6 Things To Trust More Than A Zillow 'Zestimate'

6 Things To Trust More Than A Zillow 'Zestimate'

Zestimates. Ugh. Have you heard of them? These are Zillow’s estimated market values for homes around the country.  The numbers are computed using a proprietary formula based on data, not human touch, vision, interaction, etc. It is not an appraisal, but a starting point for determining a home’s value for many consumers.  Unfortunately, many homeowners believe these values are accurate.  In reality Zestimates are about as accurate as a blind camel playing darts and are typically off by 8% - 24%. 

Here are 6 things to trust more than a Zestimate:

Avoid These Two Big Mortgage Mistakes

Avoid These Two Big Mortgage Mistakes

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.

But if you don’t pay attention to the details, your mortgage can end up dragging down the enjoyment of your new home and cause some major regrets. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to ensure that you love your mortgage terms as much as your hew home.

September 2017: Santa Cruz County Housing Market Update

September 2017: Santa Cruz County Housing Market Update

The third quarter of the year is behind us which of course means pumpkin spice everything and all of the stores are playing Christmas music now. The change in season also brings a shift in real estate market conditions. Inventory tends to decline and buyers may become more aggressive in their home search. This change can affect real estate sales in a number of ways.