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.

8 Reasons Selling Without A Realtor Is A Recipe For Disaster

8 Reasons Selling Without A Realtor Is A Recipe For Disaster

Let’s face it, selling a home without a real estate agent is just plain risky. FSBOs jeopardize time, money, and most importantly, an advantageous outcome.

But, despite research that shows that shows that FSBO listings sell for about 5.5 percent less than comparable properties sold through the MLS, some sellers still want to go the do-it-yourself route, forgoing the cost of commission and the aid of an agent.

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.

The Truth About Lead-Based Paint Liability [infographic]

The Truth About Lead-Based Paint Liability [infographic]

Many homes and condominiums built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Paint that has chipped or is deteriorating, or on surfaces that rub together such as windows and doors, creates lead dust which can pose serious health hazards to occupants and visitors. Homebuyers and renters have important rights to know about whether lead is present -- before signing contracts or leases.

What is actually required of homeowners in these instances? 

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. 

How To Lower Your Cable Bill

How To Lower Your Cable Bill

More and more people are cutting the cord and going without television service, but for many—especially those who watch a lot of live programming— cable is still a necessity. Cable and satellite companies love to sign customers to a two-year contract, but will dramatically raise your bill when a promotional period ends after one year. Suddenly, you’re paying $50 or more per month for the same services.