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Tue Jun 20, 2017
Rebeccajones1156 asked:
I am looking for a 1 bedroom apartment in Long Beach for myself, my partner, our cat and adult 50lbs dog (very friendly Pointer). We are relocating to the area from NYC and are reaching…
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Fri Dec 16, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
Absolutely. I hope you already found a home by now. If not, I would suggest that you pick up the phone and call a local realtor to assist you.
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Sun Nov 20, 2016
Vincentmbarrios answered:
Hi Joanne,

We're offering a one month free rent move in special for the month of December, so you can take possession, start moving in and don't pay rent until January 1, 2017. Please complete the application on the website if you're interested and reach out with any questions:


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Thu Oct 6, 2016
Ava answered:
Because Long Beach is the pits -I want out!
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Thu Oct 6, 2016
Ava answered:
How did you land a job in Seal Beach! Good for you. Seal Beach is the BEST! Difficult to find a place to live there. Try Huntington Beach (Playa De Mediteranian if you are seeking an apartment. Newport Beach -Coronado Properties -Blessings. oh, btw, I live in Long Beach -I don't recommend relocating here :-( ... more
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Tue May 10, 2016
Unspecified answered:
I have lived in Long Beach right between Ocean Blvd and First St and between Los Alamitos and Cerritos for 2 1/2 years and need to let all of you know that rent there for a 1 bedroom is anywhere from 1200 to 1500 with no amenities like dishwasher or air conditioning(yes it does get hot in the summer!), and most don't have patio or balcony. There is hardly any one bedrooms that come with parking(mostly 2 bd apts). Parking is very bad! I usually end up parking about 3-4 blocks from my place by the time I get home around 430 to 530 pm. Two bedrooms apts are about 1900 and up with some having 1 parking place. Alot of these apartments in this area are run by slumlords that don't fix stuff up (bare mininum), don't spray for bugs(including spiders-real problem). Old and outdated apts. They will raise your rent every year. There is a really bad homeless problem, sleeping on your porch/stairs, breaking into laundry rooms and stealing laundry or going the bathroom in it, digging through trash cans at all hours making big messes and alot of noise, throwing trash and clothes all over the sidewalks. Doing drugs in the alley ways next to the apartments and even on the stairs/porches to apartments. Alot of crime in this area too. Have had multiple neighbors report break-ins(one while they were home at night!). Police chases by car and foot through the neighborhood. Twice someone has been shot within a two block radius. You are better off looking inland like Signal Hill or down in the Belmont Shores/ Belmont Heights area vs Long Beach. Ever since they redid the Pike and cleaned up downtown for the tourists it has pushed the homeless and crime element into our residential area. Areas are bad and too high prices for what you get. ... more
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Thu May 5, 2016
Andrew Jones answered:
Hi chrd9385,

Multi-unit buildings by the water in Long Beach (and San Pedro) offer particularly strong investment values in my opinion. These areas have the least expensive beach properties in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties by far.

Long Beach is a major metropolitan center in it's own right and the downtown area has been undergoing redevelopment for quite some time. The World Trade Center and Marina complex have already transformed the area by the beach and Ocean Boulevard and entire blocks of older buildings have been demolished in the Downtown area.

Though not as high profile as Long Beach... San Pedro is also undergoing redevelopment and both of these areas should experience strong appreciation and increased rents in the future given the extremely high property values in every other coastal community here (it's worth noting that Redondo Beach still gets an honorable mention in this regard,)

The cost of properties in both these communities is still surprisingly low and the rates of return can also be significantly higher than those found on real estate in L.A. and Orange Counties other beach cities where it's often difficult to find buildings that yield a positive cash flow.

Here's a comprehensive map search tool that shows all of the income properties listed for sale by the ocean in both Long Beach and San Pedro.

Please feel free to call or email me any time if you'd like more information about investment opportunities in these and other coastal communities.

Best of Luck!
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Thu Apr 14, 2016
Joe answered:
At least you got a response. Sent messages through this site, and called/texted listed numbers and nothing... really had to dig to find info on who to contact. But i'll take this over CL any day... ... more
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Thu Aug 6, 2015
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
Ooh great question. There are many loan programs that come to mind when you mention first time homebuyers. As some have mentioned in previous emails, the VA loan is good if you have served in our military. That can essentially be a $0 money down option. We also have the SCHFA which provides 4% of the purchase price to be used toward downpayment or closing costs. The CHDAP which will allow up to 3%, the CalHFA which has a 5% down but has a built in down pay assist program that is equivalent to 3%+$6500 to be used for down payment an/or closing costs.
I know it all sounds the same right? Call me if you are still in the market and we will find which one best suits you. There are still more loan programs that I haven't mentioned like the Union Bank WISH program or the EDM that does not have PMI.

