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Monthly Archives: October 2019

    Primary Residence, Second Home or Investment Property: How to Know the Difference

    By Talia Chopra | October 25, 2019

    In California it is not uncommon for homeowners to own more than one property. Mountain cabins, beach houses, and vacation homes are part of the lifestyle. However, when it comes to getting a legal or financial edge, it can sometimes be hard to know how to classify the property. Here is a basic overview of... Read More

    ADUs get a Boost from New California Laws

    By Talia Chopra | October 23, 2019

      Governor Newsom of California has recently signed a string of new laws aimed directly at the growing problem of housing costs. As Newsome recently said, “the high cost of housing and rent is putting the squeeze on family budgets, and our housing shortage threatens our economic growth and long-term prosperity.”   Since his election... Read More

    New Condo Rules Making it Easier to Buy

    By Talia Chopra | October 9, 2019

    If you are thinking of buying a condo or townhouse with an FHA loan product, we’ve got some good news for you: the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just made it easier to buy a condo using their Federal Housing Agency (FHA) low down-payment loans.   The first thing to note is that,... Read More

    A Decline in Foreign Buyers

    By Talia Chopra | October 2, 2019

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released a report summarizing foreign buyer activity from April 2018 – March 2019, titled Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate. The top three countries that foreign buyers came from were China ($13.4 B), Canada ($8.0 B), and India ($6.9 B). This is the lowest level... Read More

    The Pest Inspection – What you Need to Know When Buying or Selling Santa Cruz Real Estate

    By Talia Chopra | October 2, 2019

      Are you planning on buying or selling property with a structure on it (i.e. a home, condo, townhouse) in Santa Cruz County? If so, do you know what a pest inspection is and how it is used in the sale of property? Read on to learn why these inspections are important, and how it... Read More