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What $1 Million Can Buy You in Sonoma County

Back in the day, a million dollars was the ultimate amount of money to many people (even Dr. Evil).  It is still quite a hefty sum, and today we are checking out what a million dollars can buy you in Sonoma County.  Our neighbor, Napa, was just named fourth on Realtor.com’s list of areas with the highest percentage of million dollar homes.  The price range starts at $950,000 and goes up to $1,000,000, but we adjusted the price a bit… Read More »

What You Can Rent for $2,500 in Sonoma County

According to Zillow, the median rent throughout Sonoma County is $2,250, so today we are looking at our favorite homes in the $2,000 to $2,500 price range. Looking for homes to rent is not an easy task, and many of the homes we liked were already lease-pending.  Here’s a roundup: Santa Rosa 1707 Saint Anthony Way is a 1,750 square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath home in Southeast Santa Rosa for $2,500.  This is a fairly new house is a single story with… Read More »

Full Price Offer? It Might Not Be Enough.

Buyers in Sonoma County are faced with lots of challenges when trying to purchase a home, including the fact that they are often competing against multiple offers that go well above asking.  People are finding that they have to remove contingencies, pay all cash, offer a short close and pay well above the asking price to not be outbid. Jack Benson and his wife, Linda, are retirees from Southern California who have been looking for a small home or condo… Read More »

Sonoma County’s most expensive home – $22 million

Today we explore Sonoma County’s most expensive listing, “La Vid” which is actually a cluster of properties on approximately 159 acres at 730-760 Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.  Sonoma and Napa share a $22,900,000 listing at 100 Wall Road, the 20,000 square-foot Villa Sorriso, famous for having been owned by the late actor Robin Williams, but we wish to focus specifically on all things Sonoma. LaVid is being marketed as a compound, which could lead to some interesting family battles as you “experience… Read More »

What can you buy in Sonoma County for $550,000?

When people say that they are moving to Sonoma, they can mean a variety of things…Are they looking to buy a “Wine Country” cottage in the town of Sonoma or are they shopping for an affordable suburban North Bay home? Our criteria was the latter, to find the most appealing home in our budget with a garage and without HOA’s or additional fees.  The budget today is $550,000 because it is currently the median home price in Sonoma County. Here’s… Read More »

New Sonoma County foreclosure filings drop 26 percent

Sonoma County homeowners last summer entered the foreclosure process in the smallest numbers in nearly nine years. Lenders recorded 147 notices of default in the county in the third quarter, according to Irvine-based CoreLogic DataQuick. The notices, the first step in the official foreclosure process, were at their lowest number since 143 such documents were filed in the fourth quarter of 2005. In contrast, nearly 1,400 notices were filed in the first quarter of 2008, during the height of the… Read More »

Sonoma County foreclosures remain at pre-crash levels

Foreclosure activity in Sonoma County remains at levels last seen in the years before the housing bubble burst. County homeowners lost 71 residential properties in the first quarter of 2014, according to real estate information service DataQuick. That was a decrease of 53.9 percent from a year earlier and represented the lowest number for the first quarter since 2006. Notices of defaults, the first step in the official foreclosure process, did increase 12.4 percent in the first quarter from a… Read More »