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Posted on 03/20/2020
Another Property Sold - 2770 Tulane Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815
Location! Location! Location! This charming home is in the desirable Stratford Square area of Long Beach and hasn’t been on the market since it was purchased new from the builder. Don’t let that fool you! You will note the attention to detail that has gone into in readying this home for sale. The peaceful neighborhood is perfect for a first-time buyer or anyone who does not want to commute far! It’s close to schools, dining and shopping at the Los Altos Gateway, freeways, and more! This 2 Bedroom /1 bathroom home, has 877 sqft of living area; plus approximately 500 sq. ft of permitted bonus space situated on a 6321 sqft lot; check with the...
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Posted on 03/15/2020
Home Staging as a Marketing Tool
Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay Home staging used to be a novelty you watched on the HGTV network. At the end of the program, the hosts would show up with a truckload of furnishings and a bunch of landscaping plants, and presto — a home would be transformed before your eyes. Today, home staging is a thriving bicoastal...
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Posted on 03/08/2020
How To Use Less Water at Home
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay Are you overpaying for water? You could be, if your home is not running as efficiently as it could, or if you have undiagnosed leaks or damage. Cutting your water consumption can help you save money every month, and in many cases, you won't have to change your habits at all. Try one...
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Posted on 03/01/2020
Steps You Can Take to Help Sell Your Home Quickly
Preparing your house for real estate showings can be both exciting and stressful. Since every prospect could be the one buyer you're waiting for, you'll want each showing to go as smoothly as possible! Unfortunately, perfection is a difficult standard to achieve, especially if your home is being shown several times a week! What makes it even more challenging...
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Posted on 02/23/2020
What Should You Do If You Suspect Identity Theft
Photo by Brian A Jackson via Shutterstock Identity theft is an issue that has become more common since the digital age has bristled and bloomed. Many people are victims of phishing scams – an online predator steals your identity by impersonating a respectable institution and takes your sensitive information, financial information being stolen from non-secured sites, hacking or...
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Posted on 02/16/2020
Why There's No Need to Wait to Pursue Your Dream House
If you've always dreamed of owning a house, there is no need to wait to enter the real estate market. In fact, there are many reasons to kick off a house search today, and these include: 1. You can upgrade from your current residence. If you live with family members or friends or rent an apartment, buying a home...
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Posted on 02/09/2020
The Costs and Types of Title Insurance
Photo by Mona Tootoonchinia via Pixabay When you purchase a home, your lender charges you for a title insurance policy. You are also given the option to buy your own title insurance policy. Depending on your agreement with the seller, the seller might purchase the buyer’s title insurance policy. Before a seller can sell his or her property,...
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Posted on 02/02/2020
Closing: 4 Expenses To Consider
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing event. While you likely know that you'll need to be able to afford to pay your mortgage each month, there might be other expenses that you aren't as familiar with. 1. Maintenance Costs It makes sense that you'd need to include money to...
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Posted on 01/26/2020
Hardy House Plants That Won't Die
Photo by Pushok via Pixabay Do you buy plants for your home – just to find them shriveled up and browning just a few short days later? You may be purchasing plants that require too much care – or that are known for being tricky to keep alive. Whether you’ve been cursed with a black thumb, have a...
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Posted on 01/19/2020
What Factors Come Into Play When Choosing a Luxury Penthouse ?
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 01/12/2020
Incorporating Antique Doorknobs into your Decor
Image by savannaholson0 from Pixabay There are many people who are looking for new and inventive ways to decorate their home. In order to get the most out of this process, it is important to pay attention to detail. The doorknobs are a commonly overlooked source of decoration. One of the ways to add a little bit of...
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Posted on 01/05/2020
Are You a Smart Property Buyer?
Purchasing a home may prove to be an arduous process, particularly for those who fail to plan ahead for the property buying journey. Thankfully, there are many quick, easy ways to streamline the homebuying cycle. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you become a smart homebuyer. 1. Study the Real Estate Market A smart homebuyer...
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