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The South Bay is a collection of 13 cities that offer a vibrant Southern California lifestyle along the coast.

There's always something to do that is fun, entertaining, healthy, and close by. We'll keep you updated on a variety of events going on in our community

 

Feb. 26, 2021

Plan for Dine LA, March 1-14

A fantastic opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy excellent, well-priced dining is coming up!

Dine LA is a twice-yearly, two-week dining event that introduces food enthusiasts to the extensive variety of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Locals and visitors to all diverse pockets of the city have an opportunity to enjoy specially-priced lunch and/or dinner menus, from some of the city’s best restaurants.

Restaurants are offering up to three options for enjoying their menus - On-site dining, takeout, delivery.

This rare window of time lasts from Monday, March 1 through Sunday, March 14.

A variety of South Bay* restaurants are participating, so if any of the following are your favorite or somewhere you’d like to explore, these next two weeks are the time!

Baleen, Redondo Beach Marina

Bettolino Kitchen, Redondo Beach

Black Angus Steakhouse, Torrance

Fishbone Seafood, Torrance

Flemings Steakhouse, El Segundo

Gyu-Kaku, Torrance

Il Fornaio, Manhattan Beach

Jame Enoteca El Segundo

MB Post, Manhattan Beach

Mercado, Manhattan Beach

Paul Martin’s American, El Segundo

Sea Level, Redondo Beach

Sugarfish, Manhattan Beach

The Arthur J, Manhattan Beach

The Source Café, Manhattan Beach

Strand House, Manhattan Beach

Zinc at Shade, Manhattan Beach

 

*On DineLA site, seek neighborhood by typing in South Bay city (El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance) to find local participants.

Posted in South Bay Events
Feb. 24, 2021

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Before the COVID crisis, there was already a nationwide shortage of homes for sale, and in today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Sellers have delayed plans to list their homes at the same time buyers are taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates.

At the moment, experts consider this to be the biggest challenge facing an already hot market. As shown in the graphic here, inventory is 42.6% lower throughout the US, than it was this time last year.

This doesn’t necessarily only mean that houses are not listed for sale. Even though the inventory is extremely low, many homes are now selling faster than they’re even being counted as current inventory … this can be likened to a year ago when toilet paper flew off the shelves faster than it could be restocked.

While the rate of new homes falls short of keeping up with the current demand from those willing to compete for purchase, today’s buyers have tools that help them navigate this tricky situation. Immediate notifications of new homes that meet their detailed-tailored criteria helps them solidly make a match, so that they may act quickly and compete successfully in this rapid-paced market.

Chief economists expect that as the COVID vaccines become more widely available, homeowners will begin their strategic plans to sell. Some will make their move in the first half of 2021; others will wait until more vaccines are available to the general population.

While more homeowners will wait to list their properties, putting a house on the market at this time is considered the best way to make sure one’s listing shines brighter than the rest.

Most likely – and understandably – sellers want their listed home to sell as quickly as possible, for the best price, and with little to no hassle. These selling conditions are prevalent in today’s market. When demand is high and inventory is low, homeowners have the unique ability to create optimal terms and timelines for the sale. This makes now an exceptional time to move.

Such optimal conditions will not last indefinitely. It is however, entirely possible to sell safely now, and benefit from today’s market conditions.

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 23, 2021

Easy to Fall in Love with Owning a Home

February is home to Valentines Day and in that vein, it’s nice to think about things to love about owning a home.

Those ready to take the leap and fall in love with a home of their own are wise to know that there’s no time like the present to start on that path - we’re here to help.

Feb. 19, 2021

Trendy Interior Design for 2021

Since home has taken on such new meaning for all of us, stylish and smart approaches for interior design and décor are beyond trendy for 2021. Here are some suggestions for how to make living spaces pop, and bring comfort to body/mind/spirit at the same time.

GrandMillennial. This new "granny-chic" style is about seeking and craving the comforts of grandma’s house with a 21st century twist, like a contemporary lamp with a pleated shade.

Indoor Plants and Zen Garden Vibes – Improve air quality and lift moods indoors and out with more greenery. Inside your home, choose textured pots to add another beauty level to nature. Outdoors, rock gardens and water features induce calm serenity that everyone would like more of right now. Try a walk on the wild side by creating a living wall

Bring in the Light – An easy way to lighten up your living space is to replace heavy-fabric window treatments and opt for cotton semi-opaque curtains with detailed edges to add dimension.

Get creative with Multi-purpose areas. If your home office is now a corner of the kitchen or dining room, check out creative storage and design options via Ikea or the like. Clever solutions were never more available than they are now, to make space functional, minimalistic, and attractive all at once.

Bedroom Earth Tones and Sustainable Bedding. Getting closer to nature is an ongoing trend, and is a particularly sensible approach to deep sleep. Earth-tone hues like sagey green, wine reds, and golden yellows in plush materials are warm and comforting. Stylish and sustainable bedding pieces made of linen or flax linen will surely upgrade the rest levels everyone at home deserves.

Harmony, balance, flow, Feng Shui. Incorporating more earth elements like a wooden headboard, rattan furnishings, textured walls and wall art, and creamy-toned ceramics, tend to bring a sense of peacefulness to living spaces.

Hidden Hardware in the Kitchen. Clean lines look great throughout the home, not just in the living and sleeping rooms. Well-priced solutions to minimalistic style in the kitchen can make your cooking and dining space look fantastic.

Find more information and ideas compliments of HGTV.

Photo by Olena Sergienko on Unsplash

Feb. 17, 2021

Luxury Market is Attracting Buyers

As more people continue to identify their changing needs this year, some are turning to the upscale housing sector for more space or finer features.

Despite the devastating effects of the global pandemic, the luxury real estate market has seen one of its strongest seasons since 2008.

