Santa Cruz Real Estate

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Coldwell Banker was recognized once again this Spring by Real Estate magazine as by far the strongest "Power Broker" in the nation, agents truly have to be exceptional to stand out in our company.  Lauren Spencer's performance last quarter was exactly that - exceptional.  Lauren has earned the distinction of being named to Coldwell Banker's Top 1,000 Agents for the first quarter of 2009.  Lauren's superior professionalism and sales leadership has placed her among the elite top 2% of all agents in the industry's strongest company.

Lauren's achievement is even more impressive given that her high-level production occured during what many now feel was the most challenging quarter of our professional life time.  Lauren has truly proven that she is the best of

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The Santa Cruz real estate market is a homebuyer’s dream right now!  Whether you're looking to buy a new home or to buy investment property, it's the perfect time.  Home prices are down, which means that well-informed buying could benefit you in the long run.  There are several tips I can offer you on how to get the best price when you buying a home:

• Shop around in the neighborhood where you're looking to buy.  The only way to know if you're getting a good deal is to look at home prices in the same neighborhood.  Ask your real estate agent for listings that are similar to the Santa Cruz home that you’re looking at.  Evaluate the two homes and their prices to ensure that you’re getting a good price.  Your real estate agent can help you with this

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Is this a good time for first time home buyers to consider a Santa Cruz home? It's a familiar question with the economy in the state it is in. Here are a few reasons why a home is still a great investment for first time home buyers.

Pride of Ownership

This will never go away no matter what the economy is like. Owning your own home is the American dream for a reason.  It just feels good to take care of a Santa Cruz home that's yours and yours alone.

Tax Incentives

Owning your own home is one of the best tax deductions. The new stimulus plan makes that tax incentive better than ever before. Not only can you deduct your interest payments on your tax forms this year and for every year during the life of your mortgage, the stimulus plan allows a huge

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If you're tired of renting but don't want a huge home to manage, consider purchasing a Santa Cruz condo. You can enjoy the benefits of home ownership and leave your renting days behind you.

By owning a condo, you can:

Build equity

When you make payments on a condo you own, you are constantly building equity in the property. With renting, you pay for years and own nothing.

Avoid payment increases

Unlike renting, when you own your Santa Cruz condo and have a fixed mortgage rate, you can feel confident that your monthly payments will remain the same. No more surprise rent hikes. You can just sit back, relax and plan your finances around that peace of mind.

Make upgrades

As a renter, you probably never had the pleasure of painting the walls any color

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Finding a home may seem like a simple ordeal. There are ads all over the internet, and your local newspaper probably has pages of listings.  So why bother working with a Santa Cruz real estate agent?
Your real agent isn't going to help you just find homes for sale; they're going to help you find the perfect home. So what does a Santa Cruz real estate agent know that you don't know, and how can they find the best homes for sale?

Intimate Knowledge

Finding a Santa Cruz real estate agent who specializes in the area where you want to buy is especially helpful because they have intimate knowledge of the homes for sale. The agent also knows the locale and can give you tips about schools, crime levels, shopping and other necessities.

MLS Searches

While you

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To get a Santa Cruz home to sell during a buyer’s market, it needs to look better than the other houses on the street.  Making just a few quick changes can make all the difference when trying to best the competition.  Here are a few things to do to make your home stand out:

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Few things can spruce up a Santa Cruz home like a fresh coat of paint.  Be sure to pick a neutral color.  Potential buyers won’t be able to see themselves decorating and living in the home if they see too much of someone else's personality in the wall color.  Most home improvement stores will have color cards you can look through, this will help you find the most neutral color you can live with.  While you’re at it, get rid of all the knickknacks and other items

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We are all short on time these days, and never does that become more apparent than when trying to buy or sell Santa Cruz real estate.  Deciphering the ins and outs of real estate can seem like a full-time job itself.  That’s why many people decide to hire a real estate agent to guide them.

• A good real estate agent must have a working knowledge of local property values to make sure you get the most for your money.  Having an agent working for you full-time to find the Santa Cruz real estate that you’ve been dreaming of can cut out a lot of hours of research and headaches.  A qualified real estate agent will simplify the search for the right property and can direct you to financing as well.

• If you’re looking to sell your property, your agent will

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You may be wondering how to get the best price for your Santa Cruz real estate.  Good preparation and a little hard work is the key to getting the most money when selling your home.  Here are a few tried and true improvements you should make before you list your home:

• Revamp the exterior of your Santa Cruz real estate.  Pretend that you're a potential buyer and take a critical look at the outside of your home.  Could it use a new coat of paint?  Perhaps the current paint scheme makes it look out-dated and old-fashioned.  Painting and adding new light fixtures and railings can immediately improve your home's value.

• Look to the landscaping.  Trim any trees or bushes that obscure the view of your home from the curb.  Highlight the best view of your

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There are several indications that the new stimulus bill passed by Congress will have a positive influence on the struggling housing market. If you are considering buying a Santa Cruz home for the first time the stimulus plan may help make that happen.

How the Stimulus Bill Stimulates the Bottom Line

The biggest effect the stimulus plan will have on new home buyers is a tax incentive. We all want to get more money back on our tax returns and the stimulus bill has an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers purchasing a Santa Cruz home.

How You Qualify

In order to qualify for the stimulus tax incentive you must:

• Not have owned a home in the past three years.

• Use the new home as your primary residence.

• Have an income of less than $75,000

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Santa Cruz real estate in foreclosure is sometimes found stripped of all appliances and fixtures after the trustee’s sale.  Some property owners believe they have the right to remove everything but the walls of the house when they leave.  The law states that anything that is not personal property, that is in fact an asset of the property, may not be removed. 

Homeowners in foreclosure may be prosecuted for removing the following items:

• Most appliances that are on the property.  This includes the stove, dishwasher and garbage disposal.

• The air conditioning unit and the furnace must stay on the property.

• Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and any electrical wiring.

• The plumbing and all the fixtures must stay in place.  The sink, shower, toilets,

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