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Searching Sonoma County Real Estate

The internet has changed everything about how buyers find houses.  The old MLS guild mentality* still exists in some places, but northern California is online in a big way. Most Sonoma County listings are on,,, and a host of other syndicating sites. Craigslist is a dominating force all over the country, but […]

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Raw Land Development in Sonoma County

Sonoma County is facing a shortage of readily buildable lots. There’s plenty of raw land, but there is a big difference between undeveloped land and a buildable parcel. If you plan to build, you have to determine whether the parcel you are interested in meets the minimum requirements for building. A simple checklist of the […]

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Vanishing REO and Short Sales

If you are looking for an REO or short sale bargain in Sonoma County, you are late to the party. The getting was good even through the beginning of 2013, but the volume of sales and new listings for distressed property just keeps shrinking. My daily newsletter of new REO properties used to contain two […]

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Los Amigos Ranch

Healdsburg’s Los Amigos Ranch is characterized by beautiful oaks, rolling hills, spectacular vineyard views, and a great location. The property entrance on Los Amigos Road is just 3.5 miles from the Healdsburg Plaza. Visit the Los Amigos Ranch web site for more details on this special property. Highlights include: 5 Residential Entitlements (Main homes) 50 […]

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Saving for a Down Payment

How to Overcome the Challenges of Saving for a Down Payment for Your Home One of the biggest challenges to buying a home of your own is saving enough for a down payment. Though in some instances it is possible to buy a house with little or zero down payment, nowadays it’s not as common […]

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Piranha Buyers Eat Sellers’ Surge

A tight real estate market benefits sellers. Prices rise due to competition from buyers and the limited inventory helps awkward homes sell. The real estate community at large anticipated that this year savvy sellers would finally bring their houses to the market to capitalize on these trends. One simple graph highlights the good news that […]

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Prices, bubbles, and timing

My housing trends post from a year ago was so spot-on that I didn’t want to write anything else about the market. It just couldn’t have been as prescient. Still, a year is a long time to spend helping people buy and sell property without writing about it. If you missed out on the 15% […]

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Sonoma Housing Demand Pushes Prices Higher

Full price isn’t high enough. It’s strange to write those words after six months of free-falling home values in 2008 and four years of bumping along a fitful bottom since then. What we are seeing both nationally and locally is that owner occupants and investors have returned to the market in large numbers. We are […]

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Blu Homes Land in Sonoma County

Blu Homes is a pioneer of sustainable, high quality prefab homes. From their manufacturing facility in Vallejo they truck home modules to building sites where a crane loads the sections onto site-built foundations. Contractors then finish the homes in a much shortened time compared to traditional construction. It’s a process that combines the speed and […]

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Alexander Valley Real Estate

Alexander Valley runs from the border with Mendocino County in the north to the south east side of Healdsburg. It contains over 40 wineries and several hundred vineyards with nearly 12,500 acres planted.  The vineyards are planted on both sides of the Russian River and extend into the hills on the east side of the […]

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Luxury Homes in Sonoma County

Sonoma County continues to be a favorite destination of smart buyers willing to pay a premium price for the wine country lifestyle.  Many are successful and financially prudent (missed the bubble) Bay Area residents looking for second homes that will turn into their primary residence when they retire. Other highly-qualified buyers are looking for an […]

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