What may be the beginning of a slight shift in the South Bay real estate market, inventory has continued to rise for the 5th straight month while both pending sales and sold homes remained relatively flat. Active homes for sale in July of 2014 were up 40% from the same month in 2013, while sold homes declined 11.7% and pending home sales only increased by 3.5%. This buildup of inventory may finally slow the market and lead to a market not so heavily favoring sellers. The local Hermosa Beach real estate trends do not mirror the overall South Bay market with an actual decrease in active, pending and recent home sales. Hermosa is a very unique market as the number of actual homes that exist are limited. With only 1.4 square miles there is natural limitation on inventory and demand generally is always very high for this coastal community.