Vacations

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When you think of Santa Cruz, what comes to mind is its gorgeous, white-sand beaches and its world-class surfing waves. It’s no wonder why people from all over the country move to California’s beautiful Santa Cruz.

Not only is it the city’s beauty that makes it so great, but its quality of life. In 2016, Gallup and National Geographic named Santa Cruz the second happiest city in the United States. People from across the country took a poll that assessed measurable expressions of happiness, like feeling safe, eating well, and learning new things, and Santa Cruz came out on top.

By looking at the city’s laidback, beach lifestyle, it's easy to see why Santa Cruz residents are so happy to live here. There are seemingly countless reasons that make

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Santa Cruz people using cell phones.

Santa Cruz can feel overwhelming when you’re new to the city. There’s so much to do and see, it can seem impossible to do it all.

Luckily, there are some awesome Santa Cruz apps to help you do just about anything--from guides to the best restaurants in town, to the breathtaking wineries in the Santa Cruz mountains. Whatever it is you need, there’s an app for that!

Check out the best apps to enjoy Santa Cruz, CA.

Santa Cruz Maps and Walks

Available on IOS and Android!

If you’re new to Santa Cruz and want to learn more about the city, this GPSmyCity app is great for you. Santa Cruz Maps and Walks will lead you on self-guided walking tours that take you to see the best attractions in Santa Cruz.

Guided tours are one of the best ways to

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If you're looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, then you're looking in the right place. Whether you're looking for a rental, or vacation property, or second home, the Santa Cruz real estate market has a lot of opportunities for building your wealth.

However, as with any property investment, the costs and risks are significant, so you'll want to make the decision carefully and based on the best information available. Still on board?

Here we'll discuss some of the factors to consider when looking for an investment property in Santa Cruz, as well as the best areas to go for.

Click here to jump directly to the list of recommended investment communities around Santa Cruz, or keep reading for more information on buying investment

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I understand—it's easy to fall in love with Santa Cruz.

For me, it's the amazing beaches and ocean views that make this a great place to own a home, but I'm always surprised by the seemingly endless list of reasons that people have for staying here.

Whether it's touring our local surf spots, or the wineries nestled in redwood-covered hills, there's something for everyone in Santa Cruz. So, it's no surprise that out-of-town buyers are increasingly looking to Santa Cruz for that dream vacation home.

If this sounds like you, let's take a moment to put aside dreams of family BBQs, sightseeing trips, and lazy beach days.

Buying a second property is an important decision, so here are three questions that you should consider before buying a Santa

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buying vacation homes in santa cruz

As a prospective buyer, owning a vacation home where you can relax and unwind in your favorite locale is extremely appealing, while you envision a perfect setting for your family and friends to experience. A vacation property is something you might think of as a place where joyful memories are made and traditions are established. However, beyond the good times and enjoyment of the destination are some important topics that should be taken into consideration when investing in a vacation property. Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so we aren't surprised you'd like to have a little slice of heaven here, but if you're thinking about joining the group of happy second-home owners, it's in your best interest to do a little planning

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Have you ever thought about hiring a house sitter for your Santa Cruz home?  If you’re going on an extended trip, hiring a house sitter could prevent potential problems.  Here are the basics you need to know about house sitters.

What are the benefits of having a house sitter?

• It’s safer.  If you are going out of town for any length of time, your Santa Cruz home is statistically less likely to be burglarized if it’s occupied.

• You’ll save on insurance fees.  If your home is empty for over 30 days, you may not be able to buy homeowner’s insurance for it or the insurance may be very costly.

• Your pets can stay in their home.  Your pets are going to miss you, but at least they’ll be more comfortable in familiar surroundings.  They’ll also have less

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Looking to buy a new house? Do you have a specified budget in place? Are you going to need to take out a loan? In such a tumultuous real estate market, there are many frustrating financial hurdles that you need to jump before you can purchase your Santa Cruz home. However, with a pre-approved loan you could reduce stress and move in quicker.

A pre-approved loan is when a bank provides you with an amount they would be willing to lend you for a Santa Cruz home and a period of time for which this offer is good. They determine this amount based on several criteria that you must provide and prove, such as your current income, bank statements, income tax returns and credit history.

 

 

Perks from pre-approval


• Know what you can afford –Using a

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These days, the thought of taking a vacation can lead to more stress than relaxation. So instead of worrying about booking hotels, buying plane tickets and taking time off work, enjoy a wonderful vacation without leaving your Santa Cruz condo.

1. Turn off the news. Rent a video instead.

This is a great way to escape for a while without all the hassle. Think of places you've always wanted to go, but couldn't. Rent travel videos of a few of the places you'd like to visit and sit back, relax and let your mind wander.

2. Get lost in your favorite novel.

Do you enjoy the world of mystery, romance or even science fiction? Well, now's your time to relax in your Santa Cruz condo and get lost in another world. Just visit your favorite bookstore or library

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