Santa Rosa, CA Real Estate News

By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
BIG TIME ~ At Redwood Covenant Church Rewood Covenant Church in Santa Rosa, California Announces BIG TIME! Big Time is an amazing week long event for middle school students.  This year Big Time is June 13th - June 17th, 2011 and runs from 6 - 9:30pm every night! Registration has already begun.  Clear your Calendars! Big Time is not to be missed!  It is one of the most amazing things that happens in the Emmaus Student Ministries! Big Time is for all students who will be in grades 6 -9 in the fall.  Big Time is $30 per student and scholarships are available.  You can get Big Time information cards and registration forms off the website at www.youremmaus.com. BIG TIME 2011 theme:  ROCKBAND - Find your fit Previous years BIG TIME BIG TIME 2010 theme:  GET MESSY BIG TIME 2009 theme:  AGENTS ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
New Summer Hours at Redwood Covenant Church (RCC) New Summer Hours at RCC starting June 5, 2011.  Redwood Covenant Church will begin new Hours for the Summer months.  Early Morning Service will begin at 9:00am instead of 9:30am and the later Service will start at 10:45am instead of 11:11am.  Don't be late for these New Service Times at Redwood Covenant Church.  See you there! Redwood Covenant Church 3175 Sebastopol Road Santa Rosa, CA 95407 707.528.8463 www.redwoodcovenant.org       "You never get a second chance....  to make a Great First Impression!"   Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP Accredited Staging Professional MASTER Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Color Consulting 707.217.0817 lpufford@withdivinestyle.com www.withdivinestyle.com Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Best place to Shop for Furniture in Sonoma County, CA! With three staging projects next week we have been putting together furniture and accessories plans, and picking and packing along with shopping for all three vacant homes.  We needed more trees, lamps, linens, and of course more furniture than we had in our inventory. We have been using a few furniture stores over the last few years but one in particular is our favorite.  They work with many furniture vendors and can get us almost anything we need in the time frame we need it and always work with our budget.  The name of this furniture store that we have shopped at for over 4 years is Home Style Furniture.  They are located at 3515 Industrial Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403.  Their hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm and...
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By Sue Carrell, Santa Rosa Property Manager
(Sue Carrell & Associates)
When selecting your next tenant, consider way more than a credit score… As a property manager in Santa Rosa, CA, I am dedicated to finding the best possible tenants for my property owners. Since the market has become so active, new rules are evolving that were not evident in the recent past. Here’s just 6 of them: Rule 1: Don’t put as much weight on the credit score. Consider the content of the report. What are the liabilities? What is the current debt ratio to income? Rule 2: Talk to the past two landlords if possible. The current landlord may be eager to move this prospect out of his property. Rule 3. If pets are being considered, ask questions about barking, damage, etc. Rule 4: Ask if they smoke ANYTHING, not just tobacco. Rule 5: When verifying employment, ask about the job securit...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
1928 Sansone Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403  Home for Sale New listing in Santa Rosa, CA.  A nicely remodeled home located in a very nice neighborhood with 3 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom.  This home was built in 1983 and is 996 square feet and has a one car garage.  With a very large backyard and mature trees this home makes a perfect setting for family gatherings and entertaining.  Lots of upgrades.. Kitchen cabinets and hardware, all new stainless steel appliances and sink.  New light fixtures, granite counter tops and new paint throughout.  This home is a great buy at only 225K.  Make a point to stop by and see for yourself...  this home could be your next dream home!!! Located at: 1928 Sansone Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Presented by: Hermie Bacus, Real Estate Broker www.hermiebacus.com MLS# ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
The Completion ~ A Flow of Color! One of the things I like to do when I stage a home is to bring the colors I choose to use throughout the home so that it just flows from one room to the next.  This makes it much easier on the buyers eyes and allows them to connect each room with the others. In every home I stage I also use at least one color from the Sun...  sometimes more than one.  Red, Orange and Yellow are warm and inviting colors and say welcome home have a seat and stay awhile.   The first room will be photos of the Master Bedroom.... and I will also add the other rooms we staged in this house so you can see how each room flows to the next. Before Home Staging ~ Master Bedroom After Home Staging ~ Master Bedroom Before Home Staging After Home Staging ~ Master Bedroom After Home S...
