Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • 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 ...