Category Archives: Miscellany

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

 

Otto Kobler, Summit Funding Joins us on the Real Estate Hour – New Loan Programs and Updates

Did you miss it??…here’s the podcast;

Real Estate Hour favorite, Otto Kobler of Summit Funding will explain a new more -flexible (?) Fannie Mae loan. Plus; What’s up with interest rates, Jumbo financing, Bridge loans, and more.

Otto Kobler Summit Funding, Inc. Branch Manager / Senior Loan Officer okobler@summitfunding.net
Otto Kobler
Summit Funding, Inc.
Branch Manager / Senior Loan Officer
okobler@summitfunding.net

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CA BRE ID#: 00981742
1400 N. Dutton Avenue Suite 5
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Office: (707) 522-6300 (Ext: 311)
Fax: (707) 522-6303
Email: okobler@summitfunding.ne

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This is not your Grandparent’s Reversed Mortgage. Today’s Reverse Mortgage Explained

Think you know ALL about reverse mortgages? You might be in for a few surprises. Jill Grom , Reverse Mortgage Specialist with Alliance Reverse Mortgage, joins us on this Sunday’s show to talk about the many things you may not know about Reverse Mortgage.

Tune in every Sunday from 9-10AM pst for The Real Estate Hour on KSRO 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live at www.KSRO.com

Reverse Mortgage specialist--a great guest too! Very informative.
Reverse Mortgage specialist–a great guest too! Very informative.

Jill Gromm |  VP, Reverse Mortgage Specialist 707-535-2926 – Cell 707-235-2269                             www.allreverse.com (Formerly California Reverse Mortgage Consultants)

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3033 Cleveland Avenue Suite 150  |  Santa Rosa CA 95403  |  CA BRE 01326979  |  NMLS 246723
MEMBER OF NATIONAL REVERSE MORTGAGE LENDERS  ASSOCIATION

About Jill:
Jill Gromm is an experienced mortgage professional providing mortgage loans for over 14 years and has spent the last 9 years specializing in Reverse Mortgages. She works for Alliance Reverse Mortgage which is located in the Redwood Credit Union’s corporate office on Cleveland Blvd.
Jill’s mission is to educate the senior homeowner and provide safety, security and peace of mind on every loan. She is a trusted advisor that not only works with each client through the loan process but also keeps in touch with all of her clients after the loan closes to answer any questions during the servicing of the loan.
Jill’s keys to success is to listen to her clients needs and educate them on all mortgage options to see what is in the clients’ best interest. She gives every client personal and professional service including in-home consultations. Continue reading This is not your Grandparent’s Reversed Mortgage. Today’s Reverse Mortgage Explained

Buying a Home just got a little bit easier. Our Real Estate Search App is now even EASIER to Install…

mobileAppJust click above or go to www.SonomaCountyRealEstateSearch.com, enter your phone number and we’ll send you a link instantly, allowing you quick access to our Home Search App for your mobile device.  It really is that easy for you to begin searching for homes wherever you are!!

How great would it be to drive through ANY neighborhood and be able to see all the information of every property for sale?

With the Keller Williams Realty App, you can do that and so much more:

  • School and neighborhood information at your fingertips
  • Interactive List or Map searches of any neighborhood from your mobile device, from wherever you are.
  • Scrolling “Nearby Homes for Sale” information on your screen.
  • Find Open Houses, and Rentals in the area too.
  • Easy to Sign Up, Easy to Use, and It’s FREE!

Trusts, Estates, Conserved, Probate – Gun Safety in the Home.

Firearms Firearms1This month’s PFAC meeting (Professional Fiduciary Association of California) focused on firearms, ammunition and explosives you might find in the home of a deceased or conserved homeowner, and what to do with them.

Captain Gary Negri (ret.) – Santa Rosa Police Dept. and
Sergeant Rob Douglas (ret.) – Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. lead an informative and interactive talk on the following topics:

1) Safety risks that a fiduciary or legal professional is likely to encounter in the course of their work when a client owns weapons.

2) What the Trustee, fiduciary or attorney needs to be aware of when entering a client’s home environment.

