Cypress Point townhouse

Open House at Cypress Point

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* Open House at 5937 Cypress Point, Long Beach CA * Saturday and Sunday, 4/29 & 4/30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Built in 2005, this beautiful, spacious Cypress Point townhome has an open floor plan and elegant finishes like crown molding and recessed lighting. The living room has rich wood floors and a gas fireplace and flows into the adjacent dining area. The light, bright kitchen has wood cabinets, granite counters, a large center island and stainless steel appliances. Just through the slider from the kitchen is the back patio, perfect for barbecuing or enjoying a glass of wine. …

Improve or Move?

Improve or Move?

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Wondering Whether to Improve or Move? Unless you built a custom home, you may have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or give you ideas to improve or add onto your existing home. Frequently at our open houses, attendees confide that they’re really just there to get ideas and do research on whether they should stay put and improve or sell their current home and buy another. The answer to renovation vs. relocation depends greatly on what you’re trying …

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Is It Time to Sell Your Home?

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If you’ve been considering a move, you may be wondering if now is a good time to sell a home. The simple answer is yes, based on the theory of supply and demand that we all learned in school. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price rises. An article in the Los Angeles Times describes “the spring home buying season is emerging as a pitched battle for buyers.” The flip side of that is that it’s an amazing time to be a seller. And for those sellers who need to buy, …

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Rossmoor Pool Home For Sale

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*11502 Harrisburg Road, Rossmoor* Open House Saturday and Sunday, 4/22 and 4/23, 1 to 4 p.m.   View the 3D Virtual Tour!   Come see this spacious, updated Rossmoor pool home. Situated on one of the neighborhood’s nicest streets, this move-in ready home has been professionally decorated and well maintained. Outside, the tile roof and brick accents provide great curb appeal. Inside, you’ll find vaulted ceilings and recessed lighting in the formal living room, along with an inviting stone fireplace. Skylights and French doors bathe the space in natural light. The kitchen is luxuriously upgraded with wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless …

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Painting Hacks That Will Make You Look Like A Pro

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A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result. 1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. To prevent your brushes from becoming hard and unusable, make sure to rinse thoroughly (no soap), and swish them in a mixture of fabric …

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April 2017 Real Estate Market Update

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The start of the year ushered in a wave of good news about a hot stock market, higher wages and an active home sales environment. At the same time, housing prices have continued to rise, and the low inventory situation and affordability crunch has been particularly hard on first-time buyers struggling to get into the market. Nevertheless, buyer activity is easily outpacing seller activity in much of the country, culminating in relatively quick sales and low supply. Demand has continued to remain extremely strong so far this year. We can comfortably consider the first quarter to have been a good start …

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Tax Savings for Homeowners

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Many Americans got some depressing news recently: Either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes is to own your own home. According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“A citizen’s guide to the fascinating (though often complex) elements of the federal Tax System” – there are several tax advantages to homeownership. Here are four items, and a quote on each, from the Briefing Book: 1. Mortgage Interest Deduction “Homeowners …

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7 Things Home Sellers May Forget to Do

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When you’re selling a home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing fingers, promise!) Here’s a list of things sellers often forget. We promise you, these tasks are well worth the time it will take to complete them (which isn’t very long at all).Heed this sound advice, and there’s a good chance selling your house won’t be nearly as stressful as everyone tells you it is.To-do No. 1: Google your address Not all …

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What Happens When An Appraisal Comes in Low?

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It’s a seller’s market and the low supply of homes for sale combined with high demand has pushed prices up, making multiple offers and bidding wars more likely. Yet that dynamic can also increase the possibility that an appraisal may fall short of the agreed upon sales price. Banks use appraisals to determine whether the amount of the mortgage is justified by the value of the home. They do this because they want to be able to recover their funds in case the borrower defaults on the mortgage. Appraisers look at the size and condition of the home, any upgrades …

3783 Albury Ave.

Open House Near Heartwell Park

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* 3783 Albury Avenue, Long Beach* *Open House Saturday, April 15th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.* Please join us to view this spacious and updated home on an oversized corner lot in a great neighborhood. A white picket fence surrounds the large front yard and side yard, and brick planting beds line the exterior.   Inside awaits an expansive great room with vaulted wood ceilings and a beautiful brick fireplace with gorgeous wood mantle. The sliding glass door leading to the yard lets in lots of natural light. The updated kitchen has plentiful cabinets, granite counters and recessed lighting. Perfect for …