Lakewood (Long Beach, CA)
By Kirk Mulhearn
(Prudential California Realty/Gem Mortgage)
Long Beach, Ca.  Just the idea of a physical road block may conjure up frustration and lost time on the road to where you are going in life.  But I would like to point out that within every roadblock that you may be facing, that there are probably some good reasons for them and that there are strategies on how to deal with them in your lives.  Roadblocks, in the physical sense, are often built by authorities, civil servants, to protect the traveler from unseen dangers.  If the traffic was allowed to pass through unhindered, there may be a tragic accident resulting from unseen road conditions ahead.  So, as much as you may want to proceed, we need to figure out what is really in your best interests.   It is more likely that a roadblock can be a good thing; that is, a signpost to adjust ...
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By Kirk Mulhearn
(Prudential California Realty/Gem Mortgage)
      Long Beach, Ca.  Well, I guess when it rains, it pours.  Unemployment figures not withstanding, see below.  I still believe that during such interesting times that there are always opportunities that arise for both first time home buyers and investors alike.  Imagine a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home selling for $275000.00 in Anaheim.  How about newer 6 bedroom homes in Corona selling in the mid $300000.00 range.  Lucrative opportunities are everywhere to be found.  Lets be realistic, home buyers concerned about their jobs are taking a lets wait and see attitude; that is healthy.  However, remember that with the government selling so many bonds to stimulate the economy that the interest for mortgages has begun to move up.  This is going against the trend the government would like to see, i...
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By Marie Kletke, Broker - Long Beach Real Estate
(iNet Realty)
.   Come Fall 2008, Lakewood's Shopping Mall will introduce its newest anchor store.  With 159,000-square-feet and a gas station, this Costco will be the first in Southern California attached to a shopping mall.  The existing space has been vacant since the 2005 merger of Robinsons -May and Macy's.In recent consumer surveys, it was found that about 30 percent of Lakewood families shop at Costco.  The demeographics show that the typical Costco customer is a business owner.  They are usually homeowners with annual incomes of over $100,000 who shops an average of 20to 50 times a year at Costco.The arrival of Costco to Lakewood Center reflects the changes that are occurring in the retail industry.  the consolidation of department stores have created major retail gaps, prompting mall owner t...
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