Governmental and non-governmental constraints on housing in Santa Cruz County.

Floor Plan of home

Maybe you've always wanted to build your dream home close to a winery in Santa Cruz. Perhaps you're frustrated because there aren't many houses for sale near Santa Cruz's beaches or Silicon Valley, the tech powerhouse, or you're considering creating your own in a tranquil area like Capitola Village, California.

You are not alone in this! Data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau show that more than 1.8 million new home permits were issued in March 2022, a 6.7% increase over the same month the previous year. 1,495,000 permits for privately owned homes were issued in December 2023, a notable 6.1% increase from December 2022 and a 1.9% increase from November. For single-family homes, permits in December were…

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art rendering of Blaine Street condo's
California is a place that is particularly appealing to property developers because of its stunning landscapes and abundance of real estate opportunities. In this article, we'll guide you through the intricate landscape of land development in this picturesque location, focusing on notable locations such as the beachfront in Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz beaches. Whether you're exploring the potential in the world of Santa Cruz commercial real estate land or the allure of vibrant communities like Capitola Village, California, our mission is to provide you with the necessary knowledge to set out on a prosperous land development journey.

How Do You Get Started?

All things considered, purchasing undeveloped land can be a wise financial decision, just…

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Senate Bill 9 (SB9) Development Options

SB 9 makes two changes to State law:

  • It allows homeowners in most areas around the state (those zoned for single-family) to divide their property into two lots, thereby increasing opportunities for homeownership in their neighborhood; and
  • It allows two homes to be built on each of those lots, with the effect of allowing four homes in areas that previously only allowed one home.

What is Senate Bill 9 (SB9)?

Is my project eligible for the SB9 Application Process?

How many housing units are allowed for SB9 projects?

What are Objective Standards?

What is the SB9 Application Process?

Step-by-Step Application Directions and Required Forms

What is Senate Bill 9 (SB9)?

In 2021,…

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Painting a sunset along the beach

Investing in real estate is a transformative journey, and when the canvas is painted with the scenic charm of Santa Cruz County, the experience takes on a unique hue. Imagine the appeal of Santa Cruz beaches or the beautiful splendor of Capitola Village, California! Imagine yourself exploring the numerous opportunities for hiking in Santa Cruz or its gorgeous surroundings! It's no surprise that Santa Cruz is a popular seaside city in California, offering several investment prospects and opportunities.

Investing in Santa Cruz real estate, if done correctly and at the appropriate price, has proven to be a sound decision. Whether you're looking for a long-term rental property, an f (accessory dwelling unit), or a part-time home for yourself and…

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ADU overlooking the ocean

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) provide homeowners with a unique opportunity to upgrade their homes amid the picturesque surroundings of Santa Cruz beaches and Silicon Valley, the tranquil lifestyle of Capitola Village, California, and the experience of living near a winery in Santa Cruz.

Renting out an ADU accessory dwelling unit can be an excellent source of extra money, especially if you own the property. This is particularly valuable in high-demand locations with high rental rates. You can earn additional revenue by leasing your ADU, allowing you to pay down your mortgage faster or devote cash to other investment options. It's an intelligent way to make the most of your home and improve your financial security.

What is an ADU?

An ADU,…

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Paint and painting brushes and paint roller and ladder

You're embarking on an exciting journey, returning to school as an adult. But have you considered an innovative way to fund your education? House flipping a realm once reserved for seasoned real estate moguls, could be your ticket to academic success. It's a perfect blend of entrepreneurship and education, providing both financial support and practical learning experiences. David Lyng Real Estate explains how you can navigate this path:

Education and Entrepreneurship: A Symbiotic Relationship

You don’t have to give up your house-flipping venture to expand your knowledge and skills; pursue an online degree to blend learning and business seamlessly. For instance, with a cybersecurity degree, you can delve into safeguarding digital assets for other…

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Staging is a must when selling a home. It is a must because it helps us sell our homes faster and helps us sell them for the highest price possible. And the best part of staging is that it doesn’t take a lot of your time and money – all it takes is following real estate trends and a little bit of creativity. So, stage your home, move out, and let the real estate agent do the rest! However, we understand that it is not always possible to move out before selling your home, so that raises the question – can we live in a home during a sale? The answer is YES! You just have to know all the tips and tricks on how to stage your home for sale while living in it!

Declutter and Downsize Your Belongings 

Nobody likes decluttering. Nobody wants to get rid of…

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If you want to make the best possible home purchase or real estate investment, you can’t just consider a property on its own. Instead, it’s important to account for the hidden factors that influence home values!

If you want to make the best possible home purchase or real estate investment, you can’t just consider a property on its own. Instead, it’s important to account for the hidden factors that influence home values!

Historical significance of the area

When considering the area’s historical significance in relation to home values, it’s important to recognize the allure of living amidst rich histories. Homes with historical significance often carry a certain charm that draws buyers seeking a connection to the past. However, it’s crucial to note…

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If you haven’t noticed, inventory in the real estate market feels like it’s getting tighter and tighter (because it is). It’s not a localized issue; it’s being seen across most housing markets in the country. However, it’s particularly prevalent in California.

This article will discuss how interest rates became so high and how buyers and sellers should approach this market.

California’s Housing Crisis: Fewer Residents, More Households

California’s housing crisis is no secret. We have too many households, too much demand, and insufficient new inventory. While over the last decade, California lost nearly 800,000 residents, the number of households has increased by over 800,000. How? Well, because fewer people are spreading across more…

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The County of Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors adopted the con November 14, 2023 (see documents below) and has been forwarded to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for certification, a 60-day process.

Housing development is affected by public regulations and other forces. This chapter discusses governmental and non-governmental constraints on housing in Santa Cruz County. Governmental constraints include policies, requirements, or other actions by various government levels that affect land ownership, housing ownership, and development. In addition to local standards, the County follows state building and design laws, the Uniform Building Code, Subdivision Map Act, energy conservation requirements, and other regulatory…

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