Rancho Palos Verdes Real Estate Market Update | Sept ’23

SEPTEMBER 2023: Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275, real estate experienced a decrease in average home sale price (-$12,000), sold inventory (-2 units), and an increase in days on the market (+9) for September 2023. Let’s get into the details:

Residential (Houses & Condos) | Avg. Sale Price: $1.660M

The average sale price for a home in Rancho Palos Verdes decreased by roughly $12,000, from $1.673M in August to $1.660M. The number of homes sold also decreased by 2 homes, down to 24 units for the month. 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 winter will bring significant changes, as rates tend to be relatively lower during an election year, but rates are currently in the 7.5% range!

How long does it take to sell a home in Rancho Palos Verdes? The average number of days on the market for September was 20, compared to 11 days in August. It will be interesting to see if prices bounce back once the inventory gets too low. Interest rates saw an increase this month as well, but overall are in the mid-7 % range.

The red bars and left axis represent the average sale price for a home in that given month, which has hovered between $1.6M 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 are at about the levels they were a year ago, but with higher interest rates, affordability is not what it used to be. The average mortgage in RPV for the month of September was roughly $9,350/month.

Let’s dive into the specific property types below.

Single-Family Homes | Avg. Sale Price: $1.974M

Single-family homes for sale in Rancho Palos Verdes experienced a drop in average sale price, from $2.026M in August to $1.974M in September. Inventory continues to be an issue in Rancho Palos Verdes, and days on the market may be a clear indicator of that. Since the peak in May with 37 homes sold, inventory has dropped every month and is down to 17 sales in September, the same as in August.

Mortgage interest rates have entered the 7.5% range as of Sept. With the recent higher rates, days on the market has increased by 16 days, up to 24 days on the market for the month of September.

Based on the average sale price for the month, the average house mortgage in RPV has decreased. For September 2023, the average mortgage for a house in RPV was roughly $11,118.

Condos & Townhomes | Avg Sale Price: $899K

The average sale price for a condo or townhome in Rancho Palos Verdes decreased in September (-$106k), going from $1,005k in August to $899K in September. 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 9 condos sold in Rancho Palos Verdes in August. September only saw 7 condo sales.

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 location and condition. 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 11 days in September. 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 slight decrease in the average sale price for condos in September caused the estimated mortgage payment to creep close to $5,000/month; about $500 less than in August, though the substantial reduction in average sale price played a large impact.

Outlook

The fall and winter months tend to have less real estate activity and we are anxiously waiting to see what will happen in the last quarter of the year. We are expecting rates to stay consistent, likely in the 7.5% 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 year. 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, we recommend buying when you can afford it. Housing is only getting more expensive year after year. Be ready to compete.

Sellers

Sellers in this market should be doing everything they can to distinguish their homes from others on the market. Even though there is not as much competition, cutting corners when listing your home is never a good idea. 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.

If you’re ready to start your real estate journey, contact us today!

Who is The Prestige Team?

Rancho Palos Verdes Realtor Broker Associate Karen Anderson, along with her Real Estate Team, The Prestige Team, has been selling residential real estate in the South Bay, including Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, and far beyond LA County for over 27 years and is ranked in the top 1% of realtors in Rancho Palos Verdes.  We specialize in transforming homes into impeccably presented real estate listings that command top dollar in the shortest amount of time!  

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