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Single Family Homes Market Data Current Month vs Prior Month October 2020 vs September 2020

In Santa Cruz County, the median single family home cost $1,055,500 and sold in 10 days for 102% of the list price based on 182 sales in October 2020.

Single Family Homes Market Data Current Month vs Prior Month October 2020 vs September 2020

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Market Data Santa Cruz County - Increased Median Price September, 2020

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Homemade Masks Help Combat the Spread of Viruses like COVID-19

Homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Researchers tested the breathability and droplet-blocking ability of 11 common household fabrics, using a medical mask as a benchmark. 

Studies indicate that homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19 when combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. Many of these studies focus on the transfer of tiny aerosol particles; however, researchers say that speaking, coughing and sneezing generates larger droplets that carry virus particles. Because of this, mechanical engineer Taher Saif said the established knowledge may not be enough to determine the effectiveness of some fabrics used in homemade masks.

Saif, a mechanical science and engineering professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led a study that examined the effectiveness of common household fabrics in blocking droplets. The findings are published in the journal Extreme Mechanics Letters.

Aerosol particles are typically classified as less than 5 micrometers, and lie in the range of hundreds of nanometers. However, larger droplets -- up to about 1 millimeter in diameter -- can also be expelled when an individual speaks, coughs or sneezes. These larger droplets pose a problem because, with sufficient momentum, they can squeeze through the pores of some fabrics, break into smaller droplets and become airborne.

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Market Data for Single Family Homes Year-over-Year - July 2020 vs. July 2019

High Demand for Housing Continues Despite COVID. In Santa Cruz county, inventory was down -7% from June, and down -35% from July 2019 with 390 homes available, compared to 603 homes last year. Number of new listings for the month of July increased 5% over June, and decreased -11% from July of last year.

In Monterey county, inventory was down -7% from June, and down -24% from July 2019 with 668 homes available, compared to 880 homes last year.

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Market Data for Single Family Homes Year-over-Year - July 2020 vs. July 2019

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Market Data Single Family Homes July 2020 vs. June 2020

Market Info Q2 2020 National Economic Overview

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Market Data Single Family Homes July 2020 vs. June 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the real estate market continued to exhibit strength during July. Median prices again rose across all five MLSListings counties compared to July 2019; the lowest gain was 7% in Santa Clara County, and the highest increase in median price was 19% in San Benito County. 

In Santa Cruz County, the median Single Family home cost $1,000,000 and sold in 15 days for 100% of the list price based on 223 sales in July 2020.

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Market Info Q2 2020 National Economic Overview

Q@ economy market data covidQ2 2020 National Economic Overview After a strong start to the year, the US economy was put into a coma in mid-March to prevent the novel coronavirus from potentially killing millions. Were it not for the massively stimulative policies emanating from Washington, DC, another Great Depression would have been a distinct possibility. Fortunately, the worst was avoided and the shortest recession in US history probably ended in April, if not May. As for the recovery, it is likely to be check mark shaped, meaning a steep decline followed by a slow steady recovery, such by late 2022, GDP has recovered to where it was before the onset of the pandemic. That said, there is the possibility of a dreaded W-shape recovery if the virus forcefully returns in fall 2020. As for unemployment, it will probably end the year above 10%, but well down from its peak of almost 20% in April. Regarding the November elections, markets are beginning to realize that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s chances of unseating President Trump are currently well above 50%.

In the housing market, through mid-March sales were very strong but then began to quickly weaken and bottomed out in early April, with Y-o-Y sales activity down about 30%. Since the end of nationwide lockdowns, sales have staged a furious recovery, with first time mortgage applications having not only made up all lost ground but up Y-o-Y over 20%. There are several reasons for the strong...

Market Data Condo, Townhomes May 2020 vs April 2020

In Santa Cruz County, the median Residential Common Interest home cost $616,500 and sold in 19 days for 98% of the list price based on 26 sales in May 2020.

• Inventory was up 14% from April and up 20% from May 2019 with 130 homes available, compared to 108 homes last year.

• Average days on market (DOM) increased by 22 days from 26 to 48 days or 85%; median DOM went up by 8 days from the month before.

• Number of new listings for the month of May increased 61% over April and is up by 8% from May of last year.

• Closed sales increased 8% from April from 24 to 26, but was down -35% from May 2019.

In Monterey County, the median Residential Common Interest home cost $476,000 and sold in 37 days for 98% of the list price based on 12 sales in May 2020. Read More

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May 2020 vs April 2020 Real Estate Market Data for Single Family Homes

Real Estate Market Data Pricing for Single Family Homes from April 2020 to May 2020.

In Monterey County, the median Single Family home cost $650,000 and sold in 18 days for 98% of the list price based on 90 sales in May 2020.

