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Santa Cruz, CA Real Estate News

By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
With the rise of smart phones is coming a push to incorporate this technology into everyday objects to create an internet of things. What is the internet of things you ask? This is a phrase used to describe the incorporation of connective technologies into everyday objects, from your washer and dryer to your thermostat and fridge. This devices are connected to the internet and to each other, enabling you to monitor your home while you are away or automate certain tasks, such as reducing or increasing your thermostats temperature.  Who would want these kinds of devices in their home? Almost half of current home owners according to a new survey by the California Association of Realtors nearly half of respondents would want to incorporate some smart technology into their home or would want...
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By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
SANTA CRUZ VICTORIAN HOME FOR SALE1104 KING STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 Chance of a lifetime to own a classic Santa Cruz Victorian home!  These do not come on the market often and this is a real opportunity to live in a one of a kind home.  This property is located on the Westside of Santa Cruz and features an extra large lot (13,000+ square feet).   Built circa 1888, this Santa Cruz Victorian home for sale exudes charm and character.  The interior has amazing trim, details and moldings.  The 12 foot ceilings make the home feel extra spacious. The parlor has tall bay windows that let in lots of light.  The living room has a beautiful fireplace and there are redwood hardwood floors in the home.  The master bedroom also has a fireplace plus a walk in closet.  Upstairs there is a lovely c...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Santa Cruz is not only known for its great beaches but also for its beautiful and plentiful walking and biking trails. Recently a new trail has opened to the public, the Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trail. Arana Gulch is the result of a new plan by the city of Santa Cruz to balance the needs of preserving the environment with the need for public open space. The city of Santa Cruz has spent considerable time and money coming up with their plan for Arana Gulch and as of January that plan is now complete. The Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trail will allow residents and visitors to experience the natural beauty of Santa Cruz while maintaining a balance with the local eco-system. 90% of Arana Gulch will remain in accessible to people as a means of protecting the native flora. The Multi-Use trail was design...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
With another turn of the calendar page we are once again getting to experience the fun evening that is Frist Friday in Santa Cruz. For those who do not know, First Friday occurs on, you guessed it, the first friday of every month in Santa Cruz. First Friday is an excellent chance for locals and visitors alike to experience what Santa Cruz has to offer. Various locations around town play host to events ranging from poetry, current trends in hardware design, as well as art galleries of various forms.  Up first, the Museum of Modern Art & History (MAH) will be once again be opening their doors free to the public. The theme of this First Friday will explore the issues of open space in Downtown Santa Cruz. The MAH invites patrons to come and experience what an open space downtown may look li...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The National Association of Realtors has released some new data on the demographics of homebuyers since 2006. Despite fluctuations in the market, the general demographics of first time homebuyers have remained relatively unchanged. There is data that some may find suprising or new. In terms of household composition, married couples still lead the pack making up 52% of first time buyers. Of interest, single female first time home buyers make up 22% of buyers while single males make up only 12% of buyers, a margin of almost two to one.  The average age of first time homebuyers has also remained in a constant range since 2006, from about 30 to 32. It will be interesting to see how this number may shift as millenials begin considering or not considering buying their first home.  If you are ...
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By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz Beach Home for Sale 750 24th Avenue, Santa Cruz *Welcome home to your Santa Cruz Beach Getaway!  This Mediterranean style home is located walking distance to the beach in Santa Cruz.  Enjoy barbecues and hot tubs in your sunny backyard and the Santa Cruz lifestyle.  This home was originally built in 1949 and has a real charm and character to it.   The kitchen in this Santa Cruz beach home is clean and bright and features corian countertops, gas stove, window above the sink.   Beautiful hardwood floors and plaster walls add to the ambiance of the home.  The living room has a gas fireplace and large windows that let in the light. This home by the beach in Santa Cruz has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The backyard has a stamped concrete patio and is fully fenced.  There is a bonus s...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
When it comes to selling your home the open house tour is a natural way of enticing buyers to check out your property and hopefully make a sale. In the infographic below you will find many useful tips and reminders on how to make sure your home and belongings are safe while your are out and about during an open tour of your home.  If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local events please feel free to contact me at pete@petecullen.com. With such great growth coming to Santa Cruz, now is the time to make this amazing place your new home. Feel free to email me to find your new home here in Santa Cruz and make sure to check out my website! 
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  No Speed Limit in California by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz 1-6-2015   Vegas Bob just heard the craziest news in the state of California. The state of California has been talking about getting rid of the Speed Limit through out the whole state.   Now for some reason Vegas Bob is really having a tough time believing this latest breaking news. Since Vegas Bob has been back driving around the Bay Area, he is wondering "Why" the state of California even has a Speed Limit. What Vegas Bob has noticed while driving in California is ... If the Speed Limit is 30 mph, then the Californians are driving 40 to 45. And if the Speed Limit is 45 mph, they are driving 55 to 60. And if the Speed Limit is 65 mph, they are driving 75 to 80 ;o/     So the only thing Vegas Bob can think about Californians driv...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The California Association of Realtors has released new data on some of the tech trends among home hunters. Those surveyed reported that not only had technology made them smarter buyers but also enabled them to better interact with realtors. Check out the infographic below to see all the tech trends CAR discovered.  If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local events please feel free to contact me at pete@petecullen.com. With such great growth coming to Santa Cruz, now is the time to make this amazing place your new home. Feel free to email me to find your new home here in Santa Cruz and make sure to check out my website! 
