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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

4 Reasons You Should See Homes in Person

4 Reasons You Should See Homes in Person

It’s often said a picture is worth a thousand words. But can you be sure those words are totally accurate? If you’ve been house hunting and have fallen in love with a home based on the pictures you’ve seen online,…

How to Relax When Buying a Home

How to Relax When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be stressful! From collecting all your financial documents to making it through the inspection process, so much can happen to cause anxiety before closing day. It’s enough to make even the most relaxed person feel tense.…

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…

Make De-cluttering Easy

Make De-cluttering Easy

One of the most important steps you can take when you’re selling your home is to de-clutter. Staging your home for a quick sale means cleaning, removing your personal items, and giving your space a neutral feeling. But if you’re…

Get Organized for Your Home Sale

Get Organized for Your Home Sale

If you’re getting ready to sell your Aptos home, it’s time to get organized. Selling your home is a big undertaking, and you can help yourself in the long run if you get organized beforehand. Here are our best tips…

What’s Not Included in a Home Inspection

What’s Not Included in a Home Inspection

A crucial step in any home sale is the inspection. A home inspection allows buyers to have a good understanding of what is or is not in good shape with the property they are about to purchase. A professional home…

Home Buying Tips for Unmarried Couples

Home Buying Tips for Unmarried Couples

Whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle in the future or not, buying a home with your significant other without being married can be a tricky situation. Nonetheless, more and more couples are opting to do just that as…

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…

Why is Your Home Not Selling?

Why is Your Home Not Selling?

Has your home been on the market for quite some time with no offers? Have you been watching while other homes in your neighborhood sell within days of listing? Are you frustrated and worried that you may never find a…

First Things To Do When Moving Into a New Home

First Things To Do When Moving Into a New Home

If you’re a first time homeowner – or it’s been years since you bought a home – it’s good to know what those crucial first tasks should be. In the excitement of closing, packing up and moving, you may easily…