Spring Seller’s Season Hits the West Coast

This Spanish Revival Compound overlooks lush grounds and brilliant ocean views.

This Montecito Spanish Revival Compound overlooks lush grounds and brilliant ocean views.

What does spring bring? Not enough rain, but certainly a flurry of activity in California real estate markets. As we enjoy endless sun and soft spring breezes, (and secretly hope for some more rain to quench our partched soils) we also enjoy what the L.A. Times is calling a Seller’s Season here in the Golden State. Discussing Zillow’s latest report, the LA Times defines the east coast as a “buyer’s market” with many price cuts and lengthy DOMs, and the west coast going to the Seller’s with quick transactions, multiple offers, few price reductions and many properties selling at or over asking price. Riskin Associates can attest to this view with regards to Santa Barbara’s wealthy yet casual neighbor, Montecito. Despite new listings coming on the market what seems to be daily, inventory is remaining relatively stable as many listings are receiving multiple, very strong offers and opening escrow quickly. Other California markets seeing seller’s holding the negotiation power are San Jose and San Francisco. Buyers on the otherhand can do well in the midwest and Northeast, try Cleveland or Philidelphia.

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