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About Long Beach California

About Long Beach California-Theres a reason that people who live in Long Beach CA tend to stay here. Everything you'll ever need is right here! In Long Beach, you'll enjoy 5 ½ miles of wide sandy beach, trendy nightclubs, fine dining and cultural events. Visit the Waterfront District in Downtown where you'll find world class entertainment like the Aquarium of the Pacific. Stroll the shops of Shoreline Village.



Long Beach California

 

Downtown Long Beach CaliforniaEverything You Need is Right Here

There's a reason that people who live in Long Beach CA tend to stay here. Everything you'll ever need is right here! In Long Beach, you'll enjoy 5 ½ miles of wide sandy beach, trendy nightclubs, fine dining and cultural events. Visit the Waterfront District in Downtown where you'll find world class entertainment like the Aquarium of the Pacific. Stroll the shops of Shoreline Village. Sip a cocktail at a waterfront café as you slip into the comforting sights and sounds of Long Beach Harbor. Listen as a calming foghorn blows in the distance and watch as an inimitable California sunset cast its pinks and blues over the glittering Pacific Ocean.



Climate


Long Beach has an amazingly mild year round average temperature of 64 degrees. You can count on almost every day being sun filled with 345 sunny days annually. Climate doesn´t get much more perfect than that!



You'll Love Long Beach CA


If you like clean air, sunshine, ocean breezes, spectacular vistas, exotic food and cultural diversity you'll Love Long Beach. Dine on a wide variety of mouthwatering delights in a city where there are great restaurants of every type. Here, quaint Craftsman bungalows line peaceful tree lined streets. Spanish duplexes and fourplexes with classic clay tiled roofs dot the landscape. Are you seeking an estate sized home? Tour the million dollar mansions that run along Bluff Park or enjoy the luxury of a golf course view from your Virginia Country Club Estate. For location, climate, beauty and lifestyle Long Beach is 50 square miles of perfection.



From Here to Anywhere


Do you travel for business? The Long Beach Airport is right in town and offers convenient flights to wherever you want to go. The Long Beach Municipal Airport is the west coast hub for Jet Blue Airways. Need more? The city is 25 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. And John Wayne Airport is just 20 miles south of Long Beach in Irvine. Prefer to drive? Sitting at the edge of Los Angeles County, Long Beach is a handshake away from most Southern California cities. Its easy to get from here to anywhere with major freeways like the 405, 605 and 710 running through town.



Beat Freeway Traffic


Commuting is easy when you live and work in Long Beach. Heading into Los Angeles? Sip a cappuccino and enjoy your newspaper as you ride the Metro Blue Line into Downtown Los Angeles. Is your destination farther out? Amtrak or Greyhound will take you there! Its easy to beat freeway traffic using Long Beach's public transportation system.



Unique Culture


From business suits to bikinis, you´ll see it all in Long Beach. Street murals, trendy and ethnic restaurants, period architecture and the Pacific Ocean all promote the Bohemian feel and allure of Long Beach. You'll find art in our architecture and on our buildings too. Since 1985, local buildings have featured exquisite mural displays. All are created by local artists through the Long Beach Mural and Cultural Arts Program. These exhibits promote cultural understanding and unity within the community. And they're beautiful!        View a Gallery of Street Murals>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



Cultural Diversity


If you enjoy the flair, food and fun of a culturally diverse city, you´ll love Long Beach. Nearly every culture and nationality is represented here!  Next to Paris (and excluding Asia), Long Beach boasts the second largest population of Cambodians in the world. There are Central American communities, a small population of Pacific Islanders, especially Samoans, and Long Beach is home to one of the nations largest gay communities. Almost every month of the year, there´s a celebration including a Grecian Festival, Gay Pride Parade, Bayou Festival, Martin Luther King celebration, Scottish Festival and Games, Cambodian New Year and Brazilian Street Carnaval, just to name a few.



