Santa Cruz Real Estate

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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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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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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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How to buy your first homeThe Santa Cruz real estate market is still simmering from its red-hot year in 2015. Prices remain high, inventory is low and the demand for homes is still remarkably high. So where does that leave first-time homebuyers? With rental prices at an all-time high, it may be time to ask yourself the tough questions. Are you ready to buy a home? Can you picture yourself spending the next few years here? Are you financially and mentally ready to commit? If you can honestly answer those questions with a yes, then you’re nearly halfway there.

1) Ask All Of The Questions

Ask your friends, family, coworkers, web forums, industry professionals, essentially everyone and anyone you can to find out more about things like financing, the buying process, home

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What Is A Second Mortgage & Why Would You Need It?

What are second mortgagesA second mortgage is essentially an additional loan that’s taken out on your home or property that’s already mortgaged. Homeowners choose to do this for a variety of reasons, but is always comes down to needing a large sum of money to pay for something, be it home renovations or expensive fixes to the property. Since mortgage rates tend to have a lower interest rate than other forms of credit, like credit cards and car loans, some people choose to consolidate their debts by using a second mortgage to pay off everything else.

Homeowners with good credit and have at least 20% equity in their current home can often receive a home equity line of credit. These interest rates tend to be fairly low.

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Parking can affect home prices in Santa CruzOut of all the prerequisites that are typically on a homebuyers ‘must-have’ list, parking is almost always a big priority. 

A recent study by Realtor.com recently discovered just how much people are paying for each additional parking space on average across the country, and the numbers are quite surprising. It also greatly depends on what kind of parking is being included, whether it be above ground, sheltered, built-in garage, on-street, or otherwise. Across the United States, most homes include two parking spaces, but can range anywhere upwards of that, for a premium. 

The study compared single-family homes for sale between January 1 and October 31 to get a sense of the average cost for each parking spot. What’s surprising was the 11.45% price

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Rental crunch has Santa Cruz city officials looking for new solutions.

There could be some new regulations coming from the Santa Cruz City Council in regards to secondary dwellings on your property. Often referred to as 'in-law suites", these detached homes are built with the intention of having somewhere for guests and extended family to stay when they visit, but many homeowners have discovered that they also make great income properties for short-term rentals too, like Airbnb. They're currently unregulated, but the city is considering changing that based on the current need for longer-term rentals.

The Council is concerned that these short-term rentals are leaving fewer and fewer options for long-term renters, like students and newcomers, which

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Where Are All The Homes For Sale In Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz real estate market report, sept & oct 2015California Association Of REALTORS® Study Finds Alarming Trends

While home prices continue to rise, homeowners who were once thinking about capitalizing on the value of their home are reconsidering the idea. A study from the California Association of REALTORS® found that more than one-third of California homeowners have thought about selling their home in the past year in an attempt to cash in on the boom, but a majority of them weren't able to afford another home if they sold the one they had. In addition to the affordability crunch, the higher property taxes are another factor that's keeping residents in their current homes.

In the first quarter of 2012, when housing in California was the most

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There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a home that go beyond the details of a listing. Is it close to great schools? What’s the crime rate like? Is there any recreation nearby? Questions about the community are something that real estate agents are asked every single day. A community with a homeowners association, for instance, can answer a lot of these questions just by the nature of their organization, but they aren’t for everybody. Here are a few of the pros and cons to help you decide if an HOA neighborhood is right for you.

Pros To Living In An HOA Community

Community Appearance and Exterior Aesthetics

Homes in an HOA community are required to abide by the standards set by the association. Everything from the number of cars in

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Find the perfect home office when looking at homes for sale in Santa Cruz

Here are some tips on how to setup your home office for success.

Residents of Santa Cruz are spending more time working from home than ever before. As technology has evolved over the years and job markets have shifted, homebuyers are in search of good home office spaces now more than ever. It's critical that if you're going to work from home, you establish a space that nurtures productivity and creativity. Here a few expert tips on how to set up the home office of your dreams.

Find the Perfect Home & Office

On our real estate quest, we're going to be doing double-duty by searching for your perfect all-in-one home and office. Something to look for when browsing the Santa Cruz listingsis a decently-sized den or room that includes an ample amount

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