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A Buyer’s Guide to Probate Properties

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Buying a home can be a confusing process, but buying a probate property has its own special set of rules and even its own special purchase contract. Here’s a quick synopsis of the process and what you can expect. The process of selling real estate through probate or trust is a court-regulated series of steps that must be carefully monitored …

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How Do I Find Foreclosure Properties?

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We are often asked by potential buyers about the “shadow inventory” of foreclosed properties. How do you find out about the bank-owned properties that haven’t yet come on the market? There are many homes in the process of foreclosure that will be listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) at some point, but they’re not all bank-owned. Some of them …

The 10 Commandments for Getting a Mortgage

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Getting A Mortgage Is An Important Part of The Home Buying Process As a Realtor, when we meet with first-time buyers, we discuss what they need to do – get pre-approved for a mortgage, evaluate priorities, sometimes save money. And we go over what they MUST NOT DO. We’ve created a tongue-in-cheek set of commandments, things like “Thou shalt not become …

2451 Oregon Ave

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  SOLD! Spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home in the Wrigley area of Long Beach. This traditional stucco home features a formal living room with a bay window and fireplace, a formal dining room with a built-in china cabinet, and a large family room with a beamed ceiling and second fireplace. The remodeled kitchen has granite counters, a breakfast …

525 E Seaside Way #1708

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SOLD! Park your car and walk to everything from this beautiful highrise condo with a panoramic view of the Marina, Queen Mary and the beach! This unit has the best view of the Grand Prix, looking at the S-curve right from your balcony. Open floor plan with lots of natural light and views from every room. Beautiful hardwood floors & …

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How to Choose A Long Beach Realtor

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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, you may be wondering how to choose a Realtor.  Not all real estate agents are created equal, but many people randomly end up working with a Realtor, based on who answers the phone when they call on a sign or happens to be in the home when they wander into …

225 Stanford Lane, Seal Beach

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SOLD! Great opportunity in the prestigious College Park West neighborhood. This spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home sits on a beautiful street with a quiet, interior tract location. Originally built by S&S, this home has had one owner & has been well maintained & updated. It has a modern feel and open floor plan that is perfect for both everyday living …

How To Win A Bidding War

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This summer, the Long Beach area real estate market is sizzling and buyers have to beware or they may get burned.. or burned out by unsuccessful bids.  “The Bidding Wars Are Back!” proclaimed a recent newspaper headline and that’s definitely what we’re seeing in the trenches. So as a buyer, how do you win the war? Our last two listings …

3969 Rose, Long Beach

3969 Rose Ave

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SOLD! Charming home on one of Bixby Terrace’s prettiest streets. The foyer entry leads to a large living room with gleaming hardwood floors and a fireplace. The formal dining room has a built-in corner cabinet and the step-down family room has a custom built-in bookcase and entertainment center, providing lots of storage. You’ll love the eat-in kitchen, which features tile …

Want to Save $ on Property Taxes?

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Do you know someone who is interested in reducing their property taxes? This is the time of year to look into it! If you own a home in Los Angeles County,  you may have recently received a letter entitled “Notice of Review of 2012 Assessed Value,” telling you whether your home’s assessed value was changed. If you didn’t receive the letter or …