Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. ...

  • New Gadgets for Your Wish List

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As you think about gift-giving this season, don't forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are ...

  • Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care. It is not as...

  • 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 ...