LA’s homebuying frenzy boosts number of $1M homes

55 cities countywide now have a “typical” house valued at a million or more, up from 38

Los Angeles /
Sep.September 21, 2021 09:19 AM
(Unsplash via Philippe Gauthier)
(Unsplash via Philippe Gauthier)

Los Angeles’ pandemic-fueled homebuying rush has boosted the number of “typical” houses valued at $1 million or more.

Zillow data shows 55 cities across L.A. County now fit that bill, up from 38 before the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In 2019, only 2 percent of homes in the county sold for more than $100,000 over their asking price. This year, 10 percent of homes have done so.

And $1 million doesn’t go a long way, according to the report. Of the 198 homes that have sold between $1 million and $1.1 million this year, none is more than 3,000 square feet and 25 are less than 1,000 square feet. The median home size in the city is 1,500 square feet.

“When I got into this business, a million-dollar home was a beautiful five-bedroom traditional-style home on a very large lot in a desirable area,” said veteran Sotheby’s International Realty agent Maureen Hollingsworth. “Today, it buys you a two-bedroom on a tiny lot.”

While the countywide median sales price has been on a steady upward trajectory since the pandemic, price growth may now be slowing, according to a recent report.

Low mortgage rates are the silver lining for buyers but they also increase demand in a market with low supply. And that can raise prices.

The monthly cost of a mortgage for a $1 million home today — with 20 percent down and an average rate of 2.88 percent — is around $4,500.

At 2006’s average rate of 6.47 percent, that mortgage would cost around $6,300 per month. At 2018’s average rate of 4.54 percent, that mortgage would cost just under $5,300.

[LAT] — Dennis Lynch 






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