Real Estate Hour favorite, Denise Frye of Make Your House A Home Staging, Joins us this Sunday 3/29/2015

Spring is here and the real estate market is all a flutter.

Whether you are thinking of selling, or just want to spruce up your home, Denise will give us some sound advice.

Denise Denise Frye has combined her 25 years in Customer Service, Marketing & Sales with a lifelong passion and love for all things Home! She has created an innovative company geared to help Home Owners, Home Sellers and Real Estate Agents. Her talent, experience and training have come together to create, design and implement solutions tailored to stage your home to appeal to the majority of buyers. Denise has the amazing ability to educate and ease homeowners through the emotional & sometimes stressful process of preparing their home for sale.

Make Your House A Home is a locally owned family operated business. They serve their clients with the highest level of professionalism and unsurpassed Customer Service. They are in the business of First Impressions where their goal is to showcase your home to prospective buyers to get you top dollar in the shortest amount of time.

Denise Frye


Office: 707.575.8413

 Cell: 707.326.7722

Roy Johnston, Sonoma County Attorney, Joins us to Talk About Probates and Trusts and How They Effect the Sale of Real Estate


March 15, 2015 Santa Rosa, Ca.

Attorney, Roy Johnson joins Mike and Allison on The Real Estate Hour today to discuss the process (and the differences) of selling a house through probate or through a trust. The importance of having your home in a trust and what to do if YOU are handling the estate of a parent, whether in a trust or not. Call in with your questions during the show (9-10AM PDT) ;707-636-1350 or

Roy Johroynston, Attorney
Johnston Thomas Law Firm
(707) 545-6542

Roy is an attorney in his 19th year of practice specializing in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and financial elder abuse. He also practices in business and real estate law.
He is an active volunteer attorney for the Council on Aging, and is active in the Sonoma County Section on Aging and Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council.
He is the past chair of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He is also a long-time member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the California Bar Association.
Roy received his Juris Doctorate from Empire College of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.
When not working on their century-old home, Roy and his wife Barbara enjoy sailing on the San Francisco Bay, serving at church, and doting on their eight grandchildren, and one very spoiled Bichon Frisè.

1 minute housing market update for Sonoma County, California

The new years is getting off to a slow start. January was the worst “Sales” month in 7 years. We sold, for the entire county, only 221 “Detached” homes. February, with only 28 days, didn’t boast any significant increase over January with a meager 241 homes closed.

1 year of "Detached" single family homes in Sonoma County
1 year of “Detached” single family homes in Sonoma County

Our median home price in Sonoma County is now hovering at $490,000. I expect this to increase as we are seeing much overbidding due to the lack of inventory. Note we broke the $500,000 medium home price threshold a few times last year. We are up year over year 9% which is WAY down from the double digit 20% numbers over the past three years which saw our median home price for the county soar 58%! (see chart below)

We have a seasonal market for sure but we should be picking up speed now.
We have a seasonal market for sure but we should be picking up speed now.

The lack of inventory is creating this “shortage” of sales. WE now have just over 500 “Active” or “Showable” listings in ALL of Sonoma County. This means for Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, All of Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Sonoma, Oakmont, Kenwood and Sebastopol PLUS our coastal communities and the Russian River!! NOT Much at all.

New homes are coming to the market but the demand seems to be outstripping this supply
New homes are coming to the market but the demand seems to be outstripping this supply

Good news for all those buyers out there is the above slide showing the “new homes” coming to the market which is up +10% over last year at this time. However, having such a skinny supply of homes means these new homes are getting snapped up so our “Active” or “Showable” listings just don’t get increased by any significant amount.

Bottom line? If you are thinking of selling try and take advantage of this lack of supply before the major thrust of listings hit the market. Buying? Maybe hang out a bit and wait for inventory to increase as in today’s market you’ll be paying more as overbidding is rampant. Either way, we can help you with ALL of your real estate needs. Thinking of moving out of the area? Allison and I have many super Realtors not only in the U.S. but also abroad we can refer you to.

Call Allison at: 707-799-3617 for an appointment to discuss our marketing strategies or email us at because in real estate Allison and I believe there are NO dumb questions!


Tom Havstad, Permit consultant, Joins us on Today’s Show

Sunday, March 8, 2015. We are please to have Tom Havstad, Permit Consultant, join us again. Tom brings a wealth of knowledge to help navigate through the complicated permit process, or to answer questions during a home purchase where there are permit related questions.
Tom Havstad is the owner and primary consultant for Permit Consulting Services. His work in the contruction industry goes back more than 35 years. He has been here in Sonoma County since 1979.

permitYou can reach Tom at;

phone: 707-874-2078


Tom has had a General Contractor’s license since 1976, and a Real Estate License since 1978. In 2003 Tom acquired the certification of the California Real Estate Inspection Association as an Inspector to write Property Inspection Reports.
Tom has purchased land for development and built and sold homes on that land. He learned that it’s always about finding solutions, whether it’s planning a project, scheduling it, or working with the design and engineering professionals to find a cost effective way to approach the project. Working with the local building department, the inspectors, planners, all the departments, was essential in order to make each project successful.
Even before coming to Sonoma County in 1979, Tom ran work as a Superintendent for a Los Angeles company that specialized in building schools in earthquake prone areas. That’s the kind of specialized work that has an inspector on the job 8 hours a day, and blueprints that often had 30 to 40 pages for each building. Code compliance for buildings like that is about as strict as it gets.
To get a fuller idea of the broad range of experience that Tom brings to the consultant business, here’s a listing of some of the types of projects that he’s been involved in:

  • Single family homes
  • 2nd Unit construction
  • Commercial buildings
  • Commercial tenant improvements
  • Wine production facility
  • Rental housing
  • Sewer line construction
  • Residential remodelingProperty Inspection Reports
  • Septic system construction
  • Well drilling
  • Multi-family construction defect repairs
  • Grading and road building
  • Flood plain construction / FEMA requirements


Buyer Tips on Dealing with Multiple-Offers in Sonoma County.







Buyer Tips on Dealing with Multiple-Offers from Mike Kelly, The Kelly Norman Team at Keller Williams Realty 707-799-3617

In a previous column in Sonoma County daily newspaper, The Press Democrat, Realtor® Mike Kelly talked about multiple offers from the homeowner’s perspective. What about you Buyers? Here’s his look at the buyer side.

The big difference between the Seller and Buyer is the SELLER will reach their goals in quick order-attracting an offer and selling their house. Buyers, however, may be making an offer on their 5th property. Let us explore some strategies and tips we use with Buyers. Continue reading Buyer Tips on Dealing with Multiple-Offers in Sonoma County.