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Property in Santa Cruz Housing Trends, July 2018

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

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The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

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Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Gregg Camp
Property In Santa Cruz/ California Coastal Home
2567 Main Street Soquel CA 95073 831-688-1830 | gregg@propertyinsantacruz.com...

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in Santa Cruz Is a Viable Option

If you've lived in your home in Santa Cruz for many years, you may be concerned about real estate market trends and other rising costs in the area. Once you retire, you will be receiving a fixed income and might not be able to keep up with increasing costs. Also, your children might not be able to afford to stay in the area once they leave home, and so they may have to move to a different locality. These are genuine concerns for some, and local officials and politicians are actively considering various ways and means to help alleviate the financial burdens some will face when electing to age in place in their current homes.

Recently, the publication LIFE everything Aptos, Capitola & Soquel detailed ongoing efforts to help people find affordable housing in this article by Zach Friend, a Santa Cruz County Supervisor. According to Friend, the county of Santa Cruz has published an interactive toolkit which allows homeowners to design an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), acquire a permit and begin construction. The Board of Supervisors has also recently reduced permit fees and created a forgivable loan program to defray some of the upfront costs. In essence, it is now easier and cheaper to build an ADU in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County.

Friend said that ADUs, or companion units, are an easy and fast way to gain more affordable housing. This will help older residents who want to age in place at their existing locations by building an ADU for themselves while leaving the main house for their family, or who want other family members to stay in the ADU. For people who need extra income, building and renting an ADU is a good option. The Board of Supervisors has put rules in place to prevent these ADUs from becoming short-term rentals.

The new toolkit is available at www.sccoplanning.com/ADU. It includes a summary of regulations, a cost estimator, design guides and FAQs about design, financing, construction and other...

Retirees Have Many Choices When It Comes to Aging in Place

Even though you currently enjoy your working life, you may long for a future retirement where you can enjoy doing all the things you dream about while you are working. As you prepare for this certain time in your life, you will begin to consider where you will want to live when this event takes place. You might decide to stay in your existing home, change your home but stay in the same area or relocate to an entirely new area. If you decide to change your residence for current or future retirement purposes, you will be looking at areas and homes that will allow you to participate in the types of activities that you most enjoy. However, today the new retiree is healthier than ever and is living longer than ever. So, how do you reconcile the different housing needs for being still somewhat youthful and active at retirement, but also faced with the probability that you will live into your 80s and 90s?

One solution is to plan on "aging in place". This means that you plan on living in a home wherein you can stay as long as your health permits. As you age, your physical needs change as well. You might require more assistance for daily tasks, and your home needs to be able to accommodate these needs. However, if you retire in your 50s or 60s, you will probably not need assistance at that time and will want a home that accommodates your present needs without regard to physical restraints. The good news is, though, that you can retire in your existing home or a new location and still be able to stay there long-term with some planning for the future. With today's technology, smart assistance is at your beck and call (literally), and you can also add many adaptive features to your home.

If you elect to stay in your existing home, you can begin to add smart technology to your home that will activate and power almost anything in your home. Lights, TV, cameras, power, heating and cooling, phones, music, appliances and more can all be ran with voice...

Building versus Buying - Creating a Comfortable Living Space for Your Later Years of Life

seniors comfortable livingAs the children grow and start leaving home many parents enjoy the thought of having all that extra time for themselves with no more toys to pick up, or trip over, no more endless piles of laundry, and no more supervising those endless summer pool parties.

The family home is now too big for you and your partner so you have decided to look at other Pebble Beach homes for sale;  Perhaps something a little smaller that will be more comfortable for you as you grow older. The big decision now is whether you should buy or build that new home.

You want a home that will be more suitable for you, one where you can continue to live comfortably as you age, where you can easily manage the house and yard work. With the children gone do you still need a two story house and all those stairs? Is a large backyard necessary and worth the amount of time and labor it will take to upkeep?

Whether you decide to build or buy you will want to make sure that your next home has all the features that will ensure your greatest comfort. A pre-existing home may seem more economical but will it provide you with all the specifications and features you desire?

