Why Do El Camino Village Home Buyers Want a Buyer’s Realtor?

What are the reasons you should use a buyer’s agent?

With more resources available on the Internet, you may be considering buying a home without using the services of a professional real estate agent. After reviewing these 50 services an agent would typically perform for their clients, you may want to reconsider! Remember, agents don’t get paid until the home purchase is complete. It is their job to do the best they can to help you through a smooth experience, save you money and achieve your goal of buying a home.

Here are some of the many reasons to use a buyer’s agent:

  1. Analysis of your real estate needs and determine what housing areas and options might work best
  2. Research properties.  As an expert in the area, the right buyer’s agent can get you detailed information about properties you’re interested in.  Having a realtor that understands the differences between El Camino Village, Bodger Park and the surrounding areas of Hawthorne, Gardena and Lawndale can make a big difference.
  3. Send you listings that match your needs – the right agent understands what you’re looking for in a home and can send you custom email alerts whenever a new home in El Camino Village or Bodger Park, or other areas hits the market.
  4. Provide information pertaining to your move or relocation and short-term stay options
  5. Educate you about home buying processes.  Buying a home has a lot of moving pieces…adding to an already stressful emotional and financial process.  A good agent can guide you through the process
  6. Provide information on market conditions, schools, communities, employment, and more
  7. Discuss your financing needs and options
  8. Recommend qualified mortgage brokers
  9. Make appointments and show properties that works around your schedule.  Open houses are great, but not every listing has them and sometimes a private tour is more beneficial
  10. Provide timely and professional disclosure and research on homes, markets and neighborhoods
  11. Home tour review: pros & cons of each property
  12. Point out important items while showing that buyer’s may overlook
  13. Follow up of loan application with your selected mortgage broker
  14. Help cleaning up your credit if needed
  15. Analyze purchasing timeline and needs once property is located
  16. Free Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of a property in order to make an educated offer
  17. Call listing agent to get updates on property including interest, offers, etc.
  18. Create and send draft of the offer and prepare paperwork
  19. Research tax and title records
  20. Explain all paperwork before signing
  21. Collect proof of funds from buyer, preapproval letter, personal letter to seller(if warranted)
  22. Generate estimate of closing costs
  23. Write offer, send out for electronic signatures, provide verification to listing agent
  24. Review and explain final contract
  25. Submit contract and follow up with listing agent to confirm receipt and follow up questions
  26. Negotiate contract until mutually agreeable.  Working with and expert negotiator can make all the difference
  27. Set deadlines for final acceptance by all parties
  28. Send the escrow company the executed contract and help get escrow opened upon acceptance
  29. Schedule and attend the home inspection
  30. Schedule and attend the termite inspection
  31. Recommend insurance agents to you
  32. Verify loan process has begun
  33. Obtain all seller and listing agent disclosures and explain documents to buyers
  34. Perform agent “visual” inspection of property
  35. Review home inspection findings with you.  A home inspection (and the results!) can be scary especially for first time home buyers.  A good agent can walk you through the report and explain the differences between thinks that need to be repaired or addressed, and updates and upgrades that buyer’s might like, but sellers may not consider
  36. Negotiate repairs if needed
  37. Help order an appraisal
  38. Assist to meet finance deadline
  39. Monitor and manage contingencies and contingency periods – financing, home inspection, appraisal, etc.
  40. Check on homeowners insurance
  41. Verify that the title agency has all necessary documents
  42. Follow up with the lender on all aspects of closing process
  43. Get information on utilities
  44. Schedule closing: time and place
  45. Review escrow and lender closing statement
  46. Arrange and attend a final walk-through
  47. Ensure that escrow has determined the funds to be brought to closing
  48. Coordinate between lenders and title company to determine amount needed
  49. Explain everything that happens at closing
  50. Arrange closing and access
  51. Give you the keys to your new home!
  52. Follow up after closing – homestead info and insuring that everything is going well in your new home and that you’re a happy homeowner!

El Camino Village – One of the Hottest Real Estate Markets in the South Bay

Without question, the neighborhood of El Camino Village is one of the hottest real estate markets in the South Bay.  Not only are prices on the rise but demand never seems to ease up.  We have represented buyers on 4 recent offers and in all 4 situations there were multiple offers and each home sold well over the original list price.   See the current homes for sale in El Camino Village/Bodger Park.

