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How can I sell my home fast in Santa Cruz ?

How can I sell my home fast?

How can I sell my home fast in Santa CruzThere are many aspects that come into play for the correct answer to the question " How can I sell my house fast, " for your house. Factors such as price point in a given area, amount of new home competition, market timing and the economy. We'll stick to the general things that apply most all the time.

How Can I Sell My Home Fast in Santa Cruz?

  1. Price your home to sell today not in a month. People forget buyers look at value, competition, and are well informed with all the information available on the internet. If you're not getting traffic or activity that's a key sign the price isn't attractive to a buyer.
  2. Clean it up and make it shine. A neat and clean home with clean carpets and refinished floors makes for a positive impression of a well cared for home. I can't tell you how often "dirty" negatively affects the price and speed of a sale, but I've heard about it a lot in my 30 years as a Santa Cruz real estate agent and broker.
  3. De-clutter. We forget that we've accumulated a lot of stuff over a number of years.The move might be because you need a bigger house? Regardless a buyer wants to know that their "stuff" will fit.They want to open cabinets and closets, and not have it overflowing so that they need to put their shoulder against the door,just to shut it. Garages are important...

Deciding if Townhome or Condominium Living is Right For You?

When shopping for a new home, aside from price, one of the biggest decisions involves choosing the type. If you’re considering a Santa Cruz condominium or townhome, here is what you need to know to help you decide if either will be a proper fit.

Definition of a Condo

condominiums for sale in santa cruzA condominium, commonly referred to as a condo, is similar to an apartment, though constructed differently: It is one unit in a building that has many co-owners. The difference is that you own a condo but rent an apartment. However, a Santa Cruz condominium is normally situated on a single level and that can range from ground floor to multi-stories high with lovely views. Some oceanview condominiums are highly desired.

Condo Advantages

condominiums with swimming poolOne of the biggest advantages of moving into a Santa Cruz condo is that you won’t have to worry about any exterior maintenance repairs or maintenance issues because they will be handled by the ( HOA ) home owners association. Depending on the condo, you can also have some of the utility bills included in the fee. That’s because the association often covers part of them. Dependingon location, many amenities such as fitness centers, pools, tennis courts, and security services are...

How To Prepare Your Will Quickly And Correctly

last will and testamentAlthough the idea of preparing a will may seem tedious or difficult, taking care of this matter quickly and correctly is immensely important. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that will preparation can ensure economic vitality and peace of mind for your loved ones. In recognizing these realities, it's important to know which steps you should take for the purpose of preparing an orderly, accurate will. The outline found below will help you realize this objective. Note that the outline contains the primary ideas you'll want to consider as you prepare your will. Nevertheless, you'll need to consult with an attorney to draft your will and trust.

Preparing Your Will: Simple Strategies For Success

There are several important, inalienable components of the will preparation process. Here are some of them:

last will and testament1. Select Your Beneficiaries.

One of the first steps to preparing your will is selecting your beneficiaries. After your death, someone will inherit your money, property, and any other goods deemed economically valuable or personally significant. Unless you have a complicated family structure, you might not have to spend a great deal of time thinking about who your beneficiaries will be. Nevertheless, it's still a good idea to write this information on paper so everything is clear in your mind. Note that your forms will...

If You Are Looking for a House and Haven't Done This it's Too Late

Real Estate Agents versus RealtorsFrom the many historic properties for sale on Candy Cane Lane or the Old Methodist Retreat area downtown to more modern homes near Del Monte Forest, Pacific Grove has properties that fit every lifestyle. When you look at homes in Pacific Grove, though, you’re not only hoping to find a place to live that you can customize to your own tastes, you’re also preparing to make a significant investment.

Real estate values are appreciating quickly in this picturesque town along Monterey Bay. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the median price of a home in Pacific Grove jumped 17.6 percent here in the last year alone.

Purchasing the right home in Pacific Grove can be a very complex decision because it involves balancing your lifestyle needs with your wealth-building aspirations. That’s why it’s vitally important to partner with a real estate agent who has at least half a decade of experience in Pacific Grove and other local markets and has an impressive track record for closing deals.

