Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you've lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street to the young co...

  • Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    So, you're thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and look...

  • Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Even if you love your home and have not thought about buying a second one, you may reconsider after learning about the tax breaks available to those who own a second home. Many politicians and celebrities use their ownership of several homes to ease ...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

    BY Eileen Rivera

    In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one thing the...

  • Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are for...

  • Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

    BY Eileen Rivera

    The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand. Becoming a landlord ...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

    BY Eileen Rivera

    In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home's valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to confuse them when considering buyi...

  • What Homeownership Can Mean for You

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you've never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let's face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don't worry about insurance against natural disasters, sav...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online li...

  • How to Survive Transition

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home is tricky, to say the least. Rarely does it work out that you move directly from one home to another on a perfect schedule. During the tra...