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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.)
The California Association of Realtors has released some new data on the ways in which buyers are leveraging social media when they are looking to buy a new home. To start the number of Californians using social media to research homes has increased year over year from 2011's 52% of buyers to 2014's 77% of buyers. This is a marked increase demonstrating the importance of being active on social media, but if you are reading this blog you already know that.  Now to what exactly buyerrs are looking at when they use social media sites. Many buyers are using social media to get buying tips and advice from their friends and family. A suprising number are using social media to find their agents Facebook page as well as to see their Youtube video channel. Important information to ensure that we...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Celebrating the combination for art, wine, music and food, the Capitola Art & Wine Festival fills Capitola Village with thousands people indulging in some of life’s simple pleasures with family and friends. This year on September 13 & 14, over 160 artist and 23 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries will display and share their gifts with locals and visitors alike. There is even a Children’s Art Area with ongoing craft projects is conveniently located in the center of the Festival on Lawn Way, making the event perfect for the whole family to attend. The best part? The event is free to attend, no admissions charges, no fees, just a great weekend to come out and enjoy some of the best that Santa Cruz has to offer.    Among the superb wineries to look forward to are the classic Bargetto Winery, Hall...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Santa Cruz county is seeing a construction boom as more developments are being planned and built. Brooks Properties, a construction firm here in Santa Cruz, is working on a new set of homes off of De Laveaga Park Road. This new housing development consists of 13 new single family homes running near one of the creeks here in Santa Cruz. These new homes have an exterior Meditteranean design using traditional materials such as tile and stucco. The interiors of these new homes will reflect a more moden style, fitting in with the demands of the booming Bay Area economy and clientele. To see the interior floor plans of these homes check out the Brooks Properties website. These homes will be listed exclusively through Bailey Properties. Thinking of purchasing one of these new propeties? Need s...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Every year for Labor Day weekend the Begonia Festival is held in Capitola. The Begonia Festival began in 1952 and is now celebrating its 62nd year in existence, a long history is at the center of the festival. The festival features an array of fun family friendly activities. Some of the events held this weekend include a sand sculpture contest, fishing derby as well as the pinnacle event, the float parade.  The float parade will feature dozens of floats decked out in their finest begonia attire. Watch as teams race to put the finishing touches on their floats to make it in time for the parade. These floats are beautiful displays of craftsmanship showing the talent that the Santa Cruz community has to offer. For a list of the all the float entries that will be at this years Begonia Festi...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
You have just bought your first home making the transition away from renting to buying. You are finishing packing your moving truck ready to make some big moves as you check your rearview mirror, your gas tank and set out... up the block to your new home! The California Association of realtors has released some figures on just how far away current renters would like to live from their current residences when they buy their first home. The data may or may not come as a shock but the majority of respondents stated that would either stay in their current county or the same neighborhood that they currently live in. For the full list of places renters would like to move to when they buy check out the graphic below! If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as local eve...
