Okay, maybe you are stuck here for awhile. The housing market is stagnant and you just don't have the desire to fight with trying to sell your Santa Cruz home. As long as you are going to be staying, you may as well make the best of it.
Taking this time to make improvements will not only make living there nicer, it will make selling it later when the market improves easier. If it seems like an expensive endeavor, take heart. There are tons of do-it-yourself home improvement projects that won't break your bank but will make your home nicer to be in—and worth more.
• Tiling bathroom and kitchen floors
• Changing water fixtures
• Adding a deck
• Creating a home theater
• Refinishing cabinets
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