Southern California housing market continues to improve as investors dominate the market.
According to QuickData, MDA home sales last month were the highest in Southern California since 2007. Of the 16,000 homes that were sold in February, 32% were purchased by investors. In the past year alone the home prices have increased almost 21% in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. The median home price in Los Angeles County is currently $320,000. As prices increase many homeowners that are underwater are finding out that they are in a better position to sell. Construction companies are also seeing a positive effect, and as a result permits for future constructions have also increased to 4.6% since 2008.
This time around investors are not only purchasing homes to flip but also to rent. Many of these investors are purchasing homes in communities that were affected when the market bubble burst and are now being sold at a higher price or rented out.
Unfortunately not everyone is happy with investors taking over the market. Even though interest rates are at an all time low, many regular buyers are having a hard time finding properties. That is because investors are on a purchase frenzy not giving potential homeowners the opportunity to purchase without them ending up in bidding war with 10 other buyers. The housing market is not where would like it to be, but hopefully the next quarter will be better.
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