Santa Cruz real estate market update: year end 2018

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley Real estate market update: 4th Quarter 2018 SUMMARY: Just as I reported in the 3rd quarter, the 4th quarter trend reflected continued price softening.     After consecutive years of double digit price appreciation, I consider this softening healthy for the overall housing market, although it is certainly disconcerting to…

Santa Cruz mountains Real estate market update 3rd Quarter 2018

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley Real estate market update 3rd Quarter 2018 SUMMARY:  Home prices began to soften in some communities over the last quarter.   Still, prices are higher than this time last year across the majority of areas.    Since there are more homes for sale now compared to this spring, homes are…

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist – Santa Cruz Mountains

Regardless of whether you rent or own your home, these tips can save you money, keep you warmer, help you breathe cleaner air and even keep you safe.     Even though today it’s a warm late summer day, the first day of fall is right around the corner on September 22nd!       Make good use of the…

Santa Cruz County Safe Structures Program: LIAP

In an effort to provide safer, affordable housing, Santa Cruz County Building and Planning Department just released a new program called the Safe Structures Program.    (The program used to be called LIAP: Limited Immunity Amnesty Program.) This program lets property owners who have unpermitted housing structures work with County officials to add health, habitability,…

Santa Cruz County home prices and trends: Market Update 2nd quarter 2018

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley real estate market update 2nd Quarter – through June 2018  SUMMARY: Although there are more homes for sale now, there still are not enough to create a balanced market.    Buyers are most concerned about locking in low interest rates and avoiding unexpected costs.   Sellers are most concerned about the…

Happy first time home buyers in the Santa Cruz Mountains

It all began when I answered an incoming call, even though I didn’t recognize the phone number.     A genteel and intelligent young man began asking me some great questions about purchasing a home in the Santa Cruz mountains.    We agreed to meet soon after… I was competing with the number one real estate…

Santa Cruz County home prices and trends: Market Update 1st Quarter 2018

Real estate market update for Santa Cruz County: prices and trends in 2018