Category Archives: Allison’s Viewpoint

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? 

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 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

 

Sales for November of 2016 Sonoma County, California

Heading into the Holidays with low inventory and weak sales.
Heading into the Holidays with low inventory and weak sales.

Here’s the “Tale of the Tape” for home sales, Sonoma County, California, November 2016.

Median home price is up 9% over last year at this time but this is due to the tight inventory market, buyer demand and rates on the rise. As of this writing, December 7, 2016, rates are hovering just at 4 to 4.25%. So the threat of rising rates is bringing those looking to the table. It should be noted we have only 575 “Active” listings for every town in Sonoma County–all price points. Slim pickens

While the median SOLD price is $575,000, the “On the Market” median home price is $749,00. This means of those 575 homes half are below and above that number. Sales are actualy up +2%, or pretty darn close to “Flat” year over year. The “Solds” for 2016 never broke 500 sales in any month. Last year we had two months of 500+ sales.

An indicator of things to come is the “Under Contract” numbers which are down -8% over last year. But this is also seasonal as the slowest months of the year are upon us. Inventory is as you’d expect–down. New properties entering the market -6% and total inventory down -15% year over year.

Positives? DOM or Days on the Market is down -33%! 50 days is the time and our MSI or Month’s Supply of Inventory is only 1.8 months. Put this in context: a “normal” market is 4-6 months supply, under that its a Seller’s market. We have a BIG TIME Seller’s Market!

Here in Sonoma County,Ca our inventory is very tight and days on the market down to 50!
Here in Sonoma County,Ca our inventory is very tight and days on the market down to 50!

Still, if you are a buyer keep at it! Especially if you are below the median home price of $575,000. Less competition and motivated Sellers are a good combination for you! Let us know if we can help! 707-322-8503! Mike Kelly.

 

 

Median “Active” vs. Median “Sold” BIG difference!

 

You hear so much about the "Median Home Sales Price" but how about the Median Listing Price?
You hear so much about the “Median Home Sales Price” but how about the Median Listing Price?

66% of May real estate sales fell between $400,000 to $749,000 here in the “Wine Country” of Sonoma County, California. Many in the nation might think our prices outrageous but here in the super heated “Tech-centered” Bay Area we are considered the “bargain basement”. Our “Median” SOLD home price is $580,000. However, the “Active” or “Showable” listings tell a different story. Whereas a “median” home price indicates half the market above and half below when it comes to “Active” listings its another story altogether. We have 818 total “Active” or “Showable” listings now available county-wide.  If we use $580,000 as a median home price with our “Active” inventory we see 27% of the available listings are BELOW $580,000 and 73% above. The county-wide Median “Active” list price is $815,000.

If you wish to find “Active” properties below the “Median SOLD Price” only 4 areas meet that criteria: Russian River–$449,000 with 59 showable listings. The SW area of Santa Rosa comes in at $469,000 with only 27 showable listings, followed by NW Santa Rosa, $515,000 with 46 showable listings and the Cotati/Rohnert Park with $537,000 median home price of actives but only 18 showable homes.

It really takes off from there. The top two median “Active” home prices? Sonoma at $1,297,000 with 125 showable listings and Healdsburg, $1,411,500 with 76 showable listings. Overall, of the 818 total “Active” listings 308 are OVER $1,000,000.

Tom Havstad, Permit Consultant Extraordinaire, Joins The Real Estate Hour This Sunday.

  • Cpermithanges at the PRMD (Sonoma County Permit Department),
  • Changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance,
  • And, what about those Un-permitted repairs and alterations when you go to sell your house! These topics and more will be discussed with Real Estate Hour favorite, Tom Havstad.

Tune in..have a little fun…and, learn a lot.

profile pictureTom Havstad; Long time local Sonoma County Permit Consultant and property owner advocate.  Tom Brings a wealth of knowledge to the Real Estate transaction, and to homeowners just trying to sort things out.

Cell:707-695-0857  Office:707-874-2078 Email:havstad@sonic.net Online at: Permit-Help.com

house-blueprintPermit Consulting Services for Sonoma Marin and Napa – Permit Consulting Services offers professional assistance at your building department. We know the process and we will advocate for you. Our expertise comes from decades of experience in all phases of plan and permit processing.

You may need help with building or zoning permits, or you may just need to understand what permits were taken out for work done in the past. If you need plans drawn in order to pull a permit, we can do those for you also. We’ll handle the whole process, start to finish, or we’ll coach you through it. And you can believe this, it’s not getting any simpler. You’ll save time and money by getting a professional on your side.

