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Home Selling in Santa Cruz County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jun 27, 2016
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
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Fri Jun 3, 2016
Gary answered:
It all depends on the park. Some parks will let you sell it to them. But often scrap the bottom with offers. Expect to get far less than it's worth. Another option is to sell to a mobile home buyer. They give quick turn arounds but often will offer more than the park. It might be the best bet. And just take a loan out for the remaining balance. Its much cheaper to pay on $20,000 than to pay on $90,000.

I found this article recently and thought it might be helpful.

Good luck :)
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Fri May 15, 2015
No but be careful how you do it as you could lose your deposit. Talk to your agent.
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Mon May 11, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
Not sure how often Trulia's information gets updated. But honestly...I wouldn't worry about what Trulia says. It's just a marketing site that pulls info from different sources. Your county records is the most important one you should be worrying about. that you brought to their attention that your house has more BR/BA than previously recorded...they're now likely going to increase your taxes! I would have just kept my mouth shut. :-) ... more
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Mon May 11, 2015
Vienna Drive asked:
Please correct mis-information for 3700 Vienna Dr., Aptos, CA , 95003- this is a SINGLE FAMILY HOME - NOT A CONDO -

Thank you-
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Sat Mar 21, 2015
Xenia Rojas answered:
Hello Kathi Lee,
With all of the Social Media nowadays, you can start by advertising it on your social network. Please be careful who you allow in your home and make sure you are never alone. You could put a sign outside your home, but again make sure everyone makes an appointment and never be alone when they come to see the home. If at the end you are having difficulties you can always seek the professional help of a local Realtor. Hope this helped. Jackie and Xenia, Miami Lakes, FL. ... more
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
mattdalek47 answered:
If you didn't notice, I imagine that you weren't responsible for disclosure. However, given they arose after your residency, you are likely responsible for at least part of the cleanup. It would be a nice favor to the buyer at least. I would call in a pest control company to advise you on the situation and the extent of the damage.
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
Rich answered:
Well to buy foreclosures in your area, you'll need Cash...
As most foreclosures in Santa Cruz are being snapped up by investors..
If you need help qaulifying for high Limit credit Cards or Loans or Mortgages feel free to contact us..

Hope this helps
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Brenda,

I have talked to a few people that actually thought of this strategy as well.
One has to consider that it is hard to forecast the market and timing, there are closing costs associated with selling and buying and you would want to factor these in, and in the interim one would perhaps have to rent while waiting the market out.

Kind regards,

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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
There are a lot of scenarios where people do have to include curtains in the sale. There are certain things on paperwork that signifies this kind of thing. If you signed the papers the wrong way, you will have to leave the curtains as a part of the sale. You'd be surprised how often this kind of thing actually happens. I hope you can get this figured out.
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Josh Barnett answered:
First Part - visit for information on updating property pages.

Second Part - No need to worry about advertising on Trulia unless one holds a RE License, as Trulia does not work with FSBOs. ... more
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Tue Nov 4, 2014
Liz Kroft answered:
Hi there, that is a great question though I would say that artificial turf will not have as high of a resale value as a yard landscaped with a natural ground cover and native drought tolerant plants - called xeriscaping. With green building taking off and California, sadly, in a drought this has become a very common method of landscaping and is well-received by today's buyers (in fact, they might see it as lower maintenance and water bills as well as "trendy"!). There are plenty of beautiful, functional and relatively inexpensive options available - almost an overwhelming amount.

If you would like a recommendation of a local landscaper who can help you with a consultation and brainstorming ideas I would be delighted to put you in touch! Call, text or email any time. 831-854-7499 or
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Tue Nov 4, 2014
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Thu Feb 27, 2014
Michael Young answered:
Absolutely yes! Recent changes in California law prohibit 1st or 2nd lien holders, including lines of credit to pursue for any deficiency after they agree to a short sale. In fact, that is one of the greatest advantages to doing a short sale. If you let the home go to foreclosure you are not necessarily protected from those 2nd lien holders. ... more
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Wed Feb 26, 2014
John Repoza answered:
Hi Claudine
I think sustainably is important and the big trend in new houses is to go green.
there is also a big move to covert perennial flower beds in vegetable gardens
we need to start taking care of the planet it's the only one we have. ... more
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Sun Oct 6, 2013
mistymarshshoppe1 answered:
Is Lompico and Zayante as unfavorable as it was in the 80's? Not concerned about distance to shopping.. more concerned about neighborhood being safe and not trashy...
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Wed Aug 28, 2013
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Mon Oct 29, 2012
thellan415 answered:
As a property owner who has bought or sold 5 properties "FSBO," and 4 through an agent, my opinion is that the reason there aren't more FSBO properties is that people operate under the mistaken belief that paperwork is too complicated and that realtors are worth the money they are paid for helping to connect the buyer and seller.
I would use a real estate agent for a short sale, and have done so (although I felt the value added was minimal), but not for another transaction if I cold help it. I look forward to the day when internet savvy buyers and sellers don't need to pay, say, $60,000 to conduct what is actually a relatively straightforward transaction. The Nolo Press books For Sale By Owner and How to Buy a House In California are invaluable.
My pet peeve is when agents say that only the seller pays the commission, as if the price of the house doesn't reflect the commssion.
Tara H.
Santa Cruz, CA
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Tue Oct 2, 2012
Ellen Carter answered:
No. Generally the MLS listing will supply a list of any and all appliances that are coming with the property. A good Realtor will make sure to also note this in the listing agreement. A good Realtor will also respond to this in the counter to an offer that these items are "excluded" from the sale. There are generally 30 days minimum from beginning to the close of a regular sale and it's a really good idea to ask these questions right up front as nothing should be taken for granted which might equal disappointment in the end. I hope this helps.

Ellen Carter, REALTOR & Senior Short Sale Negotiator
Mortgage Lien Elimination Specialist - DRE # 01417614
Directions Real Estate "Pointing You in the Right Direction"
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 345-1381 Cell (866) 446-3142 Fax
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