Santa Cruz Real Estate

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aptos real estateWhether just starting out, hunting for the perfect executive to round out your team, or thinking of cashing in and selling the now successful product, the start-up entrepreneur’s home finding endeavours often don’t top their list of priorities. To make it simpler, we've whittled down a few key things for entrepreneurs to look for when searching Santa Cruz real estate listings.

Why Santa Cruz? Santa Cruz in general is a hub for start-ups, particularly in the tech sector. So when it comes to setting up shop, perhaps the boom is due to the backdrop of lapping waves and big skies that spark creativity, combined with a community of like-minded innovators that drive each other to excel. Ultimately, when teams decide to call the area home and start looking at

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home buying tipsBuying a house is one of the biggest and most exciting investments of your life, and there can be plenty of twists and turns along the road to finding the right home. To ensure that you find the perfect property, it's important to establish your home buying criteria early on in the process. Knowing what you want before you even start looking will help you stay on track, so when you finally purchase a home you can be confident in the choice you've made.

Set Your Priorities

It's important to set your priorities early on, before going out to tour houses. Take a look at online listings to get a feel for what's out there and what you're looking for. Start making a master list of what you need and what you want in a house, listing each item in order of

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The beach community of Aptos, California is a special region, showcasing the beautiful Monterey Bay and breathtaking redwood forests. We're pleased to present 3 spectacular beach homes for sale in Aptos, listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. These homes offer the best of ocean views, quick beach access, and refreshing sea breezes to create the ultimate atmosphere of relaxation.

621 Beach Drive

This open concept, 2-story home on 621 Beach Drive sits along the coast of Monterey Bay, with beach access through a private passage. With gleaming pine floors, exposed beam ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking the sparkling ocean, this home is a gem that deserves a closer look. The gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, state of the art

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Santa Cruz real estate in 2014 started off a little bit differently from what we saw in the previous year with a significantly lower inventory for both single family homes and condominiums/townhouses. While the year isn't quite over yet (and we're still waiting on what the stats will tell us), we have seen median home prices creep up steadily since January.

Single Family Homes in Santa Cruz, CA

This year, homes priced below 800K have seen the most activity. As seen in many years before, the first quarter sales proved to be slower than what we typically see in the second and third quarter of the year. The median price of single family homes in Santa Cruz increased steadily, but not as dramatically as it had compared to 2013.

Santa Cruz Condos &

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The hottest trend in real estate these days is carving out some space for your in-laws, the Wall Street Journal says.

And it has the potential to lift your home value as much as 60 percent.

Known informally as "in-law suites" or "granny flats" and formally as "accessory dwelling units" (ADUs), these little homes, usually somewhere between 300 and 800 square feet, are going up in backyards across the country. The multigenerational living trend has been picking up steam through the Great Recession, both as millennials return to their parents' homes and as boomers (and their parents) age.

To skirt zoning rules, in-law units often lack stoves. Click photo for a slideshow.

To skirt zoning rules, in-law units often lack stoves. Click here for a slideshow.

The main obstacle is zoning. Cities generally restrict the number of

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Buying a luxury waterfront property in Santa Cruz is an exciting time, even for experienced homebuyers. Waterfront properties in Santa Cruz are more sought after because they are a rarity, in turn this means that working with someone who is knowledgeable is even more important. That being said, there are a few rules of thumb to consider when buying a waterfront luxury property in Santa Cruz:

1. Find a real estate agent that specializes in waterfront properties

Purchasing a Santa Cruz waterfront home can be complex, so working with someone who is knowledgeable about the area and has experience dealing with waterfront luxury properties is a key success factor. Having an expert available to help you with your search can help you change course from

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Habitat for Humanity Builds Homes for Local Families in Santa Cruz CountyHabitat for Humanity Santa Cruz is a great non-profit organization that sets out to create affordable housing to low income families in need. This is an independently operated and locally funded chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Homes are built for local residents using donated supplies and community man-power. Qualifying families who live and work in Santa Cruz County will receive affordable homeownership with a zero percent mortgage from the HfHSCC; however, this is not a giveaway program. Applicants must prove a need for housing, provide a down payment and be able to make monthly mortgage payments. With local support, this program allows deserving residents of Santa Cruz County to gain economic stability and build a brighter future for their children.

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There are many reasons why a mortgage loan for your Santa Cruz real estate could be declined. It doesn’t have to be the end of your real estate dreams. Here are a few things to consider if you’ve been turned down for a mortgage:

Loan-To-Value Ratio
The loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is the percentage of the appraised value of the [city] real estate that you are trying to finance. For example, if you are trying to finance a home that costs $100,000, and want to borrow $75,000, your LTV is seventy-five percent.

Lenders don’t like a high LTV. The higher the ratio, the harder it is to qualify for a mortgage. To reduce the percentage, you can save up a bigger down payment. Some lenders may approve the loan if you buy mortgage insurance, which protects the

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There’s at least one good thing about the drop in the dollar and it’s boosting the real estate market. Many high-end Europeans are now looking toward the U.S. for a vacation home or permanent resident, and that could mean big hope for your Santa Cruz home for sale. However, this also means a different way of selling.

Stage A Benefit
No open house for high-end buyers. Host an event instead – maybe even a benefit dinner for a worthy charity. Let people come and view the property, but give them an avenue to mix and mingle as well. In addition, they get to see how the house handles a bunch of guests.

Showcase A Chef
If you have a gourmet kitchen (or two), check with chefs that would like to showcase their cooking abilities. This creates an entire

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Many putting up their home for sale on the Santa Cruz market don’t have a lot of available cash to spruce it up. While staging houses is a definite plus, it costs, as does many of the other suggested “to-dos." Here are a few cheap, easy ways to make your home look more inviting to buyers:

1. Put Up Your Personal Stuff
Not every buyer looking at a home for sale in Santa Cruz appreciates the fact that someone still lives there. Putting away the following things can help the buyers’ see themselves in the home:

• your pet’s things (toys, litter box, bowls)
• your medications, toothbrushes and toilet accessories
• any toys
• knick-knacks and personal pictures

2. Create More Space
Small, closed in spaces are major turnoffs for buyers. Create the illusion

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