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Are you flipping houses or condos for a living? Are you outgoing, opinionated and willing to share your flip team’s experiences? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, you may be chosen for the next season of A&E TV’s next season of Flip This House.

Flip This House, A&E’s #1 rated lifestyle show, has been to Charleston, Atlanta, San Antonio, and New Haven. Which city will be next?!!

Steve Grant, a casting director from 813 Casting, sent us an email asking for our help in their search by posting the following to the Long Beach Living blog:

“813 Casting and Departure Films are conducting a nationwide search for the new cast of characters who will be featured on the upcoming season of Flip This House! Will it be your team? We’re looking for confident, charismatic, motivated and opinionated people who “flip” residential properties for a living. We want real-estate adrenaline junkies who love the high risk, high reward nature of their jobs and who are devoted to doing a great job! If you would like your team to be featured on the upcoming season of Flip This House, send an email to fth@813casting.com. Please include:

  • contact information
  • bios on you and your team
  • some reasons why your team should be the next to be featured on Flip This House!

Teams should consist of four or more people.”

Good luck and don’t forget to let Long Beach Living know if you’re chosen, so we can post a great blog about your team and up-coming programs featuring your flips. For more about the show

If you’re just thinking about the possibility of flipping houses, a great book that will thoroughly walk you through the entire process is Flip: How to Find, Fix and Sell Houses for Profit by Rick Villani and Clay Davis. The authors have flipped over 1000 homes and have recently written this manual with their formulas for success. It’s a great educational tool for all who are toying with the idea of flipping for profit.

Crow’s Nest

This weekend, Belmont Veteran’s Memorial Pier will be the site of “Pier Daze” Seafood and Pirate Festival as part of the three month long Sea Festival in Long Beach. Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 there will be lots to do at the base of the pier located at the end of 39th Pl. near Ocean Blvd.

Saturday there will be a mock pirate invasion on the pier with a cast of actors attacking the pier and the  patrons on the pier will put up a mighty defense of their own. There will be a pirate costume contest and kids treasure hunt, too. Both days will have great seafood and barbeque available, bands playing on the beach and a kid’s fun zone set up in the sand.

Sunday at the Pier Daze Festival is the day for classic rock ‘n roll music while admiring the classic “woody” automobiles that will be on display. Sunday is also the day of the Pacific Open Water Challenge, which includes swimming races, kayak and paddleboard competitions and the “Canine Splash and Dash.”

For a full schedule of Pier Daze Pirate and Seafood Festival, click here.

Other events happening this weekend that are part of the Long Beach Sea Festival 2007 range from Beach Volleyball to youth tennis and include band concerts and Shakespeare at the Aquarium of the Pacific. 

For a full schedule of Sea Festival events….click here.

In keeping with the pirate theme, Musical Theatre West will be staging performances of “The Pirates of Penzance” beginning June 30th through July 15 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center located on the CSULB campus at 6200 E. Atherton St. For a full schedule of both evening and matinee performances, click here.

The Queen Mary will be hosing the L.A.  Wine Fest featuring more than 150 wines from around the world. From 2 to 6 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, wine afficionados will provide information on their various wines and offer tasting. Tickets cost $45 at the door, $40 in advance or $70 for a 2-day pass. A prix-fix 4-course dinner will be served on the ship from 7 to 10 P.M. Friday, June 29, (reservations required.)

Looking for something a little more along the lines of “night-life?” Check out “VooDoo, the only Underground Burlesque Show” every saturday beginning June 30 at the basement Lounge located at 149 Linden Ave. downtown Long Beach. The show is sponsored by Pure Evolution Clothing.

Cajun Accordian Player

Long Beach’s International Sea Festival kicks off this week with Thursday Night Twighlight Concerts in the Park followed by the three-day Bayou Festival, celebrating the music, food and culture of Louisiana. Featured live music will include Cajun, Zydeco, Bluesand Jazz. There will be plenty of daytime fune plus “N’Orleans at Nite.”

Bring your appetite because the festival will be serving up delicious Cajun, Creole and other cultural foods. Bayou Fest will have a full-on Mardi Gras parade, kids arts & crafts, dance lessons and so much more.

For a full schedule of Bayou Festival events, click here.

Sea Festival Events

June

  • Sinjin Beach Volleyball Collegiate & Youth Open - (Belmont Shore Beach Courts)  Collegiate -June 23, Youth -June 30
  • 9th Annual Shakespeare Festival - (Long Beach Aquarium front lawn) - Romeo & Juliet – June 23 – July 15.  Free to the public with pre-show festivities at 6:00 P.M. and performance at 6:30. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or sand chair.
  • The Great Beach Treasure Hunt – Clues can be found in the pages of the Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper. The Treasure hunt lasts for 10 days, with the Grand Prize hopefully being found on July 4th.
  • Pier Daze,Seafood & Pirate Festival - June 30 – July 1 – (Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier ) – Sample great seafood and BBQ, live music, a “real” pirate ship “attack” on the pier, and a limited number of Pirate ship rides will be available. Kids will love the treasure hunt, pirate costume contest and beach fun zone. There will also be a car show and much more.
  • Boys & Girls 14′s USTA National Open - (Billy Jean King & El Dorado Park Tennis Centers) – June 30 – July 4 – Nationally ranked junior tennis players from all over the U.S. will play against other up-and-coming juniors.

July

  • Pacific Open Water Challenge (Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier) July 1 – Features many of the sports that will be part of the Olympic Games in China including, 5K open swim, mile and half-mile swims, 5K run, Aquathon and Kayak/Paddleboard races and the ever popular Canine Splash & Dash (100 yd. swim and 1/2 mile run with your dog.)

