Don’t Wait to Buy Your Dream Home

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Are you waiting to buy your dream home? Here’s why you shouldn’t.   As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first-time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home. Let us explain. There are many factors that influence the ‘cost’ of a home. Two of the major ones are the home’s appreciation over time, and the interest rate at which a buyer can borrow the funds necessary to …


A Condo Buyer’s Guide to HOAs

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If you’re buying a condo, you may be asking yourself, what’s an HOA and what do I need to know about it? Buying a condo involves a great deal of paper work and a Homeowners Association (HOA). Let’s be honest…You hire a professional,  experienced real estate agent so you don’t have to worry about the details. However, buying a condo requires not only a skilled agent, but you doing your homework. What’s in the fine print can affect your day-to-day life in your new home. Why buy a condo? Security – most buildings have gated or locked entries, some even have professional …

seller's remorse is common when selling a home

Seller’s Remorse is Common

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Buyers Aren’t The Only Ones To Feel Remorse… Seller’s Remorse is Totally Common Selling your house can be scary: It’s been your home, where you’ve lived and made memories. Chances are good it’s your most important asset and your biggest investment so far. Wrestling with the emotional heft of putting your home on the market is a difficult byproduct of real estate — but once a closing date has been set, the hard work is done. Right? Actually, it’s not uncommon for sellers to feel pangs of regret when a buyer gets serious. If you’re feeling remorse for your soon-to-be-former …

4th Street Retro Row, Long Beach, CA

A Trip Back in Time on Retro Row

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4th Street in Long Beach, aka “Retro Row” is a one-of-a-kind place. It’s like taking a trip back in time, just by walking down the street. This small stretch of 4th Street, in between Junipero Ave. and Cherry Ave. in the midst of several Long Beach Historic Districts, is bursting with personality. The spirit, vibrancy, and character of this corridor is unlike any other place in the city. Dubbed “Retro Row” by locals and tourists alike, this street features dozens of vintage shops and boutiques. Here, you can find some of the best antique furniture and clothing stores in the city, …

Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Maintenance Checklist

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Fall Home Maintenance This week marked the official start of autumn. Are you and your home ready?   Preparing your home for Fall: □ Inspect roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Get repairs if needed. □ Check gutter and downspout alignment to verify that rainwater collects and drains away from the house. Adjust if needed. Also clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. □ Examine tree branches, trim if needed so they are at least 2 ft away from roof and gutters. □ Have an arborist inspect any trees that appear weakened by the drought. Also ask them to trim the dead …

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Is Qualifying for a Mortgage Getting Easier?

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There has been a lot of talk about how difficult it is to get a home mortgage in today’s lending environment. However, three recent reports have revealed that lending standards are beginning to ease. This is great news for both first time buyers and current homeowners looking to move or buy a second vacation/retirement home. Let’s look at the three reports: The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index This index, issued by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, measures the availability of credit available in the home mortgage market. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in …

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Create Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal is judged in seven seconds. That is the amount of time you have to make a good first impression. Think about your last job interview, date, or social event, and the small window of time you had to make a positive impression. Same thing goes for your house. Its curb appeal or first impression can make or break the sale of your home. It does not matter if you have the sleekest chef’s kitchen or the most relaxing spa retreat, but  if your front yard screams, “run for the hills.” then you are in trouble. Before you put …

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Wine Bars in Long Beach

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Looking for a Wine Bar in Long Beach? You’re in Luck! Wine bars have quickly gain popularity since the early 90s. They are a great alternative to coffee houses, restaurants, and dive bars. Wine bars offer a grown-up night out in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. Once again, Long Beach shows its true colors as a sophisticated “Big” city on the beach. Most beach towns have one maybe two wine bars if any. Long Beach boasts at least seven traditional wine bars and several cafes, bistros, and gastropubs that specialize in pairing wine with small tasty plates. Let’s talk wine bars in …

404 S. Empire, Anaheim, CA

404 S. Empire Street

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Spacious Traditional Home 404 S. Empire Street Anaheim, CA Situated on a 9,240 sq. ft. corner lot in a peaceful West Anaheim neighborhood, this single story home has a lot to offer! Just beyond the traditional front porch and dutch door, you’ll find an open floor plan and hardwood floors throughout the main living area. The bright, roomy kitchen has newer cabinets, solid surface counter tops and a tile backsplash. The welcoming living room has a brick fireplace and a view to the back yard. The home offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is a Jack-and-Jill style. The back …

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Nearly 25% of Homeowners Consider Selling … Why The Hesitation?

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Housing Inventory Critically Low Last month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that housing inventory was down 4.7% from the same time last year and that the month’s inventory of homes for sale stood at 4.8 – far below the six months necessary for a normal housing market. In Long Beach, Lakewood, and many other Southern California communities, the inventory is even lower — below two months in some neighborhoods. Why is there such a shortage of inventory? The recently released Homeowner Sentiment Survey suggests that the American homeowner may not be fully aware of the opportunities that exist …