monterey: La Selva Beach hosts its 33rd annual Christmas Faire this Saturday. - 11/20/13 11:13 AM
La Selva Beach hosts its 33rd annual Holiday Faire this Saturday
By Terri Woods – Selling Real Estate in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Watsonville, La Selva Beach and North Monterey County 
 

It is that time of year where festive events are happening, bringing holiday cheer.
And this Saturday, La Selva Beach will host its 33rd Annual Holiday Faire featuring lots of crafts, art, antiques, food... yes, food...
If you are out an about this weekend, make sure drop by. 
 
LA SELVA BEACH HOLIDAY GIFT FAIRE
WHAT: La Selva Beach Holiday Gift Faire with Arts, Antiques and Crafts
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … (0 comments)

monterey: The Dumbest Mistakes SMART PEOPLE MAKE when buying a home (Santa Cruz) - 11/15/13 03:53 AM
THE DUMBEST MISTAKES…
SMART PEOPLE MAKE WHEN BUYING A HOME
 

 
When buying a home in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County, you  need to become the VERY BEST BUYER possible. The benefits include more negotiating power, a smoother transaction, peace of mind and more.  Here are some mistakes that SMART BUYERS have made when purchasing a home.
 
Mistake #1 
Not knowing how much they can afford before they make an offer.
The easiest way to avoid this mistake is to get pre-approved for a mortgage, so you know in advance exactly how much you can afford.
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monterey: Tales to Tails Literacy Program at La Selva Beach Library - 11/14/13 03:55 AM
Two of a few of my favorite things.... are reading and dogs.
La Selva Beach library has both in their Tales to Tails literacy program in which children have a private twenty minute session to read to an attentive certified therapy dog.
Why read to dogs? 
 

The Tales to Tails program is offered at the La Selva Library on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the library at 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.
 
La Selva Beach Library is a branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. Certified therapy dogs … (0 comments)

monterey: What is the difference in a Condo and a Townhome/Townhouse - 11/12/13 06:49 AM
Many times, the terms condominium and townhome/townhouse are coupled together in the Multiple Listing Service and other real estate search engines.  Why is that… because they are different, aren’t they?
Santa Cruz County and Monterey County Condominiums and Townhomes
 
YES! A condominium and a townhome/townhouse are different.
A condominium (condo) is part of a bigger complex. The owner of the condo owns inside the walls, from carpet to ceiling and shares a common wall/floor/ceiling with other condo units. PLUS the “common areas” (i.e. pools, halls, entry, etc.) are jointly owned with other condo owners.
A townhome/townhouse is essentially a … (4 comments)

monterey: Why we celebrate Veteran's Day - 11/09/13 11:54 PM
Why we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

 
Veteran’s Day is a day we honor all those brave men and women in the Armed Forces who served and fought to keep our country safe.
History:
November 11, 1918 at 11:11 a.m. - Fighting ceased for World War 1
November 11, 1921 at 11:11 a.m. - The United States, France and England buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I
1926 Congress resolved to officially call November 11th Armistice Day
1938 The day became a National Holiday
1954 President Eisenhower changed the name to Veteran’s … (4 comments)

monterey: Who Pays the Buyer's Agent? - 11/03/13 12:49 AM
Does the Buyer or Seller Pay the Buyer's Agent?
What is the 'norm' in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for Buyer's Agent?
 
Answer:  In a traditional real estate transaction, the Seller has chosen to work with a Seller’s Agent. The Seller’s Agent normally markets the home in several different ways. One way the property is marketed is through the Multiple Listing Service.  In the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the Seller’s Agent agrees to pay a Buyer’s Agent a determined amount.  In short, the Seller pays the Seller’s Agent and the Seller’s Agent pays the Buyer’s Agent.  (a.k.a. Buyers work with Buyer’s Agents for … (29 comments)

monterey: Understanding Agency - Who works for Whom? - 11/02/13 08:27 AM
Understanding Agency - Who works for Whom?
Know who you are talking to when you call your a real estate agent in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
Most buyers do not understand that when they call the agent that has the sign in the yard, they are actually calling the Seller's Agent - the agent that has been "hired" by the seller to market the home.  Sometimes, Buyers give T.M.I. (TOO MUCH INFORMATION) about themselves, their financial situation, and other seemingly innocent things.
However, whatever information the Buyer discloses to a Seller's Agent CAN and WILL be used against them...in a court of … (3 comments)

