Santa Cruz County real estate review October 2019

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Los Gatos Mountains & San Lorenzo Valley home prices AFFORDABLE HOMES NEAR THE SILICON VALLEY: Average single family home prices continue to range between $1 to $1.5 million across Santa Cruz County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.    Many people who work in the Silicon Valley are delighted to discover…

Santa Cruz area Real Estate Market Report July 2019

AFFORDABLE HOMES NEAR THE SILICON VALLEY: With average single family home prices of $1 to $1.5 million across the Bay Area, affordability concerns continue to push people who work in the Silicon Valley to seek affordable housing anywhere within about an hour’s commute.    The San Lorenzo Valley sparkles with some of the most attractive prices…

Santa Cruz & mountains Real Estate Market Report April 2019

SUMMARY: The 1st quarter trend reflected continued price softening across all regions.     To answer the question, “Is this a bubble popping,” I think not: CoreLogic reports serious mortgage delinquencies are at the lowest rate in 18 years.     After several years of rapid price appreciation, I believe this softening is healthy for the overall housing market.  …

Santa Cruz real estate outlook 2019

Around this time of year, people start asking what the next year holds for real estate.    Let’s face it – if I had a crystal ball I probably wouldn’t be working any more.    Still, having worked through some peaks and troughs in this industry, and being a constant observer of not only our local market…

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,…

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