You Need a Real Estate Agent

Starting the housing search without a good real estate agent at your side can end up overburdening you with details, which could end up costing you money and time, and generate a lot of stress. A seasoned professional real estate agent understands local valuations, will vet listings for you so that you don’t waste time viewing properties that don’t meet your requirements or your budget, and has access to an...

Properties In Santa Cruz - Your source for homes information

Searching for a home does not have to be difficult. Finding houses in the Santa Cruz area that are perfect for you should be a fun thing!  Here are some ways that PropertiesInSantaCruz.com makes searching and finding homes easier on our site.

Search homes for sale by price and location. You can search current listings by both price and location. We provide this an every page of the site that is possible so that you can easily screen out properties that are not in your price range or are not in an area you desire. This helps you to focus on JUST the homes that will really appeal to you. You can also sort the results to just show you the LATEST homes on the market.

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Getting More Information is Easy. It is important that when you find the perfect home that you are able to find out more or share it with family and friends. Here is what you will see on EVERY listing on our site.

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You can save a listing as a favorite, send it to others, or request more information...

Santa Cruz 2017 Spring Real Estate Market

A lot of times I get asked about "the real estate market in Santa Cruz". What people are typically asking when they ask this is about the value of homes for sale. "How much is my home worth?" "How long would it take to sell?" That sort of thing.

It is a question that is probably best answered with a question. "Where do you live?" or maybe "That depends, what are you looking to do?" Because the truth is that the real estate market in Santa Cruz can be a lot of things depending on where you are, the type of home that you have to sell or are looking to buy, how fast you need to move and a number of other factors.

In other works YOUR real estate market can be entirely different form anyone elses. It is unique to you. To help you with YOUR situation, here is what we do. I avoid talking too much in general terms about the real estate market and I often ask you to clarify what you are doing or wanting to do.

Then with that information, I can put together an ACCURATE idea of the how the market looks to you. We do that with no cost or obligation. Simply to help you have a better idea of the market. Call us today and get a PERSONALIZED market report today. 
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Better Painkillers made with Yeast

Better Painkillers Designed with Yeast

In Carmel Valley, a charming, rustic village located 11 miles inland of Carmel-by-the-Sea, there are a score of Monterey County wineries and tasting rooms, convenient to Carmel Valley home dwellers and tourists alike. The yeasts cultivated from wild strains have fermented wine from grapes or leavened bread from flour for thousands of years. Now cutting-edge Stanford research has taken yeast into the laboratory and reengineered it to produce modern plant-based painkilling medications.


In a recent breakthrough after a decade-long effort, Stanford scientists reprogrammed the genetic machinery of baker’s yeast so that it could convert sugar into the opioid compound hydrocodone within three to five days. Producing the opioid so rapidly could potentially speed access to lower cost medicines, especially for impoverished countries. The techniques they developed and demonstrated for opioid pain relievers can be adapted to produce many plant-derived compounds to fight and treat chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and arthritis, infectious diseases, and cancers.


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Real Estate Tips for Buyers

real estate tips for buyersIf you are planning to buy a home in Carmel, CA, you will want to make sure that any property you wish to invest in is thoroughly inspected. A home inspection can be conducted to check for structural damage and other factors that might influence your decision to purchase. Whether you choose to perform the inspection yourself or hire a professional home inspector, here are a few of the main things that should be inspected when checking out a property.

Roof Quality

The roof should be carefully inspected to look for things like missing tiles or cracks that might allow water to leak into the home. If the roof is severely damaged or outdated, you may need to invest a considerable amount of money in repairs if you wish to purchase that particular property.

Pest Damage

Pests can cause extensive damage to homes, and sometimes this damage is not easily seen right away unless the property is thoroughly inspected. Rats, mice, squirrels and other rodents can chew through wires and cause major damage to the electrical system. Termites can eat away at the wood and cause significant structural damage. A home inspection will also help to identify the presence of bed bugs, wasps and other potentially hazardous creatures.

Plumbing

The state of the pipes, fixtures and other plumbing system components can greatly affect the overall quality of the home. You will want to make sure that every part of the plumbing system is up to standard and that there are no cracks or other signs of damage that could lead to major problems....

Home Owner Burglary Alert

Pest-Termite Tenting Burglary Alert

http://wbtw.com/2014/09/02/vandals-ransack-fl-house-and-damage-1980-corvette/I work in the Monterey Bay real estate market. I have become aware from a victim of a new type of burglary. When a home is tented for termites one has to vacate, poisonous gas is set off in the house and a big tent is draped over the house for several days.

