Santa Cruz Real Estate

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how to find an investment property in an expensive market

It’s no secret that Santa Cruz is not an inexpensive market. In fact, many statistics and studies are showing that Santa Cruz is one of the most expensive markets in California. As the average price of a home in Santa Cruz edges over the $900,000 mark, it will be more common for residents in the area to seek rental units over mortgages. This provides a great opportunity for those looking for an investment property.

Here are some tips and tricks to find an exceptional investment property in an expensive market like Santa Cruz:

Be on the Lookout for Sales and Deals

Working with a Realtor to find the best dealIn order to find a great property at a reasonable price, you’ll need to have your finger on the pulse of the real estate market in your area. This means working with a seasoned real

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Kitchen Trends to watch for in 2017

Renovating your kitchen is a great way to improve your life and add value to your home. Typically, kitchen trends change more quickly than other rooms in the home, so it’s easy to become a little overwhelmed when it comes to planning your kitchen remodel.

You might be asking yourself, which trends are worth investing in and which should be left behind? Here’s our guide to 7 of the biggest kitchen trends to watch for in 2017:

1. Function Over Form

Many hardware and cabinet designers are streamlining their products, creating hydraulic cabinets and drawers with damping. This modern take on cabinets and drawers allows homeowners to open and close their drawers with the push of a button. These futuristic features are great for maximizing space in

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For recent retirees or empty nesters, the idea of downsizing may seem as exciting as it is daunting. For starters, you will have less to maintain and clean, giving you more time to enjoy your retirement and relax. Additionally, downsizing often means moving to a more modern home, which also results in reduced energy bills and fewer repairs over the years. For retirees on a fixed income, this is vital.

One of the negative aspects of downsizing is the stress involved. For many homeowners, they have lived in their family homes for decades, so going through everything for a move can be overwhelming and unpleasant.

If you’re wondering how to downsize into a smaller home, here are some of our best tips and tricks that will give you more confidence

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For professionals in real estate, one of the most exciting moments of the year might be when Realtor.com publishes its annual National Housing Forecast. This crystal ball looks at a number of important economic indicators to make predictions about what buyers and sellers can expect in the coming year. Though the 2017 forecast notes that national market growth may be slowing compared to previous years, there's also a lot that savvy sellers can learn from about housing trends in Santa Cruz.

More Millennials?

According to the forecast, shifting demographics will play a huge role in shaping the real estate market in the U.S. over the next decade. In particular, millennials—a generation of first-time homebuyers—are expected to make up 33% of the

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After years in the workforce, it’s finally time to step into retirement and enjoy life. Retiring is an exciting life transition. As you finally begin to properly relax, there are many decisions to be made on how to enjoy these golden years. Once the kids have gone their ways and the home becomes more than what they need, many retirees choose to relocate or move to a new home better suited for retired individuals.

While shopping for a retirement house or condo, there are many things you need to consider. Of course, there are the logistical considerations such as the price and mortgage, but there are also other choices that will have a direct impact on you'll enjoy your retirement.

Here are several things to look for in a retirement home:

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West Santa Cruz home for sale

This beautiful home in West Santa Cruz is one of the best hidden gems in the market right now. Tucked away on the hillside just off Western Drive, 191 Cypress Park offers a beautiful views with convenience access to UC Santa Cruz and the Cabrillo Highway.

About 191 Cypress Park

Cypress Park home kitchen
Cypress Park home living room

This exceptional two-story home offers a Traditional and Craftsman design with a modest floorplan and refined interior features. The three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home was originally built in 1998 but has since had several upgrades to keep it fresh and modern, including granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and hardwood floors. The kitchen also includes a gas range, breakfast bar, and a small patio with sliding glass door, which is

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If you’re thinking about buying a townhome in the coming months, then we have exciting news for you! A new townhome community has just been announced in Scotts Valley, which will bring 20 beautiful new condos to Lundy Lane near Hocus Pocus Park. The project was originally planned for 2011, however the economic decline had investors worried about its success. Now, with a thriving economy and bustling real estate market, the original developer is excited to make this long-time vision a reality, and it couldn’t come soon enough.

Santa Cruz developer, Brooks Properties, who recently completed De Laveaga Park in Santa Cruz, is spearheading the project in collaboration with Bill Kempf, a local architect who also designed the Pinnacle View townhome

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best places to live in santa cruz county if you love to hike

From clean Ocean air to the cascading slopes of the coastal mountains, Santa Cruz has everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. This area is home to some of the best hiking trails in the great state of California, which could be just minutes from your home in the Santa Cruz area! Here’s your exclusive guide to where you should live in Santa Cruz County if you love to hike.

Boulder Creek

This small mountain town is an idyllic escape from the busy city and your gateway to endless hiking trails with everything from easy walks to multi-day trips. Just one hours from Silicon Valley and half-hour from Santa Cruz, residents are immersed in an autonomous community where the past comes to life with unbeatable charm. The downtown consists of

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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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