Last week we learned that U.S. housing price increases continued their uninterrupted climb. But at the same time, accounts also included a few rays of sunshine for financially pressed homebuyers.

The nationwide appreciation in real estate values that's been gladdening Costa Mesa sellers blipped upward again in February. According to Tuesday's CoreLogic press release, the 1.2% rise over January capped off a 12-month increase: an eye-popping 10.4%!

Figures like those may cheer Costa Mesa home sellers—but, as CoreLogic's spokesman put it, it also "is sobering for prospective buyers." The spokesman's advice for ambitious home seekers was scarcely enlightening. Due to the price rises, they should "save more for a down payment, closing costs, and cash reserves."

However, almost as a side note, there was mention of a projection that future Costa Mesa homebuyers will hope proves to be accurate. For those daunted by that 12-month 10%+ average price rise, there might be "a possible slowing of price growth on the horizon." In fact, CoreLogic's projected increase was listed at a relatively tame 3.2% by February 2022—a far cry from what they characterized as the "overheated home prices" registered in the year just past.

Several factors might account for expecting the taming of Costa Mesa home price increases. Throughout the nation, the shortage of homes being listed is expected to moderate as "severe supply constraints" loosen. If mortgage rates rise as expected, the affordability factor is expected to pare down the number of eligible buyers—a likely formula for dampening buyer competition and the bidding war phenomenon (last week, CNBC described it as "the norm").

Any slowdown in the rate of price gains could well spawn a multiplying effect. One understandable reason for the listing drought has been homeowners' concern about being able to find an affordable home. When Costa Mesa homeowners become less intimidated by price escalation, many who had reluctantly refrained from listing may reverse course. Such an increase in listed properties should fire up seller competition—a factor that's been largely absent from U.S. real estate.

Costa Mesa is not always in lockstep with broader national trends—which is where we come in. Give us a call for a readout on the latest state of our local market!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at



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