Los Angeles

Los Angeles is recognized globally as the center of the film, television, and entertainment industry.

It’s officially known as the City of Los Angeles, often referred to simply by its initials or called the City of Angels, and it’s famous for its resort style weather.

According to a report released in 2016 by the California Department of Finance the city’s population now exceeds more than 4 million people – 4,031,000 to be exact.

Logically, you’d think with LA’s population booming the housing market would increase too, right? Surprisingly, not so. The report determined the housing market has remained relatively flat. And this is why the real estate market in Los Angeles is so competitive.

In May 2016, demographer Walter Schwarm told LAist, “The continued gap there helps to explain the rising housing prices and the rising rental rates in California … housing stock continues to lag significantly behind population in terms of growth. If supply is not keeping up with the demand, then the prices are the ones to take up the slack.”

However, this doesn’t mean construction of residential property has stopped. The report finds continued growth of multi-family residences over single-family homes. (I’m curious to know what criteria homes built under the small lot subdivision ordinance fall under.)

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