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Wrigley Neighborhood – 6 Things You Should Know – Long Beach California

Wrigley Neighborhood – 6 Things You Should Know

Long Beach Homes & Real Estate Agent Team

6 Things You Need To Know About the Wrigley Community in Long Beach, California.

Wrigley neighborhood is located in Long Beach, California. Our Team of Real Estate agents have SOLD several homes here. Over the recent years the property values have been rising steadily. We believe it is because of the pride of home owners to better this beautiful community and the fact that Long Beach has been investing funds in its neighborhoods.

Getting to know many of Wrigley residents has been our teams pleasure. There are groups now that hold events in this community which include a BBQ, Christmas Parade, block parties, neighborhood watch … Residents like these have improved Wrigley and its lifestyle. So many homeowners have invested more into their homes and have brought many of its historic glamour back into our present day.

It all started… Named for chewing gum magnate William S. Wrigley, Jr., developer of this two-block area, homes were built here in the Spanish Colonial Revival style between 1928 and 1934. The district has remarkable architectural consistency, unity and integrity.

Today Wrigley offers a beautiful, up & coming neighborhood that has a bright future. Ricardo the Realtor – Long Beach Real Estate Agent Team loves the community of Wrigley, its bike paths, parks, business district, historic home value, architecture, dog park and eco friendly neighbors.

Wrigley Heights Dog Park - Long Beach California

Wrigley Heights Dog Park – Long Beach California

Thank you for taking the time to view our video. Ricardo the Realtor – Long Beach Real Estate Team is here to assist home buyers & home sellers reach their goals. We have the marketing know how of utilizing todays technology to best serve you.

Long Beach Real Estate Agent Top Team, Ricardo The Realtor. By having multiple professionals in our group we are able to always be there for you when you need us. Our TEAM of Realtor’s outperform the individual agent.

Selling your home?

We utilize proven marketing techniques to obtain you the highest & best offer for your home. Gone are the days of placing a sign in your lawn, ad in the local newspaper & inputting the info into the MLS. We use todays technology- via customized online marketing, our very own mobile app to get your home the exposure it requires to get you the best price. We market your home not only locally but world wide on our site that is translated over 19 languages. We can show you how our tech savvy approach will make a world of difference when we sell your home. Marketing at a much higher level is what we specialize in.

Buying your home?

Driving around looking at For Sale signs is NOT the way to buy a home & allow us to tell you why. The “Listing Agent” already has a fiduciary duty to his client – The Seller. That agent has to get the highest price for their clients home. As your Buyer Realtor Team we look out for you, the Buyer. We are in your corner making sure your interests are 1st. Our Real Estate Agents follow a proven strategy that works.

Your Top Long Beach Real Estate Agent Team is committed to providing you with the dedication to detail & client service you deserve.

For all of your Real Estate needs & more. Call Ricardo The Realtor.

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Long Beach Homes and Luxury Estates Team - Million Dollar homes For Sale

Long Beach Homes and Luxury Estates Team – Million Dollar homes For Sale

Long Beach Mysterious Islands? Tropical Resorts? THUMS Islands? Astronaut Islands? Long Beach CA

Long Beach Mysterious Islands? Tropical Resorts? THUMS Islands? Astronaut Islands? AREA 562? Long Beach CA

 

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THUMS Islands? Astronaut Islands? Fantasy Islands? Luxury Private Islands? AREA 562? What the heck?

If you drive along the coast line of Long Beach, California you will notice something not found anywhere else. There are a series of islands that we all wonder… What are these mysterious islands that are scattered right off the Long Beach coast?

There are a set of 4 artificial islands that were built in 1965 for oil drilling purposes. The islands were operated by THUMS which was a group of companies that bid for the island contract. THUMS = Texaco Oil, Humble Oil (now Exxon), Union Oil, Mobil Oil & Shell Oil. There were more than 640,000 boulders brought in from Catalina island to build the rim of these islands.

