Q3 2023 Los Angeles Housing Market Update

Understanding what’s going on in the real estate market is more crucial now than ever before. Whether you’re a seller looking to list your property, an investor seeking the next opportunity, or a prospective buyer, having a grasp of market trends is a prudent move.

In this blog, we will dissect the three core metrics that guide real estate conversations – the number of homes sold, median sales price, and median days on market. These data and insights serve as barometers for the overall vigor and health of Los Angeles’ housing market and they are the indications that we’ll scrutinize closely in this Q3 update of 2023.

Number of Homes Sold

In the third quarter of this year, 8,569 homes were sold. That is a decrease of 6.6% compared to the number of homes sold in Q2. The decline is likely a seasonal ebb in the market. Real estate, historically, experiences fluctuations in sales volume through its transition from summer to fall.

It’s also vital to look at the bigger picture beyond the quarter-to-quarter change. There was a 15.48% decline compared to the same quarter of last year. This tells us while there may be seasonal fluctuations, the city’s market continues to experience an overall trend of fewer homes sold.

Several factors influence the number of homes sold. One factor is the limited supply which means there are fewer homes available for sale. This, in turn, results in fewer homes sold. Higher interest rates are another huge facet of the decline as they make it more difficult for buyers to afford homes.

Median Sales Price

The median sales price for Q3 2023 stands at $940,000. Comparing it to the same quarter of 2022, we see an increase of 2.73%. On top of that, when we look at the quarter-over-quarter change, we find the median sales price has risen by 2.73% compared to Q2. 

The median estimated per-square-foot value for the zip codes within the county over the last month, based on ATTOM’s report, ranges from $153.45/sqft (90020) to $1,051.15/sqft (90066). Los Angeles’ median sales price has overall soared during the past years, reflecting an increase of 39.06% from 2018 to 2022.

Many may have heard talk that prices would drop this year but the low supply of homes for sale has prevented that from happening. There are just more buyers looking to purchase than the number of homes available. This high demand has kept home prices from falling and is expected to continue bolstering home prices in 2024.

For buyers, the increase in median sales price means that it’s important to realize home prices will likely not come down and you will be paying more tomorrow for the same home than you could buy it for today.

On the contrary, this is a golden opportunity for sellers as it signifies that their property is more valuable than ever. Experts suggest that home prices are likely to continue growing through the end of the year, though not at an astronomical rate.

Average Days on Market

The average days on market for last quarter was 26. The Q3 average number of days it takes for a property to sell is the same in 2023 and 2022. But, it’s noteworthy that there’s a 16.13% decrease from the previous quarter. 

This uptick is likely a seasonal fluctuation. Numerous factors affect the pace of sales, including:

  • Inventory: Since the inventory is limited, properties tend to sell faster as buyers compete for a smaller pool of options.
  • Seasonal Variations: The increase in the average days on market from Q2 2023 is likely a seasonal trend.
  • Economic Conditions: High mortgage rates and high inflation can stifle the housing market.
  • Interest rates: Mortgage rates remain a tough challenge for the housing market this year, and this has kept both first-time and repeat buyers on the sidelines.

The significance of longer or shorter days on market depends on your perspective. A shorter duration for sellers suggests a strong sellers’ market which offers the potential for a profitable and swift sale. On the other hand, for buyers, making competitive and well-informed offers is crucial in a fast-paced market.

The Impact of External Factors

The real estate market is not an isolated entity as it operates within the larger context of governmental and economic policies. Mortgage rates are one of the biggest external factors that can influence the city’s housing market. Several elements, including inflation, monetary policy, and the state of the general economy determine rates.

As of October 12, 2023, the average 30-year FRM was 7.57%. Rates are likely to remain at these levels well into 2024. Inflation still poses a challenge for buyers, sellers, and the housing market. The higher rate affects demand and affordability in Los Angeles.

Moreover, it may also discourage potential buyers from entering the real estate market which consequently leads to a slowdown in demand and impacts the prices of homes.

Expert Opinions and Predictions

While the housing market is expected to be competitive in Q4 2023, the market’s trajectory remains uncertain, influenced by factors such as inventory and mortgage rates. However, experts predict that the market will continue to be challenged by the lack of inventory and relatively steady demand, practically ensuring that Q4 will remain a sellers’ market. By focusing on the market’s positive aspects, sellers and buyers can still find success in the area’s real estate market.

Seasonally, based on history, the housing market often experiences a slowdown in the fourth quarter. The number of real estate transactions in the final three months of the year will be further reduced as a result of the low inventory of homes available for sale and because most of us often focus more on the holidays and festivities. Besides the current economic situation, the market is predicted to remain subdued because of the ongoing economic uncertainties and higher interest rates.


Los Angeles’ housing market presents a dynamic and complex picture. The interplay of opportunities and challenges in addition to the market’s adaptability and resilience makes it worth watching. As we look ahead, the promise of possibilities and growth looms, offering a beacon of hope for investors, sellers, and buyers alike.

If you have any questions or inquiries, or if you’re considering making a real estate move, I’m here to assist you. Your dreams and goals are my priority and I’m here to help you successfully navigate the city’s vibrant real estate market. Feel free to reach out – I’m just an email or phone call away!

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