Condos Versus Houses

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Sometimes people begin the home buying process already knowing whether they’d like a condominium or a house, and other times, they’re unsure. While some people feel that houses are a better investment than condos, that isn’t always the case. And there are trade-offs, regardless of which type of home you choose. The key to knowing whether to buy a condo and house is simple: identify the features and benefits of each that you like, and determine which is a better fit. Space Condos Condos are similar in some ways to apartments. Usually built in a series of connected units, condos can …

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Planning a Move Abroad

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Your Primer for Post-Election Emigrating from the US When it started to really look like Donald Trump might be moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, the number of web searches for phrases like “Canada immigration” or “how to move to Canada?” skyrocketed. So much so that Canada’s immigration website crashed. It’s up and running again and many of those who crashed the website have given up on the idea of fleeing the country. Yet if you’re still considering moving abroad, here’s what you should know.   The move itself is usually the most intimidating step when it comes to emigrating to a …


Shop Small in Long Beach

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Move Over Black Friday, Long Beach Loves Small Business Saturday Tightly wedged between the door-busting deals of Black Friday and the internet insanity of Cyber Monday is the most feel good shopping event of the year — Small Business Saturday. And Long Beach does it better than anywhere else. Turns out, you can support local businesses and meet all your holiday shopping needs without fighting the crowds or encountering technical difficulties. The following neighborhoods offer several opportunities to meet, stroll, shop and eat this Thanksgiving weekend. 4th Street Retro Row Every day is Throwback Thursday at Retro Row. Whether you’re …

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Real Estate Market Update – November 2016

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A Look at the Local and California Real Estate Market Statewide and locally, October’s real estate market showed healthy increases in median prices. Inventory remains extremely low, both statewide and in our local market. Statewide, the median price remained above the $500,000 mark for the seventh straight month, with little signs of slowing down. The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California was up 1.2% in October to $513,520 from $507,260 in September. Since 2010, home price statewide have typically declined between September and October. The monthly price gain is an indication that demand remains unseasonably strong. …

1818 E 8th Street Long Beach

New Listing and Price Adjustments

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New Spanish Style Listing Our newest listing, 1818 E 8th Street in Long Beach, will be open Saturday, November 19th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Situated between the Rose Park and East Village areas, this charming Spanish style home is about a mile to the beach and convenient to the shops and restaurants of 4th Street Retro Row. With fresh paint inside and out, beautiful new landscaping, and a remodeled kitchen with quartz counters and crisp white cabinets, it is move-in ready. It’s loaded with vintage details like coved tray ceilings, a fabulous arch between the living and dining …

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Multigenerational Living Makes A Comeback

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From Empty Nest to Full House .. Multigenerational family living is back! Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, the number of multigenerational homes dropped to as low as 12% in 1980 but has shot back up to 19%, roughly 60.6 million people, as recently as 2014. Multigenerational households typically occur when adult children (over the age of 25) either choose to, or need to, remain living in their parent’s home, and then …

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Take A Ride On the Metro Blue Line

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The Los Angeles County Metro is one of the greatest developments in Southern California. Connecting the wide array of cities across the region, the Metro has the unique ability to help commuters, visitors, and eco-conscious citizens alike. The overwhelming approval of Measure M this last Tuesday approves a massive expansion of Metro lines. More people are becoming curious about this transit system and what is can connect them to and are embracing a vision for the region that includes expanded public transit. Long Beach is the terminus of the Blue Line, running down into the downtown area and adding an easy …

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Two New Listings & An Upcoming Event

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The Shannon Jones Team is excited about two new listings this week — a traditional home in Lakewood Village and a duplex in Riverside — as well as an upcoming event — a Morning with Santa. Read on for more details. 4427 Montair Avenue, Long Beach The first listing, 4427 Montair Avenue, is a great opportunity in Lakewood Village. This clean, original home sits on a huge lot in a great neighborhood with blue-ribbon skills and is ready for remodeling or adding on. At $549,000, it won’t last long so stop by and see it this weekend, Saturday or Sunday, November …

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Biking in Long Beach

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Biking has become more than a hobbyist activity for many in Long Beach. While parts of Southern California have been slow to adopt biking in the city streets, Long Beach has embraced it and will do so again this weekend with the Beach Streets event in Midtown. Events like this combined with decades of incorporating bikes into the daily infrastructurehave helped make Long Beach one of the best cities in America for biking. Beach Streets This coming weekend bicyclists will be hitting the streets during the city’s Beach Streets event, an amazing opportunity for the community that occurs a couple times …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, and how to prepare for it. Home Inspection Versus Appraisal A home inspection is sometimes confused with a home appraisal, but the overall purpose is different. The home inspector focuses on the structure of the home, its systems and components. This …