Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • How to Sell for Full Price

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Often, homeowners try to "test the market" with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting "too high a price" will be too high ...

  • Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. Even a vase of flowers or a spray of baby’s breath in a vase on the master...

  • Downsizing Your Home – Moving To a Condo

    BY Eileen Rivera

    A condominium can be a great choice if you are considering downsizing your home. There are special rules that apply to condos, though, so be sure you know exactly what they are before you buy your home. Pay Attention to the Details in Your Home Sear...

  • Maintain the Plumbing in Your Home Before Guests Arrive

    BY Eileen Rivera

    There are many great things about owning your home, but dealing with plumbing problems is not one of them, especially as holidays approach. The good news is that there are several simple and inexpensive steps you can take to keep plumbing problems ...

  • Should You Buy a Second Home?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Having a second home in a favorite vacation spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if it's right for you? Make it ...

  • Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you're considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers communicate, share ...

  • Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Home?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you've been trying to decide how to finally own your home, buying a condo can be a good first step out of renting and into home ownership. There’s good news about condos right now, too. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the ...