Los Angeles-area foreclosure rate up in October

Along the lines of what I’ve been posting, we’re all just passengers on this one… see LA Times piece “Los Angeles-area foreclosure rate increases in October” below.

The bright side in South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula and the beach cities is that more-than-likely, as with the last round we will not experience the same degree of depreciation (if any) as areas inland or across the country.

Inventory: Active/Sold

On the Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274 and 90275, inventory is currently low with 253 properties (SFRs, condos and town houses) available for sale. Per the MLS, there have been 74 closed sales November 1st through today (16 since December 1).

In the beach cities (Manhattan Beach 90266, Hermosa Beach 90254, South Redondo Beach 90277 and the Hollywood Riviera) there are 364 active listings and 126 sales since the 1st of November (39 so far in December).

Torrance (not including the Hollywood Riviera) 91 listed currently, 76 sold November 1 to present (19 of those since December 1st).

If you’d like numbers on additional areas, please send a request via email.

The slow-down in December is expected, interest rates (see below) are still outstanding and although prices in general may drop further during 2010 (most likely during Q1/Q2) the best properties are still selling.

Rates as of Friday, December 11, 2009

Conforming 30 Year Fixed
Rate Disc. Points APR
4.625% 0.750% 4.813% Details

Conforming Jumbo 30 Yr Fixed
Rate Disc. Points APR
4.875% 0.750% 5.049% Details

FHA 30 Yr Fixed
Rate Disc. Points APR
4.750% 0.608% 5.077% Details

FHA Jumbo 30 Yr Fixed
Rate Disc. Points APR
4.875% 0.950% 5.216% Details

Rates complements of: Andre Hemmersbach
American/California Financial (310) 713-3100

Los Angeles-area foreclosure rate increases in October
December 10, 2009 2:40 pm

While home prices in the Los Angeles area have steadily increased in recent months, indicating strengthening in the housing market, more and more people are finding themselves falling behind on their mortgage payments, according to a report out today.

In the Los Angeles metro area, the rate of foreclosure among outstanding mortgage loans was 3.69% in October, compared with 1.75% for the same month a year earlier. That compares with a 3% national foreclosure rate, according to data released by First American CoreLogic, which tracks the mortgage market.

Delinquent loans 90 days or more past due constituted 10.9% of all mortgage loans in the Los Angeles area, up from 5.86% during the same month the year before.

Whether a new wave of foreclosures will hit the market next year remains a matter of debate among experts. Some believe a glut of properties could flood in, pushing down prices, while others argue that lenders and the federal government are both determined to keep such a situation from occurring.

Source: L.A. Times by Alejandro Lazo
Photo: Associated Press

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