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If you needed some kind of jolt to realize that, yes, it's December already... Sunday will be a nice, loud reminder.

The Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Show is Sunday, December 10 at 7:00pm, with promises of an "extended finale." Nice!

Music begins at 4:00pm with the incomparable local Dixieland band, Hyperion Outfall Serenaders, and the snow park runs 4-6:30pm.

Not bad for a little beach town!

And next Saturday, December 16, is the annual Yuletide 5K at the pier. We wait for low tide to pull back the waves and run an evening 5K on the beach, complete with glowsticks, flashing lights, holiday outfits and the whole shebang.

In real estate news, inventory is continuing its ebb, and there's only one new listing this week to go see.


When the 2016 election put a real estate developer into the White House, who would have bet we'd get legislation to harm homeowners and home builders? Well, it's a strange year.

As they work in Washington, D.C., to iron out final details of Senate and House-passed versions of tax law changes, only one thing is really clear: These tax law changes will create uncertainties and challenges for the real estate market everywhere. Many fear the worst.

Homes and homeowners in pricey coastal markets like Manhattan Beach could take an especially rude punch from the new tax legislation. From here, the bills sure look like a package of property-related tax increases.

Here's what we know now about the tax bills passed in each chamber:

Over $10K in Property…

Don't make predictions. It'll only get you in trouble.

Isn't that lesson clear enough already?

But no. We're going out on a limb.

We took a look at the 71 active listings in Manhattan Beach today, and here are our bets for most likely to sell before Christmas:

2410 Laurel Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2410 Laurel (4br/3ba, 2575 sqft.) just seems overdue for a deal to stick. (It's fallen out of escrow once, officially.)

This 60s modern has been updated in the important areas and boats a voluminous living room with ample glass, a reasonably sized backyard and some good front outdoor space as well.

Could someone take this property as it stands and remodel further? Sure. As we like to say, it's not urgent but you could give this another round of improvements.

Launched in August…

It's really good news this week for people who love to see nice houses.

There are gorgeous new listings new to the local market, and the Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour 2017 runs all weekend as well (from 10am-5pm). (See the event program for more details.)

Our video this week features a remodeled Tree Section Cape Cod at 1308 Walnut (not publicly open), another at 3001 Poinsettia, ocean-view new modern at 2201 Alma, the new "brownstone" at 81 Morningside and more:

Email subscribers and some mobile users will need to use this link to view the video.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups

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