About MB Confidential
Manhattan Beach Confidential provides data, analysis and commentary on Manhattan Beach, California, real estate.
MBC is unique in the universe of real estate websites and blogs, in that it provides a range of custom-built tools for tracking the local market, and because it is oriented toward consumers – meaning homeowners, home sellers and home buyers.
We also aim to provide best-in-class local home search functions and beautiful display of property photos and information.
There really isn't anything like MBC for most cities other than Manhattan Beach, with its Blog, Ticker and Dashboard offering a constant feed of updated, hyper-local data and commentary, plus a deep trove of information about the city and the history of local real estate activity.
Too bad for everyone else who doesn't have their own MB Confidential!
MB Confidential History
MBC has been continuously produced by Dave Fratello since March 2007. The site began humbly as an anonymous blog with commentary and market data, and a lively anonymous comments section.
The site has evolved constantly since those early days, as has Dave, who did not go into the real estate business full-time until 2012, five years after creating MBC.
Dave's success as a local real estate broker has enabled the development of MBC's platform and tools to better serve the local community. The site has gotten major updates in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2023, with lots of interim updates and tweaks along the way.
Purpose of MB Confidential
MBC's purpose is both to educate and to entertain. MBC always has been rooted in the idea that real estate information should be more available and more useful to consumers to help all market participants to function. Our goal is to be your one-stop shop.
If you're in the market, following MBC closely should give you an edge. Many readers eventually reach out to Dave for help with a real estate transaction.
MBC strives to be both factual and opinionated. There are no guarantees of accuracy offered or implied. With this being a blog, the reader has a right and duty to check information provided here. (Caveats aside, we do try very hard to get things right from the start!)
CORRECTIONS: If you think we got something wrong, please say so. Corrections to factual information are made where appropriate.
To contact the author: email Dave / address: dave [ at ] edge-rea.com, phone or text using (310) 243-6299, or use the form at the bottom of this page. Dave will get right back to you!
About Dave Fratello
Dave Fratello has lived in Manhattan Beach for 24 years and has both tracked and participated in the local market throughout that time.
He produced MBC anonymously from March 2007-June 2010, before revealing his identity in a post titled, "Hi, I'm Dave." While there was lots of other news coverage at the time, most of those stories are now offline.
If you'd like to see or offer on a property displayed here, Dave Fratello and his Edge Real Estate Agency would be honored to help you. For more, please see About Dave Fratello.
About Properties Displayed on MBC
For display of properties on MB Confidential, we utilize a feed of data from the MLS known as an IDX feed. It's the same data source as you see used on national websites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and Realtor.com.
The MLS is the largest and most reliable source of real estate information about our area, consisting of listings from many different brokerages all compiled into one database.
Obviously not all listings you'll see here are those of Dave Fratello or his Edge Real Estate Agency, and the MLS is not complete, in that some properties are bought and sold off-market and never make it into the MLS database.
Every post on MBC referencing a property will have a link to the full MLS listing of that property with all details and information included. If you are interested in a specific property, we encourage you to review the full listing.