• Inventory rose 12% from April, but down -18% from May 2019 with 697 homes available, compared to 845 homes last year.

• The market slowed down - Average days on market (DOM) rose 12 days from 42 to 54 or 29%; median DOM increased by 7 days from the month before.

• Number of new listings for the month of May increased 64% over April and down -18% from May of last year.

• Closed sales dropped -32% from April from 132 to 90 and down -63% from May 2019.

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Santa Cruz: The Place to Be To Work From Home

work from homeWith a prime location near to both Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Santa Cruz California is the perfect spot for the stay-at-home worker who wants to avoid the stresses of life in a metropolis while also being a part of an amazing community. First chartered as a city in 1876,it is now a tight-knit community with a perfect balance of exciting explorations and peaceful engagements. Having a home in Santa Cruz is ideal for anyone who wants to experience life to the fullest by themselves, with a significant other, or even with a family.

The options for people living in Santa Cruz are far and wide. With plentiful housing, it is an ideal place to start a family or just start out in general. There are a variety of educational options in the area with higher education at the University of California Santa Cruz and lower education ranging from Santa Cruz High School to a variety of elementary and early education options. This makes it the ideal place to build a family and just enjoy life in general, making it ideal to find a home in Santa Cruz.

As for tourism, the options are almost endless. Those in search of thrills can go to the Santa Cruz beach and Board Walk where there are a variety of amusements ranging from roller coasters to mini-golf. There is something for everyone. Neptune's Kingdom and Family Entertainment, just off of Santa Cruz Beach and the Wharf, is a great place to bring kids and family with plenty of smaller amusements like an 18-hole mini-golf...

Real Estate Returns VS. Stock Market Returns

real estate returnTruth be told, comparing historical stock market returns with real estate returns is an apple to oranges affair but it is still possible to get a general idea of how each one fared over a specific time-period through Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and their historical returns in asset value.

First, let us define what an ETF is:

An ETF is a security that holds and tracks a collection or group of securities (i.e., stocks). ETFs are listed on an exchange just like a stock and therefore trade just like stocks.

For this particular example, the following ETFs will be compared as they give a good indication of the overall results of the U.S. Stock Market and U.S. Real Estate over a 10-year period. :

  • S&P 500 ETF Total Return (SPY)
  • Vanguard Real Estate ETF Total Return (VNQ)

At the time of this writing, the 10-year average return for SPY was 11.39% while the average return during the same period for VNQ was 8.68%.

This, of course, does not include the dividend yield or even rent paid to the investor during the given period.

Again, measuring stock market returns to real estate investment returns does not give a clear indication of which one offers the investor a better absolute return but it does help to show that both their asset values do increase at a decent rate over time.

If there were a way that rental income could be averaged and factored in alongside real estate asset values during a given time frame, there would more than...

The Differences Between Real Estate and Stocks

So what differentiates stock investing from buying real estate?

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For one thing, stocks are usually the more popular investment because people with large or small budgets can invest in them.

On the other hand, investing in real estate requires a larger upfront payment, which most small-time investors do not have.

Some of the fundamental aspects of real estate investing are as follows:

  • Entails the purchase of physical land or property.
  • Rent can be collected for a steady income stream.
  • Investors can make money through property appreciation as well.
  • Purchased property can be leveraged to acquire more holdings.

The general particulars of stock investing are as follows:

  • Buying a stock of a company is buying a piece of that company.
  • Investors make money when the value of the stock increases.
  • Investors make money when companies pay out dividends (not all companies pay dividends).
  • Dividends may be reinvested to purchase more stock of a company and thus grow the initial investment further.

Even though stock investing has traditionally been the more popular investment vehicle when an investor purchases a piece of real estate they own a tangible asset. In other words, they own something concrete and not a piece of paper stating that they own part of a business they will most likely never have...

Current Homes for Sale
Santa Cruz County
City # Price Range
Aptos Homes 72 $300k - $8.9m
Capitola Homes 39 $75k - $11.9m
Rio Del Mar / Seascape Homes 38 $369k - $6.7m
Santa Cruz Events 206 $30k - $12.0m
Santa Cruz Homes 206 $30k - $12.0m
Santa Cruz Real Estate 206 $30k - $12.0m
Monterey County
City # Price Range
$0-$300000 302 $100k - $6.1m
Alta Mesa-Monterey 302 $100k - $6.1m
Big Sur Homes 5 $1.3m - $3.0m
Carmel Homes 198 $15k - $24.0m
Fishermans Flats 302 $100k - $6.1m
Glenwood Circle Monterey 302 $100k - $6.1m
Monterey Homes For Sale 302 $100k - $6.1m
Oak Grove Monterey 302 $100k - $6.1m
Old Town Monterey 302 $100k - $6.1m
Pebble Beach Homes 58 $695k - $33.0m
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