Hidden Homeowner Costs

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

Budget Friendly Projects With A Big ROI

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

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What Does A Title Company Do?

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

Options For Navigating A Move To A Nicer Home

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

Choo Choo Choosing To Live Near A Railroad

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