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By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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 Hi guys! It’s Jessica Wallace, your Santa Cruz REALTOR. I wanted to tell you briefly today about Proposition 19 in California and what it can mean for you and your family.One of the things that Proposition 19 will do is that if you are over 55 and you own a home and you sell it and you move somewhere else in California you get to keep your property tax basis with you.A lot of people that are older in California have owned their homes for decades sometimes. They have very low taxes, property taxes, and now you could take those property taxes with you to a new home.So it’s gonna allow people over 55 to move a little bit more freely throughout the state and keep their nice low property taxes.Another thing that Proposition 19 does that is totally different from the 55 and over is that the ...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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 Hi Guys, it’s Jessica Wallace here, Santa Cruz REALTOR. I wanna give you a brief update about where we stand in February, 2021 in the Santa Cruz housing market.This is the most extreme seller’s market I have ever seen. What’s causing that is high buyer demand and also very very low supply of homes.We are at one of the lowest I’ve ever seen, at 135 homes currently active on the market in the entire Santa Cruz County. What this is causing is home prices to rise dramatically.In January, 2021 our average home price reached $1,244,000 in Santa Cruz.A year ago, in January, 2020 our average price was 965,000. So home prices have gone up a lot. And what this extreme lack of inventory is causing is many multiple offers on any property that is well-priced.And it’s not just 3 offers or 5 offers, ...
By Christine Cumming SeaRealEstate.com, Real Estate Santa Cruz and beyond 831.588.7767
(Real Estate Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Watsonville)
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Bringing a special NonProfit a bit of Awarness.  Beach Neighbors Spotlight Beach Neighbors is featuring BirchBark Foundation (BBF) is a unique thread in the safety net of our central coast community. They are both an animal welfare and human service organization, striving to protect and honor the critical human-animal bond that brings happiness, wellness, and love to many.  Dr. Merrianne Burtch, a veterinarian practicing locally for 28 years, started the foundation in 2013 to provide three critical programs to help pets and their families: financial resources, education, and emotional support.BirchBark works with local veterinary clinics to provide financial assistance to low-income families with pets in a fixable, life-threatening, or life-compromising crisis. All of the lives they sav...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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CAPITOLA BEACH COFFEE HOUSE FOR SALE Walking distance to Capitola Beach. A prime location. Lots of walk in customers, tourists year around.  Owner gets 2 parking space with permit.  Lease is just $2750 til year end.  Inclusive of all utilities. Profitable.The Beach is now opening up. Capitola is just south of Santa Cruz and north of Monterey City. Agent:  Sam Shueh (408) 425-1601  SamShuehRealtor at Gmail.comhttp://samshueh.point2agent.com/ 
By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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As 100 million of us adapt to a new way of life seemingly overnight, REALTORS must quickly find new ways of doing business in California, New York, Illinois, Ohio and other states rapidly following suit with "stay at home" orders.    It's time to think outside the box and employ new ways to help our sellers and buyers, while preventing accidental spread of the novel coronavirus.     Listing courtesy of Ronnie Trubek, Century 21 Showcase REALTORS This fabulous home on 1/2+ acre, built in 1990 [which is practically new around here] was listed on 3/17/20.    Later that day, the Santa Cruz County wide "shelter in place" order was announced.    The next day, our MLS eliminated broker tours and public open houses.   For weeks, I'd been planning to host Saturday and Sunday Open Houses at this ...
By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz, and Scotts ValleyReal estate market -  January 2020: 4th Quarter 2019 review SUMMARY:Santa Cruz County average single family home prices eased about 3% during the 4th quarter, versus the 3rd quarter, but, prices were just 1% lower than this time a year ago.   The number of homes sold was about equal to the number sold during the same time period last year.  To quote my year end 2018 blog, “After consecutive years of double digit price appreciation, I consider this softening healthy for the overall housing market, although … disconcerting to home sellers.   Real estate is cyclical; the last trough in prices was …in 2009.   No one wants a repeat of the “great recession;’ a soft landing is preferable.”   On average across Santa Cruz County, it takes about 8 ...
By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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Here is my 2020 real estate forecast for Santa Cruz Countyincluding San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts ValleyThe Washington Post published an article this week that surveyed over half a dozen real estate and financial economists: the National Association of Realtors, REALTOR.com, Redfin, Zillow, the National Association of Home Builders, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, and BankRate.com.30 year fixed mortgage rates are expected by most experts to stay below 4% this year.   In a rare move, the Federal Reserve actually came out and said they did not intend to move interest rates this year.   For perspective, early last year interest rates were projected to be increasing.    Currently the 30 year fixed mortgage rate is averaging 3.7% - it was 4.5% this time last year.    Looking back at 2000,...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Beachfront Home Buyers Guide in Santa Cruz, CAWe provide a comprehensive guide people can use to identify ways to get the best deal for beachfront homes in the city of Santa Cruz, California. Buying a home is one of the most financial investments a person will make in his or her lifetime. You'll want to get as much information as possible to ensure you get a good deal. Beach property hunting is a unique experience since the homes are in such high demand and have varying laws and regulations you'll have to consider. If you have any questions about the process of buying a home, let us know, and we'll be glad to help.Check out our original blog post at https://ambermelenudo.com/.Fees and CostsAll home buyers planning to make a purchase will want to consider other fees associated with a pro...
By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley Real estate market update: 3rd Quarter 2019AFFORDABLE HOMES NEAR THE SILICON VALLEY: Average single family home prices continue to range between $1 to $1.5 million across Santa Cruz County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.   Many people who work in the Silicon Valley are delighted to discover affordable housing in the San Lorenzo Valley - within 45 minutes to an hour’s commute to major employers like Apple, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, etc…      The San Lorenzo Valley offers a more relaxed, rural lifestyle at about half the price of neighboring Scotts Valley, which combines the conveniences of a small city with a sense of community.   Santa Cruz home prices have been stable at about $1.1 million, where residents can enjoy legendary...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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I wanted to write this article because I have been getting a lot of questions and concerns about an upcoming Recession and what that will mean for the housing market in Santa Cruz.  I want people to know that a Recession does not equal a Housing Crisis! Watch my video to hear more:   We all remember the last Great Recession in 2008 and that is was caused by the housing market and subprime loans.  Home prices dropped dramatically in 2008 in Santa Cruz (over 22%!)  The next Recession, which will occur sooner than later, will not be caused by the housing crisis. It is more likely to be caused by the stock market, trade war or global event.  When the Recession happens, it does not necessarily mean that home prices will go down.  There was a recession in 2001, and home prices in Santa Cruz a...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Best Schools in Santa Cruz, CABest Elementary SchoolsHappy Valley Elementary SchoolHappy Valley Elementary School is the top-performing elementary school in the district. The school has 132 students and offers classes between the 1st and 6th grade-level. The average Mathematics test score of the school is 74% while English test score is at 84%.Brook Knoll Elementary SchoolBrook Knoll Elementary School is an awarded early learning center and one of the best performing schools in the Scotts Valley Unified School District. The school has 550 new enrollees for its classes between the 1st and 5th grade-level. The school has an average test score of 74% for Math and 73% for English.Tierra Pacifica Charter SchoolTierra Pacifica Charter is a private educational institution providing advanced ac...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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WHAT IS THE SEWER LATERAL INSPECTION ORDINANCE IN SANTA CRUZ? This year in 2019 we have a new ordinance in both the city and county of Santa Cruz that mandates that the sewer lateral of a home be inspected and repaired at point of sale.  In this post I will go over what a sewer lateral is and how the ordinances in the City of Santa Cruz and county of Santa Cruz differ. What is a sewer lateral?A sewer lateral is the pipe that connects your home's sewer to the public sewer main.  The way a sewer lateral pipe is inspected is to put a video camera down the pipe so you can see the whole line.  What the inspector is looking for is root intrusion, cracks, off sets in the pipe.  With the many older homes that we have in Santa Cruz, the chances that your sewer line may need some repair or even f...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Beaches in Santa Cruz, CASanta Cruz, like many other cities in California, offers beautiful beaches facing the Pacific Ocean. These beaches provide ideal family-friendly outing opportunities where you can enjoy sunny days with family or friends. If you are planning to go out, our post offers a helpful guide on excellent options you can consider visiting.Check out our original blog post on https://ambermelenudo.com/. Seacliff State BeachSeacliff is the perfect getaway if you're looking for a quiet place to relax on the beach. The narrow stretch features beautiful cliffsides with fantastic ocean views and a lovely pier with various shops and restaurants. The beach is pet-friendly with areas you can have your dogs run around and have fun.Main Beach and Cowell BeachMain Beach and Cowell Bea...
By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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AFFORDABLE HOMES NEAR THE SILICON VALLEY: With average single family home prices of $1 to $1.5 million across the Bay Area, affordability concerns continue to push people who work in the Silicon Valley to seek affordable housing anywhere within about an hour’s commute.   The San Lorenzo Valley sparkles with some of the most attractive prices anywhere in the greater bay area, within just about a 45 minute to 1 hour commute to most major employers (Apple, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, Netflix…).   For those who prefer a small city, Scotts Valley offers a quick commute, followed by Santa Cruz with its great beaches, shopping, night life and many amenities.SUMMARY:The 2nd quarter trend picked up momentum in the number of sales as well as price appreciation across all areas.     On average in...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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THE CLEAN OCEANS MURAL PROJECT IN SANTA CRUZ The Clean Oceans Mural is currently started in Santa Cruz right on Mission Street! At 600 feet this wil be the largest mural completed in Santa Cruz. The concept is to bring awareness to the health of our oceans. Head artist and director Taylor Reinhold has been working on bringing this project to life for over 2 years now. In this video I talk to Taylor Reinhold about the concept for the mural and how it all got started:  The Clean Oceans Mural is right on Highway 1/ Mission Street in Santa Cruz with over 40,000 people driving by a day. This is such a large scale project with the ambition to really raise awareness about the health of our ocean and the sea life right here in the Monterey Bay.  I love that so many people will be driving by thi...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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CAPITOLA TWILIGHT CONCERTS - WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN THE SUMMMER - FREE MUSICThe City of Capitola puts on free concerts every Wednesday night in the summertime from 6 to 8 pm at the Esplanade Park Bandstand.  This is right by the beach in Capitola and is a family friendly event.  It is a fun to go early and set up a picnic on the beach and listen to the music as the sun goes down. Here is the music lineup for the Capitola Twilight Concerts for 2019: 6/19 - The Inciters 6/26- Tsumami Band 7/3 - Todd Morgan and the Emblems 7/10 - Joint Chiefs 7/17 - Mike Hammer and the Nails 7/24 - Extra Large 8/7 - House Rockers 8/14 - Everyday People 8/21 - Mambo Tropical 8/28 - Dig Beats  Hope to see you out there this summer!  Your Santa Cruz Realtor, Jessica Wallace  Find your dream home: http://www.yours...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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CROWS NEST BEACH PARTY SCHEULDE 2019 - FREE CONCERTS ON THE BEACH IN SANTA CRUZ!Santa Cruz has some much free entertainment during the summer and year rounds.   The Crow's Nest Beach Parties are an local favorite held on the beach in front of the Crow's Nest Restaurant starting at 5:30 pm Thursday night in the summer. Here is the line up for the Crow's Nest Thursday Night Beach Parties for the summer of 2019 June 20th - The House Rockers June 27th - The Leftovers July 4th - No beach party due to the Holiday July 11th - Extra Large July 18th - Sambada July 25th - Viva Santana August 1st - The Lost Boys with James Durbin August 8th - Soulwise August 15th - Sambada August 22nd - Hall Pass August 29th - Extra Large Hope to see you out there this sumner!  Your Santa Cruz Realtor, Jessica Wal...
By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
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Closing Costs in Santa CruzClosing Costs are the fees and expenses that buyers and sellers can expect to pay for when buying or selling homes. There are many costs involved in a real estate transaction aside from the actual price of the property. You will want to know these fees, especially if you are planning on buying or selling real estate in the future. The average closing cost in the city of Santa Cruz is between 2% and 5% of the price of the house. Check out our original blog post at https://ambermelenudo.com/. Buyer's Closing Costs Loan Origination Fee Generally around 1% of the loan amount. Points Each point is equal to 1% of the loan amount. Points buy down the interest rate typically by 0.25% per point. Application Fee Paid to the lender or the broker to check credit and proce...
By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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Lost Boys June 19 Open Beach Boardwalk Free Movie Nights  Love movies? Love the beach? Love free fun?    Then mark June 19 on the calendar as "The Lost Boys" opens the summer 2019 season of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Movie Nights. On Wednesdays at 9:00 pm from June 19 through August 14, the Beach Boardwalk begins the summer season of Free Movie Nights. The iconic teenage vampire film, "The Lost Boys" stars the classic duo of "the Coreys"-Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Gertz and Jason Patric also feature. Much of the flick was filmed locally, including key scenes on the iconic Beach Boardwalk, Carousel and beach with Santa Cruz standing in for "Santa Carla-the vampire capital of the world." With the theme of "Sleep all day. Party all night. ...
By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalkby Michelle Carr-Crowe, Silicon Valley expert and San Jose real estate agentLooking for some FREE fun on the weekends this summer? Whether you live in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County, just call some friends, pack a beach blanket, jacket and chairs then experience the FREE Friday night concerts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Each Friday night during the summer season from June 14 through August 30, 2019, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk sponsors two FREE shows, one at 6:30 and one at 8:30. You can hear the music playing whether riding the Big Dipper roller coaster, eating a corn dog on the boardwalk, dining on the pier or just chilling with your toes in the sand on the beach. The Summer 2019 band line-up includes Smash ...

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