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Santa Cruz Tenant Screening – Why Credit Reports Aren’t Enough

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Many landlords run a credit check when they’re screening tenants in Santa Cruz, but often they don’t do much more than that.

This is a mistake. To really protect yourself and your investment property, you need to do a thorough tenant screening which should include verifying income, searching for past evictions and criminal issues, and talking to current and former landlords. (more…)

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Should I Sell Or Rent My Santa Cruz Home?

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When you own some Santa Cruz real estate and you’re ready to move on, either leaving the area or buying another property or looking for other investment opportunities, you’ll need to decide whether you want to sell that existing property or rent it out.

There are pros and cons to both scenarios. Before you make the decision, consider your personal investment goals and financial position. Then, decide whether you think you’ve finished completely with this home or you still have more money to earn from it. (more…)

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How Long Will It Take To Rent My Santa Cruz Home?

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Santa Cruz’s geography, population, and economy makes it a unique rental market. You can’t really measure how your property will perform by looking at national or statewide data. Many of the rental property owners we work with want to know how long it will take to rent out their investment home.

Typically, that answer will depend on a number of factors, which we’re discussing today. (more…)

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Routine Rental Maintenance for Your Santa Cruz Property

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Rental property maintenance is one of the most important responsibilities for any Santa Cruz property manager or landlord. If you’re managing your own property, make sure you’re prepared to take care of it. You’ll have to respond to emergencies as soon as they occur, and you should be just as responsive to routine repair requests so your tenants understand that you care about the property and their needs. (more…)

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Do You Need A Santa Cruz Property Manager Or Should You Manage It Yourself?

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Working with a professional Santa Cruz property management company can help you have a better and more successful investment experience. Many landlords think that they can save money by managing their own properties. The truth is, you often spend more as a self-managing landlord. That’s because mistakes are expensive, and so is the loss of your time and peace of mind. (more…)

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New CA Landlord Rental Law – Santa Cruz Property Management

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As you have probably heard by now, Governor Newsom signed The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 in October, limiting the amount that owners can increase rent on most properties over the next 10 years.

Today, we want to explain that new California landlord law, and tell you what to expect and why it matters. Remember that laws and regulations are changing all the time – on a federal, state, and local level. If you’re not keeping up with these legal changes, make sure you’re working with a professional Santa Cruz property management company that can help you. (more…)

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5 Reasons We Love the Jewel Box in Capitola




Why is Capitola’s Jewel Box one of Santa Cruz County’s most desired neighborhoods?

We are going to give you our top five reasons in our first edition of our new monthly blog featuring neighborhoods in the 831. Capitola and the Jewel Box are a natural place to start as the Real Estate Eight Three One office is nestled right in the middle of it all, making us uniquely qualified to list, rent, and manage in the area.  (more…)

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