January of 2006 was $459,000.
  • Average price per square foot of Pasadena homes for sale dropped by 17.6%.
  • The available Pasadena home inventory increased by almost 54%!
  • It is taking twice as long to market a home now - almost 4.5 months.
  • 44% of homes listed expire and have to be relisted by Pasadena realtors compared to only 17% in December of 2006. Main reason for re-listing Pasadena homes is incorrect and overly high pricing.
  • Which leads to 2 out of 3 properties needing a price reduction - 40%.

READ More: Pasadena real estate market statistics - October 2008

State of Pasadena Housing Market by Chief Economist of California Association of Realtors

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READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

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Interested in more information about Pasadena and surrounding cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide
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Thinking of selling your Pasadena home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Pasadena Real Estate Market.

 

Dec. 18, 2008

South Pasadena California Homes for Sale - Full MLS Access to search for listings

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Posted in South Pasadena