What Homeowners Can Do About a Run-Down Property in Santa Cruz

Whether you’re a homeowner who plans to sell or just wants to keep the value of your home up, you are right to be concerned about a run-down property in the neighborhood. The problem, though, is that you just don’t have much control over what your neighbors do concerning their homes even when they have … Continued

4 Steps For Buying A Second Home In Santa Cruz

If you’re thinking of buying a second home, you may not realize that the process is a little different than buying your primary home. While all the basics are the same, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing a new property. Here are 4 steps for buying a second home in Santa Cruz without … Continued

How to Avoid Getting Turned Down for a Mortgage in CA

For most homebuyers, acquiring a home loan through a reputable mortgage lender is a large part of the home purchase adventure. Let’s get you prepared to start off with a lender on the right foot by looking at how to avoid getting turned down for a mortgage in CA. Check Your Credit History Every single … Continued

5 Trends to Help You Sell Your House in Santa Cruz in 2022

The year 2022 continues the ongoing saga of strange times in the real estate industry, and there are plenty of ways to make your listing stand out in the ever-changing markets. To help you generate as much buyer interest as possible and get your home sold fast, here are 5 trends to help you sell … Continued

4 Tips For Selling a House In Santa Cruz This Summer

Traditionally in most markets, spring is the best time to list and sell a house, with fall coming in a close second. Summer has a few selling challenges that other seasons don’t have: kids are out of school, people are on vacation, and summer activities keep a lot of people busy. So selling during the … Continued

Property Taxes: A Guide for Santa Cruz Buyers and Sellers

Taxes are, as you know, one of those two irksome but inevitable things in life. And included among the inevitable taxes are property taxes. It’s just that with these taxes, many of us don’t know as much about them as we should or could. For example, how are property taxes calculated, who pays them in … Continued

How To Add More Value to Your House in Santa Cruz

The idea of homeownership is to build equity in your home that becomes an asset over time. In fact, a home is often the largest asset many people will ever have with the exception of perhaps a retirement plan. There are ways for you to maximize the value of the asset before you sell. Improvements can happen … Continued

What Santa Cruz Home Sellers Should Know About Closing Costs

As one of the least well-understood aspects of selling your home, closing costs tend to quickly eat away at the profits from selling your home. To gain a better grasp of how things will work for you once your home is sold, let’s go over what Santa Cruz home sellers should know about closing costs. … Continued

The Latest Tech Buyers and Sellers Should Know About in Santa Cruz

Technology is advancing at an exponentially growing rate in most areas and industries. Until recently, though, that hasn’t been the case in the real estate arena. The adoption of the latest technologies in real estate has lagged behind that in other business sectors. But that’s changing now, with a huge increase in real estate tech … Continued

How To Handle a Probate Property in Santa Cruz

When a homeowner passes and doesn’t have a revocable living will in place, the most common scenario is for the property to go into probate. And if the owner dies owing significant debts, the property will have to be sold off to pay creditors. Most of the time, homes in probate are marketed and sold … Continued

4 Downsides of Selling Your Home on Your Own in Santa Cruz

It may appear simpler, more profitable, and enticing to take on the responsibilities of preparing and selling your home all on your own, but there are serious issues that could endanger the sale. To help put things into perspective, let’s go over 4 downsides of selling your home on your own in Santa Cruz: Pricing … Continued

Interview with Bob Nash; President of Kingsmen Car Club

Interview with Bob Nash; President of Kingsmen Car Club I’m really excited today because we are here with Bob Nash, who is the president of Kingsman Car Club, a Santa Cruz Classic Car Club! I met Bob when a client of mine needed to sell her 1964 Chrysler 300, which was a really cool car. … Continued

Is a Reverse Mortgage a Good Idea? Our Advice for Santa Cruz Homeowners

Reverse mortgages are talked about a lot these days, but are sometimes not that well understood. Basically, a reverse mortgage is a type of mortgage loan secured against a residential property that can provide additional income for retirees, doing so by giving them access to the unencumbered value of their properties. But that doesn’t really … Continued

The Pros and Cons of a Homeowners Association in Santa Cruz

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are great for some people, but not so much for others. If you want to live in a well-run, well-maintained, orderly neighborhood or community, then an HOA is likely a good fit for you. But if you’d resent not being able to decide how to manage and change your own property the … Continued

Ways To Save Money When Selling Your Home in Santa Cruz

A home sale generates hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even with the high revenues and potential capital gains, everyone wants to maximize profits. While you don’t want to spend money that doesn’t provide a return on investment in the final sale price, don’t hesitate to put the right money into your home. Save money in … Continued