How Solar Energy Can Impact Your Taxes in Santa Cruz

Tax day is just around the corner, and, like most of us, you’re probably scrambling to get everything ready. There is, however, a bright spot in all the anxiety and dread for some people. And that is the healthy tax breaks that come with solar-energy improvements – at local, state, and federal levels. So whether … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 11

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 11

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 11 On the 11th Day of Quarantine here in Santa Cruz, I continued the momentum from yesterday and was ready to work. I made Danny coffee in bed again. Got up early, did my meditation, my mindful practice, my breathing, and also I’ve been reading my California economic … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 10

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 10

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 10 Yesterday was Day 10 of the #shelterinplace ordinance here in Santa Cruz! And I got out of my “Groundhog’s Day” Funk! I was able to wake up at 5:30am, do my meditation, stretching, and intention setting, and reading. Oh and also guess who brought coffee in bed … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 6

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 9

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 9 It’s starting to feel like “Groundhog’s Day” here in Santa Cruz! How many days in a row are we going to wake up in our home, and not go outside, and do the exact same thing as the day before? I hope it’s not too much longer. … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 8

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 8

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 8 It’s the start of the second week of the Shelter in Place Ordinance, here in Santa Cruz, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Day 8 was a Monday, and it started out with coffee in bed! Did I mention that getting coffee in bed in one of my … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 7

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 7

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 7 First weekend of the Shelter in Place Ordinance here in Santa Cruz. On Day 7, Danny made us a tasty meal of beef and tomatoes with cheddar, polenta and roaster broccoli, Ellia spruced up our bunny, Buddha’s, home with some succulent decoration and art, we had a … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 6

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 6

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 6 Danny had the day off since it’s Saturday, so he made us his famous chocolate pancakes. But then we heard some water running and discovered a broken pipe, so much for the day off! Luckily his brother is going to help us fix it, but we now … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 5

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 5

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020 Day 5! Today Ellia and I finish our cook-off challenge using our secret ingredient, canned tomatoes, we unbox our toilet  paper delivery, workout from our at home gym, and get organized with a schedule! I am actually feeling very stoked, despite all that is going on in the world … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 4

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 4

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 4 Thursdays are Tour Days in Santa Cruz County; when Sarah and I go out  into the community, we look at Santa Cruz houses, but besides just looking at houses, we get to chat all day in the car while we drive around.  So, our Thursday Tour is … Continued

National Real Estate Market Update: March 2020

National Real Estate Market Update: March 2020

It’s crazy how much the national real estate market trends are just so similar to what we’re seeing right here locally with the Santa Cruz County real estate market. Hi, I’m Shemeika Fox, your Santa Cruz real estate expert. Our local Santa Cruz, California real estate market trends are just so similar. There is a … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 3

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 3

Another day of quarantining here in Santa Cruz, California! Today my daughter, Ellia, gave me a makeover, we had some at home P.E.,  we did a jigsaw puzzle,  we went to Sunnyside Market in Soquel to get some NOT DECAF Coffee, and I enjoyed Happy Hour  with my Husband, Danny! Let me know how I can support … Continued

Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: March 2020

Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: March 2020

Are you curious what the Santa Cruz Real Estate Market is doing this March? Well, I made this Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: March 2020 video at the beginning of this month and unfortunately is already outdated. The video was so upbeat because the reality of Coronavirus hadn’t reared it ugly head. The economist … Continued

Ablyss Printhouse Screen Printing in Santa Cruz

Ablyss Printhouse Screen Printing in Santa Cruz

  Meet Drew. Owner, Creator, Operator, Artist of Ablyss Printhouse Screen Printing on the Westside of Santa Cruz in California. I got to meet up with Drew and ask him how he got into Screen Printing and learn more about his passion to create beautiful pieces. Recently, I had the pleasure of doing business with … Continued

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020 Day 2

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020 Day 2

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Coronavirus Quarantine Day 2. What are you doing to stay sane? Day 2, for me and Ellia, consisted of watching Ellia play Monopoly via FaceTime, sweeping, lots of dancing, delivering flowers to friends, all while working from home (Cause houses, you know, they just can’t sell themselves). The day … Continued

