Even in a Seller’s Market, Not All Homes Sell

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Even in a seller’s market, NOT all homes sell, and the ones that do sell don’t all sell for top dollar. Last month, the average percent of list price received by Long Beach sellers was 100.4 percent of list price, compared to 97.4 percent the previous June, according to figures from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). We had one listing …

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2440 E. 21st Street, Signal Hill, CA

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  SOLD! Sold for $805,000 — 115 percent of list price with multiple offers! Custom Signal Hill home with sweeping panoramic views has just been remodeled from top to bottom. The main upstairs living area features an open floor plan with a gorgeous, well appointed kitchen, dining area and spacious living room opening onto a wraparound deck. With more than 2900 sq. …

The Ins & Outs of Real Estate Contingencies

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Normally, when you buy or sell a home in California, the contract includes contingency clauses, which state that the parties will move forward as long as certain conditions are met. In California, the standard contract contingencies include: home inspection & buyer investigation; buyer review & approval of seller disclosures, preliminary title report, and natural hazard zone disclosure; and loan and …

2860 Maine Ave

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SOLD! Charming cottage on a lovely street in the popular Wrigley neighborhood. The large living room boasts a traditional fireplace and the dining room overlooks a lush back yard. The spacious kitchen features tile floors and lots of cabinets & counter space. There are two roomy bedrooms and an updated bathroom. This home is light, bright and move-in ready with …

425 E Ocean Blvd #240

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SOLD! Enjoy the best of urban living in this fabulous condo. Situated next to the historic Cooper Arms building, you are walking distance to restaurants, light rail, the Performing Arts Center, the beach, marina and more! Although you’re in the heart of prime downtown Long Beach, you are tucked away from the bustle in this charming unit with 2 bedrooms …

The Sweet Smell of A Successful Home Sale

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Last year, I was called out to a home by a would-be Long Beach home seller who warned me ahead of time: “This home stinks.” He was right. His mom, who had recently passed away, and his sister, who had been caring for her, had had dozens of cats who’d had the run of the place and the odor was …

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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 …