Best of Sonoma County 2015 is in full swing. Vote for your favorite businesses throughout Sonoma County by May 31,2015

electronic-voteFollow this link to vote for “Mike Kelly and Allison Norman -The Kelly Norman Team” for your favorite “Real Estate Agent” in Sonoma County

The Press Democrat’s “Best of Sonoma County 2015″!! Here’s your chance to give a big shout out to all of your favorite local business. Follow the links below and vote for your favorites in all 4 categories; “Real Life” (Here’s where you can vote the Kelly Norman Team as your favorite Real Estate Agent), “Eating and Drinking“, “So Sonoma County“, and “Fun Living

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Best of Sonoma County 2015 | Real Life | Eating and Drinking | So Sonoma County | Fun Living

Keller Williams Realty Food Drive ends May 31, 2015

di75aA7i9During the month of May, Keller Williams Agents have been collecting non-perishable food donations for the redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County, Ca.

Food donations can be dropped off at any of our 3 Keller Williams offices. or you can give us a call at 707-799-3617 to come pick up your donation.

  • 120 Stony Point Rd, suite 140, Santa Rosa, Ca
  • 3562 Round Barn Blvd  #200, Santa Rosa, Ca
  • 1383 N McDowell Blvd #200, Petaluma, Ca

Monetary donations to the food bank can be made at the following link. http://refb.donorpages.com/AnnualFoodDrive/KellerWilliamsREDDay2015/ cliparti1_donation-clipart_01

 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District is Proposing a Point Of Sale Mandate for Wood Burning Fireplace/Wood Burning Device Replacement to EPA Standards.

fireplaces1Sonoma County is just one of the counties under the jurisdiction of the Bay Area Air Quality Management Division, and not the entire county is covered. The towns north of Windsor, Ca. are not part of the BAAQMD, and would not be effected by this proposed mandate.

The proposal is still in the planning and public outreach stages, and a bit hard to fully understand.  The information can be found at their website, www.baaqmd.gov , along with many clickable links to more information.

The NorthBay Association of Realtors is strongly against any Point-of-Sale mandates.

Here are the details of this latest proposal;

Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials are considering a plan that places new mandates on wood burning fireplaces, including a possible point of sale. Possible mandates include:

  • Homeowners must remove their wood-burning fireplaces before a home can be sold
  • If an EPA certified wood burning fireplace is the only source of heat, homeowners may receive an exemption to use it on mandatory burn ban days, if they register it with the Air District, and may be required to pay a fee
  • Upon remodeling a fireplace, the uncertified wood burning fireplace must be replaced with a gas fueled, electronic or EPA certified heat source

REALTORS® have expressed concern that:

  • These type of retrofits can cost upwards of several thousands of dollars
  • The point of sale is ineffective since it would take decades to reach every home
  • The point of sale would especially hurt seniors
    on a fixed income who need to sell their homes
  • The plan does not take into account historic homes
  • Instead of a mandatory point of sale, the Air

We feel that the District should create an incentive program for homeowners to replace their wood burning fireplaces, as the use of incentives has historically been an effective method in Sonoma County

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Shirlee Zane is one of the Sonoma representatives who will be voting on this issue. Contact Supervisor Zane at: (707) 565-2241; shirlee.zane@sonoma-county.org

Petaluma City Councilmember Teresa Barret is one of the Sonoma representatives who will be voting on this issue. Contact Teresa Barret at: (707) 778-4360; teresa4petaluma@comcast.

 

Buyer Purchasing Power is Up in Sonoma County, Ca.