Downtown Long Beach


Theres plenty to do in bustling, busy, colorful Downtown Long Beach. Access the Internet from anywhere in the city it's a Wireless Hot Zone! Do you like art? Tour galleries in the East Village Arts District. Enjoy a late night, European style dinner at one of many fine Pine Avenue restaurants. Take in some waterfront shopping and nationally acclaimed entertainment at the Shoreline Village and Marina. Don't miss the Wyland Whaling Wall, a 116,000 square foot mural painted on the cylindrical shaped Long Beach Convention Center!      
Read More About Downtown Long Beach>>>>>>>>>>



Easy Living Long Beach Style


Are you looking for an estate sized home or luxury condominium with beachfront access? Maybe you prefer a single family residence in a cozy community. Whether you're seeking a history rich neighborhood in an urban setting, a condo, coop, Manhattan Style Loft, OYO or resort hideaway you'll find it in Long Beach! Whether you prefer waterfront living to an inland lifestyle, your dream home is waiting for you here. From Downtown Long Beach to Alamitos Bay from coastline to inland there's Long Beach Real Estate here to suit every lifestyle.



Business


If you're looking for business opportunity, you've come to the right place. As California´s fifth largest city, Long Beach is a convention hot spot and center for business and industry. It is proud of it´s focus on the three T´s: technology, tourism and trade. Many well known national businesses are headquartered here. Computer giant Epson America, Molina Health Care, Inc., and SCAN Health Plan all call Long Beach home. To meet the growing need, Downtown Long Beach is undergoing a $1 Billion residential and business redevelopment.

Based on the number of employees, the largest commercial businesses in Long Beach are: Boeing, Verizon, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and The Bragg Companies.  Another world renown Long Beach business is the Port of Long Beach. As the second busiest seaport in the nation and the tenth busiest in the world, port-related activities support 320,000 jobs and nearly $15 billion in wages in Southern California.



History of Long Beach CA


This area was established by William E. Willmore in 1882 as Willmore City. When Mr. Willmore´s plan to develop the city into a farming community failed, the land was purchased by the Long Beach Land and Water Company. They changed the name to Long Beach and it was incorporated as a city in 1888. The city grew as a waterfront resort, but its main growth occurred after oil was discovered in 1921. It was once known as ˜Iowa by the Sea" because of the large number of Midwesterners from Iowa and other states who relocated here. Read More About the Citys Historic Homes and Districts>>>>>>>

 


 

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A Visitor Friendly World Class Destination Resort


There's plenty to do in Long Beach, California. This visitor-friendly world class destination resort is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. 5.5 million people visit superior beaches and enjoy top notch entertainment here each year. Whether you're looking for family fun at
Shoreline Village, a honeymoon condo at Catalina Island, excellent golfing or the wild fun of a Grand Prix race come to Long Beach! Guests are drawn to the city for its location, recreation, beauty, fine restaurants and great hotels. Long Beach offers the finest resort style amenities. But remember residents can take in the sights too!


 


 

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The Golf courses of Long Beach CA

 

 

Bixby Village Golf Course, Bixby Village Course

The 9-hole Bixby Village course at the Bixby Village Golf Course facility in Long Beach, California features 1,567 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29. The course rating is 57.5 and it has a slope rating of 86. Designed by Ron Fream, the Bixby Village golf course opened in 1980.

6180 Bixby Village Dr

Long Beach, CA 90803-2001

(562) 498-7003



Recreation Park South Golf Course 18-Hole

This Municipal 18 hole Golf Course with over 6,317 yards with a par of 72. Billy Bell-designed layout is one of the oldest courses in Southern California.

Located among beautiful rolling hills, Recreation Park was constructed in 1917 and was originally known as Virginia Country Club. This very private club was opened to the public in 1931 and has since been known by its current name. Recreation Park, designated as one of the busiest golf courses in the nation, provides a night lighted driving range, practice greens, pro shop, full service restaurant and banquet facilities for up to 150 people.

5000 E. Anaheim

Long Beach, CA

(562) 494-5000

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Recreation Park Golf Course 9-Hole

Located directly across 7th Street from the majestic 18-hole course, this nine-hole, par 29, executive facility affords guests a selection of shots and settings, which range from rolling hills to views of the Colorado Lagoon. This course also offers practice greens, a pro shop and food service.

5000 E 7th St

Long Beach, CA 90804-4340

(562) 438-4012

 


El Dorado Park Golf Course, El Dorado Park Course

El Dorado Park 18-Hole Golf Course-Long Beach Real EstateThe previous venue of the Queen Mary Open, this facility has now been selected as the site of the prestigious Long Beach Open. A magnificent 18-hole layout, El Dorado can truly be called a ˜players course, due to its expansive layout and numerous water hazards. Extensive practice facilities and full service restaurant are available at El Dorado.

