5 way to improve the chances your offer will succeed in a Seller’s Market!

I frequently hear stories from frustrated buyers who can not get an offer accepted. “We’ve written offers on 4 homes and we can’t seem to compete with other buyers”.   I’ll tell you a secret… Your agent is either giving you bad advice or your agent does not know how to get a seller’s attention with a good offer. I get almost all my offers initially accepted by sellers.  Here are the top 5 stratagies I use.

 CbB-cwyUcAAybIl1) Get your financing organized BEFORE you write an offer. If you can’t provide a pre-approval letter with your offer, then you’re not ready to write an offer. Do the heavy lifting up front and see a lender, get a letter of pre-approval, and attach it to your offer. Your offer now has one less thing a seller needs to worry about. After your initial consult with a lender, most will make themselves available 7 days a week so you can contact them and obtain a custom letter that includes the property address and exact amount your borrowing. This tells the seller that you are prepared, have been thinking about this for awhile, and that your offer is not just a dream. I can refer you to several quality lenders if you don’t have one already picked out.

23051e9c2c8eecb5ca5e03d8914730f82) The buyer’s agent should contact the seller’s agent and compile a list of what the seller would like in addition to the list price. Some agents don’t bother to call the listing agent other than to confirm that the property is still available as advertised on the MLS. An example of things a listing agent can tell you are: Does the seller want to agree to arbitration/mediation, would the seller like liquidated damages, long or short escrow, does the seller need to rent back for a short period, does the seller have a specific title company or escrow officer they’d prefer to use? By asking these questions up front, you can limit the issues in a potential counter offer. As an experienced listing agent, I know the types of things sellers find attractive in an offer.

IMG_0038_23) Write a personal letter to the seller and attach it to your offer. I have my buyers write a letter to the sellers. I tell my buyers exactly what to write. There are 3 topics, each topic should be its own paragraph. I’ll write the letter for buyers who are self-conscious about their writing abilities. The nice thing about this letter is that if done correctly, the seller wants to sell you their home before they even get into the details of the offer.  

4) Don’t low ball the price: In a seller’s market, your initial offer is not the time to look for a deal on the property. I know that most buyers think this is the time to lock-in a “good deal”, but there’s no deal to be made if your offer is not accepted. I tell my clients that there will be plenty of opportunities to reduce the price AFTER your offer has been accepted. Things like inspection reports, appraisals, and other information discovered about a property open the door for negotiating the final price you pay.  

5) Limit your contingencies: Contingencies are ways a buyer can get out of the purchase contract. The contract has contingencies written into it that a buyer may choose to incorporate in their offer. Contingencies are things like loans, appraisals, inspections, reports, seller’s disclosures etc. Limiting the number of contingencies shows the seller that you want the home, and have limited the number of ways you can get out of the contract to just a few key concerns. The contract I prefer to use has a 17-day buyer’s inspection period written into it. I like to increase that to 21 days and include a loan contingency then leave out the other contingencies. Most other contingencies in an offer can be covered by the one 21 day inspection period contingency. If you need to extend that later, you can always ask. Once in contract, most sellers become flexible with issues like appraisal and loan contingencies. Some buyers are afraid to give up their contingency options, but remember, contingencies don’t mean anything if your offer is not accepted.

(Bonus) Be the last to submit an offer:  In a multiple offer situation, the buyer’s agent’s goal should be to be the last offer submitted. Just prior to actually submitting the offer, I query the seller’s agent about the best price offered so far and feel out the competing offers. Offers are not confidential unless the seller wants them to be. It’s in the sellers best interest to tell buyer’s agents about the best offer in their possession.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

FAQ: What are Liquidated Damages?

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Introduction – Liquidated damages

Real estate transactions sometimes fail; that’s a fact of life. When they do, the parties face the potentially bewildering task of figuring out who might be at fault and whether either has recourse against the other. The resolution of contract disputes can be quite complex.

Liquidated damages clauses can eliminate some of this complexity. When made a part of a real property purchase contract, a liquidated damages clause enables a buyer and seller to agree up front, before problems arise, the amount of monetary damages a party will be entitled to in the event the other party fails to perform properly (i.e., if the other party “breaches” or “defaults on” the contract).

