How to Narrow Your Search for Santa Cruz Homes

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

With the wide array of Santa Cruz homes on the market today, how do you narrow your search without missing out on that perfect home?

Here are 4 steps you can take to narrow your search for Santa Cruz homes.

Step 1:  Decide on your top priority.  Is it location, price, number of bedrooms or something else?  Once you’ve decided on the most important feature, concentrate your search there. 

Step 2:  Search for homes.  Most people start their search online.  There are many real estate web sites you can browse through.  Unfortunately, there are two big challenges to searching online:

1. Home listings quickly become out of date and may have incomplete or inaccurate information.  Overcome this challenge by enlisting the help of a real estate agent.  Your agent can quickly get all the current details on Santa Cruz homes for sale.

2. You can spend hours searching online without finding what you’re looking for.  Overcome this challenge by setting a limit on the amount of time you spend searching online.  Use a timer to remind you when your time is up, then walk away from the computer. 

Step 3:  Get comparables.  After you‘ve narrowed the list to your favorite neighborhoods, get a few sales price comparisons that include homes that have sold in the last six months as well as those with contracts pending.  Make sure you are comparing apples to apples, which means to compare homes that are the same size, same style and in the same neighborhood.  Your real estate agent is the best resource for this type of information. 

Step 4:  Double check availability.  Once you’ve made your top picks of Santa Cruz homes to view, have your agent make sure the properties are still available and don't have pending offers.  You don't want to waste your time going to see a property that is no longer for sale.

Let me do the work for you.  Give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at to find out how I can streamline the search process for you.

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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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