Friday, April 11, 2014

What does Home Ownership in Lakewood mean to you.

What does Home Ownership in Lakewood mean to you.

Over the last few years, home ownership has lost some of its appeal as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. A study by the Federal Reserve formally answered this question.

Some of the findings revealed in their report:

  • The average American family has a net worth of $77,300
  • Of that net worth, 61.4% ($47,500) of it is in home equity
  • A homeowner’s net worth is over thirty times greater than that of a renter
  • The average homeowner has a net worth of $174,500 while the average net worth of a renter is $5,100

Bottom Line

The Fed study found that home ownership is still a great way for a family to build wealth in America. When I visit families in Lakewood or Long Beach that are thinking about selling and retiring, the homeowners that have been paying off their home for the last 30 years have a substantial amount of wealth. We can take a third of this and purchase a home in an over 55 community for all cash and still have the other two thirds left for them to have a great nest egg. Older people that have no home are usually spending their social security on the rent. Very little is left for them to enjoy. Don't wait until it is to late to make a difference in your life wealth. Call me today to get ahead!. If you are curious what is on the market in Long Beach and Lakewood go to my website at Lakewood was just voted as one of the top ten boring cities in California (probably because we do not have enough bars!) If you would like more information about how wonderful living in a boring city like Lakewood ... let me know, I have the inside scoop.
Benefits of home ownership


Friday, March 21, 2014

11527 Elvins Lakewood Ca 90715

I love walking into a home just like 11527 Elvins in Lakewood CA and visualizing being able to move right in. This home feels so comfortable.

I visualize the living room with a good book and an afternoon breeze.

The kitchen has fresh cookies on the counter.

I am excited about this home as I think it is perfect for that first time home buyer.

Great backyard with three fruit trees.

Home has been updated with copper plumbing, newer dual pane windows, newer carpet and flooring, and fresh paint.

Just started using a company that incorporates floor plans and really feel that this helps my buyers. If you are thinking about selling your home give me a call today at 562-882-1581.
Just wondering what your Lakewood home would sell for? Go to

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


When you think about it ... why would anyone want to pay over $2,000 dollars a month for rent when they could buy their own home and pay the same amount of money?

Brand New Listing just coming on the market ...
2 Bedrooms, Large Sunny Living Room, Remodeled Kitchen,
Large Back Yard perfect for Entertaining ...

Watch this video and then call for a private showing!

If you have any questions or want to search for more homes

Monday, February 10, 2014

The History of Valentine's Day

What does Valentines Day Mean To You?

Throughout the ages, Valentine’s Day has evolved to what we are now familiar with today, its history is varied & there are legends dating back to 270 A.D.

There are folk traditions and its connection to romantic love.

The Medieval period and the English Renaissance also have contributed to this day’s history which all brings us to how we now observe this holiday in modern times.

Each country in the world celebrates this day in its own special way … to learn more about these traditions … search for Valentine’s Day on!

 For Valentines Day 2014, I encourage you to show your love to someone every day and make Valentine’s Day last ALL YEAR!!

From my Heart to yours … HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Duplex one block from the beach!

I just listed this stunning duplex one block from the beach! It is perfect for an owner occupant. Each unit is approximately 1350 with three bedrooms and two full baths. The bottom unit has lots of light. Nice size living room, dining area, remodeled kitchen and inside laundry. The master bedroom has a walk in closet and vaulted ceilings. Go up a set of stairs to a small deck and open the door to the upstairs unit. Beautiful wood laminate floors lead to a large living room with open beam ceilings and  fireplace. Dining area, open and remodeled kitchen, inside laundry, master bedroom with beam ceilings and a large deck. The units come with a two car garage and two small spaces on each side for parking. Very special and unique units for beach living. See some pictures at
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This is an opportunity to have a home at the beach and a rental unit to help cover the cost of your house payment. Call Allison Van Wig today and find out how affordable your beach life could be.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lofts in Long Beach

Excuse any typos as I am sitting at the Wilmore in Long Beach with my glass of wine and Ipad and blogging.  It's January and I have been out showing property in 85 degree weather. Normally it would be about 65 degrees, but we are having a warm spell.  I currently have a customer who wants to purchase a loft to live in. Long Beach is converting more of the older buildings to lofts and it's great to see the inside of these homes. Sometimes they feel a little stark to me, maybe a little unfinished. I am not sure if I like one large unfinished space. Tonights showing was exciting, it made me realize what could be done! I have seen a lot of lofts and none have been finished this nicely. This unit located in the Kress Lofts was extra special. The owners had taken some of the cement floors and polished them to a high gloss. They had taken old barn wood and laid a floor in the living room with it. Beautiful contrast of materials. It made the open space feel warm and cozy.  The ceilings were 14 feet high and they had elevated a section to make an office space. This made the office feel private and gave you storage underneath.  It also divided the bedroom from the living room. I was ready to move in. I loved this place. I actually told my client that it felt like a glass of great wine!
After, I decided to go to the Wilmore in Bixby Knolls and get myself a great glass of wine. I also love the Wilmore. Great atmosphere and great people.
If you are looking for a loft in Long Beach give me a call at 562-882-1581.  We can go look at a few then, I will treat you to wine at the Wilmore!
Dog bed under stairs-looks so comfy!

Love the large windows
Huge cement beams

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

Every year I take off between Christmas and the New Year and rejuvenate. This year I was up in Big Bear. We are so lucky to live in Long Beach and be only two and a half hours away from skiing and other mountain sports. I bike rode, snow boarded, and went to look for some old mines. On New Years Day I drove down and cleaned the office and got organized. I love that fresh start feeling that comes with the New Year. While I was in Big Bear I took a picture of this tree. This tree was moving to me as I wondered how many years it had endured and it was still beautiful, full of color. May your New Year be filled with many blessings. Love from Allison Van Wig in Long Beach California.