Continue reading Tom Havstad, Permit Consultant Extraordinaire, Joins The Real Estate Hour This Sunday.

On this week’s show: April Sales and Market Activity–Flat, lack-luster here in Sonoma County.

Here are Sonoma County April Sales information. Big take-aways? Lack of inventory but increasing, Median home price up “only” 6% over last year. 1.5 Month’s Supply of Inventory (4-6 months is considered “normal”.

MSI

Average Days on the market is a remarkable 42 days. Note how this number has been dropping. Blame low inventory and big Buyer demand due to historically LOW interest rates in the upper 3% range.

AverageDOM

Homes for sale by month is down -10% over last year–c’mon–let’s get those homes on the market!

ForSaleProp

New properties coming to the market is down slightly.

NewProperties

Indicator of future activity is the “Under Contract” properties down -5% over last year. Hmmmm?

UC

Sold Properties by month is down -13%. This with historically low rates? Price wall happening?

SoldsMay

Median Home price shows dramatic slowing of higher price activity.

Medianhomepricemay

 

Rent Control and “Just Cause” evictions–Points to Consider–this Sunday’s Topic

For or Against Rent Control? Here are some points to consider and express to the City of Santa Rosa Council meeting May 3rd—Public Meeting at City Hall.
We are please to have Daniel Sanchez, Government Affairs Director, of the NorthBay Association of Realtors to talk about these timely issues before the City of Santa Rosa takes action on May 3rd at the Council Meeting. 
Just Cause:—What is it?  Under just cause eviction, a tenant can only be evicted if the landlord can prove that the tenant is violating the lease, breaking the law or if the landlord must move themselves or a family member into the unit.
  • Any type of rental can be eligible for just cause, including single family homes.
  • Just cause eviction ordinances would require rental owners to prove “cause” in court, or in some cases before a political body, every time they need to remove a problem resident, such as a drug dealer, or violent criminal.
  • Proving cause in court or by going before a board or commission is hard to do and unfair. The legal process is costly and time consuming. Rental property owners would have to depose and subpoena other residents to testify.
  • Because removing a problem tenant requires going to court, these ordinances tend to clog the court system.
  • Santa Rosa should focus on educating renters on their protections under state law, instructing owners on their obligations, and enforcing the laws we have.
  • Santa Rosa should provide a forum for owners and residents to resolve disputes in a neutral setting — not in a court, not in the political setting of an eviction board, and certainly not with a host of new laws and regulations.

Continue reading Rent Control and “Just Cause” evictions–Points to Consider–this Sunday’s Topic

Old Courthouse Square–FINALLY Reunification? Your feedback wanted! Survey below.

The city of SR is FINALLY pulling the trigger on reunification of the Downtown Square. BUT they want to know how you feel! Survey below.
The city of SR is FINALLY pulling the trigger on reunification of the Downtown Square.
to take the online survey, please visit:www.surveymonkey.com/r/CourthouseSquare orwww.surveymonkey.com/r/CHS_Espanol.
BUT they want to know how you feel! Survey below.Santa Rosa seeks public input regarding Courthouse Square reunification in a new online survey. The Courthouse Square reunification project is the highest profile infrastructure project for downtown Santa Rosa in the past 30 years.  The City Council voted to reunify Courthouse Square to create a dynamic community gathering space and encourage downtown investment.Outreach and the construction project timeline is truncated to minimize construction impacts to downtown businesses. Survey input will be collected from November through the end of December 2015.  Input collected from the survey will help inform the chosen design team for the reunification design.
Once the design team is chosen, two additional public meetings will be conducted; meeting dates and times to be determined. For more information on the City’s Courthouse Square Reunification project, please visit: www.srcity.org/chs

Kimberlee Foster, “Chucket” Organizing and Relocation Services on the show this Sunday!! Who better to help us get from Chaos to Organized before, during, and after a disaster!

Did you miss it…or, want to listen again? Here’s the podcast:

KimberleeFosterKimberlee has been working in the trenches bringing donated items to the Valley Fire evacuees in Lake County, California. She has some first hand information on what is really needed…and, Some great tips and ideas on preparing for a disaster, preparing for an unexpected evacuation, and getting your most important items into an easy grab and go location.

You can find Kimberlee at (707) 560-1491  and www.Chucket.net

Organizing, Downsizing and Move Management Services

Kimberlee Foster, founder and owner of Chucket, provides affordable and personalized organizing and move management services in the North Bay area. She offers professional management and gentle guidance for projects like:

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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Email: okobler@summitfunding.ne

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