2400 Studebaker Rd

Long Beach, CA 90815-2428

(562) 430-5411

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Skylinks At Long Beach Golf Course, Skylinks Course

Directly across Lakewood Blvd., from the Long Beach Airport, this course provides an interesting blend of playing characteristics. Several water hazards and numerous bunkers await your errant shots, while excellent fairways and greens rewards your good play. This 18-hole course is a very enjoyable experience for all skill levels. Skylinks also offers a night lighted driving range, practice greens, a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facilities that can hold up to 150 people.

18 holes over 6,372 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)



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4800 E Wardlow Rd

Long Beach, CA 90808-1737

(562) 421-3388

 


Heartwell Golf Course, Heartwell Course

18 holes over 2,143 yards with a par of 54 (Municipal)

For those seeking this alternative, this facility offers an extremely enjoyable 18-hole round of par 3 golf. With holes ranging from 85 to 140 yards, two water hazards and numerous sand traps, this course will test the skills of the most seasoned player, as well as remain exceptionally enjoyable for the beginner. This fully lighted course also boasts of its excellent practice range, full size chipping and putting greens, full service restaurant and a professionally staffed pro shop.


6700 E Carson St.

Long Beach, CA 90808-2297

(562) 421-8855

 


Virginia Country Club, Virginia Course

The 18-hole ˜Virginia course at the Virginia Country Club facility in Long Beach, California features 6,505 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.9 and it has a slope rating of 128 on . Designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Robert Muir Graves, ASGCA/Edward B. Dearie, Jr., the Virginia golf course opened in 1909. (Private Equity)

4602 N Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807-1916

(562) 427-0924



Parks


Sail, ski, Jet Ski, windsurf, fish, boat or sunbathe it's up to you. Long Beach has 92 parks scattered across 3,100 acres. There are 69 tennis courts, four public swimming pools and miles of pedestrian and bicycle friendly beach.
The El Dorado Regional Park is 800 acres of lakes, an archery range, bike trails, and campground and picnic areas. The parks Nature Center is 102.5 acres and features trails, meadows, lakes and forests. Recreation Park is a popular 210.9 acre park and recreation center. Let your pet run at the dog park while you meet with friends and community groups.



Area Beaches


Love the beach?
With over 5 ½ miles of beach front, it´s no surprise that this area is known world wide as Surf City. Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbor are popular early morning surfing destinations. Don't miss Seal Beach and the beach at Belmont Shore. Rent a Kayak and enjoy the day in the Naples Island Canals or the Canals of Huntington Harbor at Sunset Beach. Pack up a bottle of wine, some cheese and bread for a romantic, sunset gondola ride through Naples Island canals. Do you have small children? Head to Naples Islands Mothers Beach. There's no surf, so your children can enjoy splashing in a calm ocean, as you lay out a picnic lunch.

 

 

Local Beaches of Long Beach California:

 

 

Alamitos Beach from Alamitos to 15th Place. You can glide, ride or stride along the waters edge on the main beach from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east on the 3.1-mile, 17-foot-wide Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path. Two six foot lanes are for bicycle traffic and one five foot lane is for pedestrians. You can rent skates, bikes, umbrellas and beach chairs at Alfredo's.

 

Bayshore Beach at 5415 E. Ocean Blvd. offers access to Alamitos Bay and other diversions such as:

  • basketball,
  • volleyball
  • handball courts
  • play equipment for the kids

 

Belmont Plaza Beach at 4000 Olympic Plaza is close to the bike path and Belmont Pier. Be sure to get a front row seat (bring your own chair!) for exciting California Beach Volleyball Association events during the upcoming International Sea Festival.

 

Belmont Shore Beach from 39th Place to 54th Place, and Peninsula Beach from 54th to 72nd Place offer long stretches of white sand, volleyball courts and beautiful scenery.

 

Colorado Lagoon at 5119 E. Colorado St. offers calm waters, picnic areas and a nautical themed playground.

 

Junipero Beach from 15th to 39th Place can be conveniently accessed from Ocean Blvd. on Junipero Avenue which ends at a beach parking lot.

 

Marine Park at 5839 Appian Way is known as Mothers Beach because of its popularity among families with small children. All ages can relax and enjoy the day with shallow, calm waters, a lifeguard station, restrooms and play equipment.

