Thinking of buying a fixer? Consider a 203(k) loan!

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If you’ve ever dreamed of buying a fixer and making it your own but lacked the money to do the actual fixing, you may wish to consider buying with a 203(k) rehabilitation loan. We come across homes for sale in Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill all the time that need lots of work — short sales, foreclosures, probates and …

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Tips for Living Green at Home

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With so many people wanting to be more environmentally conscious, we thought we’d share a few tips on living a bit greener at home: 1) In Long Beach, where the City Council recently voted to do away with plastic bags at retail establishments, and in other areas as well, plastic bags are going the way of the dinosaur. Simply take reusable …

810 Junipero, Long Beach

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SOLD!  Craftsman bungalow in the Rose Park Historic District has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal living and dining room, plus a huge family room that opens to a deck. The home features hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen and a detached garage.  If you’re looking for a gigantic master bedroom and bathroom, this is your house. All it needs is …

Is It Important to Get Building Permits in Long Beach?

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Frequently, I am asked by Long Beach home buyers and sellers about permits — how important are they? The answer is — very! If you are making additions or improvements that you think the city may require building permits for, then GET THEM! And if you’re not sure, then head to Long Beach City Hall or call the planning and …

3927 Gardenia Ave, Long Beach

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SOLD!  This charming, spacious 2 bedroom home is conveniently located in the Bixby Terrace area of Long Beach.  It features a large living room with a fireplace, and a large formal dining room with direct kitchen access. The eat-in kitchen features tile counters, dishwasher, and a dining area. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans and one has hardwood floors.  The large …

Explore Homes for Sale in the Wrigley Neighborhood

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Long Beach has many hidden gems and one of them is the Wrigley neighborhood. The area features tree-lined streets and homes of various architectural styles at entry-level prices. There are some great examples of Spanish style homes, Tudor homes, Craftsman homes and other bungalows. The Wrigley area gets its name from William Wrigley Jr, the chewing gum magnate, and was one …

Strategic default may not be strategic

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Recently, I’ve heard the term “strategic default” being used more frequently from homeowners in Long Beach, Lakewood and surrounding communities. It shouldn’t be a surprise. With more than 25 percent of homeowners now owing more than what their homes are worth and millions more having a hard time paying the mortgage, it’s becoming more common for homeowners to consider just …

Explore Belmont Heights Homes for Sale!

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If you’re looking for homes in Belmont Heights, there are some great opportunities. Belmont Heights is one of the nicer neighborhoods in Long Beach, CA and there are some beautiful homes. Located in the southeaster portion of Long Beach, Belmont Heights is close to the beach as well as shops and and restaurants along Second Street, Fourth Street and Broadway. …

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5 Tips for Long Beach Short Sale Buyers

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If you are considering buying a short sale home in Long Beach, Lakewood or surrounding communities, here are 5 tips to help you successfully close the sale: 1. Short sales require lots of patience. If you have a tight timetable for moving, you may want to skip short sales. Make sure your agent knows who the lienholders are and what …

Lakewood Village – A neighborhood to explore

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If you’re searching for a neighborhood of custom homes that’s convenient to good schools, shopping and restaurants, you may want to check out Lakewood Village. Lakewood Village, sometimes simply known as “The Village” is a community in the northeast part of Long Beach. It is surrounded on the north, west and east sides by the city of Lakewood. (The boundaries …