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At all price points, you notice that buyers aren't necessarily paying what sellers are asking these days.

Indeed, some sellers shot so high, it took a long time and deep cuts to get their homes sold. Here's a selection of closed sales where the final toll was much lower than the start price:

1201 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1201 Oak (2br/4ba, 2170 sqft.) is something of a duplex in a challenged location near MB Blvd. and across from commercial properties.

That's not to say that the inspired Craftsman-style home lacked charm, but it's hardly a "down the middle" mainstream house. It was owned by singer-songwriter Graham Nash (as famously noted in this LA Times story, among other media).

The listing began in March at $2.350M, and you could reasonably say: Why?

There were 2 sizable price…

Listings are running longer these days in Manhattan Beach. Even prime properties seem to linger for a few weeks before offers come in. 

Plus, it's Summer now, a time when it often feels like nothing is happening in local real estate.

What is happening a lot now is that sellers are having their properties re-listed to "refresh" them... to knock down those public "Days on Market" numbers and, achem, re-introduce the property to the market.

Here at MBC, we've said our piece on the subject. We don't like it.

Out of 133 active listings late Monday, we counted 20 listings that have re-listed with the same agent at some point: 15% of active inventory.

(Is 15% a lot? Discuss.)

Possible mitigating factor: Some listings may have changed companies/brokerages

Maybe we are in for a long Summer.

Inventory hit 129 on Tuesday, just another new high, but people are still bringing homes to market looking to sell.

527 14th Street Manhattan Beach CAThis, while we enter a season that is typically heavy with tourists but lighter with buyers. That's just Summer for you.

So how will you sell in this environment?

Pricing and patience.

And if you need to, cuts. (Fixing the pricing if the market doesn't respond.)

A word to the wise: If you don't sell at once, and start cutting, buyers who do come are in a mood to negotiate further still. That's how the wind's blowing.

Here's a partial list of recent price cuts (pictured here is 527 14th, noted below) :

Hill Section 

934 Duncan Avenue Manhattan Beach CA934 Duncan (5br/5ba, 4050 sqft.) (pictured) is a custom early-90s home with updates

There has been no doubting the pricing trend on Sand Section townhomes: Up.

They've just pre-sold one new construction townhome on Manhattan Ave. south of the pier for a reported $5M, and now the back unit of that complex-to-be is looking for nearly 6.

Early this year you had 611 Bayview (3br/4ba, 2720 sqft.) setting the tone, coming in with a closed sale price of $4.650M – a case where the prior sale on the same unit was just 2 full years prior at $3.250M, or 43% less.

428 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CAIn context, then, the Feb. 2016 sale price on the brand new, large townhome at 428 23rd (4br/5ba, 2735 sqft.) at $3.745M might not have been too much of a shock.

Even if it was a bit of a shock.

The 400 block of 23rd is a nice location. We've got clients right nearby. This unit was…