The Long Beach islands needed to be aesthetically pleasing since they are so close to the shore. So they contracted theme park architect Joseph Linesch to oversee the project. $10 Million dollars was spent on landscaping the islands with waterfalls, palm trees & tall structures to conceal the oil drilling machinery, noise & drilling rigs. At night the structures are lit up with different colors to make them beautiful islands making everyone wonder… What is going on out there and how do I get invited?

In 1968 the Long Beach islands were named after the first four American astronauts that lost their lives serving their country. Astronauts Grissom, White, Chaffee & Freeman.

Ricardo the Realtor was invited to take a private tour of White Island. It was a short half mile boat ride from Pier J.

What a great opportunity to visit one of Long Beach’s most iconic landmarks. This trip out to our own islands taught us about the well drilling process that is going on. The new technology allows them to drill horizontally, vertically, straight or even curved. Many Long Beach residents have been concerned about past subsidence issues that have occurred. This happens when oil is pumped out of the earth and the ground sinks. They are now heading off any issues by injecting the voids with water with the ratio of 1.2 to 1. These islands employ about 230 people and contracts with other local firms for another 450 island jobs. 365 days a year, where contractors work 12 hour shifts for 7 days straight, then take 7 days off.

These islands off the coast of Long Beach are the only ones like it in all of the United States. We were able to get up-close views of waterfalls, landscaping, sound walls & structures. We hope that this behind the scenes video of THUMS / Astronaut Islands is entertaining to you.

Ricardo the Realtor loves the Long Beach Lifestyle. If you are thinking about buying or selling your home in Long Beach please call us. We make sure that we know our city and all it has to offer.

Long Beach Real Estate Agent Top Team, Ricardo The Realtor. By having multiple professionals in our group we are able to always be there for you when you need us. Our TEAM of Realtor’s outperform the individual agent.

Selling your home?

We utilize proven marketing techniques to obtain you the highest & best offer for your home. Gone are the days of placing a sign in your lawn, ad in the local newspaper & inputting the info into the MLS. We use todays technology- via customized online marketing, our very own mobile app to get your home the exposure it requires to get you the best price. We market your home not only locally but world wide on our site that is translated over 19 languages. We can show you how our tech savvy approach will make a world of difference when we sell your home. Marketing at a much higher level is what we specialize in.

Buying your home?

Driving around looking at For Sale signs is NOT the way to buy a home & allow us to tell you why. The “Listing Agent” already has a fiduciary duty to his client – The Seller. That agent has to get the highest price for their clients home. As your Buyer Realtor Team we look out for you, the Buyer. We are in your corner making sure your interests are 1st. Our Real Estate Agents follow a proven strategy that works.

Ricardo the Realtor – Long Beach Luxury Homes & Real Estate

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Thinking about Selling your Million Dollar Plus Luxury Home? Top things to do before… Long Beach Real Estate Team

Thinking about Selling your Million Dollar Plus Luxury Home?

Long Beach Top Real Estate Agent Team – Ricardo the Realtor

What steps do you take to get your luxury home sold?

If you’re ready to sell your luxury home, this may be the perfect time.   There are some areas that deserve extra attention when selling a luxury home for top dollar. It surprises us how many clients think that all a Realtor does is put a sign up and enter it into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). It isn’t quite that simple.

Million Dollar Homes & Luxury Estates For Sale - Ricardo the Realtor Long Beach  Real Estate Agent Top Team

Million Dollar Homes & Luxury Estates For Sale – Ricardo the Realtor Long Beach Real Estate Agent Top Team

 

1- Get all the paperwork.

Do you own a custom home? Do you still have the blue prints? Any new owner will really appreciate it especially if they want to someday remodel. Usually in higher end homes you will find that they have high tech features, fancy appliances, systems… So you will want to provide all of the manuals and warranty paperwork for the new owners once you’ve SOLD. Mortgage Documents – a vast majority of luxury home buyers pay cash for their estates but that is changing. Since we have had record low interest rates many million dollar plus buyers have chosen to finance their purchase. Make sure you know the balance of your mortgage and make sure that you will have enough equity to cover all the expenses. We can provide you with a net sheet so that you have a good idea of what you will walk away with.

