Category Archives: State

Will the City of Santa Rosa’s New ADU Rules make adding a 2nd Unit Easier? Tune in to find out.

David Guhin, City of Santa Rosa, CA Director of Planning and Economic Development will be on the show to discuss the State’s new requirements, and how cities are now required to make changes allowing for an easier, less restrictive process for adding an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) to your property. More City of Santa Rosa info here

Tune us in at 9-10AM on KSRO 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live at KSRO.com.  Call in numbers are 707-636-1350

Search here for Santa Rosa homes for sale with granny unit, 2nd Unit, or ADU, or room to potentially add one? 

Missed the Show? – Listen HERE

 David GuhinDavidGuhin Director of Planning and Economic Development

City of Santa Rosa

 

Mr. Guhin has over 17 years of experience in the public sector, most of which has been with the City of Santa Rosa’s Water Department. In July 2015 Mr. Guhin was asked to lead the former Community Development Department through a series of strategic changes. His first tasks were to tackle the organizational changes that would create the new and revitalized Planning and Economic Development Department and to engage staff in visioning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive Process Improvement Action Plan aimed at positively altering the experience of doing business with and for the City.

Mr. Guhin’s areas of reasonability includes the Planning, Engineering, Building and Economic Development functions for the City of Santa Rosa.   In his time with Planning and Economic Development, Mr. Guhin has established the ongoing process improvement implementation, integrated the Engineering Development Services and Economic Development Divisions into the department, guided the development of the Housing Action Plan, and is leading the development of the City of Santa Rosa’s comprehensive policy on medical cannabis.

Mr. Guhin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. Mr. Guhin’s recent community involvement includes being Past President for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and he was the co‐chair for the Amgen Tour of California local organizing committee and has helped to bring the Ironman to Santa Rosa for the next 5 years.

David M. Guhin | Director

Planning and Economic Development

100 Santa Rosa Avenue | Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Tel. (707) 543-4299 | Mobile (707) 687-8806 | dguhin@srcity.org

 

Roy Johnston, Sonoma County Attorney, Joins us to Talk About Probates and Trusts and How They Effect the Sale of Real Estate

 

March 15, 2015 Santa Rosa, Ca.

Attorney, Roy Johnson joins Mike and Allison on The Real Estate Hour today to discuss the process (and the differences) of selling a house through probate or through a trust. The importance of having your home in a trust and what to do if YOU are handling the estate of a parent, whether in a trust or not. Call in with your questions during the show (9-10AM PDT) ;707-636-1350 or NoDumbQuestion@gmail.com

Roy Johroynston, Attorney
Johnston Thomas Law Firm
(707) 545-6542
rjohnston@johnstonthomas.com

Roy is an attorney in his 19th year of practice specializing in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and financial elder abuse. He also practices in business and real estate law.
He is an active volunteer attorney for the Council on Aging, and is active in the Sonoma County Section on Aging and Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council.
He is the past chair of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He is also a long-time member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the California Bar Association.
Roy received his Juris Doctorate from Empire College of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.
When not working on their century-old home, Roy and his wife Barbara enjoy sailing on the San Francisco Bay, serving at church, and doting on their eight grandchildren, and one very spoiled Bichon Frisè.

On Today’s Show – County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor, Bill Rousseau: Sonoma County Property Tax Assessments 2014, The Good and the Bad News, and The Appeal Process….

On today’s show we’ll be talking about the good (Home Equity is up) and the bad (Property Taxes are up) …and discussing the Sonoma County appeals process if you feel your property’s assessed value is off.

Not sure what your assessed value is? http://www.sonoma-county.org/assessor/SearchRoll.htm

Don’t agree with your Assessed Value? http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/Services/Assessment-Appeals/

In California, Proposition 13 baseline year is a major factor in DETERMINING your Property Taxes. Had your property re-assessed, and lowered in the down-market (Prop 8)? Remember, it can go UP quicker than if it is Prop 13 only! We have the man who can explain all of this with clarity on the show THIS Sunday, November 16, 2014–Bill Rousseau–County Clear, Recorder and Assessor! The graph below is a “Follow-Along” for all of our listeners!

Remember, if your real estate was "re-assessed" due to an appeal or general assessment, and it is UNDER your "base-line" Prop 13 value, it will go UP faster than Prop 13's max 2% yearly increase.

 

Bill will answer ALL of your questions regarding Sonoma County Property Tax issues.

This week on the show we are delighted to have William (Bill)  Rousseau, Clerk Recorder Assessor for Sonoma County on the air with us. We’ll discuss the current state of property tax assessments, Proposition 13 AND Proposition 8 and how both inter-play in property taxes on YOUR home. Also discussed will be the once a “lifetime” proposition which allows you to transfer your old Prop 13 baseline to another property within the county. See you then!   707-565-1888

 

Top 6 Leading Indicators for a Healthy Real Estate Market for Sonoma County!

CAR Market at a Glance--Leading Indicators to watch for in our California Real Estate Market 2013 year end.
CAR Market at a Glance–Leading Indicators to watch for in our California Real Estate Market 2013 year end.

Sonoma County Realtors and Homeowners should keep track of these 6 leading indicators to a healthy real estate market. One NOT on this chart is the “Distressed” market. Once almost 60% of ALL of our monthly sales in Sonoma County, it is dropped off to ONLY 10%. Welcome to a “normal/equity” driven marketplace. The big REO or Real Estate Owned wave of foreclosed homes has gone by the wayside.

In the chart to the left we can see a tad bit of “re-trenching” of median home price but STILL up over 22% from last year at this time. Of course, with surging home pricing we see a FALL in home affordability as witnessed in the drop from 49% last year to a disturbing 32%. Let’s hope we can keep this number in the 30% range. Still, NOT a good number. Other items–interest rates have lurched almost 1% higher and inventory keeps shrinking. We are in a “normal” winter cycle with most folks awaiting spring to place their homes onto the market. Get a jump on them and think about LISTING NOW! Less competition, serious buyers, low rates and big pricing. Contact Allison and I to assist you in determining your REAL price in today’s super competitive marketplace.

