Now that the hubbub of the holidays is past it’s time to dust off last year’s resolutions and change the date, again. You know the drill, get 45 30 minutes of exercise at least 4 days a week, keep tax receipts organized, clear out clothes I never wear from the closet, and eat more salads and less chocolate. Now that I keep the list on the computer it’s much easier the change the dates. Can’t the computer do that for me automatically?
Carlos and I attended a fund raiser dinner/dance for the Mentor Me program on New Years Eve. I hope they met their goals because it is such an excellent program. After dinner I danced him silly. It didn’t take much. I think the cha cha pushed him over the edge. Our table mates included Armando and Sandy Zimmermann (an inspirational force for beginning the Mentor Me program).
Since congress managed to avoid doing a Thelma and Louise over the fiscal cliff, the economy should be looking more positive this year. With the continuing amazingly low interest rates anyone seriously looking for a home should consider getting their finances in order and check out what’s available. That’s something I can help you with. On the flip side, if you’ve been sitting on fence about selling your home, the combination of limited inventory and willing and able buyers may make this just the right time for you to make your move.
The recent flurry of rain storms raised the creek’s level by several feet at one point. No flooding except for the blackberry thicket on the banks, but it was pretty exciting. We keep a close watch on it every time rain is predicted. I know the reservoirs need the water and this summer we’ll be glad for the snow pack, oh, that reminds me, I’ll add keeping the gutters clear to Carlos’s resolution list.
Frosty mornings make it so very hard to leave the warmth of the comforter. The sound of water rushing in the creek and the morning sun bathing the sycamore with a pinkish golden glow give me plenty of reason to contemplate the day for a few minutes more while sipping morning coffee. But then Bitsy the dog, starts barking at the Blue Jays finishing off the cat’s food on the back porch and I know it time to snap into action for another day in our wonderful wine country.
If you have any questions about buying or selling real estate, how to get around New Year resolutions, how to stop a dog from barking at Blue (Steller) Jays and bushy tail grey squirrels, feel free to give me a call.
Our go-to spot for breakfast in Glen Ellen is the Garden Court Café. The star of the show is definitely Rosemarie. She and her husband Nick have owned the cafe, which is open for breakfast and lunch (including Mondays ((so locals would have someplace for breakfast on Monday mornings)) but not Tuesdays) for the last 5 years.
Sonoma country home. Almost an acre with a country feeling close to town. Two bedroom cottage needing your vision. Large living room fireplace. Detached garage/workshop. Outbuildings. Horse paddock at front of property.
Offered at $399,000 | MLS 21227462
Vintage building with visibility and access from historic Sonoma Plaza. Currently housing a popular art gallery, it also includes a charming residential living space on the Church Street side along with private covered patio.
Offered at $880,000 MLS 21208614
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a calming influence on selling my home and buying anotherall within one month!
Your pricing of my home was perfect to bring in some fabulous offers, your dealings with the other agents professional and timely. You always responded to me and my concerns, and offered encouragement and hand-holding when I needed it.
You are great to work with, Sheila, and I will refer others with no hesitation! Thanks again!
Sincerely, Carol Kelley
With the start of a new year upon us, I wanted to put down a number of important information points related to the housing market. Michael
PROHIBITION ON TAXING FORGIVEN DEBT SURVIVES
DON’T EXPECT A BUYERS MARKET
EXPECT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION FROM YOUR LENDER
FHA LOAN INSURANCE IS SCHEDULED TO RISE THIS YEAR
MORTGAGE RATES TO REMAIN LOW
Michael Madsen, Senior Loan Officer, Stearns Lending, Cell 707.481-2844, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonoma Valley View This charming 2bd/2.5ba home offers two master suites upstairs, one with a deck and views of the mountains, as well as a loft area perfect for your media room. Fabulous cook’s kitchen with hardwood floors, wolf range, granite counters including island with sink, and large walk-in pantry. The great room features a fireplace and french doors to the private rear deck with hot tub.