Santa Cruz Real Estate Urban Legends

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Urban legends can be found within every industry, and Santa Cruz real estate is no exception. Getting a big discount because a home needs minor repairs or being able to acquire 100 percent financing in a snap definitely isn’t as easy as it sounds and is probably just what you think — a big fat myth.

Whether you’re an experienced buyer or it’s your first time purchasing Santa Cruz real estate, do your research and don’t get sidetracked by enticing fables that might cause you to miss out on your dream home. Below are three debunked mortgage urban legends that have been plaguing the industry for years.

1. You can get a foreclosed home for almost nothing. While foreclosed homes do tend to sell consistently lower than other homes on the market, they’re not always a great deal. Banks are required to sell a property as close to fair market value as possible, and only drop the price in small increments after 60 to 90 days. Foreclosed homes are also usually in worse repair and banks are less likely to negotiate on them.

2. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s easy to get 100 percent financing. While some homebuyers might be nostalgic for the subprime mortgage era when anyone could obtain full financing — that just isn’t the case any longer. While there is assistance out there, most first-time buyer programs require that you put down a certain amount.

3. A fixer-upper means a lowball offer. Gone are the days when just because a home needed a little cosmetic help you could make an incredibly low offer. Don’t do it because you’ll get rejected, and the buyer won’t take you seriously.

The market may be down, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to walk away with a steal. Save your money, keep your credit score in check and don’t fall prey to any of these common Santa Cruz real estate urban legends. 

If you’re in the market for a new home or you’d like to hear about more urban legends that buyers typically fall for, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information.

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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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