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make the most of your santa cruz home during quarantine

There are signs out there that shelter in place restrictions are starting to ease.

But, the advice is still to stay home as much as possible to avoid the public and flatten the curve. But all that you know.

With all this free time at home, you have to come up with something to fill the hours. There are only so many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, true crime podcasts and Netflix series to binge watch. Eventually, you’ll find yourself in a productive mood.

With that in mind, here are a few ways you can make the most of your Santa Cruz home during quarantine.

Re-arrange Your Home

Shelter in place restrictions are in place, so even if you were to go out, you can accurately expect long, socially-distanced line ups to get into your favorite

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For gardening enthusiasts in Santa Cruz, spring and summer are an exciting time of year.

It’s when you can really let your green thumb guide you and create a beautiful garden in your home. Whether you prefer perennials or produce, there’s no doubt that a Santa Cruz home garden is a great addition to your property.

Gardening not only offers stress relief, it’s also environmentally friendly and helps add gorgeous lush greenery to your property.

Plus, many of us are finding ourselves with a little more free time at home lately. Are you considering hopping on the urban agriculture train?

Here are some of the best fruits and vegetables to plant in Santa Cruz:

Popular Vegetables

One of the best things about living in California is the

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listings spotlight: 63 ortlaton ave in west santa cruz, ca

This classic single-level home in beautiful, sunny West Santa Cruz is all about wide-open spaces and bringing the outside in. From the entryway, you are greeted by a simple elegance that is highlighted by high ceilings, recessed lighting and huge skylights. The brilliant California sunshine fills every corner!

The natural aesthetic is also reflected in the stunning maple wood floors throughout 63 Ortalon Avenue. In the kitchen, the granite counter tops are a perfect contrast to the beautiful maple cabinets and the state-of-the-art, chef-grade appliances.

As is often the case, the literal and figurative center of the home is the living room, and this one doesn't disappoint. The wide-open space features a stucco-framed fireplace and a wonderful

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buying a home in santa cruz during a pandemic

It’s become somewhat cliche, but these are certainly unpredictable, and unprecedented, times.

Springtime is traditionally the start of the hot selling season in real estate markets across the United States, but of course, Spring 2020 is anything but ordinary.

Communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have gone to varying degrees of shut down, with many businesses closing completely, while others have had to significantly change the way they operate.

With all this going on and many jobs being lost, it’s not surprising that many may be a little hesitant to jump into the real estate market.

It’s Actually a Great Time to Buy

Despite what you might think, it’s actually a uniquely great time to buy.

A number of market conditions have

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best places to live in Santa Cruz if you love the beach

There are so many reasons why people choose to relocate to Santa Cruz.

Some come for the ancient redwood forests. And others come for the relaxed lifestyle.

But out of all the possible reasons why homebuyers choose to live in Santa Cruz the most common is to be near the beach.

Santa Cruz is famous for its gorgeous white sand beaches that expand for miles along the coast line. These beaches are not only perfect for anything from suntanning to surfing.

And so much of the Santa Cruz lifestyle has to do with our beaches.

So if you’re on the hunt for a home, here are the best places to live in Santa Cruz if you love the beach:


Located to the east of the San Lorenzo River, Seabright is one of the most popular waterfront

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Buying a foreclosure home in Santa Cruz

When buying a home in Santa Cruz, it’s hard not to be attracted to a foreclosure.

Not only are these homes priced below market value, they are often located in some of the most desirable neighborhoods around Santa Cruz.

But sometimes, these homes are too good to be true.

They often come with a number of stipulations that you should know about before jumping at the opportunity.

To help you with your real estate journey, here are a few things you should know before you commit to buying a foreclosure property.

  • Types of Foreclosure Properties
  • Things To Watch Out For If You're Considering A Foreclosure
  • Tips for Buying a Foreclosed Home in Santa Cruz

Types Of Foreclosure Properties

There are four stages of a foreclosure

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Buying a home in Santa Cruz during the coronavirus pandemic

It’s possible to say that every single industry in America has been affected by COVID-19. This is especially true for those in California.

Because of the virus, many businesses in Santa Cruz have had to shut their doors indefinitely. And others have had to completely reinvent the way they retail.

And that’s exactly what’s happening with the real estate industry.

Buying a home during this pandemic is a little different than it once was since buyers can no longer visit open houses or walk through properties as freely as they once could, but the real estate industry in Santa Cruz has been classified as an essential business, which means that we can help you buy or sell a home during this time.

Here is a complete guide to buying a home in

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what to do in Santa Cruz during self isolation

Spring is usually a busy time of the year in Santa Cruz. As the weather gets warmer, locals and visitors alike take to the parks and beaches to enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer.

But this year looks a little different.

With COVID-19 affecting our community, popular amenities like beaches and shopping centers have been closed down to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Each and every person has also been asked to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

This means that many of us are cooped up in our homes until everything gets back under control.

Even though staying at home is the best thing to do in a situation like this, it can make you feel stir crazy.

If you’re starting to get a little bored, here’s

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New construction vs resale homes in santac cruz california

The homebuying process can be difficult.

When looking for a home, there are so many things to consider, such as location, homestyle, and budget. And another important aspect to consider is whether you want to buy resale or new construction.

Santa Cruz real estate has a generous mix of both resale and new construction homes, giving homebuyers plenty of choice.

But what’s the difference between one and the other? Which is better?

Believe it or not, there are crucial differences between the two home styles—all of which could make you rethink what’s best for you.

Here are the differences between buying a resale vs. new construction home in Santa Cruz, CA:

Energy Efficiency and Green Building

Energy efficiency is becoming a high

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how to get your santa cruz home open house ready

Spring is the best time of year to sell your home in Santa Cruz.

The school year is wrapping up and homebuyers are starting their home searches for the summer.

This means that there’s no better time to list your home and to host an open house!

Open houses are the best way to get potential homebuyers into your home so that they can see it for all its worth.

And since it’s important to make a good impression, you’ll want to prepare your home for this event.

Follow these tips on how to get your Santa Cruz home open house ready so you can make the most out of your event:

Clean Anything and Everything

Tidying up your home before an open house may seem obvious. But it requires a little more effort than just vacuuming and doing the

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