Torrance, CA Real Estate News

By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Everyone knows some neighborhoods are more popular than others.  They have the wow factor working for them in obvious ways such as superior schools and locations.  On the other hand, sometimes a neighborhood's popularity is judged in less tangible ways.  The hip and cool factor is more difficult to measure, but buyers pick up on it right away.    Maybe it is the Prius lined driveways, high tech baby strollers or the evolution of the 1950s ranch home into the green abodes of the 21st century that makes young home buyers say, "This is the where we want to live."  Whatever it is it is working well.   Perhaps it is simply "Popular Personality Syndrome" the it factor that makes others want to join the in crowd.  Maybe it is the sense of belonging or a good match.  Whether we can define it or...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
We have seen a steady upswing in the number of short sales in Torrance and the South Bay area over the last few months, while the number of Torrance foreclosures/bank owned has come down. Buying  a short sale can be challending, to say the least, but a buyer may be rewarded with a great deal!  Please call or email me for a Free Short Sale Guide.   Currently there are 43 active short sales in Torrance.  Here is the breakdown by area: Walteria - 2 Central Torrance - 8 South East Torrance - 8 Hollywood Riviera - 3 South Torrance - 1 Southwood - 4 West Torrance - 4 North Torrance - 8 Old Torrance - 5 For a current Free list of Torrance short sales or Torrance foreclosures, please call Krystyna at (310)918-5027 or via email info@ISellSouthBay.com.  
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
Well, I was looking at a blog I wrote in 2008 showing times to buy prior to the Economy Collapsing and I may as well say.. Not even all the bad press is sending Buyers for my commercial property, residential fixers and Income Property away right now. I am getting offers and mulitple offers on all my listings in a variety of nieghborhoods. Mostly all cash offers and all those who were saving their cash are now starting to buy. Why, well take a look at the Calif. Association of Realtors Economic Figures and you will see why. Highlights of C.A.R.'s resale housing figures for August 2010: C.A.R.'s Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes in August 2010 rose to 6.1 months compared with 4.6 months in August 2009. The index indicates the number of months needed to depl...
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By Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating
(Beth Lester Designs)
"Fall is in the air."  Don't you feel it?  Indeed, with the cooler weather and the start of school, it feels like time for a fresh start, so I wanted to share a few ideas with you on how you might freshen up your home for this season by switching things up.   Williams Sonoma Home One spring a few years ago, I found a lovely satin comforter on sale and did something that felt very extravagant at the time.  I bought new bedding, even though I already had a nice comforter on my bed.   That was the first year I changed out my bedding for the season.  I removed my heavy "winter" comforter and replaced it with my lovely new satiny topper.  In the fall, I switched it back again.  Such a small thing, but it gave me great joy.   Although I put out a few "fall" decorations, I'm not one to go heav...
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
Hi there folks, My wife, baby and I take our evening stroll daiiy and I've compiled a few places for rent in our immediate neighborhood of Old Torrance between Cabrillo Ave, Del Amo Blvd, Arlington Ave and Carson St. (occasionally across the street from Torrance High on Martina St. as well). 90501 zip code. if you're looking to move into the area, these are great places to rent and one of the best school districts in the state, definitely the city of Los Angeles.   1746 Grammercy Ave: 1 bedroom 1 bathroom, 310-328-2548 1900 Cabrillo Ave: 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bathroom: this place is GREAT! two stories, the master bedroom has two walk-in closets, beautiful fireplace, great kitchen, excellent house for hosting parties or entertaining. Call Mario at 310-373-7278 2436 Cabrillo Ave: 3 bedroom 1 ba...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
There are 25 homes listed for sale in Walteria. 24 homes are single family, but there is a condo for sale in Walteria - quite rare opportunity.  It's a 2 bd condo listed at $399,000 - affordable chance to get into this prestigious neighborhood. Four homes are listed under $600,000, seven in the range of $600,000 -$700,000, two homes are listed between $700,000 - $800,000, and 11 are over $800,000  Torrance Walteria homes for sale Walteria Real Estate South Bay California Real Estate Please contact Krystyna at (310)918-5027 if you're interested in buying or selling in Torrance or the South Bay area.  I'm here to help you!  