While liquidated damages clauses can be used in many different ways, this legal memorandum only addresses clauses liquidating damages to a seller in the event of a buyer’s breach of a real property purchase contract—the most common type of liquidated damages clause used in the real estate industry. Liquidated damages clauses liquidating damages to a buyer in the event of a seller’s breach, in leases, or in other types of contracts may be subject to different rules, and generally should not be used without first consulting with an attorney.

Q 1. What does the typical liquidated damages clause in a real property purchase contract say?

A. Liquidated damages clauses in real property purchase contracts can be drafted in a wide variety of ways. However, most such clauses provide that, if the buyer fails to complete the purchase as a result of his or her default, the seller is entitled to the buyer’s deposit as compensation for the buyer’s breach. While a liquidated damages clause can, in many cases, identify an amount of money other than the buyer’s deposit as liquidated damages, the buyer’s deposit is the most commonly used benchmark.

Q 2. Must a liquidated damages clause comply with any special legal requirements to be deemed enforceable?

A. Yes. A liquidated damages clause liquidating damages to a seller in the event of a buyer’s breach of a real property purchase contract is presumptively valid if:

  • The amount of money identified as liquidated damages is not excessive (see Question 3); and
  • The clause satisfies certain formatting requirements (see Question 4). 1

Contracts for the sale of subdivision interests regulated by California’s Subdivided Lands Act (generally new subdivisions of five or more parcels) must comply with certain additional requirements, as discussed below.

Q 3. Are there any limits on how much money a seller can safely collect from a buyer as liquidated damages?

A. To be deemed valid, a liquidated damages clause in a real property purchase contract liquidating damages to a seller should reflect a “reasonable estimate” of the actual loss that the seller would suffer in the event of a buyer’s breach. 2 While the “reasonableness” of a liquidated damages clause depends on many factors, the basic objective of the law is that sellers not use liquidated damages clauses to “punish” buyers unfairly, or to make a large profit over and above their actual financial injury.

An additional, more specific, rule applies if the real property being sold is a dwelling containing not more than four residential units, one of which the buyer intends, at the time the purchase contract is made, to occupy as a principal residence. In these types of transactions, a liquidated damages clause identifying all or part of a buyer’s deposit as liquidated damages will be presumed reasonable if the amount actually paid pursuant to the clause does not exceed more than 3% of the property’s selling price. A party challenging the validity of such a clause (typically the buyer) would have the burden of proving that the amount identified is unreasonable. Conversely, if the amount actually paid exceeds 3% of the selling price, the liquidated damages clause is presumed to be unreasonable, and the party seeking the damages (typically the seller) might have to prove that the amount identified is reasonable.3

Parties to residential real property purchase contracts usually should not agree to a liquidated damages clause that identifies more than 3%of the selling price as liquidated damages without discussing the matter with an attorney. For this reason, liquidated damages clauses in many preprinted real property purchase contracts, including those published by C.A.R., automatically limit liquidated damages to 3% of a residential property’s selling price, to prevent buyers and sellers from inadvertently agreeing to a potentially excessive amount of liquidated damages.

For sales of subdivision interests regulated by California’s Subdivided Lands Act, the law specifically limits the liquidated damages a subdivider can collect from a defaulting buyer to the amount of purchase money advanced by the buyer toward the purchase of the property.4

Q 4. Does a liquidated damages clause have to be in any special format?

A. To be deemed valid, a liquidated damages clause in a real property purchase contract liquidating damages to a seller should conform to the following formatting requirements:

  • If the contract is preprinted, the clause must be in at least 10-point bold type, or contrasting red print in at least 8-point bold type.
  • The clause must be separately signed by each party to the contract. 5

Liquidated damages clauses in C.A.R.’s purchase agreements conform to all applicable formatting requirements.

Q 5. What is the potential benefit of a liquidated damages clause in a real property purchase contract?

A. A liquidated damages clause provides a buyer and seller with a degree of certainty; they know at the beginning of their transaction the amount of money the buyer might forfeit, and the amount the seller might recover, in the event the buyer breaches the contract. Fixing the amount of the seller’s recovery in advance may make it easier to resolve subsequent disputes between the buyer and the seller.

