Laurie Manny,  in Long Beach, CA

How has the sub prime implosion affected prices in Manhattan Beach?

Asked by Laurie Manny, Long Beach, CA Sun May 13, 2007

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At this time we are not seeing much of an effect from the sub prime problems. Most of those who bought in the beach cities did not have to resort to a sub prime loan. We will see some foreclosures and a few short sales but overall most homeowners in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo have sufficient financial resources to handle their mortgage obligations.
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Kaye Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Manhattan Beach, CA
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THE ANSWER I GAVE WAS FROM JANUARY AND OU LA LA WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY OR TWO MAKES. WE ARE UNDER SIEGE FOLKS AND NOW STRAPPED WITH A NATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM , SOCIALIST LEVEL TAX BASE (ANTICIPATED) LACK OF SOCIAL SERVICES (OUCH) DEFICET MEASURED NOW BY REAL DOLLARS AND WOOOOOOO!

NO ONE AREA WILL BE FREE OF THE ECONOMIC WRATH WE ARE HEREIN AFFECTED BY. BUT REMEBER (SPAM OR NOT) THERE IS A POTETNIAL TO RETURN WEALTH TO AMERICANS THROUGH THE COMPULSARY LENDER MANDATES MADE IN EFFECT BY WASHINGTON.

YOU CAN LEVERAGE THE PAIN AND SUFFEREING BY UNDERSTANDING YOUR LENDER IS UNDER THE SAME GUN...GET IT. THEY NEED TO MOVE TROUBLED ASSETS AND A DES MOINS IOWA CENTRAL SERVICING CENTER MAYNOT CARE ABOUT THE VIEW OF A PIER OR VIEW OF A MID WEST HIGHWAY. THEY WANT RELIF AND WANTS TO CUT A DEAL NOW.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 5, 2009
I feel that the problems with mortgages has effected not only every area,(geographically) but almost every industry as well.
In very affluent areas,you will find that sellers are waiting until the real estate market stabilizes to consider selling.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 4, 2009
I disagree with the consensus that the subprime mess hasnt/won't affect Manhattan Beach and neighboring beach cities prices. I think we are starting to see some of the affects already. I think it will continue because buyers confidence is low which affects demand.

In addition, our crossover buyers or pond jumpers who want to move from redondo to manhattan are having trouble qualifying (they have little or no equity to transfer) plus they have to sell their home first! Our pool of buyers has shrunk and its more difficult to qualify. So when you have less qualified buyers its takes a while for homes to sell and price reductions are inevitable.

Also, even people who qualified for regular/standard loans may have had there loans sold to countrywide and other subprime institutions. Some of these mortgage holders are not modifying the ARMS (because the government is handing them money and not requiring them to help the homeowner in return). What could and will hurt the beach cities is the values slowly dropping enough to where some people are upside down. Also, many borrowers took out a first and a second mortgage. When the arms adjust their payments could be unmanagable.

Further, the resources that people used to qualify with and kept for reserve funds, like stocks, mutual funds & 401k's, etc have dwindled. So the cushion that may have helped get homeowners over the hump has thinned out.

Finally, while the equity was swelling people started to use their homes like atm machines. Further risking the possibilty of being upside down as the prices decline. Finally, the beach cities are not immune to job loss and corporate downsizing.

Additional issues that could affect value is builders putting on the breaks on building and discounting new construction. When new houses get cheaper they affect the values of the older homes in the surrounding area. The auction concept is also giving a perception that MB is on sale....it doesnt exactly build buyer confidence.

In my opinion, another thing that is hurting values is pricing listings too high and having them stay on the market ,adding to the growing supply. When the inventory rises to where it outweighs demand...that's what hurts prices. So the one area that we have a little control is pricing the listings to sell and not sit & further drive down prices and add to the problem. (Agents need to talk to their sellers about absorbtion rates and and pricing based on where the markets going not based on where its been! Look at solds, pendings and actives.)
All of the factors mentioned above, have and will continue to affect MB prices. I think we will continue to see an impact ,but it won't be as devastating as it has been for the Inland Empire, San Diego and surrounding communities. Partially because MB is not a new community. We have older/established neighborhoods with great schools. The schools, established infrastructure/ commercial developments and small business will help hold up the values to a degree....also there's only so much beach/ocean view property and that's a big motivation for people to live in the beach cities. Im caustiously optimistic.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 20, 2009
It would appear not much. Can you think of any other are where you find as much "New" construction as MB?
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