Healdsburg, CA Real Estate News

By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
  Sometimes the only way to be awesome is to be old. This oak tree in Healdsburg's Dry Creek Valley has been standing sentinel over this valley for the native Miwoks, the Spaniards, the upstart Bear Flag Republic's founders and today's Hispanic farm workers and wine-filled tourists. It doesn't judge, it doesn't play favorites. It shades rich and poor alike.
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
We have an interesting blogger working in Healdsburg. He's anonymous, opinionated, and interesting to read. We have had occasional rounds of debate during the year as we argue for our respective sides of the "housing is a bubble" and "housing was a bubble" debate. It boils down to whether you think most of the corrections have already happened or there remains a big drop in valuations. I think it's fair to hold both sides of bubble arguments. In particular, I think entry level housing has already finished correcting. On the other hand we still have some price changes to come in more expensive homes. Anyway, it's an always interesting topic for discussion. One of my first time buyer posts from December of last year called bank owned properties in Sonoma County excellent values. I think 2...
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
Creeks, streams, and rivers are precious in California. The state is filled with natural beauty like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay and delta region. Still, for most residents, free flowing water is not part of their daily existence. This steelhead spawning stream outside of Healdsburg contains one of the most spectacular long runs of waterfalls I have seen. Adding to the interest, Healdburg's first mill, built by the Heald brothers, is also part of this property.
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
Windsor California has been through some tough times. Windsor is one of the newer cities in Sonoma County, at least in terms of the housing stock. A lot of Windsor's homes were built just in time to take part in the housing boom. As a consequence, whole neighborhoods paid top prices for their new homes. By now, most of those Windsor neighborhoods have changed hands completely as the original owners lost the homes through foreclosure and default. Windsor prices are still soft, but sales continue brisk for entry level homes.
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By Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages
(FHA, VA, Conforming, Jumbo - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
Sonoma County Real Estate - The Professor from Healdsburg is in the House! Dave Roberts is an avid local Activerainer and Realtor with Sotheby's International Realty in Healdsburg, California. If you've ever seen his pictures of the area, you'll swear he lives in a piece of heaven within the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country! It may explain the calm and gentle demeanor Dave has with his writing style. I've learned quite a bit from Dave in my short time here on Activerain and I know I'm going to learn more from him as well as many others on AR. He's obviously very well versed in website SEO techniques and is willing to share them with anyone who wants to learn. In fact, today, Dave wrote a very nice and easy to follow post on creating a website that google will find called:  Eight...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Advertisement Harney: How the 'move up' tax credit for homebuyers works By Kenneth R. Harney Posted: 11/14/2009 05:00:00 PM PST Take a close, hard look at the new $6,500 federal tax credit for so-called "move up" homebuyers that passed the Senate and House this month. Though it's been getting second billing to the original $8,000 credit for first-time purchasers - now extended by Congress through June 30 - the $6,500 credit for current homeowners just might have your name on it. First things first: The new credit is available now. It took effect the day President Barack Obama signed the legislation creating it - Nov. 6. This means that if you fit the key criteria - you've owned and resided in your current home for a consecutive five out of the past eight years, and your adjusted househo...
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By kathleen bonham
(FHAllen, Sonoma Country and Vintage)
  I think we all agree that much of the satisfaction in our profession comes from helping young people buy their first home. I just had the privilege of working with a young man purchasing his first home in the town were he was born and reared. I think it is safe to say that not many single buyers would consider buying and renovating a fixer -upper and the reality of living with a house torn apart. His hometown is in the wine country in Northern California, an area of high house prices, but the current market offered him a chance he might never have had and he was willing to make sacrifices and stay focused on his goal. Fortunately his unflappable attitude and optimism got him through more than one disappointment and glitch in the process. He never got frustrated, gave-in to disappointm...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
  This came to me last week but I failed to pass it on. It was a busy week with the kids and Halloween. I hope that you had a great time with your family. Senators agree to extend homebuyer tax credit By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (AP) - 56 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Senators agreed Wednesday to extend a popular tax credit for first-time homebuyers and to offer a reduced credit to some repeat buyers. The tax credit provides up to $8,000 to first-time homebuyers but is set to expire at the end of November. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sales fell 3.6 percent in September, and some industry representatives blamed uncertainty about the tax credit. Senators agreed to extend the existing tax credit for first-time homebuyers while offering a reduced credit of up to $6,500 to rep...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Healdsburg Home Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood Open House Market Stats IDX Search $299,000 Single Family Home For Sale Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1008 sqftLot: 4,007 sqft Location 315 Pine CircleHealdsburg, CA 95448 Bob Santucci Century 21 Classic Properties Inc. (707) 888-9115 bob@realestateofhealdsburg.com http://www.realestateofhealdsburg.com Listed by: Century 21 Classic Properties Inc Our recent listings Quiet Santa Rosa HideawayHealdsburg HomeGreat Healdsburg Real EstateHealdsburg HomeOrangewood Drive Home Subscribe to our listing feed See more Healdsburg, CA real estate for sale
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
I was in downtown Healdsburg last night and saw the greatest thing. The Alexander Valley 4-H club has put up its annual display in the window at the south east corner of Matheson and Healdsburg Ave. Clearly the Brandt's have donated this space for the best work yet that I have seen from this wonderful club. I was a leader in this club for the past  years and I am always amazed at the work these kid's and all 4-H'ers do. If you have kids and you want them involved with a great group check out 4-H, it may be just the thing for you. I know that it was one of the great experiences in raising my twins and it gave them a great foundation for so many things that they will run into in life. I remember the first person that I talked to about this was Dave and Bunny Lewers. Dave said "Bob I could...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Healdsburg Home Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood Market Stats IDX Search $299,000 Single Family Home For Sale Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1008 sqftLot: 4,007 sqft Location 315 Pine CircleHealdsburg, CA 95448 Bob Santucci Century 21 Classic Properties Inc. (707) 888-9115 bob@realestateofhealdsburg.com http://www.realestateofhealdsburg.com Listed by: Century 21 Classic Properties Inc Our recent listings Quiet Santa Rosa HideawayHealdsburg HomeGreat Healdsburg Real EstateHealdsburg HomeOrangewood Drive Home Subscribe to our listing feed See more Healdsburg, CA real estate for sale