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By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
55+ Home for Sale - Villa Santa Cruz Co-Op Park 2435 Felt Street,  Santa Cruz, CA 95062   Located in one of the best 55+ Senior Parks in Santa Cruz where you own the land - this is a Co-op Park with low monthly HOA dues.  The amenities in this 55+ Senior Park in  Santa Cruz include:  Swimming Pool, hot tub, billiards, clubhouse, communal dinners, activities, exercise room, car wash area . . . all in a walk to beach location.  This park is immaculately maintained and has a great sense of community.       This home for sale in Villa Santa Cruz 55+ Cooperatively Owned Park features 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  The interior is bright and light with built in bookshelves, window seats, double pane windows, crown moulding, light carpet.       The kitchen has been remodeled and has white t...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Data collected from the sale of homes in Santa Cruz in May has shown that the median home price in Santa Cruz has risen to its highest value since February 2008. The median home price in Santa Cruz county now sits at $675,000. This data confirms the trend of steady price increases for homes in Santa Cruz.  On top of the increased median home price there was also an uptick in the amount of homes that are going up for sale. This is good news as the Santa Cruz market has suffered from a lack of current home owners looking to sell their properties. Hopefully as prices continue to rise coupled with plenty of interested buyers more home owners here in Santa Cruz will place their homes on the market. The May data also shows more homes are beginning to sell for a million dollars or more in Sant...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Last year 1 in 5 homeowners began work on some sort of home improvement or remodeling project. These new projects ran that gamut from simple paint jobs all the way to new additions to their homes.  The California Association of Realtors has released some data on the kinds of projects that these homeowners were most likely to do. 70% of these remodeling homeowners were likely to work on a remodel of their kitchen. These remodeling homeowners were also 49% more likely to have worked on an addition to their home. Clearly homeowners last year were not afraid to get their hands dirty tackling some big projects of their own. For the complete list of projects that remodeling homeowners were most likely to take on, see the CAR inforgraphic below.  If you are interested in more information about...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Despite the harsh economy for millenials, many still view a home as a great financial tool for their increased security. With high debt loads and tight credit for lending institutions millenials are still looking to make that first home purchase and the data suggests that many are making the jump away from renting and into mortgages. The California Association of Realtors has released some numbers on just exactly the generational makeup of new home purchases and despite a plethora of articles saying that millenials are eschewing home ownership en masse millenials have made up 1/3 of all new home purchases. For a full rundown of the average millenial buyer please take a look at the graphic below. Have a great weekend! If you are interested in more information about Santa Cruz, such as lo...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf Race Every year, runners from around the world come together in Santa Cruz to run the 6 mile Wharf to Wharf Race. This event draws elite running athletes from all over the world as they compete to be the first to cross the finish line in a race going from Santa Cruz to the Capitola.                                                                                         The Wharf to Wharf race begain in 1973 with a few locals running across the two cities. Now the event draws competitors world wide and has become a top race for competition. Top champions in the Wharf to Wharf race have even included some Olympians, showing just how elite the competition is. With the beautiful seaside weather that Santa Cruz has to offer this race is one where, even if you do not...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
This Saturday the 19th of July, the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains will once again be having their passport days. Passport days were created in order to celebrate the rich history of the wingrowers, vintners and families that make up the winegrowing tradition in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This years July celebration will feature the Silver Mountain Vineyards location in the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as their West Side location in Santa Cruz at the Surf City tasting room.       In addition to the great wine you will enjoy there will also be different music acts, as well as many different local vendors from around Santa Cruz selling their unique items. Most wineries are closed to the public on passport days so this is a great opportunity to meet the winegrowers in a unique pers...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
With a recovering economy, more and more young renters are considering making their first home purchases. The California Association of Realtors has released a new infographic about the attitudes young renters have in regards to their first home purchase. To start, 89% of young renters surveyed in 2013 said that they had planned to buy a new home sometime in the future, indicating that despite low homeownership rates amongst the young, most are still looking to make that first purchase. Of those young renters surveyed, 81% agreed that buying a home allowed you to live in a nicer home versus renting. 80% of those surveyed agreed that buying a home was good investment in building wealth along with 76% of those asked saying that buying a home would be a good investment over time. Another 6...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Happy Fourth everyone! As you sit back and enjoy the much deserved long weekend, here are some local activities right here in Santa Cruz to help you celebrate our nations Indepedence.   If you are looking for some explosions in the sky you are in luck. Right over in Scotts Valley on the 17, fireworks will be in full view later in the evening at Skypark Park starting at 9:15pm. Before the start of the show, attendees can play games and enjoy music in food at the park. The cost of entrace to park is 8 dollars. Make sure to arrive early to enjoy the pre firework activities and get some of the best spots to view the main attraction. Remember that this is the only place in Santa Cruz that will be having a fireworks show!   Want to take advantage of the beautiful ocean view here in Santa Cruz...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