 

The next chance you have to spend a day at the beach, remember that some of the best ones are right here in Long Beach.



Long Beach Marina


Like to angle your fishing rod from the side of your own boat? Or, spend the day lazing on deck or entertaining on board? You'll like Shoreline Marina and Alamitos Bay Marina. The location is irresistible because it´s just a short walk from your boat to
Shoreline Village. As the largest city owned Marina in the country, it has an amazing 3,400 slips. A south-facing bay and breakwaters offshore protect boats moored here.

 

 

 


 

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Laurie is available to assist you in all of your Long Beach Real Estate transactions. Laurie is a Top Long Beach Realtor. Call her today (562) 212-5420.

 

 


 

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1st Time Buyer Tips - Hire a Buyers Specialist When Buying Long Beach Homes and Condos

1st Time Buyer Tips - Hire a Buyers Specialist When Buying Long Beach Homes and Condos



1st Time Buyer Tips

Hire a Buyers Specialist When Buying Long Beach Homes and Condos


Homes For Sale - Long Beach CaliforniaHave you noticed that ever since you decided to purchase a home or condo in Long Beach you now notice For Sale signs everywhere?  You even notice them when you are in Long Beach neighborhoods you are not interested in and find yourself pulling over to write down the phone number to call for more information.


Did you realize that when you make that call you are speaking to the listing agent who represents the seller.  It is their job to sell the property and protect the sellers interest, there is a written contract between them.  It is not the job of the listing agent to protect you or your interests. 


Search for Long Beach Homes and Condos For SaleHomeownership is a big step and in most cases the purchase of your home will represent the single largest investment of your life.  It is in your best interest to have seperate representation when buying real estate in Long Beach.  A talented and professional buyers agent/Realtor® can protect 1st time buyers in ways you cannot even think of this early in your home search.  Your buyers agent will be able to provide you with comparable sales that you can trust, information about the home and prior transactions that the listing agent may not be able to divulge.  A buyers agent can provide you with other properties that meet your criteria, show you those homes, write and negotiate a contract that is in your best interest, not the sellers, and they can help you find the necessary financing. The best part is that the buyers agent is paid for by the seller, it doesn't cost you anything. 

 

The Laurie Manny Professional Group has several experienced and talented buyer specialists ready to assist you in the purchase of your Long Beach Homes and Condos.  Let us protect you and place you and your family safely in your next Long Beach Home or Condo.

 

Feel free to use our website 24 hours a day to browse all the latest Southern California and Long Beach listings.  

 

Call Laurie to begin your Long Beach home search at (562) 212-5420  Contact Us

 

 

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Small Living Space Solutions for Long Beach Homes

Small Living Space Solutions for Long Beach Homes



Small Living Space Solutions for Long Beach Homes

 

Unicraft_Joinery_hidden_drawer_staircase.jpgBuyers relocating to Long Beach California from various parts of the country are often dismayed at the idea of leaving their 4000 + square foot homes on acres of property for smaller homes on smaller lots here in Long Beach.  Having built up a lifetime of collections and belongings they look at our smaller spaces and often just cant wrap themselves around how to fit into these spaces.  While additional storage space is not always the answer it often helps. 

 

Beach living often means less living space.  We have smaller lots but better air, less square footage but a better quality of life. 

 

 

  • So what the heck do we do with all of our stuff? 
  • We look for wasted space in our Long Beach Homes and find ways to use it effectively. 

 

 

Closets have a lot of wasted space. Organizing closets and utilizing every square inch of space has become a necessity.  Organizational systems line the walls of our garages, our attics fill up and still we search for that elusive additional storage space. 

  

Staircases take up a lot of space, so why not use them for storage as well.  Unicraft Joinery designers have come up with an absolutely brilliant idea for unique storage in otherwise wasted space.  Imagine each step is a box with a hidden drawer in it still allowing for additional storage or home office space beneath the staircase.  

 

 

Long Beach has a lot of smaller living spaces.

 

Feel free to submit your unique use of smaller space ideas.

 



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Harborplace Tower Luxury High Rise Condominiums

Harborplace Tower Luxury High Rise Condominiums - Downtown Long Beach California

525 Seaside Way

Downtown Long Beach California 90802

 


Located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Linden, living at the Harborplace Tower Luxury high rise condos places you directly in the heart of Downtown Long Beach.  Find fine dining, interesting shops, the Performing Arts Center, the Promenade, Pine Avenue, Shoreline Village and the Marina all within steps of your front door. 