Are you willing to just settle for some of those features and renovate to create the rest or would building a new home be the better solution?

Before you start looking at Pebble Beach homes for sale  it’s best to make a list of the type of features you want to have in your new home. These...

The Beautiful Homes of Scenic Road in Carmel and Their Million Dollar Views

Amazing Scenery at Your Front Door

Scenic Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a stretch of road that runs from Ocean Avenue to just past the intersection of 17th Avenue and Valley View Avenue. The road winds down the coast along Carmel Beach and offers breathtaking views of the dazzling blue ocean on one side and unique and quirky million dollar homes on the inland side. Traveling down Scenic Road is an interesting stroll that presents a myriad of things to see and experience in a wholly accessible manner.

The ocean side is easy to explore because of the walkways that lead down to the beach, which makes traveling back and forth from the road to the beach a breeze. Sea lions, otters, whales, dolphins and different varieties of birds are just some of the sea life you may observe in the ocean or on points of land while you walk along the road. The beach offers a variety of terrain such as small rock pools, white sand, cypress trees and large rock formations.

Charming and Interesting Homes All Around

carmel golden rectangle homes for saleIf you want to explore the amazing homes that are further inland, just walk down any of the streets that branch off Scenic Road. These streets will then take you into the neighborhoods of the Golden Golden Rectangle. Homes in Carmel in this coveted area...

Is Water Quality in Santa Cruz a Consideration When Purchasing a Home?

santa cruz homes for saleWe are all aware of the importance of water quality, and many of us use filters in our home or buy bottled water. So, we may not be concerned with the water quality of the tap water in cities like Santa Cruz. Homes for sale will usually not be compared against houses in other areas for the quality of the local water.

However, the truth is that while filters take care of many contaminants such as bacteria, metals and pesticides, they don't filter out some things that we may not have ever considered, such as pharmaceutical drugs like Diazepam (formerly known as Valium), a member of the benzodiapezine family. Bottled water, while filtered to remove most common contaminants, may also contain pharmaceuticals that are difficult to remove with current procedures.

And, while we can control what type of water we drink in our home, we have no control over companies that use treated wastewater for the irrigation of crops. This water would contain the pharmaceuticals that are not currently removed from wastewater.

For many years, municipalities have known that there are small amounts of pharmaceuticals in the water. While these are very small amounts, it is unknown what the effect of these accumulated drugs may have on our system. If we consume water containing these pharmaceuticals over the course of 80 or more years, then this cumulative effect could be larger than the current effect from the actual amount present at any one time in our system.

As the presence of these contaminants...

Downsizing Your Living Space to Upsize Your Lifestyle in Later Years

charming carmel homes for saleA few years ago you may have researched Carmel homes for sale and ultimately purchased the perfect family home in which to raise a family. Those children are now grown and have moved away, perhaps even owning homes in Carmel of their own and starting their own families. It’s time now to downsize your living space in to a more suitable home, that will ultimately make life easier for you as you grow older.

Purchasing a new home at any time is a serious business and a serious financial investment. Your needs are different now, so this new purchase needs some different thought and considerations. There are a number of things you need to consider when purchasing another home in Carmel that will suit your lifestyle, and needs, in your later years.

Space

A large house with lots of square footage, a large backyard, and many bedrooms and extra bathrooms was perfect for a growing family. All that room was great for outdoor barbeques, birthday parties, and family fun nights but once the kids move out a big house, can feel like a very empty one (but one that still needs to be heated and cleaned). Determine how much space you really need to feel comfortable and allowing for the grand kids to stay over and at some point maybe an in home caretaker.

Lifestyle / Health

You started a family, raised them the best to your ability, and now they have left the family home. As your children grew...

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 too. Clean those out, get a "Pack...

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 considerations of your choice. As...

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 contain a specific region where...

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 extensive network of tradespeople,...

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 with the click of a button. We have...

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.


Hydrocodone like...

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. You may even want to have the water...

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 left the house, have a remote viewing...