Santa Cruz & Silicon Valley Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

July 19, 2024

JULY 2024 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MARKET WATCH

Here’s What To Know As A Buyer OR Seller

JULY 2024 MARKET WATCH

 

We love stats, and we love deciphering what it all means for you, our loyal viewers so tune in as we break down this balanced market that continues to stabilize…we love it when we get to share good news for everyone. We get into the details as to why both parties should be pretty happy right now…it’s never too late get started and we have our proprietary resources to make it all happen fast, making it turnkey at every step of the way. 

 

It doesn’t matter which side of the deal you’re on, we’re here to guide you through this market and we recognize everyone’s situation is different, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you.

 

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Market Watch. Have you checked out our library of resources, including our Buy Before You Sell, as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
July 10, 2024

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Capitola's Jewel Box

HAVE YOU WALKED CAPITOLA’S JEWEL BOX NEIGHBORHOOD YET? 

So Many Price Point Options By The Ocean To Choose From…

 

Whether it’s on foot or bike, exploring the diverse home options in Capitola’s Jewel Box neighborhood is definitely worth it. Overlooking the quaint Capitola Village with countless benches that provide panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, every street is named after the gems that sparkle like the everyone’s smile, that are lucky enough to live there. In this episode, Erick Fernandez gives you a snapshot of this fully walkable & bikeable neighborhood that has a prime shopping and dining corridor just blocks away…not to mention the award winning Shadowbrook Restaurant and its famous cable car.

 

 

We have numerous intricacies that impact buying a home or property in our county and we welcome the opportunity to guide you and you through the process of finding the perfect home.

 

Here are a few tools and resources you might find helpful, ranging from our Buy Before You Sell program and neighborhood home search tool and mortgage calculator to our Prop 19 and Fire Protection resources which will give you an edge when considering the variety of properties in our region.

 

Already have your dream neighborhood picked out, know the second a home hits the market: 

Use Our Custom Search Alert Tool

 

Update Your Home To Sell Quickly, Learn About Our Ready To Sell Program

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value, Let Us Get You A Real Number

 

Up To The Minute Updates on Social Media

Instagram

Facebook 

 

Thank you for allowing EF Homes to be your Santa Cruz Real Estate resource and we look forward to meeting you and please do reach out if you're visiting our area.

 

- Erick Fernandez

  DRE# 01856066

 

 

Posted in Santa Cruz Living
July 2, 2024

HOW TO GET YOUR OWN FREE TESLA POWER WALL

If you experience lots of power outages, this is for you…

 

If you live anywhere in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’re likely very experienced with power outages and the various reasons they occur. We have some great news for you as PG&E now has their Residential Storage Initiative, which if you qualify can get you a free Tesla power wall and all the associated elements we profile in this video, including its installation. Not everyone qualifies, so definitely apply to find out and keep in mind it’s a limited time program. And if solar and energy alternative options are on your to do list, just message us and with Tom and our very experienced team on this subject, we’ll be able to provide a very objective look at your situation.

 

Here’s the official link to see if you qualify: https://www.pge.com/en/outages-and-safety/outage-preparedness-and-support/general-outage-resources/residential-storage-initiative.html

 

As you Santa Cruz County real estate resource, we’re here to guide you maintaining what is likely one of your largest assets as well navigating the real estate market, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you, even if retirement is a few years down the line.

 

Have you checked out our library of resources, including our Buy Before You Sell, as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

Posted in Resources
June 25, 2024

JUNE 2024 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MARKET WATCH

IS IT A BUYERS OR SELLERS MARKET IN SANTA CRUZ RIGHT NOW?

The Long-Awaited Balanced Market Is NOW HERE!

 

Here’s What To Know As A Buyer OR Seller

JUNE 2024 MARKET WATCH

 

Our ever-evolving Santa Cruz County real estate market is now in a place where buyers are feeling a lot more secure in locking in their next home or investment property. The days of 2,3, even $400K over asking are just about over for most properties hitting the MLS. We get into the details as to why both parties should be pretty happy right now…it’s never too late to get started and we have our proprietary resources to make it all happen fast, making it turnkey at every step of the way.

 

It doesn’t matter which side of the deal you’re on, we’re here to guide you through this market and we recognize everyone’s situation is different, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you.

 

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Market Watch. Have you checked out our library of resources, including our Buy Before You Sell, as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

June 4, 2024

HOW TO MAKE SPRING CLEANING FUN

HOW NOT TO PROCRASTINATE YOUR SPRING CLEANING. 

Here are 10 Ways To Make It Actually Fun

 

Everyone dreads spring cleaning, and now that rain and cold temps are pretty much behind us, projects around the house are popping into the weekend plans. Below, you’ll find a link to our 10 Ways To Make Spring Cleaning Actually Fun checklist, filled with quick reminders, but also those items that you may not think about, but could actually be a quick little project that will pay dividends once the Fall and Winter seasons come around.

 

CLICK HERE FOR CHECKLIST

 

As you Santa Cruz County real estate resource, we’re here to guide you maintaining what is likely one of your largest assets as well navigating the real estate market, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you, even if retirement is a few years down the line.

