Category Archives: Going GREEN!

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”!

Buying “Country” or “Rural” property in Sonoma County, California!

CountryPropertyI’ve just complete the third part of my trilogy on “How to Buy and Sell Rural or “Country” property in the Press Democrat. I was limited to 1,000 words for each “Column” and could have used many more great stories. But I’ll let this three part series speak to the complexities of either buying or selling “Country” property. Here’s Pt I. I’ll print the other two in upcoming days. If you have any feedback let me know!

Buying “Country Property” So you want to raise some chickens and things? Pt I

situation. I gave techniques on writing offers with a minimum of s level of sophistication and comfort level) in order to make your ” property on public sewer and water on a subdivision lot (3500 to 6000 sqft). Now I want to explore the replete with multiple acres of land (an acre is , property was tough and complex.

The biggest differences in the two types of property is generally lot size and on-site “systems” for sewage disposal and water. The thought of sewage disposal and water supply ON THEIR LAND is somewhat shocking. No treatment plant miles away but an ON-SITE septic tank with leach lines just yards from home. Water?—from your own Well which means both systems go into and come OUT of the same land. Takes some getting used to. Continue reading Buying “Country” or “Rural” property in Sonoma County, California!

All about the “Big Move” on today’s show with Redwood Moving and Storage

Whether moving across town, across the country…or across the world, the level of stress can be the same. Your moving company should ease that stress…not add to it.  So, it’s important to pick the right one. Redwood moving is a local, family owned company with a great reputation , a super clean facility, and a friendly, professional staff.  They offer in home evaluations and advice, as well as  “not to exceed” estimates.

If you just have some “stuff” to store for a couple of months…or longer, their clean, and dry storage facility is impressive.  From one piece of furniture to a whole house full.  It’s a great alternative to self-storage.

Their community involvement includes;

Their free eWaste program which  takes in unwanted electronics, keeping them out of the landfills. Funds raised from this program go to local scholarships and the special Olympics.

They also facilitate the donation of any food items that might otherwise be thrown out during a move.  Collected foods are delivered to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Kudos to Redwood Moving and Storage for recognizing an opportunity and creating a useful solution to fill a need that benefits many. .

 

After a bit of confusion last week…THIS Sunday, SMART TRAIN General Manager Farhad Mansourian, joins us for this week’s show

After a bit of confusion last week, Join us THIS Sunday 2/05 as we discuss the status of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project, better known as SMART, with General Manager, Farhad Mansourian.

Last week, SMART General Manager, Farhad Mansourian, addressed a room full of Sonoma County Realtors and affiliates. His goal was to educate the real estate community, so that we can better inform and educate our clients. I was surprised by how much I (along with many of my fellow Realtors) did not know about the many layers and details of this huge project.

Mr Mansourian, will join us on The Real Estate Hour, Sunday 9-10AM PST 1350AM, to discuss SMART’s short and long range goals, their progress, the jobs the project has and will continue to create, roadblocks they’ve overcome…and those still looming. http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/

This will not be a political discussion of the right or wrong of SMART.

Mr Mansourian was hired to see this project through in these trying times. For him,the question is not whether there should be a train. 70% of the voters in two counties decided on SMART. His job is to make it happen. We look forward to hearing what he has to say.

It will be hard for us to take phone calls for this show…SO, here’s your chance. What’s your burning SMART question??  NoDumbQuestion@gmail.com

Energy Upgrade California–Thousands $$$ in Rebates available! Today’s Show–Making your home Energy WISE!

January 22, Sunday, here in Sonoma County, California–we have Chris Cone of Sonoma County Community Climate Action Plan plus our old friend, John Sutter of Applied Building Sciences (ABS), Building Performance Contractor AND John Shipman also an approved contractor AND trainer for the “Green Building” class taught to Realtors/Agents. We’ll be ALL OVER the California Energy Upgrade program and explore what is available to the homeowner to upgrade to a seriously energy efficient home! Thousands of dollars are available for rebates plus cheap money available through the SCEIP program and approved lenders up to $25,000! Give us a call at: 707-636-1350 between 9 and 10am PST!

Above left to right:Chris Cone, John Shipman & John Sutter .

View fellow Californians as they DISCUSS energy upgrades. Click here for VIDEO! If you wish information on the Climate Protection Campaign visit their website:   http://www.climateprotectioncampaign.org/

 

HERS Energy Rating, Energy Audit, Energy Retrofit…SCEIP…what does it all mean??

Tune in Sunday 11/27/2011 ~ 9-10AM , 1350AM KSRO; www.KSRO.com, as John Sutter of Applied Building Science joins us again to explain

                                              

BIO: John Sutter, Applied Building Science (ABS Northbay)

Applied Building Science is the North Bay’s premier building performance contractor.  We assess, repair, replace, and correct building defects to enhance the comfort, healthfulness, durability, and energy efficiency of our client’s homes and businesses.

Among the services we offer are audits and assessments, air sealing, window replacement, insulation enhancement, crawlspace sealing, appliance replacement, furnace replacement, duct design and replacement, solar electricity and water heating, ventilation enhancements, and air conditioning upgrades.  We are also a full service remodeling contractor.

We are also proud to be an authorized PG&E Energy Partners weatherization contractor, and a dealer for the most energy efficient windows made in America, Serious Windows.

Among our many certifications are Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, CHEERS Whole House HERS rater, BPI certified building analysts, and California Building Performance Contractors Association contractor.

To find our how ABS can improve the comfort, healthfulness, and efficiency of your home while reducing greenhouse gas emissions please contact us at:

Office:  707.528.3468   Fax:  707.528.3433  Email:  info@absnorthbay.com

1350 Central Ave. #6, Santa Rosa, CA  95401

What is a Home Energy Rating?

