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  • Just Listed: 242 25th Ave, Santa Cruz April 29, 2016
      Located in the coveted 26 avenue neighborhood, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is just steps to the beach. As you walk in you will immediately be greeted by a large, open gourmet kitchen and light filled living room that leads to the backyard with a wrap-around deck. The kitchen features ample cupboard space, […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Thinking of investing out of state? February 1, 2016
    Being that our prices are so high in the Bay Area, I have many folks asking me about buying an investment property out of state. Because of our large, trusted network of agents throughout the world I can help you find a great Realtor should you decided to jum ship and invest elsewhere.  Here is […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • ‘Paradoxical’ Mortgage Interest Rate Move Perturbs Experts December 21, 2015
    When you are close to buying a new home in Santa Cruz, one news item that definitely becomes more interesting than usual is the status of current mortgage interest rates. All those little ads on the side of the screen that blink at you with Mortgage Interest Rate Alert! and Lock Lowest Home Interest Rate […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Capitalizing on Santa Cruz Rental Investment Opportunities December 7, 2015
    If you were to set out to search for a property to become one of the Santa Cruz rental investment income producers, one place to start out is to think about a two-part qualifying question:
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Figuring the true costs of ‘For Sale by Owner.’ November 30, 2015
    If you go down to any Santa Cruz hardware store, you’ll be at has all the ‘GARAGE SALE’ and ‘BEWARE OF DOG’ placards. They’re the ‘FOR SALE BY OWNER’ signs. They cost about $8.99 ($17.98 for two). Or, it is also possible to buy a couple of “For Sale by Owner” signs online for about […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Is Listing in Santa Cruz in Winter a Good Idea? November 23, 2015
    If you intend on listing your Santa Cruz home sometime soon, this is the time of year when you may well be uncertain about whether you should go ahead right now, or hold fire and wait. The question is whether winter is a reasonable time to enter the market when, after all, it’s common knowledge […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Selling Your Bay Area Home can Use Emotional Detachment October 19, 2015
    When you read up on the dos and don’ts for selling your home, there is one piece of advice that’s universal when it comes to negotiating a successful deal: don’t let emotions get in the way. It does seem peculiar that something that is so obvious about any negotiation would have to be stated at […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Buyers: This new change could affect your closing date. October 12, 2015
    Sometimes referred to as the “know before you owe” rule, the new TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure, or TRID, has taken affect as of October 3rd. The TRID is a consolidation of four existing documents including the Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure, the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which have been combined into one single disclosure call the Loan Estimate […] […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Santa Cruz Homeowners Heads-up: El Niño is Happening! October 5, 2015
    According to the government’s NOAA climate forecasters, there is “an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-2016…” Since that is definitely Santa Cruz’s hemisphere, they’re speaking to us.
    Gina Odom, Realtor
  • Bridge the gap to home ownership – Join us at the Taste of Santa Cruz Nov.12th September 23, 2015
    The Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors Housing Foundation (SCCARHF) is a local, non-profit organization focused on bridging the gap to home ownership for low-income individuals and families in Santa Cruz County. They offer the closing costs assistance program, and the Community Heroes Grant Program (for local police, firefighters, EMTs, and Vets. In i […]
    Gina Odom, Realtor

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