Pets and real estate.

Sometimes I find myself in the dog house. You’d think I would dread being in it but I’ve got to tell you, being in the dog house gives me an opportunity to really bond with our two German our back yard, my wife and I installed a dog house for two. It’s big enough to comfortly house our 100 Lbs and 80 Lbs pooches, with room to spare for me on the days that I did something wrong…

To be honest though, more and more households own a pet. Not too long ago I read somewhere that 65% of households own a pet. That’s 79 million households! When I grew up, the pet, dogs especially were, well, just a dog. Nowadays most pets are considered full-blown family members by their owners. And that’s a good thing in my opinion.

It also helps when selling your home. When staging a home, it is a good idea to put a dog bowl (empty) in the kitchen, or a dog bed on the patio. Potential buyers will think that the home is pet friendly and appreciate that you are a dog lover. Making sure the home doesn’t smell like dog or cat and doesn’t have dog hair everywhere is very important of course.

The same goes for condominium complexes, you’d be surprised how many are pet friendly, whether the complex allows a cat, a goldfish or a dog, pet owners are focussed on the pet friendliness of a home and the city they will live in.


Check out me new website at and let me know what you think.

Robin Auwerda

Realtor® – Keller Williams Coastal Properties – 6621 E. Pacific Coast Highway #150 Long Beach, Ca 90803 – are:01509977 – (562) 233.3724 –


Long Beach Local Business Mixer


Long Beach Local Business Mixer

If you are a business owner in the Long Beach area, let me know. You are invited to my bi-monthly business mixer.

I call it a biz mixer because i want to mix things up. Starting this mixer myself has been a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting, smart and funny business owners and their family and friends. It’s an easy going group of entrepreneurs who like to mix it up with like minded people.

Every other month we meet at a local restaurant or pub. For more info, text, email or call me and you’re able to attend.

See you soon!


Featured in Home and Realty Magazine.


Featured in Home and Realty Magazine.

Promoting others is part of being successful and it is fun.

Long Beach, Ca has so many cool people with 1001 different passions and personalities.

Take a look at that beautiful German Shepherd. Adopted through The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. My wife and I named him Eland (Dutch for moose) and he is starting to become a real personality and will help us promote the Rescue even more. The Charming Miss Masher is the head coach of the Long Beach Junior Roller Derby. Teaching young people to roller-skate and how to be team players. My favorite Ice Cream guy is Marko with Marko’s treats. Tri-cycling around our town to make a living and put smiles on people’s faces.

Glad I know these fine people and happy to support them.

Check out the link to the online Home and Realty magazine!

Buy first or Sell first

Sell first or buy first; this is for many homeowners the dilemma that they’re are facing. Whether to buy or sell first when you are thinking about moving up, away, to a better school district etc, etc.

There is no right answer. It really depends on your specific circumstances.

Most of my clients and homeowners who were ‘polled’ agree that it makes more sense and is less stressful if you sell your existing home before you buy a new one. The chance for you to get top dollar for your home is more likely if you are not under pressure to sell. You are also in a better position to negotiate when you buy your new home. If you are making an offer contingent on the sale of your home, you often lose negotiating leverage.

Even though no one wants to move twice, it may be well worth it to eliminate the risk of not having the home you select to buy being available. Yes, you will end up with cash in hand and a short term rental situation, however you are more in charge of the process.

If you currently own a home I would be happy to provide you with a home valuation so that you know what your home’s value is in today’s market. When you provide me with some basic information on your home, I’ll be able to give you a price range. That price range will be determined by using the information you provided, to compare your home to properties in your area that have recently sold, and reported in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Or I can provide you with a more precise valuation by briefly visiting your home.

Enjoy your day!


Oh by the way, I am never too busy for any of YOUR referrals!


Diversity is what makes Long Beach, Ca tick.


Diversity is what makes Long Beach, Ca tick.

I love this town. Yup it’s Long Beach! I’m from Europe and diversity is the spice of life. Long Beach brings it all. My world turns because of it. A Roller Derby girl, a dog rescuer, an ice cream guy and a realtor, in one photo, it doesn’t get any better.

What do they have in common, they love the LBC, they play in the LBC, and have a finger on the pulse of the LBC. Different in life connected through their City.

Here’s the keys to your new home, now you can fall in love with it.


I don’t know about you but one of the hardest things for my clients is, not to fall in love with the house… they fell in love with…

I make it a fun game, or at least try to.

“Yep, this is an awesome home, let’s write an offer on it.”
“Great news guys! Your offer has been accepted, we are opening escrow.”
” This seems to be a very smooth transaction, we should close in 30 days!”

All the while I tell my clients NOT to fall in love with the house that they are buying. As long as I do not hand you the keys, it is NOT yours! Up till the last day of escrow something can go wrong and POOF, the deal falls apart, and we have to start all over.

Once I have confirmation that the home has recorded in your name, I can legally hand you the keys, and you can fall in love with your home, for the first time, or again, after I smacked you out of your falling in love stage of the home-buying experience.

Congrats, you are now a home owner!

Go celebrate and tell your friends, I work by referral you know…

Cheers to you!

Robin – Cal BRA: 01509977 – Keller Williams Realty – http://www.IWantRealEstate.Info

Don’t be afraid to remove your contingencies when buying a home.

Yay, Woohoo, Awesome!! You found the house you like and your offer was accepted!! Congratulations are in order.

No what ?!?!?

A well oiled machine called the Escrow Period will be starting up. What I want to talk about today is the Buyer’s timeline of “getting things done”. From the date that your offer was accepted in writing, by the seller, a timeline of 17 days starts for you, the buyer. This is called the Contingency Period.

During these 17 days you have to do your due diligence. Basically find out everything there is to know about the house. Read the disclosures about the home that the Seller will give you, do the Home Inspection (find out what is Good, Bad, and Ugly about the house), Have your lender  order the appraiser, have the appraisal done, ask for repairs if need be.

Once all of the above is squared away, so to say, the Seller will most likely ask you to remove your contingencies. Day 17 has arrived! By removing your contingencies you indicate to the Seller that you have done everything necessary to know that this is the right home for you.

Now that you removed your contingencies, you can still back out of the transaction, in fact you can back out of the transaction up till the last day of the escrow period. But why would you? You’ve done your due diligence! To back out after you removed contingencies means that your initial deposit will most likely go to the Seller. They took the home off the market, stopped advertising it to the public and have to start the selling process all over. You backing out at this point costs them money.

My clients know that I have their best interest in mind and for that reason, I don’t want to take the full 17 days to find out what the house is about. The sooner you know that this is the right home for you, the better.


For now… Happy Home Shopping!

Robin Auwerda – BRE 01509977 – http://www.IWantRealEstate.Info