Santa Cruz Real Estate News & Information

With endless festivals and events for the whole family, autumn in Santa Cruz is just as exciting as summertime.

If you’re wondering about what’s happening in Santa Cruz this fall, here’s a list of some of the most exciting events:

The Big East Side Block Party

Date: August 30th

Location: Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap

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To close off the summer season, visit Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap for the Big East Side Block Party.

This event has incredible music and food that will keep you entertained for hours. There will also be tons of vendors, selling everything from artisanal crafts to locally made food.

Some of the vendors include Happy Dog Hot Dogs, Venus Spirits, Follow The Sun Art, and Pretty Nails By Jenny.

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It seems as though every where you go in Santa Cruz, you can find people with their dogs. This is because Santa Cruz offers the perfect community for those with animals.

The city is filled with pet-friendly parks, beaches, trails where you can take your furry friends to run around and play.

But the city doesn’t stop there when it comes to dog-friendly places.

There are tons of Santa Cruz pet-friendly restaurants and cafés that have patios where you can bring your puppy to dine out alongside you. Some cafés even have designated dog menus!

Discover all the best places to bring your dog with this pet-friendly guide to Santa Cruz:

Pet-Friendly Parks

Pet-Friendly Resturants

Pet-Friendly Cafes

Pet-Friendly Parks

One of the best

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One of the reasons why so many people choose to move to Santa Cruz is so they can be close to its world-class surfing waves and white-sand beaches. When you live in Live Oak, you can’t get any closer to the action!

Located between Capitola and Pleasure Point, Live Oak is known for its incredible beaches.In fact, the neighborhood has such phenomenal waves, they’re often used for professional surfing competitions throughout the year.

People from across the nation flock to the area to lay on the sand at Twin Lakes or hit the waves at Pleasure Point.

Among all the fun and excitement around the community are lovely condos, townhomes, and single-family homes, perfect for all kinds of homebuyers.

Discover everything this beach-side community has

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5 best santa cruz communities for retirees in 2019

Retirement is possibly one of the most exciting times of your life. With your career coming to a close, you have more time to visit with friends, explore the country, and simply relax.

So what better place to retire than in Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz attracts tons of retirees from across the nation who want to be close to its white-sand beaches and top-rated golf courses. The city also has a ton of serene neighborhoods that welcome families from all stages of life.

Without further ado, here are the 5 best Santa Cruz communities for retirees in 2019:

Rio Del Mar

Rio Del Mar is one of the most popular Santa Cruz communities for retirees for its proximity to quiet beaches and top-rated golf courses. In addition to all of the amazing amenities

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The kitchen is the heart of the home⁠—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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