Are You Overwhelmed by Searching for Homes for Sale in Santa Cruz?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, October 25th, 2009 at 11:25am.

Are you looking at homes for sale in Santa Cruz and feeling overwhelmed by the choices? Back in the Dark Ages before the Internet (1986 or so), if you wanted to look at a house, you had to call a real estate agent, find out the address and then physically drive to the house. Thanks to the Internet, however, you can start narrowing down your choices before you ever talk to your agent.

What do you need to know?

Looking online can give you the information you want to know about the homes for sale in Santa Cruz. However, if you just go surfing on the Web, that information can be as overwhelming as the number of choices. Before you start shopping online, make a list of the things that are important to you about the city or neighborhood in which you want to live, such as:

• What are the average property taxes in the neighborhood?
• What is the average utility cost for the home?
• What is the neighborhood like?
• How high is the crime rate in the neighborhood?
• What is the average climate of the city?
• What is the unemployment rate of the city?
• How good are the schools?

Once you have your list of questions, go online with an eye to answering them. Here is a list of links that might help you on your quest for information:

My Government Website – Sunshine Review: Here you can find a list of cities with official websites. Choose the city you’re looking for and be magically transported by way of the Internet to that city’s official website. You’ll find all the great stuff that calls people to move to a particular city, including attractions, businesses, restaurants and beautiful housing developments.

City Data: City Data is just that - a website with nothing but data on U.S. cities. You’ll find the nice and not so nice information about any city. Crime rates, shortest commute, weather patterns and more, all at your fingertips. The only drawback is that the information is two years old.

Interest: Interest.com will show you the current mortgage interest rates for the area you’re interested in.

By gathering all this information, you have a much better chance of choosing one of the homes for sale in Santa Cruz that fits your needs. Once you have it all, you can search online or take the information to your real estate agent and get help with your house hunting.

Are you looking for the perfect house?  Let me help. Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com for more information.

 

Links:

My Government Website – Sunshine Review

City Data

Interest

About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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