Q 6. Given the benefits of liquidated damages clauses, shouldn’t buyers and sellers always insist on one?

A. Not necessarily. A liquidated damages clause is an estimate of the damages a seller might be entitled to in the event a buyer were to breach a contract. This estimate could differ significantly from the actual damages ultimately suffered by a seller.

For example, assume that a buyer’s deposit was $5,000, but the actual financial loss to the seller when that buyer wrongfully failed to perform ended up being $7,000. In this case, a liquidated damages clause fixing the seller’s recovery at $5,000 would probably preclude the seller from recovering the additional $2,000 of damages. Here, the seller might regret having agreed to liquidated damages. On the other hand, assume that the actual financial loss to the seller ended up being only $4,000. In this case, a liquidated damages clause could result in the buyer forfeiting more than the seller’s actual damages, and the buyer might regret having agreed to liquidated damages.

Q 7. Should a REALTOR® advise a client whether or not to agree to a liquidated damages clause?

A. No. As illustrated in the previous question, the decision to agree or not agree to a liquidated damages clause may depend on a combination of legal and economic factors, along with a client’s own personal concerns. Though many REALTORS®’ clients decide to agree to liquidated damages clauses, a client with serious questions regarding such a clause should consider discussing the matter with an attorney if needed.

Q 8. Does a liquidated damages clause automatically entitle the seller to the buyer’s deposit if a transaction does not close?

A. No. As already stated, a liquidated damages clause only determines the amount of money a seller can recover from a buyer, and then only if the seller can prove that the buyer breached the contract. A buyer may fail to close a transaction for a variety of acceptable reasons (e.g., where the buyer’s obligation to purchase was contingent on the buyer obtaining financing, and the buyer could not reasonably obtain financing). To recover liquidated damages, the seller generally must prove in court or arbitration that the buyer’s failure to close the transaction was wrongful.

A limited exception exists for certain sales of subdivision interests regulated by California’s Subdivided Lands Act. A subdivider’s contract may include a procedure whereby an escrow holder is authorized to release a buyer’s deposit to the subdivider pursuant to a liquidated damages clause if the subdivider provides a specified notice to the escrow holder and buyer declaring the buyer to be in default, and the buyer does not object to the subdivider’s notice.6

Q 9. If a buyer and seller disagree as to whether the buyer breached a contract, can the seller refuse to release the buyer’s funds being held in escrow?

A. Generally, a prudent seller will instruct an escrow holder not to release escrowed funds to a buyer only if he or she has a good faith belief that the buyer breached the contract. Without such good faith belief, the seller runs the risk that the buyer will institute a lawsuit or arbitration, not just to recover the escrowed funds, but also to recover penalties or damages from the seller.

If the subject property is real property containing one to four residential units, one of which, at the time the escrow was created, the buyer intended to occupy, an additional, more specific rule applies. This rule provides that, unless the seller is withholding the buyer’s funds pursuant to a good faith dispute with the buyer, the seller’s failure to authorize the release of the funds within 30 days following a written demand from the buyer may subject the seller to a penalty equal to three times the amount of the undisputed funds (but not less than $100 nor more than $1,000), in addition to reasonable attorney’s fees. A “good faith dispute” is defined, in part, as a reasonable belief of one’s legal entitlement to withhold the escrowed funds.7

If the property is part of a subdivision regulated by California’s Subdivided Lands Act and the escrow does not close on or before the mutually agreed closing date, any portion of the buyer’s deposit(s) not being claimed as liquidated damages by the subdivider must be returned to the buyer within 15 days after the agreed closing date. This obligation must be stated specifically in the subdivider’s contract.8

Q 10. If a buyer and seller disagree as to whether the buyer breached a contract, can an escrow holder honor a buyer’s request to release his or her funds?

A. Once a buyer and seller have properly executed escrow instructions to an escrow holder, the escrow holder generally will not release funds to a buyer over a seller’s objection unless so ordered pursuant to litigation or arbitration proceedings.

Q 11. Could a seller collect monetary damages from a buyer for breaching a real property purchase contract that did not contain a liquidated damages clause?

