Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Apple Watch and other Smart New Home Products

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Not just relegated to the workspace or entertainment, home technology products focus on every room in your house. Check out these smart-home products geared to make your life easier: Apple Watch useful apps for home In addition to your social m...

  • How to Make Your Living Room Flow

    BY Eileen Rivera

    One of the first decisions you make in your new house is where to place your furniture. In the living areas, furniture placement can make or break your home's "flow" or ease of movement. A sofa placed just two feet one way or the other, a side table ...

  • Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 incom...

  • Downsize to Upgrade

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space...

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you're new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especi...

  • Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

    BY Eileen Rivera

    The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect the Hue In other ...

  • How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    It's not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use "soft" bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens? With the phase-out of the traditional incan...

  • Choosing Paint by Light Direction

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the...

  • Design Trends in New Homes

    BY Eileen Rivera

    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...

  • Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You know that you need to move, and the market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you get ready to sell without entirely disrupting your life?...