Local Open House List: Long Beach, Lakewood & Signal Hill

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The inventory of available houses for sale remains tight so seeing homes quickly when they come on the market is critical for would-be buyers. One way to conveniently do so if you’re getting started is by visiting open houses and spring is the perfect time to do just that. We’ve put together a list of all the upcoming open houses in …

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Where To See Holiday Lights In Long Beach

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The end of the holiday season is rapidly approaching and time is running out to plan your annual holiday lights tours with family and friends. We’ve got your back. Long Beach is home to neighborhoods that go over the top with their holiday decorating. Here’s a list of our favorite light displays. Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Located in the …

Holiday Gifts for the Home

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They say home is where the heart is, so when you’re buying gifts, a home-related present is a good choice. Whether you’re looking for something practical, beautiful,  or quirky, there are items for every style and budget. Here are a few of our favorites. Picture Frame With everyone collecting photos on their phone, social media, and other digital options, an actual …

Wrigley, Long Beach’s Hidden Gem

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Wrigley is a hidden gem that is well-known for both its name and its tradition as a well-established historic neighborhood. As one of the earliest developments of Long Beach, this neighborhood has seen a lot of change but remains largely untouched by time. Tidy streets lined with palm trees and carefully tended lawns give this area the nostalgic feeling of …

Annual Morning with Santa Planned

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Shannon Jones Team Partners with Keir Jones for Annual Morning with Santa Event We hope you can join us for one of our most popular events of the year – Morning with Santa! Keir Jones, a successful local State Farm agent, and The Shannon Jones Team with Keller Williams Coastal Properties are excited to partner together again in sponsoring this …

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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 …

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How to Stay on Budget While Remodeling

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It seems like an unwritten rule: whenever you start a remodeling project, it will always go over budget. But that doesn’t have to be the reality. With smart planning and strict discipline, you can complete a successful remodel without breaking the bank. Here’s how to do it. Start with a Realistic Ballpark Figure Figuring out how much you have to …

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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 …

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Real Estate Tax Deductions for 2018

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As a homeowner or soon-to-be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient upgrades, while others are more stable, like being able to deduct mortgage interest. The tax bill that will be in force in the up and coming tax season, the …