Friday, May 20, 2011

Allison Van Wig Presents 2708 Arbor Road in Lakewood California & Is Having an Open House!

One of the largest three bedroom Lakewood homes of all the original models built back in the 1950’s will be available for viewing on Saturday May 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

2708 Arbor Road in the Lakewood Mutuals area of Lakewood California is a wonderful family home with everything you need to just move right in. This is a standard sale (not a short-sale) so you can close escrow in a normal period of time.

This home features a garden with established flower beds and fruit trees plus a spacious covered patio for your outdoor California entertaining.

To get a sneak peek of all that this home has to offer visit the property’s exclusive website

Speaking of original models … Van Wig & Associates has a unique display for you to see … if you live in Lakewood, have you ever wondered what your home may have looked like when It was first built?

Take a peek at this video and then give us a call to see our display up close and in person.

Allison Van Wig Presents Her Display of original Lakewood Homes and Floor Plans

For more information about buying or selling in Lakewood California, give Allison a call at 562-882-1581.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Allison Van Wig, Local Realtor® to Participate In Bike Festival & Tour of Long Beach

The Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 14th will feature more than 3,000 participants cycling for a cure, with funds being raised for Miller Children's Hospital. Children, parents, families and amateur cyclists of all skill and age levels have been invited to participate in this very worthy cause!


This event is dear to my heart as those of you who follow my blog probably already know. I am an avid cyclist and enjoy my morning bike rides as often as possible … which I have shared pictures of on many occasions.

Speaking of cyclists of all skill levels … my two nieces Devon and Meggan have been busy training with me and we have registered for this Saturday’s event as the Butt Burners.

However … our team is down one cyclist as Devon had an unfortunate mishap last Saturday by colliding with a curb and is now sporting an arm sling to heal her broken elbow. Please join us in wishing her a speedy recovery!

If you would like to cheer the cyclists on … the best place would be The Finish Line Festival from 9AM-4PM. Come down to the lawn area of The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and cheer on the thousands of participants in the Tour of Long Beach as they cross the finish line.

Enjoy the family-friendly festival complete with a vendor fair, children's activity area, bike safety and education booths, live music and delicious food!

At the beginning of this year I blogged about the best things about living in Lakewood and Long Beach … well, it is this type of an event that belongs on that list … It is my passion to help my many clients with their buying and selling needs as they relate to our local real estate market … if you would more information … I have several sources of information available for you.

On YouTube search for ReSuperBroker for up to the minute market reports and property tours.

To see virtual tours of my Long Beach and Lakewood listings please visit or … give Allison a call directly at her office at 562-882-1581 but … better wait until Monday so she can recover from her thirty-one mile bike-a-thon. Wish Us Luck!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Think the Long Beach & Lakewood Real Estate Market is Slow? Watch This Short Video!

After researching the Multiple Listing Service for closed sales for Long Beach & Lakewood just since the beginning of the year ... which is typically not the strongest selling season ... I came up with some interesting statistics ... watch this short video to learn more.
Still need more information, just give me a call 562-882-1581

Home Sales Report Presented by Allison Van Wig 562-882-1581

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things to Think About Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about taking the next step in life and purchasing a home, chances are you are feeling the pressure and the anxiety that generally goes along with this difficult decision. Those who buy homes can become very anxious and should be eager to get any information they can about real estate. strategies-real-estate1

To overcome this stress and to be as prepared as you can before you buy a home, it always helps to learn all that you can.

In addition to doing your homework, the very first thing you’ll need to do when buying a home is to find out just exactly how much you can qualify for and comfortably afford to borrow. You should also make it a point to check your credit and know where you stand. If you have any problems, you should strive to correct them before you attempt to borrow money for a home mortgage. Remember the higher your credit rating, the lower your interest rates will be.

It is always best to get pre approved by a mortgage lender, as this will enhance your bargaining position when you do find a home and are submitting an offer. So to summarize, once you have been pre approved for a mortgage and you know where you stand with your monthly payments, you can start shopping for property.

Secondly, Before you start looking, you should always make a list of everything you want your home to have, based on what you want and what you actually need. You should also make sure that you mark out any areas that you are willing to compromise so when you are faced with the decision of which properties to eliminate … your list of must haves and would like to haves will help you along the way.

To assist you with finding the perfect home, you should enlist the services of P1000856a reputable real estate agent.

When you meet with your agent, you will go over how much you are willing to spend, and what type of home you are looking for. You’re agent will know where ideal properties are, and can help you find the home that is best for you.


In addition to searching for homes on the Internet, your agent can supply you with a list of potential properties that meet your budget and your specific features. Once you have your list, I suggest you drive by the homes and check out both the home AND … the neighborhood.

You should consider the appearance and location of the home, safety, access to the freeway, schools nearby, commute time to work, local shopping, and even recreational activities. Remember … if you don’t find something that interests you the first time, don’t give up … you should keep looking until you find the home that is best for you.

For more information on getting tips on buying or selling real estate please visit or call 562-882-1581