Sonoma County Winegrower’s President, Karissa Kruse joins me on The Real Estate Hour this Sunday

Karissa Kruse President, Sonoma County Winegrowers
This week on The Real Estate Hour, as many of you will be chilling your green beer for St Patty’s Day, Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers joins me on the show to talk about the Winegrower Industry here in Sonoma County, CA.
But, have no fear, our theme WILL be “GREEN” Sonoma County Winegrowers, under Karissa’s leadership, is making great strides as they lead the push for Ag sustainability in the Sonoma County Winegrower industry. 
Through their Sonoma County Grape Growers foundation, they’ve also been doing some pretty special things when it comes to housing affordability for ag workers, by working directly with land owners to create on-site solutions to the high cost of housing in Sonoma County. 
After the October 2017 fires, the foundation shifted gears and raised over $1.3 million for Housing recovery for Ag families. 
As always, a healthy economy, and a healthy community, make for a healthy real estate market. So, this is very relevant information. Housing affordability and supporting the service industry, hospitality, tourism, public service, teachers, and the ag workforce, is a crucial piece of the overall health of our county. This and more with Karissa Kruse THIS Sunday morning 9-10am – 1350AM, 103.5/104.9FM, streaming live and podcast at KSRO.com
You can also hear Karissa every other Tuesday afternoon on “Off the Vine.” on KSRO’’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon

Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. Since taking over the top leadership role at the Sonoma County Winegrowers, Kruse has guided the strategy and implementation of Sonoma County’s commitment to become America’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region. Her forward thinking approach has helped Sonoma County Winegrowers gain global recognition for their efforts and she’s been invited to speak at major conferences around the world.

In an effort to continue to lead in the social responsibility component of sustainability, Kruse announced the relaunch of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation in January 2016, which aims to assist local agricultural employees and their families in the areas of healthcare, affordable housing, childcare, education and workforce development. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Foundation.

In January of 2017, Kruse launched the Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability, a think tank in partnership with the Wharton School of Business, that is focused on bringing subject matter experts from around the United States to Sonoma County to work on issues and opportunities affecting the long-term preservation of agriculture.

Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has 20 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management.

She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 12-acre vineyard on Sonoma Mountain.

Kruse is on the Alumni Advisory Board for Wharton’s Initiative on Global Environmental Leadership and a member of the Global Wharton Women in Leadership. She is also on the German Marshall Fund Alumni Leadership Council and FIVS Global Environmental Sustainability Working Group. She is on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Housing Task Force for the Sonoma County Alliance. Kruse also sits on the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee and Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Wine Country. She is on the Board of Directors of Sonoma County Tourism, Social Advocates for Youth, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and Shone Farm Foundation. Kruse serves on the Health Action Catalyst Team and its Governance Working Group and is a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Advisory Board. In 2014, Kruse was selected as a North Bay Business Journal Women in Business Award recipient and was a Forty under 40 Award recipient in 2012. Kruse was honored with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2015. She received the 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. She was named to the 2016 Wine Business Monthly Magazine’s Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders. In 2017, she was named on the Organic Authority’s List of “Badass Disruptors Changing Your Food System.” Karissa was honored by the North Bay Business Journal in 2017 with a Community Philanthropy Award.

Contact Karissa

  • karissa@sonomawinegrape.org
  • 707-522-5863

We’re Talking Reverse Mortgage today with David Carter, Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC

Not sure what a reverse mortgage is? How they’ve changed over the years? How they work? Did you know you can actually purchase a home with a reverse mortgage!? Call in number is 707-636-1350, 9-10am pacific. David Carter, Reverse Mortgage Specialist is joining me on the show!!

David Carter – NMLS 540322

Here’s a little bit of information about David Carter – Certified ReverseMortgage Professional
NMLS 540322
Phone: 707-235-8786
Email: dcarter@reversefunding.com
Reverse Mortgage Specialist

At Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF), reverse mortgages are our only business. We focus on improving the lives of homeowners and homebuyers age 62 and older by enhancing their financial well-being, independence, and prospects for a secure retirement. Our first commitment to you is making sure you have all the right information needed to assess whether a reverse mortgage is right for you; and if so, which one best suits your needs.
RMF is one of the top reverse mortgage lenders in the nation with over 20% market share in 2017.
*David Carter has worked in reverse mortgage lending in Sonoma County since 2004.
*Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP), designee by the National Reverse *Mortgage Lender’s Association. One of 150 CRMP’s nation-wide.
*2015 RMF President’s Club Ranked within the top 10% of RMF Nationwide
*2017 RMF President’s Club Ranked within the top 10% of RMF Nationwide

More about David and Reverse Mortgage visit his website

Larry Florin, CEO/President of Burbank Housing Sonoma County’s largest builder and owner of affordable housing joins The Real Estate Hour this Sunday at 9:30am PST. 

Larry Florin is CEO/President of Burbank Housing Sonoma County’s largest builder and owner of affordable housing. 
Lawrence Florin CEO/President of Burbank Housing, Sonoma County, CA

Burbank has built and owns over 3,500 units of affordable housing. Additionally Burbank has built close to 1,000 homes that are subsidized and sold below market.

