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Seller’s To-Do List

Seller’s To-Do List

Are you getting ready to sell your home? If you are, then you may be feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks ahead of you. While selling your home is a big job, you can make it easier by taking…

How to Survive Your Home Sale

How to Survive Your Home Sale

Let’s be honest – living in your home while you have it on the market can be tough. Not only do you need to keep it spic and span at all times, but you also have to be ready to…

4 Common Types of Home Loans

4 Common Types of Home Loans

Unless you’re planning to pay all cash, if you’re shopping for a home then it means you’re also shopping for a mortgage. Depending on your personal situation, some mortgages could be a better fit for you than others. Knowing which…

How to Make Buyers Fall in Love With Your Home

How to Make Buyers Fall in Love With Your Home

When a buyer decides to make an offer on your home, they usually make the decision with their heart, not their head. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and smart sellers will leverage this information to make the quickest…

Selling a Home As Is

Selling a Home As Is

Does your home have a leaky roof? Are the bathrooms outdated? Is it time to replace the furnace? If your home has issues, and you’re getting ready to sell, you may be dreading the repairs you have to make before…

How To Hire a Contractor

How To Hire a Contractor

If you’re preparing to sell, or you’ve recently purchased a new home, you may find yourself with a list of repairs you need to make. Chances are, some of those repairs will require expert skills that you just don’t have.…

Buying a Home in the Summer

Buying a Home in the Summer

In you’re in the market for a new home, you’ve probably heard that spring and summer are the best times to buy. That’s when you’ll find the largest inventory of homes for sale. On the flip side, you’ll also have…

What’s Your Home Buying Power?

What’s Your Home Buying Power?

If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how much they can afford that they don’t…

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal…

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

  Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your…

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

  Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34…

New Rules for Santa Cruz County Accessory Dwelling Units

New Rules for Santa Cruz County Accessory Dwelling Units

New Accessory Dwelling Unit Rules for Santa Cruz County New Rules for Accessory Dwelling Units in California In September 2016 Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1069, which introduced a series of changes that limit the requirements local jurisdictions…

What is a 203k Loan?

What is a 203k Loan?

If you’re buying a fixer-upper in Santa Cruz County or need to make some repairs before moving in, an FHA 203k loan may be what you need.  This type of loan allows you to roll renovation costs into your mortgage…

How to Save on Closing Costs

How to Save on Closing Costs

You’ve saved up the money for a down payment and are finally ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality. Congratulations! Buying a house is one of the most exciting – and one of the most stressful…

Should You Make a Backup Offer?

Should You Make a Backup Offer?

You’ve found a house you love and you’re ready to make an offer. Unfortunately, you find out from your real estate agent that the house is under contract – meaning the seller has already accepted another offer. While it can…

How to Win a Bidding War in Santa Cruz County

How to Win a Bidding War in Santa Cruz County

Buying a home is an emotional, complex and often stressful process. This is doubly so if you’re buying in Santa Cruz County, where there are more buyers than there are houses available. It’s quite likely in these situations that you’ll…

5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter off season. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their…

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll probably come across some terms that you’ve never heard before, or don’t completely understand. Being confused about the terminology can make an already complex process that much more stressful. By educating yourself…