Wine Country and Horses

Welcome to Sonoma County! A short hour north of cosmopolitan San Francisco, where life slows down but sophistication remains in the midst of farms, quaint towns, vineyards and redwoods. Join us here to search for your wine country home, to learn about our real estate market and for a personal view of life in Sonoma County Wine Country.

Holiday Greetings from the Sonoma County Wine Country

filed under: Sellers posted on December 24th, 2013

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Happy Holidays everyone! 2013 has been a great year--a return to "normal" (whatever that is) in the real estate market for 2013. If December's activity is any judge, I suspect that early 2014 is going to be a very strong market. My gut tells me we will see more appreciation again this year, with many moveup buyers within the county and many continuing to relocate or buy second homes here in 2014. We will see more "chains" of linked transactions as a seller sells and becomes a buyer on the next transaction and so on along...Continue Reading!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Sonoma County’s Wine Country

filed under: Market updates, Russian River Area posted on November 27th, 2013

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Median Sonoma County Home Price Rises 25% in the Last Year

filed under: Market updates posted on November 27th, 2013

Here are the latest charts for residential real estate market statistics in Sonoma County. They represent market data from the BAREIS Multiple Listing Service as displayed by Clarus MarketMetrics. The continuing big story is the 25% rise in the median home price versus October of 2012. This is a direct result of actual appreciation in home values as well as an increase in the number of higher priced homes being sold. It does not mean that every home has appreciated 25% in value--just that the overall mix of homes sold lands at that higher value. At the...Continue Reading!

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Dressage in the Wine Country Celebrates the Sport Horse in Sonoma County

filed under: Horses and Wine Country posted on September 7th, 2013

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Wine Country and Horses is celebrating its seventh year tonight at Dressage in the Wine Country at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds! I am so appreciative to those of my clients and friends who are gathering tonight to celebrate the sport horse in Sonoma County. Whether your discipline is dressage, hunters, eventing, barrel racing, trail riding or jousing (JOUSTING?), you can find kindred spirits in the horse community throughout Sonoma County. If you want to know more about country and horse properties here, contact me and I will send you the latest Country Property Market Repot for Sonoma...Continue Reading!

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Median Home Price in Sonoma County Up $100,000 in last year

filed under: Market updates posted on June 22nd, 2013

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I figured that headline might grab your attention whether you are a Sonoma County home buyer (feeling panic!) or a Sonoma County home seller (feeling excitement!) You can click through the link below to access the full Sonoma County Home Sales Report as of June 1, 2013. We look at sales statistics for Sonoma County as a whole because the sample sizes for the smaller towns such as Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Sonoma and Petaluma are so small as to be somewhat misleading. The broad brush numbers are interesting and helpful in terms of assessing overall trends, but each location and property type...Continue Reading!

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Local Sonoma County Business Confidence at a Six Year High, Led by Tech Firms

filed under: Market updates, Sonoma County Businesses posted on February 25th, 2013

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Every six months the Sonoma County Economic Development Board releases the results of it's survey of local business leaders. This winter, confidence is at a six year high--nearly making it all the way back from the very low confidence expressed (not surprisingly) in the winter of 2008. The confidence appears to be strongest in the technology sector, and that probably mirrors the strong tech economy throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Sonoma County and Bay Area business confidence are outpacing the rest of the US. And guess what, so is our real estate market! Another marker of business optimism is the...Continue Reading!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Where to Find your Sweetie Some Sonoma County Chocoate

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on February 14th, 2013

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We set out to learn about chocolate in Sonoma County this month in honor of Valentine's Day, Chocolate style. There are a number of specialty candy and chocolate shops here, from Sonoma to Cotati, Petaluma to Healdsburg. We found two that were willing to offer friends and clients a special Valentine's Day discount! For a coupon or special discount code, email me for details and I will be happy to share! Did you know that Sonoma County has it's own manufacturer and online purveyor of fair trade, organic and even Vegan chocolates? I did not until...Continue Reading!

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Steady Decline in Homes for Sale Continues in Sonoma County, therefore Home Values are Rising!

filed under: Market updates posted on February 9th, 2013

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Each month I pull the Home Sale Statistics for Sonoma County. Each report has a dozen or so graphs and charts showing various aspects of our local real estate market. As I review them, I try to think of the one slide that says it all for that month. This month, it is the above chart showing the number of listings available throughout our county. Normally I show median price, months of inventory or active vs sold listings, but this month I thought I would cut right to the chase. We need more listings! Listings are typically low in January...Continue Reading!

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Pam’s Pick: West County Broker Tour Stunning Contemporary on 29 PLUS Acres…

filed under: Country Property, West County posted on January 31st, 2013

I am still daydreaming about the gorgeous West (Sonoma) County estate property I saw yesterday.  I knew I had to share it with you.  Not only does the home sit on 29 +- stunning classic Occidental acres off Frati Lane, but it features one of the most thoughtfully designed contemporary country homes I have every seen.  In addition, there are two adjoining buildable/probably also plantable lots surrounding this parcel.  You could have a total of 66 +- acres to enjoy now and hold for investment value or as an idyllic family compound.  Occidental can be problematic when it comes to...Continue Reading!

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Wine Country and Technology Team up to Drive Sonoma County Economic Growth in 2013

filed under: Market updates, Sonoma County Businesses posted on December 22nd, 2012

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This morning I received the newly released Sonoma County Economic Development Board study of the Sonoma County economy, prepared by Moody's Analytics, a national economic research firm. Technology, led by the many medical device manufacturers in Sonoma County, wine and tourism (the wine country part) are strengthening and are expected to lead Sonoma County to grow faster than the state and national averages in the second part of 2013. These are all encouraging signs for a real estate market that continues to strengthen, and where values are at long last rising. Now all we need are more homes listed...Continue Reading!

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