Long Beach Storm – Rain – Flood – High Tide Warning Tips on Being Prepared

Long Beach Storm – Rain – Flood – High Tide Warning Tips

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

 

Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and more rain in  the foothill areas of Southern California. Thunderstorms are possible and high tides are expected on both  Friday and Saturday.

 

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Cooler temperatures, fog, wind, and rain are here.  Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and more in the foothill areas of Southern California. Thunderstorms are possible.
City of Long Beach Public Works Staff has prepared the city for winter rains by clearing 3,800 catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations as well as preparing response teams to address any storm related issues that might arise.  Parks, Recreation and Marine staff has prepared the beaches and waterways for the winter storms by building berms to protect low-lying sections of the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintain storm run-off culverts on the beaches, and monitoring the lake and lagoon water levels to prevent flooding.
The rainfall is forecast to coincide with high tides, and city staff will be monitoring water levels in Naples to mitigate any flooding if possible.
Now is the perfect time for residents to prepare your home and family for the upcoming winter storms, as well as major emergencies in general; here are some suggestions to keep you and your family safe before, during and after a significant incident.   

Naples Island and the peninsula

Heavy Rain from storm to cause flooding in Long Beach.

 

Before a Severe Storm…
Take the following precautions:
· Keep copies of insurance policies, important documents as well as other valuables in a safe place and in a water resistant container.  Consider a safe-deposit box for critical documents or items.
· Consider purchasing flood insurance coverage for homeowners or renters.
· Store emergency supplies and contact information in a handy location at work and home.   Consider storing some items in your car as well.

· Build an “Emergency Kit” and make a family Communications Plan.  An emergency kit will serve you well in a storm, an earthquake or any other disaster scenario.  Visit the following websites for more information on preparing your emergency kit and your communications plan: www.redcross.org/www.fema.gov/, or www.calema.ca.gov/
· Keep your car fueled and some cash on hand. If electric power is cut off, filling stations and ATM’s might not be able to operate.
· Know safe routes from your home or office to high, safe ground.
· Consider keeping some water proofing materials handy for emergency repairs, including sandbags, plastic sheeting, plywood or lumber, duct tape, etc.
Sand and Sandbags – Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate.Tomorrow afternoon, sand will be available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations:
· Station No. 7, 2295 Elm Ave.
· The Old Station No. 12, 6509 Gundry Ave.
· Station No. 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
· Station No. 14, 5200 E. Eliot St.
Empty sandbags are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, except the new Fire Station 12.   

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

 

During A Severe Storm…
Use these guidelines:
· Tune to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions from local authorities.  In an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast information to the Long Beach community.
· Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
· Do not try to walk across a flowing stream of water where the water is near or above your knees.
· Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing. Advise others of your destination and estimated arrival time.
· Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm.
· Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.   If you are driving:
o Know this – Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  A foot of water will float many vehicles.  Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-up trucks.
o Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
o Do not drive around a barricade.  Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
o Slow down for traffic officers at intersections with non-working signal lights.  Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.  Be aware of utility workers working in or near the road.
o Do not sightsee in flooded areas. Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities.
· If advised by local authorities to leave your home, do not delay leaving.  Move to a safe area before access is cut off by floodwater.  Before leaving, disconnect all electrical appliances.

After A Severe Storm …

Take theses steps:
· Stay tuned to radio or television for information and instructions from local authorities.  In an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast information to the Long Beach community.
· Follow local instructions regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking.
· Avoid disaster areas; your presence could hamper rescue and other emergency operations, and you may be in danger.
· Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. If electrical equipment or appliances have been in contact with water, have them checked before use.
· You should avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report downed electrical lines immediately by calling 911.  To report a broken gas lines, first move to a safe location and then call Long Beach Gas & Oil at 562.570.2140.  If you hear a hissing or a roaring sound and smell an unusual odor, first move to a safe location and immediately call 911.
· You should avoid swimming in the ocean and bays during and within 72 hours of a storm. Obey all lifeguard instructions and posted signs at beaches.
Don’t be caught off guard, get the facts and know the risks. Take action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your finances-before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for severe storms by visiting the following websites:

· Federal Emergency Management Agency

· California Emergency Management Agency

· NOAA Watch

· American Red Cross

We hope that this information helps you. If you have any questions about Real Estate in Long Beach please call us 562-533-4003. 

