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Buying A Home With A Low Down Payment

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If you’re considering buying a home with a low down payment, you are not alone. A recent post by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that in the months of December 2014 through February 2015, there was an increase in the number of first-time buyers making a down payment of 6% or less as compared to last year: 2014: 61% of first time home buyers 2015: 66% of first time home buyers While the number of small down payments is lower than it was in 2009 when 77% of down payments were 6% or less, it does show the …

Sell your home this summer

Sell Your Home This Summer

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It’s Never Too Late To Sell Spring is the traditional time to put a home on the market, yet summer can be a great time as well. It’s the end of the school year, graduations are almost finished, and Father’s Day is right around the corner. With vacation plans and kids out of school, many people shy away from adding a move to their list of things to do. Yet sometimes a change in family size, retirement, or job relocation demands a summer sale. No worries, there is truly never a bad time to sell your house. You just need a good …

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Long Beach Brown Bag Lunch

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Pack A Brown Bag Lunch and Explore The City Gone are the days of the three-martini lunch. A time when you could leisurely dine on steak, oysters, and lobster all while slowly sipping a chilled gin martini. Today everyone is in such a hurry, and at times too busy to even take a lunch break. It is important to take a moment out of your day, and recharge your batteries. Long Beach has many healthy ways to spend your mid-day break. Just pack a Brown Bag Lunch, and explore the city. Balance your mind, body, and soul while breathing in …

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A Bixby Knolls Tradition Ends

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Luan’s Girls Dress Shop Says, “Goodbye” A treasured Bixby Knolls tradition comes to an end after 62 years. Luan’s, a boutique girls dress shop closes its doors. The store was found in 1952 by Luan’s mother, Marion, but Luan took it over in 1982. She said she was raised to run the store, and now she is ready to retire. The store was one of kind. Luan sold classic dresses for every special occasion, and they never went out of style. The dresses were beautiful, and the customer service was exceptional. Not only would Luan help little girls find the …

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Exterior Painting – Long Beach Historic District

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What Do You Need To Know About Exterior Painting in A Long Beach Historic District? There are some special rules regarding exterior painting and other exterior modifications in Long Beach Historic Districts. A historic district contains a group of older homes that by themselves cannot be designated a historic landmark, but collectively they are worthy of preservation status. A historic neighborhood works together as a community along with the help of the city to preserve the visual qualities, and feelings of the past. Not only do the houses reflect an older period in time, but in some neighborhoods, even the …

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Long Beach Airport to Host Military Jets

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Long Beach Airport to Host F/A-18 Military Jets Over Holiday Weekend If you’re wondering what that racket is this weekend coming from Long Beach Airport departures and takeoffs, here’s the scoop: This upcoming Memorial Day weekend will feature some familiar sights and sounds of the United States military, thanks to the arrival of several U.S. Marine Corps jets that will conduct operations from Long Beach Airport (LGB) over several days. Between four and six F/A-18 aircraft will fly into LGB on Thursday morning, May 21, and stay in town until Tuesday morning, May 26. The aircraft will depart each morning …

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The Shannon Jones Team Says,”Thank You” at The Art Theatre Long Beach

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– Thank You Movie Night Scheduled for June 18th, 2015 – Please join us for a free screening of The Princess Bride! Gracias, Merci, Eskerrik Asko, Tack, Arigato, Abnida, and Gamsah, all share the same definition, thank you. The universal expression of thank you is with a nod and a friendly smile. It is also the first phrase at the beginning of every guide book because such a simple expression can bring people together. In today’s crazy busy electronic world, saying thank you sometimes does not get crossed off the do list. The beautifully crafted hand written thank you cards …

Wrigley River Run

Wrigley River Run

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MORE THAN ­­­­1,500 PARTICIPANTS EXPECTED FOR THE LONG BEACH WRIGLEY RIVER RUN 5K, 10K, 15K & KIDS TADPOLE TROT SATURDAY, June 6, 2015 All Proceeds to Benefit At-Risk Youth in Long Beach Long Beach, California, May 19, 2015.  More than ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1,100 adults and hundreds of kids are expected to participate in the 8th Annual Ricky Park Wrigley River Run/Walk 5K, 10K, and 15K, to be held on Saturday, June 6.  The first race will begin at 7:30 am.  The race course is located in Long Beach’s historic Wrigley neighborhood, and portions of the course will follow the Los Angeles River Trail.  …

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Radishes in the Garden

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Radishes  – A Super Food! When you think of super foods you automatically think blueberries, salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, and almonds, but a radish? Yes, radishes indeed act as a diuretic, cleanse the kidneys and liver, curve inflammation, and reduce toxins in the body. Not to mention, a radish has only one calorie. A radish is an edible root vegetable domesticated in Europe in Pre-Roman times. They are a hardy mild-season vegetable. Radishes can produce many crops each season due to the rapid days to maturity. Therefore, they are quick and easy to grow in any garden.   Known in some parts of …

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Rent vs Buy Report

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Should you rent or buy a home? In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 16% in Honolulu (HI), all the way to 55% in Sarasota (FL), and 35% Nationwide! The other interesting findings in the report include: Interest rates have remained low and even though home prices have appreciated around the country (3.9%), they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation (3.7%). “In the past …