I've learned that burglars are now attacking homes when they are most vulnerable. When the tent is on, the burglars have been cutting through the tenting or unclamping the seams and entering the house and ransacking it. It appears they would be wearing gas masks and using flashlights. As this tent is on for several days, it might be that the burglars are long gone before you get there and find your life and house has been turned upside down.

What can you do to prevent your home from being burglarized?

tented home for termites

When a home is fumigated, it is done by licensed pest control operators. They have the utility company turn off the gas to the house, then tent it. After the home is sealed, they set up cannisters that release the gas. When the allotted time 2-3 days often is up, they take the tent off ,then test for residual gas. If there is any, they open windows to allow the fumes to evacuate.

So during this time you can set your alarm after they have...

New Cooling technology for your home in Carmel

Cooling Roof for a Cool Price

California sunshine is beautiful but in parts of the state the summer time temperatures can reach triple digits in the summer months. New building technologies however can turn your roof in to an inexpensive way to cool your home. Engineers from the University of Colorado in Boulder have developed what is referred to as a “scalable manufactured meta-material”. Simply put, it is an engineered material with superior properties even nature can’t make. This new material acts as a kind of air conditioning system, with the ability to cool even when the object, in this case your house, is under direct sunlight. The saving come from the fact that cooling your home this way takes zero energy and zero water consumption.

New Building Material Easy to Apply and Cost Effective

One of the truly unique things about this new roofing material is that it is a glass polymer hybrid material that is a mere 50 micrometers thick.Eco Friendly roof coating materials To put that in to perspective, it is only slightly thicker than the aluminum foil you use in your kitchen. Commercial builders will find this material cost effective and easy to apply. It can be manufactured and placed on to rolls. The cost savings, and ease of application will, if it has not done so already, trickle down to the home owner.

How does it work?

This eco-friendly material is applied to a surface, like the roof of a house or even a thermoelectric power plant, and keeps that structure cool by reflecting solar heat back in to space. It also allows the building surface to shed heat naturally. It requires no electricity like a home air conditioning unit, and no water,...

What is Vegan?

What is a Vegan?

what is veganVeganism is defined by choosing to eat a plant based diet that does not include any animal products or items containing animal products. This includes not eating, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, and anything that is produced directly by animals, such as honey made by bees. Vegans generally do not wear leather, or other clothing derived from animals. Nor would a vegan consciously buy products that are made from any part of an animal, such as upholstery, book bindings, décor, and personal care items like soaps.

Why Become Vegan

There are a variety of reasons to become vegan. PETA, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, promotes veganism to prevent cruelty to animals. It is believed that many of our modern animal raising and processing practices are unethical. There are environmental reasons to become vegan. Meat and egg production practices leave a large footprint on the environment with all the natural resources used to pack and ship products. Many people feel that a plant based diet is healthier than a diet high in animal consumption. The American Heart Association might agree with this. Another consideration is economic. Animal protein is much more expensive to purchase than fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.

Challenges

The first challenge is making the transition. It is recommended that you start slowly by introducing more vegan foods in place of animal foods until your taste buds and body have acclimated.

Another challenge is making sure you get enough protein, vitamin B-12, iron, and calcium into your diet. There are plenty of plant based foods that have protein and calcium, and some that have...

Grafitti Problems Solved in Santa Cruz

Graffiti Clean up in Santa Cruz County
graffitiWhen a neighborhood becomes the target of graffiti, residents often suffer in a variety of ways. Whether the graffiti is caused by boredom, defiance or is gang related, it has a negative impact on the entire community. One problem is that graffiti can send the message that nobody really cares about the neighborhood. This can cause teens and young adults to also have a lackadaisical attitude toward their own community. After all, if the adults don’t care enough to do something about the graffiti, how much pride will young people have for the area in which they live?

Of course, with the increase in graffiti, Santa Cruz County homes often lose value. This can affect families on several levels. First, it can make it impossible to sell, especially if the homeowner owes more on their property than its current resale value; however, it can also mean that there are few qualified buyers willing to purchase real estate in the neighborhood. Not only will homeowners suffer in the purchase price of their home, but they might be waiting a long time to find a buyer. This can mean that people moving for a job opportunity, those who want to upgrade to a larger home for a growing family or seniors trying to downsize will all suffer.

