Jumbo loans are back. Can movement in the high-end luxury home market be far behind? Savvy buyers will continue to cherry-pick the best of the best deals, but with jumbo loans easier to obtain my prediction is the $2,000,000 and up homes will play an active role in the Palos Verdes real estate market in 2010.
How low will they go? The competition is fierce for prime entry-level homes in Palos Verdes. It's the location and the schools that continue to support the prices at the low end of the price spectrum. Bank-owned and short sale properties comprise a minuscule portion of the local market and therefore, have little to no impact on Palos Verdes Peninsula prices.
Super-sized homes shrink in size but grow in "greeness". Today's buyers are concerned with the environment, the economy and the day to day cost of running a McMansion. Water is a precious commodity in Southern California and conspicuous consumption of Mother Nature's resources is frowned upon. Look for desert friendly landscaping to make a return as water bills skyrocket.
Price and value will align. Seller will release their "unrealized equity gains" to the universe and price properties in line with recent sold comps in their neighborhood. Those paper gains are gone. After all, how can you lose something you never really had?
The fluidity of the market is a given, and like the undulating ocean will continue to ebb and flow based on the pull of the economy, employment and local lending environment. My parting 2009 wish: May 2010 bring small improvements for all conditions impacting the housing market.
Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
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