Ricardo the Realtor Long Beach Top Real Estate Agent Team

Tip 1- Make sure you have all the manuals on how to operate your systems.

 

2- Price your home correctly… the 1st time.

The process of pricing a luxury home is much more challenging than a tract home or condo because they are usually custom built. There are not other comparables that have the exact same features. The upgrades and features can vary drastically from one home to the next. The Long Beach market is exactly that. Diverse.

Homes on Naples Island, Belmont Shore, Park Estates, The Peninsula … are so different. Our team of agents will be able to take these differences into consideration when helping you price our home for sale. A homeowner will usually want to overprice their home and there are dangers to this strategy. An overpriced home will generally sit on the market for more than a year is stigmatized. Usually buyers will think that there is something wrong it and that is the reason it has not sold. Pricing your home correctly will put you in a much better situation right out of the gates.

 

3- Professional Photographs is a Must.

Internet is king. 9 out of 10 home buyers start their search online. They look at the photos and video tours of your home. Surprisingly many Realtors use their cell phones or other low end cameras to photograph their listings. When working with luxury homes there are many details that these cameras miss or are not capable of capturing.

Working with a professional photographer is something that our team insists on. Most of the time you will want to set up two shoots, one during the day and the other at night. Lighting in most luxury million dollar homes has been well planned out. Taking pictures of the home at night will capture the glamour and lifestyle that is for sale.

We are finding that many of our affluent home buyers are from out of town or country.  That being said video of your home is very important. Having video of your property can be the touch that will get that affluent buyer to fly in for a private viewing.

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Long Beach Million Dollar Homes and Luxury Real Estate Agent Team- Ricardo the Realtor 562 533 4003 –

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4- Decide What is Needed to View Your Home.

As your chosen Realtor Team, we qualify “Buyers” who ask to view your home. When a caller asks to see your home that is worth millions we will generally ask for proof of funds, pre-approval letter and most serious buyers will comply. Other qualified buyers may be private. So we have to be very careful that we are so protective to drive away qualified buyers. Sometimes they will admit that do not have financing secured.

So rather than just use a blanket statement that no one can see the home without providing financials, it is better to use discretion. Sometimes the use of Google can come in really handy. If someone can be found in a simple search and it is obvious that they own a chateau in France, then we may want to let them in.

 

5- How & When Can a Potential Buyer See Your Home?

In the luxury home market we generally like to ask for a 24 hour notice which is reasonable. With that said you should be prepared to make exceptions. Serious home buyers may only be in town for a few days. They may have flown into town to view a list of homes and yours is on it. Or they may not have initially considered your home but they decided to drive by and loved it.

We will have to decide if we should have an electronic lockbox that other Realtors have access to or we can show it “by appointment only” with us present for showings. We can accommodate various ways of showing your million dollar home.

Some home owners decide on having their home omitted from the MLS making it a “Pocket Listing”. They do not want it advertised online, print or to the general public. We would market your home by word of mouth. We would only recommend this method if you do not want anyone to know that you are selling. Just know that the more eyes that see your home, the better chances of getting it sold quick for a good price. Making your home accessible will help obtaining you the very best offer.

6- Consult with your trusted professional about your sale.

Make an appointment with your financial advisors and create a plan. They will help you prepare for any tax consequences that may be the result of the sale of your home. They may have strategies for investing the funds you receive from the sale. 1031 Exchanges are a popular method for deferring taxes.

 

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Long Beach Top Real Estate Team – Ricardo the Realtor 562-533-4003

7- Last but not least… Hire us as your Luxury Real Estate Team

You may be tempted to hire a friend or family member that is new to the business and out of the area. It may not be the best idea when you’re selling one of your most important investments. There have been many situations that we are aware of when a seller hired a friend or relative that clearly was not experienced to sell their home. Not only did they not sell the home but it greatly effected their relationship in a negative way.

