Making History-A day in Villa Grande! Today! May 29th–see below for details!

Over a hundred years ago the redwood trees of Mesa Grande fell, and the village of Villa Grande sprang from the clearing.     Friends of Villa Grande is now planning a Day of History on Sunday, May 29, 2011 where you can take part in creating historical documents, enjoy a tour of some of the unique architecture of Villa Grande, and finish the afternoon with a cocktail party at the Old Hotel.

 1-3pm:  Making History Center (Free entry)

21865 Russian River Avenue  (corner of 3rd Street)

This home will be the site for viewing oral histories and archival documents. Russian River Historical Society will show some photographs it has collected, and give you an opportunity to share your own stories or have your family’s photographs digitized.    We will also launch the “Architecture of Villa Grande” history and photographic database.   Tickets for the walking tour and cocktail party will be available at the Making History Center.

 3-5 pm:    Walking Tour of Villa Grande 

Primarily a self-guided tour, docents and owners will be available at several sites to explain the history of the area, including stories of the narrow and wide gauge railroad,  tent  and cabin living at the turn of the century,  and stories of the old General Store.

 4-7pm:    Cocktail Party and Silent Auction at the Old Hotel.

In the early 1900‘s visitors would arrive by train and come to the Old Hotel for their nightly meals.   Come see some of the original guest rooms.   Ghosts of past Villa Grande residents will be on hand to serve and entertain.

 Reservations:  $15 in advance;   $20 at the door includes tour & no-host cocktail party:    www.villagrande.org/FOVG/Events

or contact:    friends@villagrande.org  415.282.1800

 This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Villa Grande, a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID: 64-0964108) dedicated to restore and maintain Patterson Point Preserve and the history of Villa Grande.

Buying A Home–Ask your Realtor/Agent if s/he DOES the followig for you!

Buyers–Here in Sonoma County,Califonria  this market demands your Realtor/Agent to be  proactive, and ready to act quickly. Mike and I have set up a comprehensive system to help our clients find the right home. And, we have the knowledge and experience in this current market to guide you in writing a solid offer that will stand out above the others….most likely there will always be competition for the HOME you wish!  

  Our system includes; 

  • Clean Offer, an “invitation only” site providing our clients direct access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
  • Top Agent Network (TAN) an agent to agent, members only network. ONLY THE TOP AGENTS, with superior production, are admitted. This system  allows us to search for homes not currently in the MLS by “networking” with other Realtor/Agents who are very active in the market. We find listings where sellers have opted out of the MLS, or where listing agents are working on getting a listing to the market. Continue reading Buying A Home–Ask your Realtor/Agent if s/he DOES the followig for you!

New Loan Limits Coming–Downward-Will these Affect Property Prices? Guest Commentary-Otto Kobler

 

Are the Upcoming Mortgage Limit Changes Going to Affect Property Prices.

 

Watch out, on October 1st, 2011, the federal government will lower the maximum mortgage loan amounts for three very popular loan programs throughout the US. Those of us in the coastal California region will be hit hard by the changes. The question is, what impact will these changes have on our property market Continue reading New Loan Limits Coming–Downward-Will these Affect Property Prices? Guest Commentary-Otto Kobler

Illegal Buildings on your property? How to make them legal–winding through the County MAZE.

Sonoma County, California homeowners or home buyers–Own or buying country property? Have those barns, sheds, out buildings, extra “units” which you THINK might not be kosher or legit? Then tune in this week as we present Tom Havstad, Permit Consulting Services. This is THE guy who can get you through the maze which is our local Sonoma County PRMD (Permit Resource Management Division) .   You can click on the above link to the PRMD and insert your parcel number (on your tax roll) or address and see WHAT permit history is on file on your property.

  If you have some buildings which don’t “show up” on your property then you may wish to get Tom involved, especially if these are being used for ag activities, residences, etc. Also, if you have any land issues, Tom can help you with sorting these out. If you are buying a Country Property we will be discussing the “Country Home Buyer’s Primer” on the show. We sort out property lines, well pe

Tom Havstad, Permit Consulting Services

12651 Fiori Lane, Sebastopol, Ca. 95472

phone/fax:   707-874-2078 cell:  707-695-0857

website:  www.permit-help.com  email:    havstad@sonic.net

Today’s Show: Equity Sharing–Can’t qualify for a loan today? Sold your home as a “Short-Sale” or lost to Foreclosure? Want to take advantage of these great prices? Tune us in this morning!

Sonoma County,California Home buyers who have recently lost their home to foreclosure, sold as a “Short-Sale” or who can’t qualify for a loan today but are good credit risks–Equity Share may be the tool for Home Ownership! Join us today as we welcome long time friend of the show–Harry Coffey as he explains this unique process of homeownership. Go to his web site: www.EquityShare.net or call Harry at 707-799-0157. Continue reading Today’s Show: Equity Sharing–Can’t qualify for a loan today? Sold your home as a “Short-Sale” or lost to Foreclosure? Want to take advantage of these great prices? Tune us in this morning!

No MORE 30 years loans? Short-Term Adjustables ONLY? At what Rates? Save Fannie and Freddie!

   Congress Eyes Eliminating Fannie and Freddie –Sonoma County Homeowners take note! If you value long-term, fixed financing then we need to KEEP Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac viable entities to make sure the BIG BANKS don’t pull ANOTHER fast one on the American Home Owner! Continue reading No MORE 30 years loans? Short-Term Adjustables ONLY? At what Rates? Save Fannie and Freddie!