Sellers, Sellers, Wherefore Art Thou Sellers?

We are heading towards a Shakespearean tragedy here, extreme shortage of inventory.

The Los Angeles housing market is not going to recover if there is nothing for buyers to purchase.  Getting a loan is not a slam dunk, but mortgage rates are at an all time low and more than half of California home buyers can afford the median price in the state.Los Angeles home sellers, where are you?

So what is causing the anemic inventory?

The expected shadow inventory of homes hasn’t happened.  Less people are willing to short sell their homes.  Even thought they may still be upside down on their mortgages, they see hope in the rising prices and, if they can still afford to make payments, they are waiting for further price increases.  Banks are also willing to wait out the market until their inventory increases in price.

And the government is helping fuel this optimism by keeping mortgage rates low and providing assistance with  the Housing Affordability Refinance Program (HARP), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the like.

The Fiserv Case-Shiller index predicts that home prices will rise at a steady rate of 3.3% over the next four years.  But nothing is going to rise if there is nothing selling.

It is extremely frustrating out their for Los Angeles home buyers.  If you are ready to sell your Los Angeles home now is a great time.  Priced right your home will probably receive multiple offers and sell quickly.  Please help.  Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.

New homes on the market this week in Los Angeles

See all Los Angeles New Homes on the Market.
(all data current as of 12/22/2014)

  1. 2 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,553 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,786 sqft
    Year built: 1930
    Days on market: 1
  2. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,296 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  3. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,434 sq ft
    Year built: 1983
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 636 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,613 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  5. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 715 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,252 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  6. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 768 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 1973
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3
  7. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 770 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,418 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,364 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 3
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,727 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,585 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,626 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 3
  11. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,526 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,317 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 3
  12. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,904 sq ft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 3
  13. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Lot size: 18,807 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Parking spots: 8
    Days on market: 3
  14. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 725 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,680 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4
  15. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,919 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,100 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 4
  16. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,630 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,875 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 4
  17. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,121 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,533 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Days on market: 4
  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,997 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  19. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,819 sq ft
    Year built: 1974
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4
  20. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,473 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 4

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Jane Peters

Jane Peters is a Los Angeles Realtor®, specializing in absentee owners, out-of-town-buyers and those needing that extra personal touch to make the buying and selling of Los Angeles real estate a smooth and, believe it or not, fun process.

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Comments

  1. I see you’re having the same trouble on the West Coast that we’re having on the East Coast! Former short sale-to-be sellers are now able to capitalize on the lack of inventory and as predicted by those IN the real estate business, there WAS no shadow inventory that the media loved to keep scaring the public about! Our buyers are SO hungry for homes right now–it’s certainly a huge and welcomed shift in the market, for sure!

  2. It would be if the buyers had something to buy.

  3. Hi Jane. A few weeks ago, I attended a Broker Forum and they had top legal counsel from CAR. Those folks seemed to believed that the sellers will be coming out of the woodwork very soon. In San Diego County, we are faced with the very same problems that you are having in your area. I know that if sellers call you, you will do your very best to get them top dollar for their homes! Who couldn’t resist?

  4. Thank you, Melissa. And I sincerely hope that guy is right.

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