2914 Sandwood St.

Open House at 2914 Sandwood, Lakewood

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*Sat. & Sun, March 25th & 26th, 1 to 4 p.m. * Don’t miss the premiere open house for this lovely Lakewood home because it won’t last long! It’s full of charm and move-in ready. Gleaming hardwood floors and crown molding add elegance to the living and dining areas, while the kitchen features gorgeous travertine tile floors, plentiful cabinets, granite counters, a farmhouse sink and stainless steel appliances. The carpeted family room is light and bright and has a slider to the back yard. The spacious master bedroom has an en suite bath and large closet. The two additional bedrooms have hardwood …

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Goodbye Tub, Hello Shower

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Many Homeowners Are Ditching Their Bathtubs In Favor of Showers While the idea of taking a leisurely, luxurious bath may be appealing to many people, the reality is that most Americans shower rather than bathe. And while over-sized whirlpool tubs were once a staple of master bathroom remodels, many people are ditching them in favor of big, beautiful showers. The trend is a victory for environmentalists. A shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water typically, whereas a bath takes up to 70 gallons, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Showers also typically take less time than baths as …

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Creating A Pet-Friendly Home

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Your home is your castle, but if you’ve got pets, it’s also their castle and you want to make sure your pets are comfortable and safe. Whether you’re thinking of selling your home or planning on staying put, there are a number of things you can do to create a pet-friendly home. In 2016, 61% of U.S. households owned a pet or planned to own one in the future and there are many features both in the home and surrounding community that pet owners value. As you’re working to make a more pet-friendly home, you may want to consider the …

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March Real Estate Market Update

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The start of the year ushered in a wave of good news about a hot stock market, higher wages and an active home sales environment. At the same time, housing prices have continued to rise, and the low inventory situation and affordability crunch has been particularly hard on first-time buyers struggling to get into the market. Nevertheless, buyer activity is easily outpacing seller activity in much of the country, culminating in relatively quick sales and low supply. Demand has remained strong so far this year. Unemployment has reached pre-recession levels, and Americans remain optimistic about finding quality employment. This matters …

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3 Homeowner Tax Breaks That Ended in 2016

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Make Sure You Take These Homeowner Tax Breaks for 2016 If You Can… They May Not Come Back Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but many tax breaks have a life span of only one year. Technically, a lot of those tax credits and deductions expired on Dec. 31, 2016—which means that if you’re a homeowner, you might want to lock in whatever home-related tax benefits you can when you file last year’s return.Granted, it’s certainly possible these tax benefits could be renewed for 2017, as they have been in past years. But with a new president in office and plenty …

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Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle in March

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If the sight of the mercury creeping upward fills you with spring fever, we’re with you. We, too, are restless for the warmer, longer days that are just around the corner. But before you can kick back on a balmy evening with a crisp glass of rosé or a cool IPA, you’ve got to get your home in shape.The month of March—when temps are beginning to rise but before those April showers—is the ideal time to get down and dirty with those maintenance projects. So where do you start dusting off winter’s residue? We’ve got a handy checklist of home …

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Mortgage Rates Impact on 2017 Home Values

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There is no doubt that historically low mortgage interest rates were a major impetus to housing recovery over the last several years. However, many industry experts are showing concern about the possible effect that the rising rates will have moving forward. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are all projecting that mortgage interest rates will move upward in 2017. Increasing interest rates will definitely impact purchasers and may stifle demand. In a recent study of industry experts, “rising mortgage interest rates, and their impact on mortgage affordability” was named by 56% as …

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Spring Shaping Up to Be a Strong Seller’s Market

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Real Estate Market Road Signs Point to A Seller’s Market Homes sales were strong in Long Beach in January, with the median price of a single family home at $580,000, up 12.3% from January 2016. Total closed sides of single family homes in Long Beach were at 257 for the month, down 9.5% from January 2016. However, this may be in part a reflection of the extremely low inventory in the area. As of January 2017, there was just a 1.7 month supply of homes for sale, down 26.1% from the previous January. The low inventory combined with high demand …

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Drawbacks of Home Equity Loans

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When you need a quick source of funds, a home equity loan can be tempting. Done wisely, you can use the lower-interest debt secured by your house to pay off debts with high interest rates, like credit cards. It’s also a good choice if you know exactly how much you need to borrow for a big expenditure like a new kitchen.Home equity loans aren’t always the best choice for accessing cash. The best use for home equity is to buy things that will contribute to your home’s value, like a needed remodel, or your family’s future income, like a college …

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Refreshing Your Yard

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While Southern California doesn’t experience severe winters, this is a great time of year for refreshing y our yard. With generally mild weather, February and March make for a great time to make some changes. Give yourself an afternoon for these little yard pick-me-ups, and enjoy well into the summer. The added benefit of the curb appeal is just icing on the cake. Give the Entry Some Love The front entrance is one of the first things guest see. It’s also one of the easiest things to brighten up, needing little more than some color, a personal touch, and maybe a …