Our team of Realtors have a 80+ plan and we can show you what steps we take to market your home to qualified luxury buyers. Our team of professionals consist of showing agents, marketing specialists, open house agents, transaction coordinators & lending professionals. What this means to you is that there will always be someone to help you through the selling process. One agent cannot possibly provide the customer service that a luxury home sellers requires. Involving your wife, son or daughter to help you sell homes does not constitute a “Team” especially when they are not licensed to sell real estate, have photography or marketing training. Our Team of Real Estate professionals are Full Time and that is it. They do not do anything else but sell homes.

Technology. Technology. Technology. Marketing is huge when selling your luxury home. If your agent does not know how to blog, YouTube,FaceBook, or Google+ , provide a personalized mobile app or have implemented analytics… then you have to ask yourself if they are on top of todays technology. We are very surprised on how many of our fellow Realtors market a home by yesterday standards. Sticking a sign in your front yard , inputting your home into the MLS and running an ad in the newspaper is what most “discount” agents do and it is ineffective. This is the norm and unfortunately for many home sellers is all that they get. We specialize in Social Media and online marketing where 9 out of 10 home buyer search begins. We market your luxury home via a network and website that can be translated into 19 different languages. We know where most of all luxury affluent home buyers are coming from not only out of the area, state but worldwide.

If you are thinking about selling your luxury home then you need to contact us. We will make it worth your time. Guaranteed. 

Our Real Estate Agent Team will outperform an individual agent. 

 

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

562.533.4003

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Latin American Festival in Long Beach 2013

Lifestyles of Long Beach Latin American Festival 2013

Latin American Festival

in Downtown Long Beach 2013

 

LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL 2013
Saturday, September 7th
North Pine at 7th
Downtown Long Beach
5pm- 10pm

The Fifth Annual Latin American Festival returns to Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 7, in a new location. Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the event will take place on Historic Old Pine Avenue at 7th Street from 5pm – 10pm.

The evening’s festivities will include live performances from acclaimed bands La Santa Cecilia and Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia. La Santa Cecilia is a Los Angeles based music group that has performed with music legends like Elvis Costello and is known for their modern hybrid of Latin rhythms and rock and roll. Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia was formed by Ozomatli front man Raul Pacheco and is known for its lively and danceable Cumbia sound.

Numerous vendors selling hand-made clothing and original artwork, a beer and margarita bar provided by Agave’s, interactive opportunities, health & wellness information and authentic Latin Cuisine will also be featured at the event. Live music and dance performances will take place throughout the night on two stages and a children’s activity area will feature a variety of activities geared to younger guests. The Arts Council for Long Beach will provide piñata making and dance classes in the A Lot, located on the west side of Pine Avenue, just south of 7th Street.

EVENT SPONSORS
Thank you to our sponsors, WalMart, the Arts Council for Long Beach, State Farm, Ford, Long Beach Airport, Supervisor Don Knabe, Port of Long Beach, Minute Man Press, the host of the Beer & Margarita Garden- Agaves, and the host of the Vendor Village, Anderson Paint and Hardware.

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Bike Month is here! Come out and enjoy Lifestyles of Long Beach

Bike Month is here in Long Beach!

Ricardo The Realtor is your Long Beach Real Estate Team

Bike Long Beach – LIfestylesOfLongBEach.com

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster kicked off National Bike Month on May 7 with his annual Bike Ride to City Hall, one of more than a dozen exciting activities and special events taking place in Long Beach during May 2013.

The mayor’s bike ride promotes awareness of the annual Tour of Long Beach & Bike Festival, the annual bicycle circuit around Long Beach benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital. This year’s event and daylong celebration at The Pike in Rainbow Harbor will take place on Saturday, May 11.

Other upcoming events include Fix Your Bike Day & Safety Rodeo on May 11 at McBride Teen Center; Bike to Work Day on May 16 at City Hall and CSULB locations; and Kidical Mass on May 19 in Bixby Knolls.

