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HOUSE CARE CALENDAR:

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR:

A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home   From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal…

What Is Your Home Worth?

What Is Your Home Worth?

Knowing what to price your home is one of the most important aspects of selling. Choosing just the right listing price can mean the difference between a quick sale and a home that languishes on the market for weeks or…

Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

While Spring rightfully is touted as the busiest home-selling season, you don’t have to give up plans to sell your home until nest year. September through December may actually be the right time to sell your home. Conventional wisdom is…

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

  Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house-hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By partnering with a…

Downsizing For Seniors: How To Get Through An Emotionally Trying Time.

Downsizing For Seniors: How To Get Through An Emotionally Trying

    Downsizing can be a very emotionally trying time for seniors, as it often comes as the result of losing a loved one or making the decision to move to an assisted living facility. These major life changes can…

Inspiration for First Time  Santa Cruz County Home Buyers

Inspiration for First Time Santa Cruz County Home Buyers

Leaping into the home buying process for the first time can be intimidating. It seems like there are so many things to know and decisions to make. It’s enough to keep even the most together person from making their dream…

Buying A Home In Santa Cruz?  These Real Estate Apps Can Help!

Buying A Home In Santa Cruz? These Real Estate Apps Can Help!

Each day technology becomes even more impressive as new tools, products and apps are rolled out that truly have a place in your daily life. It can be exciting and exhausting to try to find the ones that will benefit…

Time to Review Your Home Owner’s Policy

Time to Review Your Home Owner’s Policy

What do you know about your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy?  Have you evaluated it recently?  If not, it is a good idea to review it every six months to ensure that your coverage is as expected.  Obviously, the best time to…

Home Selling Myths Debunked

Home Selling Myths Debunked

If you’re selling your home, you’ve no doubt received lots of advice about the process. Though most folks have the best of intentions, the information they share may not always be accurate. And in some cases, the “facts” they tell…

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dol

  According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less…

Real Estate 2018: What to Expect

Real Estate 2018: What to Expect

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is…

Holiday Staging Tips

Holiday Staging Tips

Selling your home during the holidays can present a dilemma. Should you deck the halls? Or should you leave the wreaths, lights and nutcrackers for next year? On one hand, it might not feel like the holiday season if you…

Should You List Your Santa Cruz County Home in Winter?

Should You List Your Santa Cruz County Home in Winter?

The nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping and the holidays are approaching. That means you should wait to list your home for sale until next year, right? That isn’t necessarily true. While spring and summer tend to be the…

Don’t Sabotage Your Credit

Don’t Sabotage Your Credit

If you’re shopping for a home loan, you know that your credit score helps to determine what kind of loan you qualify for and at what rate. The better your score, the more favorable your terms will be. But do…

Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ve probably considered whether or not it’s really necessary to work with a professional real estate agent. With so much information available online, isn’t it possible to go through the process alone? While…

What Do Real Estate Agents Do?

What Do Real Estate Agents Do?

You’ve probably been told that if you’re buying or selling a house, you should work with a professional real estate agent. But do you know what real estate agents actually do for you? We understand that it can seem kind…

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood  Into a Hometown Haven

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Hometown

“Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better. Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis…is a surprisingly effective first step.”  – Robert Putnam, Harvard Public Policy…

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

INTRODUCTION Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is,…