The Harborplace Tower Condos, completed September 1992, has 22 floors (no 13th floor), 220 residential units, one commercial space plus offices, 3 levels of parking and was designed to provide many different views.  Enjoy sweeping shoreline and waterfront views south to Newport Beach, the Long Beach Marina, Long Beach Harbor and the Port of Long Beach, as well as views including the Cruise Ships entering and exiting the Harbor, the Queen Mary and fantastic city lights views. Ocean view units enjoy ringside seats of Shoreline Drive, which is converted every April into the Long Beach Grand Prix Racetrack.  Ocean view condos also have prime seats for the Downtown Long Beach Fireworks Display on July 4th. Enjoy the races and fireworks from the comfort of your living room or patio without dealing with the crowds. Grand Prix track map can be viewed here.  

 

Resort style amenities and sweeping waterfront and city views...................does it get any better than this? 

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour security
  • Emergency helipad on rooftop
  • 22 stories
  • 220 residential units
  • 1 commercial space plus offices
  • 3 Parking Levels

 

Harborplace Tower Luxury High Rise Condominiums - Downtown Long Beach California Harborplace Tower Luxury High Rise Condominiums - Downtown Long Beach California

Main Entrance and Guest Parking is accessed at the Seaside Way Entrance

Ocean Boulevard Entrance is reserved for residents only

 


Harbor Place Tower Luxury High Rise Condo SOLD

525 Seaside Way-Harbor Place Tower-Luxury High Rise Condos with Ocean and Waterfront Views

Waterfront Views

 


Search all available Condos For Sale at Harborplace Towers 

Contingent sales are currently "In Escrow"

 

Call today for an appointment to view available condos at Harborplace

(562) 212-5420



5 Harbor Place Tower Condos are currently in escrow

RES Status Address Bd B t/f Gar SqFt Price DOM
1 B  525 E Seaside Way 2010  1/1  2    704  $240,000  65 
2 B  525 E Seaside Way 901  1/1  2    834  $255,000  110 
3 B  525 E Seaside Way 2005  2/1  2    1,340  $385,000  119 
4 P  525 E Seaside Way 1707  2/1  2    1,220  $425,000  147 
5 P  525 E Seaside Way 503  2/2  2    1,310  $445,000  37 


2010 Harborplace Tower - Closed Sales 1/1/2010 - 7/19/2010

RES Address Bd B t/f Gar SqFt Price DOM
1 525 E Seaside Way 1802  1/1  2    622  $240,000  35 
2 525 E Seaside Way 1106  1/1  2    830  $320,000  51 
3 525 E Seaside Way 1204  2/2  2    1,200  $365,855  26 
4 525 E Seaside Way 1404  2/0  2    1,217  $390,000  163 
5 525 E SEASIDE Way 1008  2/     1,112  $415,000  57 
6 525 Seaside 1008  2/1  2    1,112  $415,000  42 
7 525 E SEASIDE Way 708  2/1  0    1,340  $415,000  138 
8 525 E Seaside Way 1205  2/1  2    1,382  $449,000  46 
9 525 E Seaside Way 409  2/2  2    1,313  $485,000  66 


2009 Harborplace Tower - Closed Sales

RES Address Bd B t/f Gar SqFt Price DOM
1 525 E Seaside Way 1802  1/1  2    622  $188,000  11 
2 525 E SEASIDE Way 711  1/     822  $200,000 
3 525 E Seaside Way 2210  1/1  2    625  $225,000  11 
4 525 E Seaside Way 510  1/1  1    625  $210,000  15 
5 525 E Seaside Way 802  1/1  2    622  $195,000  296 
6 525 E seaside Way 1101  1/1  2    834  $329,900  90 
7 525 E Seaside Way 1606  1/1  2    830  $349,000  135 
8 525 E Seaside Way 208  2/2  0    1,340  $385,000  41 
9 525 E Seaside Way 1505  2/1  2    1,382  $435,000  104 
10 525 E Seaside Way 1504  2/2  2    1,200  $435,000  132 
11 525 E Seaside Way 1407  2/1  2    1,324  $424,000  129 
12 525 E Seaside Way 1108  2/1  2    1,340  $525,000  154 


2008 Harborplace Tower Closed Sales

RES Address Bdrms Baths SqFt Price DOM
1 525 Seaside Way 701
1 908  $307,000 
2 525 Seaside Way 2211
1 908  $410,000  9
3 525 Seaside Way 902
1 704  $320,000  48 
4 525 Seaside Way 611
1 908  $355,500  99 
5 525 Seaside Way 1405
2 1,388  $550,000 
6 525 Seaside Way 2105
2
1,340  $590,000  159 
7 525 Seaside Way 709
2 1,399  $590,000  180 


Status: S = Closed Sale

DOM = Days on Market, provided where available. 