If you are a serious “fence-sitter” remember the longer you wait the LOWER your “purchasing power”. The chart below shows just how much you will lose. Rates today are at or near the 3.75% and as you can see a $400,000 Loan is at $1,852. Most economists agree that the rates will rise this year and into the next with 4.75% NOT an unrealistic number. Look at how much “purchasing power” you lose. Now factor in the market appreciating say at 5% for this year and you lose big time. ACT NOW! We have the answers on HOW to buy, get through the mortgage maze and leap the hurdle of homeownership. 2BuyersPurchasingPower015-04-10_9-39-50

Natural Alternative to that Bee Killing “Round-Up”….Save the Bees

This is THE alternative to the bee-killer “Roundup” spray. PLEASE do not use Roundup. It is death to our pollinators the honey-bees and other beneficial bees and insects. If you have a weed in your drive-way, bend over and pick it out! OR use this potent mix and spray just LIKE the dreaded “Round-Up”!

Natural Weed Killer- Bee saving formula

This is THE alternative to the bee-killer “Roundup” spray. PLEASE do not use Roundup. It is death to our pollinators the honey-bees and other beneficial bees and insects. If you have a weed in your drive-way, bend over and pick it out! OR use this potent mix and spray just LIKE the dreaded “Round-Up”!

New “Know Before You Owe” Mortgage Rule coming in August 2015…Find your “Toolkit” here.

Know Before You Owe Toolkit CFPBThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a new toolkit to guide consumers through the process of shopping for a mortgage and buying a home.

“The new mortgage disclosure forms coming in August will help consumers comparison shop for mortgages and avoid surprises at the closing table. We are releasing this toolkit well in advance of the effective date to help the mortgage industry come into compliance with the new rules,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

The toolkit, which can be found here, provides a step-by-step guide to help consumers understand the nature and costs of real estate settlement services, define what affordable means to them and find their best mortgage.

It also features interactive worksheets and checklists, conversation starters for discussions between consumers and lenders, and research tips to help consumers seek out and find important information.

Tune in to The Real Estate Hour, Sunday mornings from 9-10AM 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live at www.KSRO.com for more information on this new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule in the months leading up to it’s implementation in August 2015.

Easter Sunday 2015 The Real Estate Hour’s Guide to Egg Hunts; Sonoma County

Easter Sunday, Easter Egg Hunts

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Sonoma County, California Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

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Did you think your kiddos missed all the Easter egg hunts in Sonoma County this year? …or, maybe they just didn’t get enough? Have no fear.  Here’s a list of family Easter fun and events taking place ON  Easter!

(Courtesy of the Press Democrat)


Easter Egg Hunt at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: Kids 3 and older can visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs in a meadow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. There are three times: 11 a.m. for kids 3-5 (free), 11:30 a.m. for kids 6-9 ($5) and noon for kids 10 and up ($8). Meet in the campground’s Lower Meadow for the hunts. A barbecue lunch will be available for $10 a plate starting at 11:30 a.m.. 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Reservations required: 833-6084.


Easter at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn: Back by popular demand, Monsieur “Easter Bunny” will host a traditional Easter Egg hunt at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, the family can enjoy a Sunday buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $99 adults, $49 children 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma. 939-2415.


Hunt for the Hare at Safari West: Kids of all ages can enjoy brunch on Sunday, followed by an egg hunt and a cross-country “Hunt for the Hare” on the African savannah of Safari West. Choose from the 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. start time. Cost is $68 for adults, $35 for kids 4-12. Brunch only is $40.50 for adults, $18.50 for kids 4-12. 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. 579-2551.


Peep Fling and Peeps Diorama Competition, plus Egg Hunt: The Rio Nido Roadhouse will celebrate “Peeps Through the Years” with a Peeps Diorama contest and a Peep Fling Competition at noon Sunday. Catapults must be safe and of original design, with no electricity, gas, explosives or compressed air allowed. For the dioramas, Peeps are available at the Roadhouse one week in advance. Maximum size is 12 square inches, and the spending cap is $30. 14540 Canyon Two, Rio Nido. 869-0821.


 

Listen to Mike and Allison on "The Real Estate Hour", Sundays, 9 to 10am PST, KSRO, 1350AM or 103.5 FM and www.KSRO.com