Tax Tips for Homeowners in Santa Cruz

Buying a home is, of course, a huge purchase. The great thing about it, though, is that owning a home is (most of the time) a good investment. In addition to the fact that buying a home makes you money in the long run, it also provides you with certain tax benefits. If you want … Continued

Beach Cottage in Aptos, California

Beach Cottage in Aptos, California

Listen Up! We have found this Thursday’s Deal of the Day at an amazing Beach Cottage in Aptos, California. I’m Shemeika Fox, Your Santa Cruz Real Estate Expert. And it is not often that I am awestruck or smitten over what we see on Tour, because I see so many houses so often. But this … Continued

Cat and Cloud Coffee New Location on the Westside of Santa Cruz

Cat & Cloud Coffee is on a mission to leave people feeling happier than they were before, and have a vision to change the way the world does business. Jared Truby, one of Cat & Cloud’s three owners, is extremely passionate about culture, values, leadership, customer service, quality, and growth. This revolutionary company just recently … Continued

Westside of Santa Cruz, California

Westside of Santa Cruz, California

  Welcome to the Westside of Santa Cruz. I moved to the Westside of Santa Cruz in 1999 to attend college at the University of California Santa Cruz. Side note, I did actually go to Cabrillo College, which is also a fantastic college, a junior college which is located in Aptos, Santa Cruz, California, and … Continued

Westside Santa Cruz, California

Our Guide to Understanding Your Property Taxes in Santa Cruz

One thing that both home buyers and sellers should keep squarely in mind is that the cost of a home goes far beyond the sale price. There is also, among other things, the property tax – which buyers need to factor in when determining how much house they can afford and sellers should consider when … Continued

Ocean View Home in the Soquel Hills

Ocean View Home in the Soquel Hills

We found the Santa Cruz Home Deal of the Day today at 500 Muir Drive in the Soquel hills! This stunning 2008 remodel was designed by architect William Rennie Boyd and is a zen paradise! I cannot get enough of this Soquel Home! Step outside to one of four decks to see the valley below … Continued

Clos LaChance Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Wine Region

Clos LaChance Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Wine Region

Hi there. I have taken you out of Santa Cruz County and we are just on the outskirts. Actually, are we in Santa Cruz County? Or are we in San Martin, which is not Santa Cruz County. Cut! Hi, we are at Clos LaChance, which is a fabulously beautiful winery in San Martin. It’s just … Continued

Mediterranean Home in Soquel, California

Mediterranean Home in Soquel, California

Welcome to this dramatic single level Mediterranean home situated on 1.4 nearly flat acres. The home boasts soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, an abundance of windows & designer tile in the bathrooms. The gourmet eat-in kitchen has stainless appliances, maple cabinetry & granite countertops, adjoins a lovely family room with a wood-burning fireplace. There is an … Continued

Spa Day Home Tour

Are you looking for an affordable Felton home where you don’t have to sacrifice your spa day? Look no further than this Spa Day Home Tour of 185 Waner Way! This charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, is 1,712sq.ft. of pure redwood bliss. The gracious and open floor plan is cozy and mystical. With the … Continued

What You Can Expect From The Santa Cruz Real Estate Market in 2020

The current healthy economy portends a strong real estate market throughout 2020. A strong job market, with unemployment at a near 50-year low and relatively low-interest rates should keep real estate going, but there will remain, it seems, a shortage of inventory. Industry watchers say that the market is looking better than it did a … Continued

Local Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: February 2020

Local Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: February 2020

Local Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: February 2020 Local Santa Cruz Real Estate Market Update: February 2020 I love this topic, the Local Santa Cruz County Real Estate Market Update and trends. I always get really excited to share and discuss. So please feel free to reach out to me to discuss how the … Continued

National Real Estate Market Update

February 2020- National Real Estate Market Trends

February 2020- National Real Estate Market Trends National Real Estate Trends – February 2020 and how they pertain to local Santa Cruz County Real Estate Trends February 2020- National Real Estate Market Trends- Happy Housing Market Update. We have compiled the February 2020- National Real Estate Market Trends here in this video. Have a look … Continued

5 Tax Tips For Homeowners In Santa Cruz

Homeownership entails some significant tax breaks that homeowners should be aware of and take advantage of. The sad fact is that many people lose out in April because they aren’t aware of these tax breaks or just don’t know how to take advantage of these savings opportunities. In addition, tax laws went through a major … Continued