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Long Beach Condos Buyers Guide|Manifesto


Long Beach Condos and Lofts-Long Beach Realtor-562-212-5420-Laurie MannyWhether you are a first time buyer an experienced pro or investor buying a Long Beach condo or loft can be a confusing and often stressful process.  It's an emotional experience filled with many decisions, most with financial repercussions.  Finding the right condo or loft is difficult enough; knowing what to offer, what and when to negotiate and how to make the deal work best for you, the buyer, is another story altogether. 


As a professional who has sold many Long Beach condos and placed countless buyers in the Long Beach condos of their dreams, I feel it is my responsibility to tell you that there is a lot you need to know before jumping into your condo purchase. 


Your Needs and Desires...


It is important that you have a clear image of what you are looking for and that you transmit this clearly to your Realtor.  Make a list and explain your needs and your desires.  Understanding the difference between your needs and your desires will make your choices much easier to make.  Your needs must be met, your desires may be sacrificed if they are not practical within your price range.  Are you looking for a larger place for your growing family or are you looking for a larger place for entertaining?  Where do you need that extra square footage?  What will you sacrifice for it, if necessary?    Are you downsizing?  What are you willing to let go of?  Don't let emotions cloud your judgment.  Make certain that you get what you need from the new purchase; if some of your desires are fulfilled, all the better. 

 

Be clear with your Realtor when explaining what you are looking for.  What is most important to you? 

  • Newly Remodeled
  • View
  • Square Footage
  • Number of Bedrooms
  • Number of Baths
  • Condition
  • Flooring
  • Fireplace
  • Parking Spaces/Garages/Guest Parking
    • Side by side
    • Tandem
  • Pet Rules
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Community amenities
  • Concierge Services
  • Doorman
  • Gated Security
  • High Rise
  • Elevator
  • Location in the complex/top floor/corner unit/bottom floor
  • Neighborhood
  • Age of condo
  • Proximity to
    • beaches
    • restaurants
    • galleries
    • parks
    • golf courses
    • shopping
    • freeways
  • etc...


Often a condo purchase is more about buying into a neighborhood lifestyle (location).  If lifestyle is at the top of your needs list make certain that is clearly communicated to your Realtor.   Do you entertain much?  Make sure your complex has guest parking or there is ample parking in your new neighborhood. 


Are You Ready to Start Shopping?

 

Unless you are an all cash buyer (be prepared with proof of funds), you will need to be pre-approved, preferably by a direct lender.  If you have great credit and belong to a credit union you may be able to get a stellar interest rate from them, check it out.  When you find a condo that you want to make an offer on you will need to submit you're pre-approval with the offer.  It is foolish to begin to shop without a pre-approval; you might find your dream condo the first day out, like another of my recent buyer clients. You need to be in a position to write and submit your offer when you find the Long Beach condos that you want to purchase.  Bank statements will probably need to be submitted along with your offer as proof of sufficient funds to consummate the transaction, have them with you with the account number blacked out.

 

Consider Your Future...


Always consider the future resale value of your condo purchase.  I know, it's difficult when you find the perfect condo in a not so perfect location; or it has the 2 bedrooms and 2 baths that you wanted but only has 1 parking space in a parking impacted area.  Unless you live alone that missing 2nd parking space is certain to become a real problem while you are living in your new dream condo and will probably become the reason you will want to move on rather quickly.  Will you be able to sell that condo easily without a 2nd parking space, or in an area that isn't in such high demand?  Some areas appreciate quicker than others, if you can afford to purchase in an area with higher appreciation it would be a much smarter purchase. 


