Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

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The shag carpets you used to find charming may now seem outdated.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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Santa Cruz is irresistible during the summertime with its dreamy beaches and world-renowned surfing waves.

People from across the nation relocate to Santa Cruz during this time, hoping to make the city’s vacation lifestyle their reality.

The influx of buyers during the summer makes this the perfect time to sell your home!

But it also makes the summer the most competitive time to sell a home. You’ll want to make sure your home stands out of the crowd so you can get the best offer possible and fast.

Here are five home selling tips to prepare your Santa Cruz home for the market this summer season:

1. Use the Weather to Your Advantage

Santa Cruz is beautiful all year round, but especially during the summer when the greenery is lush and

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Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, Scotts Valley is the gateway to the coastal redwood forests and some of California’s most incredible state parks. Scotts Valley is the place to be for those who love nature. With massive forested areas and streaming creeks found around the city, there are seemingly endless opportunities to get outdoors.

Scotts Valley's Diverse Real Estate

Homes for sale in Scotts Valley range in size and price, making this community welcoming to all types of buyers. You can find anything from new construction homes to mature properties to luxury estates.

You can find California beach houses and mid-century modern builds. These homes are found on massive lots that are shaded by mature trees. Scotts Valley homes for sale

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"Going green" has been big news in real estate for some time now. The benefits are undeniable: less waste, more savings, and the growing appeal to an ever expanding market of environmentally conscious home buyers.

Going green isn't just about recycling your trash, turning the lights off, or the ol' brick-in-the-cistern trick. And we're also some ways past the era of simply putting a solar panel and some extra insulation on a home and calling it "green".

So, where are we in the race towards sustainability? Well 2019 is set to be great for exciting new innovations, as well as some interesting variations on older ideas.

Read on to find out more...

Green Home Construction

More and more, the drive towards greener homes is taking into

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Santa Cruz County is one of the best places to live in California. The soaring redwoods, perfect beaches, and beautiful towns combine to make this a truly special place to be in.

And it's not just Santa Cruz itself that's hogging all the glory - scattered across the area are some exceptional small communities...

Not sure where to start? Well here is a list of some of the best towns around Santa Cruz to live in or visit.

Aptos

Less than 20 minutes east of Santa Cruz, the beach town of Aptos overlooks a long stretch of beach around Soquel Cove.

The charming central village of Aptos hosts many one-of-a-kind stores, as well as some entertaining events throughout the year.

The area boasts a wide variety of properties, from beachside

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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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People from all over the world relocate to Santa Cruz for its picturesque coastlines and laid-back lifestyle.

Moving to Santa Cruz might be one of the most exciting moves of your life. You soon get to experience the joys of this treasure of the golden state first-hand and live everyday as a vacation.

There are countless things to do in this county, from weekend wine trips in the Santa Cruz mountains to days spent surfing in the Pacific.

The vibrant city of Santa Cruz has something for everyone and welcomes people from all walks of life.

Although it’s a dream to live in this city, Santa Cruz relocation can be daunting. With so much to consider, you’ll want to start planning your move early.

To help make your move easier, here’s the

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