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5 Mortgage Mistakes (And How Much Each Could Cost You)

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Can’t wait to cozy up in that cute Colonial, but anxious about  getting a mortgage? We get it. Buying a home is a big deal. But with a little know-how, it’s easier than expected to make smart mortgage moves and save big bucks over the course of your loan. By avoiding these mistakes, you can put your home-buying butterflies to …

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Why Buyers Pass Up Overpriced Listings … Even in A Hot Market

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Even in a sizzling hot real estate market, some listings languish on the market and the biggest reason is that that they are overpriced. Because even in a hot market, most buyers won’t touch overpriced listings with a 10 foot pole. For potential home sellers, that can be confusing. We recently saw a home in Long Beach sell for $100,000 …

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You Could Be Wrecking Your Home – And Not Know It

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Buying a home is exciting and scary all at the same time. There’s the excitement of falling in love and then the agony of waiting to hear if your offer was accepted and all the mountains of paperwork. But once you’re in, that’s it, right? You can now just relax and enjoy it, can’t you? Yes, but there are a …

18 of the Most Expensive Long Beach Homes

18 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Long Beach

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A local property in Newport Beach has been making national headlines by setting a new selling price record for Orange County— $55 million. Overlooking Newport Harbor, spanning 3.5 acres, and including two homes, one built in 1936 and the other in the 1980s, this property obviously isn’t your typical listing, even in Newport Beach. The previous Orange County record holder, known …

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The Ins and Outs of Granny Units

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It’s no surprise that properties with additional living spaces separate from the main house are growing in popularity. Not only are they a great source of additional income for those who want to live in one space and rent the other to help pay the mortgage, but they’re also ideal for multi-generational living. Add to the equation that California is …

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Discover Rancho Los Alamitos

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Long Beach has a rich and varied history, but few sites reflect the changes the city has seen to its culture, industry and economics like Rancho Los Alamitos. Today the site serves as a living history museum, with six agricultural buildings, a blacksmith shop, magnificent gardens, and an adobe ranch built in 1800. It’s  a great place to spend an …

What Are Buyer Assistance Programs?

What Down Payment Assistance Programs Are Available?

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Buying a home is an exciting event but saving up for the down payment can be daunting for many buyers. Fortunately, there are down payment assistance programs that can help California home buyers minimize their upfront costs. “In this age of massive student loan debt and the rising cost of SoCal living, it can often feel like homeownership will always be just …

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How To Keep Your House Cool Without A/C

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You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy (and avoid AC wars with your family). Block That Sun! When sunlight enters your house, it turns into heat. You’ll keep your house cooler if you reduce solar heat …

Remodeling for Resale

Remodeling for Resale

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It’s natural to want to improve your living space. Pride of home ownership and the creative freedom that comes with it can be a source of motivation for remodels, renovations, and additions. But if you ever plan on selling, you may want to exercise caution so that you don’t create a property so uniquely you it doesn’t appeal to potential …

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Southland Home Prices Keep Rising

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Home Prices Hit Record Again Across Southern California, home prices hit record highs in June and they keep going up, according to a report released this week by CoreLogic. In Los Angeles County, the median home price in June jumped 7.4% from a year earlier to $569,000 in June, breaking the previous record that was set in May. In Orange …