Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • First Things First … Choosing Your New Neighborhood

    BY Eileen Rivera

    With all of the tools available online and off for finding your new home, you can spend lots of time thinking about the type of house you want, planning how many bedrooms, what type of flooring, what appliances come with the kitchen, and if it has a ...

  • Cleaning to Sell

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When getting your home ready to sell, spending some elbow grease cleaning can save you some money and make your home more attractive to buyers. Here are a few of the items to try. Cleaning Painted Walls When cleaning painted walls, start with a...

  • Quick Tips for Adding Resale Value

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you're in a hurry to sell, you need top dollar, try some of these tips: Have The Rivera Group evaluate your home. As real estate professionals, we know what sells and what doesn't and we can help you spend your money wisely to get the best r...

  • Ideas for Dry-Scaping

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You've decided to make your new home as ecologically sustainable as possible. You've changed out the toilets for low-flow versions and added insulation, installed bamboo flooring, energy-efficient windows and natural gas appliances. Now, it's time to...

  • DIY Renovation Tips

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you're thinking of buying a fixer-upper for the first time, whether to live in yourself or to flip, doing some of the renovations yourself can be satisfying and economical. You've watched plenty of television shows where novices remodeled a house ...

  • How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)

    BY Eileen Rivera

    The last in our series, preparing for emergencies in your new home means taking extra measure to protect your investment. Surviving a disaster is just the first part. Recovering takes longer and requires more advance planning. Start by designing your...

  • Choose the Right Paint

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Whether you're preparing your home to move in, or preparing it to sell, choosing the right paint from the myriad choices available today can be daunting. Paints come in up to six different finishes, so even if you've chosen the colors, you still have...

  • How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 2)

    BY Eileen Rivera

    In a new home or neighborhood, preparing for emergencies in advance might just save you or your family member's life. In Part 2, we cover the basics for inside your house. Know your home: Learn how to turn off gas, electrical and water lines in...

  • What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

    BY Eileen Rivera

    An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a lower down ...

  • Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Insurance?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You bought your new house, put in new wood floors and just had your custom-made sofa delivered when you find the drainage pipes have backed up. Your in-laws will be here tomorrow, so you call your homeowner's insurance agent only to find out your...