Santa Cruz Real Estate Digest, Ed. 55
In This Month's Issue
Protecting Your Home from Wildfires: Three Lines of Defense

Resources for Fire Season in Santa Cruz County

Christine's Corner: Home Values are on the Rise—Many Residents Won’t Reap the Rewards
Real Estate Market Statistics

For Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey

These reports contain average and median home prices, real estate market trends and statistics, information about mortgage rates and more.





Protecting Your Home from Wildfires: Three Lines of Defense
The  NFPA  and other organizations offer helpful regulations and guidance on fire protection for structures of all kinds. This article presents rules and tips most pertinent to homeowners by compiling it into three categories: The defensible space around your home, the exterior, and the interior.
In the event that wildfire does threaten your home, implementing these tools and strategies can provide a key advantage in the safety of your home.
Resources for Fire Season in Santa Cruz County
Each year, homeowners in Santa Cruz County face the threat of wildfires and the potential loss of property. Because of this unfortunate reality of living in California, local groups have designed multiple resources that are accessible for free to the community. Homeowners can use these resources to better safeguard their homes – and their families – against the devastating effects of wildfires.
The tools listed below are all free to access and help locals prepare for fire-related emergencies.

Christine's Corner: Home Values are on the Rise—Many Residents Won’t Reap the Rewards
Unfortunately, for many American families, a growth in home values doesn’t mean the same thing it might have ten years ago. Historically, homeownership has been a staple component of the American Dream, in no small part because it was one of the most reliable ways for a family to increase their net worth. Today, however, a large percentage of homes belong not to families or even mom-and-pop landlords, but vast corporate institutions.
Learn more about how this change happened and what can be done.
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