Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Now that the wrapping is ripped off all of the gifts and the tree is looking a little bedraggled, it's time to take a look at your end of the year financial picture. Congress recently passed a bill extending a collection of tax breaks. While many of ...

  • 8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You're finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative tips to boost your savin...

  • Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When searching for a home on a budget, you'll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it's on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial...

  • Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people's minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won't sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist them. Unfortunately, no...

  • 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 ...