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By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
With short sales probably being the best way to find "deals" in the South Bay and Torrance, many home buyers simply don't want to put up with the delays and unknowns that go along with buying a short sale home.  Although often not priced quite as aggressively REOs or bank owned homesare possibly the next best thing as the lenders have gone through the foreclosure process, own the home outright, and are generally willing to sell for the list price, without the endless levels of beaurocracy involved.  Torrance offers an abundance of these bank owned homes with some in great condition and move in ready while others need some work but the prices are often below market value regardless. Below are the bank owned homes as of September 13th 2010. MLS# Type   Address  Price  Br/Ba Year Sq Ft Lot...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
Senior Condo in Torrance The web address for this property is: http://isellsouthbay.com/listnow/property/966a3883-4f97-474a-94f3-a88718a012b8.html Location: 23014 Nadine Cir, Torrance, California 90505 Type: Single Family Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.00 Square Feet: 1133.0 Price: $419,000 Description: This New Horizons 1-story condo ?bungalow? is located in the quiet inner circle, steps to the golf course and close to the main clubhouse, of this lushly landscaped complex. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, plus den, with two patios, attic storage & garage parking. The den can be used as an office or formal dining room. The kitchen has recent upgrades and the refrigerator, washer & dryer are included. Fresh paint and new plush carpeting throughout. Amenities include: the main clubhouse with library, billia...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
 The Torrance average sales price went up slightly August 2010 compared to same period a year ago, bringing the average price to $506,641. The  number of sales was down by 7.9%. Torrance SoldListings AverageSales Price AverageDOM August 2010 105  $506,641 53  August 2009 114  $505,345 67 *All stats are compiled from the Multi Regional  Multiple Listing Service. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Wondering what your home is worth in today's market?  Please call me at (310)918-5027 for a Free home evaluation. Interest rates are historically low - if you want to take advantage of those low rates and buy a home in Torrance or the South Bay area, call or e-mail me. 
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By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
One of the most highly sought after Torrance neighborhoods is the pocket known as Southwood.  Great schools, tree lined streets, and a very pleasant neighborhood feel are just a few of the reasons the area has remained a high demand real estate market.  See below for the current listings and see the bottom chart for all of the single family homes that have sold in Southwood since July 2010.  Click here to view an updated list of current homes for sale in Southwood.  See below for sales activity including homes in escrow and recently sold homes in the Torrance neighborhood of Southwood. Status   Address  Price  Br/Ba Year Sqft Lot Size P 3914 Cathann ST   $        540,000 3/2.00 1956 1162 5300 P 5000 Jacques ST   $        599,000 2/2.00 1955 1175 5400 P 21818 Ladeene AV   $        649,00...
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
Here are a few events that are noteworthy, complete with their locations and times. Please forward to a friend! Wednesday, Aug 25th: KGCCL (by the court house) 7pm Meet the Author-Rebecca K. O'Connor- Author, animal trainer, and conservationalist. O'Connor will discuss her book Lift. Saturday, Aug 28th 10am (Arlington) Craft A Greeting Card- Stampin up demonstrator Judy Kubota will guide participanhts in making a birthday card or a quick thank you note. Materials will be be supplied. Class size is limited and pre-regiustration is reaqure.
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
If you, like me, like to read and you would LIKE to save money. Go to the local library, get a library card and ENJOY!!!! The Torrance library, Katy Gessert Civic Center Library (KGCCL), located right on Torrance Blvd next to the City Hall, is a beautiful, clean, two story testament to the committment to community that our town has. I have a list of  wants on my want to buy book list and just remembered, why not go to the library and check out these books then take them back when I'm done?? I am constantly trying to get rid of books I've purchased and what better way than to NOT BUY THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!! The library is also a hub of activity for a community. There are six libraries located in, and around, Torrance. Pretty good for a pretty small community. We can find out about loca...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
Torrance-Walteria CA real estate comprises a mix of the old and the new. With many homes built in the 1950's or 1960's and numerous contemporary newer homes. The homes in this section of Torrance are really located in two distinct neighborhoods which are divided by Hawthorne Blvd, but both areas of Walteria are located at the foot of Palos Verdes. Here you often get a rural feel, with old shade trees and many of the streets without sidewalks.   The real estate of Torrance is primarily mixed with mostly single family homes and a small percentage of townhomes and/or condos. Torrance is a stable area economically because of the many employees in the area. 56% of Torrance homeowners have lived in the their home over ten years! Walteria is amongst the most attractive and desirable South Bay...