3) The potential assaultive behaviors that can occur when guns are in the home, and what steps can be taken to minimize risks.

4) What procedures and laws must be followed to handle, transfer, sell or dispose of guns in an estate.

5) Important conversations for attorneys to have with clients about firearms during the estate planning process.

6) How to identify and distinguish various types of weapons.

If you find firearms, ammunition  or explosives in a home; DO NOT transport them, DO NOT walk into the police department with them, call the local police Department or Sheriffs Department. For explosives and ammunition larger than 50 caliber (approx 4 inch bullet) you are required to call the local bomb squad.  ALWAYS err on the side of safety.

If you need help settling a the real estate portion of an estate, or you need a stepped up basis for tax purposes, give us a call 707-799-3617 or, email NoDumbQuestion.com

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”!

It’s Tax Time! Tune in to The Real Estate Hour for Timely Real estate Tax Tips with Madelyne Cromwell

In 2014 , did you Sell a House? Buy a House? Short Sale? Small business owner ? Realtor? Wondering what  you can write off? On This week’s Real Estate Hour, we’ll have the answers to those and many other questions. Call in with your questions 9-10AM Sunday 707-636-1350. and, tune in to 1350AM, 103.5FM or KSRO.com

Madelyne Cromwell, Enrolled Agent has expertise in tax return preparation and tax planning, and is authorized to represent clients before the IRS.Madelyne Cromwell Madelyne is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA), the Sonoma County Executives Association (SCEA) and the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

Prior to joining Cromwell Tax & Bookkeeping, Madelyne spent 15 years in financial services. Most recently, she was a Director at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where she held senior management positions in finance and technology. Madelyne started her career as a financial analyst at Lehman Brothers in New York City.

Madelyne has a B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an A.S. degree from the Santa Rosa Junior College.

When she is not working, Madelyne enjoys spending time with her partner and two furry (canine) children, playing golf, and watching the Oakland A’s.

A New Way to Generate Your Downpayment – Crowdfunding

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Here’s an interesting twist on the typical “wedding gift” …how about a home down payment gift registry?

Or, maybe you need funds for home renovation or home improvements…?

There are three new sources that can help you;

HatchMyHouse.com

DownPaymentDreams.com

FeatherTheNest.com

We think this is a great idea!! However, it’s very important for you to discuss your down payment source with your lender!

 

Where to Find Your Downpayment for a Home…

moneyIf you’re planning to buy a home in 2015; This week in the Press Democrat Real Estate Section, page R8, Mike Kelly’s bi-monthly column discusses the various ways for “find” your down payment.

Follow this link to find ALL of Mike’s articles including; Where to Find Your Down Payment for a Home

Disturbing News on Santa Rosa’s Housing Stock!

 

The Napa earthquake showed us all, in graphic detail,  what happens when homes are NOT retrofitted for earthquake safety. Here in Sonoma County we have many homes built in the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. The issue with this is “cripple walls”. These walls were used extensively in building during these years. Below is a diagram showing what they look like and what happens during a severe earthquake. The “ladder” type wood under the foundation are the cripple walls. The house has literally “Tipped” off of its foundation.  Here is a breakdown of how many homes may have this construction characteristic JUST in Santa Rosa! Remember, the hardest hit area in the last “BIG ONE” of 1906 was Santa Rosa.

Year Built:                       Amount of Homes

1900-1910                     509

1911-1920                     561

1921-1930                     854

1931-1935                    288 (great depression)

1936-1940                    796

1941-1945                    572

That’s 3, 580 homes which could suffer severe damage in a 6+ sized earthquake.  However, we do have simple remedies to this issue. One is to retrofit the cripple walls with “sheer” walls of 3/4 inch plywood. Also, you can bolt the foundation sole plate down, install brackets which hold the home together as a unit. But DON’T delay!!

Diagram of a house resting on cripple walls and the failure of these walls to support the house.
Diagram of a house resting on cripple walls and the failure of these walls to support the house.
Cripple walls fail and literally "tip" the house off of its foundation.
Cripple walls fail and literally “tip” the house off of its foundation.