Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Allison Van Wig Completes Annual Relay For Life To Raise Funds for American Cancer Society

Last Saturday, June 25th I was proud to participate in the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Fundraising event.
Teamwork relay for life
The relay was a team-oriented event that took place over a 24-hour period. My team mates and I walked and ran relay-style around Bellflower High School’s track to raise money and awareness for cancer research and special programs and outreach.
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Opening ceremonies began at 9 a.m. followed by a survivor’s lap at 10 a.m. The event was highlighted at day’s end by a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m.

I personally walked and hula-hooped around the track with a few rest periods in between from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. I then went home, showered, changed clothes, fed my puppy dogs and returned to continue walking until 3 a.m. I QUIT COUNTING AT MILE 25 … 
The day was a very big success and I am very proud to have been able to contribute to the outcome of raising over $105,000 in this one day event. Relay for life 2
Going the extra mile has always been something I believe in … whether it is participating in an event such as this or serving my clients in my Lakewood and Long Beach real estate practice.
If you would like to know about any other upcoming events … give me a call … I would love to include you.     562-882-1581

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Allison Van Wig, Local Realtor® Reports on Monthly Real Estate Sales for Long Beach & Lakewood PLUS Fun Facts On Tree Trivia

It is the first day of Summer and the numbers are in for May 2011 sales for Long Beach and Lakewood. If you listened to the news you would think that the real estate market was dead. The truth is our local real estate market is buzzing with lots of activity.

After reviewing the data for closed sales I am happy to report that Long Beach had 263 closed home sales and Lakewood had 56 closed home sales … for a grand total of 319 transactions. When you consider that this time last year the Home Buyers Tax Credit was driving the market … we are doing okay … in my opinion!

One thing I have noted in working with my buyers and sellers this spring, everyone has commented on how especially beautiful the Jacaranda trees were this year … this is more than likely a result of our abundant rainfall. This got me to thinking … just what are the most popular trees in Long Beach? … So I did a little research.

Allison Van Wig Wants You To Know … Top Five Most Popular Trees in Long Beach

If you would like to get some more information about the history of Long Beach and Lakewood real estate … give me a call … I would love the opportunity to visit with you and share some more real estate trivia. 562-882-1581 or visit .

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Real Estate Buying Season Is Really Here!

School is just barely out and Summer is officially still a few more days away but … things are really jumping as far as well priced real estate listings are concerned.

Just this one week alone, I know of several properties that have been snatched up by buyers who are getting a head start on the buying season … inventories are low for standard sale properties (vs. short sales) so my advice is that if you are lucky enough to find that “perfect home” … don’t take too long before you decide on your next move … these properties that are standard sales are selling like hotcakes.

Speaking of hotcakes … one of my new listings is a hot property and will be held open tomorrow Friday June 10th from 3 to 5 pm and again this coming Sunday, June 12th from 1 to 4 pm.

One of my Keller Williams associates will be holding this open and would love the chance to show you this beautiful home and all that it has to offer.

Front of HomeFor a sneak peek you can visit the property’s website 



For more information about this property or any other property on the MLS please visit or you can give me a call at 562.882.1581


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Month To Go Before HALF-TIME For The Year!

Now that June is here … it is time to check up on our goals, dreams, plans and … accomplishments. Here is what I have been up to lately.

In my May 13th blog, I wrote about my upcoming participation in the Long Beach Bike Festival and Tour of Long Beach … I am happy to report that I successfully completed my 31 mile bike challenge.

bike_tour_v from gazette   On the last leg toward mile 31





Here we are at the start … I had my red warm-up jacket on and was joined by my niece Meggan in gray and brother in law, Peter (see yellow sleeve).

I am currently training for the upcoming Tour de Big Bear in August where I am registered to complete a 50 mile course … here is a link if you would like to join in. .

My thinking is that Signal Hill has enough hills to get me ready for this challenging ride … two months of training & I will be ready! Nothing recharges me more than a bike ride either at the start of my day or … before sunset, work schedule permitting of course.

June brings us graduations, gardening, back-yard BBQ’s & band concerts … but for me it is also prime time for buying and selling real estate.

These past two weeks, I have been very busy with my new listings and have two more coming up next week. Go to my website for all the information.

I am also developing my new YouTube channel, ReSuperBroker where you can find my own personally guided home tours of my listings, market updates and informational tips and tricks on the real estate market.

Feel free to check it out … and let me know what you think. All suggestions are welcome.

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