1/16/2012

Residential Sales in Long Beach CA -- Very Busy in 2011!

Just a quick look at this chart for pending sales of single family homes in Long Beach shows the trend:
more properties in escrow with almost every passing month in 2011--December was the highest month of pendings since June of 2010. (This data includes both standard equity sales and all types of distressed and special condition properties, at all price ranges.)

One of the busiest months was June, when the average days on market time was under 60 days, the highest number of new listings came on the market, the number of houses sold was second highest for the year, and the median price was the highest for the year, at over $370,000. August and December, however, were the two highest months in number of houses sold (202 each) for the year.  The median sold price for 2011 did not reach the median high of $380,000 of 2010.
Overall, the number of houses sold from December 2010 is 9% higher in December 2011, while the number of properties for sale is down 24%. In fact, the months' supply of inventory (how much time it would take to sell all the existing inventory at the current rate of sale) shows a definite downward trend for single family homes for the entire year and is at the lowest level since December 2009.

Interest rates are projected to stay lower throughout 2012, making a great time to take advantage of Long Beach market activity, especially in the under-$400,000 market, where standard sales are moving quickly.

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