Rancho Palos Verdes
Real Estate Market Update | Jul ’23

JULY 2023: Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275, real estate experienced a decrease in average home sale price (-$78,000), sold inventory (-8 units), and a slight increase for days on the market (+2) for July 2023. Overall pricing is still trending up, but we may see changes heading into the fall as interest rates are due to decrease; which could potentially lead to more inventory on the market. Let’s get into the details:

Residential (Houses & Condos) | Avg. Sale Price: $1.783M

July’s average home sale price decreased by roughly $78,000, from $1.861M in June to $1.783M for July. The number of homes sold also decreased by 8 homes, down to 29. Despite this lower sale average, the housing market in Rancho Palos Verdes is still trending upwards. With home prices this high, it will be interesting to see if the fall will bring changes, as rates tend to be relatively lower during an election year.

How long does it take to sell a home in Rancho Palos Verdes? In July, the average days on the market increased from 20 days in June to 22 days in July. Interest rates saw a slight increase this month as well, but overall are headed into the low 7% range.

The red bars and left axis represents the average sale price for housing for the given month, which has hovered between $1.7M and a bit over $2M per home. The blue line and right axis represent the average mortgage payment with 20% down (does not include taxes, insurance, or HOA fees).

Prices in Rancho Palos Verdes began to drop about a year ago, in June of ’22, reaching their lowest point this past November with an average home price of $1,570,577. Back then, the average mortgage for a home in the area would have been just over $8,300/month.

Since peaking in May, prices have actually experienced a decrease, settling down near the $1.8M range. With limited inventory on the market, we are beginning to see homes sell for OVER ASKING since MULTIPLE buyers are competing for the few homes available.

Let’s dive into the specific property types below.

Single-Family Homes | Avg. Sale Price: $1.979M

Single-family homes for sale in Rancho Palos Verdes experienced a drop in average sale price, from $2.033M in June to $1.979M in July. Inventory continues to be an issue in Rancho Palos Verdes. Since the peak in May with 37 homes sold, inventory has dropped every month and is down to 23 sales compared to 31 in June.

Mortgage interest rates have entered the 7% range as of August. Even with the higher rates, days on market only increased by 3 days to 22 for the month of July.

Affordability for an average home in RPV has improved in the last two months, going from $11.4k/month in May to $10.4k/month for July.

Condos & Townhomes | Avg Sale Price: $1,029,225

The average sale price for a condo or townhome in Rancho Palos Verdes increased this month (+$57k), going from $972K in May to $1,029k in July. Condo inventory in Rancho Palos Verdes has been very low since the start of the year. From January ’23 to June ’23, only 27 condo/townhouse units have been sold in RPV, which is half of what was sold in the same time frame last year (54 units). Only six condos sold in Rancho Palos Verdes for the second month in a row.

Condo and townhouse prices tend to be a bit erratic, as a 2-bedroom condo in Rancho Palos Verdes can range from $500k to over $1M depending on its finishings and location. However, since most first-time-home-buyers in Rancho Palos Verdes often buy a condo as a first home, this segment tends to be very competitive, especially when there are only 3 – 9 homes sold in the entire month!

The average time it takes to sell a condo or townhouse in Rancho Palos Verdes decreased to 22 days in July. Demand for entry-level housing appears to be strong, as days on market continue to fall despite rising rates, lower inventory, and higher housing prices.

The increase in the average sale price for condos this month caused the estimated mortgage payment to creep close to the $5,500/month range, and increase of over $400 in just 30 days!

Outlook

Moving forward, we are expecting rates to stay consistent, likely in the low 7% range. If rates can stay consistent, buyers and sellers should gain confidence in the market, and hopefully, that will lead to more inventory on the market.

Buyers

Buyers in this market should be prepared to compete, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Sellers have gained much of their leverage over the past 3 months. Keep in mind that inventory remains low for ALL of Los Angeles and much of the state. If buying real estate is one of your goals and you were a buyer in the market over the last 2 years but ultimately gave up because of stiff competition from conventional buyers, now is still a phenomenal time to be a buyer. In this market, sellers will welcome FHA offers, VA offers, seller credits, repairs, and loan buy-down programs in order to sell you their home.

Sellers

Sellers in this market should be doing everything they can to distinguish their homes from others on the market. Presentation and condition are extremely important, so preparing your home for sale and making sure it looks and functions as best as it can is of vital importance if you want a successful sale. Doing so may result in multiple offers on your property, which would significantly boost your leverage with buyers. Some homes are still selling fast, but buyers are pickier than they’ve been in the last 5 years. And yes, we can help with all of this, all included in our standard commission! Learn more by visiting our Concierge Real Estate Services page.

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