Last week, MBC gave a very detailed view of sales data from the past 3 years, comparing the periods ending in May with 3-month, 5-month and 12-month lookbacks. (See "Recent Sales Trends in MB
We did something similar, though less exhaustive, for the most recent South Bay Confidential column for the Daily Breeze.
This chart summarizes the data, and by linking here to the column
, you can see the writeup. (Click chart to enlarge.)
Since no more than 15% of readers will click on that link (we're guessing), here are the Cliff's notes.
For each calculation, we looked only
at the 3-month period ending in May (March 1-May 31).YOY SalesBeach Cities (HB, RB, MB):
# sales down 2%, median price +3%PV Peninsula:
# sales down 2%, median price +2%Torrance:
# sales down 17%, median price -5%
Compare those figures to what we had last week for MB:West of Sepulveda:
sales down by 4, median price 0% changeAll MB areas:
sales down by 3, median price -1%Other Data Points
Looking back 2 years, PV had a pretty startling recovery in total sales, up 71% compared with 2009. That year was the one that saw PV take a hit, though the region has been strong during most of the period that surrounding areas were most affected by the popping bubble.
It was the only South Bay region we looked at that now has a higher median price than 2009 for this 3- month period.
Torrance is a big market that has been steaming along nicely the past few years, once prices came down. As this chart (courtesy of a past Daily Breeze
column) shows, for the period 2008-2010, full-year data on sales and median prices have been steady and consistent.
The dropoff in sales volume this Spring in Torrance is a significant surprise and more of a warning sign than even the 5% drop in prices.
Again looking only at the 3-month period, MB had a median price down 1% from 2009 when studied by itself
. The whole of the Beach Cities region fared a bit worse, with the median price down 5% from '09.