This Weeks Show; Tons of useful information…all rolled into one very entertaining hour; Make your property appealing without a PRICE REDUCTION, Tales from the Trenches…and More. 9-10am Sunday 8/01, 1350am,

As usual, tons of useful information…all rolled into one very entertaining hour.  This week; Making your property appealing without a PRICE REDUCTION by offering closing costs, buying down a mortgage, getting creative. Why this makes sense…Mike will break it down to the numbers~ The long and short of the Buyer/Agent relationship ~ Plus, Mike and Alli’s “Tales from the Trenches”; The Bank’s Asset Managers are digging in their heels on those REO prices…showing signs of multiple personalities, leaving one to ponder…”what the heck are they thinking??”  All this and MORE…Tune us in @ 1350am or

When previewing Property–common Courtesy is needed!

Friends, If you are out previewing property, either by searching an internet site or from a list provided by your Realtor/Agent, do me a BIG favor—Don’t TRESPASS!! We have a lovely little home on a 1/2 acre in Graton with Mobile Home of vintage years and approved Granny Unit, and Realtors/Agents are just sending their clients out to preview but the client’s are stomping all about the property, looking through windows, picking fruit, being very rude!! Continue reading When previewing Property–common Courtesy is needed!

Hey! You folks in the Bunkers, hunkering down, It’s gorgeous out!

  Lou Barnes,  (, frequent contributor to news service and someone I quote often on the Real Estate Hour offers this insight into our housing market. How many of you are hiding out in “Bunkers” awaiting doom and gloom when great prices, super low interest rates and the sunshine of homeownership await you up here!?!?

“Of all components of the economy, housing is the one most out of whack. MGIC, the mortgage insurer, on July 1 released its new market-conditions guidance. It rates the 73 biggest metro areas “strong, stable, soft, or weak,” and a similar scale for trend. Of the 73 not one is strong, and only 27 are stable; all the rest soft or weak (24 weak). Of the stable 27, twelve are softening. Of all 73, three are rated “improving” — my backyard, Denver, from soft; Washington DC likewise; and Santa Anna CA from weak. Continue reading Hey! You folks in the Bunkers, hunkering down, It’s gorgeous out!

Question from Listener: “How do I determine the value of my home?” here in Sonoma County, California

You can do the following to determine the value of your home here in Sonoma County, California:
1. Order and pay for a formal appraisal–cost $350-$500 depending upon  your properties features (Square footage,acreage,conforming or non-conforming usage,etc.)
2.Call a Realtor/Agent who can perform a Broker Price Opinion using comparable sales from our local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Also called a CMA (Competitive Market Analysis).
3. Place your house on the market and find out the REAL value of your home by what the market will “bear” through offers brought to you by Realtors/Agents and their buyers.
4. Go to our radio show blog: www.TheRealEstateHourBlog.comand sign up for our “MarketSnapshot” where you can receive data from the  Sonoma County  MLS showing the “competition” and the sold comparables.

Sonoma County Homeowners! Other parts of the country are freakin’ out over a 5% Underwater Scenario!

Read on Zillow where a couple who are current homeowners where complaining how “Sideways” they are in their home. They have a loan of $242,000 with a valuation of $230,000 or about a negative of 5%!! We deal with clients here in the “Wine Country” where they’d DIE to be ONLY 5% underwater!! How about 40-60%!! My reply below! They stated, “They just want to be homeowners”! My first sentence says it all.

#1 you ARE home owners! And in California your numbers would be a huge welcome relief to current homeowners in Sonoma County,California where values have dropped 50-60%! Continue reading Sonoma County Homeowners! Other parts of the country are freakin’ out over a 5% Underwater Scenario!

Zestimates from Zillow-I answer a listener’s heated email!

Had a listener send me a scathing email regarding one of Zillows “Zestimates” and how it was obliterating his equity! He stated that the “Zestimate” was a horrible “appraisal practice”. Well no APPRAISER is EVER going to use Zillow for an appraisal. Ain’t gonna happen in this life!

I further explained when I go on a listing appointment I just ASSUME the Seller has checked their value on Zillow. I make sure I ALSO check it on Zillow. I’ve NEVER heard of a client complaining to me at the time of a listing it is EVERY too high! Continue reading Zestimates from Zillow-I answer a listener’s heated email!

THis Week’s Show; As We Head into California’s 2010 Wildfire Season, Learn How to Keep Your Home Safe.

