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

Top Ten Home Buyer Tips

Top 10 Buyer Tips Did you know that, nationwide, about 1/3 of home purchasers are first time home buyers?         Since even experienced buyers sometimes make costly mistakes, I thought a top 10 list would be valuable for you.   Some tips may seem obvious, yet, each of these lessons are from the school of hard…

Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley real estate report

Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley real estate prices & trends 2017-2018 This might offend a few people, but, honestly, most of the 27 affordable Santa Cruz County homes for sale (priced under $600,000) right now aren’t suitable for you, your sister, your aunt or your uncle…although a couple might work for grandparents (retirement community).…

San Lorenzo Valley real estate prices August 2017

San Lorenzo Valley home prices, Scotts Valley home prices and Santa Cruz home price changes through August 2017: PRICES   Feeling like the cooler weather and yellow leaves dancing in the light breezes of fall, average single family home prices across Santa Cruz County seem like they might level off a bit this fall.      The county’s…

Santa Cruz Home Prices, Scotts Valley and SLV Home Prices, 2nd Quarter 2016

Here is a summary of San Lorenzo Valley, Los Gatos Mountains, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz home prices. PRICES   Average single family home prices in Santa Cruz County rose about 1% during the second quarter of 2016, following an increase of about 10% during the first quarter.     Some communities and price brackets remain “hot”…