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Long Beach Specialty Coffee Goes Beyond Pumpkin

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Specialty coffee is something of a favorite drink in the US, and Starbucks’ rise to fame making iced, blended, flavored, and everything in between coffee drinks just serves as evidence of its popularity. Everyone who has been in a Starbucks has probably at least heard rumors of it: the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Considered the quintessential fall drink, this beverage is hyped from September to Christmas almost every year, with countdowns to when you can buy one for yourself. Specialty coffee can go way beyond seasonal availability, with smaller coffee shops in every town having their fair share of unique …

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What Do You Need to Fix to Sell Your House?

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Getting a home ready to put on the market can feel overwhelming, particularly if you’re comparing your home to the ones you see on house flipping shows. Is it really necessary to do a complete remodel and full-on staging in order to sell? Do you need to upgrade or fix everything? The answer is no, and in fact, some repairs or upgrades might actually cost you more than they would add to your home’s value. The key is to focus on items that will help you sell the home more quickly, net more money, and prevent problems that could cause …

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Long Beach Has a Sweet Tooth

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It turns out that the City of Long Beach isn’t just a great location for the beach, entertainment, and walkability; it also is paradise for those with a sweet tooth. Judging from our ice cream shops, bakeries, and specialty food places, we have to admit that it’s not very surprising. According to the Travel Channel, we eat more ice cream than any other city in the country, and with the options that we have, it would be hard not to. Let’s cover the ways we celebrate our love of sugar here: The Long Beach Sweet Tooth Champion: Ice Cream Let’s start …

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Getting That Fall Feeling in SoCal

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Fall isn’t something we’re known for in Southern California. After all, there’s a reason why they refer to it as endless summer. So while fall officially starts this week and the media, fashion, and family elsewhere are breaking out their autumn best, we’re still sporting sandals and wondering if this is a beach weekend. Neither the weather nor the landscape has changed much. Is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and Autumn Squash soup at Panera really all that we have to work with? Well get your sweaters out and ready your home for autumn leaves, because we’re gonna go through some ways to …

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Long Beach Market Update September 2016

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This Long Beach real estate market update for September 2016 has something positive for buyers and sellers alike. While home prices continued to be strong and inventory remained relatively low in August, closed sales fell in Long Beach. However, the overall numbers indicate that while the weather may be cooling off,  the local real estate market remains hot. There were 192 single family homes sold in August, fewer than the previous month and 4% lower than last August. This falls in line with a reduction of available homes on the market that is typical for late summer and early fall. The median sales …

845 Obispo Avenue

845 Obispo Avenue

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Beautiful Tree-Shaded Bungalow in Rose Park 845 Obispo Ave., Long Beach, CA 90804 Newly Listed! 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1091 Sq. Ft. Lot Size 6755 Sq. Ft. (Per Tax Records) Detached 1-Car Garage and Driveway Step onto the traditional bungalow porch of this Rose Park home at 845 Obispo Avenue, and enjoy the turn-of-the-century details. The living room features high beams with a shiplap ceiling, as well as original wood floors. Across the space, the white kitchen is filled with light from an above skylight. To the side of the living room is a front bedroom that has views of …

2252 Golden Ave.

2252 Golden Avenue

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Vintage Charm with Light-Filled Spaces 2252 Golden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806 Newly Listed! Two Bedroom One Bathroom 1120 Sq. Ft. Lot Size 6473 Sq. Ft. (Per Tax Records) Detached 2-Car Garage This vintage traditional home in Wrigley is filled with charming original features. Entering from the living room, a classic tiled fireplace catches your eye and hardwood floors flow into the dining room, hall, and bedrooms beyond. The formal dining room opens to a sunroom, as well as an eat-in kitchen that’s bathed in natural light and perfect for a cozy morning cup of coffee. The front bedroom includes a bay window and access to the backyard, and the hall bathroom has …

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Solar Benefits and Drawback for Owners

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Solar technology is a fantastic and fast moving industry, and the national desire to switch from traditional energy methods to renewable energy like solar is commendable. Solar energy is among the most hyped subjects for home improvement, with the promise of a completely sustainable and off-the-grid electrical service that will save homeowners money and the environment. That’s a big claim, but is it grounded in reality and will it actually be of benefit to someone wanting to update and sell their home? Like with most things in real estate, the answer is a little bit of yes and no. Yes: …

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What Does One Million Dollars Buy You?

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Hint:  It’s not necessarily a mansion. At one time homes for one million dollars and above were automatically considered “luxury real estate.” You might picture a waterfront mansion with a Jaguar out front in the circular drive. Yet home prices have been on the rise across the country and locally, and recently San Jose, Calif. was in the news when the average home price hit more than one million. Although nationally the median home price was just $240,700 in the second quarter of 2016, that doesn’t buy you much in many parts of California. What does one million dollars really buy you …

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Public Transit Is A Hot Topic

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  While at one point taking the bus might have been a less desirable way to get to work, things change from generation to generation. Being close to a bus stop or train station might be one of the better features in a place to live. We talked about Walkscore last week, and how valuable it is to be close to as many amenities as possible, but this isn’t just limited to restaurants, shops, and schools. The ability to be able to commute comfortably without a car using public transit is just as much of a benefit to younger buyers who …