The chart below is a great representation of current conditions (included Bodger Park in Hawthorne so slightly skewed numbers).  Other than December which is almost always the slowest month of the year, days on market has been less than 2 weeks for the past few months.  Those numbers are even lower when you consider that with mulitple offers it can sometimes take 4 or 5 days to negotiate and open escrow.  The green line shows that for the past 12 months homes have sold OVER list prices.  Given that many sellers have listed their homes for record numbers, that’s simply incredible.

The Smaller Costs of The Home Buying Process

There are costs of buying a home that go above and beyond the actual sales price.  In the South Bay and El Camino Village, these are negotiated in the offer and most of the time the seller pays most of them.  There are a few exceptions to this and as mentioned…it’s negotiated.  The bulk of the buyer paid costs are loan related and usually include prepaid items and origination costs. See the current homes for sale in El Camino Village and Bodger Park

What costs are there?

Although most home buyers know they’ll be paying lender related costs, it’s good to have an understanding of some of the smaller fees and costs.  Here is a look at some of the lesser known fees in buying a house that buyers should know about and budget for.  One additional cost that both buyers and sellers generally pay for themselves is the escrow company fee.  These costs are determined by purchase price so contact us for more information on what those costs will be.

 

2018 – Real Estate Year in Review for El Camino Village & Bodger Park

2018 was a big year in the El Camino Village and Bodger Park real estate markets.  El Camino Village is a community that consists of homes in both Lawndale and Gardena with Bodger Park offering a somewhat similar feel but in Hawthorne.  The Below chart shows the past year in terms of median prices as well as average price of sold prices compared with list price.

