Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Days 85 & 86

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 85

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 85

Day 85 of the Shelter in Place here in Santa Cruz was absolutely beautiful. Everyday I have been going on early morning walks with my friend, Lauren. And it feels really good to get outside and it is also nice to have an accountability partner.

So part of buying a home is doing your due diligence. And what we call the upfront due diligence is a contingency period, once your offer gets accepted. That is the time where a buyer gets to kick the tires, so to speak. To make sure the home is in the condition that they want it to be in or that they expect it to be in. And as well as the neighborhood and any questions that they may have for the seller gets answered. So, we are right now finishing up one of our last few inspections on a property that I am selling in La Selva Beach. And so far the inspections have been coming in pretty darn good, which is exciting. But this is a really good process for a buyer to really understand all of the intricacies that a home has. So, part of my job, as a real estate agent is to help facilitate getting the vendors in, scheduling appointments, and making sure all my client’s questions are answered.

189 Hillview Way, La Selva

I like to think about buying a house to be similar to dating. First you go an date a lot of people, or see a lot of houses, and then you pick one that you like. Once you find one that you like, you write an offer, and you see if they want to date you too. And once your offer is accepted, you are going to date a little more and decide if you want to move in together, and at that time you do all your inspections, you make sure that your loan is buttoned up, you make sure the appraisal comes in at value, and if everything works out beautifully, then you close escrow and you get to move into your new home! So one of the joys in the career that I have chosen, is helping buyers find and secure and move into their new homes. It really just makes me happy.

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 86

Santa Cruz Shelter in Place 2020: Day 86

On Day 86 of the Shelter in Place here in Santa Cruz, my family and I had to move into our tiny back house, because of all the water damage from our washing machine! The only furniture that we have back there is a Queen size bed.

We also discussed what is everyone’s favorite breakfast drink. Ellia’s is orange juice, Danny’s is water, and mine is coffee. Danny claims that coffee is not a drink, that rather it is a way of life. What do you think, is coffee a drink or a lifestyle? Later on, I wanted to make a green smoothie but I ran out of greens in my house. So I got to go out to my garden and pick my own greens! Our garden is currently going off and it is making me so happy. All of our plants are looking super healthy and it looks so good. I love being able to get greens from our garden.

While I worked, Ellia went to Danny’s shop for a few hours. And she came home with an incredible halibut cutting board that she made. It’s about the size of a surf board and it is made out of curly maple, it’s seriously amazing.

I hope you are all happy and healthy! Stay tuned for Days 87 and 88 of the Shelter in Place here in Santa Cruz, California!

If you are feeling lonely during the Shelter in Place and want to talk please, please feel free to reach out to me. Know that you are not alone in this. We got this! You can sign up for a complimentary and confidential call with me using the Calendly link HERE. I look forward to chatting with you!

If you are within the at-risk population, and are in need of essentials during this Shelter in Place, or a face mask, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be happy to bring food and supplies to your doorstep. If you are a Santa Cruz business owner, please let me know how the community can support you during this time. I’d love to come by, film, and promote you on social media.

4300 Soquel Drive Unit 226

Real Estate Update Time: 

We’ve seen quite a few new listings come on the market this week, more and more each week. We are about 2.7 months of absorption rate. Which means that it would take 2.7 months for all of the inventory that’s on the market right now, to sell. So, that’s still considered a seller’s market. But despite all that, my client who owns 4300 Soquel Drive #226 is wanting to sell now! And we’ve reduced that property to $379,000, which is a really good deal. It’s in Alimur Park, which is a resident owned park, and the home is absolutely stunning with high ceilings, and it’s light and bright. Check out the Queen Bee Home Tour video of this home, which was entirely my daughter’s idea.

2220 Twin Hills Drive

We also have a new listing that just came on the market in Santa Cruz. 2220 Twin Hills Drive is a super cute 3 bed, 2 bath 960 square foot home in a central location in Lower Santa Cruz Gardens. This home has a 2 car garage, a large yard with mature fruit trees and flowers, raised beds, a covered patio, a bonus room/shed, and a nice backyard. And this home is located within walking or biking distance to an abundance of Soquel stores, restaurants, hiking trails, parks, and Dominican Hospital. 2220 Twin Hills Drive is an affordable, and cute as a button, home that is a must see. Please reach out to me if you would like more information on this home. I am happy to help!

If you are currently wondering what the Santa Cruz Housing Market is doing during the Coronavirus Pandemic, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have. But on March 28th, President Trump updated the essential business list and added Residential Real Estate. Meaning, that Realtors are allowed to continue working, while exercising extreme precautions, as mandated by the CDC.

With that being said, if you are currently looking to Buy a Santa Cruz Home, during the Shelter in Place, I would love to assist you in your Santa Cruz Home Search. There is not the usual amount of inventory as we normally see at this time, but mortgage rates are historically low. Now may be a great time to buy, as long as you’re willing to be patient for your dream home to come onto the market.

If you are currently thinking about Selling Your Santa Cruz Home during this Shelter in Place, now may be a great time to put your home on the market. With inventory being low, the demand increases. Meaning, that some homes are seeing multiple offers and bid wars. I’d love to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation with you to see how Fox Realty Group INC. can creatively market your home!

Shemeika Fox 
Santa Cruz Realtor
David Lyng Real Estate
DRE 01479629

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