Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

    BY Eileen Rivera

    When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps to take to make sure you ar...

  • Hosting a Moving Sale

    BY Eileen Rivera

    You know you do not want to take all of your old stuff to your new place. Chances are, you are planning to host a sale. Garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, rummage sale … no matter what you call it, here are some things to remember to make your sa...

  • Is Your House the Right Investment to Fund Retirement?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    For many people, your home is your largest asset. Like your parents, and grandparents before them, you expect your home—in some way—to fund your retirement. For some of you, that means selling the home near retirement and using the funds to purch...

  • Should I Sell As-Is?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    As one of the most difficult decisions in real estate marketing, the idea of selling "as-is" (without making any repairs, renovations, or upgrades) appeals to homeowners needing to sell quickly or that are cash strapped. Can you do it? Yes. Sho...

  • Expand Your Space with a Garage Makeover

    BY Eileen Rivera

    For most of us, the garage is simply a place to park the car, store suitcases and holiday decorations, or stow those miscellaneous tools we need now and again. With a little careful planning, however, your garage can become a fantastic workspace, pla...

  • Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Okay, so it's not the Titanic. It's your new house and you can't seem to make your older furniture fit. Buying new furniture is out of the questions, so how do you make your round pegs fit into those square holes? Make a plan Literally … make...

  • Creating Summer Buyer Attraction

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Summer is a great time to invest in outdoor upgrades and indoor options that make your home appealing to buyers. After months indoors, homebuyers respond quickly to outdoor amenities when scoping out homes to buy. Creating outdoor living areas and hi...