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All about Septic on this week’s show with Mike Treinen!

We’re talking Septic Systems on this week’s show. Mike Treinen, Septic Inspector/Consultant and former Sonoma County Sanitarian joins me on today’s Real Estate Hour and we have a lot to talk about.  

  • New Sonoma County Regulations in the works; and what to expect!
  • What is a septic system
  • Types of Septic Systems
  • Expansion, Maintenance, Pumping, etc.
  • Why you should always get a septic inspection when buying a home with a septic system.
  • Update on Fire lots with Septic.

… and your questions;  Mike Kelly’s Real Estate Hour with Allison Norman on KSRO 9-10am Sunday’s 1350am, 103.5/94.5fm and streaming live on KSRO.com

Podcast: March Numbers and Buyer/Seller Real Estate Tips

03/07/2019 – Did you miss the show? Or want to hear it again? Here’s the podcast:

 

Radio Show podcast – David Bouquillon, President of Laulima Development – Station Avenue a Downtown Urban Development – live, work, play and stay in Rohnert Park, CA

David Bouquillon, President of Laulima Development Joined me on The Real Estate Hour March 31st, 2019. for a great discussion about upcoming Station Avenue project, a downtown redevelopment project in Rohnert Park, CA.  – Listen here: 

A little Rohnert Park history; Rohnert Park was built on land originally owned by Waldo Emerson Rohnert, and later passed on to his son Fred Rohnert.  At that time, the land was a thriving 2700 acre seed farm.

In 1954, Paul Golis and Maurice Fredrickson, both recent law school graduates, had become very active in representing developers in the area. They came up with an idea to develop large tracts of land by first drawing up an master for the entire area. They presented the plan to Waldo Rohnert’s widow, and she agreed to sell the entire seed farm.

Paul Golis came up with a plan for the land. The core of the plan (a plan that eventually became the city of Rohnert Park) was a “neighborhood unit” concept where each “neighborhood” would consist of 200-250 homes, a school, and a neighborhood park/pool.  No home would be more than a third of a mile from the corresponding school. These neighborhoods would be supported by commercial and industrial development.  It was to be “a country club for the working class”. 8 of these neighborhood units were created, and over the years other smaller neighborhoods were added, some schools have closed and students consolidated.

Golis’ forward thinking plan was a great idea, at the time. But, it  lacked one important thing…a downtown! Maybe at the time, a downtown wasn’t necessary.  As Rohnert Park becomes more urban, the need for a real downtown becomes more apparent.

The city, after much community discussion and outreach, has determined that what Rohnert Park’s citizens want the most is a downtown core. That’s where David Bouquillon, and his company Laulima Development comes into the picture. In 2017 Laulima purchased the long vacant 32 acre State Farm campus where they plan to create a vibrant urban district…a downtown!

The Station Avenue plan will consist of retail, office space, a hotel, and eventually residential rental units, creating a well thought out urban live, work, play experience.

And the icing on the cake? Station Avenue is adjacent to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train connecting residents of Sonoma and Marin counties with jobs, education and shopping. The train will also deliver commuters to the Larkspur ferry terminal for a connection to San Francisco & beyond, making Station Ave the only Transit Oriented Development along the SMART route.

Find more info at, https://stationaverp.com/

About David Bouquillon; As a managing partner David is responsible for setting strategic goals, overseeing the development and construction process for all Laulima’s projects.

David’s primary responsibilities are to evaluate new development opportunities through strategic acquisition of projects with an emphasis on development opportunities and value enhancement.  David oversees all aspects of the project, from entitlement, negotiating governmental agreements, developing a leasing strategy, and development management.  With over 20 years of extensive development and construction experience in mixed-use urban real estate development.

Having served as the Senior Director for notable mixed-use projects such as Bay Street Emeryville, Santana Row, The Historic Guasti District in Ontario, CA and the Ballpark Village in Fremont, CA.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Technology from the School of Construction Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

David Guhin, Assistant City Manager, and Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Santa Rosa on The Real Estate Hour

David M. Guhin | Assistant City Manager/Director Planning and Economic Development Tel. (707) 543-4299 | dguhin@srcity.org

Tune in Sunday 3/24 ,      9-10am pst. on KSRO.

When it comes to government, economic development, and planning, in Santa Rosa, CA, David Guhin wears a lot of hats, so we’ve got a lot to talk about!! (Scroll down to a list of topics)

In addition to the Assistant City Manager duties, Mr. Guhin’s responsibilities include the City’s Planning, Building, Engineering and Economic Development functions.

Mr. Guhin has established ongoing process improvement implementations to expedite and enhance the development process, guided the development of the City’s Housing Action Plan, lead the development of the City’s comprehensive cannabis policy and tax initiatives, oversaw the Roseland Annexation process, and is developing an aggressive downtown housing initiative to encourage multi-family housing in the downtown core to support transit oriented development and the health and economic vitality of our downtown.

Mr. Guhin is also heading the rebuild effort for the City of Santa Rosa from the 2017 Tubbs Fire that destroyed approximately 3,000 homes in the City. 

Tune in 9:00-10:00am pst Sundays on KSRO, 1350am, 103.5/94.5fm and streaming live at ksro.com.

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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

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

 

Beyond the Peak! October 21, 2018 Radio Show Topics and Info

Good morning to one and all! Here’s some data I’ll be discussing this morning on “The Real Estate Hour” heard every Sunday, 9 to 10am pst. 1350AM, 103.5 and 94.5FM and www.KSRO.com.  Above is a chart showing how far we’ve come from the “Depth” of the recession in relation to median home price in the Bay Area. The top 4 counties with the biggest come back are in double digits. Sonoma County? 3% above.

Currently we have 1055 “Active” or “Showable”  Detached Single Family dwellings listing in Sonoma County-for a population of 500,000+. Slim Pickens!

Of those “Active” listings 316 are $1+Million! or 30%.

Here’s a price breakdown:

0-$250,000     5

$251,000 to $499999  122

$500,000 to $749,999  422

$750,000 to $999,999  190

1+Million to $1,249,999 65

$1,250,000 to $,1499,999  53

$1,500,000 to $1,749,999   31

$175,000 to $1,999,999  29

$2+ Million   128.

Condos–Total of 117.

Solds–obviously due to the Fires of last year the October Sales will be skewed. After October 9th our “Cancelled” and “Expired” listings shot through the roof as those homes listed and lost in the fire left the market.  Sales plummeted but soon heralded a big boom in the $1+Million price point as folks replaced lost homes.

Today we have current 266 Sold sales to date–last year 182.