A. Yes. The fact that a real property purchase contract does not contain a liquidated damages clause does not mean that a buyer could escape liability for failing to perform. It simply means that the amount of damages the seller could recover would not have been pre-negotiated, and therefore the seller might have to prove, in court or arbitration, the amount of his or her actual monetary injury. Establishing the financial loss resulting from a breach of contract can be a complex process, and may require the presentation of evidence in court or arbitration. Generally, a seller will need the assistance of an attorney to properly calculate the actual damages he or she has sustained in a failed real estate transaction.

Q 12. If a buyer and seller agree to a liquidated damages clause, are the seller’s remedies limited to pursuing liquidated damages, or could the seller pursue other legal remedies, such as specific performance?

A. Monetary damages represent only one type of legal remedy available to a seller. There are other types of legal remedies that a seller can pursue when a buyer breaches a contract, including specific performance (a type of legal action to compel a party to a contract to complete his or her performance under the contract). Typically, a liquidated damages clause only limits the amount of monetary damages a seller can collect as compensation for a buyer’s breach of contract; it does not by itself prevent the seller from pursuing an action for specific performance.9

For sales of subdivision interests regulated by California’s Subdivided Lands Act, the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) publishes a sample liquidated damages clause which includes language limiting the subdivider’s remedies to liquidated damages.10  Because the DRE enforces the Subdivided Lands Act, the provisions of its sample liquidated damages clause may provide subdividers with guidance in drafting enforceable liquidated damages clauses.

Q 13. The previous question suggests that sellers can often choose from amongst various legal remedies when a buyer defaults. Which is the best legal remedy?

A.Choosing an appropriate legal remedy usually depends on many different factors, including the extent of one’s injury, the complexity of pursuing a particular remedy, and potential legal costs. For example, an action for specific performance, to compel a buyer to complete his or her contractual obligations, is generally much more complex than an action to recover liquidated damages, may be more difficult to win, and may be more costly than an action to recover liquidated damages. A seller who is interested in exploring the benefits and detriments associated with different legal remedies generally should consult an attorney.

Q 14.  If a buyer makes more than one deposit pursuant to a purchase contract, will a liquidated damages clause entitle a seller to all of the buyer’s deposits if the buyer defaults?

A. Not necessarily. If the real property being sold is a dwelling containing not more than four residential units, one of which the buyer intends, at the time the purchase contract is made,to occupy as a principal residence, each payment that is to constitute liquidated damages to the seller must be supported by a separately signed or initialed, properly formatted liquidated damages clause. In addition, the total of all such deposits would be used in determining whether the clause exceeds the “3% presumption” discussed in Question 3.11 In limited cases, an increased deposit may be available to a seller as liquidated damages despite the failure of the parties to execute a separate liquidated damages clause, but generally only where there is other evidence that the parties were aware that the increased deposit would be subject to a liquidated damages clause.12

C.A.R. publishes Receipt for Increased Deposit/Liquidated Damages (C.A.R. Form RID), which allows the parties to a real property purchase contract to agree to multiple liquidated damages clauses covering multiple deposits.

Q 15. What would happen if fewer than all parties initialed a liquidated damages clause?

A. Because liquidated damages clauses are optional, it is important that contracting parties clearly indicate in their contract whether or not they intend to be bound by a liquidated damages clause. If some, but not all, parties initial a liquidated damages clause, it can be difficult to determine whether they intended to be bound by the clause, or whether they intended to enter into a contract at all. Some purchase contracts attempt to prevent such ambiguities by specifically stating that the contract is not binding until all parties reach agreement to initial or not initial the liquidated damages clause. C.A.R.’s purchase agreements typically include language to this effect.

In the absence of such contractual language, the enforceability of the clause would be subject to interpretation by the courts. In one case, a California appellate court ruled that a liquidated damages clause, though not properly executed, was enforceable or voidable at the buyer’s option, but not the seller’s option.13   Various factors can affect the outcome of lawsuits, making it possible for different courts to reach different conclusions on similar facts. For this reason, contracting parties generally should not rely on court opinions as justification for leaving ambiguities in a contract.

Q 16.  Is a “nonrefundable deposit” clause the same as a liquidated damages clause?

