September 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

September 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

Is the real estate market really moving towards a Buyer’s market in Santa Cruz County?

What goes up (and up and up) must eventually come down, at least a smidge, right? SpaceX landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 near Vandenberg in a historic first in early October so surely a dip in the market isn’t out of the question.

Inexpensive Open House Prep Ideas That Are Sure to Boost Your Offers

Inexpensive Open House Prep Ideas That Are Sure to Boost Your Offers

Two things can be true, simultaneously. It can be true that you really want to sell your home and will do whatever it takes to elicit a higher volume of legitimate offers, and at the same time be true that you don’t want to sink thousands more dollars into a property you’re about to vacate. An open house is your home’s time to shine, and it’s worth taking the time to prep for. Here’s how you can do it effectively, but also inexpensively. 

Kitchen Countertop Triage: First Aid for Scratches

Kitchen Countertop Triage: First Aid for Scratches

You can repair kitchen counter mishaps with only a little time and money. Big boo-boos, however, will need professional help.

Repair kitchen counters that show a history of wine spills, dropped pans, and unidentified sharp objects, and you’ll maintain the value of your kitchen and home. You can easily hide some counter mishaps, while only professional contractors can solve other surface problems.

California Association of Realtors' Opinion Of Prop 5 & Prop 10

California Association of Realtors' Opinion Of Prop 5 & Prop 10

Prop 5 will allow seniors, the disabled and victims of natural disasters to move to a home better suited to their needs without facing drastically higher property taxes.

Prop 10, by allowing for the dramatic expansion in rent control, will actually decrease the availability of affordable housing because there will be no incentive for builders to create more housing.

August 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

August 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

Is The Housing Market Normalizing?

The housing market data may not indicate a big and obvious shift yet, but ask experienced Realtors® in the Santa Cruz County market and the overwhelming consensus will be that change is afoot.

Strong demand and limited supply of homes for sale in recent years has created a market that overwhelmingly favors sellers.

99 Ingenious Ideas to Steal for Your Small Kitchen

99 Ingenious Ideas to Steal for Your Small Kitchen

If you have lived in or spent much time in Santa Cruz County you may agree that being here is like living on permanent vacation.

Many of the homes in Santa Cruz County were originally built as vacation homes in fact. Families would visit the area spending much of their time outdoors enjoying the beach and the redwoods. As a result, home design did not place a high priority on square footage. If you happen to live in a beach home or cabin in the mountains, you know exactly what this means.

July 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

July 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

"Geronimo!" said the housing market as median prices plunged in July for the third time in the last four months.

When it comes to housing, the conversation in recent years has been dominated by mind-boggling prices and limited supply - but, under the radar, there has been a gradual slowing of appreciation and rise in inventory.

The Santa Cruz County real estate market appears to be shifting.

June 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

June 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

The Santa Cruz County housing market has been a bit of a roller coaster lately. After trending down slightly in April and May the market did an about-face and headed back in the direction it has been going predominantly. That would be up, up, up in case any of you are wondering.

Fed up is what many people are as a result. Frustration with Santa Cruz County’s housing market surged in 2018. The ongoing housing shortage has impacted nearly everyone, from fast-food workers to tech employees, all across the Bay Area.

May 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

May 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

As summer officially kicks off in Santa Cruz County, we say goodbye to the wild flowers and hello to warmer temperatures. But even though it might be heating up outside, there are still foggy days and plenty of cooling off opportunities...surfing, hanging out at the San Lorenzo River or enjoying a cold beer at one of our local breweries. 

As we analyze the real estate statistics from May, it would seem that the market has found ways to keep cool too.