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The California Association of Realtors has released new information on what millenails are looking for in their agents when looking for homes. The number one attribute that millenials are looking for in their agents is responsiveness, likely in the form of timely email response.  For the full rundown of the CAR survery on millenails check out ther infographic below.  If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local events please feel free to contact me at pete@petecullen.com. With such great growth coming to Santa Cruz, now is the time to make this amazing place your new home. Feel free to email me to find your new home here in Santa Cruz and make sure to check out my website!   
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Santa Cruz Art League: Small Wonders Santa Cruz Art League  will be hosting their newest exhibit Small Wonders from December 12th until January 4th. Small Wonders will feature the works of several local artists as they each submit up to three pieces of art for the exhibit. This will be a great chance to come out and see the local work of the talented artists that call Santa Cruz home. If you are looking for a unique gift for theis holiday season this is also an excellent chance to purchase a one of kind artwork. To view the exhibit and learn more about the Santa Cruz Art League checkout their locatio at 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz.  The Santa Cruz Art League was founded in 1919 by eleven artists looking to share their art and motivate one another in their artistic goals. The art league now...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
As the holidays approach and the festivities increase there are numerous events taking place in the runup to the end of the year. The Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train is one such event occuring this weekend, December 7th and many other weekends through December.   The Holiday Lights Train is a staple of the winter events in Santa Cruz as the train winds its way from the beach in Santa Cruz up to the mountains of Felton. Along the way the train passes many of the historic Victorian homes that line Chestnut street as residents put forth their best holiday efforts with light decorations. The Holiday Train is a great opportunity to take your family out to enjoy the cool winter weather and experience one of the unique events that Santa Cruz has to offer. The cost for the train ride will run b...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Most people would probably not drive 3 to 4 hours to Santa Cruz to catch the Aimee Mann Christmas Show but what are you gonna do when she doesn't come to Sacramento and you would love to see her? Then again, if you've never thought of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime as a torture song, you haven't been to see Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform it in the manner they used the material last night at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Yes, people will confess to just about anything if they are forced to listen to the song thrust upon them in a violent manner. It is an ultimate instrument of torture. You can see the photos and read more in my personal blog today about Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at the Rio in Santa Cruz.
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The California Association of Realtors has released new data on just what it takes these days to secure a client for yourself and your real estate firm. Among buyers that the California Association of Realtors surveyed 30% said that the reputation of the firm and agent was one of the biggest factors in deciding who to go with. Social Media here playing a key role in managing and building ones reputation. Another 24% said that a recommendation from a family member or friend was another reason to go with a specific firm or realtor.  When surveying clients who were looking to sell a home respondents mirrored the sentiments of buyers. For a complete look at the data compiled by CAR take a look at the infographic below.  If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as loc...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The California Association of Realtors has released new data on the attitudes millennials have towards their first home purchase. While many millennials are current  renting, purchasing a home is still important to a large percentage of the cohort.  Check out the infographic below for all the details regarding homeownership and purchasing gathered by CAR. If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local events please feel free to contact me at pete@petecullen.com. With such great growth coming to Santa Cruz, now is the time to make this amazing place your new home. Feel free to email me to find your new home here in Santa Cruz and make sure to check out my website!   
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By Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
This past week, I took a trip to Wilder Ranch State Park, which is located just north of the city of Santa Cruz.  What  a delightful surprise.  Miles and mile of hiking trails, and the park is extremely friendly to bicyclists and horseback riders as well.  The view from the cliffs (aka "The Bluffs") are amazing.  It is a real easy hike, and is mostly flat.  Get out, enjoy some fresh air, and the park wsa not crowwded at all.  Here is a map.   The scenary is incredible.
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
This Saturday will mark the 21th year that the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains will be having their passport days. Passport days were created in 1993 order to celebrate the rich history of the wingrowers, vintners and families that make up the tradition of winegrowing in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These celebrations occur on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November.    On passport days guests are welcome into over 50 different wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains where each will have their own sampling of wines and gourmet foods and entertainment. Most wineries are closed to the public on passport days so this is a great opportunity to meet the winegrowers in a unique personal setting as each winery has its own theme during passport days.   For a full list of the w...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The warm summer days in Santa Cruz may have passed, but for surfers around the world the crisp fall air signals the time to shred the waves at Steamer Lane. The format for this years Coldwater Classic will follow the format from 2013's competition where 16 unsponsored surfers will compete for the chance of a lifetime. The winner of the Coldwater Classic will be given a contract worth $50,000 for travel expenses and contest fees to make their World Championship dreams come closer to reality. This years competition will take place over two days of optimal surfing conditions during the window of October 28th to November 1st.   The O’Neill history is one of many aspects that contribute to the Santa Cruz surf community and lifestyle. Around the 1930’s surfers from Southern California made th...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
The California Association of Realtors has released some new data on the optimism of home buyers over the last few years in regards to home prices. Take a look at the infographic below to get the full details on the new data released by CAR.   If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local events please feel free to contact me at pete@petecullen.com. With such great growth coming to Santa Cruz, now is the time to make this amazing place your new home. Feel free to email me to find your new home here in Santa Cruz and make sure to check out my website!        
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
On October 5th a special auction will be held to sell of beautiful redwood slabs from a redwood tree that fell in December of 2012 in the forests of Big Sur. The wood from this fallen behemoth has been carefully harvested and ten pieces will go up for auction to benefit the Henry Miller Memorial library, ensuring that the library will have a sustainable financial future. This is a extremely rare opportunity to own beautiful wood that has been growing for centuries here in California all while supporting a worthy cause.  To view the selected wood pieces that will be going up for sale please visit the Big Sur Redwood Wordpress page.  Even if you are not interested in participating in the auction for the ten redwood pieces you can still come out and spend a beautiful day amongst the redwoo...
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