See the current homes for sale in Bodger Park and El Camino Village

Type   Address City Close Price / List Price Price Per Ft Bed/Bath Sq Feet
CONDO/A 14405 Cerise AVE #2 HAWT $320,000 / 349,000 $396.04 2/2,0,0,0 808/A
CONDO 14405 CERISE AVE #27 HAWT $321,000 /$325,000 $402.26 2/2,0,0,0 798/
CONDO/A 14405 Cerise AVE #29 HAWT $325,000 / $299,000 $402.23 2/2,0,0,0 808/A
TWNHS/A 3134 W 145TH ST #7 GR $352,500 / $335,000 $289.65 3/2,0,1,0 1217/
SFR/D 14607 Chadron AVE GR $480,000 / $483,000 $452.83 2/2,0,0,0 1060/A
SFR/D 3656 W 144th ST HAWT $487,000 /$499,000 $448.02 3/1,0,0,0 1087/A
TWNHS/A 14612 Yukon AVE #2 HAWT $490,000 / $479,000 $312.10 3/2,0,1,0 1570/A
SFR/D 15208 Prairie AVE LAWN $499,000 / $519,000 $463.32 3/1,0,0,0 1077/A
TWNHS/A 14532 Yukon AVE #4 HAWT $500,000 / $479,000 $304.32 3/2,0,1,0 1643/A
SFR/D 3730 Ruthbar DR HAWT $505,000 / $530,000 $493.16 3/1,0,0,0 1024/A
TWNHS/A 14620 Yukon AVE HAWT $507,000 / $469,000 $324.38 3/2,0,1,0 1563/A
SFR/D 15023 Fonthill AVE HAWT $507,000 / $475,000 $495.12 3/1,0,0,0 1024/A
TWNHS/A 14534 Yukon AVE HAWT $510,000 /  $515,000 $310.41 3/3,0,0,0 1643/A
SFR/A 3753 W 144th ST HAWT $520,000 /  $614,999 $419.35 3/2,0,0,0 1240/A
SFR/A 3338 MARINE AVE GR $530,000 /$525,000 $298.76 4/2,0,0,0 1774/
SFR/D 3614 W 144th PL HAWT $533,000 /$549,000 $426.40 3/1,0,0,0 1250/A
SFR/D 3704 W 145th ST HAWT $545,000 /$555,000 $538.54 3/1,0,0,0 1012/A
SFR/A 14827 DOTY AVE HAWT $545,000 /$569,000 $532.23 3/1,0,0,0 1024/A
SFR/D 3720 W 144th PL HAWT $550,000 /$528,000 $661.06 2/1,0,0,0 832/A
SFR/D 3751 W 144th PL HAWT $550,000 /$529,000 $653.98 2/1,0,0,0 841/A
SFR/D 14430 Kornblum AVE HAWT $550,000 /$529,000 $503.66 3/1,0,0,0 1092/A
CONDO 14627 LEMOLI AVE HAWT $558,600 / $449,000 $298.88 4/3,0,0,0 1869/A
SFR/D 3834 W 147th PL HAWT $575,000 / $555,000 $453.11 3/1,0,0,0 1269/A
SFR/D 15615 Ogram AVE GR $580,000 /$575,000 $534.07 3/1,0,0,0 1086/A
SFR/D 15515 Cranbrook AVE LAWN $590,000 /$569,900 $441.62 3/1,0,0,0 1336/A
SFR/D 3702 W 156th ST LAWN $600,000 /$550,000 $545.95 3/1,0,0,0 1099/A
SFR/D 14625 Fonthill AVE HAWT $600,000 / $595,000 $416.67 3/2,0,0,0 1440/A
SFR/D 14907 Yukon AVE HAWT $600,000 /$597,000 $564.44 3/1,0,0,0 1063/A
SFR/D 3844 W 147th ST HAWT $607,000 /$609,900 $610.05 3/1,0,0,0 995/A
SFR/D 14823 Doty AVE HAWT $610,000 /$570,000 $573.85 3/1,0,0,0 1063/A
SFR/A 15345 Cranbrook AVE LAWN $610,000 /$599,900 $555.56 3/1,0,0,0 1098/A
SFR/D 14920 Florwood AVE HAWT $615,000 /  $604,900 $578.55 3/1,0,0,0 1063/A
SFR/D 15203 Cranbrook AVE LAWN $620,000 /$599,888 $553.57 3/1,0,0,0 1120/A
SFR/D 15212 Faysmith AVE GR $621,000 /  $649,900 $406.68 4/1,1,0,0 1527/A
SFR/D 14640 Doty AVE HAWT $625,000 / $579,000 $461.60 3/2,0,0,0 1354/A
SFR/D 3900 W 146th ST HAWT $625,000 / $589,000 $613.35 3/1,0,0,0 1019/A
SFR/D 3706 W 156th ST LAWN $635,000 / $629,900 $470.02 3/2,0,0,0 1351/A
SFR/D 15509 Gerkin AVE LAWN $635,000 /$659,000 $569.51 3/1,0,0,0 1115/A
SFR/D 15406 Patronella AVE GR $641,500 /  $609,000 $636.41 3/1,0,0,0 1008/A
SFR/D 3236 Park LN HAWT $642,000 /  $619,000 $406.84 3/3,0,0,0 1578/A
SFR/D 14727 Fonthill AVE HAWT $643,000 /$654,888 $457.98 3/1,0,0,0 1404/A
SFR/D 14806 Doty AVE HAWT $645,000 /$599,000 $401.62 3/2,0,0,0 1606/A
SFR/A 3807 Manhattan Beach Bl   LAWN $645,000 $628.65 3/1,0,0,0 1026/
SFR/D 3841 W 147th PL HAWT $652,500 / $625,000 $536.60 3/2,0,0,0 1216/A
SFR/D 3951 W 148th ST HAWT $655,000 /  $650,000 $568.58 3/1,0,0,0 1152/A
SFR/D 3845 W 146th ST HAWT $655,000 $642.79 3/1,0,0,0 1019/A
SFR/D 3730 Ruthbar DR HAWT $660,000 /  $639,900 $644.53 3/1,1,0,0 1024/A
SFR/D 3912 W 157th ST LAWN $665,000 /  $634,900 $416.41 4/2,0,0,0 1597/A
SFR/D 14926 Bodger AVE HAWT $670,000 /  $604,000 $609.65 3/1,0,0,0 1099/A
SFR/D 3603 148th PL HAWT $670,000 /  $629,000 $646.09 3/1,0,0,0 1037/A
SFR/D 14719 Yukon AVE HAWT $670,000 /  $679,000 $622.10 3/1,0,0,1 1077/A
SFR/D 3638 W 147th ST HAWT $672,000 /  $629,000 $549.47 3/2,0,0,0 1223/A
SFR/D 14810 Kornblum AVE HAWT $680,000 /  $670,000 $639.70 3/1,0,0,0 1063/A
SFR/D 14515 CORDARY AVE HAWT $695,000 /  $670,000 $479.97 3/2,0,0,0 1448/A
SFR/D 3203 W 152nd PL GR $695,500 /  $679,000 $471.21 3/2,0,0,0 1476/A
SFR/D 15010 Cordary AVE HAWT $698,500 /  $649,900 $494.34 3/2,0,0,0 1413/A
SFR/D 15532 Patronella AVE GR $710,000 /  $675,000 $443.47 3/2,0,0,0 1601/A
SFR/D 15521 Chadron AVE GR $710,000 /  $699,900 $405.71 3/1,1,0,0 1750/S
SFR/A 14521 DOTY AVE HAWT $710,000 /  $719,900 $568.00 3/2,0,0,0 1250/
SFR/A 3944 W 148TH ST HAWT $725,650 /  $698,000 $453.53 4/1,1,0,0 1600/A
SFR/D 15140 GERKIN AVE LAWN $727,000 /  $699,995 $545.39 3/2,0,0,0 1333/
SFR/D 15502 Faysmith AVE GR $735,000 /  $689,500 $380.43 4/3,0,0,0 1932/A
SFR/D 15229 Cordary AVE LAWN $737,500 $534.03 3/2,0,0,0 1381/A
SFR/D 3916 W 157th ST LAWN $743,000 /  $699,500 $474.46 4/2,0,0,0 1566/P
SFR/D 15613 Cordary AVE LAWN $756,000 /  $729,000 $444.71 4/3,0,0,0 1700/A
SFR/D 3933 Manhattan Beach BLVD LAWN $765,000 /  $779,888 $331.74 3/2,0,0,0 2306/A