This is how I best serve my clients. I find them the best options. Call me.

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
BRE Lic#01456982
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Tue Dec 30, 2014
souza.saul answered:
Hello Vera , by the way I am not a realtor or real estate agent. Not that they would not know. However , California Real Estate agents in general are notoriously biased for steering you towards a sale of there listings and rarely if any to what you want. My best advice is to contact someone who knows the area and does not have a financial motive to your moving there(no landlord or real estate.Seriously.) Look up old friends and ask if they have any relatives or friends that live in the area such as college students or workers. Worst case scenario do internet research and look up crime statistics for your particular zipcode. Long Beach has some bad areas and downtown is too expensive. So you might have to find somewhere in the middle. Anaheim likewise is nice closer to downtown Disney but you guessed it expensive. Anaheim is in Orange County and bar none Orange County Districts are better than any Los Angeles County School District. However Los Angeles Westwood/ Rancho Park public schools are better than even private schools. Gather as much data as you can an you will narrow it down. I have lived in the area for over 30 years . Real Estate agents are not going to do the leg work for you let alone online research. Its not in there curriculum. Getting you to sign is and collecting there 5% commission is. ... more
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Perhaps your question was cut off, perhaps the links below may be of help....
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Wendell E Johnson, P.E. answered:
Yes you can on a lot of great places to rent by the day, week or month ..I'm a member myself
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Mon Dec 30, 2013
Robert Finger answered:
I see that you have received some great info from others regarding your question. Another thing is that if you hook up with a lender that is savvy in reviewing credit they may be able to help you determine ways to increase your fico score and follow it up with a rapid re-score. Higher Fico could offer more buying power at a lessor cost. (Which We All Like).
Feel free to contact me
Thank You
Robert Finger
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Wed Nov 13, 2013
Jamie Tian answered:
Hi Dymphna,

Send me your email address to and I would be happy to send you a comparative market analysis of the value of your units so you can get an idea of what they can sell for.

I would also be happy to assist you in marketing your property for sale so that you get the highest price.


Jamie Tian
Rodeo Realty
(310) 717-1321
BRE #01920120
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Robert Santiago answered:
There are Several right near the water in and walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. One example would be The Aqua Towers in downtown long beach. 388/488 E Ocean Blvd 90802. I own a unit there myself. Great for a weekend home. Call me so we can discuss and get your weekend home set up for your enjoyment!

Robert Santiago
Keller Williams
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
It is definitely in your best interests to work with a Real Estate Broker that is familiar with the city of Long Beach. Long Beach is a very diverse area with many small pockets. Rents can vary depending on the area.
There are some important specifics that I will need to know... Such as, how are your credit scores, income verification or w2's, size of your pet(s), timeframe of when you want to move, desired parking, amenities, etc.

Please feel free to call me and discuss further.

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
DRE Lic#01456982
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Fri Sep 13, 2013
Barbara Robbins-Olexa answered:
When you are ready and are hear you can visit my office at 189 Quincy Ave. Belmont Shore, Long Beach and see if we have any rentals available that might be of interest. I think they will take your credit into consideration if you have good explanation for the not so decent credit history.

Barbara Robbins-Olexa, Broker
L B Brokerage
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Mon Jul 1, 2013
Johnny James answered:
Long Beach Real Estate varies by area. Long Beach is a Big City, many areas, many zip codes, many price ranges from mobile homes to mansions.
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Thu Jun 13, 2013
Kawain Payne answered:
Sounds like your realtor is the listing agent as well as your buyer;'s agent.
(since you said he did the open house)

The agent can not give you details of the other offer, such as the amount they offered or the terms. He can say if it was a full price offer or not, but not more than that.

It would have been nice if you at least got a counter, then maybe you could have increased your offer, and take away the request for closing help. It is up to the seller to decide which offer they want, as well as which ones to counter.

In a seller's market like the one we are in now, sellers are not likely to pay any closing cost. Offers asking for closing cost help will not be favored in most cases.

In my opinion, your seller did nothing wrong.

Try and stay positive, and keep in mind it will take several offers before you get one accepted.

Best of luck to you!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Wed Feb 27, 2013
Jamie Tian answered:
Hi Sam,

The HOA is $488.00/month.

Please feel free to contact me at (310) 717-1321 or if you have any other questions or concerns. I would be happy to set up an appointment for you to view a property or send you a list of available properties at no cost.

Best Regards,

Jamie Tian
Rodeo Realty
(310) 717-1321
DRE #01920120
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