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    Understanding Legal Tools Prevents Trespassers from Taking Your Property

    By Christine Schneider | July 16, 2021

    Most homeowners are unaware that their property could be legally taken from their possession by a trespasser. It sounds outlandish, but unfortunately, such a shocking transfer of ownership can happen, and property owners should be educated on their state’s laws regarding this process. Knowing the rules can help homeowners reduce the risk of losing their property unexpectedly or being taken advantage of. Read More

    Is your neighbor obstructing your view? Here’s What You Can Do

    By Christine Schneider | June 25, 2021

    A property’s value is often related to the view it offers residents. A home facing an ocean or lake often sells at an exponentially higher rate than its neighbor across the street. This is due to the simple fact that residents reap the benefits of waking up to a luxurious coastal view every morning. Unfortunately,... Read More

    According to NASA, Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality! Here’s What Homeowners Need to Know

    By Christine Schneider | June 24, 2021

    Typically, we think about air pollution as something that affects us most when we are outside — you probably imagine the kind of smoggy air you can see and smell, especially in cities with sizable manufacturing industries. It might surprise you to know that indoor pollution, which is less obvious, can be much more insidious and just as bad for your health — or even worse! These plants can help. Read More

    A Closer Look at The Housing Inventory Crisis in California

    By Christine Schneider | June 24, 2021

    So what makes the crisis so bad in California, specifically, if the whole country is experiencing a housing shortage? One writer at the Cato Institute — Michael Tanner — points to “government regulations that drive up the costs of production” in California. Read More

    What to Do When Your Neighbor Breaks Boundary Lines?

    By Christine Schneider | May 19, 2021

    Most homeowners in California assume that the boundary lines of their property are located where noticeable structures separate the two parcels of land – for example, where a fence stands. However, the perceived location of a boundary line is not always accurate, and homeowners can occasionally run into problems as a result. Understanding boundary lines... Read More

    Vacation Rentals Permitted for Summer 2021 (Santa Cruz County): An Update on the COVID Restrictions

    By Christine Schneider | May 19, 2021

    As we enter the summer of 2021, many COVID-19 restrictions are easing up, vaccines are widely available, and Americans are breathing a sigh of relief. It’s nearly vacation season, and Santa Cruz County is becoming a hot spot for prospective travelers. This year, the season brings especially good tidings for homeowners: according to the county... Read More

    CDC Eviction Ban Ruled Unlawful

    By Christine Schneider | May 19, 2021

    CDC Eviction Ban Ruled Unlawful: What Does This Mean for Californians? When the pandemic hit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) foresaw widespread financial hardship for Americans and established a moratorium on evictions. For the past seven months, that order has fueled a battle between the Alabama Association of Realtors and the United... Read More

    Branches, Limbs, and Roots: How to Deal with Your Neighbor’s “Tree” Problem

    By Christine Schneider | April 12, 2021

    Last month, we explored how to deal with a neighbor who injures or destroys your landscape, specifically a tree on your property. This month, we are reviewing how to deal with a neighbor’s problematic tree. In this section, we pull from the book Neighborhood Law by attorneys Emily Doskow and Line Guillen by sharing what... Read More

    CDC: National Eviction Moratorium EXTENDED Until June 30

    By Christine Schneider | April 12, 2021

    With the noble intention of containing the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced an extension of the order banning residential evictions. The original order, titled Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19, was set to expire on March 31, 2021, as outlined in President... Read More

    American Home Values Hit an ALL-TIME High

    By Christine Schneider | April 12, 2021

    This past year has seen a surging real estate market – home prices have continued to climb as Americans navigate the ever-changing dynamics of the pandemic. A recent report released by Realtor.com shows that, on a national level, median home listing prices in March 2021 were $370,000 – 15.6% higher compared to the year prior... Read More