Smokey3This week CAL FIRE’s, Fire Prevention Chief – George Morris III  will be calling in to discuss “Defensible Space”  and how to keep your home safe in the event of a wildfire, as well as other tips for home owners.  

You can find some great information on the California Department of Forestry Website;






Forclosure Avoidance Workshop Scheduled for Sat 7/24

As mentioned in today’s Press Democrat…and on The Real Estate Hour;
A free workshop on foreclosure prevention that includes information and counseling on mortgage modification will be held Saturday 7/24/2010 at the Santa Rosa headquarters of Redwood Credit Union.
The session, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3033 Cleveland Ave., Suite 100, is sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the NID Housing Counseling Agency. To register, call (866) 920-3111 or go to
Homeowners seeking counseling are asked to bring the following;

Before Starting Your Next Home Improvement Project….Think “ReStore”

ReStore has moved into their new diggs off of Piner at Industrial.  If you liked their tiny home off of Cleveland, you’ll be thrilled at all the space they now have. If you’ve never been, you really should stop in and peruse their goodies before heading off to the home improvent stores.  Wondering what to do with all those project extras?…. This is the place !

What is ReStore?

ReStore is a home improvement outlet store that sells donated, new, used, and surplus goods to the public at a greatly reduced prices. Every penny of profit is used to support Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County.

ReStore also accepts donations of most “Home Improvement” type items. Call for a list of items they cannot accept.

What is Habitat?

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is dedicated to improving lives by building modest, affordable homes in Sonoma County. Volunteers from the community and the families who will live in these affordable houses build them together. Our vision is for every person in Sonoma County to have a simple, decent place to live.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at their main website:

Sonoma County–Look Out! Keller Williams Realty Open House Extravaganza This Weekend!

 The combined market centers for Keller Williams Realty here in Sonoma, California in the cities of Santa Rosa and Petaluma will be having a combined Sunday, Open House Extravaganza where we will be holding open scores of Homes for all you Buyers!

  We will be having Four properties open this Weekend, July 18th 1 to 4pm throughout Sonoma County–from the cool coastal climes of Bodega Harbor to the inward Valley of the Moon and the Santa Rosa plain plus Windsor to the north! Here’s our line up!

Stunning View from this Bodega Harbor Home
Stunning View from this Bodega Harbor Home Mike will be at the home at 515 Gull Drive in the town of Bodega Bay the community of Bodega Harbor(just to the left BEFORE Doran Beach entrance) Price: $709,900 with 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2250 sqft and views to die for! ON THE 9th TEE for all you golfers and across from the beach path for nature loves! Open 1 to 4 this Sunday,July 18th.

Come visit Mike first at this lovely home in Bodega Harbor at 515 Gull Drive. $709,900!

Stunning Home WITH Granny Unit!
Stunning Home WITH Granny Unit!
Visit Allison at 1952 Cross Point Drive, Santa Rosa! $341,900
This great home has unique courtyard with palm tree, fruit trees, gardens, lush landsacping, rustic pavers plus house features granite counter tops in kitchen, 3 bedroms and 2.5 baths with Granny Unit above garage with its own exterior entrance and porch! Open Sunday 1 to 4pm!

Cute remodel on 1/4 acre in the closet knit community of Windsor! Realtor David Shumaker will be holding open 8293 Old Redwood Hwy  Our third open house is in the bike friendly, downtown popular town of Windsor! Almost completely remodeled, this 3 bedroom home glistens and gleams with new Kitchen cabinets, flooring, appliances, bathrooms, sheetrock, insulation, exterior siding PLUS NEW 2 car detached GARAGE all on a huge 1/4 lot which will swallow up your boat, RV or Trailer or construction truck you bring home from work! Super priced at: $299,500!!  Open this Sunday, July 18th, 1 to 4pm!

18879 Beatrice Dr , Sonomais our last but NOT least open house is located over in the Valley of the Moon just a few blocks from the fabled Sonoma Mission Inn! One of 6 planned units, this home of 1650+ sqft is the end unit with big HOA maintained side yard and lush, unique front yard landscaping. 3 bedrooms, each with its own sliding door the the large decking, 2 full baths plus cozy dining nook, plantation shutters plus big living room w/fireplace make for a super value! $429,900 Your host is: Denise Patterson
Valley of the Moon--Planned living End Unit!
Valley of the Moon--Planned living End Unit!
  Cute remodel on 1/4 acre in the closet knit community of Windsor!