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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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90815 Market Update: September 2016

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90815 Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90815 Areas of Long Beach, CA Including the Neighborhoods of Los Altos, Park Estates, La Marina Estates, and other 90815 Areas of Long Beach The median home price in 90815 sat at $650,000 last month, showing a slight decline after a fairly steady spring and early summer. The price value peaked at $720,000 in February 2016, but in comparison to the same time last year, August’s values showed a 6.1% growth. Despite the occasional drop, property in this area continues to appreciate in value. The number of new listings available in …

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90814 Market Update: September 2016

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Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90814 Areas of Long Beach, CA 90814 Market Update Includes the Neighborhoods of Carroll Park, Bluff Heights, Rose Park South, and Other 90814 Neighborhoods of Long Beach The median single family home price in 90814 has increased substantially in the last three years but continues to see-saw with rises and falls in the market. August saw growth after July’s brief decline, and the average price sat at $827,500. This is a 15.7% increase from the year prior. Historically, these prices saw another rise around November of 2015, so it will be interesting to …

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90808 Market Update: September 2016

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90808 Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90808 Areas of Long Beach, CA 90808 Market Update Includes the Neighborhoods of Carson Park, Plaza, Lakewood Village, and Old Lakewood City The median home price in 90808 is at one of it’s highest points right now, dropping to $585,000 in August of 2016. In comparison to $575,000 as the average in August 2015, there has been a 1.7% growth in value from year to year. While the end of 2015 and the earlier half of 2016 was a little rough for original asking prices, August 2016 showed that the median …

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90807 Market Update: September 2016

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90807 Market Update: Real Estate Statistics and Information for the 90807 Areas of Long Beach, CA Including the Neighborhoods of California Heights, Bixby Knolls, Bixby Terrace, and Virginia Country Club In August, the median single family home price in 90807 was $602,500, which is a 3.7% growth from August 2015. If the area value continues to follow the growth pattern of the last three years, value may rise again in the coming months. While pricing has been volatile over the last few years, 2016 has been fairly balanced in comparison to years prior. The number of days that listings stay on …

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90804 Market Update: September 2016

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September 2016 Real Estate Market Update for the 90804 Area of Long Beach Including the neighborhoods of Rose Park and Traffic Circle Area The median home price in 90804 took a little dip from July  to August, with the average single family home costing $518,000. This is also a 9.9% decrease from the year following in August 2015. Housing in this area still remains strongly desirable in Long Beach, with great walkability and local resources, so if you’ve been eyeing this area as a buyer, it’s a good time to check out what’s available. The general trend for 90804 overall is …

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90806 Market Update: September 2016

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September 2016 Real Estate Market Update for the 90806 Area of Long Beach Including the neighborhood of Wrigley and the Surrounding Areas of 90806 Home prices continue to rise in 90806 as a trend, but August 2016 itself saw a dip downwards.  As of August 2016, the median price was $446,250, which is slightly lower than last year around the same time. Interestingly, we historically see a rise in value following September in 2015 over the course of the fall, and with such low inventory we can expect something similar might happen again. The number of closed sales in 90806 has increased substantially since …