For over thirty five years Burbank Housing has helped shape Sonoma County. Born out of local government, Burbank Housing formed as a separate nonprofit with a mission to serve as many people in the North Bay as possible. We’ve built over 2,800 affordable rental units in over 60 properties, as well as building and selling over 800 affordable homes.
A VITAL COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT TO LOCAL ECONOMIES, INCLUDING REAL ESTATE. 

“Communities thrive when housing is affordable. By reducing the stress of poverty and providing opportunities to achieve a brighter future, we’re investing in the future of our entire community. Through caring Property Management and vibrant Community Services programs, we’re committed to providing high-quality, safe places to live as well as access to health and wellness resources and services, educational opportunities and financial security.”

86 Communities Built

2847 Rental Units

815 Homes Built

229 In Development

A home is just the beginning. We build communities and connect them to much needed resources in our community.We partner with local agencies and local service providers to bring free programs to our residents.” – Burbank Housing

Visit www.burbankhousing.org for more information 

Jan Loewen – Loewen Insurance – Calls in with Insurance Tips After the Flood

Jan Loewen – Insurance Broker/Agent

Tune in at 9:00am Sunday on KSRO – Jan Loewen joins The Real Estate Hour this morning for a brief conversation about what steps you should take if your home or business was affected by the recent flooding in Sonoma County. As a previous insurance claims adjuster and long time insurance broker/agent, and owner of Jan Loewen Insurance, Jan has a wealth of information to offer when it comes to insurance.

To contact Jan or learn more about her business, visit her website: http://janloeweninsurance.com

JAN LOEWEN INSURANCE BROKER/AGENT – LIC#0L12184

Phone: (707) 528-8483 – Email: jan [@] janloeweninsurance.com

Kimberlee Foster, Chucket Organizing and Move Management; Today on Mike Kelly’s Real Estate Hour with Allison Norman

A Real Estate Hour favorite joins me this Sunday 2/24/2019;

Kimberlee Foster of Chucket! — Tune in for some great tips on downsizing, decluttering, move-management, getting ready for a move (where to start).
Decluttering #konmari style may be all rage, but Kimberlee has been organizing, downsizing and planning moves since the ‘80s. In addition to her paid move-management, organizing, and downsizing services, Kimberlee offers free downsizing seminars. Sign me up!! Browse her “testimonials” page for some great insight into just what an awesome resource she is. Join me as your host on Mike Kelly’s Real Estate Hour with Allison Norman on Sundays 9-10AM worldwide on The News and Talk of Sonoma County, KSRO.com and locally at 1350AM, 103.5FM, 94.5FM https://chucket.net/

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Special 2 hour Tribute to Mike Kelly on The Real Estate Hour

On Sunday February 3, a few of Mike’s biggest fans gathered in the studio to remember, salute, and celebrate our friend and colleague who passed away on Monday Jan 28.

Thankfully, KSRO has a few years of saved Podcasts  at http://www.ksro.com/show/ask-the-expert-the-real-estate-hour-with-mike-kelly/ and there are hundreds of posts here on the blog.

Here’s the 2 part tribute. Enjoy!

Hour One:

Hour Two:

 

It is with tremendous sorrow, we share the news of the passing of friend and colleague, Mike Kelly

On Monday, January 28, 2019, we lost an Icon. One of Sonoma County’s Natural Resources!

Mike Kelly was a professional and private person. He was a 2 time cancer survivor and was quietly battling a 3rd. On Monday, he lost his long time battle with Cancer.

There aren’t even enough words to express the wealth and depth of knowledge the real estate community, and Sonoma County as a whole, lost this week. For literally every situation you can imagine, Mike Kelly had a personal story, or a tid-bit of local history, or a solution for a tricky real estate transaction, and he loved to share his knowledge.

Words I’ve consistently heard when people talk about Mike (while he was here with us and since Monday) An Icon, a monument, a leader. Quick witted, feisty, kind, a big heart!  He was a true champion of homeownership and home owner rights. Licensed in 1978, Mike dedicated more than half of his life to real estate, and was proud to call himself a REALTOR – pronounced, “RealTOR” as it should be! 😉

Mike didn’t just dabble in real estate. He was committed to making us better as an industry. He had the philosophy that there was enough business to go around and instead of competing with his fellow agents, he mentored, and educated, was always available for questions, and focused on bettering the real estate industry as a whole.

Those who new Mike will agree that he never went half in to anything. He was a leader in every facet of his life. He didn’t just join a group or association, he joined in a leadership capacity. From Northbay Association of Realtors to the Santa Rosa Chapter of Norbar to California Association of Realtors, and even represented the local Women’s Council of Realtors in his role as president in 1996. In 2003 Mike was nominated by his peers to receive the Spirit Of Sonoma Award. Outside of real estate, Mike was involved in local and international Rotary, Sonoma County Executive Association, the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association, and I’m sure he’s already found a new leadership role.

