sonoma county real estate: Lockbox Switch-A-Roo Certain To Cause Some Havoc - 12/21/11 07:03 PM
 
When our MLS decided to convert to Supra iBoxes in 2006, we were told the internal battery would last 6 years. Nobody had an answer to "what do we do after 6 years"? But now the answer has arrived ... they are being replaced with a newer, slimmer version. (Kind of like what some men do when their current wife gets too "old"). Doh!
During the week of January 9th-12th, every Supra iBox in Sonoma County has to be exchanged for a new iBox. This isn't an option, it's mandatory. Wow ... every listing will at some point have no … (18 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Terraced Outbuildings: A solution for less than level landscape - 12/04/11 09:14 PM



Where I live in Sonoma County, the landscape is anything but level. If you are used to living in an area where everything is flat for as far as you can see, you might appreciate the scenery here. Personally, I've been to "flat" and I didn't care for it. I guess it just depends on what you are used to.
The problem with sloped land in rural areas, though, is how can you build outbuildings with significant enough space to be functional for their purpose? One answer is to terrace them.
It is quite evident this outbuilding has … (13 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Adopt-A-Pet SPECIALS in Sonoma County - 11/17/11 08:46 PM

 
Adopting a pet couldn't get any easier. The Sonoma County Animal Shelter has homeless domestic pets that could sure use a warm and loving family. How could finding a wonderful companion be such a good deal as well? Let me tell you.
 
Every pet has been ...
- examined by a veterinarian - spayed or neutered - vaccinated - wormed - treated for fleas - tested for leukemia and/or feline (cats only, of course) Immunodeficiency virus - micro chipped
 
Wow. And to top it off, adoption specials are happening from now until the end of November.
- … (14 comments)

sonoma county real estate: A very WOOF welcome - 11/14/11 08:29 PM


This 15 foot canine caught our attention long before we figured out what it was. The Northern California sun was glistening on the repurposed metal as we approached our destination ... the Humane Society of Sonoma (County). I had a 9 inch tall Chihuahua in tow who was not afraid of this behemoth of a dog.
The Humane Society staff was wonderful. We were there for a doggy check-up prior to another appointment on Wednesday for my Mother-In-Laws side-kick to be spayed. Pearl was not a happy camper when she saw the instrument that would be used to check … (14 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Vineyards in the Fall - 11/13/11 06:33 PM

 
This is one of my favorite seasons in Sonoma County. Tens of thousands of acres planted with wine grapes create a colorful canvas on hillsides and in valleys. The vines have been stripped of their bounty, the grapes have been crushed. Now it's time for the vines to begin their dormancy stage.
Each varietal has their own unique colors. Some turn flaming red, while others will turn bright yellow and orange. The leaves will fall and the naked vines will stand resilient against the winter frost. Come February, bright yellow mustard will grow between the vines, signaling the beginning … (8 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Bracing for a low-ball offer - 10/26/11 07:35 PM
I've had the same agent call me almost every day for the last 10 days. She has a buyer who is interested in a listing I have in Santa Rosa.
At the beginning of every phone call, she asks if I have received any offers. Once she hears "no", she proceeds to tell me everything that is wrong with the property. It needs this ... it needs that. I have yet to hear one positive thing out of her mouth. At the end of every call she tells me they will be submitting an offer.
After hanging up the phone I … (47 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Tempted By The Fruit Of Another - 09/16/11 02:41 PM
In 1981, a UK band named "Squeeze" released a song titled "Temped by the fruit of another". The lyrics were cryptic, leaving the meaning of the song open to ones imagination.
I find myself humming this song quite often when I visit bank owned properties here in Sonoma County. Why? Because this is California and much of the Nations food grows here. That includes fruit as the title suggests. Grapes, apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, limes lemons, dates, figs ... the list goes on and on.
Most bank owned properties are vacant and many of the fruit trees, bushes and vines are … (42 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and CRUSH - 08/26/11 04:12 PM
While folks on the East Coast are still shaking in their boots from a 5.9 earthquake and closely watching the path of Hurricane Irene, Sonoma County just entered into its frenzy 4th season ... CRUSH. The 2011 Crush officially started this week, when a small batch of grapes were harvested from a vineyard outside of Healdsburg.
The first grapes picked were Pinot Noir that were destined for J Winery to become sparkling wine. From now until the end of CRUSH, all varietals will be closely monitored for their brix (sugar) level to determine the best time to bring them in from … (10 comments)

