Renting vs. Buying and waiting in Palos Verdes Estates Lunada Bay, Malaga Cove.

Asked by Ka, Los Angeles, CA Mon May 5, 2008

I would like to see a table or figure out the costs for renting vs. buying. I would like to buy into the Palos Verdes School District, near the ocean in Lunada Bay or Malaga Cove close to my surf spot. I am not flexible on the location. However, if I wait out the real estate until prices drop a bit... how can I figure out the real cost of renting vs. not buying. I am considering renting a house for approx 3k per month while renting out my house in another school district for 1500 or more per month, keeping my smaller home. How long would this be a good idea in this market. Would llke opinion of NewportFiji and other economists. Also interested in your opinions on if the election is going to make the prices drop further, or will they go up right after the election (no matter which side wins, or pick a side for your extrapolation and give supporting theory). I am talking about the entry level PVE homes 900k to 1.8 mil, not the
Manor Houses (2-8 mil).

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Jimmy Hutchi…, , Downey, CA
Thu May 8, 2008
Hello Ka,

Are you already pre-approved for the purchase of the home in PVE up to $1.8 mil?

Jimmy Hutchinson
Atmosphere Realty
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Brent Humber, Agent, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Fri May 9, 2008
Ka, the first question to ask is how long do you plan on staying in your home? If it is more than 3-5 years, usually purchasing is the correct route. There are other factors but this is key. No one has a crystal ball regarding prices, but you are assuming prices are declining in PV. The L.A. Times Real Estate section published an article on 4/20/08 that shows PV prices have appreciated 17% in Q1 2008 vs. Q1 2007. In terms of your areas of preference and price range, Lunada Bay is where you should target. There is only one SFR in Malaga Cove under 1.8M and it is a fixer with architectural plans included. Rents are over 3k in both areas. Living near, and surfing at Haggerty's, the Cove, or Indicators does come with a cost. Good Luck!
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Jill Sanders…, Agent, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Wed May 15, 2013
Market is going up--my personal home went up 250k this past year from an entry level purchase in February 2012. Market is stating 8.5% expected increase in PVE for 2013. Time to catch the wave, stand up and surf it. Renting is like waiting all day for the perfect wave while everyone else enjoyed the day's surfing and is now back on the beach bbqing. I hope you decided to purchase and would love to hear your follow up story from 2008 and the election. Cheers!
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Michael Diam…, , Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Wed Nov 17, 2010
Hi Ka, if you are still looking you can call Michael Diamond of Peninsula and Sotheby's at (310)421-2841. He knows the Market inside out and has a proven track record of understanding his clients needs and helping them make informed decisions that are in their best interest. He specializes in Palos Verdes area and he would be more than happy to answer your question with some more details. Here is an article from LA Times…
From the offices of Michael Diamond.
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