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5 Security Tips to Protecting Your Home and Family

 5 Security Tips to Protecting Your Home and Family

We are always looking for ways to make our home and family safer, and while we can certainly invest in security systems, there are some simple things we can do in our home everyday to make it a bit more security.

#1. Keep your valuables locked up.

The odds that your home will be burglarized are pretty low but how easy is it to find your valuables if you do get burglarized? Keeping jewelry and valuables in a convenient spot will also be convenient for criminals so consider a commercial container, home safe, or a hiding place it only you know about. Also, take pictures of all of your valuables for insurance purposes just in case.

#2. Get a professional alarm system.

Most high and luxury homes and condominiums in Miami have security systems but they're not for the Uber rich. Anyone can own a pretty inexpensive alarm system these days whether it's entering a simple security code on your entrance and exit to the home or a full-on video monitoring system with cameras inside and outside.

#3. Add outside lighting.

Don't make it convenient for burglars and criminals to access your home. Keep bushes trimmed away from first-floor windows to prevent any hiding spots and add lighting in darker areas around your home. Motion sensors are great for this and just a little bit of a deterrent will definitely keep burglars at bay.

#4. Make sure all of your locks actually work.

Check your locks at least once a year to make sure they work correctly on all doors and windows.

#5. Make sure you know who has keys to your home.

Anytime you buy a new house you should have the keys remade with a new lock. You never know who...

Zip Code Market Report - 93921 and 95066

Zip Code Market Report - 93921 and 95066

The current real estate market for the Carmel-by-the-Sea area and specifically ZIP Code 93921 shows a median sales price of $4.43 million with eight closed sales in the last month with an average of 16 days on the market. Sellers are receiving approximately 105% of asking price on average. The number of closed sales is up by three over last month and is about average from last year. However, the median sales price has taken quite a jump from 1.97 million in February to 4.43 million in March. This SKU is primarily due to larger properties and higher priced properties altering the trajectory.

Zip Code Market Report - 93921 and 95066

Only three new listings of hit the market in March where as there were eight last month and five a year ago. Last month the percentage of asking price to sold price was 103% and this month it's at 105%. The average price per square foot last month in February 2022 was $1494 and this month was $2158. However, just a year ago, it was right in between the two at $1688 per square foot.

Zip Code Market Report - 93921 and 95066

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In the Santa Cruz ZIP Code, there were 17 closed sales in March with a median sales price of $1.8 million. The median days on the market was just 9 with 107% list price received. This is up 55% from the month before where there were 11 sales and the median sales price shows an increase of 30%...

Museum of Natural History in Santa Cruz

The Museum of Natural history in Santa Cruz is the first museum dating back to 1904 with the founding collection of Santa Cruz lighthouse keeper and naturalist, Laura Hecox. The Museum features educational, hands-on exhibits for children, families, and adults who are curious about the world they live in and the natural history of one of the most scenic locations on the California coast.Museum of Natural History in Santa Cruz

The Museum traces its beginnings to the late 1800s and the collection of naturalist Laura Hecox. Miss Hecox was born in Santa Cruz in 1854 and from childhood had a keen interest in the natural sciences. Her parents, Adna and Margaret Hecox traveled overland from Illinois to California in 1846 and settled in Santa Cruz the following year. In 1869 Mr. Hecox was appointed keeper of the original Santa Cruz Lighthouse and took up residence there with his wife and family.

The museum opened on August 21, 1905. There were displays of dried sea stars and crustaceans, Indian baskets and mortars, Eskimo artifacts, minerals, agates, gems, petrified woods, coral, bird nests and eggs, turtle and tortoise carapaces, and several cases of shells, including two hundred local species. The Hecox collection remained at the library until about 1917 when it was moved to the new Santa Cruz High School. The Crafts House, home of the Museum from 1930 to 1954, was located behind the present Museum where there is now an amphitheater.

In 1984 the Museum built outdoor exhibit kiosks on the Santa Cruz Wharf featuring marine life, fishing, and wharf history. In 1986 the Surfing Museum was established as a satellite facility at the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. The fascinating displays of old surfboards and historical photographs attract 70,000...

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