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The Troubles With Rent Control

Santa Cruz is facing a potential ordinance on the ballot this November that proposes rent control and just-cause eviction measures in the...

A Real Estate Retrospective

50 years ago this week I showed up in this world, a product of the Summer of Love. From my humble beginnings as a hippie kid, it is...

Hotels get the last Laugh

Homeowners in Santa Cruz County have a long tradition of finding creative ways to offset the high cost of housing here. One common way...

Trick or Treat?

Halloween is upon us, and while this is the season when you get to see the masks that people put on, it also provides a good reminder for...

A Tale of Two Cities - Part 2

Given the freedom of choice that accompanies the latest technological advances, it isn’t surprising that increasing numbers of workers in...

A Tale of Two Cities

When I moved here in 1992, Santa Cruz was still recovering from the effects of the Loma Prieta earthquake: Many of the downtown merchants...

Ways to Keep Housing Costs Down

It’s no secret that housing costs in Santa Cruz County are amongst the highest in the world, but fortunately there are multiple ways as...

AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE?

The following question was recently asked by a long-time client of mine who is considering a condo to broaden her options in the midst of...

We Live, Work and Play in Santa Cruz

If are seeing this in a Good Times Visitor Guide, chances are you’re visiting the area.  And whether you’re experiencing Santa Cruz for...

Escape From Santa Cruz?

Here’s a little story that happened recently in Santa Cruz County. The names have been changed to keep the privacy of the parties...

Living in The Best Place on Earth

It isn’t hard to see why Santa Cruz is such a great place to live. Even after travelling to many of the world’s most exotic destinations,...

Of High Surf Advisories and Other Things

Sitting down to write this month’s column, I look out the window at Verve downtown and think how similar the scene outside looks to...

The Big Picture for 2017

This column comes out on my Birthday, which serves as a checkpoint to see where things are compared to where they were a year ago. It...

Wild Horses Over the Hills

Charles Bukowski’s adage of how the days run away gains greater significance for me with each passing year. My daughter turning five is...

Something to be Thankful For

I was all set to write a typical real estate column talking about things to be thankful for in the current market, which could have...

Things That Scare Us

Our little corner of the world has a well-deserved reputation for attracting a broad array of colorful characters, and it is generally...

Where Information Meets Knowledge

In these times where information is often as available to the consumer as it is to the professional, there was widespread speculation...

Local Investors with a National Reach

With local real estate prices at record levels, it has become increasingly difficult to find profitable properties, which is driving many...

Minimizing Taxes in Real Estate

As we approach the later stages of life, finding ways to avoid giving up a large chunk of whatever wealth we have managed to accumulate...