Author Archive

Drop in Interest Rates Spurs Market Enthusiasm

The Playa Vista real estate market has rebounded from a dreadful second half of 2018 and a lukewarm first couple of months of 2019 to become red hot in late March and early April. While some of this may be attributable to the finally dry weather conditions, this seems mainly due to lower interest rates, […]

Read More >>

Key Points from Housing Seminar at Loyola Marymount University

For the third year in a row, I was fortunate to be invited to speak as the residential real estate expert at the LMU faculty housing seminar, which was conducted this week on campus. The turnout generally consists of tenure or tenure track faculty who are looking to put down roots in LA and hope […]

Read More >>

Stock Market Implosion Threatens Real Estate Values

In recent weeks, major U.S. stock markets have lost between 16-26% of their value. A 20% loss in value is considered a bear market, so we have now entered that territory in the NASDAQ and are close with the Dow Jones and S&P 500. After nearly 10 years of a bull market, the longest in […]

Read More >>

The Santa Slump – Why December Should be the Best Month to Buy a Property

After participating in a few slow open houses in Playa Vista this weekend, it got me thinking, why isn’t home buying more popular in December? While there are obvious reasons why it could be inconvenient to buy in December – shorter days, worse weather, shopping and social obligations, or waiting on year-end bonuses, the failure […]

Read More >>

How Will The SoCal Fires Affect the Playa Vista Real Estate Market?

For the past week, Ventura County and Malibu have been suffering from one of the worst fires these locations have ever seen. While the Camp Fire in Northern California is the most destructive ever in terms of loss of life and property damage, the Woolsey Fire located in Malibu, and Southern Ventura County has been […]

Read More >>

Is it a Good Time to Buy in Playa Vista? The Objective Case that it is.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you might have noticed that I sometimes take contrarian positions, which in a hot real estate market, might appear negative. Being negative is not the point. The point is to challenge group think that often occurs in real estate markets and to introduce new ideas that much of the […]

Read More >>

This is Not Your Mother’s Real Estate Market

I admit it. It has been pretty easy to sell real estate in Playa Vista from 2011 to 2017. There are things I would do to prepare properties to show better, create the best leverage, negotiate the best deal, and create the best experience for my clients, but honestly, some sales that were layups that made me look good. Bottom […]

Read More >>

Supply Coming Back With a Vengeance in Playa Vista. Inventory Mix in LA Fails to Satisfy Buyers

As of this writing, inventory is up significantly in Playa Vista with 31 single family homes and condos on the market. Granted it is late summer when supply tends to peak, but this is a dramatic increase in active listings from the teens, which had been consistent through much of the first half of the […]

Read More >>

First Half Observations of the Playa Vista Market

We have reached the halfway mark in 2018, which is unbelievable. Are years getting shorter? It has been an unremarkable, albeit steady, year so far in Playa Vista with modest price gains and still low inventory. New construction at The Collection, Jewel, and Seabluff continues to trickle out giving buyers options, but condo and single […]

Read More >>

Words of Wisdom From a Real Estate Legend

Last week I learned of the death of Stan Ross, the former chairman of the USC real estate program whom I looked up to. We were not close and did not even know each other well, but we met briefly a few times during my year getting my masters degree in real estate development and I listened to him speak a few other […]

Read More >>