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By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
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  Many of my Silicon Valley Investors are finding that the price it costs to purchase an investment rental property  in someplace like Palo Alto, Mountain View, or even downtown San Jose has gone up much faster that the rental market value has.  It is not unusal to see CAP rates of 1 or 2 % which...

By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
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I am a realtor and a Santa Cruz rental property investor since 2000. There are many reasons to invest in Santa Cruz rental properties, some of which I have discussed in this article. Today I want to talk about what the pros and cons are in renting to UCSC students.  Here are the pros that I have ...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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HOW TO BUY AND SELL A HOME AT THE SAME TIME - TIPS & ADVICE From Your Santa Cruz Realtor, Jessica WallaceI have worked with many clients that have to sell their current home in order to buy their next one, whether they are downsizing or upsizing.  Buying or selling a home can be a daunting proces...

By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
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Santa Cruz, known for the beach, the boardwalk, Pacific Ave, hippies, and organic food, along with University of California Santa Cruz is also probably the best place for investors looking for rental properties right now. Here are some reasons why.  62% of Santa Cruz residents live in rentals, co...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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How much have home prices in Santa Cruz gone up over time? If you look at the graph below, you can see the answer to that question is A Lot!  Back in 1980 the average home sale price in Santa Cruz was only $113,000 - today you may be able to get a mobile home for that price but that is about it. ...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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New Housing in Santa Cruz County - Current & Future plans for development from Breakfast with the Mayors Meeting I recently went to a Breakfast with the Mayors meeting which had the mayors of the City of Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley and our  1st District County Supervisor John Leopold in a...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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Top 3 Buyer Turn Offs to Avoid When Selling Your Home Presentation is everything when you are selling your home.  If your home is not shown in the best light possible this can cost you a LOT of money at the end of the day.  I have been selling real estate since 2004 and have shown quite a few pro...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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Your Santa Cruz Summer Real Estate Market Update - 2017Well – busy summer again for Santa Cruz real estate with a typical slowdown around August and Labor Day with vacations and kids going back to school. Here is a summary of where we are at so far this year of 2017 in Santa Cruz Real Estate: We ...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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It's That Wonderful Time of Year Again Capitola will be celebrating it's 35th Annual Art & Wine Festival! The Village will make room for the thousands looking to partake in some amazing art, wine, food and entertainment.                          This weekend, September 9th and 10th, will host a f...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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I need an FHA 203k consultant, what should I expect?My lender recommended a consultant. I called the consultant and he suggested I get a contractor's bid prior to ordering his services. My contractor had experience with the FHA 203k program and indicated that the consultant gave her misinformati...

By Sandy Wallace - REALTOR®, Santa Cruz CA Homes for sale
(Keller Williams Realty - Santa Cruz CA)
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Moving out of Santa Cruz? Thinking of putting your Santa Cruz home up for sale?   Upsizing, downsizing, career move or personal reasons, these are only some of the reasons why you will need to sell your home. It is not an easy decision, especially since your home is one of your biggest financial ...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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Come home to this sweet single level lovingly cared for comfortable home in desirable Corralitos neighborhood. Just down the road from the Corralitos town center, this move in ready home features hardwood floors, newer roof and appliances, dual pane windows and many other upgrades. Enjoy gardenin...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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In a previous post, I highlighted the wonderful local farmers markets here in Santa Cruz that provide healthy and organic food options, but that was just the tip of the iceberg! To compliment the locally grown foods here, we have a number of wonderfully delicious farm to table restaurants in our ...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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A recent rise in the microbrewery trend hasn't missed the Santa Cruz area, not in the slightest. With Santa Cruz being a mecca for locally grown and organic foods, the collection of microbreweries we have here just make sense! For those who enjoy an artfully crafted beer, our rising list of brewe...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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Just Sold in 7 Days ~ Over Asking Price!           With the median price on the rise, this is the perfect time to list your home!            

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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One of the reasons we love livin in Santa Cruz is the abundance of locally grown produce, artisan foods and access to sustainable farming practices. Our local Farmers Market is a haven for all of these things! With five different locations, getting out to a farmers market has never been more do-a...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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Summer is in full swing! Get out and enjoy the weather with friends and family, and check out the many activities our county has to offer.  The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Here in Santa Cruz, we strive to keep our oceans and beaches clean, as well as preserve and protect our aquatic fr...

By Sandy Wallace - REALTOR®, Santa Cruz CA Homes for sale
(Keller Williams Realty - Santa Cruz CA)
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Longing for your own beachfront property? You are not alone! Many people would like to own a beachfront home.  Just imagine being able to breathe the crisp, sea breeze and waking up to the breathtaking view of the sea each day. To live near the beach and have access to its amazing view is one of ...

By Sandy Wallace - REALTOR®, Santa Cruz CA Homes for sale
(Keller Williams Realty - Santa Cruz CA)
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Add value to your home with the right upgrades! Putting your Rio del Mar home up for sale? Make your home stand out against the sea of beachfront home sellers by completing these smart home improvement tips. These can make your home more attractive to buyers, and increase the value of your Rio de...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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Just Sold in Rio del Mar - 3 Bedroom Home in Walk to Beach Location! 332 Doris AvenueListing Details:Versatile Rio Del Mar home for sale - original details 332 Doris Ave, Aptos, CA 95003Sale Price:  $850,000Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 3Square Footage: 2284 approximatelyCall Jessica Wallace @ 831.419.93...

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