“For all of your Real Estate needs & more… Call Ricardo the Realtor.”

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Home Buyers Alert – 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring

Home Buyers – 5 Reasons to Buy Your Home Now Instead of Spring time

 

Reasons to Buy Your Home Now!

 

5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring in 2014
 
Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five reasons purchasers should consider buying before the spring market arrives:
 
1)Supply Is Shrinking
 
With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.
 
2) Price Increases Are on the Horizon
 
Prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018. First home buyers will probably pay more both in price and interest rate if they wait until the spring. Even if you are a move-up buyer, it will wind-up costing you more in net dollars as the home you will buy will appreciate at approximately the same rate as the house you are in now.
 
3)Owning a Home Helps Create Family Wealth
 
Whether you are rent or you own the home you are living in, you are paying a mortgage. Either you are paying your mortgage or your landlord’s. The Fed, in a recent study, revealed that the net worth of the average homeowner is 30 times greater than that of a renter.
 
4)Interest Rates Are Projected to Rise
 
The Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have all projected that the 30-year mortgage interest rate will be over 5% by the this time next year. That is an increase of almost one full point over current rates.
 
5)Buy Low, Sell High
 
We would all agree that, when investing, we want to buy at the lowest price possible and hope to sell at the highest price. Housing can create family wealth as long as we follow this simple principle. Today, real estate is selling ‘low’ compared to where it will be next year. It’s time to buy.
 
Call us today for a Buyer Consultation so that we can answer all of your questions, Pre- Qualify you, and get you on the right track. Our TEAM of Home Buying Realtors can help you today. 
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To Date or Not To Date, 15 Reasons Why You Should Date A Real Estate Agent / Realtor

15 Reasons Why You Should Date A Real Estate Agent / Realtor

15 Reasons Why You Should Date A Real Estate Agent / Realtor

15 Reasons Why You Should Date A Real Estate Agent / Realtor

15 Reasons to Date a Real Estate Agent / Realtor


If your real estate agent asks you out — and not just to see a gem of a house that’s been on the market for a while — give him/her a chance and say yes.

Here are 15 reasons to date a real estate agent:

1. According to Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy, “Every realtor is just a ninja with a blazer.”

2. Real estate agents are good negotiators.

3. They don’t give up easily. (He won’t give up easily on you, either.)

4. Real estate agents are comfortable with taking calculated risks, depending on commission to pay their bills.

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5. Crave confidence in a date? Real estate agents trust their own abilities to sell properties and close deals for clients.

6. He’s a matchmaker: Real estate agents help clients’ dreams of home ownership come true by pairing what they can afford with what they need.

7. He probably doesn’t live in his parents’ basement.

8. For realtors, beauty is more than skin deep. They can see the potential in a property that others can’t.

9. Real estate agents are self-motivated, driven to succeed in a difficult field of work.

10. Real estate agents are accessible. They intentionally make themselves available to their clients — and, in all likelihood, to their significant others.

11. No 9-to-5 here. If you’re also a freelancer, a real estate agent’s unconventional schedule might appeal to you. Sure, she might be busy tomorrow evening, but she might also be able to swing a weekday brunch.

12. Real estate agents are smart — and good at math. They’re always updating courses and intentionally learning more about their business and the neighborhoods they sell in.

13. Can’t handle awkwardness? Real estate agents depend on their people skills to survive financially. Invite a realtor to a dinner party, and he/she will bring out the charm.

14. A good real estate agent is discerning. He/she knows when to sell a property and when to hang on to it.

15. You’ll learn more about your city. Date a real estate agent, and you’ll get an education in thriving neighborhoods, up-and-coming areas to watch, zoning laws and gentrification.

” THE REALTOR “

Coming to your home soon!!!

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HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach CA

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach CA

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach CA - RicardoTheRealtor.com

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach CA – RicardoTheRealtor.com

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach Calif

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach Calif

HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach

The Home Improvement Rebate Program is currently accepting applications for the Home Improvement Rebate Program!

Contact the City of Long Beach, Neighborhood Services Bureau at (562) 570-6866 for more information and to request an application.

