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Do’s and Dont's for Moving into Your First Apartment!

Andrea Rodriguez - Thursday, June 08, 2017

A first apartment is like a first relationship - a pretty big personal step that's exciting, exhilarating and pretty terrifying. If you've already hunted for apartments, found your new place and scheduled a date for the move in with your landlord, you probably have an inkling of how it feels to have your own apartment.
But don't get ahead of yourself, because the moving process can be pretty exhausting, especially if you don't plan ahead. That said , here are some foolproof DO'S and DONT'S to help you keep calm.

DO read the rules
Does your new place have an elevator deposit or moving fees? Are you expected to move within a two-hour time frame? Should you use the freight elevator? Read your lease or talk to your landlord before the move so that you know exactly where to go and who to talk to when you arrive on moving day with a truck full of furniture.

DON'T put off packing
Packing isn't fun- almost everybody agrees. But one of the key ways to stay organized while preparing for your first big move is to pack early. If you start a few weeks before moving day, you'll be able to pack almost all of the nonessentials and then you can shift your focus to the more essential stuff during the days leading up to the move.

DO coordinate deliveries
Since this is your first apartment, its not likely you have all of the big-ticket items you need already. So, you may have to order things like a couch, bed, mattress set, TV and more, and have them all delivered once you're moved in. Some apartment buildings are strict about big deliveries, so aim to have everything brought over during the time you're moving in - that way, the delivery people can just bring the furniture straight up.

DON'T be afraid to ask for help
Moving is not an easy task, and its certainly not something you should expect to handle by yourself. Enlist your friends and family members throughout the process to make everything a bit easier and a great deal more fun.

DO have fun with it
Sure, moving can be stressful- especially to your first apartment- but try not to let the stress overtake the excitement. This is your first apartment and that's no small thing. So, have fun!



Saving Energy & Money

Andrea Rodriguez - Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Summer is fast approaching and sadly that means higher electricity bills. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your monthly expenses low.

1.  Lighting makes up about 10% of home energy costs. Save up to 75% of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They also last longer, which helps save money on replacements.
2.  Running your air conditioning at 78*F can save between 6 - 18% on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be, so set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer months.
3.  Heating water can account for 14 - 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120*F). If you rent ask your property manager or landlord about this.
4.  Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year. Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use. This task is made easier by using multiple-outlet strips, which turn everything off with the flip of one switch!

Reason's to Move to Long Beach CA!

Andrea Rodriguez - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  

Long Beach California is an amazing hidden gem right in between LA and OC. It's rich in culture, music and arts. Long Beach is a melting pot of people from all walks of life. Just like LA or San Francisco in Long Beach it's all about finding your village/ district. Each district has its own cool unique vibe. With great food choices, creative cocktail bars and coffee shops that become your second home. Long Beach has all it's bases covered! Here is our top 10 favorite things about Long Beach California!

1. Queen Mary
2. Rosie's Dog Beach
3. Long Beach Airport
4. Diverse neighborhoods
5. Diverse food- Fusion, Thai, Mexican, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Southern...you name it!
6. Long Beach Pride
7. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
8. California State University, Long Beach
9. Museum of Latin American Art
10. Long Beach Marathon (and countless 5K's!)

Saint Patrick

Andrea Rodriguez - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Maewyn Succat aka Saint Patrick was born to a wealthy family in AD 387 in Kilpatrick, Scotland. He became famous at a young age for his extensive missionary work in Ireland. The most well-known of Patrick's illustrations is the shamrock. Patrick used this sacred clover as a symbol of Trinity. During his 30 year carrier he reportedly converted over 135,000 people, established 30 churches and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick passed away on March 17, 461. For over a millennium the Irish and the world have celebrated the life of Saint Patrick on March 17.

Long Beach coffee guide

Andrea Rodriguez - Monday, February 13, 2017
  
Long Beach doesn't mess around when it comes to coffee. Here is our top three picks for best coffee shops in Long Beach!
1. Recreational Coffee
The coffee is amazing but wait till you try the baked goods here! Located in the heart of downtown we recommend stopping by on your way to work or staying and relaxing in their cool space.

