Hollywood Hills Housing Market Update - September 2022

This is your 3-minute, real estate recap for September 2022. Today we'll be reviewing housing market data in the Sunset Strip which makes up the section of The Hollywood Hills with Trousdale on the west and the 101 freeway to the east. In August, we saw 73 new single-family home listings hit the market in the Sunset Strip, which was a 15.87% increase from last year. We had 47 pending escrows, versus the 68 of August 2021, a 30.8% decrease and we had 14 homes close, a 71.4% drop from the previous year. The average sales price decreased 40.39%, coming in just over $2.2M.

New listings are outpacing new escrows.  The Los Angeles real estate market has shifted, as higher interest rates have already cooled us down. We still have low levels of home supply, which remains our market’s tailwind. So, will we see a crash? I don’t think so, and no one that we turn to, like Ivy Zelman or Case Schiller, is predicting one. What we are seeing, however, is a stabilization of our market, and that’s a good thing. Launch price, more than ever, has become incredibly nuanced. Specifically, overpriced homes are now getting punished. So, what does this all mean if you’re a home buyer or seller in the Hollywood Hills? If you’re a seller, the window of opportunity to sell at the top of the market seems to have closed. Prices have stabilized and aspirational pricing is manifesting into longer days on market. If you’re a buyer looking for a deal, targeting listings with 60 days on market or more should be your path.

Just be careful believing what you read about on the national housing market or what you’re hearing at social gatherings.  Los Angeles is sprawling and has a mountain range running through it. Each micro-market has it’s own characteristics, own demographics, and factors affecting pricing and sales. So, if you’ve been thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Los Angeles area, we’d love to sit down with you and have a strategic planning session to help you navigate not only the challenges but also identify the opportunities that we’re seeing in today’s market. Every week we release new videos with relevant real estate topics, real estate market updates, and home tours.  If you want to see more market analyses like these, be sure to subscribe, and again, if you’re looking to buy or sell in the Los Angeles area, you can always find us via the links below. 

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