3 New Listings and Special Events This Weekend!

I hope you are enjoying the last dog days of summer… although we expect more heat in the Russian River as our Indian Summer extends into September bringing with it the smokin’ hot 39th annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival! I’m happy to announce three new listings with open house events this weekend.  A couple of caveats: there are two typos that I wish to correct in the pictures below: 21861 Russian River open house on Sunday is from … Keep Reading

Outlook of the California Housing Market

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Joel Singer was the featured speaker at the Petaluma Chapter of the North Bay Association of REALTORS®.  Joel is the Chief Executive Officer of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.)  He has held the Association’s top staff position since November 1989 after serving as C.A.R.’s chief economist and heading the Association’s public affairs department.  He was also instrumental in developing Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS), C.A.R.’s for-profit subsidiary, and serves as its president. He is … Keep Reading

Planning Commission: Vacation Rental Update

New information is now available  from the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department regarding vacation rentals — submit your comments on the policy options by June 30th! Many thanks to all of you who attended the Planning Commission Public Workshop on May 18th and provided valuable input! The materials from the meeting are now available on our website at www.sonoma-county.org/VacationRentals. At the Planning Commission Public Workshop, staff presented a number of policy options that could be considered to meet … Keep Reading

Bill to limit online vacation rentals including Airbnb, VRBO clears hurdle

Thanks to Derek Moore of The Press Democrat for posting this article on May 13, 2015.  This is important news for owners who rent out their homes since if this bill passes, it would require online rental companies like Airbnb to disclose to local taxing authorities the addresses of rentals, the number of nights stayed and total amount in rental fees paid per quarter. SACRAMENTO — A California Senate finance committee on Wednesday approved a North Coast senator’s controversial bill to more closely track … Keep Reading

OPEN EVENT: Captivating Tree Top Retreat

Summerhome Park Retreat, a Mid-Century Get-Away… Come Enjoy the Glorious Deck & View While Drinking Champagne and Nibbling on Desserts! Open House Saturday 12 – 2 pm, Sunday 2 – 4 pm Captivating treetop retreat. Climb your great staircase to glorious double decks. Your own custom 1930 ‘s cottage has a midcentury feel. Upstairs, the open floor plan has a wall of windows with views of treetops, mountains and a peekaboo river view. Private. Rustic, yet comfortable. Close to local … Keep Reading

The 69th Annual Stumptown Daze Parade: “The Summer of Love, 1969″Time

You know summer has begun when the Stumptown Daze Parade hits town!  This year Guerneville celebrates the 69th annual parade, and it’s just one more reason why I love living on the Russian River.  Come and spend the afternoon, soak up the sun and the smiles… Thanks to the Russian River Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center for the following: Parade Date: Saturday, May 16th Start Time: 3pm Where: Main Street, Guerneville Fireman’s BBQ Date: Saturday, May 16th Time: 12pm – 6pm … Keep Reading

Home Sales

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Sonoma County, you’ll want to keep tabs on house sales in the area, and The Press Democrat’s Wine Country Real Estate section in the Sunday paper will help you do just that. Every Sunday, readers enjoy key features like; timely and relevant articles written by locally respected industry professionals, Neighborhood Trends, area home sales, a pull-out Open Homes guide and a recent comprehensive list of real estate and related listings. … Keep Reading

Listings figure puts Sonoma County among top 5 US housing markets, group says

Thanks to Robert Digitale of The Press Democrat for posting this article on April 21, 2015.  I’ve always considered Sonoma County to be a hot housing market — seems I am not alone!  Check this out: Sonoma County, which last year gained national attention for soaring apartment rents, now is getting a reputation as one the “hottest housing markets” in the U.S. The county ranked fifth among metropolitan areas based upon views of property listings in comparison to the number of such listings … Keep Reading

A Complete Guide to Sonoma County Events

Thomas Martin, 4, and his brother Erik, 6, react as chemistry instructor Dr. Tatjana Omrcen makes soap bubbles filled with hydrogen gas before lighting them on fire during the Day Under the Oaks event at the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat) Thanks to The Press Democrat and the Russian River Chamber of Commerce for their full coverage of Sonoma County events!  If you ever thought you’d be bored … Keep Reading

The Best Paint Sheen for Every Surface of Your Home

  Original Posted on Reminder Media’s excellent online magazine, American Lifestyle: When selecting paint for your home, color is likely your first consideration, but the sheen of a paint is just as important. A paint’s sheen is the amount of light it reflects, which can dramatically change how a color looks in your home. In addition, sheen can actually affect the performance of the paint. Use this guide to pick the right sheen for the job.  

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