Selling The Family Home

by Dan O'Connor

Photo of 709 Bayview Dr, Manhattan Beach So last month, I put my parent’s (Mom and Stepdad) house in escrow…As I am writing this, it’s in escrow and looks like it is going to stick! My mom and Stepdad are both Real Estate Brokers and have been in the business (until recently) over 40 years!…

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What’s Trending In Spec Homes in 2019

by Dan O'Connor

Over the last 8 years, “spec building” or speculative development has come back since the downturn. The biggest change in the local spec market is basements. Basements have become a huge part of new home building in the South Bay like never before. A few years ago, there were only a few homes built with…

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Trading Up

by Dan O'Connor

I did a video about this topic a few years back- check it out below. When the market slows down like it has recently (last 6-8 months), it’s a great time to give the “trade up buyer” a chance. A “trade up buyer” is a buyer that has a house to sell in order to…

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The Picture On The Front Of My Phone (Wallpaper)

by Dan O'Connor

I recently got asked, “What’s that photo on your phone (wallpaper)?” It was this photo…this is my Dad in the late 1950’s- he was an amazing QB at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He played his first few years of high school without a face mask- which led to him breaking his nose and…

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Pricing Right is SO Important

by Dan O'Connor

In a past blog post I talked about selling my mom’s house, I wrote… My mother told me that she wished I wasn’t so direct with her and treated her more like a client than my mom. I told her I wished I was more like this with my clients. While I am very open…

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Now’s The Time to Look if You’re a Trade-Up-Buyer!

by Dan O'Connor

I mentioned in my other post (Link: The Market Is So Tough Right Now) that the trade-up-buyer is getting their chance to be considered as a viable option to a seller more than they have in a really long time… A ‘trade-up-buyer” is commonly a buyer of a property that has a house or property…

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The Market is TOUGH right now!

by Dan O'Connor

The market is so tough right now… Tensions are high right now…deals are really tough to come by and even harder to keep together… I have had more escrows either fall apart or almost fall apart in the last 4 months than all other deals in the last 24 months. The common trends I have…

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Screaming Deal of the Week! 4/1/19

by Dan O'Connor

150 31st St, Hermosa Beach is this week’s “Screaming Deal of the Week!” This is an old beach duplex in the 100 block of 31st Street in Hermosa. This is literally a few houses from the beach, and is a 35 foot wide lot which is 5 feet wider than most lots in that section. It’s…

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Living A Healthy Lifestyle

by Dan O'Connor

This year I have made a real commitment to my health and well being. Like most people my age (almost 40 Yikes!), I have been through a lot in life and am realizing we only have so much time here on Earth. I have two children and they mean the world to me- I want to…

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What It’s Like Raising A Family In The South Bay

by Dan O'Connor

The great thing about raising kids in The South Bay is that it really can have that small-town feel along with all of the big city amenities. It has all of the great outdoor attractions California has to offer. You are just minutes away from the most amazing beach, and only a few hours from…

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Screaming Deal Of The Week! 4/24/19

by Dan O'Connor

My listing: 823 Monterey, Hermosa Beach This was a screaming great deal! The asking price was $1,499,000 and it sold in 3 days with multiple offers over the asking price. This is a charming beach duplex on a 2,500 sq ft lot, street to alley. The specific thing about this property that made it unlike…

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Screaming Deal Of The Week! 4/18/19

by Dan O'Connor

1074 7th Street, Hermosa Beach Listed at $2,195,000, Has Dropped to $2,099,000 Listed by The Kaminsky Group of Strand Hill Christie’s 3,100 sq ft Ocean View Townhome 4 Bed/ 3.5 Bath 2 Years Old and In Great Condition With sold comps at the list price and above $2.5M, this house is a SCREAMING GREAT DEAL!…

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Walk Streets: Hermosa vs Manhattan- What’s The Difference?

by Dan O'Connor

I’ll start with the Hermosa Beach Walk Streets. There are really two sections of Walk Streets in Hermosa. The first section consists of only two streets in the North end- 30th and 31st Street. They’re only about a block long and one block away from the beach. The second section of Hermosa Walk Streets is…

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2017: The Biggest Year Yet!

by Dan O'Connor

Year 2017 was the biggest year of top sales for both Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. There was not 1, but 2 sales in Manhattan Beach which recorded on the MLS that sold for over 20 million dollars! I had the second largest sale in Hermosa Beach for the entire year- 1540 The Strand was a…

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