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Favorite Hotspots in Pacific Grove California

Ever wanted to escape your stressful life or wanted a getaway for your family? Then, Charming Pacific Grove is the place to go. This article features a few and must-visit hotspots in Pacific Grove, California, where you can have real fun if you happen to visit.

Asilomar State BeachFavorite Hotspots in Pacific Grove California

Asilomar State Beach is a beach with dunes, beautiful scenery, over 100 acres of forest, and stunning ocean landscapes. Its name is the beach, A Refuge by the Sea, as it is situated within the scenic and fantastic town of Pacific Grove. The beach offers comfy cottages and lodges for visitors. It also provides a beautiful view of sunset hence providing an unforgettable escape from the daily demands of life.

Wild Fish

Pacific Grove has more to offer than the scenery. Wild Fish, located a few blocks from Monterey Bay, offers natural 100% organic and imaginatively prepared seafood with an ever-changing menu sourced by the local farmers and fishers. The food is fresh, exactly what the locals want, making it an attractive neighborhood destination. So, reserve your space now and get the best from Wild Fish.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

If you plan to visit Pacific Grove in October, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is a place to stop. In October, Butterflies cluster together on pines, cypress, and eucalyptus trees. It has been nicknamed "Butterfly Town,"...

Price Gouging: Increases the Scope of What Constitutes Price Gouging in the Sale of Goods or Services.

crime of price gougingThis law amends the crime of price gouging to 1) include where a person, contractor, business, or
other entity to charge a price that is more than 50% greater than either the amount the seller paid for the goods or the seller’s costs in selling or providing the goods or services; and 2) provide that the protections against price gouging may also apply to a timeframe prior to a date as set in the proclamation or declaration. It does not affect provisions of Penal Code 396 pertaining to the price of rental housing.

This law expands the crime for price gouging to also include selling or offering to sell those goods or services for a price 10% greater than the price charged immediately prior to a date set by the proclamation or declaration of emergency.  It makes it a crime for a person, contractor, busines, or other entity who did not charge a price for the goods or services immediately prior to the proclamation or declaration of emergency to charge a price that is more than 50% greater than the seller's existing costs, as specified.  It authorizes the Governor or the Legislature to extend the duration of these prohibitions for periods greater than 30 days, and during the extension, authorize specified price increases that exceed the otherwise permissible amount, as specified.

Senate Bill 1196 is codified as Penal Code 396.  Effective January 1, 2021.

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Smart Ways to Save On Your Homeowner's Insurance

Some of us would consider the probability of not having homeowner's insurance, like paying for health and utilities. Such expenses are annoying, but we cannot avoid them. Despite this, have you ever wondered if you are paying too much for insurance? The problem with bills such as insurance is that we do not always think about saving after accepting them.Smart Ways to Save On Your Homeowner's Insurance

Homeowner's insurance policies vary due to a number of variables. Some of these variable influences how cheap or expensive an insurance policy is and identifying what to look for is essential. Luckily, it is not difficult to save on incentives by taking time to assess your current properties and the company's offerings. However, you should not sacrifice crucial coverage that could take a toll on you later to save a few coins in a short term. Here are some of the excellent tips that may help you save on homeowners insurance.

Related: Can you lower your homeowner's insurance?

Security

Consult your company on what you will do to cover your home from natural calamities and other risks. For example, you can save on your premiums by putting buying more robust materials, reinforcing the roof, or placing storm gutters. If you live in an old home, update your electric, plumbing, and heating systems to reduce fire and water accidents. In addition, you can get discounts for at least five percent if you install a burglar or fire alarm.

Identify what the company can cover and what it cannot

You should note that standard insurance policies...

This Home is 5 Minutes to Natural Bridges Beach and West Cliff Drive

This comfortable single level lower Westside Santa Cruz is just a 5 minutes to Natural Bridges Beach and West Cliff Drive. Hop on your bike and go wine tasting at the Swift Street wine district, after a day of surfing at Natural Bridges. As you enter the private courtyard, you'll notice this home is set up for enjoying the fine weather here by the coast. Lounge around the fire pit, sipping wine in the afternoon, or roasting marshmallows. The vaulted ceiling gives one these sense of being light and spacious as you enter the living room to start working on dinner in the remodeled kitchen. The master suite is spacious enough for a king sized bed, and has access to the outdoors and hot tub in the back yard. The other 2 bedrooms have a queen sized beds in them.The saltwater Jacuzzi tub, included, is heated to a pitch-perfect 101 degrees year-round, for a warming way to end the evening after a day of enjoying the events and activities that Santa Cruz has to offer. Call Gregg, 831-818-7524 for more information.

710_Modesto westside santa cruz home for sale

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Seabreeze Tavern in Rio Del Mar is Coming Down

Seabreeze Tavern in Rio Del Mar is coming down. The storied tavern is finally meeting it's demise. A suspicious fire likely caused by the former owner who was being foreclosed on doomed this old institution. Structurally weakened and riddled with damage and asbestos and lead paint, the structure wasn't salvageable. It's likely incarnation is to be a restaurant and apartments atop. That would be a nice addition to the neighborhood and give some life back to a place that had a colorful past.

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seabreeze tavern is going down

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Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Today’s housing market has presented home sellers with an incredible opportunity to sell their homes for an increased value over what they would have been worth a few years ago. It’s also created an intensely competitive arena for homebuyers to outbid each other and secure their own home. This level of competition creates an interesting predicament for sellers to rule out lesser offers in favor of more appealing offers.Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Contingencies like home inspections and appraisals are just a couple of the more common types. Another common contingency a buyer will often use is the condition that their current home must sell first before they can close on a deal and move into a new home. While it’s perfectly understandable for a buyer to include this contingency, it can be a nuisance to some sellers who are anxious to sell their home fast and move along. If you’ve ever found yourself in this scenario or are concerned about what to do should this happen, consider the kick-out clause.

The Kick-Out Clause allows the seller to continue listing their home on the market if a buyer has a home-sale contingency in the hopes that another offer will come through from a buyer without this requirement. There are benefits to both the buyer and the seller with having a kick-out clause in effect.

For the seller, a kick-out clause helps because it makes it a little easier to get a home sold without having...

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