Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Tips for Home Sellers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Sometimes selling a home can feel like a big job – one with a thousand small tasks required to get it done. But many sellers make the job harder by ignoring or avoiding some of the biggest factors that contribute to a faster sale. Use this list to ...

  • Living Small

    BY Eileen Rivera

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public transportation, ...

  • Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Which is which? Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvant...

  • Greening an Older Home

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance of your purchase, you might just l...

  • Favorite Features from 3 Dream Homes

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Thanks to those visually stunning video tours, the HGTV Dream Homes have become top-of-mind for buyers looking for the latest and greatest in home design. Each year’s home showcases innovation in concept, layout, building materials and design. H...

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When i...

  • How Smart is the Kitchen in Your Home?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Home buyers walk into a house with lots of questions. How much square footage does it have? How many bathrooms are there? Does the backyard have a fence? But soon they may be adding a new question to that list: How smart is the kitchen? With the s...

  • What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

    BY Eileen Rivera

    If you've lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street to the young co...

  • Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

    BY Eileen Rivera

    So, you're thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and look...

  • Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

    BY Eileen Rivera

    Even if you love your home and have not thought about buying a second one, you may reconsider after learning about the tax breaks available to those who own a second home. Many politicians and celebrities use their ownership of several homes to ease ...