Thursday, September 23, 2010

There Is A Lot Happening in Lakewood California

As a full-time Realtor® and to provide the BEST service possible to my Seller and Buyer Clients in Lakewood and neighboring Long Beach, California … I want to make sure that ALL RESIDENTS are aware of the various community related activities that are taking place.

Lakewood City Hall

There is something offered for everybody whether it be Volunteer work, finding a book bargain, After-School Activities, Fundraisers or Craft Festivals … in the near future … Lakewood California has it all!

Project Shepherd needs food donations … Donations are accepted at Burns Community Center at Lakewood City Hall 562-925-7512

After-School Activity ZONE is open … This is a FREE drop-in program for school age children, teens and pre-teens. The program is offered at Lakewood City parks Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information call 562-866-9771 ext 2408

Book Sale To Benefit Lakewood City Libraries … Low-priced used books will be available at the Friends of the Libraries sale on Saturday October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A discount bag sale follows from 2-3 p.m. All proceeds will support Lakewood’s two libraries. For more information visit or call 562-866-1777.

Fall Craft Festival to get Jump Start on the Holidays … This coming Saturday October 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakewood Youth Center located at Woodruff and Arbor Road a variety of handmade items will be for sale at reasonable prices. For more information call the Weingart Sr. Center 562-630-6141.

Lakewood Sheriff’s Station to Host Goodwill Fundraiser …  The station is hosting a Goodwill collection event to raise funds for station programs and community events taking place this Sunday 9/26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lakewood City Hall parking lot. For more information call 562-623-3699 - Deputies will be on site to tax your tax deductible donations.

Then For You House Hunters, There is Always Real Estate … For more information on how to get access to all the Real Estate listings in Lakewood and Long Beach visit or call me direct at 562-882-1581 … Allison Van Wig - Realtor®  … Serving Lakewood & Long Beach Residents for over 22 years.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Beautiful Home In The Heart of The Lakewood Mutuals in Lakewood California


Welcome Home Beautiful Hardwood flooring, large open remodeled kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area. Great pantry and inside laundry room.

Large Open Remodeled Kitchen

Large Master Bedroom Walk In Closet

Large master suite with walk-in closet and private bathroom with a door that leads to the backyard.

Sunny Living Room with picture window Sunny living room with picture window.




Large Grassy Area Shady Patio

Great backyard with shady patio and large grassy area. Long driveway with a two car garage in the back.

This home offers both Central Air and Heating. So many nice amenities.

To view a virtual tour visit

For more information about this home or any other home on the MLS visit

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Internet - Best Marketing Media for Home Sales


Key to future Whatever anyone may have told you a few years ago about which media is most effective for marketing a home, it's all about the Internet today.  There simply is no more effective way to advertise a home for sale, both from a cost and a results perspective.  The advantages of Internet advertising are numerous:

80+% of home buyers use the Web - According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors®, more than 80% of home buyers now begin their search for a home on the Internet.  Reasons include the anonymity of the Web, extensive information on each home, and multiple photos and virtual tours.  Whatever their reasons, it's very likely that the future buyer of the home you want to sell will be seeing it first on the Internet.

It's economical media marketing - With many of the real estate specific websites also syndicating to many others, it's possible to place a home for sale on one site and have it appear on many others within hours to a few days.  Your real estate agent or broker has resources for syndication, as well as a group of sites on which they list your home soon after the listing becomes active.

The Internet is immediate - While placement in most print media is delayed due to production requirements, getting information onto the Web is relatively immediate.  It can take a month to get a listing into one of the Homes Magazines, and generally a week to get one into the newspaper.  It's easy to get a home listing into one or more web sites in just hours.

Space isn't an issue, so more information is possible - Unlike an ad in a newspaper that is set up based on a pre-determined space requirement, an internet home listing can just expand to accommodate the amount of information you want to show to prospective buyers.  In a Homes Magazine ad, you might have to limit your information to a paragraph, while the Web allows almost unlimited selling ability.

Visual marketing of your home is best on the Web - Many newspaper ads use black and white photographs, while magazines and other print media will usually only have one or two property photos.  The Internet allows almost unlimited photos, and virtual tours are commonplace.  With advances in video technology, and less expensive storage space, video tours with audio and music are also common.  The Internet buyer can virtually walk through your home.

Changes are also easy and immediate - With print, changes to an ad can be impossible past a certain deadline.  With long lead times, changing your price could still have the old price out there for a month or more in print.  With the Web, changes can usually be made the same day, or within hours.  The most up-to-date information is always presented to potential buyers.

The Web is 24/7/365 - Unlike pre-determined times for radio or TV spots, and issue release dates for newspapers and print, the Internet is out there and open for business every hour of every day of the year.  There has never been a more immediate and lasting impression media in history.

As a home seller, it's important to you that your home be marketed in multiple media.  So print is still something that real estate agents and brokers will use.  However, the Internet has radically changed the real estate marketing world.  Your home will be visible world-wide to potential buyers via multiple web sites, web logs or blogs, and national property aggregator web sites like®, Google Base, and others.

For more detailed information on how I can market a home … visit my website … or give me a call … 562-882-1581

Allison Van Wig©