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The Housing Affordability Index: Scary or No?

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There’s been a lot of recent talk about the Housing Affordability Index as of late. After strong affordability over the course of the housing market crash, things are starting to slow down, but is it cause for concern? The answer is no. What Is The Index and Why Such Highs and Lows Historically? The Housing Affordability Index is an index of a family’s ability to afford a mortgage with the median family income. This changes from year to year as the median income falls and rises as well as mortgage rates tied with the average house price. The index of …

665 Temple Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

665 Temple Avenue

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Urban Cozy Cottage Close to Everything 665 Temple Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814 Open House Sat. 8/27 & Sun. 8/28 from 1 to 4 pm 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1,351 sq. ft, 5,560 sq. ft. lot (per tax records) Built in 1930 Long Driveway Offered at $595,000 Newly listed home at 665 Temple Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814. This cottage in the Rose Park South Historic District is an inviting retreat indoors as well as outdoors. With a charming garden in the front, you enter through an elegant blue door to the open foyer and living room that act as the …

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How To Choose An Estate Sale Company

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We had recently discussed methods of choosing if a garage sale, an estate sale, or an auction would be the best method of downsizing for homeowners. In today’s article, we’re going to build on that and discuss estate sale companies in detail. Keep in mind that there will be some variation in practices from place to place, but that a lot of the observations and suggestions here are common across the board. If you’ve found yourself in the position of needing to get rid of a full household of items, an estate sale is likely the best way to handle …

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Great Society Cider & Mead Joins Local Lineup

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Based in the East Village Arts District, Great Society Cider & Mead is the first of its kind in Southern California as a full service cider tap house. While beer breweries have become prolific in their spread across California, cider and mead have always been something of an afterthought on a drink list. Long Beach itself has become an icon in the Los Angeles area for having such a wealth of craft beer. We’ve welcomed beer newcomers to the area at Ballast Point, Belmont Brewing Co, The Congregation, Beachwood Brewing, and Brouwerij West in recent recall. That’s a lot of representation for …


Downsizing With Garage, Estate, and Auction Sales

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Downsizing and selling our possessions is both a decision and an event for many of us at some point in life. Occasionally you find yourself left with a house full of items, either because you’re looking to move, to sell a house for a passed family member, or you simply have more things than you’d like to have. Donation doesn’t adequately compensate for nicer items in the house, putting them on commission is too long a process to complete, and Craigslist is driving you up a wall with emails from having to constantly relist the sheer number of items you’re …

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Long Beach Market Update August 2016

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Long Beach Real Estate This Long Beach market update for August 2016 has some positive flux for buyers and sellers alike. While home prices continued to be strong and inventory remained relatively low in July, closed sales fell in Long Beach. There were 216 single family homes sold in July, fewer than the previous month and 6% lower than last July. The median sales price for single family homes in July 2016 was $577,000, down a little from the previous month but up 10% from last July.   The supply of homes for sale in Long Beach increased in July, …


Buying After Foreclosure

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Foreclosure is an awkward word in the world of homeowners. It represents a lot of disappointment and unhappiness with the entire process, which normally is a great source of pride and joy. The last great recession left a lot of families in this position. Despite many having recovered their credit, there’s a notable reluctance to go back into the process of buying a home.  Getting comfortable with the idea of a mortgage and homeownership is now a challenge for both a cautious buyer and their Realtor to tackle together. Once Foreclosed, Twice Shy Homeowners who have lost their homes to …

3922 Carfax Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808

3922 Carfax Avenue

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Modern Meets Mid-Century Ranch Home 3922 Carfax Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90808 Open House Sat. 8/27 & Sun. 8/28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2,034 sq. ft., 5,812 sq. ft. lot (per tax records) Built in 1954 Detached 2 Car Garage Offered at $700,000   Modern with mid-century design waits for you in this ranch style home in Long Beach, with contemporary upgrades and a flowing floor plan. Upon entering the house, you are met with an elegant mirror feature leading into the living room, with original hardwood floors and a large plantation shuttered window overlooking the …


Little Details We Love: 2100 San Francisco Avenue

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Every house we encounter has little details in it that make it unlike places we’ve been before, and often these things that define the character of the original owners. We’ve decided to showcase these little features that so often get overlooked in the “big picture” photos. One of our current properties at 2100 San Francisco Ave. in the Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach could not be a more perfect house to begin these stories with. Full of Art Deco subtlety, 2100 San Francisco Avenue was built in 1935, within the last few years that the style had prominence before the ranch …


Homeownership Encourages Community Engagement

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  Congratulations! You’re looking to buy a home soon, or have already committed to homeownership. How do you like the neighborhood you’re in? How are the schools? Are you excited for the events in the area? Are the parks nearby in good condition and well cared for?  Do the other homes in the blocks you like or live in take pride in their homes and community as well? Are there any plans for improvement or enrichment in the future?