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scotts valley vs soquel california

What makes Santa Cruz such an interesting place to live is that every single one of its neighborhoods has its own unique vibe.

The colorful town of Capitola seems otherworldly when compared to the natural landscapes of Aptos.

Though, when comparing Soquel and Scotts Valley, they seem quite similar.

Both neighborhoods are located at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and have easy access to beautiful redwood forests.

Even so, they are completely unique.

Learn more about the differences between Soquel and Scotts Valley so you can buy a home in the ideal neighborhood for you.

Community Vibe

Both Soquel and Scotts Valley have similar community vibes thanks to their inland locations.

They attract nature-lovers and

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As of late, the tech industry has been booming.

Both Fortune 500 companies and startups have been flooding the market with innovative technology that consumers can't seem to keep their hands off of.

This surge in the tech industry has created over one million tech jobs in California alone. The Bay Area accounts for over 800,000 of them.

Although San Francisco is the western hub for technology, it's becoming harder and harder for young professionals to live in the city because of its high cost of living.

As San Francisco becomes unrealistic for tech workers, many have been looking to nearby cities where they can buy a home and settle down.

Santa Cruz has become an extremely popular place for tech workers, not only because of its

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for your Santa Cruz home

The time has come!

Fall is the best part of the year to take care of the little things around your property that will make a big difference for you and your home. The change of season in Santa Cruz isn’t as drastic in comparison to other parts of the country but it’s still important to perform some routine home maintenance to your Santa Cruz home.

Here are some reminders on how to prep your home for the cooler months. You’ll save money, time, and maybe even the safety of your home and livelihood.

Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Autumn is the best time of year to get your California lawn back to beautiful shape. Here’s a list of ways you can prep your grass for spring:

  • Patch dead or damages spots: Remove the old turf, dig up 3 to 6
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With October coming to a close, the fall season is officially upon us. This means an influx of pumpkin-flavored baked goods, hot apple cider, and spooky movies.

But that’s not all:

Fall is an excellent time of year to sell your Santa Cruz home. As the holidays quickly approach, buyers who have been waiting all summer for the perfect new home will be more eager to find a property that fits their needs.

While buyers will have less autumnal options in terms of Santa Cruz real estate inventory, it’s important to use the fall season to your advantage as a home seller. Allow your home to stand out from the crowd with unique curb appeal and cozy accoutrements.

Here are some tips for staging your Santa Cruz home this fall to help ensure a quick

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Santa Cruz's Most Walkable Areas

In a city like Santa Cruz, where neighborhoods are built outwards instead of upwards, finding a walkable place to live can be difficult.

Our city is sprawled out from the redwood forests to the oceanside, meaning it can be difficult to get around without a car.

But this doesn’t mean that Santa Cruz doesn’t have its pedestrian-friendly areas.

In fact, it has a ton! Here’s a guide to Santa Cruz’s most walkable neighborhoods:

Downtown Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz Walk ScoreAs with most cities, downtown cores are typically the most walkable areas in town. Santa Cruz is no different.

With a fantastic Walk Score of 96, downtown Santa Cruz takes the cake for the most walkable neighborhood.

The area is filled with over 130 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops

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5 most affordable communities in santa cruz to buy a home

Recently, Santa Cruz was named one of the five least affordable real estate markets in the United States of America.

A median home in Santa Cruz would run someone approximately $650,000. Over 100 percent of a families wages would go towards paying their mortgage. With all this negativity towards purchasing homes in Santa Cruz, we’re going to bring a little positivity to the process. You might be asking yourself, is there affordable housing in Santa Cruz?

The short answer? Absolutely.

Here are the top five most affordable communities in Santa Cruz to buy homes:

Watsonville, CA

Located at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville is known for its rich agricultural heritage. Moreover, it is a hotbed for berries. This “small” town

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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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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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"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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