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By Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors
(eReal Estate Corp)
Photo GalleryDescriptionSTANDARD SALE! This home has been remodeled throughout! New distressed hardwood flooring, new drywall, new insulation, new light fixtures, new windows, new bathroom, new ceramic tile floors in kitchen, new kitchen cabinets, new granite counter tops, new and matching kitchen appliances, new, new, new! Seller is currently finishing up some construction as they are completing the permitting process for an extra master bedroom suite. Also, this home is on a HUGE 6072 sq ft lot with lush plants and trees.You'll find here award-winning Wiseburn schools which are highly rated, including the cutting edge Da Vinci Charter School. Walking distance to popular Glasgow Park where you can exercise or walk your dog, or Hollyglen Park with a playground, basketball court and tenn...
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
Ok. Back again. Why not check out our local Musical theater company, Torrance Theater Company at the Torrance Cultural Art Center?? They're performing "Pirates of Penzance", a classic musical at the James Armstrong Theater tonight and tomorrow. Tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm. Tickets are $25/$22.50/$15 (students). They do charge a $2.50 fee as well so include that in your budget. Better than schlepping up to Hollwood and forking out $100+ at the Pantages right?? NO it's not the Pantages but its pretty good entertainment for the price and it's right around the corner too!! The Box office phone # is 310-781-7171. I think you'll have to go there for the show tonight and tomorrow to get the tix but you can get any info you don't see here at those numbers!!     Torrance Aquacade Splash D...
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
Need something to do in Torrance this weekend? Ever been to Karaoke? Japanese (Asian) style? You go with one or more of your friends, rent a room that is complete with: karaoke machine, a few books with thousands of songs in English, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese, a couple mics, some shakers and tambourines and they deliver non-alcoholic beverages to your room!! All for a reasonable price (most places are pretty cheap before 8pm then get more expensive after that but its so much fun!!!). Grab some friends, some snacks, and your sense of fun and good times and head there, there's one in the shopping center on the corner of Western Ave and Carson St in Torrance. MAX Karoake1757 W Carson St Ste HTorrance, CA 90501(310) 787-1330 There are some YUMMY restaurants in the same center or just nex...
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
Does anyone know about train laws? ARE THERE train laws? These things go at any and all times of day or night. It seems like they come by just when the baby is going to sleep, has JUST drifted off to sleep and right when my wife and I sit down to relax. Are there regulations about the amount of times they are supposed to blow their horns? How long they can blow their horns? How many TIMES they need to, or are allowed to, blow their horns? I'd love to hear feedback about this. Being a new member of Torrance as a resident, since May, our lovely town has that ONE mar.. the TRAIN!!! Thanks for any feedback you can give. I'd love to have it for myself and my clients.
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By Alan Glasband
(Glasband Real Estate- Keller Williams South Bay)
I had the worst experience with my wife and 7 week old son a couple days ago. Due to circumstances beyond our control we got to the airport 25 minutes before takeoff at Portland, Oregon airport. We had already checked in but they would not give us our boarding passes. They stalled us by ignoring us until the flight had taken off (there were only three attendants at the 11 windows and one left without so much as acknowledging us because, as we found out later, she was almost off and didn't want to have to talk to us and make her late to clock out and count out her drawer), made us get a flight the next day, which meant getting a hotel room. The baby was exhausted, my wife was and so was I. I wrote a very long letter explaining every detail about it to United. Anybody else have an experie...
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By Krystyna Baty Ryan, HONESTY TRUST TECHNOLOGY SERVICE RESULTS
(Broker)
 The Torrance average sales price went down by 3.1 percent in the Juny 2010 compared to same period a year ago, bringing the average price to $493,138, which is still is higher than a in previous month (June) when the average price was $488,755. The  number of sales has gone down from 117 July '09 to total of 89 in July '10. Torrance SoldListings AverageSales Price AverageDOM July 2010 89  $493,138 70  July 2009 117  $508,813 52 *All stats are compiled from the Multi Regional  Multiple Listing Service. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. We have seen a slight slowdown in the last couple of months, after the federal tax credit expired. Historically low interest rates should encourage more buyers to take advantage of many outstanding property buying opportunities.    If you...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
The first day of August 2010 will find me holding an open house at 2537 W. 227th St. in Torrance, California.  Located in the popular Hickory Park neighborhood and sporting a brand new price reduction this 3-bedroom one-level must have one of the best kitchens on the block and a backyard that could easily accommodate a big block party! Stop by from 1pm to 4pm tomorrow and check it out.  Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 PalosVerdesLifestyle - Nominated by Relocation.com as one of the top ten Los Angeles area real estate blogs. Ranked by Technorati in the top 1% of all blogs. As seen in the Daily Breeze newspaper. South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate, property, houses and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, ...
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