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17


Long Beach California Luxury Home Market Update

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Long Beach California is home to the West Coasts most affordable beach real estate.  Set in sunny Southern California we enjoy moderate temperatures year round, sweet ocean breezes and a resort atmosphere.  With our purchase prices so reasonable is it any wonder snowbirds are flocking here?  Palm Desert, 2 hours inland, is fantastic, but nothing compares to luxury oceanfront property and the beach is just more fun!

Long Beach has an endless array of entertainment to suit any lifestyle or age from water-sports to nightlife, theater and fine dining.  This is the perfect place to do everything, do nothing or to just go fly a kite!


Yes we have golf courses!  Long Beach is centrally located making access to all Southern California golf courses just a short drive.


Long Beach is conveniently located just 20 minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 20 minutes north of John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Irvine, and home to our own Long Beach Airport – which we love.  We are also just a 20 minute drive into Downtown Los Angeles – in case you were thinking about catching a Lakers game; attending a concert at the fabulous Staples Center or a performance at our beautiful Music Center.  Fantabulous and incomparable, 8 time Grammy award winner, Tina Turner
is performing at the Staples Center as I write this, had I known that ahead of time I would be there tonight singing along……..What’s love got to do with it? La la la… Gotta love that woman!


Did I say we were centrally located?  A 2 hour drive north will find you in beautiful Santa Barbara.  Head north just a little further and enjoy a day, or a romantic weekend, in wine country.  A leisurely drive south will take you into lovely San Diego.  Catch a Padres game or spend a day at the San Diego Zoo or perhaps SeaWorld with the family then head into the Downtown San Diego gaslight district for a delicious dinner and some relaxing down time.


Surfer? 10 minutes to surf city – Huntington Beach, where you will catch some of the finest waves on the west coast.


Long Beach is slated to become the new home of the largest movie studio in California.  A deal has been struck to take over the Boeing facility near the Long Beach airport. This will infuse new life into Long Beach and will certainly attract celebrities to our lovely waterfront homes and high rise condominiums.  How could they resist?  You never know who your new neighbor may be!


Did you know that Hollywood got its start in Long Beach?  Long Beach was known as the motion picture capital of the world until post World War I when Hollywood developed around the glitz of the era.  With its perfect Southern California climate, Long Beach afforded the perfect setting for the industry.  There were eight film houses, two stock companies,  roller-coasters and bath houses at the historic Pike, along the shore of Downtown Long Beach.  This was the home of the Balboa Amusement Production Company, the  world’s most prolific silent-film studio.  W. C. Fields and other stars lived in beautiful mansions in the Bluff Park neighborhood along Ocean Boulevard and First Street, many of which remain in the families to this day.


Speaking of historic districts, Long Beach has 17 of them, California Heights being the largest.  We love our historic homes here.  You can find out more about the history of Long Beach here as well.


Redevelopment in Alamitos Beach and the bustling Downtown Long Beach communities has birthed fabulous luxury high rise condominiums with endless ocean views, Manhattan style lofts and many fabulous new dining opportunities.


The luxury home market is generally a cash market.  Brian Brady’s 2009 Real Estate Market outlook predicts that disappearing jobs and financing will likely drive the price of luxury properties down in our waterfront and higher end communities.  While that is tragic for the owners of these Long Beach properties it is an incredible opportunity to purchase the Long Beach home, condo or vacation property you, the buyer has been waiting for.


The Long Beach real estate market has gone through several tumultuous years, this winter is certain to be a difficult time for sellers of Long Beach luxury homes, condos and income properties.  FHA loan limits, currently capping at $729,750 for single family home purchases are slated to be decreased to around $625,000 on January 1, 2009.  Decreasing buyer purchasing power is certain to affect prices in the mid-market range of $700,000 to about $1,000,000.


What does this mean for sellers?  If you are planning on selling, you should plan on closing your escrow before the end of the year and should price it to do so. It would be our pleasure to provide a home value assessment.


What does this mean for buyers?  This is an incredible opportunity to purchase your new home at an incredible price.


International buyers are flocking to the United States to purchase real estate at our current depressed prices, there is limited financing for foreign nationals, most are purchasing with all cash.  Long Beach prices have become very attractive to these buyers. You can start your search for Long Beach homes here.  VIP service is provided with the ability to set up custom searches with an automatic email alert system.


If you are interested in purchasing a Long Beach luxury oceanfront home or a high rise luxury waterfront condominium, this winter is the time to make that purchase. It would be our pleasure to assist you.

