Drive around and view the area especially at night that will give you a good indication of the quality. Also you should inquire with the Local Police Department as they have the up to date crime statistics.
Good Luck on you search!!!
Apart from a few â€œthe world is flatâ€ realtors, everyone realizes that condos are falling in Long Beach. Those that are expecting a quick turn around from this bubble are dreaming. The last cycle took about 11 years to reach peaking pricing from the previous peak. Here are your Los Angeles County vanilla medians between 1989 and 2000: http://www.laalmanac.com/economy/ec37.htm
Pretty amazing, someone who purchased the â€œmedian homeâ€ for 214,831 sold for 215,900 11 years later. However, this bubble appears even larger that the 1989 run up, as depicted in the following graph: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laland/2008/04/where-we-stand.html . Granted prices are falling faster, so perhaps we can reach a bottom faster.
In my opinion this would generally be a terrible time to purchase a condo in Long Beach. All leading indicators are pointing in the same direction as to the Los Angeles market, (i) inventory has increased, (ii) sales transaction volume has slowed dramatically, (iii) lending standards have tightened (pulling thousands of potential buyers from the market), (iv) notices of defaults and foreclosures are at records levels, (v) the economy is slowing (looking more and more like a recession), (vi) literally thousands of high paying mortgage and other real estate related jobs have been lost in southern California over the past year and (vii) the mania which surrounded the real estate market a few years ago has been replaced by a conservative caution steering people to other investment classes. All of these things will put downward pressure on pricing for some time to come.
The reality is that residential prices in Long Beach will almost certainly be lower later this year, likely lower in 2009 and possibly even lower in 2010. Real estate cycles take many years to play out and we are at the early stages of a down cycle.
With that said, if you find your dream condo and can purchase with a large down payment and conventional financing and don't care about prices dropping further, consider the purchase. But DON"T purchase with the expectation of future price gains for a long time. If history is any guide, prices will not rebound quickly when the bottom is finally reached.
Best of Luck,
I specialize in wonderful Long Beach! I would avoid north Long Beach & the West Side.
There are many fabulous condos in Long Beach. Many are found downtown, in Belmont Shores, Bixby Knolls, the Virginia Country Club, and in East Long Beach.
Best of luck,
I would suggest, rather than having more agents, (as you have 3 already), analyize the same city or areas you have an interest in. I would suggest a buyer broker appointment to analyize your needs regarding the following:
1. Your price range or preferred monthly payment 2. Your distance to work 3. Location re hobbies or extra curricular interests or religious needs and not to forget.. 4. Possibility of home as an investment ( ie: where is wisest location for increase in value). Then look to see which City overlaps best for these needs and priorities of yours.
Taking safety and budget and these other factors into account, it will become automatically apparent which location will best serve you. A hidden factor, never visible to you as an out of area buyer, is the school district API score, as a hidden added value! While you may or may not have children, it always effects your property's intrinsic value. This is where a true professional is trained to help guide you to the best fit choices for your circumstances.
I would be glad to interview with you to see if my focus of service fits your needs.
Prudential California Realty
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You are looking in various areas. Are you looking for a condo for yourself and not sure where you are going to land, or are you looking for investment property?
There are a number of nice areas to look at, including northern Long Beach.
What I advise is to determine your financial side so your realtor knows what you qualify for and is showing you properties in that range, make a list of "must have's", a list of "must not's" so that your realtor can narrow down what you are seeing, in the areas that you are looking in. Now, your Realtor may recommend other options of properties that may not meet all of your wants, but may have another positive side that may out way part of "the list",
Good luck on your quest, and if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call me.
Debra Enos, Realtor
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Charita King 562-276-8681
condos houses are 600+ in LB Belmont Shore is the same price but houses are close together. Torrance has better schools overall. I'm looking myself and will have to end up in Downtown LB which is eclectic but far away for me. It's an extra 30 minutes or longer if you work in Santa Monica or LA unless it is downtown LA.
I'm just a buyer not an agent...