An updated listing of events will be posted throughout the month at BikeLongBeach.org/events

  • The Downtown Long Beach Associate presents the Bike Fest of Long Beach. Grab your bike and cruise to THE PIKE AT RAINBOW HARBOR to Celebrate Bike-Friendly Long Beach at the Finish Line of the Tour of Long Beach!The event is FREE and will feature the BEACHWOOD & FRIENDS CRAFT BEER GARDEN, a Vintage Bike Exhibit & Fashion Show, Live Entertainment and Swing Bands, a FREE Bike Valet, Children’s Activities, Vendor Village and food specialties from Downtown’s Restaurants.

95 South Pine Ave., Long Beach, California 90802
LIfestyles of Long Beach & Real Estate

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This weekend is when Long Beach puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to championing bicycle culture.

This will be the fourth year of the Tour of Long Beach, which begins as early as 6 a.m. Saturday, May 11, near Shoreline Village. The Downtown Long Beach Associates’ BikeFest will take place at the finish line from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The Pike’s grassy area near Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue.

“The Tour of Long Beach and its finish line festival is a celebration of the bike friendliness and bike culture in downtown Long Beach,” said Julie Meigs Korinke, DLBA communication manager. “And this year, BikeFest will be highlighting downtown’s vintage and biking fashion with two new elements.”

The Tour of Long Beach was an idea of the late Mark Bixby and Long Beach’s Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz (2000 U.S. Olympian). The tour has a variety of ways to participate with the Family Fun Run (free, 5 miles), Tour of Long Beach ($55, 31 miles), Metric Century Ride ($65, 62 miles) or the Cruz Gran Fondo ($120, 100 miles).

“With all the different rides, anyone can participate, whether you are a kid who just got a bike or an avid cyclist,” said Brett Beck, Memorial Medical Foundation director. “It’s designed to be a great weekend for families and neighbors to show off what Long Beach has been trying to do to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation.”

The Tour of Long Beach puts money toward the Miller Children’s Hospital Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. Beyond an entry fee, riders also can choose to fundraise for the race — $200 raised by May 10 gets the cyclist a special Champions Club jersey.

“There’s a lot of rides for different diseases and diagnoses, but you don’t really know what the money is specifically going to,” said Renae Waestman-Furlow, marketing manager for Jonathan Jaques. “We’re really big on transparency.”

The hospital is part of the Children’s Oncology Group, working to cure cancers in children and teenagers — specifically certain types of leukemia.

“Our goal is to make pediatric cancer a survivable disease, to make sure each child is curable,” Waestman-Furlow said. “And any advances we receive here, a patient in Texas will get that same knowledge. When you come and ride and make every pedal count, you’re doing something locally, but also helping every patient across the country.”

The main Tour of Long Beach route begins along the water in downtown Long Beach, goes north along the Los Angeles River, cuts across the city roughly parallel to Heartwell Park, back down along the San Gabriel River and across the boardwalk back downtown. The special Cruz Gran Fondo will be led by Tony Cruz, and its path reaches south all the way to the Laguna area and back.

The event is trying to raise about $500,000 and race officials said they expect about 3,000 cyclists of all ages and types. One-way of traffic along Shoreline Drive will be closed from about 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.

At the finish line, the BikeFest will be a daylong celebration for riders and spectators alike.

There will be a vintage bike and fashion show at 1 p.m. inspired by Bernard Serrano and the Cyclone Coasters, featuring fashion from the 1920s-1990s. A vintage exhibit will take place all day. Live swing performances will serenade the celebration.

“Guests will be encouraged to hit the dance floor with their best swing moves,” Korinke said.

The Beachwood and Friends Craft Beer Garden is returning with a larger footprint. There will be about a dozen breweries with 20 craft beers to choose from — five-ounce souvenir glasses and $20 for 10 tastings. There will be a bike shop vendor village, free bike valet, face painting and bicycle safety classes aimed at families.

“The festival really serves two purposes: To be a celebration of the participants in the tour and the other is to celebrate our biking community here in Long Beach,” Korinke said.

Lifestyles of Long Beach & Bike Month

BikeFest Long Beach is happening this month so make sure you come out and join us for some of the festivities. http://www.LifestyleOfLongBeach.com

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