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Long Beach California Luxury Home Market Update
Posted on October 17, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Aug
13


Are YOUR Granite Countertops "HOT"? -Long Beach Real Estate

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Are your Granite Countertops “HOT”?


Granite Countertops - Long Beach Kitchen RemodelGranite Countertops are one of the top selling points for homes and condos.  In a recent article “Words that Sell Homes”, it was disclosed that the word Granite was one of the 7 top words that help sell a home. When thinking about a Long Beach Home Kitchen Remodel, it is the Granite counter-top that is the finishing touch.  Will you go dark or light?  A lot of texture or more sedate? Domestic or Imported? Almost everybody loves granite countertops. 

 

Recently the NY Times published an article raising questions regarding harmful levels of radon gases being emited by the breadown of uranium in the many varieties of granite countertops.  Radon is a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.

 

Having read through many of the articles available on the internet most suggest that the countertops emitting the highest levels of radiation seem to be those imported from Brazil and Namibia.

 

The Marble Institute of America has said such claims are “ludicrous” because although granite is known to contain uranium and other radioactive materials like thorium and potassium, the amounts in countertops are not enough to pose a health threat.

 

If you have granite countertops and are concerned whether radon or radiation is a problem you can:

 

  1. Contact the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (aarst.org). Testing costs between $100 and $300.
  2. Find a certified technician at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site at epa.gov/radon, as well as from state or regional indoor air environment offices, which can be found at epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html.
  3. Radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council  (or call 1-800-SOS-RADON).  Some home improvement stores sell test kits.  To find a qualified testing or mitigation contractor, contact your state radon office or either of the national private radon programs.

 

Articles on the subject you might be interested in reading: 

 

 

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Are YOUR Granite Countertops "HOT"? -Long Beach Real Estate
Posted on August 13, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Jul
26


Long Beach – Best Neighborhood for Walking

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One of the most appealing draws to living in Long Beach CA is the walkability of many of our local neighborhoods. Well, somebody finally decided to start ranking walkable neighborhoods across the country. Walk Score has ranked 2,508 neighborhoods in 40 of the largest US cities to help buyers find walkable communities to live in.

 

Long Beach California has been ranked as the 8th Most Walkable Neighborhood!

  1. San Francisco
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Chicago
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Seattle
  7. Washington D.C.
  8. Long Beach
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Portland
  11. Denver
  12. Baltimore

see the rest here…

 

 

Long Beach Neighborhood Walk Scores:

Neighborhood Score
1 Downtown Long Beach
87
2 Belmont Shore 83
3 Belmont Heights 82
4 Bixby Knolls 81
5 East Side 81
6 Park Estates 78
7 Alamitos Heights 77
8 Circle Area 76
9 Lakewood Village 74
10 Naples IslandMarina Area 74
11 California Heights Historic District 73
12 Poly High District 73
13 Los Altos 71
14 City of Signal Hill 68
15 Wrigley 66
16 Bixby
63
17 El Dorado Park 62
18 Los Cerritos 62
19 City College Area 58
20 North Long Beach 55
21 Airport Area 55
22 State College Area 54
23 West Side 54
24 The Plaza 53
25 North West Long Beach 44
26 Wilmington 29

52% of Long Beach has a Walk Score of 70 or above.

85% of Long Beach has a Walk Score of at least 50.

15% of Long Beach lives in a Car Dependent Neighborhood.

 

 

What do these scores mean?

 

Here are some general guidelines to how these rankings work:

 

  • 90-100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
  • 70-89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
  • 50-69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
  • 25-49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
  • 0-24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

 

 

How It Doesn’t Work: Known Issues with Walk Score

 

Walk Score admits that Walk Score is just an approximation of walkability. There are a number of important factors that contribute to walkability which are not part of their algorithm:

  • Public transit: Good public transit is important for walkable neighborhoods.
  • Street width and block length: Narrow streets slow down traffic. Short blocks provide more routes to the same destination and make it easier to take a direct route.
  • Street design: Sidewalks and safe crossings are essential to walkability. Appropriate automobile speeds, trees, and other features also help.
  • Safety from crime and crashes: How much crime is in the neighborhood? How many traffic accidents are there? Are streets well-lit?
  • Pedestrian-friendly community design: Are buildings close to the sidewalk with parking in back? Are destinations clustered together?
  • Topography: Hills can make walking difficult, especially if you’re carrying groceries.
  • Freeways and bodies of water: Freeways can divide neighborhoods. Swimming is harder than walking.
  • Weather: In some places it’s just too hot or cold to walk regularly.


