Tom and I are a little late to the party here, you've already received many great responses to choose from. I'm certain any of us would do our best to show you our beloved Long Beach.
Finding the right agent[s] to work with is really important to a successful purchase experience. Assuming we all know our "stuff", I suggest you choose someone whose personality you relate to the most. You and your agent are going to be working closely together for the months it takes to find the right place, write an offer and close escrow. You don't want that much togetherness with an agent that drives you nuts. lol
One thing you might want to consider between now and your target date for your move is start reading the local newspaper online, to get a feel for the community as a whole. The paper is called Long Beach Press-Telegram. There's another new one call the Long Beach Register, which promises to have a great Real Estate section.
Feel free to surf our online listings at http://www.HomeSearch4LongBeach.com.
All the best,
Tom and Lee Ann
Congratulations on your decision to move to California!
Are you looking for a condo or a single family home and what is your budget? Depending on these questions, I would be happy to give you more information and answer any questions you might have.
Feel free to contact me directly at (310) 717-1321 or JamieTian@RodeoRE.com with any questions/concerns about the neighborhoods or the moving & home buying process.
Do yourself a big favor, "don't do it". I've lived here for over 40 years and I can't wait to leave. Please believe when I tell you, the people that can leave are leaving. The main reason why they have to stay is usually due to family ties, complacency, or just lack job opportunity elsewhere. I don't blame you for wanting to leave Chicago. The winters can be pretty harsh there. California is really a financial disaster and social experiment gone very ,very wrong. Please do your due diligence before you make this huge mistake and don't drink the real-estate cool-aid. Rich.
Call me, I would be happy to answer all your questions. What are you looking for in a city? Are you married with kids and want good schools? Are you into the City Life - Loft Living (perhaps Downtown)? Like a "beachy" feel - Belmont Shore is one of the top Dog Friendliest places in the State of California.
Do you like old craftsman style bungalows or prefer Modern - simplicity? Condo or Large Lot with home and yard to maintain? Price range can also determine where you would like ~
Long Beach is an amazing city, loads to offer. Can't wait to show you around!
Lesley Harris, Realtor
Cal Tex Properties
How exciting! Long Beach is a City that people are very Proud of. Not every city has that. As a Long Beach Native, I would be glad to assist you in learning the different areas that this Great City has to offer. Please feel free to call or email me with your questions and we can get started.
Talk to you soon,
Coldell Banker Star Realty
DRE Lic #01456982
Long Beach is a large area, over 500,000 residents. As with any city, we have good areas and not so good areas. Your price range will determine what neighborhoods will be available. Also, what your wants and needs will be next spring. We are a very diversified city, with the beachy feel of Belmont Shore, the urban life of downtown Long Beach, the surburbs of East Long Beach, historical blocks of homes located throughout the city, lots of parks, many very walkable neighborhoods, the list goes on and on. You can start by looking at the types of properties and prices that are currently on the market by going to my website, http://www.NancyCardenaRealtor.com. (It could be a bit of a sticker shock, worked with a couple last week from the northern part of California and they rocked in their shoes a bit when they saw our prices!!) I am also a very strong buyer's agent, please let me know if I can help. See you next spring!
Welcome to Long Beach!
Compared to Chicago, LB does not offer such great urbanity. However, the Downtown is very alive, has a Metro line that goes directly to Downtown LA, lots of events... Oh, and the climate year-round is a bit more pleasant than the Windy City.
What questions do you have on your mind? Ask away!
I am originally from Joliet. I relocated to Long Beach about 7 years ago.
Please feel free to email or call me with your questions, requirements, and/or concerns.
Look forward to hearing from you,
3633 E. BROADWAY Ste. 100
LONG BEACH, CA 90803
OFFICE: 562-856-9300 ext. 33
DRE License # 01834404
RE/MAX College Park Realty
You can Search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) 24/7 here http://www.homesbyjulia.com
I love Chicago, and Long Beach is very similar with our great neighborhoods, parks, restaurants, sports, theater and music. As a native, it would be my pleasure to answer all your questions and find that perfect home!
Please let me know How I can reach you so we can begin our search!!
All my best,
Christy Di Leo
Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance
562 370 3228
I've been helping buyers and sellers in the Long Beach area since 1998 and would be happy to help you explore what neighborhoods might work best for you. A lot will depend on what's important to you -- schools, parks, being close to shops/restaurants, etc. -- as well as the type of home and price range you're in. Feel free to check out our website, http://www.ShowMeHome.com, which has info on various neighborhood, or give me a call at 562-896-2456. I've lived in Long Beach since 1996 and it's a great place to live!
Keller Williams Realty