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Could Your Windows and Doors Save You Money?

  These days, it’s all about saving energy. From energy-efficient utilities to insulation and preventative measures, there are many ways we can save a few dollars (or big buck) on our home housing costs and protect the environment.  One effective way to save energy is by renovating your windows and doors. These areas are the home’s access to the outside world, but with poor design or leaky cracks, they could be costing you. Let’s look at the easy fixes to help you get on the track to saving energy with your [...]

5 Spring Prep Tips for Southern California Homeowners

Spring is on its way, and in Southern California that means it’s time to prep our homes for the next season! Whether you are just settling into your new home or are planning a 2020 sale, spring is the perfect time to refresh your home. Here are our top tips for keeping your home happily maintained, clean, and comfortable for a Southern California spring.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Papelaria Tons Pastéis (@papelariatonspasteis) on Dec 14, 2019 at 4:50am PST       Check Off Lingering [...]

A Prosperous 2020: Start Your Saving Habits in January!

Each year, countless Americans resolve to stop mindless spending and finally start saving for the future. The New Year brings a lot of motivation and encouragement, but soon after the first few weeks of January, many of us fall off track.  The trick to staying on top of your saving is to start early and start with a plan. Here, we’ll discover the best tips and tricks to help you make saving a habit this year, not just a wish. Let’s make 2020 our most prosperous year yet!   View this [...]

New Year’s Resolutions That Will Help You Buy a Home in 2020

Are you dreaming of buying a home in 2020? Congratulations! Buying your first home is an amazing goal to work towards. The idea, however, can feel overwhelming and daunting if you have never bought or owned a home.  2020 is your year to become a homeowner. Let’s start the year off right with some helpful resolutions that put you on the path to homeownership before the end of the year.    5 New Year’s Resolutions for Buying Your First Home View this post on Instagram A post shared by Emmelli Design [...]

Host Family and Friends for the Holidays…and Enjoy It!

Hosting holiday parties is a great honor and should be an occasion of joy and memory-making. Unfortunately, planning and executing a fantastic party is often stressful for the homeowner.  It is possible to both entertain in your home and enjoy the party as a homeowner. Follow these tips to ensure you are the best host and get to join in on the holiday fun! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Twinspirational (@twinspirationalparties) on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:15pm PDT Embrace a Theme It may sound cheesy at first [...]

Halloween Decorating Tips for Your Southern California Home

With Halloween right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll decorate for the spooky season. There are many different ways to enhance your home for Halloween no matter your Halloween style. Read on for our best Halloween decorating tips and tricks!   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rachel Macleod (@macleodninedesigns) on Sep 16, 2019 at 2:11pm PDT Keep it Natural One of the great things about Halloween is that it falls right in the middle of beautiful autumn. If you like [...]

Escrow Doesn’t Mean the End of the Buying or Selling Process

Buying or selling a home can feel like a never-ending process. While it is natural to want to skip to the finale, it is important to know that simply closing escrow does not mean all the work is done.   You can take comfort in knowing that what comes next is far simpler than the process up to this point. Here is a quick list of things to take care of once you know that home is yours!   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen (@jenrussellsmithillustration) on [...]

When and Why Its Worth It To Pay More for Homeowners Insurance Even When You’re Bundling

With life, we acquire a lot of valuable assets. For many assets, it’s in our best interest to get insurance on them. Just ask J.Lo’s legs. In the case of non-celebrities, the most valuable asset we own is our home. So, while we are always looking for ways to save a few dollars, it shouldn’t be at the expense of our most valuable possession.    If you are considering bundling your insurance, make sure you do your research. You don’t want to skimp out on homeowners insurance, especially when it might [...]

Top Questions Sellers Ask Before Listing Their House for Sale

Are you thinking about selling your Long Beach, California home? You’re not the first person, and you won’t be the last. Therefore, all the questions and concerns that are running through your mind have been experienced by millions before you. Here are some answers to the burning questions that every seller asks before listing their house? Q: When is the Right Time to Sell My House? A: There are several answers to this question that are unique to the potential seller. First, you need to be ready emotionally. When you sell [...]

Best New Restaurants in Long Beach 2019

Southern California is a foodie haven. There are so many delicious restaurants in the city center of Long Beach, California. Yet, more and more continue to pop up all along the Cali coast. So, what are some of the best new restaurants within driving distance of Long Beach? Let’s take a look at these must-try hotspots. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Journeyman's Food & Drink (@journeymansfullerton) on May 19, 2019 at 5:09pm PDT Journeyman’s Food and Drink One of the best new restaurants in Orange County is [...]

5 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do This Weekend

It’s spring here in Long Beach and our town is really coming alive. There’s nothing like driving through one of our beautiful neighborhoods and seeing vibrant green yards and flower-lined porches. So, how does your home stack up against the rest of Long Beach? If it might need some work, this is the perfect time to start thinking about curb appeal – especially if your home is on the market or you’re considering a move. If you’re a little behind on your curb appeal or need to enhance your home’s value, [...]

How to Prepare for Home Buying Season

Congratulations! You’re ready to make the move. As a home buyer, this is an exciting time in your life. However, it can also be a bit nervewracking. Finding your dream home in Torrance, California could be intimidating. Don’t let that ruin your excitement. You are entering the busiest season to buy a house in Southern California. That means you have a lot of options, a lot of bargaining power, and a lot to get ready for. The last part? That’s the first step, and we’re here to help. View this post [...]

The Responsible Homeowner’s Guide to Spending Tax Returns

With tax season upon us, you might already be thinking of creative ways to spend that refund. Before you go out and blow it on treats, consider how you might make the most of it this year. After all, you are a responsible homeowner now! If you’re lucky enough to be getting a tax return this year, make the most of it by investing that hard-earned money into your new home. So, what are some responsible ways to spend your check?   View this post on Instagram A post shared by [...]

Fall In Love With Your Home This Valentine’s Day!

We put so much time and effort into strengthening our personal relationships, we sometimes forget about one of the most important relationships in our lives. We’re talking about the one we have with our homes. It’s so easy to take your house for granted. Your home plays a backdrop for so many of your most memorable moments. So, why not show your house the love it shows you? Fall in love with your home this Valentine’s Day with these ideas! Scent it Up There are some quick ways to fall out [...]

Make Your 2019 Resolution To Buy a Home

We can almost hear the noise makers already. New Year’s is upon us. Time to live up to the resolution you set for yourself. If you haven’t set one yet (or if you need an extra), we have a great New Year’s resolution for you. Make 2019 the year you finally do it...you know, buy a house! That’s right, 2019 is the year you are going to find the house you’ve been dreaming about. Here’s how you can make that happen in the coming calendar year! Start Early If we’re going [...]

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