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I thought this was too much fun, not to share. Go ahead take the quiz and see how you do. I am not sharing my results. After your done, consider buying a home in Santa Cruz County to share your knowledge and intelligence.

Are you interested in Santa Cruz Real Estate,Buying or Selling Homes in Santa Cruz? Feel free to email me at Contact Me and I will be happy to provide you with information,listings and a FREE market analysis.


If you think you're smarter than your parents, go ahead, take this quiz. If you score nine or better, consider yourself smarter than the typical 60-year-old. If you don't know the answers to at least eight of the questions, perhaps you can still learn a few things from your elders.

1. A dirigible is:

a) a lighter than air aircraft

b) Australian kangaroo

c) name for the first atom bomb

d) archaic name for a golf club


2. Who ran against Harry Truman for president in 1948?

a) Nelson Rockefeller

b) Dwight Eisenhower

c) George Romney

d) Thomas Dewey


3. George C. Scott played what famous World War II general?

a) George Patton

b) Erwin Rommel

c) Dwight Eisenhower

d) Omar Bradley


4. When did America abandon the gold standard of $35 to the ounce?

a) 1933

b) 1957

c) 1971

d) 1987


5. Who was the first James Bond in film?

a) Roger Moore

b) Pierce Brosnan

c) Sean Connery

d) Richard Burton


6. The first U. S. man-in-space program was called:

a) Apollo

b) Mercury

c) Hal

d) Gemini


7. Chet Huntley and ______ Brinkley.

a) Bill

b) David

c) Christie

d) Alan


8. When did Saigon fall?

a) 1968

b) 1972

c) 1975

d) 1977


9. What is a slide rule?

a) a mechanical tool to solve mathematical problems

b) the 11th commandment from the apocryphal Bible

c) a code of playground ethics from the 1950s

d) a short-cut for carrying over numbers in long division


10. Which of the following is not spam?

a) an unsolicited bulk email message

b) the subject of a famous Monty Python skit

c) a canned precooked pork product

d) the former name of Thailand

Answers: a, d, a, c, c, b, b, c, a, d

Tom Sightings is a former publishing executive who was eased into early retirement in his mid-50s. He lives in the New York area and blogs at Sightings at 60, where he covers health, finance, retirement, and other concerns of baby boomers who realize that somehow they have grown up.
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Erase a Short Sale or Foreclosure from your Credit Report

If you are one of the unfortunate who have experienced a short sale or a foreclosure you MAY (and I stress MAY) be able to have it removed from your credit report.

With a short sale, or a foreclosure looming large on your credit report, you can just about forget about getting a mortgage to purchase a new home for a very, very long time. In today's real estate climate, you no doubt would love the opportunity to buy a new home, enjoying a much lower interest rate than what you had before loosing your home.

I have just learned of an opportunity (notice I did not say loop hole) that may allow you to start shopping for that new home very soon.

Julie Macc, a certified credit specialist with Century Law Group says that where there is a will there is a way to make purchasing a Santa Cruz home possible. She has been spending her work hours reviewing credit reports from clients to have been through the Short Sale and Foreclosure experience.

What Julie has found is that in most cases there are some major errors on those credit reports. These include errors in dates, names, address, late charges and much more. In several instances there has been reports of late mortgage payments on a property that had already been taken back, or sold though a short sale.

Once Julie has reviewed your credit reports, and located errors such as these, she has been able to have the entire item removed from the credit report.

This is not to say that your lender is not going to ask you if you have ever been though a short sale or a foreclosure (red flag) but having something of this nature taken off your credit report will go a long way to repairing your credit rating.

If you are reviewing your own credit report be sure to pull reports from all three agencies Tansunion, Experian and Equifax. What you locate on one may not show on the other two. One way to access your credit report

Now the disclaimer, While I have heard Julie speak, I have never referred a client to her or to Century Law Group. On the chance that this might actually work it should be worth the half of your time for Julie to review your reports.

Are you interested in Santa Cruz Real Estate,Buying or Selling Homes in Santa Cruz? Feel free to email me at Contact Me and I will be happy to provide you with information,listings and a FREE market analysis.
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Reverse Mortgage

What an interesting way to continue the Santa Cruz lifestyle to which one has become accustom, in these tough economic times.

