The Long Beach Grocery Coop

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As a Long Beach resident, you may have heard of the Long Beach Grocery Coop (LBGC). The Long Beach Grocery Coop was started several years ago by Damon Lawrence and is the first of its kind within our city. What started out as an idea from a trip to Oregon has grown into something bigger within the community. So big …

Best Apps to Help You Save Money for Your Dream Home

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Do you have your sites set on purchasing your dream home in 2019, but need to save up more money to help get you there? Here are some of our favorite money-saving apps that can help get you into a new home for the new year. Mint Now you can manage all of your finances in one convenient location. It …

The Ins and Outs of VA Loans

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It is not only important to remember our Veterans but to support them. If you served our country, then you might qualify for a particular type of home loan know as a VA Loan, or Veterans Administration loan. This type of financing comes with significant financial benefits, and the requirements to secure a VA loan are often not as restrictive …

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October 2018 Long Beach Real Estate Market Update

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Although the most recent statistics for home sales in Long Beach show that prices are continuing to rise, there are also some signs that the Long Beach real estate market is cooling down a bit. Consider the following: The average time on the market reported for homes that sold last month, September 2018 was 33 days, up 17.9% from the …

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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 …


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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Steps of Buying a Home: Step 5 is Putting in a Winning Offer

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Putting in an offer on a house is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. At this stage, you should have been pre-approved for a loan, researched neighborhoods, created your wishlist, chosen your Realtor, and compared different houses on the market. You’ve found the perfect home and are ready to purchase. In order to beat out any …

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Buying a Home: Step 4 is to Compare Homes

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Starting to compare homes is Step 4 of the home buying process. By now, you should have gotten pre-approved for a loan, looked at neighborhoods, created your wishlist, and chosen your Realtor. You know what you are looking for and what you can afford, but with so many choices, how do you know which house is the right one? These …


Buying a Home: Step 3 is Finding a Realtor and Having a Buyers’ Consultation

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Choosing a Realtor, and having a consultation with them is a crucial step in finding your future home. It is Step 3 of the home buying process, so by this point, you may have gotten pre-approved, scoped out potential neighborhoods, and created your wishlist. (If not, a good Realtor can help you with those steps.) Even if you have a good …