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Do you need a real estate agent to sell your home

Going it alone and listing your home as for sale by owner can be exciting at first, but there is a turning point where the prospect of losing money makes it necessary to bring in help. There are several reasons to change your plan and list your home with a professional Santa Cruz real estate agent in order to facilitate a sale.

Here are three ways a certified real estate agent can help you sell your home faster and for more money: 

Sell Your Home Fast

If your property has been languishing on the market for more than three months, it is no longer fresh. People will avoid it simply because it hasn't sold, thinking there must be something wrong with it if it's still on the market. A professional agent can earn your home the attention it deserves

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528 Wilkes Circle, Santa Cruz, CA

This charming updated Westside vintage home has been beautifully restored to blend its historic features with modern upgrades.  A trellised fence, climbing roses, and low-maintenance front yard shield the front entrance from the street. The front planting beds feature blackberries, raspberries, blueberry bushes and a Meyer lemon tree. Inside, beautiful inlaid wood floors and crown molding under the high ceilings give the living room a traditional feel, with lots of natural light from the room’s windows.

Step through an open doorway to the kitchen, which shares the same gleaming wood floors and crown molding, with wainscoting adding to the classic feel.  The kitchen features a showpiece Wedgewood gas stove, white cabinets and shelving, marble

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The Grove, Scotts Valley CA

The Grove is a stylish community of colorful townhomes located in the gorgeous Scotts Valley of Santa Cruz County. These sleek and efficiently planned craftsman townhouses are being developed by the highly regarded City Ventures, a group focused on modern and sustainable development. The company's high-quality craftsmanship and design is evident in these contemporary yet classically charming row homes which sit behind a white picket fence and borders of lush landscaping. Situated in a scenic and rapidly growing part of Scotts Valley, these trendy multihued units will allow residents to experience the modern and space-savvy living of the city in the beauty of a small mountain town.

Green Living At The Grove Townhomes For Sale

The Grove townhomes

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627 seabright ave

Secluded Living, Steps from Seabright Beach

Classic style meets modern convenience in this contemporary Craftsman-inspired home. The property boasts tremendous curb-appeal thanks to the contrast of brick-red shingle siding and cream colored baseboards—as well as adorable additions like the top-floor dormer and covered front entryway. Perfectly nestled in a small gated community of just six homes, 627 Seabright Avenue enjoys the benefits of a close-knit neighborhood while still being within walking distance of the beach, the Yacht Harbor and to all your favorite restaurants.

Discover 627 Seabright Ave D

This modern craftsman 3 BR, 2.5 BA home is located in a small, 6-unit gated community near the Santa Cruz harbor and beaches. The front

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256 Meadow Road home for sale in West Santa Cruz

Searching for a private estate with panoramic views? Then you won’t want to miss the stunning hilltop residence at 256 Meadow Road in West Santa Cruz. Located in the lush countryside on the edge of the city’s limits and surrounded by mature oaks and redwoods, the property is nothing short of breathtaking, offering front-row seats to breathtaking sunsets over the city and surrounding Monterey Bay.

This one-of-a-kind custom home features mid-century modern architecture with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and plenty of parking for your car collection or out-of-town guests on its 1.39 acres of land. Take in the view from nearly every aspect of the wraparound patio, or by gazing out one of the many picture frame windows. The spacious floorplan offers 2,994

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Your Guide to Living in Capitola, CA

Situated along the sun-soaked shores of Monterey Bay, Capitola is a stunning beachside enclave of approximately 10,000 residents. Bursting with color and nautical appeal, this exclusive and close-knit community represents the best of beachside living. With resort roots, Capitola retains a vacation-style ambiance to this day, drawing in buyers with an optimistic idea of the coastal California lifestyle. If you're looking to live in a quintessential beach town with charming old-fashioned amenities, stunning natural beauty, and friendly neighbors, Capitola real estate is the place for you.

Capitola, CA At A Glance

The first things that stand out about Capitola are the rows of candy-colored buildings that line the shores. These multihued structures

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16 mesa way home for sale in la selva beach

Classy, Cozy Craftsmanship

A white picket fence, curved walkway, graceful landscaping, and stained glass windows adorn the entrance to this two-story, one-bedroom, two-bath home just steps from Sunset beach. Inside, traditional touches - wainscoting, board-and-batten panels, crown molding, and beadboard ceilings - offer a combination of elegance and coziness.

On the first floor, steps lead to a living room with a gas fireplace with a tile hearth, flanked by built-in shelves and cabinets. The wood floors, white cabinets, and beadboard ceiling give the room an airy, open feel, enhanced by sliding doors to a deck alongside the room. A kitchen with the same custom woodwork, spacious enough for a dining nook, overlooks the living area through a white

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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 With A Brew for Two

When you think Valentine’s Day, one of the first things that often comes to mind is often chocolate. However, with so many craft breweries popping up these days, a handcrafted ale might be a close second. On Saturday, February 14, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing will be hosting Twisted Tasting at the Monterey Bay Exploration Center. 

A Picnic In

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235 Lous Ct, Corralitos CA

You can't help but notice how this beautifully well-appointed home shines, perched on the sunnier side of the Santa Cruz foothills, overlooking the sparkling waters of Monterrey Bay. Upon arrival of this 2- level single-family house, you're greeted with a setting that's picture-perfect not only for its immense views, but also the abundant gardens and manicured landscaping. Hedges and bushes frame the front of the home, dotted with vibrant flower beds. The drive way has been professionally stamped with plenty of space, enough to fit up to 3 vehicles, with an attached garage on the left wing of the house. Simply-put, the home captures the essence of the Corralitos lifestyle embodies, especially with a lot that's over an acre size.

About 253 Lous

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4456 Merlin Way, Soquel

One of the only homes in the neighborhood that backs on to an open space, this beautiful Soquel home is unique in more than just one way. Upon arrival of this 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom single-level home, you're greeted with a beautifully landscaped front yard of rose bushes and palms, and a red brick pathway that leads to privacy gates. Beyond the gates is an enclosed courtyard takes you to the entrance of the house with an artisan slate fountain next to the front door. The courtyard is a delightful suncatcher encircled with manicured trees and plants, with a little seating area with stepping stones. A perfect place to enjoy your morning tea while birdwatching.

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Through the entrance, you

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