Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Growing an Indoor Garden

    BY Eileen Rivera

    With several more weeks of winter to go, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year round. You...

  • What is Live-Work Space?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable t...

  • Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you've lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year's resolution to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, you...

  • Should You Put Your Home on the Market Before or After the Super Bowl?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As strange as it may seem to football fans, a majority of homeowners do not arrange their schedule around the Super Bowl. That being said, the Super Bowl typically signals the end of the Holiday season and New Year's slump, so putting your home on th...

  • What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    The cost-of-living index measures the relative cost to live in a certain region. There are several theories about how to arrive at the cost-of-living index, but in general it measures the differences in the cost for goods or services required for day...

  • 2015 Programs for Home Buyers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations ...

  • Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Now that the wrapping is ripped off all of the gifts and the tree is looking a little bedraggled, it's time to take a look at your end of the year financial picture. Congress recently passed a bill extending a collection of tax breaks. While many of ...

  • 8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You're finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative tips to boost your savin...

  • Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When searching for a home on a budget, you'll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it's on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial...

  • Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people's minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won't sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist them. Unfortunately, no...