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If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now–Scenes from Barrel Tasting Weekend

filed under: Buyers, Wine Country Living posted on March 12th, 2010

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Today's rain should clear up and bring sunny skies and warmer temperatures for the second weekend of this year's Barrel Tasting Event sponsored by WineRoad, a group of northern Sonoma County wineries from the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley appellations. If you are like me, perhaps your first exposure to the Sonoma wine country and our gorgeous back roads came from visiting friends during tasting events such as this. After many repeat visits, you begin to think, after a long weekend of wine tasting, gee, if I lived here, I'd be home by now....Continue Reading!

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The Number of Pending Sonoma County Home Sales Reaches Two Year High

filed under: Market updates posted on March 1st, 2010

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February just ended. It was a short, cold and rainy month but that did not deter home buyers and sellers from ratifying purchase contracts on 557 homes, from Santa Rosa to Petaluma, Sonoma to Healdsburg. Every month I review the latest sales data for Sonoma County homes and country properties and make them available to you. This month there are some very striking results to report. The number of newly ratified sales contracts, which I reported as very high in January, has increased to the highest level in at least two years. Since February is seasonally...Continue Reading!

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Wine Country and Ducks, Part III: Ducks and People find Happiness in Sonoma County

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on February 16th, 2010

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It has become a springtime blog ritual to write about the arrival of the ducks in my backyard, in 2008 and 2009. Kind of like the return of the swallows to Capistrano, or the running the bulls in Pamplona. Spring is in the air! The sun has come out this week, it is coming up earlier in the morning, and setting later. We are all acting a little goofy after so many weeks of (much needed) rain. I wondered, "When will the ducks be back in the pool?" Right on schedule, the mallards returned. They...Continue Reading!

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INSTANT VACATION! Whale Watching at Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on February 15th, 2010

Yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the first sunny day in a while and drove to the town of Bodega Bay with a friend. We went to pick daffodils on Bay Hill Road, taking advantage of some of the first sites of spring--all the yellow flowers starting to bloom, from daffodils to mustard to gorse. I love the variety of Sonoma County, and I never feel it so much as on a little jaunt to the coast. INSTANT VACATION! Sonoma Coast Video This time of year there is an extra good reason to visit the coast. ...Continue Reading!

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Sonoma County Home Sales Drop but Pending Sales Increase Sharply

filed under: Market updates posted on February 13th, 2010

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Last week's Press Democrat featured an article about the latest monthly home sales figures compiled by Rick Laws. Quick headline: HOME SALES DROP for the third month in a row! The underlying story is a bit different. Inventory has declined significantly over the last two years. Newly pending sales (homes under contract but not yet sold) rose sharply to 496, one of the highest monthly rates in the last 13 months, even though January is typically slow. That is up 117% over January pending sales two years ago and up 17% over last year. In early...Continue Reading!

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Want to Get to Know Sonoma County? There's an app for that!

filed under: Sonoma County Businesses, Wine Country Living posted on February 10th, 2010

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Yesterday the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau released version 1.0 of an iPhone app promoting local wineries, restaurants, hotels, spas and more, from your iPhone. It is sort of like a private label version of Yelp dedicated to all things Sonoma County. It has a handy wine finder for example which lets you select a varietal--let's say Carignane--and then view all the wineries within a certain radius of your location that offer that type of wine. I already use my iPhone in so many ways when with clients and this tool will be a welcome addition. So far I have used the...Continue Reading!

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Auction Action at a Trustee’s sale

filed under: Buyers, Foreclosures posted on February 3rd, 2010

Good blog buddy, Dave Blockhus, of Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, recently shot this video overview of a home sale on the courthouse steps in San Jose. It is about 4 minutes long and provides a example of auction action occurring all over the US, including Sonoma County. There were so many home auctions in Sonoma County during the past year that Sonoma county is asking auctioneers to move their business elsewhere as they are clogging up the hallways of the county buildings. Cash investors with certified funds are the only ones welcome at these sales and they are out...Continue Reading!

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View from a Sebastopol BBQ

filed under: Sebastopol posted on January 13th, 2010

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The skies parted in time to offer this stunning view over Blucher Valley from a new listing on 2 acres up Camp Road. Great spot-great potential for only $729,000! Posted via email from pambuda's posterous Continue Reading!

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Farewell to 2009, Welcome to 2010 and a New Decade

filed under: Buyers, Market updates posted on December 31st, 2009

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With 2009 moving into the rear view mirror, there has been much speculation among agents, clients and the press about 2010 and what portends in the housing market. Inman News recently published a sobering assessment of the events that will impact real estate markets in 2010, from increasing mortgage rates, tightening FHA credit standards, high unemployment and the expiration April 30th of the buyer tax credits. Real estate agents and brokers typically look forward to spring as the season where homebuyers come out in force and sales pick up. In 2010, the uncertainty created by the financial crisis makes it...Continue Reading!

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Tropical Dreaming-a new design project in Hawaii by Wright-Simpkins, Inc.

filed under: Sebastopol, Sonoma County Businesses, Wine Country Living posted on December 28th, 2009

Many of my friends and clients are entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community. From time to time in 2010 I plan to showcase them so that you can learn about some unique and vital services to Sonoma County and beyond. Christian Wright and Gerald Simpkins were friends and fellow Vizsla owners long before they became clients in 2003 when we found them an astonishing 1915 farmhouse on acreage in Sebastopol, since lovingly restored. We sold their charming cabin in Guerneville near the Russian River so that they and their dogs would have more room to roam, and...Continue Reading!

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