Día de los Muertos, MOLAA

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at MOLAA

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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead as it as also known here in the US, is a beautiful and sacred Latino tradition dating back thousands of years. This year, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) here in Long Beach is hosting several days worth of celebrations. Those in Long Beach and the surrounding areas are welcome …

Long Beach Open Studio Tour Opens October 13th

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October is Arts Month is Long Beach, and one of the best ways you can get out and celebrate our local artists is to attend the Long Beach Open Studio Tour. The Shannon Jones Team is proud to be a sponsor for this self-guided tour, and we are especially excited because this year the tour is extending over three weekends …

2nd Street & PCH Project Update

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Now that the SeaPort Marina Hotel is no longer standing, the corner of 2nd Street and PCH has taken on a new life. With the help of CenterCal Properties, a commercial developer from El Segundo, visible structures plot the footsteps of the future 220,000 square-foot shopping center. With Whole Foods as the 45,000 square foot anchor, the retail development will …

Facts and Fiction about Flood Insurance

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The world of insurance is overwhelming. You know that you have to have auto insurance to drive a car and homeowners insurance to secure a home loan. Both health and life insurance are helpful. However, how many times do you ask, “Do I need flood insurance?”   Let’s start with the first fact homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage …

Take a Tour of POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018

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One of the many wonderful things about living in Long Beach is all the high-quality street art that is constantly popping up around the city. One of the reasons for this is the POW! WOW! art festival that heads our way every summer. POW! WOW! is a worldwide series of street art events that started in 2010. Cities that have …

Fall 2018 Real Estate Market Update

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Is The Real Estate Market Finally Getting Back to Normal? The housing market has been anything but normal for the last eleven years. In a normal real estate market, home prices appreciate 3.7% annually. Below, however, are the price swings since 2007 according to the latest Home Price Expectation Survey: After the bubble burst in June 2007, values depreciated 6.1% annually until February …


Long Beach Breakwater Update

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in collaboration with the city has developed a six option plan to restore and improve the ecosystem along the Long Beach coastline. While local surfers would like to see the  2.2-mile breakwater completely removed, city officials on Monday said removing the entire wall “would not be feasible.” However, two of the plans would include removing parts of …


Buying a Home: Step 6 is What to Expect When in Escrow

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Opening escrow is the final stage of buying a home. Up to this point, you have gotten pre-approved for you loan, scoped out neighborhoods, created a wishlist, chosen your Realtor, compared different homes, and put in an offer.  The sellers either accepted your offer, or issued a counter offer, which you accepted. So at this stage, your offer has been …

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Paint Colors That Sell – And Ones That Don’t

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When planning to sell your home, paint colors play a bigger part than you may realize. Colors affect moods, feelings, and impressions of a space as well as the people in that space. To appeal to the most amount of buyers, you need to plan your color choices with this in mind. Pay attention to the interior and exterior colors …

How to Find Your Dream Neighborhood in Long Beach

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There is so much to take into consideration when you’re on the house hunt. One of the most important is your neighborhood. Remember, you are probably planning on being here for a long time to come, so choosing a neighborhood that compliments your personality is very important. From Bixby Knolls to Belmont Heights, Wrigley, and Rose Park (and all the …