Mike’s resume takes up almost 3 full pages. The list is long and impressive, including;  Awards, Designations, Realtor of the Year recognitions 2005/2008, and numerous leadership roles. Some designations include: CRS (Certified Residential Specialist, only 3% of Realtors hold this designation), SRES (Senior Residential Specialist), and CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist – he took the courses for this designation in Paris – smart guy)

He was a journalism major; an avid blogger, real estate columnist, and the voice of Real Estate for 34 years through his Real Estate Hour on KSRO, which he recently dubbed “the longest running real estate talk show in the universe”!! And, I think he can own that claim.

His tag line in real estate was “Mike Kelly, One of Sonoma County’s National Treasures” …and he can own that claim as well!

Recognizing the potential, Mike became an investor, founding member/agent, and was instrumental in the opening of the Sonoma County Keller Williams Realty offices in 2005. Since that time, Keller Williams International has become the #1 Real Estate company in the US.

I was lucky to work beside Mike for over 10 years, and pretty much every time I mentioned to another agent that I work with Mike Kelly, the response was the same; “Oh, I just love Mike Kelly” He had that effect on his peers…and really most who knew him felt the same.

There will be a service and celebration of life (time and location is yet to be determined)

Please join us on the radio to say good bye for now. Tune in to KSRO this Friday at 9-10am as Mike’s KSRO family pays tribute to the Man, the Legend, our friend and colleague, Michael J. Kelly (Mike)!! And then your calls, and more on a special 2hour edition of “the longest running real estate show in the universe!!” The Real Estate Hour with Mike Kelly on Sunday! 9-11am KSRO 1350AM 103.5FM and streaming live at KSRO.com

Thanks for the memories Mike – You left a giant hole in our collective hearts – You will be missed <3  Allison

 

Federal Shut-down shutting down Lending?

 

Mike Lamka–30+ years lender professional in Sonoma County. Great guest on today’s show.

Thanks to Mike Lamka of Freedom Mortgage for coming on the show this morning to discuss the current state of the lending world during our most recent government “shut-down”. The biggest issue was the announcement by FEMA stating no flood insurance would be issued during the shut-down. This didn’t last long as FEMA almost immediately retracted that statement and now will underwrite flood insurance while the shut-down continues. 

The lender always check with the IRS with a form 4506 verification of IRS Tax Returns. This is NOT being issued for most lenders are working around this. Freedom Mortgage stated they are NOT requiring this and providing a waiver. VA loans seem to be o.k. but FHA may be a bit cloudy. I’d check with your lender if you are either within an escrow with FHA financing or considering going this route.  USDA Loans are not being written but the application of this loan type is somewhat rare in our high priced area.

So caveat to all of my listeners and clients who are getting ready to write an offer–make sure your lender can process and FUND your loan! Thanks Mike for coming onto the show this morning to keep us informed during the current government “Shut-Down”. Mike can be reached at 707-494-4026

NMLS ID: 714616
Loan Officer Licensed in: CA
3333 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 110, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Latest Interest Rate update: Fed Hiking? No? Yes?

Still looking good! All that “Fed” talk can’t change these great rates.

Otto Kobler,Branch Manager

NMLS ID# 225957 CA BRE ID# 00981742

p: 707-522-6300

e: okobler@summitfunding.net

w: http://www.summitfunding.net/okobler

3550 Round Barn Blvd., Suite 310 Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Branch NMLS ID# 379493

Fulton Crossing Art Center–Show Recap

Thanks to Rami Batarseh of Batarseh Real Estate for discussing his latest endeavor; “Fulton Crossing”. Below is a link to the story of the revival of the old Fulton chicken processing plant. As a kid growing up in Guerneville, I drove by the chicken plant many, many times and its current usage is vastly superior to the look and smell of its previously life! Now it is an exhilarating and art filled space. Check it out for the Holidays!

For more info about Fulton Crossing please see https://www.fultoncrossing.com/the_story

The basics:

  • Fulton Crossing is an industrial artisan center, ±25,000sf of total space, 1 acre lot, located at 1200 River Rd Fulton
  • Purchased in 2012
  • Consists of 23 artists’ studios / workshops, studio size vary from 100sf to 3000sf
  • Fulton Crossing Gallery is the nucleus of the center, a large exhibition hall where artists display their latest work
  • Gallery opens to the public Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm
  • On every third Friday of every month, we host an “Open Studio” event, 5pm-8pm, where artists open their studios and invite the public to see their work and exchange ideas

About me Rami:

  • Real estate investor / broker for over 25 years, of which 18 years were in San Mateo, 7 years in Santa Rosa
  • Hold Electrical Engineering BS from George Washington Univ, MBA from San Jose State, hold CCIM designation
  • Owner of Batarseh Real Estate – commercial real estate brokerage company in downtown Santa Rosa
  • Specialize in value-add opportunities
  • batarsehrealestate.com is our website
  • Contact information below

Rami Batarseh

Batarseh Real Estate

613 4th St Suite 207

Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Tel: 707-331-4348

Fax 707-581-1858

ramibatarseh1@gmail.com

Broker Lic # 01326543

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