A. No. A nonrefundable deposit clause typically provides that the buyer must forfeit his or her deposit to the seller even if the buyer has a valid reason for not closing the transaction. By comparison, a liquidated damages clause entitles a seller to the buyer’s deposit only if the buyer breaches the contract (see Question 8). It can be difficult to draft an enforceable nonrefundable deposit clause; only an attorney should attempt this.

Q 17.  Where can I obtain additional information about this subject?

A. This legal article is just one of the many legal publications and services offered by C.A.R. to its members.

Readers who require specific advice should consult an attorney.

California Association of REALTORS®
Member Legal Services
525 South Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90020

The information contained herein is believed accurate as of May 2, 2003. It is intended to provide generalanswers to general questions and is not intended as a substitute for individual legal advice. Advice in specific situations may differ depending upon a wide variety of factors. Therefore, readers with specific legal questions should seek the advice of an attorney.

 I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Comedy in Rincon Valley !

20915107-671981809673341-7089132329327430011-n_origSome may not know that Rincon Valley has its own comedy club.  The old Skyhawk Market is the home to The Laugh Cellar.

The Laugh Cellar is the idea of Carlee, and Lisa Pidge AKA: The Crushers of Comedy.   Lisa and Carlee have been doing comedy in the North Bay under the name “Crushers of Comedy” putting on shows at wineries and other locations throughout the Wine Country.  Their idea morphed into a desire to open a comedy club in a fixed Sonoma County location.  This dream led them to leasing the vacant Skyhawk Market in the Skyhawk Village (Hwy 12 at Mountain Hawk).  The Laugh Cellar has become a destination you must check out.

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Here is the weekly schedule (subject to some changes)

  • Thursdays –  Trivia at the Comedy Club!  7 – 9pm

  • Friday – LGBTQI Night & Karaoke  7 – 11 pm

  • Saturday – Stand up comedy line up from nationally and locally known comics. Check the website for exact dates, times, and pricing. (Calendar link)

  • Additional entertainment includes:

  • The Lavender Room (2nd Friday 7-11pm)

  • Just Dance (4th Friday 7-11pm)

The comedy shows sell out so you might get lucky buying a ticket at the door, but I’d highly recommend you get tickets early on line by visiting: (Box Office)

In a recent telephone conversation with Lisa, she said expect more to come at the Laugh Cellar in the future, right now she is concentrating on providing fun, and promoting exciting entertainment for the North Bay.  Carlee spends her time supporting Lisa and creating craft wine beverages at the wine bar.

Did we mention you can actually park within feet of the front door free!

Lisa and Carlee have a reputation for promoting fun adult events, and I know the Laugh Cellar will be a popular spot for Rincon Valley residents as well as the rest of Sonoma County for years to come.

You will notice that the Laugh Cellar promotes a friendly LGBTQI atmosphere.  Lisa assures that all who come are welcome and will have a good time.   See you there.

More information:

  • Web site: Laugh Cellar

  • 5755 Mountain Hawk #102

  • phone: 843-3824

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

For Sale: 9617 Lord Windsor, CA

I’m excited to present my newest listing 9617 Lord ~ Windsor, CA

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General listing details:

  • Located near the Town Green
  • Price: $697,500 ($362. sq ft)
  • MLS #  21805017
  • Available for showing beginning: Friday Apr 6th
  • Open House Dates:
    • Sunday 4/8   1pm – 4pm
    • Sunday 4/15 1pm – 4pm
  • Reviewing offers Monday 4/16/18
  • Home and Pest reports available for review

Lot details:

  • 6534* sq ft (.15 acres*)
  • APN: 161-410-034
  • Level, Landscaped, w/sprinklers
  • Shed included (wired)
  • Hot tub included w/child-proof cover

House details:

  •  1898 sq ft*
  • Built 1994
  • Single story
  • 3 bedrooms 2(1) bath
  • Central heat and A/C
  • Gas hot water heater with recirculating system & timer
  • Reverse osmosis water filtration system
  • Soft water treatment by Culligan (owned)
  • Coffer ceilings
  • Dual pane windows throughout
  • Flooring is mix of: Plank, Tile, w/w carpet
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Entryway
  • Living/sitting room
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Plank Flooring, 3 way glass Peninsula fireplace, coffered ceiling

