Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

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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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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Kitchen Trends to watch for in 2017

Renovating your kitchen is a great way to improve your life and add value to your home. Typically, kitchen trends change more quickly than other rooms in the home, so it’s easy to become a little overwhelmed when it comes to planning your kitchen remodel.

You might be asking yourself, which trends are worth investing in and which should be left behind? Here’s our guide to 7 of the biggest kitchen trends to watch for in 2017:

1. Function Over Form

Many hardware and cabinet designers are streamlining their products, creating hydraulic cabinets and drawers with damping. This modern take on cabinets and drawers allows homeowners to open and close their drawers with the push of a button. These futuristic features are great for maximizing space in

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For recent retirees or empty nesters, the idea of downsizing may seem as exciting as it is daunting. For starters, you will have less to maintain and clean, giving you more time to enjoy your retirement and relax. Additionally, downsizing often means moving to a more modern home, which also results in reduced energy bills and fewer repairs over the years. For retirees on a fixed income, this is vital.

One of the negative aspects of downsizing is the stress involved. For many homeowners, they have lived in their family homes for decades, so going through everything for a move can be overwhelming and unpleasant.

If you’re wondering how to downsize into a smaller home, here are some of our best tips and tricks that will give you more confidence

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For professionals in real estate, one of the most exciting moments of the year might be when Realtor.com publishes its annual National Housing Forecast. This crystal ball looks at a number of important economic indicators to make predictions about what buyers and sellers can expect in the coming year. Though the 2017 forecast notes that national market growth may be slowing compared to previous years, there's also a lot that savvy sellers can learn from about housing trends in Santa Cruz.

More Millennials?

According to the forecast, shifting demographics will play a huge role in shaping the real estate market in the U.S. over the next decade. In particular, millennials—a generation of first-time homebuyers—are expected to make up 33% of the

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