Long Beach Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • 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...