Posts from — November 2013

Cars on the Front Lawn?



Really? I asked myself as I drove past this house today. Really, you had to park on the front lawn?

As a Real Estate Appraiser in Long Beach, I do see this in impacted parking areas of the city from time to time.  since I am also a Real Estate Agent in the city of Long Beach, I would be horified to drive down a street with a client and see this. keller williams long beach

Does this have an effect on value?  Only if the car was a permanent fixture and could not be moved. But mostly, it just annoys the neighbors. Most cities have an ordinance about parking on front lawns. real estate agent in long beach

Lets look and see what the City of Long  Beach has to say about Parking?

Street Sweeping Zones: Parking in street sweeping zones is enforced throughout the City Tuesday through Friday with some City holidays excepted. Areas are posted for various hours with time zones ranging from 4:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The City sweeps either side of a street in a given area on two different days. Posted signs indicate both the time and day each side of the street is swept. Check posted signs for specific days and times.

Alleys: For the safety of the public, parking in alleys is not permitted in the City. They must be available for emergency vehicles, i.e., fire trucks, ambulances, etc.
Fire Lanes: Only City emergency vehicles may park in fire lanes.
Painted Curbs: Please observe the following parking regulations regarding painted curbs:

  • Red – No stopping, standing or parking at any time.
  • Blue – Handicapped parking only (must display disabled license plate or a valid placard).
  • Yellow – May park long enough to load or unload freight or passengers.
  • White – Two-minute passenger loading and unloading only.
  • Green – May park for a limited time only. Time is usually painted on curb.

  • Crosswalks: No parking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

Sidewalk Ramp: Do not park within three feet (3) of a sidewalk ramp for the disabled.
Driveways: Do not park so as to block a public or private driveway.
Parkways and sidewalks: Do not stop or park on any portion of the sidewalk or parkway.
Intersection: Do not stop, park, or leave your vehicle within an intersection.
Fire Hydrants: Do not park within fifteen feet (15) of a fire hydrant or the driveway entrance to any fire station.
Railroad Tracks: Do not park on or within seven and one-half feet (7.5) of any railroad tracks.
Bridge or Tunnel: Do not park except where permitted by signs.
Private Property: Do not park on private property posted “no parking”.
Unpaved Lot(s): Do not park on vacant unpaved lot(s).
Residential Area: Do not park commercial vehicles (over three tons) in residential areas.  Do not park in residential Preferential Parking Permit areas without City of Long Beach issued Preferential Parking Permit.

Curb Parking: Vehicles parked upon a roadway adjacent to a curb shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheel of the vehicle parallel with and within eighteen inches of the right-hand curb. Therefore, a vehicle is illegally parked and subject to citation if it is stopped or parked upon a roadway in a direction opposite to the normal flow of traffic. Motorcycles shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. A vehicle must face in the direction of normal traffic flow.

Front Lawn: It is unlawful to park on a front lawn. Open parking is permitted only on paved areas in front of the garage or in the rear 2/3 of a lot.

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November 30, 2013   Comments Off on Cars on the Front Lawn?

Is there a “Home Buying Season”?

So when is the best time to sell? That depends on you and your needs. But, some times of the year are better then others.

Typically the most sales happen from spring through summer. This is considered the “Home Buying Season”, the weather is nice, spring flowers begin to bloom, and the trees are starting to get leaves. Buyers might have been thinking about moving in the winter and are now actively looking.

Historically, most of the sales in Alamitos Heights happen during this time. Look at the graph below. This shows that most sales happen during this time period, except for December of 2010 and 2011 which was not typical.

So what does this mean to the seller? These dates used on the graph are the date the sale closed.  Keep in mind, it can take 30, 60, 90 days or more to get an offer, then it can take up to 30 days to close.

sales per month


If you want to know the Value of your home, or are interested in selling, give me a call. 562-673-1138

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November 22, 2013   Comments Off on Is there a “Home Buying Season”?