This Week’s Show; Wildfires are Coming…Is Your Home Ready?

5/26/2013 Sonoma County, Ca. on The Real Estate Hour, 1350 am KSRO

Fire Prevention Battalion Chief, Ben Nicholls, joins us on the radio to discuss the steps homeowners in High Fire Areas (State Responsibility Areas, SRAs) should be taking to protect their homes from Wild Fire.

Did you know that, if you live in an SRA, you are required to clear a “Defensible Space around your home? Chief Nicholls will tell us what that means. Here’s a link to help you determine if you are in an SRA,    http://www.firepreventionfee.org/sraviewer.php

Also, great tips for everyone on fire safety in your home.

Join us at 9:15 for this informative and very important topic.

For more information visit; http://fire.ca.gov/

 

 

 

 

Unemployment drops! 41,200 New Jobs in California added. Sonoma County unemployment looking good vs. State average.

 

 

 

EDD adds 40,000 NEW jobs for the state of California. Sonoma County Real Estate prices are tied to  Unemployment. But a new report today, as reported by Beacon Economics, shows the California “Coastal” zones  leading in shrinking unemployment roles. Unemployment  came down 2/10ths of a percent. Good news is on the way. For a great interactive map of unemployment throughout the state of California go to the “Beacon Economics” page Interactive Unemployment Map  Sound employment awaits the new Sonoma County resident or company.

 

 

January 1st, 2013–Homeowner’s Bill of Rights goes into effect!!

Come this January 1st a whole new era in the foreclosure/distressed Market Place will come alive–the “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights”, most every state will have one, goes into effect. Some of the more dramatic highlights:

  • Tenants with valid leases written PRIOR to the foreclosure can have them REMAIN in effect. Tenant leases a home for a year, in writing, Seller goes belly-up, lease MUST be honored by new owner. However, any fraudulent work will have the lease dismissed.
  • You’ll see the Attorney’s circling as the HBR gives the homeowner broad reach–just how BROAD will be determined by the courts in the months to come. “Robo-signings” will be no more but if they happen and fraud is detected injunction relief will be the Homeowner’s tool! Here are all of the new “Rights”.

 

Big Medicine for a BIG Problem!

Great report by Chief Economist for the California Assoc. of Realtors, Leslie Appleton-Young–National,State and So.Cal featured

 

Presentation on 2012 Real Estate Outlook--Leslie Appleton-Young

We discussed some of these key slides this morning on our radio show and wanted to give our listeners full acess to the presentation by CAR’s Chief Economist, Leslie Appleton-Young.  Here’s the Link. Just CLICK HERE to go to the presentation.  What’s REALLY startling is the “Foreclosure Radar” slides for Southern California–WOW!! Enjoy and let us know if  you have any questions or as always–YOUR feedback is much appreciated! 

Mike and Allison go to Sacramento to fight for Private Property Rights!

  Sonoma County, California–Allison and I met with Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Senator Noreen Evans in a whirlwind day at Sacramento where California Realtors are influencing legislation on private property rights. The Govenor of the greatest state of California, Jerry Brown, addressed our combined delegations from every county in the State. He showed off his wit and wisdom and explained with passion his desire to bring compromise to the tough act of Budget Balancing. We as Realtors made a solid impact with our legislators. On this Week’s show we will recap some of the more onerous laws coming at the homeowner or home buyer. Tune us in This Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, 2/12/12 as we unravel the latest mortgage relief effort…could THIS be the real game changer??

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Federal Government & Attorneys General reach landmark settlement with major banks

Roughly $25 billion in relief for distressed borrowers, states and federal government.

From the “NationalMortgageSettlement.com” website.

After many months of negotiation, 49 state attorneys general and the federal government have reached agreement on a historic joint state-federal settlement with the country’s five largest loan servicers:

The settlement will provide as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers and direct payments to states and the federal government. It’s the largest multistate settlement since the Tobacco Settlement in 1998.

The agreement settles state and federal investigations finding that the country’s five largest loan servicers routinely signed foreclosure related documents outside the presence of a notary public and without really knowing whether the facts they contained were correct.  Both of these practices violate the law.  The settlement provides benefits to borrowers whose loans are owned by the settling banks as well as to many of the borrowers whose loans they service.

  • About the Settlement: Learn about the settlement, who is affected and what claims may still be pursued against the banks. Find links to your state Attorney General’s Office to find state-specific information and contacts.
  • Help for Borrowers: Learn how to find out if your loan is affected by this settlement, the timeline for relief, how you will know if you are eligible. Find links to your state Attorney General’s Office to find state-specific information and contacts.
  • News: Read the national news release and find links to your state Attorney General’s Web site for state-specific news.
  • Loans owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac are not impacted by this settlement.  You may visit the following websites to learn if your loan is owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac:

Here’s what the plan will do for homeowners in specific situations;

Mortgage underwater but current with payments. More than 10 million homeowners in the U.S. owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth. The latest plan would enable people who have been making loan payments on time to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing with lower-interest loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration.

Mortgage underwater and behind with payments. More than $12 billion to be set aside to reduce principal for homeowners who are behind on their payments and owe more than their houses are currently worth.

Victims of foreclosure fraud. The plan will provide payments of about $2,000 a piece to approximately 750,000 families that have been the victim of improper foreclosure practices. Most commonly—routine electronic notarization of documents being transferred from one financial institution to another as part of the foreclosure process–a practice known as robo-signing.

This will most likely apply to people who lost their homes between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011.