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Helpful Information for Purchasing an Eco-friendly Santa Cruz Home

Helpful Information for Purchasing an Eco-friendly Santa Cruz HomeWhen you live in Santa Cruz you instantly fall in love with the natural surroundings and become more aware of living peacefully in the environment. Santa Cruz is full of the most amazing landscape anywhere on the planet. For this reason many of the people that live in Santa Cruz and the local government have had a commitment to being good stewards of the land that we live in to keep it beautiful for several generations to come.

 For this reason purchasing a green home in the Santa Cruz area is highly desirable and many buyers looking for Santa Cruz homes are hoping to find green properties. 

 What constitutes as an eco-friendly green home in Santa Cruz?

 You may have heard several different terms used to describe these type of properties such as earth friendly, eco-friendly, green, energy efficient and so on. When it comes to finding an eco-friendly Santa Cruz home it can mean something different to each person. Many times the classification has to do with the aspect of earth friendly living that is most important to the buyer. Here are some attributes you will find when searching for eco-friendly properties in Santa Cruz:

 Building materials

 Some homes that advertise as eco-friendly are describing the building materials in which the home was built from. This can mean that materials were used from reclaimed and re-purposed items or are from sustainable resources. It could mean that the flooring is...

Getting a Santa Cruz Home Ready to Sell During the Peak Real Estate Season of Spring

Getting a Santa Cruz Home Ready to Sell During the Peak Real Estate Season of SpringFor several decades spring has been the peak time to sell and purchase real estate all across the country. This could be because the weather is better and more people are looking to get out and ready to make adjustments as they come back into more hours of sunlight and great weather. The benefit to spring is that more people are looking for homes and the weather allows you to show your home in a better light as well.

As more inventory comes to the market this means sellers will have a bit more competition in the spring selling season. While inventory is still what is considered low there is a bit more competition than there was over the past few years. It is a great idea to make sure your home looks its best even when selling in peak real estate season.

Here Are some tips for preparing your Santa Cruz home for a spring sale

Clean, clean, clean, and clean again

One of the best ways to show that your home is in great condition and has been well cared for is to make sure it is as deeply cleaned as possible. The cleaner your home the better it is going to show when people come to take a personal tour. The best route for getting this executed is to consider investing in deep cleaning from professional maid services. Often when we live in our homes we get super comfortable in them and don't realize some areas of hidden dirt. Hiring deep cleaning services for both the inside and outside of your home can make it feel like a completely different and...

Considering All of the Aspects of Purchasing a Home in a 55+ Living Community in the Santa Cruz Area

Considering All of the Aspects of Purchasing a Home in a 55+ Living Community in the Santa Cruz AreaIn the greater Santa Cruz area there are many different 55+ living communities especially in the Caramel by the Sea area. 55+ active retirement communities often advertise their living culture as a dream of being within a community that offers plenty of exciting activities to enjoy with people in the same stage of life. But what is a 55+ community? Should you purchase property in one?

A description of the average 55+ living community

Many times these types of housing communities that focus on adults aged 55 and above may have descriptive phrases included like independent living or active senior living. You may have heard many different names for 55+ communities as well as a long list of attractions offered to residents within the community.

Though they are sometimes mixed up with similar living situations like assisted living they are not medically focused facilities. These communities offer a focus on a specific type of homeowner that is at the age of 55 or above wanting to purchase a home within a community that offers the ability to have community with other people living in the neighborhood and enjoy some planned activities and community amenities with their neighbors.

If you are an adult at the age of 55 or older and are still active in your lifestyle needing little to no assistance with your daily activities this type of residential community can sound very promising and intriguing. Is it a good investment...

Get to Know Other People that Live in Santa Cruz by Joining a Club

Get to Know Other People that Live in Santa Cruz by Joining a ClubMoving to a brand new location can take some time to acclimate to a new culture and pace in daily life. Sometimes it can even feel lonely until you meet some people that live there and find your new friend group. One of the best ways to feel like you are part of the community is to join a local club. If you are considering a move to Santa Cruz or have just moved here there are some fun clubs available to you. 

Here are Some Santa Cruz Clubs to Join 

Roller Derby

Want to try something new and active? Why not hop on the growing trend of roller derby? There are derby teams of all different skill levels available through Santa Cruz Roller Derby, Santa Cruz Derby Groms, and the Boardwalk Bombshells a women's team that competes in the Women's Flat Track Deby Association. 

Embroidery

If you are of the crafty mindset the embroidery club may be of interest to you. The Stitchers by the Sea meet monthly as a branch of The Embroiderers' Guild of America. They showcase, learn a new technique, and glean knowledge about the craft from each other. 

Surfing

With some of the greatest beaches on the California coast, there is surely a surfing club to join out here. Surfing is actually the largest sport in Santa Cruz County. This is a very good way to meet new people in Santa Cruz. There are clubs available to surfers of all levels including anyone who has never surfed before. Surf School...

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