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By Mike Higgins and Paula Lewis
(Century 21 Valley of the Moon)
This morning, our Multiple Listing Service (MLS) had 50 homes listed for sale in Oakmont. This compares with 46 for sale at the beginning of last week. This past week, five homes came onto the market, two new escrows opened, and four homes closed escrow. For a complete list of all the homes currently for sale in our MLS system, please click on the link below: View Listings For details on any of these homes for sale in Oakmont, please click on Search by MLS Number and select "Sonoma" from the "Choose a County" dropdown box, then enter the MLS number at the bottom of the search screen. Note: This is a live link, so any additions or changes to these listings will be reflected within 30 minutes or less. For more information on the community of Oakmont, please click on Oakmont California.
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Santa Rosa, CA Restaurant ~ Here's another Great One! Here is another Great Restaurant in Santa Rosa that I highly recommend...  Sky Lounge Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Restaurant is located at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, 2200 Airport Blvd. in Santa Rosa, CA. 707.542.9400 Sky Lounge Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is far from your typical Airport Restaurant.  Many say it's one of the best kept secrets in Sonoma County.  Sky Lounge features a fresh, organic menu with a wide range of delicious items for every palate.  They are open every day for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  Also you won't want to miss their daily Sushi Menu and full bar.  Their hours are Daily 7:30 am - 10:00 pm and Happy Hour is Monday - Friday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  Live Music on Friday Evenings from 6:30 pm - 10:0...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  Santa Rosa Real Estate Market Report for April 2011     Santa Rosa is the largest City in Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 160,000, located 55 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. There continues to be an upward trend in buyer activity for the last 4 months. The average Days On Market (DOM) has been between 82 and 109 days for sold properties for the past 13 months. This shows that inventory in Santa Rosa has been moving quite well. The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Santa Rosa Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). Private sales, multi-family homes and mobile/manufactured homes are not included in this report. The data is believed to be...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
    It's that time of year again, the Wednesday Night Market kicks into full gear on Wednesday (of course!) May 11th. This is your chance to get out of the kitchen and take a mid-week break. No cooking, no dishes, no boring evening in front of the boob tube TV!. The 2011 Wednesday Night Market has been extended to 17 weeks and will have a Wine Tasting Garden for the first time. There will be over 130 vendors, 40 entertainers and bands, and dozens of wineries. Bring your appetite and expect to find thousands of Sonomans and out-of-area visitors enjoying a warm evening in Santa Rosa.   Wednesday Night Market May 11 through August 31stDowntown Santa Rosa 5:00PM to 8:30PM   Visit the official website for the Wednesday Night Market for schedules and parking tips  
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  When I am in Santa Rosa, I love it when I come across a newly discovered Peanuts statue. There are hundreds of them all over town and they tend to take you by surprise when you find a new one. The four Peanuts characters that have been replicated and uniquely decorated by local artists are (in order) Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Snoopy and Lucy. Yesterday, I stopped off at Fidelity National Title to drop off an earnest money deposit check. When I pulled into their parking lot, I had to laugh out loud. There was Woodstock "Dreamin' Big" with his pal Snoopy. Snoopy was in full shade, acting cool. But Woodstock was out in the sun, ready to take flight.   Only in Santa Rosa, California.   * Artist: Craig M. Black                
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By Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages
(FHA, VA, Conforming, Jumbo - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
iPhone Applications: 32 Top Real Estate Related iPhone Apps for REALTORS®  In January of 2010, I wrote a posting on the latest iPhone apps for REALTORS® titled, Apple’s Top Free Real Estate Related iphone apps for Realtors and home buyers in Sonoma County Wine Country. It was a solid list of applications with lots of utility for the real estate professional. Now that a year has passed, I've adjusted the list of applications based on my personal experience and feedback from the REALTORS® I've coached and trained. Normally, I would write about each application, but in honor of the Easter season, I'm going to let you discover what each iPhone app can do for you and your real estate business. I've linked every app to it's source and categorized them according to Apple's guidelines to make i...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Santa Rosa, CA Restaurant ~ Best Place to Eat in Town" If you are looking for a Restaurant with great tasting food...  fantastic atmosphere and superior customer service, than look no further than Sam's for Play Cafe & Catering Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA.  Homemade food that will knock your socks off.  Fresh homemade soups and pies to name a few.  Not only does the food taste delicious but you will love their customer service...  everyone who works there is so nice and friendly.   Each time I have visited this outstanding Restaurant I have been treated very special... and this was even on the first time I stepped into the place.  It fun, fun, fun, for the whole family.  You have to stop by and give it a try...  I just know it won't be your last!!! We couldn't resist stopping by their...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  Santa Rosa Real Estate Market Report for March 2011     Santa Rosa is the largest City in Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 160,000. Santa Rosa is located 55 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. There continues to be a lot of buyer activity this year, including through March 2011. The number of properties that went under contract surpassed April 2010, which was at the height of the first-time home buyer tax rebate. It is also interesting that the average Days On Market (DOM) has been between 82 and 109 days for sold properties for the last 13 months. This shows that inventory in Santa Rosa has been moving quite well. The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Santa Rosa Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is der...