 

Homes Sales and Prices in El Camino Village and the South Bay

June 2017 was a big month for home sales inand around El Camino Village and Bodger Park with a significant number of homes selling.  Gardena saw 70 home sales with a median price of $461,000 while Hawthorne had 45 homes close escrow at a median price of $592,000 (the only downward year over year number of the three) and Lawndale had 12 homes sale with a median price of $535,000.  The summer months are always an active market and this year was no different.  Click here to track all of the recent home sales for El Camino Village and Bodger Park CA.

City Homes Sold June 2017 Median June 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 61 $445,000 $450,000 -1.1%
El Segundo 15 $800,000 $1,135,000 -29%
Gardena 70 $461,000 $430,000 7.2%
Harbor City 19 $465,000 $547,000 -15%
Hawthorne 45 $592,000 $624,000 -5.1%
Hermosa Beach 26 $1,718,000 $1,274,500 34.8
Lawndale 12 $535,000 $519,000 3.1%
Lomita 18 $565,000 $555,000 1.8%
Long Beach 419 $523,000 $470,000 11.2%
Manhattan Beach 57 $2,467,000 $1,924,000 28.2%
Marina Del Rey 34 $968,000 $900,000 7.6%
Palos Verdes Estates 46 $1,679,000 $1,533,000 9.5%
Playa Del Rey 34 $683,000 $603,000 13.3%
Rancho Palos Verdes 75 $1,240,000 $1,200,000 3.3%
Redondo Beach 117 $969,000 $945,000 2.5%
San Pedro 82 $510,000 $500,000 1.9%
Torrance 184 $673,000 $635,000 5.9%
Westchester 42 $1,090,000 $1,050,000 3.8%

El Camino Bodger Park Housing Trends for 2016

By Keith Kyle

Just when it started to appear that inventory was finally on the rise, it quickly peaked and dropped down to very low levels once again. The chart below shows all the South Bay and Palos Verdes areas for the past year.  We saw a peak in July wth 1,726 active homes for sale, but have steadily declined since and are not nearing the low point of last December.  Inventory generally picks up after December and hopefully the general trend of inventory steadily rising until mid summer continues.  The housing market chart for just El Camino Village and Bodger Park is at the bottom of the page.


Housing market trends for El Camino Village and Bodger Park were slightly more balanced.  That was due more to the limited number of homes in the area which makes for a much smaller sample size.

See the Current El Camino Village and Bodger Park Homes for Sale

The neighborhoods of El Camino Village and Bodger Park offer some great housing options. With tree lined streets, schools within walking distance, and centrally located to just about everything, these neighborhoods offer one of the best values in home ownership in all of the South Bay.  If you want an even easier way to search let us know about your home search and we’ll send you a FREE customized daily email update with new listings.