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    Is now a bad time to buy in Santa Cruz County Real Estate Market?

    By Christine Schneider | November 14, 2022

    First, your timing on buying a home can be variable or fixed. If it’s fixed, book your trusted advisor call with us so we can collaborate to create the best strategy for your home purchase. With a knowledgeable advisor who is a skillful communicator and a high-level negotiator, you can optimize your buying experience. If... Read More

    Will the market drop in 2023?

    By Christine Schneider | October 19, 2022

    Fannie Mae sure thinks so.  They expect home prices to fall next year. As the Federal Reserve policymakers struggle with inflation, Fannie Mae’s predictions are: National home prices to decline by 1.5 percent in 2023, and home sales predicted to fall by 21 percent. While the fight to control inflation by tightening the monetary policy... Read More

    Who Moved My Cheese?

    By Christine Schneider | October 14, 2022

     “Will the housing market crash?” (Question asked more now than ever on Google) Read More

    8 Things That Can Hurt Your Home Value

    By Christine Schneider | July 7, 2022

    Many things can drive down the value of your home. As a homeowner and a seller, you should be familiar with these factors. Some of them, like market situation, interest rates, and the economy, are beyond your control, while others are very much under your influence. So, to get the highest possible ROI, you must... Read More

    Pros and Cons of Different Roof Types

    By Christine Schneider | May 31, 2022

    Roof types are an important aspect of your home’s design. They can go a long way in helping you determine the look and feel of your living space. If you are looking to remodel or even just update your roof, then it is important that you know about the different kinds of roofs available today.... Read More

    Negotiation Skills of a Successful Real Estate Agent: A Dive into Tactical Empathy

    By Christine Schneider | April 26, 2022

    A real estate agent’s ability to negotiate can have a significant impact on a transaction. An effective negotiator can bring in a higher offer and better terms for a seller or get a buyer into a home at a lower price and under more favorable terms. By contrast, an ineffective negotiator can prompt buyers and... Read More

    City of Capitola: Vacation Rentals Ordinance (November 2021)

    By Christine Schneider | November 24, 2021

    The City of Capitola has been impacted by an increase in tourism along the Central Coast, and property owners are pursuing the opportunity to transition their homes into vacation rentals. Before jumping in, however, residents need to familiarize themselves with the City of Capitola’s rules and regulations regarding new and existing vacation homes. Read More

    City of Santa Cruz: Vacation Rentals Ordinance (November 2021)

    By Christine Schneider | November 24, 2021

    Due to the city’s growth in popularity over the years, investors and homeowners are looking to leverage their primary, secondary, and investment homes by renting them out to tourists. However, this increased popularity has led to more city regulations. Anyone considering turning their home into a vacation rental needs to keep the following information in mind. Read More

    Santa Cruz County: Vacation Rentals Ordinance

    By Christine Schneider | November 24, 2021

    More homeowners are interested in turning their properties into vacation rentals! Before venturing down this path, however, it is essential for people to understand what is permitted regarding vacation rentals in Santa Cruz County. Read More

    Here’s What You Need to Disclose When Selling Your Home

    By Christine Schneider | October 22, 2021

    If you’re a resident of the Golden State, you are required by law to disclose specific details about your property to prospective buyers. You can share this information via the State of California, Department of Real Estate, Disclosures in Real Property Transactions form. You can use this form, also known as the real estate transfer... Read More