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Spring Into Summer

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Drive around Long Beach and you’ll see that despite our drought, everything is in bloom. Roses are showing off profuse blooms and jacarandas are dropping purple petals indiscriminately. It’s the perfect time for a garden party or an event to celebrate Mother Earth. Here’s some upcoming events that celebrate the earth, gardening, and our great spring weather: Green Prize Festival While not exactly a garden party, this certainly is a celebration of the earth. This one-day festival slated for Saturday, April 25th from 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park 401 Golden Avenue, will celebrate urban farmers, green technology, …

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Luxury Homes in Long Beach

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Did you know that there are luxury homes in Long Beach that would rival some of those found on  “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?” Recently I had a client tell me that he’d discovered many of Long Beach’s toniest neighborhoods by accident. Park Estates, Virginia Country Club, Naples and even the Peninsula are tucked away and feature a number of beautiful, luxurious estates. And of course Bluff Park is home to many gorgeous custom  homes. Currently, the most expensive home listed for sale in Long Beach is in Park Estates, a prestigious neighborhood tucked between Cal State University Long Beach and …

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Home Sales Skyrocketing!

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Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The numbers shocked many analysts as they revealed a 10.4% increase over the same month last year. This is the highest number of sales since September 2013. Sales have increased year-over-year for six consecutive months and the 10.4% increase is the highest annual increase since August 2013. March’s sales increase was the largest monthly increase since December 2010. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, explained: After a quiet start to the year, sales activity picked up greatly throughout the country in March. The combination of low interest rates …

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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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House Flipping Returns

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Although it never truly went away, house flipping slowed along with the decline in foreclosures and short sales.  And now it’s back. Recently, we’ve seen a number of flipped homes hitting the market in Long Beach CA– and heard from a number of investors who want to get into the market and acquire properties in Long Beach, Lakewood, and surrounding communities. Auction.com’s First Quarter 2015 Real Investor Activity Report says this is a trend that started last year and is building momentum across the country. Read more: Where the House Flippers Are: 10 Markets Investors lately are showing more interest in purchasing …

Home Staging Tips

Home Staging Tips

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Home Staging Tips for A Fast Sale If you’re planning to put your home on the market this spring or summer, you probably would like to sell it as quickly as possible and get as much money as possible. Most homeowners want that — but not everyone achieves that goal. We know that staged homes sell faster, and often for more money. Here’s some home staging tips that will help put you on the fast track for a fast sale: 1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with good reason. Many people will drive by a home …

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Buying a Fixer-Upper House

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Buying a Fixer-Upper House: How To Assess The Real Cost   When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix.  If you’re trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house, follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you Decide what you can do yourself. TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In the real world, attempting a difficult remodeling job that you don’t know how to do will …

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Long Beach Real Estate Market Update

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The Long Beach real estate market is heating up! The median price for a single family home in Long Beach rose to $525,000 in March, up a little more than 5% above February’s median price of $497,000 and nearly 11% higher than the March 2014 median home sales price of $474,000. Meanwhile, the volume of home sales in March 2015 was up 47% over February 2015 and inventory of homes for sale continued to decline. The inventory of homes for sale in Long Beach as of the end of March was at a 2.1 month supply, the lowest level since …

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IRS Tax Tips for Home Sellers

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Ten Tax Tips from the IRS for Home Sellers Yes, the deadline is upon us. If you haven’t filed yet and you sold your home last year — or if you’re planning ahead for when you do sell it, here are 10 tax tips for home sellers direct from the IRS. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home (also known as primary residence), you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. In general, you are eligible to exclude the gain from income if you have owned and used your home …

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The Future of Smart Homes

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  The Future of Smart Homes The concept of the “house of the future” has been in our culture since the 1950s yet the future of smart homes is already here in some ways, just  not necessarily the way we envisioned it. Popular Mechanics magazine featured illustrations of “Jetsonesque” homes that sparked the imaginations of generations for over half a century.  Westinghouse advertised “the Total Electric Home” that would allow the magic of electricity to provide every comfort and efficiency to enhance the daily happiness of your family.  In 1956, MIT researchers held research on plastic homes for easy cleaning. Improvements in technology and systems …