Long Beach Needs More Single Family Homes on the Market!

Long Beach Inventory
Long Beach--two months inventory
For the last year, since March 2011, the Long Beach median prices have been jumping around.  The median prices for listings and sales have gone up and down for the city, overall. These charts show the overall market, which varies in price quite a bit, and lumps all distressed properties in with regular sales.  In March of last year, the median price was $365,000, and for March of 2012, the price is $369,900--while the "sold" prices have actually gone down. But what is in escrow? That's where the prices in 1-3 months may be showing an upward trend, because sales activity has picked up a much faster pace:  the number of single family properties (both distressed and regular sales) in escrow is up 40%, and is at the highest number in the last 12 months.

Long Beach Median Price march 2012
Median price for listings is up again in Long Beach
And another thing is very clear: in checking with Long Beach, Lakewood and Cerritos, all cities are down to two months or less of inventory for single family houses. The second chart clearly shows a downward trend in numbers of listings on the market since last summer.

That means if no new listings came on the market, the current inventory would be sold in approximately 2 months at the current rate of sale.
Sellers should start contacting their real estate professional now to review their best position for selling, because the buyers, both investor and owner-occupant types, are buying!

I am available to help you as your real estate professional, just give me a call, e-mail me, or contact me through my website at www.juliahuntsman.com.

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