sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Home Sales - October 2014 - 11/21/14 03:39 PM
Sonoma County Homes Sales - October 2014

 
It amazes me to see how Sonoma County shifts as far as the least or most expensive areas to live in. Twenty five years ago, the least expensive area was the Russian River, affectionately referred to as West County.
That isn't the case any longer, as more and more homes that were built to be summer cabins have been refurbished to allow year-round living. This included adding insulation, adding a heat source other than a pot bellied stove or fireplace, and adding dual pane windows. Many homes were also raised to avoid … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report July 2014 - 08/19/14 02:53 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report July 2014
The big news this month is that the median home price of a single family residence in Sonoma County topped the half million mark during July 2014. The historic median high was $619K in August 2006. This past month the median capped at $506,500.00. The slow but steady climb in home sale values since 2009 is making it easier for sellers to sell, but much harder for buyers to buy. It is becoming hard to find anything less than $400K for buyers who are looking for a move-in ready home.
Here is a … (1 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Home Sales July 2014 - 08/19/14 02:50 PM
Sonoma County Home Sales July 2014
Well, it was bound to happen. The median home price in Sonoma County topped the half million mark last month. Specifically, the median sale price for a single family residence in July 2014 was $506,500.00. The last time we saw this number was over 6 years ago in 2008.
The value trend in Sonoma County has been making a slow but determined recovery since the last market low in 2009. Foreclosures and short sales no longer dominate our market, we are back to a "regular sale" market that happens to be swinging steadily in the … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report June 2014 - 08/19/14 02:46 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report June 2014
Woo hoo, we had another uptick in the number of new Single Family Residence listings during June 2014, compared to June 2013. But there are still more buyers out there than available homes, creating a supply and demand situation that has continued to worsen in Sonoma County over the past two years.
Even with the new listing uptick, the supply of inventory stood at 1.9 months during June. What this means is if no more listings were introduced to the market, ALL homes would be sold within 57 days. It also means that … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Home Sales June 2014 - 08/19/14 02:43 PM
Sonoma County Home Sales June 2014
The number of home sales dropped slightly during the month of June, but overall the median home sale price was up 14% compared to a year ago. Last year at this time, homes priced just over $400K were setting the pace, but this month almost half of the home sales were over $500K. Inventory continues to be a big problem for buyers, we are seeing home values continue to rise while inventory is still less than desirable. Lower priced homes in Sonoma County are now considered anything priced under $500K, with multiple offers still common … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report May 2014 - 08/19/14 02:41 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report May 2014
Woo hoo, we had another uptick in the number of new Single Family Residence listings during May 2014, compared to May 2013. But there are still more buyers out there than available homes, creating a supply and demand situation that has continued to worsen in Sonoma County over the past two years.
Even with the new listing uptick, the supply of inventory stood at 1.8 months during May. What this means is if no more listings were introduced to the market, ALL homes would be sold within 54 days. It also means that … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Home Sales May 2014 - 08/19/14 02:38 PM
Sonoma County Home Sales May 2014
Homes sales in Sonoma County picked up again in May 2014 after a sluggish month in April. It appears we are gearing up for the normally busy summer months. We are seeing home values continue to rise while inventory is still less than desirable. Lower priced homes in Sonoma County are now considered anything priced under $500K, with multiple offers still common on almost every sale.
Here is what took place with home sales in Sonoma County during May 2014:

The big winner last month was the Coastal area, with a 52% median price … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Home Sales April 2014 - 05/22/14 12:56 PM
Sonoma County Home Sales April 2014
Who put the brakes on? Are buyers getting so frustrated that they have stopped looking for a home to buy? Actually, that would not be a bad thing inventory wise, we are still lacking in that category. This past month, we didn’t see double digit increases across the board like we did in March. Instead, we experienced a little bit of a decrease in some areas, where others remained flat. Overall, it would seem that the market is flattening out a bit which it needs to at some point. Sonoma County home prices have increased … (0 comments)

sonoma county real estate: Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report April 2014 - 05/22/14 12:47 PM
Sonoma County Real Estate Market Report April 2014
We had a slight uptick in the number of new listings for Single Family Residences during April 2014, compared to April 2013. But there are still more buyers out there than available homes, creating a supply and demand situation that has continued to worsen in Sonoma County over the past two years.
Even with the new listing uptick, the supply of inventory stood at 1.7 months during April. What this means is if no more listings were introduced to the market, ALL homes would be sold within 51 days. It also means that … (3 comments)

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)

 

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