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By Mike Higgins and Paula Lewis
(Century 21 Valley of the Moon)
Oakmont Real Estate Market Update April, 2011Plenty of Buyers — We Need More Sellers!The heavy rains are finally over, we hope, and we're looking forward to springtime and the start of our busy season in the real estate business.Inventories of homes for sale have remained relatively low for several months, and we really don't have enough inventory to match the number of buyers interested in making a purchase.  In fact, the homes with the best combination of price, location, and condition are attracting multiple offers.  If you have been thinking about making a move, but you've been put off by all the negative news about the real estate market in newspapers and on television, you may be surprised to learn how strong our local real estate market really is.  We are always happy to provide ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Oh What Fun ~ 2nd Annual Sonoma County, CA ~ Maker Kids Mini-Maker Faire!"         You are looking at a Giant Kaleidoscope (human size) at the 2nd Annual Sonoma County, CA Maker Kids Mini-Maker Faire.  It was fun for all who came today on Saturday April 2nd, 2011 from 11:00am - 3:00pm.  Kids of all ages (and some specially invited adult Makers) came to show off their creations and took part in the hands-on activities at this fun FREE event! Produced by the Sonoma County Office of Education in Partnership with Sonoma Country Day School and the folks who produce the original and World's Largest Maker Faire in San Mateo County, CA each year, Maker Kids Mini-Maker Faire Celebrates things people create themselves from - "Ride-able Sculptures" appliance dissection turned into "Junkart".     ...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  Santa Rosa Real Estate Market Report for February 2011     Santa Rosa is the largest City in Sonoma County, with a population of approximately 160,000. Santa Rosa is located 55 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. There was a lot of buyer activity during February 2011. The number of properties that went under contract surpassed April 2010, which was at the height of the first-time home buyer tax rebate. The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Santa Rosa Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). Private sales, multi-family homes and mobile/manufactured homes are not included in this report. The data is believed to be reliable but not guaranteed. ~   ~   ~   ~   ~...
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By Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages
(FHA, VA, Conforming, Jumbo - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage)
Social Media Branding for REALTORS® - Online Real Estate Marketing It's amazing the amount of work it takes to put a class together for me. It took me three weeks of work after hours to come up with 38 slides and guidebook for my social media branding class.  I'm blown away by the amount of energy and creativity it takes to set up just one class and commend all the teachers in the world who do this on a daily basis. Thank you for your incredible dedication to the craft of teaching! My latest class is designed to help REALTORS® establish a consistent image, or brand with their social media. I've found many agents have floundered in this category. Their profiles are typically inconsistent on their website, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Activerain, etc. So, I put together this powerpoint an...
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By Peter Nielsen
(Marin Realty Experts)
A client of mine has just purchased a 4BR/2BA single family home in Santa Rosa. He put a sandwich board outside with a "For Rent" sign and he immediately started getting calls from prospective tenants. Without placing a single ad on Craigslist or anywhere else, he had tenants to choose from, and has selected a family that is ready to move in immediately. I didn't think he would have any trouble getting it rented, but I was surprised by the volume of calls he got just by hanging out a "For Rent" sign. So it seems that the rental market is strong, at least for this type of home in Santa Rosa. Peter Nielsen, Peter@MarinRealtyExperts.com
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
Santa Rosa Real Estate Market Report for January 2011 Santa Rosa is the largest City in Sonoma County, located 55 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. With a population of approximately 160,000 residents, Santa Rosa has suffered a substantial drop in market value since 2007, due to the high number of distressed properties. The biggest surprise to me this month is the number of properties that went under contract during January 2011. Normally a slow month, more properties went under contract than any other month this past year except for April 2010, which was at the height of the first-time home buyer tax rebate. The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Santa Rosa Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area ...
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