July 2019

Found 6 blog entries for July 2019.

The kitchen is the heart of the homeā —it’s where families spend most of their time cooking, socializing, and entertaining.

Since so much time is spent in the kitchen, potential homebuyers often search for homes with impressive kitchens. It’s for this reason that making upgrades to your kitchen will increase the selling price of your home.

On average, American homeowners spend between $12,565 and $34,976 remodelling their kitchens. But, when you’re selling your home, you probably don’t want to dump that much money into renovations.

With a few hours and a little bit of elbow grease, you can bring life back to your kitchen for a relatively low cost! Try these three DIY kitchen upgrades that will boost your home selling price:

Refurbish Your

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Along with its world-class surfing waves and white-sand beaches, Santa Cruz is now becoming known for its phenomenal craft brewery scene.

Tons of small breweries have been popping up in-and-around town, offering creative and flavorful beers made from local ingredients.

Craft breweries in Santa Cruz specialize in a wide range of beers, from unique sours to familiar ales, so no matter where you go, you’re bound to find a drink you love.

If you’re new to the city or just new to the micro-brewery scene, here are 6 Santa Cruz craft breweries to check out this summer:

Discretion Brewing

Discretion Brewing is a fantastic brewery to visit if you’re looking to try a wide range of beers. With a dozen beers on tap, you’re bound to find something

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When you first bought your home, you may have fallen in love with its quirky details and design features that matched the current trend. 

But, with time, our homes age and our preferences change.

The shag carpets you used to find charming may now seem outdated. The large bedrooms that used to be practical may now be too big. 

Whether you’re wanting to love your home again or put in on the market, renovating it is a good idea. 

Oftentimes, renovating your Santa Cruz home can increase its value because of upgrades and modernization. If you put your home on the market with newly renovated rooms, you might be able to list it for a higher price.

Sometimes, though, your renovations won’t yield the returns you initially expected. If you’re not

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Lauren has been honored as one of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals which recognized America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country by Real Trends! Nearly 14,500 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best. Those ranked are among the top 1/2 of 1% of 1.4 million licensed real estate professionals in the United States!

“With today’s release of the 2019 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list, an elite group of real estate agents across the country are receiving well-deserved recognition. These sales associates are far above average and have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field,” says Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends.

"Those individual

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how to set up a legal short-term rental  in your Santa Cruz home

Short-term vacation rentals are a great source of income for homeowners in Santa Cruz. However, the city council is starting to crack down on many properties that don’t necessarily follow all the rules and regulations for short-term vacation rentals. Although the industry for vacation rentals is not largely regulated, changes could be on the way that could make a big difference to your vacation rental property.

Here are some tips for setting up a legal vacation rental in your home:

Do the Proper Research

Before renting your vacation property, it’s important to do the proper research and determine if you are allowed to rent it out. Check with the city and county codes for any notices on short-term vacation rentals. A good way to do this is by

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what is an escrow account

When buying your first home, it's easy to get caught up in the various new terminology for things. Some things like insurance, interest rate, conditions, home inspections are fairly straightforward, but escrow may be a whole new term to you. To ease any confusion, here's a quick summary of what an escrow account it and how it differs from the escrow process when buying your first home. 

What Is An Escrow Account?

Escrow accounts are sometimes called "impound" accounts. These accounts are set up to help manage payments of property taxes and homeowner's insurance. Depending on the individual requirements of the lender, you may be asked to pay as much as one-quarter of these upfront and they will be put into the account for the purposes of making

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