More information on how the walk score is determined can be found here.

 

Long Beach Relocation and City Guide

 

 

When seeking walkable Long Beach neighborhoods nobody knows the areas better than your Long Beach Realtor. Search Long Beach Homes for sale and consult your Realtor to find out which Long Beach neighborhoods best suit your specific needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on July 26, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Jul
7


Living in a Long Beach Home with a Pool – Safety Tips

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Swimming Pool Safety for Long Beach HomesMany homes in Long Beach have built-in pools (compared to the Colorado Springs Real Estate market where pools are a scarcity) – and along with all the fun and relaxation that pools can create, there is a definite level of safety precautions involved.

Here are some safety tips for living in a Long Beach CA home with a pool:

  • Know how to swim. Make sure everyone IN and AROUND knows how to swim.
  • Keep a charged, wireless phone near the pool at all times, in case you need to call 9-1-1
  • Make sure that at least one person in/around the pool knows CPR.
  • Keep safety equipment around the pool in case of an emergency.
  • Do not mix swimming and drinking alcohol. A loss of judgment could mean the difference between life and death around a pool.

 

Pool Safety and Children:

  • Never leave children unattended around a pool. Even children who “know how to swim” can be in danger without a responsible and attentive adult around.
  • Practice touch supervision with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times.
  • Install a Pool-Safety fence – at least 4 feet high with a self-closing and self-locking fence, between the house and the pool.
  • Do not rely on “toys” as flotation devices. A parent or other guardian is the ONLY way to ensure safety.
  • Consider installing a power-safety cover, but not to replace a fence.
  • Make sure everyone who watches your kids knows CPR and knows the rules to your pool.
  • Do not leave toys around the pool when not in use. This could attract children to the pool when no one is looking.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool FIRST. Walk the perimeter of the pool and check around all the edges.
  • If possible, do not install a pool in your home until your children are over the age of 5.


Some other Resources for Pool Safety:

Having a pool in your Long Beach CA home is great! Just make sure you enjoy it safely.


Contributed by:  Mariana Wagner – Colorado Springs Real Estate Agent of the Wagner iTeam at Keller Williams Clients’ Choice Realty - specializing in Colorado Springs CO Real Estate.

 

Thank you Mariana!

 

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Posted on July 7, 2008 by Laurie Manny
May
24


Selling Your Long Beach Homes-Long Beach Real Estate

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Yay!  The Down Market is OVER!

 

Long Beach Homes-Selling Strategy-Long Beach Real EstateNo it’s not, but now that I have your attention, the market has changed a bit and there are a few things you really need to know if you are thinking about selling your Long Beach homes


Back in the hot sellers market one of the sales strategies used was to price a home a little low, take multiple offers, and play them off of each other to drive the price up.  It worked!  That strategy, applied to today’s Long Beach real estate market is working as well. 


Pricing your home low will inspire the interest of buyers and agents and create a quick, steady flow of traffic and multiple offers to your home. 


For instance, if your home, in great condition, comps out at $500,000 and you listed it at $299,000 you would have the attention of the entire real estate market.  You would have to prepare yourself for a major onslaught of showings, perhaps as many as 30 to 50 a day.  The offers would pour in and bid up.  At $500,000, you would sit on the market for months, probably price reduce a couple of times to about $450k and likely sell around $440k, if at all.  If you choose this road, you will probably sell at around the same price, without the time delay.  It’s clean and fast. 


An added benefit to creating multiple offers is that you have a choice.  You will not be forced to accept an offer with weak financing because it is the only offer you have.  There will be an assortment of offers for you to choose from thereby placing you in a stronger position to close escrow successfully. 

 

Many sellers in Long Beach are afraid to pursue this road fearing they will have to accept an offer that is lower than they are willing to accept.  Sellers do not have to accept any offer, they are free to accept or decline any offer made on their homes. 


It is just a really smart business decision to choose to sell your home in this fashion, during this market. 

 

Read Also:

The 7 Dangers of Overpricing Your Long Beach Homes and Condos

Chasing the Market Down – Are You Guilty?

 

If you are thinking about selling your Long Beach home and are interested in more details, call Laurie for more information.

 

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Posted on May 24, 2008 by Laurie Manny
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