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8 things to do after closing on a home

After much anticipation and excitement, you’ve finally closed on a home for your family – but now what should you do? Here are 10 important things you should do during your transition into your new abode.

Make Copies Of Important Documents & Store Them In A Safe Container

Have copies made of your home’s important legal documents and put them in a very safe place, like a safety deposit box at the bank. As much as you don’t want to think about fire, flood, earthquakes or otherwise, accidents do happen and you’ll thank yourself later for being proactive.

Change The Locks

Change the locks to your houseWho knows how many keys the previous owners had made that are floating around out there. Before moving into the home, change the locks as soon as you can. You can opt for

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The first weekend of September is just around the corner and with it comes Labor Day, the last-chance long weekend to squeeze in some more summer fun before it’s back to daily routines and school. If you’re still looking for something fun to do with the family, then check out these awesome Santa Cruz County events below!

1. Wings Over Watsonville Fly-In Air Show

Check out Wings Over Watsonville to see all of your favorite planes up close and personal. Check out war birds, historic planes, modern law enforcement helicopters, and much more. The proud pilots of these birds will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions about the mechanics of flight, the history of their aircrafts, and what it’s like to be a pilot. There will also be a kids

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Aptos townhome for saleConvenient, comfortable, and carefree, this beautiful townhome in Aptos is perfect for students, working couples, and retirees alike.

Nestled on the tree-lined landscape of Aptos, this beautiful townhome offers privacy and a unique park-like setting that can be hard to come by in a multi-family complex. This townhouse complex was developed in the late 1980s but has been very well maintained and frequently updated since then to include desirable features like hardwood flooring, new cabinetry, and a modern color palette which really brightens up the space, and a charming fenced backyard with lush trees and plenty of greenery.

The surrounding community mostly consists of other townhouse neighborhoods as well, and there are only two roads that lead in

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One of the most stressful things for UC Santa Cruz students in trying to find a place to stay during their studies. As if tuition isn’t enough, it doesn’t help that rents are still incredibly high compared to what they used to be. In June, the average rent in Santa Cruz was around 2,600 per month, an increase of 4.3 percent over last year. While this might not seem like much, it means that renters are paying about an extra $100 a month more than they were in 2015.

So with August right around the corner, students are starting to look for places to stay for the start of their semester. If you’re one of those who are feeling pressured by the housing squeeze, then listen up! Buying a home in Santa Cruz just might be a better option, especially if

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Buying or selling a home can be a daunting process, but it can also be a very personal experience too. It’s important to find a real estate agent who isn’t just competent, but empathetic, supportive, knowledgeable, and understands your needs as if they were their own. From the very first conversation to narrowing down your priorities and touring open houses to ironing out the contingencies, it’s important that you and your agent have a solid relationship, because they better that they understand you, the better they can do their job. So, in an area like Santa Cruz, how do you decide which real estate agent will best represent you?

Here are some tips and questions you can ask that will help you find an agent that’s reliable, competent, and

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As much as we love to help you find homes in the city, we love to help you find homes away from home as well. Sometimes, a little getaway from the everyday motions are just what you need to hit your personal reset button. Fortunately, for residents of Santa Cruz, there’s no shortage of ways to kick back, relax, and get back to nature by the beach, in the forest, or near town.

Here are some of our most recommended places to camp this summer, whether you’re a tenting weekend warrior or a well-equipped ‘glamper’.

Sunset State Beach Campground

Sunset Beach offers great access to the beach and plenty of sites for whatever style of camping you prefer. If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that Sunset State Beach is one of the most

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Santa Cruz County is widely revered as one of the best places in the world for surfing. No matter where you live, it’s somewhere everyone in the surfing community dreams about visiting one day, but to actually have the chance to live here would be a dream come true for many. Santa Cruz’s waves are great for all levels of surfers, whether you’re just starting out or are already braving the monster waves. If you’re looking to move to Santa Cruz County , here are some of the best places to live where you can make the best of the sun, surf, and sand, just seconds from your doorstep.

Downtown Santa Cruz

Live right in the middle of it all. Downtown Santa Cruz has the beachy vibe you want and the shopping, nightlife, and conveniences of a downtown

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t figured out what to get for Dad yet, you’re not alone. Sometimes, the best gift of all is just spending time together. If you’re looking for some fun things to do with Dad this weekend, here are some suggestions of places to check out and special Father’s Day events happening around Santa Cruz.

Hats Off To Dad at the Roaring Camp Railroad

Take a ride on a steam train then dive on into an Chuck Wagon BBQ platter! Every dad will be given an engineer’s cap with the purchase of any BBQ platter, and one lucky dad will get to ride inside the cab of the locomotive!

That same day, Roaring Camp Railroad is also featuring The Great Train Robberies, a live tribute to the Wild West including

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No matter what age you are, buying a home is always one of the most exciting times in your life. If you’ve been in your current home for several years, it’s probably been while since you purchased your last home. This is where many Baby Boomers are at nowadays; the kids are all grown up with families of their own, and it just doesn’t make sense to keep maintaining a large home anymore. Whether you’re looking to downsize or move into your dream retirement home, there are a few things about buying a home in 2016 that might be different from the last time you entered the market.

Start Your Home Search Online

Years ago, the first step to buying a home was to hire a real estate agent, because back then it was seemingly impossible to find the right

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Summer is just around the corner, and as the flowers bloom and the end of the school year draws near, the idea of spending time on the patio instead of inside is growing more enticing with each passing day. If you’re longing for the days of entertaining guests or just wish that you could have ‘that patio’ that’s the envy of all your friends, then take note of these great tips for getting your patio ‘decked out’ for the summer.

Get Creative With Your Outdoor Space

Regardless of your budget, it’s easy to take your patio living experience to the next level. Something as simple as painted palettes, colorful chairs, a few throw pillows, and a refinished dresser, can be just the thing your backyard needs to enhance the beauty of what living in Santa Cruz

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