Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Early Spring Landscaping

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Bulbs, tubers, perennials and indigenous plants beautify your home and give year-round enjoyment for decades to come. If you bought your home in the fall or winter, you may not know what is under the snow or mulch, but you can prepare for spring plan...

  • New High-Tech Home Gadgets

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As with The Jetsons cartoon, our imaginations run wild with the idea of modern gadgets to make our homes efficient and automated, and make our lives simpler. For cutting-edge products you can control from your smartphone, check out these contribution...

  • Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    During the gray and cloudy days of winter, a bit of sunshine can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home and yourself. The physical and psychological effects of daylight are well documented. You could leave the drapes and blinds open, ...

  • Minimalist Home-buying

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you're house hunting, it's good to know your "living personality." The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may be looking for something differ...

  • Growing an Indoor Garden

    BY Eileen Rivera

    With several more weeks of winter to go, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year round. You...

  • What is Live-Work Space?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable t...

  • Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you've lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year's resolution to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, you...

  • Should You Put Your Home on the Market Before or After the Super Bowl?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As strange as it may seem to football fans, a majority of homeowners do not arrange their schedule around the Super Bowl. That being said, the Super Bowl typically signals the end of the Holiday season and New Year's slump, so putting your home on th...

  • What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    The cost-of-living index measures the relative cost to live in a certain region. There are several theories about how to arrive at the cost-of-living index, but in general it measures the differences in the cost for goods or services required for day...

  • 2015 Programs for Home Buyers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations ...