Santa Cruz County

December 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

December 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

The housing market is softening, not just in Santa Cruz County but across the country.

Every year Buyers are less active during the holiday season, but in 2018 the local market started to slow down earlier and more dramatically than recent years.

Hopefully we all know well enough not to believe everything we read or hear about on the news. Before I get too deep into things, let me set one thing straight: the market has not turned into a buyers’ market. What it has done is slowly start to shift into a lower gear and move more towards equilibrium.

8 Priciest Home Sales In Santa Cruz County In 2018

8 Priciest Home Sales In Santa Cruz County In 2018

The Bay Area is one of the priciest housing markets in the country and for good reason. Have you seen what an amazing place this is to live? 

With a current median sales price of $865,000 homes in diverse Santa Cruz County are more than double the national price, though a relative basement bargain compared to neighboring counties in the Bay Area.

October 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

October 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

The time may have finally come. After what has felt like an eternity for many would-be home buyers, the crazy seller’s market we’ve grown so accustomed to seems to be cooling off…but it comes with a catch: rising interest rates.

It has been relatively smooth sailing for sellers over the last few years. Demand for housing has risen in conjunction with the improving economy and builders have struggled to keep pace with demand. This has resulted in a shortage of housing inventory that allowed sellers sit back, kick their heels up and let buyers quickly bid up the price of their homes.

6 Awesomely Unusual Homes In Santa Cruz County

6 Awesomely Unusual Homes In Santa Cruz County

It is hard to argue against the Bay Area having some of the most notable, yet strangely unique homes in all of the nation. If you don’t believe us, take a drive through Santa Cruz County (certainly the mountains) and take pictures of the homes that stand out to you. If you do this correctly, you should have an album that accurately reflects the diverse values of the area. The homes highlighted in this article are more than eye-catching; they each have a unique story that makes them iconic to the Santa Cruz area.

7 Things You May Not Know About Santa Cruz County

7 Things You May Not Know About Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County packs a lot into its 607 square miles: history, culture, entertainment, natural beauty, community and great food, just to name a few. In fact, the county is so rich with stories that no one can know them all, not even those who have lived in the county their entire lives. So, here are a few interesting facts that many of you may not know about Santa Cruz County.

August 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

August 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

Is The Housing Market Normalizing?

The housing market data may not indicate a big and obvious shift yet, but ask experienced Realtors® in the Santa Cruz County market and the overwhelming consensus will be that change is afoot.

Strong demand and limited supply of homes for sale in recent years has created a market that overwhelmingly favors sellers.

This year inventory has finally started to free up, albeit slowly while prices have remained at all-time highs with interest rates continuing to climb.

July 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

July 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

"Geronimo!" said the housing market as median prices plunged in July for the third time in the last four months.

When it comes to housing, the conversation in recent years has been dominated by mind-boggling prices and limited supply - but, under the radar, there has been a gradual slowing of appreciation and rise in inventory this year.

The Santa Cruz County real estate market appears to be shifting.

June 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

June 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

The Santa Cruz County housing market has been a bit of a roller coaster lately. After trending down slightly in April and May the market did an about-face and headed back in the direction it has been going predominantly. That would be up, up, up in case any of you are wondering.

Fed up is what many people are as a result. Frustration with Santa Cruz County’s housing market surged in 2018. The ongoing housing shortage has impacted nearly everyone, from fast-food workers to tech employees, all across the Bay Area.

May 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

May 2018: Santa Cruz County Real Estate Update

As summer officially kicks off in Santa Cruz County, we say goodbye to the wild flowers and hello to warmer temperatures. But even though it might be heating up outside, there are still foggy days and plenty of cooling off opportunities...surfing, hanging out at the San Lorenzo River or enjoying a cold beer at one of our local breweries. 

As we analyze the real estate statistics from May, it would seem that the market has found ways to keep cool too.

FAQ: City of Santa Cruz Interim Rent Freeze & Just Cause Eviction

FAQ: City of Santa Cruz Interim Rent Freeze & Just Cause Eviction

This guide provided by the City of Santa Cruz is intended to assist landlords, tenants, property managers, Realtors, and potential rental property owners understand how the City Council’s recently adopted interim rent increase moratorium and just-cause eviction ordinances apply in the City of Santa Cruz. It explains the basic provisions of the Santa Cruz’s interim rent control law and certain state laws relating to rental housing. 

7 Most Expensive Homes Sold In San Lorenzo Valley In 2017

7 Most Expensive Homes Sold In San Lorenzo Valley In 2017

Tucked in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the San Lorenzo Valley community is a hidden treasure. The area is named for the San Lorenzo River whose headwaters begin above Boulder Creek and which runs through the valley on its way to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and into the Monterey Bay. 

Much of the river valley is rural and wooded, but there are also beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools and charming local shopping areas. 

Organic Food On A Budget

Organic Food On A Budget

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply.

So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton of extra money? Follow these tips to get more bang for your buck.

Santa Cruz County Schools & Their Rankings: Should You Trust The Scores?

Santa Cruz County Schools & Their Rankings: Should You Trust The Scores?

As a parent of children in the local schools in the San Lorenzo Valley (Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale and Boulder Creek) I was nervous when I first saw the school rankings of the local schools. We had decided to move back here in 2011.  At the time SLV Elementary was struggling with a 6 on the ranking system. Middle of the road at best. What I quickly found out was that the score really didn't reflect that attitude of the school, the teacher's passion for their work and the level of parent involvement in the classrooms.