Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you’re just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you’ll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home. Continue reading
Once you’ve decided to put your home on the market, you’re looking to sell quickly for the best possible price. One tactic that can help sell your home faster is staging.
At first, staging may seem like a real estate term that doesn’t actually mean anything. Isn’t staging just decorating? Well, not exactly… Continue reading
With low inventory in Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few ways to combat the low inventory. Continue reading
Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive home improvement projects that will not only increase your enjoyment of your home, but will also increase the home’s value. Continue reading
When you purchase a home, a title company will research the property to ensure that you are the rightful owner. They’ll look through records for anything that might cause problems—ownership disputes, restrictions, unpaid taxes, liens, and more. Their goal is to document the chain of title and identify any issues that could become major problems down the road. Continue reading
Do you need more room for your growing family, or do you prefer to upgrade to a new home rather than renovate your current one? Whether it’s due to financial changes, neighborhood developments or something else entirely, moving can be both exciting and stressful, particularly when it comes to determining your buy/sell strategy. Here are a few options homeowners often choose from when they’re moving up. Continue reading
During the fall and winter months many homeowners choose to wait until after the holidays to sell their homes, while other homeowners who have had them on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. The following video dscribes six sound reasons not to wait: Continue reading
FACT: Seller’s Have Biased Opinions of their Home Values
The majority of homeowners have their own ideas of their home’s value. This is often based on how they feel about their property and their own evaluation. Some will check online evaluation services which are almost always misleading. Continue reading
It’s a frustrating, common problem in Santa Cruz County created by today’s competitive real estate market. Empty nesters, relocation or move-up buyers are ready to buy, but feel stuck. They believe they can’t win the house they want in a multiple offer situation without first selling their current home, but don’t want to deal with the burden of a double move. Continue reading
Proximity to transportation can have both positive and negative impacts on home values. In Santa Cruz County the railroad line is a feature not many residents think much of unless they live nearby or enjoy walking along it to stretch their legs or get around town.
For those who do live near the rail corridor or are thinking of purchasing a home nearby there is much to consider. Continue reading