Stay tuned for more info……..or go to the Sea Festival’s website for a full schedule of events.

Food Festival

This weekend, June 27 and June 28, 2007, will be a great time to sample the delicious cuisine of many of Belmont Shore’s popular restaurants. From 5:30 - 9:00 P.M. you can stroll as you dine at Stroll & Savor on 2nd Street between Quincy Ave. and Bayshore.

Ticket books are sold for $10 and can be purchased this week at Caffe La Strada, Archibalds or Mail Boxes Etc. During the event, tickets will be available to purchase in front of Washington Mutual Bank on 2nd. St. You must have tickets for participating in the sampling of Shore restaurant’s wonderful and unique cuisine.

Other events taking place in the Shore this Summer include:

  • Family Fun Fest – Sunday, July 29th from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. between Corona and Nieto Aves on 2nd St. $5 will buy a child’s wristband that will allow them to spend the day romping in a bounce house, climbing a giant slide, face painting, sport demonstrations, games and more. Both the police and fire departments will be showcasing their vehicles and some of their special talents. Complimentary hot dogs will be provided by the Long Beach Fire Department.
  • Sidewalk Sale – Friday -Sunday, August 17th from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
  • Another Stroll and Savor – August 22 and 23 from 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.
  • Car Show – September 9, Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Over 700 pre 1975 classic cars on 2nd St. and 14 other side streets. One of the largest on the west coast!
  • 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off – Sunday, October 21 from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 P.M. – $5 wristbands will be sold in front of Washington Mutual Bank, which will allow you to taste all the chili entries and vote for your favorite. Live music will be performed (also in front of Washington Mutal.)

For more information regarding these events, go to the Belmont Shore Business Association website. 

As an update to a recent post titled Mansionization Concerns in Many Areas of Long Beach, I wrote about a specific property at 181 La Verne Ave. in Belmont Shore. The owner was looking to the city’s Building and Planning Commission for a height variance to forgive the already built, third-story storage room adjacent to the roof-top deck.

At the time of my last post, the city Planning staff was of the opinion that the owner be given the varience due to the fact that the building had already been done and that it was at the back of the home, far away from the street.

Thankfully, a group of neighborhood residents noticed the code violation (city inspectors had not) and then strongly opposed the variance as part of their  concerns for “mansionization”  and over-building in Belmont Shore.

Low and behold, the Planning Commission, with a unanimous vote, did not approve the owner’s petition for a third-story variance.   The builder must now make corrections to the home to bring it back into code. Hopefully this will bring a very positive light to the need for keeping the historical value to a wonderful beach community of Long Beach and let other builders know that the city is, perhaps, not going to allow a “build it now and forgive later” policy for those who try to exceed code limits.

The Long Beach Junior Crew Girl’s took Cincinnati by storm at the Junior Nationals. The girl’s eight (eight on board rowing one oar each) took the lead within the first 500 meters and finished in a time of 7:08. They finished second in their first heat bringing them to one of two final races. With the second fastest time overall, the girls then won their semi-final and went on to win the trophy. Way to go, girls!

In a recent post titled Long Beach’s Best Kept Secret, I wrote about what a fun and challenging sport crewing (rowing) is and gave some information about the Long Beach Junior Crew Summer Camp, the L.B. Rowing Assoc’s Learn to Row program and the Pete Archer Rowing Center located on the north side of the Marine Stadium in Long Beach.

Also in Cincinnati, were the Junior Crew boys for a 2,000 meter race in a quad (four boys rowing 2 oars each.) Considering the fact that the boy’s team had only been put together two weeks before the regionals, it is quite an accomplishment that they qualified for the Nationals. At the Nationals, the guys qualified for the petite finals and ended up in ninth place in the nation. Great job, guys!

Although these trained athletes make it look easy, to row competitively they must train for at least two hours a day five to six days per week. Their very dedicated coaches, Bill Bader and Alfredo Montenegro, have a lot to be proud of and deserve a lot of credit for urging these althletes on to become National Champions. Kudos to the coaches!

handoffHandoffIn an earlier post, I wrote about why it is in the best interest of home sellers and buyers to work with a full-time Realtor who is focused on real estate only; not “double-dipping” by acting as a dual duty  real estate agent and mortgage loan broker. However, as a Realtor, I understand the importance of knowing what is happening with mortgage interest rates and keeping current with the latest mortgage news, loan products and trends. After all, mortgage loans are an integral part of completing most real estate transactions.

Since I am not a mortgage expert, I look to those who are to keep me abreast of their industry. I thought I would share some of the exceptional mortgage blogs that I subscribe to for expert advice.

Rhonda Porter, of The Mortgage Porter blog and also a contributor to the Rain City Guide Real Estate blog, recently wrote a very informative post on preserving your credit standings when going through a divorce or separation. Another relevant post of Rhonda’s addresses mortgage loan options for writing a contingent offer on a home; a way to purchase another home prior to selling your existing home without the risk of paying two mortgages. You’ll find these posts and much, much more on Rhonda’s blog.

A current phenomenon that many homeowners are experiencing is adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) going up. Morgan Brown of Blown Mortgage blog has strong advice for what steps you can take now and options that are available to those in this situation. Morgan’s blog covers a wide array of industry news including: Wall Street the Economy and Consumer Mortgage Tips. He also writes about why he hates the mortgage industry. Fun stuff!

Both Rhonda and Morgan have been blogging for quite some time. In this handoff from Realtor to Mortgage Lender, you’ll be in good hands in the company of their blog posts and mortgage industry musings!

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