January 2019 Woodland Hills Update

Kevin McDonald
Published on February 8, 2019

January 2019 Woodland Hills Update

Hello Fellow Friends and Neighbors,

Hope you had a great month of January! This month had similar sales totals as December 2018 with the one standout figure is the huge increase in number of new inventory brought on the market with 25 new condo/townhomes coming on the market in January compared to 5 in December. The speed at which this inventory gets sold will be a telling indicator of the strength of our market. Activity was slower than what we’ve been used to due to the holidays and some buyers are waiting to get their taxes completed before starting the house hunt.

On a macro level, 2018 condo/townhouse sales totals in the San Fernando Valley were down 19% compared to 2017 while median condo/townhouse prices rose 5%.

Total condos/townhouses going under contract in the SFV decreased 14% compared to December’s totals. Total number of escrows cancelled stayed reduced by 12% in December 2018 compared to November. Average condo sale prices in the SFV had decreased stayed pretty flat from December to November 2018. These statistics were compiled from the Southland Regional Association of Realtor Statistics.

In light of these statistics, it appears our market is starting to become more balanced after being a strong seller’s market for so long. It’s still too soon to tell if this is the beginning of a market shift or if consumers still haven’t woken up from their holiday slumber. The last few customers I’ve spoken to are waiting to file their taxes before they make a decision so that is also lingering in the minds of the consumer.

If you are considering selling at this time, I would highly recommend sitting down with your realtor (hopefully me) and discussing your specific unit and how it compares to the current inventory. I’d love to interview with you if you do not currently have a realtor.

I wouldn’t let this discourage anyone looking to sell as this is still a great market for sellers. The key is coming up with an effective marketing strategy that highlights the competitive advantages of the property. If you purchased between 2009-2015, current values are still significantly greater than when you purchased. If you purchased in 2006-2008, values are very close to your purchase at the height of the market so it may be a good time to get out with either a slight gain or minimal loss. Feel free to ask me about how I would do things in this market. I still think there is great opportunity to capture great prices for our units, but it is very important to analyze what your individual unit’s strengths and weaknesses are compared to what else is out there. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to me. I’m a local resident and expert and can help you assess your property and compare it to what else is out there and how we stack up compared to what’s sold in the past. The threat of increasing interest rates has also brought back some buyers who are looking to get into something know before their buying power decreases with a rise in interest rates. I know of many buyers still looking for homes in the area. The current inventory is just not what they are looking for.

I’d recommend anyone who has their unit as a rental property contact me to discuss the market conditions before you decide to rent the property out for another year or sell. I’d love to help you make an informed decision with no pressure or obligation. This is why it is important to consult with someone who is an expert in the complex so you don’t waste time on the market at a price that the market will not respond to. I can also advise on what improvements can net you the best ROI when it comes time to sell.

Many properties are still moving very quickly with my listings having a lot of buyer activity and some even selling before going on the market for record prices. I know of many buyers looking right now and the low inventory is creating high demand of high quality buyers. It may be a good time to consider selling for anyone thinking about taking their equity and purchasing a new home either to get more space or shorten your commute. There are still many opportunities out there for anyone looking to move up to a bigger home or move closer to shorten your commute. Now is the time to get some of the best prices of the year if you are looking to purchase a new home. The information below compares the Real Estate Activity of January 2019 to December 2018 as reported by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors MLS.

I am here to help you! Each complex is different! If you are interested in getting more information about your complex please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 818-256-7514 if you have any questions.


JANUARY 25 8 9

Inventory Level Today:

24 Active Listings

8 Listings in Escrow

January Woodland Hills Condos/Townhouses Sold:

St # St. Name L/C Price Price Per Square Foot Br/Ba Sq.Ft. Sale Date
5510 Owensmouth $330,000 $540.98 1/1 610 1/15/2019
21620 Burbank Blvd. $360,000 $252.45 2/1 1,426 1/25/2019
5515 Canoga Ave. $415,000 $451.09 2/2 920 1/21/2019
22038 Vanowen St. $425,000 $312.04 2/3 1,362 1/29/2019
21551 Burbank Blvd. $435,000 $495.44 1/1 878 1/10/2019
6275 Canoga Ave. $460,000 $459.54 2/1 1,001 1/23/2019
5565 Canoga Ave. $469,000 $446.67 2/2 1,050 1/17/2019
21545 Erwin St. $499,000 $402.42 2/2 1,240 1/04/2019
24410 Victory $605,000 $247.44 3/2 2,445 1/02/2019

Latest Customer Testimonial:

“Kevin was absolutely wonderful to work with.  I am relocating to Camarillo from NY and he made the enire house hunting experience a real pleasure.  I was in town for a week and hoped to find a home in that short time. Kevin listened to my needs and did not waste my time showing me things that did not satisfy all of my wants.  As we looked at homes and he saw exactly what i liked and didn’t like, he adjusted accordingly. Kevin did not make me feel stressed out and no “salesman” pressure was put on me. Kevin helped me find a great condo in  wonderful area. He helped me out throughout the entire process and went beyond in helping me out with some of the details since I was in NY and unable to be there for the inspection or the final walk through. I highly recommend Kevin who made the entire process of purchasing a home fun, relaxing and informative.”

Condo Buyer Closed Sep ’18

3360 Shadetree Way, Camarillo, CA

$554K • 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath, 1920 Sq. Ft.

At Your Service,

Kevin McDonald

Realtor & Met Woodland Hills HomeOwner

Pinnacle Estate Properties


[email protected]

Lic# 01810388


If your property is currently listed with another Broker, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing. This information is based on all homes closed in “Woodland Hills” as reported through the Southland Regional Association of Realtors multiple listing service.   

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