Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to "What can I do to increase my home's value or get a better selling price?"...

  • Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you've always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovatio...

  • Planning a Fall Open House

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Your home is newly on the market and you want to have an open house, but you don't know how to show it best in the shorter autumn days. As the weather turns toward fall and winter, consider these ideas for making your open house bright, warm and welc...

  • 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...