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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Bcoffice.barbra asked:
Wed Sep 9, 2015
Derek Jones answered:
Thu Feb 26, 2015
Austin Partain answered:
You should be able to find the crime reports at your local police department. Most have a database online that you can access easily as well. I can see the details of every call.
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Angela K Sams asked:
Wed Jan 28, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
I know it's hard for folks to remember that Trulia is a web site...not law enforcement. You can report a scam to local housing officials...but Trulia is just a website company...
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Tue Nov 4, 2014
Liz Kroft answered:
Great question, although that is a very subjective answer. Many firms these days have access to the same tools, resources and information. What is important is finding an AGENT that is the best to work with for your needs. We all specialize in something a little different - trustee sales, investors, first time home buyers, retirees, etc. It is best to identify your needs and find somebody whose experience and personality are the best fit for you. You are working with the agent, not their company :)

(I will toot Mainstream Real Estate Group's horn here for just a moment: While we are a smaller firm, we have more flexibility in fully addressing our clients' needs well outside the box of corporate rules and guidelines. We do of course adhere to all local, state and federal laws but have more freedom in the ways in which we serve our clients).
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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Sam Shueh answered:
Biggest issue is Santa Cruz County is a con growth.
Need to test water and get assurance in writing that plans will get approved.
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Garykelly6448 answered:
If you check the following crime map:

you'll see that almost all of the crime falls into 3 categories--
(1) vandalism of property or auto
(2) drugs possession, or
(3) assault, with the vast majority of these being assault by a man against his wife or girlfriend in a domestic incident.

You'll also see that almost all of these offenses occur either in the Santa Cruz downtown, Live Oak, Watsonville or (for #1 and #2) the rural Ben Lomond areas, while there are essentially zero incidences of crime in Scotts Valley, and in the upper-income beach areas of Santa Cruz, Capitola, or Rio del Mar..

There are a lot of vagrants or homeless people living on the streets that make their way into the crime areas, and these are the ones that commit crime types #1 and #2. On the other hand, crime type #3 is mainly committed in lower-income households where finances and drugs lead to the altercations. If you stay out of those areas, and focus your housing search in the other higher-income, more affluent areas mentioned, you'll see essentially zero crime.
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Sun Jan 19, 2014
Stephanie Lee answered:
I would start with speaking with a loan officer to gauge your individual circumstance (credit score, debt to income ratio etc) - but definately, I've had buyers who have qualified with less income ... more
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi shiu227,

Realtors® typically do not comment on "crime & safety" due to Federal "anti-steering" law; however, we can direct you to information sources to allow you to come to a personal opinion about an area.

In this regard, my favorite site is
Note: Once you enter a property address go to the "Advanced Search" tab to select what type of information is important to you. Next, choose the duration of time you want to look at under "Date Range" (now limited to a 6-month view). You can also try these alternate crime reporting sites:

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Thu Oct 3, 2013
Susan Roesch answered:
The flooding was worse in the flatter area in Capitola Village
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
Mickey answered:
Yes, La Selva sold sometime early in 2013 for I think about $7m. Have no idea who bought it or who sold it. the place was EXQUISITE
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Ann Berry-Kline answered:
Hi Peg! Ann Berry-Kline here! Looking at property for your college students is a wise investment! The dorms at UCSC are great and provide that first step away from home that, we as parents, want our kids to have. After that, when they need a bit more space or know the land a bit better, a property that you can rent out in addition to them staying there is wise and can be cost effective.

Give me a call to talk more about what you are thinking about and I can help you with the numbers to see if this is something that makes sense for you and your family!

Ann Berry-Kline
ePRO Realtor with Bailey Properties
UCSC Women's Club BOD member
Coordinator for the Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival
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Tue Aug 21, 2012
Curt Abramson answered:
From a contractual perspective, whoever the lease agreements say should be paying it. As a landlord, I always paid the water bill and controlled the maintenance because I wanted to make sure the decisions about the appearance and maintenance of my property were in my hands, not those of the tenant. Without knowing the specifics about your situation, it's hard to weigh in with an opinion about who should or shouldn't pay, but the lease will be the controlling document. ... more
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Thu Aug 11, 2011
Curt Abramson answered:
Greg, since this is a single family residence with an accessory dwelling unit, the agent probably elected to list it as such to attract the attention of buyers who are primarily looking for that configuration. Listing as a duplex will tend to focus attention by investor buyers, which is not really the target for such a nice house in a great location. It sold after 21 days on the market with an all cash offer, so it would seem the agent made the right decision. ... more
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Tue Oct 19, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
If your property is currently listed with an agent, ask him/her to remove the post--if not contact Trulia directly, under the help tab.
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Sun Jul 11, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
OK who did you ask ? Did you contact a Realtor direct? If so how did you request see property via email or phone call.

Some agents could be unresponsive on the weekend.

Sorry read you had problems
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Wed Apr 28, 2010
James Williams answered:
I believe you've received a number of interesting responses.

As you can see, opinions vary widely. Santa Cruz County varies widely in its makeup.

I do not agree with the Home seller, I’m also a realist, crime does occur in our county. It has hot pockets.

My wife feels safe on her own in most areas of the county. I would say that crime has increased as the economy has suffered, but Santa Cruz county in most areas (inside and out of Live Oak) is quite safe as an urban costal area.
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Fri Apr 9, 2010
Terry Ballantyne answered:
According to the the Aptos La Selva fire captain, La Selva and Manressa beach allow fires within the fire rings.
You can have a fire that is safe and reasonable and enjoy it. However, if you veer off into a Burning Man status fire, or pile up driftwood for miles like you are trying to flag a search plane, the fire department is going to come a callin'. Like everything in life, temperance, responsibility and personal safety make a difference.
Also, do not cover the fire with sand, as it creates a dangerous situation for walkers on the beach who will step into the hot embers beneath which can last for hours.

Happy Bon Fire!
Terry Ballantyne
Broker Associate
Sereno Group Real Estate
Santa Cruz, Ca.
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