The Home Improvement Rebate Program reimburses eligible owners of residential properties up to $2,000 to improve the exterior of their properties. Since 1987, property owners have received rebates to pay for improvements including painting, stucco, doors, and driveways, repairing porches and windows, and new landscaping.

WHAT IS THE HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM?

The program provides a reimbursement of up to $2,000 to eligible property owners with exterior code violations visible from the street to improve the exterior of their residential properties.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Property owners of both single-family and multi-family owner occupied or rental property with exterior code violations visible from the street are eligible. Income limits apply for property occupants.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Residential property owners may complete an application form and submit it to the Neighborhood Services Bureau staff. Upon receipt of your completed application, ownership of the property and income eligibility of the residents living in the property will be verified and eligibility will be determined. If you qualify, a Certificate of Eligibility will be sent to you authorizing you to proceed with improvements.

PLEASE NOTE: Structures built prior to 1940 require environmental approval by the State of California before a Certificate can be issued. This process can take 6 weeks to complete.

WHAT KIND OF IMPROVEMENTS ARE ELIGIBLE?

Improvements to the exterior of the property that are visible from the street, with the exception of roofs, fences and security bars. The program is designed to improve the curb-appeal of our neighborhoods and eliminate deteriorated conditions.

ONCE THE WORK IS COMPLETE, HOW SOON WILL I RECEIVE THE REBATE CHECK?

The Neighborhood Services Bureau will process your rebate check within six to eight weeks of receiving the required receipts and a completed Owner Invoice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Applications are available now. Assistance with your application will also be available at the:

Help for the Homeowner Resource Fair
Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Resource Center
425 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
FREE Parking Available Behind Building

Please call the Neighborhood Services Bureau at (562) 570-6866 or email bryant.ben@longbeach.gov.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM In Long Beach

Gelson’s Supermarket in Long Beach is waiting for you. Lifestyles of Long Beach.

Gelson’s Supermarket in Long Beach is waiting for you. Lifestyles of Long Beach.

Gelson’s Long Beach location. Gelson’s was founded in 1951 by brothers Bernard and Eugene Gelson as an extraordinary grocery shopping experience for discerning consumers. Gelson’s Markets is recognized as one of the nation’s premier supermarket chains. Each location is singularly known as the area’s best market for superior produce, highest quality meat, seafood and deli, an unmatched selection of wine and liquor, and exceptional service.

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Lifestyles of Long Beach & Real Estate welcome Gelson’s Supermarket to Long Beach.

Fragrance from the beautiful arrangements from the Floral Department greet you as you walk in. To your immediate left is the Bakery. Renaud’s Bakery & Coffee Bar is a very popular bakery that serves up its delicious French pastries and treats. The deli has a large selection of hot foods and a self-serve bar. The most exciting things this store has to offer, is the Gateway Wine Bar and it is located right in the front of the deli for you to try some of the select wines and beers Gelson’s offers. the wine bar also offers a selection of small plate options.

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Gelson’s Super Market in Long Beach also offers a refreshing rooftop dining area over looking Alamitos Bay. Shoppers can grab a pastry and coffee or some delicious freshly made sandwiches from the Deli and enjoy the beautiful sites of the bay.

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Having a top organization like Gelson’s open a store in Long Beach shows their confidence that Long Beach is one of the top cities in all of California. Long Beach is one of the three cities in California that has downtown on the Pacific Ocean. Our city truly has so much to offer its residents. Long Beach is a great place to live.

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  • Address: 6255 E 2nd St, Long Beach, California 90803
    Phone:(562) 430-6042
    Hours:
    Monday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Tuesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Wednesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Thursday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Friday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sunday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Gelson's is now Open In Long Beach CA

Gelson’s is now Open In Long Beach CA

If you are looking to buy or sell your home in Long Beach please call us for a consultation. We are a Team of Local Realtors that really take pride in knowing what this city has to offer.

Long Beach Luxury Estates & Million Dollar Homes

For all of your Real Estate needs & more… Call Ricardo The Realtor. 562-533-4003

For all of your Real Estate needs & more… Call Ricardo the Realtor.  562-533-4003

Selling homes all over Long Beach is our business. Communities include: Alamitos Heights, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Del Lago, Downtown Long Beach, El Dorado Park, Naples Island, Park Estates, The Peninsula, Spinnaker Bay, Wrigley to mention a few.

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