Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

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Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer – someone who will be able to tell you how your decisions will impact your …

Helpful Tips When Relocating To Long Beach

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Long Beach Basics Long Beach has been described many times as “a small town in a big city.” It has the perfect blend of suburban, beachside relaxation and bustling urban life. Thinking of relocating to this amazing city? Here is all you need to know. Long Beach is centrally located in Southern California, conveniently between Los Angeles and Orange County. …

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 …

Buying a Beach Home in Long Beach

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Buying a beach home is a dream that many people would love to pursue, but high prices make it out of reach for many. Long Beach, however, remains one of the most affordable beach communities in Southern California. Part of that reason is because we don’t have waves here, thanks to the breakwater.  Let’s explore the ins and outs of buying …

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Using Prop 60 and 90 to Transfer Your Property Tax Base

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We get asked a lot about the ins and outs of Proposition 60 and Proposition 90, two California laws designed to help senior citizens downsize and retain lower property taxes. The laws allow homeowners who are at least 55 years old to transfer their trended base value to a new property as long as the transaction meets certain criteria. This may result in …

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Disaster Preparedness For You And Your Home

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Although it’s always a good idea to be ready for a natural disaster or emergency, the recent tragedies occurring across the country highlight how important disaster preparedness really is. You can’t anticipate the level of destruction that seismic activity, fire or severe weather can bring. But creating a plan to minimize damage to your property and keep your family safe in the …

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Built-in Grill Turns Up Summer Heat

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There’s no better season than summer to up your grilling game with a new barbecue. For some, it’s as simple as a trip to the local hardware store to upgrade to the newest, biggest, baddest barbecue model they can wheel to their truck– easy enough project for the casual user. But then there are those who take their commitment to grilling …

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Memorial Day Remembrance and Recreation

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A Day of Tribute and Tradition Set aside to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service of the United States Military, Memorial Day is a holiday marked by ceremonies of reflection and remembrance. With the rich naval and military history of the greater Long Beach area, you’ll find plenty of local opportunities to commemorate the …

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Ownership: The Cure for Rent Discontent?

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Clients often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but it’s rare for anyone to ask if it’s a good time to rent. While we’d make the argument that the benefits of home ownership almost always outweigh those of renting, current market trends sharply underscore that today is most definitely not a prime time to rent. Runaway …

A Day in the Snow

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Going to The Snow From Long Beach January proved to be record snowfall for California, with white mountains all along Los Angeles County as well as the Sierra Nevadas. Here in Long Beach, the line of the mountains has been a tease from across the clear skies, with the promise of a snow day just within reach. The forecast for …