One of the best ways to take back a neighborhood is to get rid of graffiti as quickly as possible. It’s hard for area residents to take pride in their neighborhood if it seems like nobody else cares. Of course, it’s not just area homeowners who suffer, but so will residents who rent properties as well...

New Bed Sensors Help Seniors with Heart Problems

New Bed Sensors Help Seniors In Carmel with Heart Problems

If you visit any hospital, you will likely notice a large amount of patient over 65-years-old being treated for heart-related issues. Research provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that congestive heart failure is one of the leading reasons that seniors are hospitalized. For those who love a senior, this news is disturbing. Regardless of whether a senior lives at home, with family, or at a care facility, heart disease is always a concern. Thanks to new advances in technology, it will now be easy for seniors to recognize and begin treating heart problems in the early stages from their own homes in Carmel, making it possible to avoid lengthy hospital stays.

While the market is filled with new devices that are supposed to help seniors with heart problems in care facilities and at their homes in Carmel, many of them are high-tech and difficult to use. The University of Missouri stepped up to provide seniors with a monitoring device that is simple yet effective, and accomplished their goal by designing bed sensors. These sensors operate by using flexible tubes of water that keep track of how much blood is flowing throughout the body. The sensors are put underneath the mattress, making it possible to keep track of the individual’s heart function without impacting their day-to-day life.

The device was reviewed by Marjorie Skubic and Marilyn Rantz. Ms. Skubic...

Improving your child's math in Carmel with new technology

Using Technology to Help Children with Math Has Big Benefits

kids mathIf you grew up in a Carmel home and went to a typical California school, odds are you have memories of how boring math class was. It's no secret -- surveys show that roughly 40% of Americans find the subject dull or intimidating. Luckily for today's kids, new advances in technology have demonstrable benefits when it comes to helping them engage with the material.

Part of the problem that children face stems from parental help, or a lack thereof. Many parents are reluctant to sit down and work with their children on their math homework. While your average parents with a Carmel home understand the importance of teaching language skills and reading to children frequently, most parents regard teaching subjects like math as a school's duty. Increasing parental engagement alone isn't the answer, however, as a recent study from the University of Chicago found that receiving frequent help from parents who weren't confident in math actually undermined children's performance.

Luckily for those families, a subsequent study may have found the answer -- an iPad app. Bedtime Math is an app that offers children and parents math problems to solve in the context of a bedtime story. It makes the material fun and engaging for children who are anxious or apathetic about math, and provides structure to help prevent math-anxious parents from getting in their children's way.

improving mathDuring the course of the study, the experimental group used Bedtime Math while a control group used a similar bedtime story app without any...

Read about Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California

The city of Santa Cruz calls to those who desire to relocate in an area where spectacular ocean scenery and a mild year round climate create an ideal environment. A variety of Santa Cruz homes include residences from large estates to single family homes and beach front condominiums. The city includes several distinct regions, each with a unique personality and character. The local communities provide recreational, commercial and educational opportunities for families and single adults. The close proximity to Monterey Bay and Carmel make living in Santa Cruz an exciting and preferable choice when moving to one of California’s central coast areas.

Regions of Santa Cruz

Although the city of Santa Cruz itself is relatively small with a population of approximately 57,000, residents pride themselves in belonging to one of the unique separate neighborhoods that encompass the area. From the beaches to the university campus and downtown area, Santa Cruz combines a resort atmosphere with an educational base and family oriented community.

Santa Cruz Central Region: Known as the “Original Surf City”, a casual beach atmosphere dominates the scene near the famous beaches. One of the oldest amusement parks, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, draws tourists who enjoy the rides, arcade games and snack bars. Seafood restaurants line the streets and the quaint buildings of an earlier era are located a few blocks from the beach. Charming older Santa Cruz homes combine with more contemporary multi-level buildings offering residence opportunities to suit many tastes.

University Area: The University of Santa Cruz area offers views of the Pacific to one side and a large undeveloped region known as the Great Meadow adjacent to the school. The campus sits near the base of the...