A reverse mortgage on your Santa Cruz home can do so much for so many, at a cost. If you are a member of the "older peoples" club and are sitting on equity in your home this may be a way for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, or if you are short on cash or in need of medical or long term in home care the equity in your Santa Cruz home can help.

The simple explanation is that you borrow against the equity in your home, either receiving structured payments or a single sum. When your heirs sell your Santa Cruz home the reverse mortgage is paid, or in some cases the reverse mortgage company sells your home to re-coup their money.

A reverse mortgage carries a heavy upfront fee, in many cases that is not a concern as there is no out of pocket costs. An example would be if your home is valued at $600,000.00 and is full paid off. You can receive a portion of the equity in cash to use to carry you for the balance of your life. In the case where you many have a small mortgage, that can be paid off and you can still receive a portion of the equity in cash.

If you are planning to will your Santa Cruz home to your heirs, this may not be for you. In several cases at the time of your death, when your home is sold there is nothing left for your heirs after the reverse mortgage is paid.

I know two people who recently have taken out reverse mortgages, and both are thrilled that they have cash available for day to day expenses, and some fun mindless joys as well.

Are you interested in Santa Cruz Real Estate,Buying or Selling Homes in Santa Cruz? Feel free to email me at Contact Me and I will be happy to provide you with information,listings and a FREE market analysis.
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Honey, let's Buy the BIG House

I just finished reading though the 9,0000 Real Estate related informational emails I get weekly.

In the times of downsizing and localizing, there was an article on Buying the Big House. This surprised me, even my husband talks of going smaller. He says our Santa Cruz home is too big. We have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, just for the two of us. I think the size of our house is in direct correlation with the health of our marriage. I like room to spread out, I like have an option of which bathroom to use, I like being able to sit in the living room reading a book while he watches TV in the family room.

I admit that our one bedroom only gets used when my best friend visits, the other when my husband lifts weights. I do use all the bathrooms, because I can.

In the article they rank the square footage of homes by state. In Utah the average house is 2305 sq. ft.(no comment) in Washington D.C. 1000 sq. ft. My Aptos house is just over 1900 sq. ft. By contrast my Mothers house within Santa Cruz City limits is just over 1600 sq. ft. with a 3/2 configuration.

As a Santa Cruz Realtor I think it all comes down to price/value per square foot. I would venture that the 1000 square foot high raise in Washington D.C. is valued at a higher price point than the sprawling 2305 sq.ft. McMansion in Utah.

Ultimately it is about what fits and suits your needs and lifestyle. I never thought that 22 years ago we would still be living in our Aptos tree house, but we are because it still fits. It is my retreat, sure sometimes I wish it was sunnier, sometimes I wish the property was vast and sprawling. At the end of the day it is home and that is what really matters.

Are you interested in Santa Cruz Real Estate,Buying or Selling Homes in Santa Cruz? Feel free to email me at Contact Me and I will be happy to provide you with information,listings and a FREE market analysis.
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The BAD Blogger

It is an interesting fact, at least for me, that I am a bad blogger. I did not start out this way, it seems to have just happened along the way.

When I started out, I wrote about what was on my mind. Next I started looking for information to share, stories and Santa Cruz Real Estate market insight. Then I moved on to sharing real life situations that I came across dealing with Santa Cruz home buyers and Santa Cruz home sellers.

Lately, I have been stumped, I have not had any mind blowing thoughts or ideas to share. Sure, I could talk about how the Santa Cruz Real Estate market has some terrific deals, and some real dogs. I could share about the house that just sold where they buyer only had to put down $5,000.00 and the sellers financed his purchase, he is a pretty damn happy buyer.

It just seems there is so much going on, that I have a hard time wrapping my head around just one thought. Honestly, I talk all day long-sometimes I am just flat out of words.I did make a commitment to blog. I have been failing at living up to what I promised, I will try to do better.

Are you interested in Santa Cruz Real Estate,Buying or Selling Homes in Santa Cruz? Feel free to email me at Contact Me and I will be happy to provide you with information,listings and a FREE market analysis.
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