A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index.

Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index for the home.

Unlike a Building Performance Audit or a weatherization assessment, a home energy rating is a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. Since a rating quantifies the energy performance of a home, the HERS Index provides an easily understandable means to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes.

 

 

 

 

This week’s show; Attorney Daniela M Pavone on Land Use, Landlord/Tenant, Environmental and Contract Law, Sunday 11/20 1350AM KSRO 9-10AM

  • You’re a landlord with tenant issues…. a tenant in a home facing foreclosure, wondering what your rights are?
  • You have a real estate contract you just don’t understand… Private loan….TIC (tenant in common) terms to be drafted
  • You’re a property owner with a lot line dispute, a neighbor’s tree hanging precariously over your yard…a noisy dog…environmental issues..

Tune in to The Real Estate Hour on Sunday November 20, 2011 / 1350AM KSRO, Streaming live at www.KSRO.com. Call in number is 707-636-1350

The Law Office of Daniela M. Pavone is dedicated to providing personal and effective legal counseling to help individual and corporate clients throughout Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Marin Counties tackle their contract, land use, and environmental issues.

Daniela M. Pavone

642 5th Street
Santa Rosa, California 95404
Telephone: (707) 703-4338
Facsimile: (707) 735-5000
DPavone@PavoneLawOffice.com

Landlord/Tenant

I have represented both landlords and tenants in all stages of the landlord/tenant relationship.  I have extensive experience helping landlords to follow the strict eviction procedures to ensure that, should a tenant need to be evicted, it can be accomplished efficiently and legally.  I also have the necessary experience to protect a tenant whose landlord has attempted to initiate an eviction proceeding improperly. I know both sides well, so if your tenant has threatened his or her neighbors with violence or your landlord has cut off your utilities, I can help.

Land Use

I have worked with local government agencies to facilitate zoning changes, divisions of land, boundary line adjustments, and other approvals necessary for the ability of property owners to develop and utilize their property.  I am familiar with the procedures local and state government must follow in the approval or denial of a development permit and have sought redress from both when those procedures have not been followed and the rights of property owners, their neighbors, or other interested parties have not been protected.  If you think a development project was improperly approved or denied, or you would like some guidance in maneuvering through the local bureaucratic maze, do not hesitate to call or stop by.

Real Property

I have handled an array of real property disputes including those involving title, the location of boundary lines, access easements and water rights.

Animal Law

I have experience with an array of animal law issues including helping clients handle damage caused to the property of a neighbor by their animal, obtaining recovery for the death or serious injury to a farm animal by a neighbor’s dog, animal related noise complaints, and helping clients prepare for, and representing them at, vicious dog hearings.

Environmental Law

I am very familiar with the numerous regulations protecting natural resources, specifically the California Environmental Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), having argued both in front of local government agencies, the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.

General Civil Litigation

I have handled a broad range of general civil litigation including bringing and defending claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and damage to personal property.

Transactional

I have experience drafting sales and service contracts, buy-sell agreements, road maintenance agreements, residential and commerical leases, purchase agreements and covenants conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs).

Winter’s Coming. Before spending precious dollars on improvements, know WHAT you really need in the way of energy smart improvements.

John Sutter of Applied Building Science is our featured guest today. We’ll discuss the best way to winterize your home, Energy Audits (updated 2011 information), the SCIEP (Sonoma County Energy Independence Program) plus the HERS rating system. Follow THIS LINK for a downloadable color booklet ON the HERS rating system. As they say, “You wouldn’t buy a new car without knowing its “miles per gallon” rating. So why buy a home without a “home energy rating?”

If you would like a HERS energy audit give John Sutter a call. No sense in spending precious dollars on improvements without knowing WHAT you really need in the way of energy smart improvements. John can give you a complete plan: 707-528-3468 or direct: 707-703-5244  jsutter@absnorthbay.com

Green Homes Tour! Sunday-Oct 2nd 10am to 4pm-Santa Rosa Showcasing ways to save Energy!

Santa Rosa, California-NOT a Real Estate Open House but homes showcasing ways to save energy through the use of solar applications, recycle building materials, rain water storage–PERMACULTURE would be the ultimate form of this. The Real Estate Hour guests this morning will be Dori Estrella from SCEIP and Julie Carlton from the City of Santa Rosa. Our “Green” year continues!

We also will be talking with Dori Estrella regarding recent litigation on the validity of the Property Assessed Clean Energy  or PACE programs. Seems to be good news on that front as well. Here’s a video explaining the tour from the City of Santa Rosa:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC26WradEic

Green Homes Tour on October 2nd!

A Green Homes Tour hosted by the City of Santa Rosa’s Clean Energy Advocates and Solar Sonoma County will be held on October 2, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will showcase a variety of Santa Rosa homes that have implemented measures like recycled building materials, installed solar panels to generate electricity, and rainwater harvesting systems. This tour is part of the National Solar Homes Tour which takes place in communities throughout the country each year and attracted over 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico in 2010.

The selected homes will be open for the public to tour in an effort to help the residents find ways to save energy and improve their own homes. Representatives and local experts from different community “green” organizations such as Solar Sonoma County, Energy Upgrade California, PG&E and the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program will be present during the tour to discuss questions on rebates, how to find a contractor and more!

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Time: 10am – 4pm
Tour begins at: 1832 Honeysuckle Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (Look for signs to Meritage Homes)
Continue reading Green Homes Tour! Sunday-Oct 2nd 10am to 4pm-Santa Rosa Showcasing ways to save Energy!