Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Holiday Decoration Safety

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with li...

  • The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You've invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home c...

  • Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

    BY Eileen Rivera

    To have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than favorable times to have ...

  • Moving During Holiday Season

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother. Plan ahead I...

  • What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to thei...

  • Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    To help you through your retirement, you took out a reverse mortgage on your family home. Now, several years into your retirement, your son wants you to sell his childhood home so you can move to a warmer climate. Can you sell your home? Reverse m...

  • Black Friday Home Sales

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As we prepare to enter the holiday shopping season, home sellers may think it is too late to sell their home this year. You may have heard that homes sell better in the spring, so you might be tempted to take your home off the market until after the ...

  • Elections Affect Homeowners

    BY Eileen Rivera

    One of the very first discussions the Founding Fathers had was about how to balance the rights of all individuals with the rights of those who owned property. They knew that if only property owners could vote, the rights of individuals and minorities...

  • Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    While your home is on the market, and you find your dream home (or at least the perfect "next" home), it is tempting to place an offer on the new place to hold it until your home sells. Unless you own the house you are selling free and clear, or can ...

  • Preparing Your Home for Winter

    BY Eileen Rivera

    November has snuck up on us and that means winter weather is on its way. Now is the time to get the jump on cold weather and winterize your home. Whether you are selling your home or you are a new homeowner, it is a good idea to keep these things in ...