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Monthly Archives: August 2019

    Buying and Selling in Seascape (Within and Outside of the resort)

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Buying and Selling in Seascape Resort – Requirements   In total, there are 278 residential units at Seascape Resort, consisting of two and one bedroom units. If you choose to buy a piece of property in Seascape Resort, there are two things that you should be aware of: 1) the rental program 2) the 90... Read More

    New Report On Rising Sea Levels – What It Means for Real Estate Owners in Santa Cruz County

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Zillow and Climate Central have teamed up to study the impacts of climate change on real estate. Zillow is an online real estate database with information about transactions across the country. Climate Central is a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science. In 2018, the duo released the first nationwide analysis of... Read More

    How Technology Has Changed Buying and Selling Real Estate

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    In some ways, technology has transformed the process of buying and selling houses – most paperwork can be completed without picking up a pen, a majority of home shoppers will see your property online before they see it in person. Whether you’ve never purchased a house, or are considering putting your house on the market... Read More

    Homeowner Tips to Live More Sustainably

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Save Water According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home and roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. As an environmentally conscious consumer living in a drought-prone area, it’s important to consider how much water (conservation) and how we use water (efficiency) in... Read More

    Proposed Plans for the Re-envisioning of the Capitola Mall

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    In 2016, Merlone Geier Partners purchased the Capitola Mall from its previous owner, Macerich and has begun to envision a new plan for the space. In a recent town meeting, plans for the re-envisioned Capitola Mall were discussed. The focus of this meeting was to present the plan for the “Capitola Town Square,” as well... Read More

    Santa Cruz City Task Force, Rent Control, Just Cause for Eviction – Where We are Now?

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    If you’ve been following the Santa Cruz City Council legislative process, there’s no doubt that you’re curious where the Council stands today on Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction legislation, the Rental Housing Task Force, the Housing Blueprint, and other legislative measures that have been proposed and accepted or rejected along the way. In... Read More

    Can I Live in A Yurt in Santa Cruz County?

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Are you one of the growing numbers of people interested in alternative (and often less expensive) housing options like yurts? If so, it’s important to understand your local government’s rules and regulations related to living in these structures year round, as a primary residence. Read on to explore the option of living in a yurt... Read More

    Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause for Eviction Proposed

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Rent control and just cause for eviction laws have been proposed on both a statewide and local level over the past year. One bill is inching towards implementing state-wide rent control and just cause for eviction – AB 1482. However, unlike past bills, this one has numerous provisions in place to temper the negative impacts... Read More

    Proposed Plans: Re-envisioning Capitola Mall

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Back in 2016, Merlone Geier Partners purchased the Capitola Mall from its previous owner, Macerich. In a recent town meeting, plans for the re-envisioned Capitola Mall were discussed. You can read more about the meeting in this article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.   The focus of this meeting was to present the plan for... Read More

    Commercial Cannabis Laws in Santa Cruz County – Where We Are Now?

    By Talia Chopra | August 29, 2019

    Since we last wrote about cannabis-related legislation in Santa Cruz County, regulations have changed on both a local and state-wide level. Read on to learn more about these changes.   Changes to California Legislation   In the state of California, the following agencies issue licenses for commercial cannabis activities: Department of Food and Agriculture: Cultivation.... Read More