  • Dining/Office area

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  • Kitchen
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Recessed lighting, quartz counter with Travertine backsplash, custom “soft close” cabinets, double sink, breakfast bar seating (bottom right), Kenmore trash compactor

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5 burner gas stove top, Bosch range (2 yrs old), GE dual microwave/convection oven, Kenmore oven with convection option

  • Dining area
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Generous dining area has ceiling fan

Family/Entertainment room

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Opens to Kitchen/dining area, vaulted ceiling, track lighting

  • Guest bath

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  • Guest bedroom 1 (faces west)
    • Not pictured
  • Guest bedroom 2 (faces north)
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Mirrored closet w/light,   wall to wall carpet, ceiling fan

  • Jack & Jill bath
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Tile floor, shower over tub combo

  • Master Suite
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Vaulted ceiling, slider leading to backyard

  • Master Suite bath
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Custom tile, glass show stall, generous tub

  • Laundry room
    • Washer and dryer negotiable
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Recessed lighting, gas or electric dryer hook ups

  • Garage
    • Storage shelves/workbench
    • Gas hot water heater, anchored
    • Auto garage door with built-in child protection

Attic:

  • Insulated with 2 temp controlled attic fans

Exterior:

  • Painted in 2018
  • Electrical outlets

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Flat level yard, Marquis spa (2015) w/easy lift over & child protection

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Tuff shed professionally installed on cement foundation with permits & electrical

Garden:

  • Fully landscaped front and back
  • Sprinkler system front and back

Neighborhood:

  • Close to Windsor Town Green
  • Oliver’s Market
  • US 101
  • Sonoma County (Charles Schulz) Airport
  • Close to Lakewood Shopping Center
  • Russian River
  • County parks:
    • Shiloh Regional Park
    • Riverfront Park
  • State parks:
  • World class wineries:
    • J Vineyard
    • Rodney Strong
    • Acorn
    • Mutt Lynch
    • Foppiano
    • Kendall-Jackson

Nearby communities:

  • Healdsburg

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

5832 Owl Hill For Sale

I’m excited to present my newest listing in Skyhawk at 5832 Owl Hill Ave.

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5832 Owl Hill ~ Skyhawk

General listing details:

  • Located in Rincon Valley
  • Price: 899,000 ($466.04 sq ft)
  • MLS #  21804583
  • Available for showings on Friday March 9th
  • Open House Dates:
    • Sunday March 11th 1pm – 4pm
    • Tuesday March 13th 10am – 1pm
    • Sunday March 18th 1pm – 4pm
  • Reviewing offers Friday 3/23
  • Home and Pest reports available for review
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View of the Mayacama Mountain range

Lot details:

  • 9583 sq ft (.22 acres)
  • APN: 153-330-014
  • Landscaped w/sprinklers
  • Views of Mayacama Mountains
  • Tiered rear patio

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House details:

  • 1929 sq ft
  • Built 1994
  • Single story
  • 3 bedrooms 2 bath
  • Central heat and A/C
  • Gas hot water heater (2014)
  • Vaulted 15′ ceilings
  • Dual pane windows throughout
  • Flooring is mix of:
    • hardwood (oak)
    • Luxurious carpet installed in last 12 months
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Formal entryway
    • French doors
    • hardwood floors
    • chandelier
  • Dining area
    • hardwood floors & chandelier
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Formal dining area

  • Front sitting room (could be 4th bedroom)
    • wall-wall carpet
    • “see thru” fireplace with tile hearth
    • west facing bay window
    • built-in shelves
    • coat closet
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Comfortable “front sitting room”

  • Living room
    • “see thru” gas fireplace
    • wall-wall carpet
    • ceiling fan
    • built-in shelves
    • coat closet
  • Kitchen
    • bay windows overlooking  Mayacama Mts
    • recessed lighting
    • oak floors
    • All appliances stay (if requested)
    • Corian countertop (2003)
    • gas stove
    • Samsung refrigerator
    • Bosch dishwasher
    • recessed light
    • cabinet doors with frosted glass windows
    • suspended pot holder above counter
    • built-in microwave