sonoma county real estate: It's not what you know that matters ... It's what you should have known. - 08/03/11 03:44 PM
It's not what you know that matters ... It's what you should have known.
These were the words from my teacher, an attorney, when I was taking a required course for my Broker's license: Real Estate Law.
The disclosure process, he said, is where an agent usually gets themselves into trouble. Make sure you disclose not only what you know, but what you should have known. I have never forgotten his words and have tried to make sure I'm on top of "what I should have known".
I was in Starbucks last week when I overheard a customer say... "OMG! I … (70 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Dear Freddie Mac ... - 08/01/11 07:21 PM
Dear Freddie Mac. You disclosed to us that we are in a multiple offer situation. We signed your multiple offer disclosure and let you know we wanted to stay in the game. We were told it could take up to 48 hours for you to respond to our offer. HELLO? That was 12 days ago. That was 288 hours ago ... but who's counting?
Maybe everything has been on hold until the debt ceiling bluffs decisions were finalized? Perhaps the broker you have hired has too many listings to handle all any of them well?
All I know is that if … (17 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Short Sales, Foreclosures and Traditional Sales - June 2011 - 07/11/11 04:35 PM
If you are thinking of buying a home in Sonoma County, you might be wondering if you should include short sales and foreclosures in your property search. It would be a shame to exclude them since they make up about 50% of the homes currently on market, but buying a distressed home is not for everyone. Here are a few things to consider:
How much time do you have to purchase a property? If you have a limited time to purchase, perhaps due to a job relocation, that would rule out most short sales. What type of financing are you qualified … (1 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for April 2011 - 05/11/11 09:54 PM
 
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for April 2011
 

 
Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 475,000 residents, is located 50 miles North of San Francisco. The Western border of Sonoma County offers breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean, a fisherman's paradise for crab, salmon and abalone. Wine grapes and dairy products are the two top agricultural bounties in Sonoma County. If you love wine, come for a visit. Some who visit, never leave.
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from … (4 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for March 2011 - 04/18/11 09:58 AM
 
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for March 2011
 

 
Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 475,000 residents, is located 50 miles North of San Francisco. The Western border of Sonoma County offers breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean, a fisherman's paradise for crab, salmon and abalone. Wine grapes and dairy products are the two top agricultural bounties in Sonoma County. If you love wine, come for a visit. Some who visit, never leave.
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from … (3 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for February 2011 - Single Family Residences - 03/25/11 05:53 PM
 
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for February 2011 – Single Family Residences
 

 
Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 475,000 residents is located in Northern California. If you love great wine, you have come to the right place. Wine grapes and dairy products are the two top agricultural bounties in Sonoma County, with the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen.
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market - Single Family Residences. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). … (2 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for February 2011 - Condos - 03/25/11 05:53 PM
 
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for February 2011 - Condos
 

 
Sonoma County is located in Northern California and has approximately 475,000 residents. Sonoma is known for great wine and beautiful vineyards. The Western border offers breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean, a fisherman's paradise for crab, salmon and abalone. Redwood forests, rivers, wine tasting and Sonoma grown food. What are you waiting for?
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market - Condos. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Homes for Sale - Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for January 2011 - 02/19/11 02:49 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for January 2011 – Single Family Residences
Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 475,000 residents is located in Northern California. If you love great wine, you have come to the right place. Wine grapes and dairy products are the two top agricultural bounties in Sonoma County, with the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen.

 
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market - Single Family Residences. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). Condos, private … (6 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Condos for Sale - Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for January 2011 - 02/19/11 02:48 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report for January 2011 - Condos
Sonoma County is located in Northern California and has approximately 475,000 residents. Sonoma is known for great wine and beautiful vineyards. The Western border offers breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean, a fisherman's paradise for crab, salmon and abalone. Redwood forests, rivers, wine tasting and Sonoma grown food. What are you waiting for?

 
The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Sonoma County Real Estate Market - Condos. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). Private … (2 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Hooooo-Weeeeee! The Sonoma Aroma Is Wafting My Way ... And I Love It! - 09/05/10 04:03 PM
Sonoma County is a rural area where cows are as common a sight as people. During certain times of the year our farmers fertilize their fields with a by-product of our happy California cows. When the wind is blowing just right, there is a distinct aroma that some folks don't care for. I love it.
A couple of years ago, I listed my next door neighbors house during this aromatic "season". I remember getting a call from a showing agent and she said "my buyers really love the house ... but does Cotati ALWAYS smell like that?" Why yes, yes it … (14 comments)

 

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