The desire to own a home that meets expanded needs – extra space for home schooling and remote work stations, home gyms, more cooking at home – continues to increase. Record-low mortgage rates are creating opportunities that inspire homebuyers to consider higher price points. In addition, many are expanding their real estate portfolios.

Experts believe that the demand for exclusive residential properties outside city limits will continue into 2021. Even with the introduction of vaccines, the pandemic crisis is far from over. People will still want to move to outlying, remote areas to enjoy more space – indoor, and especially outdoor.

Many affluent homeowners are now making their secondary properties their primary residences, for the foreseeable future.

Higher-priced markets also have more homes to choose from than those at lower price points. Experts are noting that the supply improving the fastest tend to be higher-priced, suggesting that sellers are more active in the more expensive markets.

While luxury homes once seemed a pipe dream for many, market conditions may now be in their favor. This could be the time to truly own the home that dreams are made of.

 

Image by inno kurnia from Pixabay 

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 16, 2021

Have Agent Help in Home Building Process

When building a home, having a real estate professional by your side equals having an advocate on your behalf throughout the entire process.

In order to most successfully navigate this path, agents help clients by:

  • Understanding key steps, i.e., choosing upgrades;
  • Managing negotiations;
  • Monitoring and maintaining budgets from start to finish.

Building is the right option for many families, and an agent at hand is invaluable.

Feb. 12, 2021

Foundational Benefits of Home Ownership

Today, 65.8% of Americans are fortunate enough to call their homes their own.

Home is now the place that has become our work and school settings, as well as the safe haven to provide a peaceful respite during these uncertain times.

Owning a home clearly has financial rewards, as it is surely an investment in a family’s financial future, especially to improve long-term financial status. Net worth is exponentially greater than that of renters. Equity, appreciation, and more predictable monthly housing expenses are huge financial benefits of home ownership.

There are also very significant intangible benefits that stretch beyond those financial, including the following.

Pride of ownership. The joy and accomplishment of customizing living space to fit unique, personal preferences can enhance psychological health, happiness and well-being for its residents and those around them.

Civic Participation. Homeownership creates stability, a sense of community, and increases civic engagement. Supporting the local area and driving value into the neighborhood reaps rewards for everyone.

Housing-Related Spending. An economic force throughout our nation, housing-related expenses accounted for more than one-sixth of the country’s economic activity over the past three decades.

Entrepreneurship. Homeownership is also a form of forced savings that can provide entrepreneurial opportunities. Owning a home enables new entrepreneurs to access credit, start or expand a business, and generate new jobs by using their home as collateral for small business loans.

Truly a way to build financial freedom, achieve greater happiness, and positively impact your local community and the economy, homeownership is understandably still keeps the American Dream alive and well.

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Feb. 10, 2021

Lean on an Expert for Best Advice

Even with a new administration in Washington, signs of economic recovery, and vaccine distribution efforts in the headlines, we still have a long way to go to gain relief from the overall anxiety that 2020 yielded.

Buyers and sellers need and deserve reliable, accurate information as they proceed to such a serious life decision. When considering a real estate transaction at this hour, it’s more important than ever to have clear and exact information - that which an experienced professional can offer.

A seasoned agent’s work can be likened to that of an attorney, so let’s take a look at how a good law professional relates to their client. Upon initial consultation a lawyer listens well and, can’t offer perfect advice - the immediate assurance of how the case will end or how the judge or jury will rule.

Instead, a good attorney will discuss the most effective strategies one can take, and even recommend one or two best approaches with which to move forward.

Upon allowing the client to make a decision for which option to pursue, the attorney assists the client in making a sound plan based on the facts at hand. They are committed to their client achieving the best possible resolution - making necessary, strategic modifications along the way, and securing the desired outcome. This is what best advice is about.

The role of a real estate professional is just like the role of a lawyer. An agent can’t offer perfect advice because it’s impossible to know exactly what’s going to happen throughout the transaction – especially in this ever-changing market.

An agent can, however, give you the best advice possible based on the facts and situation at hand. The client is guided along the way to make the necessary adjustments and best decisions, so that this team effort will lead to the highest result – exactly what a client wants and deserves.

Those thinking of buying or selling this year are wise to connect with an experienced, expert agent who will make sure they get the best advice possible.

Photo by Medienstürmer on Unsplash

Feb. 9, 2021

Is Right Now the Right Time to Sell?

Buyer demand is rising and inventory for sale is at a historically-low level.

Those on the fence about selling a home and in a healthy financial position to move, may be interested to know that their home may really stand out from the crowd.

Now could be the best time for sellers to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and fierce buyer competition.

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 5, 2021

In The Community - February 2021

While our neighborhood slowly re-opens and winter calls in some cold weather, here are a few fun local activities that will warm up hearts and spirits!

Something brand-new is going on this month in our Beach Cities because Meredith the Super Dog has been busy working from home with her person Sharon Rose, painting rocks for K9 Meredith’s Scavenger Hunt! Going on all month long (Feb 1-28), it’s a fun adventure of finding painted rocks, taking photos, and posting on Instagram @K9Meredith or emailing to Sharon.rose@redondo.org to win a prize. Each Monday, players may find clues to locations on Instagram and Facebook.

 

The Automobile Driving Museum invites everyone to celebrate a day of Love with special Valentines Day Rides in classic cars on Sunday, February 14th, from 10am til 3pm. Take a stroll through downtown El Segundo afterward, and enjoy a special meal at a great restaurant with the one(s) you love.

 

The first Dog Walking Hours of 2021 are now open at the South Coast Botanic Gardens – the third Sunday of the month starting this month. Dates scheduled are February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16. With their people, dogs on leash are able to enjoy the majority of the Garden’s gorgeous 87 acres all season long.

Posted in South Bay Events