Are you buying the smallest or least desirable condo in a highly desirable complex?  When it is time to sell you may sit on the market for longer, sell for less, or not sell at all if other larger more desirable units are for sale at the same time.   Buying the smallest, least desirable condo in a highly desirable complex and neighborhood isn't always a bad decision.  If it provides you with the lifestyle that you are craving at a price that you can afford, the condo will fulfill your needs.  Just remain aware that it will take you longer to sell it when the time comes.  In the meantime have a grand time enjoying the lifestyle you craved. 

 

Remain Flexible and Alert...


Your Realtor should be familiar with the inventory available in the neighborhood of your choice.  They will most likely show you the best of what is available, based on your stated needs and desires, on your first and second trips out.  If you do not find what you want you should begin making adjustments in your search criteria quickly.  Continuing to search, in a specific area, after you have seen the best of what is available within your price range is usually a downward spiral; either adjust your needs, desires or price range; or wait for new inventory to enter the market.  Remember there are other buyers watching and waiting as well, you will have to move quickly. 


Loose Lips Sink Ships...


While you are shopping you may run into a seller at home.  As a buyer this may seem like a stellar opportunity to ask questions and garner information about the condo, the complex and the area.  Often without realizing it, your simple conversation with the seller could cost you money at the negotiating table.  Without realizing it you may be letting the seller, or the listing agent, know how badly you want the condo, or how much you love the condo or neighborhood.  Knowing how badly you want it may net you a different counter offer than you may have received had you not had that conversation.  Sellers face the same problem, conversations with buyers or their agents often cost them money by way of a lower offer and tougher negotiation than they would have received.  This is why Realtors always try to keep the buyer and seller apart until the deal is either closed or past any possible negotiation time frames; loan approval, removal of contingencies, appraisal, repair requests, etc...  It's in your best interest!  You should be confident that your Realtor is capable of negotiating your offer and will not reveal personal information that could adversely affect your negotiations. 

 

Future Planning?


Condo prices are so affordable right now many buyers are purchasing more condo than they need with a mindset towards their future growth and needs; marriage, children, home office, etc...  Do you have future needs?  Will they become an issue in the next 3 to 5 years?  Perhaps you are a better candidate for a single family residence to anticipate these needs?  Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be able to sell at break even in 3 to 5 years.  When you do sell you will need to recoup your purchase price plus the cost of sale.  The cost of sale involves commission, your closing costs and any costs given to your buyer during negotiations; plan on approximately 9% appreciation to break even.  That could take some time in today's market. 

 

After Purchase Expenses...


Not all condos are in turnkey condition.  Condo fixer-uppers can become expensive and the upgrades are all 'after purchase' money and can add up quickly. 

  • Kitchen
  • Baths
  • Appliances
  • Flooring
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Water Heater
  • Paint
    • Wallpaper Removal
    • Ceiling Scraping

 

Do you have the after purchase resources to accommodate these upgrades?  Are you willing to pay market value, or near market value, then make an additional investment into the property?  How long will it take you to recoup the additional investment?  How will that affect your future life plan? 


Many inexperienced investors are purchasing, doing a quick remodel, then attempting to sell (flip) to recover costs and make a profit.  Often these inexperienced investors find they spent too much on the remodel and become stuck renting the unit out.  Truly experienced investors have warehouses filled with cabinets, flooring, etc... which were purchased at wholesale, and have crews on salary trained to go in and do a professional, fast and inexpensive remodel, list the condo and still retain a decent profit margin.  Flipping condos is not for the inexperienced investor. 

 

Read Also:  Buying Fixer Upper Homes in Long Beach - This article was written to Home buyers, but has many relevant points for condo and loft buyers as well. 

 

Always Inspect...


Hire a professional inspector.  While most problems in a condo are fairly visible a professional inspection will set your mind at ease regarding those that are not, like air conditioning, heating, water heaters, which are/are not operable and may possibly, be nearing the end of their useful life. 

 

Don't Procrastinate...


When you locate the condo that you want to buy you should write your offer right away.  If it is new on the market and highly desirable you may find yourself in a multiple offer situation.  Make the best possible offer that you are willing to, decide if you are willing to negotiate further if you receive a multiple counter offer and go for it.  Some people don't want to write offers if they even think there is going to be a multiple offer situation.............you have to be in it to win it!  Go ahead and write your offer, the worst that can happen is that you are overbid.  Your Realtor will have called the listing agent (I hope) and may have some information that will help you decide how to present an offer. 


