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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray
Out with the old … beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone … favorite neutrals for the past decade, may give way to more sophisticated gray-based neutrals. So you might ask, isn’t gray just black and white mixed? Well, yes and no. Know Your Under...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?
With many older neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established neighborhood might be perfect for you. ...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers
If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers communicate, shar...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series
Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online li...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Long Beach Real Estate — What Gen Y Looks for in a Home or Condo to Buy…
If you’ve lived in your home or condo for some time, you notice when neighbors around you are changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street or the...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?
Which is which? Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvantage...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Curb Appeal for Long Beach Condo Sellers
It's the first impression that makes your home memorable: Make sure the entry way is clean, clear and clutter free. Relocate bulky furniture that makes the entry seem smaller. Avoid coat racks and umbrella stands that jut out from the wall as well. ...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Greening an Older Home
Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance of your purchase, you might just l...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Design Trends in New Homes
When the housing market rebounded, so did home builders eager to show off their design skills. Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for homes that meet the needs of the more mo...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mortgage Rates and Long Beach Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014
30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher than 2013’s historic lows, the rates will re...

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