 

Have you checked out our library of resources, including our Buy Before You Sell, as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

Posted in Resources
May 28, 2024

MAY 2024 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MARKET WATCH

Here’s What To Know As A Buyer OR Seller

 

MAY 2024 MARKET WATCH

Already live in the San Lorenzo Valley, and you’re curious about your market conditions, OR maybe you’re a buyer and want something that’s actually affordable? Look no further as this edition of Market Watch comes to you from our latest listing in the SLV’s town of Ben Lomond. There are quite a few options under $1 Million in this region, and some definite gems are just waiting for you to check out… it’s never too late get started and we have our proprietary resources to make it all happen fast, making it turnkey at every step of the way. 

 

It doesn’t matter which side of the deal you’re on, we’re here to guide you through this market and we recognize everyone’s situation is different, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you.

 

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Market Watch. Have you checked out our library of resources, including our Buy Before You Sell, as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
May 21, 2024

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Rio Del Mar

WHERE EXACTLY IS RIO DEL MAR & WHY IS IT SO POPULAR WITH LOCALS & VISITORS?

Rio Del Mar is an amazing little pocket of beachside living in the Aptos area of Santa Cruz County. With lots of recreational activities and eating and shopping options nearby, this is a definite option for those looking for either their coastal getaway, whether it’s permanent or vacation home that all your friends and family will be begging for the keys to get their turn.

Mentioned in this video is the GOLF + HIKING NISENE MARKS options so be sure to check these links for all those details.

 

We have numerous intricacies that impact buying a home or property in our county and we welcome the opportunity to guide you and you through the process of finding the perfect home.

 

Here are a few tools and resources you might find helpful, ranging from our Buy Before You Sell program and neighborhood home search tool and mortgage calculator to our Prop 19 and Fire Protection resources which will give you an edge when considering the variety of properties in our region.

 

Already have your dream neighborhood picked out, know the second a home hits the market: 

Use Our Custom Search Alert Tool

 

Update Your Home To Sell Quickly, Learn About Our Ready To Sell Program:

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value, Let Us Get You A Real Number

 

Visit EF Homes Online Headquarters @ 

www.EFHomes.com

 

Up To The Minute Updates on Social Media

Instagram

Facebook 

 

Thank you for allowing EF Homes to be your Santa Cruz Real Estate resource and we look forward to meeting you and please do reach out if you're visiting our area.

 

- Erick Fernandez

DRE# 01856066

 

 

May 14, 2024

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR HOME'S EQUITY?

 

If you’re wondering what your options are with several years, maybe even decades’ worth of equity built up in your home, you’re in the right place. There are some definite strategic ways to go about utilizing what could be a vast amount of resources that are now at your fingertips…quite literally, your options could be endless. All part of our vast library of resources and video walkthroughs, we encourage you to message us to begin exploring what your options might be and how they can align with some of those goals you may have lined up for coming years.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our library of resources, including our BUY BEFORE YOU SELL video as well as our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators are there too, which will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

Posted in Resources
May 7, 2024

WILL MY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE BE RENEWED?

 

CURIOUS WHAT YOUR OPTIONS ARE IF YOUR HOME OWNER’S INSURANCE GETS CANCELLED?

 

For those living in the mountainous areas that are typically impacted by the threat of fire and mudslides, the threat of having your home owner’s insurance cancelled is a top priority. But for those that live next to riparian and rural pockets, even a mile from the beach, this video is a definite MUST WATCH as well.

 

Our Founder and Owner, Erick Fernandez, walks you through the dynamics of some options, but also what to know as background on the situation that a growing number of homeowners are contending with. We enjoy creating tools and resources for our local community and this is one of many that are part of our vast library.

 

Along those lines, have you checked out our library of resources, including our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators are there too, which will help you crunch your numbers.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

-Erick Fernandez

 

 

Posted in Resources
April 25, 2024

APRIL 2024 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY MARKET WATCH

The Santa Cruz County real estate market is VERY DIVERSE, kind of like that microwaved hot pocket that’s hot, warm and cold all at the same time. We love stats so in this April 2024 Market Watch episode, we insert a few of those along with everything broken down in layman's terms Plus we dive into how to navigate jumping into the market on either side of the deal and why we’re quite a bit different from the Peninsula and Southbay markets… it’s never too late get started and we have our proprietary resources to make it all happen fast, making it turnkey at every step of the way. 

 

 

It doesn’t matter which side of the deal you’re on, we’re here to guide you through this market and we recognize everyone’s situation is different, so we recommend getting in touch with us sooner than later so we can strategically prepare you for your jump into real estate. Whether you’re a first time buyer or a veteran seller, let’s chat and make sure you’re using all the resources you have available to you.

 

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Market Watch. Have you checked out our library of resources, including our READY TO Sell program allowing 0% financing for 12 months to fix up bathrooms, your roof, landscaping and so much more so you can sell your home at top value. Plus, our Mortgage & Home Value Calculators will help you crunch your numbers.

 

One of our most popular videos is our Buy Before You Sell episode and these two related tools:

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value, Let Us Get You A Real Number

 

Want To Know The Second A Home In Your Neighborhood OR Dream Street Goes On The Market?

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss out on all our news, trends and market information to keep you in the know too as it’s released each week. Our EFHomes.com/blog has all the resources we’ve mentioned waiting for you.

 

Thank you for letting us be your Santa Cruz County real estate resource!

 

-Erick Fernandez

Posted in Market Updates