Considering Making a Move? Information for First Time Home Buyers

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When you're thinking about making a move, the first steps in the home buying process are: Deciding when you want to make your move Considering how much money you would like to spend Thinking about what type of home you would like Deciding where you would like to live The next step is usually finding out how much loan you can qualify for and deciding the type of financing will work best for you. If you're in the "thinking about it" stage, you will want to speak with a lender about receiving pre-qualification. If you choose to … [Read more...]

Fun for the Whole Family in Redondo Beach

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Kimberley Fisher, a travel writer and blogger, offers readers an exciting look into life and attractions in Redondo Beach.  Although her highlights focus on Redondo Beach as a vacation spot, she also shares insights into local attractions for would-be residents of this fun South Bay beach town! The 70,000 square foot pier was originally built in 1889. It is home to over 50 shops, restaurants and bars, Redondo Fun Factory, Summer Music on the Pier, traveling festivals and art shows. Stop into the Sunshine Kite Factory and say hello to … [Read more...]

Hermosa Beach – The beach lifestyle without the bummers

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In January 2008, the Jennifer Lisle of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article highlighting the lifestyle in Hermosa Beach.  From the stunning views to the peaceful neighborhood, Hermosa Beach offers more to its' residents than just a beach-oriented culture! Known as the "less expensive" section of Hermosa Beach, East Hermosa, the 12-block slice south of Artesia Boulevard and roughly north of Anita Street, offers peaceful streets and stunning views. The beach is a 10-minute walk away, but East Hermosa feels more spacious than crammed … [Read more...]

Cruise the Beach along The Strand

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Cruiser bikes are becoming more popular everywhere, but in the South Bay beaches, they are the way to get around.  In fact, in the Strand - which reaches from Redondo Beach to Hermosa Beach - you'll find cruiser bikes are everywhere! This July 2010 article from HelloLosAngeles.com examines in detail the best way to get around the Strand, and why these bikes are so popular in the South Bay beaches. Sitting upright on your cruiser, with little need to tap the footbrakes, you can cruise the flat path for up to 25 miles one-way from … [Read more...]

Redondo Beach: A Great Place to Live — And Workout!

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If you live in Redondo Beach and can't afford a pricey gym membership or a personal trainer, there's good news - the beach gives you ample ways to get fit on a budget.  Dara Mazzie explains in this article from the Los Angeles Examiner how you can get a full body workout . . . for free! The Stairs & The Ramp First, walk, jog, or sprint up the stairs and then walk backwards down the ramp, which is better for your knees and stretches the calves. Then, walk, jog or sprint back up the ramp and walk down the stairs. Do this as many … [Read more...]

Why Buy Instead of Rent – Information for First Time Home Buyers

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When you're thinking about buying your first home, it's essential for you to be confident in your decision to buy instead of rent. However, you may not know about the many great reasons to buy a home! Here are just a few of them: Smart Investment When you invest in a home, it offers the possibility for appreciation in value. The equity becomes yours when you're still paying off your mortgage. You even get to live in it while your investment matures. Tax Advantages Since both mortgage interest and property taxes are tax deductible, … [Read more...]