For pretty much every buyer, there are certain features of their new home that they cannot compromise on. This can be diffucult especially if you find yourself looking for a home with a significant other as your two preferences can clash when looking at potential homes. The California Association of Realtors has released an new survey of the various deal breakers that buyers have. The survey shows the different preferences between men and women and surprisingly there are only a few deal breakers that both sexes do not share. The first deal breaker for both men and women in a home is one without sufficient outdoor living space, looks like we all want to have some nice yard space for those summer barbeques! With the gorgeous scenery of Santa Cruz you might be spending too much time indoor...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
One of Santa Cruz's staple events is returning for its newest season! Santa Cruz Shakespeare will be begin their 2014 play season starting next month. This seasons plays will include As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor and an additional Shakesperian inspired play called The Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon. As You Like It  is a play about love at first sight, a wrestling match, some cross-dressing and a fool. This delightful romantic comedy boasts all four of these, cleverly intertwined with the trials and triumphs of love. The Merry Wives of Windsor marks the return of audience favorite Sir John Falstaff once again down on both luck and cash. In dire need he schemes to fatten his wallet by seducing Mistresses Ford and Page in an attempt to swindle their husbands' money. The Fringe...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Looking for some activities to take your Father out to this weekend? Are you a young father looking for events that would be great for your entire family? Look no further, here are some suggestions for things you can do this weekend in Santa Cruz county and beyond.  Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton will be hosting two events this weekend that are perfect for those Fathers with young children. Great Train Robberies is one of the events being held this weekend at Roaring Camp, here guests will be able to witness famous shootouts and notorious outlaws as the trains make their way though the Redwoods up to Bear Mountain. The second event will be Hats Off to Dad where Fathers can be treated to a trip up to Bear Mountain as well as have a dinner from Chucks Wagon BBQ. As part of this dinner p...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
With a new month it is once again First Friday in Santa Cruz. With events all over the city, now is the time to come out and enjoy the beautiful June weather as well as see what local and regional artists have been working on.  The Tannery in Santa Cruz will once again be hosting events in their galleries this First Friday. UnDressed, an exhibit taking place at the Tanneries Radius Gallery, will focus on the various new ways in which technology and fabric can come together. The gallery will showcase the works of artists who are combining traditional garmet creation techniques with new tools and methods to create narrative garmets that will give exhibit goers a thought provoking experience. The Radius Gallery will also play host to AMPHORA, an art vehicle from Oakland, that will allow vi...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Looking for a fun event celebrating good design while at the same time helping those in need in our local area? This Saturday, May 17th, The Architects Association of Santa Cruz will be hosting their 19th annual Open Architecture Tour. Come see and appreciate good design around Santa Cruz. The tour will take place from 10AM until 4PM with a post tour gathering occuring at La Posta restaraunt on the East Side of Santa Cruz. The cost of the event is $36 which will admit two people to the tour. Tickets may be purchased at several locations around Santa Cruz county including Bookshop Santa Cruz, they may also be purchased online at Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz. Funds from the sale of tickets will benefit Habitat For Humanity Santa Cruz making this an excellent event to not only learn mor...
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
A short video introduction on the passion that drives my work in real estate as well as some of the reasons why Santa Cruz is a great place to call home.    Want to make Santa Cruz your next home? Email me at pete@petecullen.com to find out how you too can love living in Santa Cruz. 
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By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, GRI,CRS, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
With the warming weather and the arrival of the month of May, it is once again First Friday in Santa Cruz. First Friday gives residents of Santa Cruz to enjoy the great artistic and culinary talents that are on offer in the city. From Downtown to the Westside and up through the Tannery onto Felton, the creative talents of Santa Cruz's are out in full force tonight. Some of the gallerys and exhibits that one can visit include Doug Ross' Other Mothers artwork. In honor of Mother's Day, Ross has created several prints of the non-human mothers that inhabit our world. This gallery is located at 1368 Pacific Ave. in Downtown Santa Cruz beginning at 6PM until 8PM. In case you do not catch the exhibit tonight, the gallery will be shown throughout the month of May. The Felix Kulpa and Sculpture ...
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