Top 10 Ways to keep ants out of your house

10 Effective Ways to Keep Ants From Invading Your Home

Homeowners often complain about having their house invaded by ants during periods of rainy winter weather. It's only natural that ants will seek out higher and drier ground when rainwater begins filling their elaborate below-ground network. But preventing an annual ant invasion in your house just takes a little elbow grease and advance preparation. Here are 10 of the most effective ways to keep ants from invading yourCarmel home:

(1) Seal off the little critters from even accessing the cozy interior of your home in the first place by sealing off all door and window cracks using caulking, glue, putty or plaster. Even petroleum jelly will work as a temporary sealant.

(2) Mix some liquid dish detergent with water in a spray bottle. If you see even one scout ant on your kitchen countertop, spray it quickly with a blast from this bottle and they will never be able to report back to the troops.

(3) Place a thin quarter-inch unbroken line of powdered charcoal, cinnamon, citrus oil, baby powder or cayenne pepper inside door jams and window sills to serve as a barrier that ants won't cross.

(4) Clean your floors, tabletops and countertops with a solution of water and vinegar, removing any previous ant scent trails.

(5) At any place you notice ants entering your household, sprinkle crushed mint leaves, garlic salt, bay leaves or crushed cloves. Ants can't tolerate these odors.

(6) Keep all food items in closed containers. Be meticulous about wiping crumbs and other food droppings from tabletops, countertops and flooring because these can quickly attract ants.

(7) Mop or vacuum your floors daily, or at least every other day, to remove any traces of food particles that might attract ants.

(8) Don't put...

A Lovely British Arts and Crafts Style Victorian in Pacific Grove

A Lovely British Arts and Crafts Style Victorian in Pacific Grove

Posted by Gregg Camp .

Architecture in the Victorian AgePacific Grove is a beautiful coastal city in California’s Monterey County, lying between Monterey and Pebble Beach at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula. One of its premier features is Asilomar Beach. Tourists and residents alike are drawn to this beach because of its beauty and its proximity to Monterey’s Cannery Row.

Asilomar Beach itself is home to tide pools and sand dunes, both of which beg to be explored by the dedicated beach walker.

Anyone looking to purchase a coastal home should not miss the Victorian homes in Pacific Grove, California. Here you get the best of Victorian style architecture with the best of the many scenic features the California coastline has to offer.

A fine example of one of the Victorian homes in Pacific Grove can be found at 602 Forest Avenue. This home is in the British Arts and Crafts Victorian style and is located near Asilomar Beach and Carmel’s famous 17 Mile Drive.

The British Arts and Crafts Victorian style of architecture can be described as a blend of the architectural stylistic features of the well known craftsman style bungalow with the features of Victorian style homes. This blending of styles results in a unique architectural design. The Victorian elements are in the small front porch with decorative railings, wooden columns and the side bay window.

The craftsman features of this outstanding example of Victorian homes in Pacific Grove...

Monterey Seniors aided with tablets

Holding Dementia at Bay: New Ways of Invigorating the Mind

Older owners of Monterey real estate and those with elderly relatives know how scary the prospect of dementia is. It's hard to see a loved one begin to slip into cognitive decline. Fortunately, advances in neurology show that there are ways to help keep it at bay by keeping minds active and preserving neuroplasticity.

Tablet PCs are hailed as invaluable tools for seniors who want to help maintain their mental health. They're easy to use, can perform a wide variety of functions, and are fairly easy to make user-accessible for people with visual or hearing impairments. More and more studies show that playing games like sudoku or crosswords can help older people stay healthier and happier by engaging their minds. Now, a new study by Tohaku University may have narrowed down exactly which kind of games are the most effective at keeping dementia at bay.

The researchers developed a Processing Speed Training Game, which relies on users performing simple actions as quickly as possible. The emphasis there is on being able to react quickly, as opposed to relying on memory or trivia. Another experimental group was assigned a different game, where users were asked to answer questions based on their knowledge of a subject. After the four week experimental period, researchers found that the study participants who had been assigned to the Processing Speed Training Game had improved their inhibitions and processing speed, and reported lessened depression when compared to the other group. This is great news for older residents of Monterey real estate, since it means that improving brain health and reducing depressive symptoms may be just a few gaming sessions away.

For a long time, health problems like dementia were viewed as another part of getting older. As the populace...
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