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How To Get An Offer Accepted

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Stacking the Cards In Your Favor: How to Win When There Are Multiple Offers – Multiple offers are back in spades in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and surrounding communities. As inventory has declined and demand has soared, multiple offers have become more and more common. Recently almost every buyer we’ve written an offer with has run into a multiple counter offer situation. And even homes that have been sitting for months are suddenly generating multiple offers. So what can a buyer do to get an offer accepted when there are multiple offers? 1. Become familiar with comparable sales and expect to …

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We Need You(r House)!

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Housing Inventory Low – The housing inventory in Long Beach CA and surrounding areas is extremely low right now, making this a strong seller’s market and an ideal time to place a home on the market. Though the real estate market has improved, the one thing holding it back from a full recovery is a robust supply of homes for sale. Continued low interest rates have helped to increase demand dramatically, yet inventory has continued to decline, particularly at entry level price ranges. Take a look, for example at the difference in inventory of Long Beach homes for sale when you …

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Earth Day 2015

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Earth Day 2015 Each year, Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd as a time to focus on our environment. Over the next couple weeks in Long Beach, there are several events scheduled to commemorate Earth Day 2015. Earth Day “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” and Pajama Contest Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Avenue, Long Beach CA. Join Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team for a 30-minute Beach Cleanup in Belmont Shore on the 3rd Saturday of every month. This weekend, there will also be a pajama party and sleepwear contests for Earth Day weekend.  Roll out of bed and arrive …

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Grow Your Own Vegetables

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There Are Lots of Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables Cultivating a back yard vegetable garden is a great spring and summer project. There are many reasons the USDA encourages home gardens and many reasons why 43 million American households (including the White House!) are now growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Price One of the most obvious reasons to grown your own produce is the potential cost savings. Seriously, have you bought fresh herbs lately? A pack of herbs from the grocery store can cost between $3 and $6 for a small bunch or pack, which may take …

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Keep Your Home California Expands Help

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Keep Your Home California Expands Criteria of Programs To Help Homeowners Attain Affordable Mortgage Payments SACRAMENTO – Keep Your Home California announced today changes to help more low and moderate income homeowners, who are struggling with their monthly mortgage payments, remain in their homes as part of the free mortgage-assistance program. The changes will assist homeowners who have suffered a financial hardship attain an affordable monthly mortgage payment and provide them with an opportunity to solve their mortgage troubles, before they fall behind on their payments. For homeowners who have already fallen behind on their monthly payments, Keep Your Home …

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Long Beach Video Awards

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The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (LBCVB) celebrated the winners of its Beach with Benefits Video Contest recently with its inaugural Sandy Awards Hollywood-style last week at the Terrace Theater. “It felt just like we were at a Hollywood premiere with a red carpet and everything,” said Jessica, a woman in my office whose father was one of the contest’s 35 entrants. “They had food and drinks and we felt really like we were celebrities.” The contest was announced in December and filmmakers were asked to create a video anywhere from 15 seconds to 180 seconds showcasing their favorite …

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Should You Install Solar Panels If You’re Selling Your Home?

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With solar energy becoming more popular and pitches for panels everywhere you look, you may be wondering whether you should install solar panels if you’re selling your home. Will the panels make your home more appealing to buyers and will they add value? The answer is that solar panels aren’t necessarily a selling point, and depending on whether you lease or purchase the panels, they may actually be a sticking point when it comes to selling your house. In fact, if you enter a solar lease with the wrong terms, the panels could end up costing you money rather than saving you money. …

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Southern California Plant Sales – Spring 2015

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If you’re planning a garden and looking for plants with more variety than you’ll find at your local home improvement store, you may want to shop at one of the great Southern California plant sales slated for spring 2015. Here are some great resources for events for you and your family in Long Beach and surrounding communities in Southern California: Herb Festival, Plant Sale, and Tomatomania – March 14-15 from 9 am – 4. pm – San Diego Botanic Garden  The Spring Garden Festival and Tomatomania will feature a variety of herbs, spring plants, bromeliads, garden art and implements, and of course …

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Making the Most of Your Day: 5 Tips for Increased Productivity

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Day: 5 Tips on How to Increase Productivity. Modern work-loads can be quite overwhelming. Working long hours supplemented by large amounts of caffeinated beverages is a combination that can make computer screens melt the back of our brains.  We can overwhelm ourselves with the illusion of multi-tasking. Our energy use doesn’t have to be so demanding, especially when we have a system to focus on tasks to maximize our short amount of time. “If You Fail to Plan, You’re Planning to Fail!” The guy on the 100 dollar bill had it right. …