monterey: What does "Walk Score" mean and why it is important? (Santa Cruz area) - 10/05/13 06:33 AM
As you search for homes, you may have seen "walk score" and a score listed.  What does "Walk Score" actually mean?
www.walkscore.com is a website that figures how close amenities are for walking.  It includes the closest restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, schools, parks, shopping, banks, public transportation, etc.  
In some areas of the country, the Walk Score is very important and is a big influencing in purchasing real estate. What is the Walk Score of your current home?  And here is a Just For Fun question... What is the Walk Score of the White House?
There are many homes in … (2 comments)

monterey: Are we up for another beautiful day at the beach? (La Selva Beach, CA) - 10/05/13 02:26 AM
What a gorgeous fall we ared having.  Big blue sky, gentle breeze, whales in the Monterey Bay. OK, we are spoiled just a bit. (Click on picture)
Are you thinking of moving to Santa Cruz or Monterey Counties? Or looking for a vacation home to get away from the hustle of everyday life?  Is your company looking to purchase a place to have company retreats?
We have some magnificent homes on the market right now.  From $7,000,000 5 bedroom 7 baths estates with ocean views on acreage to $2.4 million beachfront home, and some lesser priced homes just a few blocks … (3 comments)

monterey: Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties Housing Statistics Hot Off the Press - 10/04/13 08:14 AM
Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties Housing Stats are here, hot off the press.  (Includes Santa Cruz, Aptos, Watsonville, La Selva Beach)
As normal, the local housing market appears to be going through the seasonal slow down.  The median prices are still better than 2012 for both the single family residence and condos/townhomes. However, the market statistics seem to relay that the single family market is softening.  
Compared to 2012, Monterey County is showing 17% less inventory.  Santa Cruz is down 7%. Days on market are less than 2012 as well.  
Due to the government shut down, buyers are choosing lenders … (3 comments)

monterey: FORECLOSURES - Don't wait! Buy One Today! Santa Cruz area Foreclosures - 09/27/13 05:48 AM
FORECLOSURES - BUY ONE TODAY!
Many people think that buying a foreclosure can/will save them money.  They are right. With a slight drop in interest rates, now is the time to take advantage of the low prices.
Currently, there are 17 foreclosures listed in Santa Cruz County and 21 foreclosures listed in Monterey County (per local MLS). 
 
Foreclosures in Watsonville, including Corralitos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Pajaro and Royal Oaks (95076, 95077)
Foreclosures in Aptos, including Rio Del Mar, Seacliff, and Seascape (95001, 95003)
Foreclosures in Capitola (95010)
Foreclosures in Santa Cruz
Foreclosures in Soquel (95073)
 
Contact me to … (0 comments)

monterey: Did you lose your home through foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy? - 09/24/13 05:38 AM
Did you lose your home through foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy? 
 
There may be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances program, aimed to help people who have lost their home through foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy.     SOMETHING GOOD!  Sometimes things just happen that are out of our control. Knowing that many homeowners were adversely affected during the economic situation, this program allows them an opportunity to get back to home ownership.   The old requirements were … (0 comments)

monterey: The "Swinging Door" Easy Solution - 07/24/13 11:29 PM
Fixing Doors that want to swing shut! I recently took a listing for a home in Corvallis, Oregon. It was an older home, built in the 60s - very nice, especially after it was staged thanks to Creative Concepts.   The house is in great condition - but this one bedroom door would not stay open.  I had voiced this to the lady that was doing the staging and she told me a quick and easy trick that I thought I would share.  Because, hey... I don't think I am the only one with the problem and I had not had … (4 comments)

monterey: INSPECT YOUR NEW HOME OR ELSE... - 04/06/13 05:48 AM
Do I need an inspection even if I am buyer new construction?  YES and YES and YES!!!  I just read a blog post, http://activerain.com/blogsview/3684902/you-re-choking-me- in which the inspector found the duct partially blocked. That partially blocked duct would have probably been found if the seller had had an inspection when they purchased the home. 
 Which leads me to my blog topic of getting an 

inspection when purchasing a new home.
I encourage agents and buyers to get a home inspection, even when purchasing a brand new home.
The benefit is for everyone.  The builder has access to their contractors and can quickly … (3 comments)

 
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