Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Listing! Unpolished Bonny Doon Gem - 600 Summit Drive

OPEN HOUSE: Thursday July 31st, 9:30am-12:00pm

Great 1/4 acre parcel with a 1200 Sq. Ft. cabin built in 1946. Large family room added on about 30 years ago to bring it to just over 1,200 sq. ft. Unpolished gem could benefit from some thoughtful updating/remodeling. 1 car garage with plywood floor near the house and a sleeping room or office about 80 feet from the main house. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

New Listing! 112 Molina Dr. in Bonny Doon

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 7/27 from 1-4pm

This is a light, bright home with fresh paint in and out, new carpet, refinished oak floors and a recent kitchen expansion/remodel. The home is situated on a very gently sloped 2 plus acre parcel with a seasonal creek, nice trees and plenty of sun. The rear decks are private and sun drenched. The landscaping around the house is a perfect complement to the brick planters, terraced gardens and more parking than you can use. There is a very comfortable walk out basement currently used as a man-cave and music studio, but which has also seen use as an office and a guest suite. Situated on Molina Dr. Near Vick Dr., this is a very friendly neighborhood just around the corner from the fabled Boomer's Castle and Boomeria Pipe Organ Chapel. Come check us out...you won't be disappointed. 


New Listing! 330 Lincoln St in Santa Cruz

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 7/27 from 1-4pm

True Victorian built in 1878 and lovingly restored twice. Half block from the Nick and downtown Santa Cruz. Sunny yard with mature landscaping including succulents in front and big bamboo in back. Main house 3 BR, 3 BA with hardwood floors, top-end Thermador range, Bosch dishwasher. Double-paned windows throughout. Front and back covered porches and back patio area. Guest studio in home has cherry floors and a bathroom. Shared washer and dryer, detached office/art studio with unique stained glass windows. Plenty of off-street parking. Close to everything in town!  


Friday, July 18, 2014

Open House Saturday!

Come see this lovely cottage steps away from Soquel Village!

Open Saturday July 19th from 1-4pm

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Listing! Vintage Cottage Near Soquel Village

Open House Thursday, July 10th, from 12:30-3pm!

Cute as a button, comfy English Cottage. Tasteful living space flows to lovely lawn and deck w/ mature roses and fruit trees. Great second home or beach headquarters, stroll to Soquel or Capitola Villages, big storage shed/shop and side yard for water toy and bike storage. House was perfect, but growing family needs more space. Charming, but small. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Art and Wine Under the Redwoods to Benefit The Children of Bonny Doon

The 12th Annual Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival will be held on Saturday June 21st from 1-6pm at the beautiful Bonny Doon Equestrian Park, 3675 Bonny Doon Road.

This 21-and-over event features gourmet food, wine and beer tastings, live music, artist vendors, and both live and silent auctions. 100% of the proceeds fund the art, music, and science programs at Bonny Doon Elementary School. Enjoy a lovely afternoon under the redwoods in support of a great cause! 

Information and tickets at: www.bonnydoonartandwinefestival.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 2014 Santa Cruz Market Update

April 2014 Santa Cruz Market Update
The median list price in Santa Cruz this week is $795,000. The 137 properties have been on the market for an average of 103 days. Demand measured by the Market Action Index is increasing and days-on-market is trending downward. Even as more properties come available, these are positive trends for the market. The market has been cooling over time and prices plateaued for a while. Despite the consistent decrease in MAI, we're in the Seller's zone. Watch for changes in the MAI. If the MAI resumes it's climb, prices will likely follow suit. If the MAI drops consistently or falls into the Buyer's zone, watch for downward pressure on prices. 

Characteristics per quartile

Median Price
Prices appear to be hovering around their high point. Look for a persistent down-shift in the Market Action Index before we see prices deviate from these.

Quartile Prices
Prices have settled at a price plateau across the board. Prices in all four quartiles are basically mixed. Look for a persistent shift (up or down) in the Market Action index before prices move from these current levels.

Price per Square Foot
The market plateau is seen across the price and value. The price per square foot and median list price have both been reasonably stagnant. Watch the Market Action Index for persistent changes as a leading indicator before the market moves from these levels.

Inventory of Properties Listed for Sale
Inventory has been climbing lately. Note that rising inventory alone does not signal a weakening market. Look to the Market Action Index and Days on Market trends to gauge whether buyer interest is keeping up with available supply.

Market Action Index
The SANTA CRUZ market is currently in the Seller's Advantage zone (greater than 30). The 90-day Market Action Index stands at 30.78 which indicates that demand is strong and available supply of homes gets snapped up relatively quickly.

Market Action Index per Quartile
Not surprisingly, all segments in the market are showing high levels of demand. Watch the quartiles for changes before the whole market changes. Often one end of the market (e.g. the high-end) will weaken before the rest of the market and signal a slowdown for the whole group.

Days on Market
The properties have been on the market for an average of 103 days. Half of the listings have come newly on the market in the past 49 or so days.

Days on Market per Quartile
It is not uncommon for the higher priced homes in an area to take longer to sell than those in the lower quartiles.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Your Share of $6.9 Billion Ready to Claim!

That’s the amount of unclaimed property being held by the state under California’s Unclaimed Property Law.  Our state controller, John Chiang, has created an online process that allows residents to easily see if they have unclaimed money from old accounts that include, bank accounts, stocks and dividends, mature or terminated insurance policies and trust funds and escrow accounts.

The amounts range from 25 cents to over 100 dollars and it only takes a minute to see if you have any money to claim and, if you are the account owner or heir, it is free to file a claim.

Go to this web address, www.claimit.ca.gov.
On the left of the page you’ll see Online Claim Services. Click “Start your search.”
Enter your last name then click “Search.”
If your name, address and city show up in the search results click on the “ID Number” and you’ll see how much money can be claimed and from what account.
Select “Claim this Property” and proceed to fill in the online form as required.

That’s it!  The controller’s office reports that claims can be processed as quickly as 14-days.

Details are available on the main page, including Frequently Asked Questions: www.claimit.ca.gov