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
I showed a great piece of property today. I know it's great, but the client and his agent just know it's got a lot of trees on it. The seller has already done a little bit of clearing on the six acres, but has resisted our urging to do additional opening up of the forest canopy. My broker and I are both fans of filtered views, so we would encourage any buyer to be cautious about removing too many trees, but this land is still in the heavily forested stage, so we aren't worried about taking out too many trees. Some big bay trees have been removed and some of the smaller redwoods and Douglas fir have been removed. Still, unless you are familiar with how trees can overwhelm a property, you could almost look at this land and wonder if anything had ever been cut. The picture gives a pretty c...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Yes folks it is almost September 19th otherwise known as TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY. Amazing what you can learn here. Some of the stuff I post is sentimental, some is information but this is revealing! I have such a great bunch of friends. Last year Mark McMullen called me and said do you want to join us for talk like a pirate day. I had no idea that it would be a full blown costumed 12 hour adventure. It began with us driving in "the homicidal porcipine" (my suburban) out to Goat Rock on the Sonoma Coast for our "LANDING" we had plenty of food and it was a blast. We were all dressed like pirates, Two in the group are actors so that added to it. We hung out, got caught up on our lives and then became landlovers. What a bunch of chumbucket, scurvy mates. We then came inland to start Marks fa...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Does anybody remember the old TV show, Rowan and Martins Laugh In. It was a variety show and it often featured "Beautiful Downtown South Healdsburg' There used to be a restaurant there by the name of Lonnie's. Lonnie senior was a hell of a business man and self promoter. He was always up to something. Anyway he got the show to run a feature every few weeks from his dining room. It soon became the place where Pat Paulsen the comedian launched his presidential campaign. It was the longest running unsuccessful presidential campaigns in US history. If you asked Pat what his stand was he would point at the sign of Lonnie's restaurant and say "It is a hamburger stand. I will write more about this little part of town again soon.
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Congratulations to Costeaux Bakery on winning the national title for "RETAIL BAKERY of the YEAR" in a highly competitive national competition. If you are not familure with this wonderful cafe and bakery you have to visit them. This is a locally owned family business with a great reputation as a community builder. Will Seppi, the son of the founder took over the reigns of the business a couple of years ago and has built upon what his family had started with countless years of hard work and bakers hours. WHY IS THIS A 3PEAT? Because here in Healdsburg right on the same block we have the "BEST CHEF in AMERICA" Douglas Keene. This honor was bestowed on him recently and we are proud to have him at the helm of CYRUS RESTAURANT.  CYRUS is known for being over the top with quality and great ser...
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
Healdsburg's Dry Creek Valley is home to great wineries, great scenery, and some truly great vineyard estate homes. It's also home to more modest farmhouses for the grape growers and other residents who work in the wine industry. Make no mistake, wine and grapes are the heart and soul of this area. If you're not growing, processing, tasting, or selling wine, you might as well look somewhere else for a home. This map based search for Dry Creek Valley homes for sale will help you see what is on the market today. Dry Creek Valley is a very discrete, geographically limited region. At the south-east end is the city of Healdsburg (shown on the aerial photo). At the north-west end is Warm Springs Dam, the blocking force that created Lake Sonoma, a wonderful source of recreation, water, and flo...
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
If you can't walk to the corner market for a few groceries, you might be suburban. If you have never walked to the library, you might live too far from town. If you can't walk to a nice restaurant and stroll home with your sweetie under a full moon, you might be missing something special. Healdsburg, my work-base in the wine country, still retains it's original small town charm. We have a plaza where people can congregate for weekly outdoor concerts. There are markets at both ends of town and more shopping in the middle, so people can walk north or south and shop within walking distance of home. There is a real downtown area that's often thronged with people sightseeing, hanging out, or grabbing a meal. It just feels right to be here. Our real estate office is only a block from the plaz...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
Good Day Everyone, I hope that tyou are enjoying this little heatwave we are enduring. Two words jump out at me from that past sentence. Heatwave and enduring. We have such great weather here in Healdsburg butthere are a few nights a year that it does not cool down from our costal fog that comes in almost nightly. When that happens it is the talk ofthe town. I have spent enough time back east or in the tropics to know that a few hot nights are a blessing and not a curse. This is something that we do not endure because it passes so quickly. As tha saying goes "if you cant stand the heat go jump in the river!" My partner in real estate and I are sponsoring the music in the plaza tonight that starts at 6:00 PM. I have come down early to secure our spot and well if you know me at all do wha...
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By Bob Santucci, Healdsburg Windsor & Cloverdale Real Estate
(EXP Realty of California)
In the past couple of years I have had too many dear friends pass away. I have been working on a piece to honor them during that time but it is just not quite good enough to post, These people mean too much to me and I do not want to cut them short. I can not wait to do something for them though so here it goes. This is for my friends and family that have left us recently. You have been such an influence on me and I miss you dearly. To name just a few, Kay Hopkins - my Godmother, Bob Young - my friend, Bonnie Hembd and Arnold - my friends, Mitch Mitchell - my friend. The list is too long and I do not want to miss anyone. This is for you and what you have done for me, The Starfish A boy was walking down the beach one day and a starfish flew out of the water and landed on the beach. He pi...
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