2. Berlin Bistro
This space is not only a full service cafe but a record and book store! Once you've had your fix of food and coffee walk over to Fingerprints and shop around. You'll find new and used records, books and so much more!

3.Rose Park Roasters
This is the ultimate neighborhood cafe. You will see people biking, skateboarding or walking to this spot from open to close. The friendly staff loves to get to know you by name and order. And to top it off the coffee is phenomenal!

4620 E. Harvey Way

Andrea Rodriguez - Wednesday, February 01, 2017



Stunning Custom Luxury Estate on almost a 1/3 Acre lot!
Available NOW!

This unique and beautiful custom home was built in 1935 and has been completely renovated and expanded to include almost 5000 square feet of living area. The entire home has fresh paint, beautiful hardwood and tile flooring, and tons of windows for ample ambient lighting. The home boasts a dramatic spiral staircase entry, 20 ft vaulted ceilings, roman columns in the living area and gourmet chef's kitchen with 2 islands,a room sized pantry, and is equipped with professional appliances. The main floor boasts a large living room and an attached family room, and 5 bedrooms with 3 1/2 baths. There are 2 separate A/C units for cooling and heating and solar panels provide up to 25 KW of electricity daily. Upstairs there is a 1500 square foot master suite which features a loft foyer, vaulted ceilings, a balcony overlooking the resort like rear yard, and an impressive master bathroom that includes a spacious wardrobe closet, dedicated washer & dryer, and a gorgeous master bath that includes a soaking tub, fireplace, a massive shower and one-of-a-kind 10 foot concrete sink. The private grounds are completely fenced and features almost over a 3rd of an acre of trees, shrubs, gardens, pool, spa, RV parking, basketball court, an outdoor lounge area with fireplace, a covered BBQ area with a brick pizza oven and a separate workshop/hobby cottage.

For more information or to schedule a viewing, call or text Frank at (562) 480-9521

2017 Year of the Rooster

Andrea Rodriguez - Friday, January 27, 2017
  

The curtains have finally opened up at the Psychic Temple building on Broadway in down town Long Beach. An amazing handcrafted design by Qing Nian Tang is proudly suspended in the front window for all to admire. The beautiful installation is made of glass marble fillings, LED light strips and is motion sensitive. It is designed to change colors as people walk by. “Since this year is the year of the rooster, we wanted to make the installation bright,” Tang told the Post.

The week-long celebration of the Lunar New Year begins this Saturday January 28. 2017 marks the year of the Rooster on the Chinese zodiac calendar. The Rooster represents hard work, diligence and always being the first one to wake.


January featured property!

Andrea Rodriguez - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 

 Beautiful Montebello Home in Highly Desirable Neighborhood!

Available now

Now Leasing a wonderful Montebello home loaded with upgrades and featuring hardwood floors throughout the entire home, a formal living room with a crackling fireplace and large bay window overlooking the lushly landscaped front yard with fountain, and a huge back yard with a 2 car detached garage with a separate laundry room with it's own water heater. The kitchen has been completely remodeled with maple cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting, and a separate breakfast area in addition to the attached formal dining room. 4 large bedrooms and 2 baths round out the home with fresh paint and upgraded fixtures.

Spark of Love- Toy Drive

Andrea Rodriguez - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Thankgiving Recipe

Andrea Rodriguez - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

 

 

Do you have your Thanksgiving dinner all planned out? How about adding an original dish, like a "Sweet Potato Casserole". Below is a tasty recipe that your entire family will enjoy!

What you will need:

Produce

  • 2 1/2 lbs Sweet potatoes

Baking & Spices

  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

Oils & Vinegar

  • 1 Cooking spray

Nuts & Seeds

  • 1/2 cup Pecans

Dairy

  • 1/4 cup Butter

Desserts

  • 2 cups Marshmallows, miniature

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

ENJOY!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ERNST AND HAAS MANAGEMENT!
 

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