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Top 5 Things Buyers Look For In A Home In Santa Cruz


I have helped many people purchase homes in Santa Cruz over the years, everyone from first time home buyers, investors, second home buyers, ocean front homes, to fix and flip clients.  It is a lot of fun showing homes and trying to find the right fit for a home buyer.  When I first meet with a buyer I ask them to write down the top 5 things that they are looking for in a home.  This always varies slightly but most people are looking for the same things when buying a home.

When looking to buy a home in Santa Cruz, there are some specific things that buyers can look for that may not apply to other areas.  For example, a walk to the beach location or a location that is not socked in with fog for the whole summer, or a property with redwood trees but not too close to the home. 

The top 5 things that I have found that buyers look for in a home in Santa Cruz are:

1) Location - of course!  In real estate it is all about location and Santa Cruz home buyers are no different.  Buyers in Santa Cruz want a walk to beach location, or a location in a specific school district or close to shopping and close to work.  Many people that live in Santa Cruz commute 'over the hill' to Silicon Valley location like San Jose, Palo Alto, so location like Westside Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley are better for those looking for Santa Cruz commute homes

2) Size matters!  For some families there is no way they can make a 2 bedroom home with no garage work, so # of bedrooms and storage is important

3) Lot features and size - many home buyers want room for a garden, BBQ area, space for the dogs & kids, plenty of sun or not too close to a neighbors home.

4) Features in a home like extra storage, master suite, single level, low maintenance, garage, walk in closets, designer kitchen, gas stove, office area, ocean view, lots of parking,  fast internet access, cell phone reception.

5)  A Good Deal!  Who doesn't want a good deal?  The price must be right to get many buyers off the fence and in the past few years it has been.  For several years Santa Cruz homes for sale were selling for a bargain and many people who thought they could never buy a home in Santa Cruz were able to.  It is so much fun helping buyers realize their dreams in Santa Cruz.  Home prices in Santa Cruz have gone up this year - but they are still lower than they were and interest rates are still very attractive and that does make a big difference.

To see the variety of homes Santa Cruz has to offer visit here to see  homes for sale in Santa Cruz or call me at 831.419.9345 for a private home buyer consultation.

Here are some other features buyers look for when buying a home:

what buyers look for in a home



Authored by Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor

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Comment balloon 4 commentsJessica Wallace • October 20 2013 10:10AM


Jessica, I think that those same 5 items are often what most buyers are looking for.  Thanks for the blog.

Posted by Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner, 321-626-5868 (Palm Realty) over 5 years ago
Hello Jessica, those are all great tips. This will really be very helpful to all readers out there.
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 5 years ago
Thank you for sharing The top 5 things that buyers look for in a home in Santa Cruz, helpful tips you have here.
Posted by Barbara Gregus, Sandia Park Paa-ko Homes (CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services) over 5 years ago
This is very good information Jessica. You laid it all out pretty well. Keep it up and stay the best!
Posted by Waynette Hoover Araj, Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) about 5 years ago

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