Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

These days, homebuyers are looking for many specific features and benefits when they are purchasing a new house. However, some of the most popular features are of the eco-friendly variety. In today’s world, energy consumption is something that is on everyone’s mind. Eco-friendly living is a great way to save money, help the environment, and live a happy and healthy life. If you’re committed to sustainable living, why not start with the house you live in.

Here are 5 things to look for when purchasing an eco-friendly home:

1. Make Sure Your Realtor is on Board

Years ago, people were not as concerned with the environment or being eco-friendly. If you asked a realtor to help you find an eco-friendly home, you would most likely get some funny

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Easter Events in Santa Cruz County 2017

The month of April can symbolize many things, but for a lot of us it's a reminder that the Easter long weekend is just around the corner. Kids and adults alike can look forward to four days of chocolate eggs, family gatherings, and giant bunny costumes. Santa Cruz is a great place to embrace this spirit, as there are a variety of family-friendly events in and around community. From Easter egg hunts to photos with the Easter bunny to Easter-themed brunches, we've outlined some of the most popular Easter Events in the Santa Cruz area for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Roaring Camp Railroad's Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt

All aboard the Roaring Camp Eggspress train for an Easter egg hunt in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Families can take a fun ride on

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Santa Cruz has the third-highest wellbeing in the country

Santa Cruz has been ranked as having the third-best well-being index in the country! This year’s rankings, by Gallup-Healthways, examined 189 communities across the country and ranked them based on the five elements of well-being, purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. While this is no surprise to people who live and work here, getting ranked as the third-best for well-being in the country is a great way to encourage new residents moving to Santa Cruz as well as giving current residents living in Santa Cruz something to be proud of.

Why Was Santa Cruz Ranked So Highly?

It’s no wonder that Santa Cruz was ranked so highly in this research since Santa Cruz experiences gorgeous weather and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and

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how to set up a legal short-term rental  in your Santa Cruz home

Short-term vacation rentals are a great source of income for homeowners in Santa Cruz. However, the city council is starting to crack down on many properties that don’t necessarily follow all the rules and regulations for short-term vacation rentals. Although the industry for vacation rentals is not largely regulated, changes could be on the way that could make a big difference to your vacation rental property.

Here are some tips for setting up a legal vacation rental in your home:

Do the Proper Research

Before renting your vacation property, it’s important to do the proper research and determine if you are allowed to rent it out. Check with the city and county codes for any notices on short-term vacation rentals. A good way to do this is by

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Remove pet odors from your home

Your home wouldn’t be the same without Fido or Fluffy. They’re part of the family. Living with animals provides years of joy, happiness, entertainment, and love, but it also takes a toll on your furniture and home.

Before listing your home, we recommend taking some time to address any pet odors that may be present.

Start with the Carpets

If your home is carpeted, it’s important to get rid of any smells or stains that will be a turn-off to most homebuyers. Many people believe that steam cleaning the carpets is the best idea, however, the heat from steam cleaning will only set pet urine stains. The best way to remove pet odors from carpet is with a HEPA vacuum. These special devices are designed to trap micron-sized particles. The filters in a

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s a great time to be thinking about how you’ll celebrate with your significant other. Will you opt for the more traditional gifts or flowers and chocolates, or maybe mix things up with a spontaneous trip or day at the spa? Here are some great local gifts and trips to surprise your sweetie with this year in Santa Cruz County.

Celebrate Chocolate Beer Week

When you think Valentine’s Day, one of the first things that comes to mind is often chocolate. Many of the area’s great local brewers, including Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, New Bohemia Brewing Co, and Uncommon Brewers, will be coming together next week at the Cremer House in Felton to celebrate Chocolate Beer Week, where they’ll showcase a

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Eco-friendly cleaning products

Homeowners today are always looking for ways to make their houses more eco-friendly. From purchasing energy-efficient appliances to doing things like closing the curtains to help their appliances use less energy. Having an eco-friendly home feels great.

If you’re looking to take things a step further, you can also begin to eliminate hazardous chemicals from your home cleaning and maintenance products. We all know that chemicals are not good for us, but some of the more dangerous ingredients found in traditional cleaning products are known to aggravate allergies and cause hormonal imbalances in your home’s occupants. Try these eco-friendly alternatives to keep your home sparkly clean and ensure the health and wellbeing of your family:

Invest in

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Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES takes place in Las Vegas. The industry extravaganza brings together tech aficionados and industry people alike. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the show, which originally debuted such iconic products like the VCR and CD player.

In addition to being the 50th anniversary, CES 2017 also ushered in a series of emerging trends that will be interesting and beneficial for homeowners in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the top home tech trends for 2017:

Move Over Siri, Alexa is Here

Last year, Amazon debuted their AI voice assistant technology. “Alexa” was the personality attached to the breakthrough wireless voice command Echo device. This year, we are seeing an entirely new wave

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affordable housing for artists in Santa Cruz, CA

When you think about Santa Cruz housing, the words “low-income” often don’t cross your mind. But that’s soon to change with the amazing affordable housing options created by the Tannery Arts Center.

After the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, where 36 artists lost their lives, communities in California and around the country are looking for better options to serve artists and low-income individuals. One of the most significant steps towards this type of sustainable and safe affordable housing is located in Santa Cruz with the Tannery Arts Center.

What is the Tannery Arts Center?

Formerly the Salz Tannery, this area, located on River Street, was once home to the thriving leather industry that Santa Cruz was built on. The tannery operated

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how to find an investment property in an expensive market

It’s no secret that Santa Cruz is not an inexpensive market. In fact, many statistics and studies are showing that Santa Cruz is one of the most expensive markets in California. As the average price of a home in Santa Cruz edges over the $900,000 mark, it will be more common for residents in the area to seek rental units over mortgages. This provides a great opportunity for those looking for an investment property.

Here are some tips and tricks to find an exceptional investment property in an expensive market like Santa Cruz:

Be on the Lookout for Sales and Deals

In order to find a great property at a reasonable price, you’ll need to have your finger on the pulse of the real estate market in your area. This means working with a seasoned real

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