Going home to sleep on it or wanting to bring parents or friends to look at it before you make your decision to even write an offer will often put you out of the game.  Write the offer, show it to them if your offer is accepted...good properties move fast.  If they ixnay it you can always get out of the deal during your 17 day contingency time frame, no harm, no foul! 


If you find a condo that you like, but something just doesn't feel right, it's probably not the right purchase for you.  In this case, go home and think about it for a while.  Yes you might lose it, but that may be for the best if you had reservations in the first place.  There is plenty more inventory on the market, something else will turn up. 

 

Your Realtor is Your Advocate...


Thinking about shopping without a Realtor?  Think you will just write an offer through the listing agent?  Think this will help you get your lowball offer accepted?  It will, if you find a crooked listing agent!  Do you want to be represented by a crooked agent?  Oh wait a minute....they don't represent you...they represent the seller; they are just facilitating your deal.  It's called dual agency or double ending.  It's actually legal in California, but very few agents can or will handle it in a truly professional manner.  It's not the best position for the buyer to be in and let's face it if the agent is crooked are you going to get actual disclosure or are you going to find out you were duped by a neighbor after you move in?  Having your own representation is more valuable than you realize. 

 

Buying Bank Owned?


Banks are not subject to the same level of disclosure as actual home owners in a standard sale are.  The government, recognizing their unfamiliarity with the property, has relieved them of much disclosure.  You will have to do some extra investigating to discover the facts about your possible purchase.   A good agent familiar with condo purchases can make a huge difference.   

 

Found My Condo...Now What?


When you find a condo and are considering writing an offer your agent should prepare a Comparative Market Analysis of like properties in the area and present it to you along with the actual Comparable Sales.  Together with your Realtor you will decide on the price and terms of your offer.  Remember when you submit an offer the bank or seller will be looking at their net proceeds.  So if you offer a solid price but ask for a lot of closing costs and other extras you could easily lose the deal to a better NET offer, even one that is less in price than yours.  It's all about the NET!


If your Realtor is really sharp they will find out what the sellers motivation is.  A motivated seller is more likely to negotiate than an unmotivated seller.  In a down market it isn't really wise to sell unless you have to, so most sellers are motivated on one level or another, some more than most.


Reasons for selling that will create a very highly motivated seller:

  • Job Loss
  • Job Transfer/Relocation
  • Lifestyle Change
    • Marriage
    • Children
    • Home Business

 

Condos that have been sitting on the market for a long time, perhaps expired a few times and/or have reduced their price, sometimes several times, often have a worn down seller who is finally ready to negotiate.   Vacant condos are expensive for owners to maintain.  There is only so long anybody can/or is willing to carry the mortgage, HOA fees, taxes and insurance without the rental income to offset the expense. 

 

Home Owner Associations...HOA...


Many Condo Associations are in financial difficulty.  Once your offer is accepted the escrow company must order a fresh copy of the CC&R's, financials, budget and minutes and deliver them directly to the buyer within the contingency period indicated on the purchase contract; usually 17 days, unless that time frame has been reduced.  Buyers should go over these documents in fine detail and determine the financial stability of the association and whether is it prudent to move forward. 


  • How much are the monthly expenses?
  • How much is in the reserve account?
  • Is the insurance current?
  • Is there an increase in the HOA dues scheduled?
  • Is there mention of any upcoming assessments?
  • What do the minutes say?
    • Are there upcoming repairs scheduled?
    • Is there enough money to cover the repairs or will there be an assessment?
  • Are the pet rules satisfactory?
  • Have you read the Rules and Regulations?

 

Read the documents and ask questions until you are satisfied.  If the documents are unsatisfactory the buyer should cancel the escrow immediately.  Not all HOA's are in trouble, just beware of the one's that are.

 

Read Also:  Long Beach Condo Buyers Beware - Don't let this article frighten you, let it educate you. 

 

More Long Beach Condo Buyer Tips:  Long Beach Condos - Buyer Tips for a Smart Purchase


Are you overwhelmed yet? 


Sounds like a real handful doesn't it?  It is!  That is why you need top notch representation.  I can make this easy and a lot less stressful for you.  Call me if you are thinking about buying or selling a Long Beach Condo (562) 212-5420 Laurie Manny, Your Long Beach Realtor. 

 

 

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