House Hunt – Blink And You Miss It

Before the start of 2021, existing homes were typically on the market for 21 days—meaning houses were plucked off the market two weeks faster than the typical 38 days from a year ago. And we’re now seeing homes sell even faster than that, typically selling within 18 days on the market. That’s another new record!

Each month I try to feature a hand picked selection of homes in an area under 1 million dollars. The truth is that the number of single family properties across Orange County (OC) under 1 Million are disappearing. Yes there is a lack of inventory but as we experience in our daily lives, like the cost of dinner, houses prices are rising beyond the 1 million mark in OC.

Not only this but as soon as a house his the market, within a few days it’s on hold or pending with multiple offers, all over ask with contingencies removed or shortened. This is not your normal real estate market. You are buying your home after 15 minutes in the property, asked not to touch anything and hurried out the door for the next party to walk through. Properties aren’t staged, blinds are down, its dark inside and often not decluttered or cleaned.

My advice to first time home buyers is be prepared to be uncomfortable. We are not in a market that allows you to sleep on properties or ask questions. Be prepared to shorten contingencies, reduce the inspection time frame to 10 days and waive the appraisal contingency. In this market no seller wants to go in to contract with a buyer that might cancel if the home doesn’t appraise. As home values skyrocket appraisers don’t always find the value in the property, but this is where your agent guides you.

On May 1st 2021 there are 1,632 active / coming soon single family homes listed for sale on the MLS in Orange County, 562 of these homes are under 1 million dollars. In Aliso Viejo there are 16 single family homes for sale, 6 of them are under 1 Million. Below are 3 homes at varying listing prices.

1. $899,900 Listing Price – 23 Chestnut Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

This 3 bed 2 bath home is nestled in the highly desirable Pacific Grove community, on an expansive and oversized lot. This one of a kind residence offers the finest designer details, including travertine and wood flooring throughout, upgraded windows with plantation shutters, newly renovated bathrooms and a backyard that will delight any entertainer. Light and bright layout offering 3 bedrooms that include a massive master retreat complete with its own cozy fireplace. Relax and recharge in your gorgeous backyard with a newly installed aluminum patio cover and a 5-hole putting green.

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Listing agent Hillary Conlin with Coldwell Banker Realty.

2. $975,000 Listing Price: 73 Plateau, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

This desirable corner homesite on a cul-de-sac street in Aliso Viejo’s sought-after Promenade neighborhood. This spacious light bright single-family detached home is adorned with upgrades. The home features approximately 2,040 square feet, the two-story design displays crown molding, plantation shutters, stone countertops, a central vacuum system, elegant lighting, and a blend of wood, travertine and plush carpeting. A fireplace warms the family room, the living room with custom built-in entertainment center. Ample built-in cabinetry is featured in the 2-car garage, and upgraded Pex piping and an attic fan lend appreciated value. The family room is currently showcased as a large dining room and opens directly to a fully appointed kitchen with pantry, deluxe appliances and generous cabinetry. Enjoy the comfort of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a second-level bonus room with custom built-in desk and work space. The outdoors rich architectural detailing harmonizes with mature landscaping and a backyard that graciously enhances entertaining with a built-in BBQ island with granite top and stainless BBQ, a spacious patio with cover, a built-in fire pit.

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Listing agent Nancy Cloward with Surterre Properties Inc

3. $995,000 Listing Price: 1 Condor Ln, Aliso Viejo 92656

This 4 bed 2.5 bath home is in a great neighborhood which catches the Laguna Beach School District. Low HOA. No Mello Roos. Large Lot. Backyard has lots of potential. Easy access to freeways, stores, restaurants, groceries, trails and close to Laguna Beach. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 1,632 Sqft. Laminate and custom tile flooring. Remodeled Kitchen.

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Listing agent Ali Ahmedyar with Keller Williams Realty

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