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  • Full guest bath
    • remodeled Feb 2017
    • custom colors
    • glass shower enclosure
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Recently remodeled guest bath

  • Guest bedroom 1 (faces west)
    • mirrored closet doors
    • wall to wall carpet
  • Guest bedroom 2 (faces east)
    • Mirrored closet doors
    • ceiling fan
    • wall to wall carpet
    • exterior door leading to covered porch
  • Master bedroom
    • coffer ceiling
    • wall to wall carpeting
    • attached master bath

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  • Master bath
    • tile
    • double sink
    • oversize tub
    • glass shower enclosure

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  • Laundry room
    • Washer and dryer negotiable
    • Dryer ready for either electric or gas
  • Garage
    • built-in storage shelves
    • work bench with 10 electrical outlets
    • Hot water heater (2014); anchored, elevated, vehicle impact barrier

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  • Accessed from exterior of home
  • Height: 4′
  • Built-in storage
  • Hard wired lighting
  • Vapor barrier

Exterior:

  • Painted in 2015
  • Roof – original 30 yr comp
  • Ext lighting
    • Driveway lamps
    • Porch lights
    • Rear patio lights
    • Exterior ceiling fan attached to covered deck

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Garden:

  • Fully landscaped front and back
  • Sprinkler system front and back
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View of Rincon Valley’s cross on the hill

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Built-in porch with ceiling fan, French doors to kitchen, tiered patio

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Neighborhood:

  • Close to Skyhawk Village where you’ll find:
    • Salon 12
    • Anytime Fitness
    • Massage Envy Spa
    • Edward Jones Inv
    • Laugh Cellar
    • Other small businesses

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  • Close to St Francis Shopping Center:
    • Safeway
    • Subway
    • St Francis Cleaners
    • Baskin-Robbins
    • Exchange Bank
    • Papa Murphys
    • Cool cuts
    • Starbucks
    • Su Casa Mexican restaurant
  • Close to Skyhawk city park:
    • walking trails
    • kids play structures
    • athletic field
  • Oakmont
  • County parks:
    • Spring Lake
        • hiking
        • biking
        • running
        • swimming
        • boating
        • summer camps
    • Hood Mt Regional Park
      • hiking
      • mt biking
      • environmental backpacking/camping
  • State parks:
    • Annadel SP
      • equestrian
      • mt biking
      • running
      • hiking
      • swimming
      • fishing
      • birding
    • Sugarloaf SP
      • camping
      • hiking
      • astronomy
      • mt biking
    • Jack London SP
      • hiking
      • mt biking
      • historical sight seeing
      • Jack London’s cottage
      • Wolf House ruins
  • World class wineries:
    • St Francis
    • Chateau St Jean
    • Landmark
    • Kunde
    • Kenwood

Nearby communities:

  • Kenwood
  • Glen Ellen
  • Calistoga

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

I want to sell my home, what should I expect?

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John Benyak proudly displaying our “Sold” sign. This was John’s 3rd sale

Selling your home is quite complicated. The first thing you should do is consult with a real estate broker.

If you do not already know a broker, start by asking friends and family if they have used somebody that they liked and would recommend. I’d also see if there were any agents who had successful sales in the neighborhood recently. Once you identify 2 or 3 brokers, I’d interview them and pick one. You can also check licensed real estate professionals license status through the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) website and see if an agent has been disciplined.

Are agents and brokers the same?

NO! If you are not a Broker, then you are a Sales Associate.  Most real estate agents are Sales Associates. You should always hire a broker vs. a sales associate. Brokers have proven to the State of California that they have an exceptional knowledge of real estate and have a higher level of licensing. It does not cost you any more to have a broker vs. a sales associate. Ask to see your Realtor’s license. It will either say “Sales Associate” or “Broker”. You can also check the Dept of Real Estate website to see what license he/she has.  It is more difficult to obtain a Broker’s license.  The state requires years of real estate sales experience, and makes applicants take a much more difficult exam to be licensed as a broker.

Ask to see a prospective broker’s advertising, and have him/her take you to a current listing. Ask if you can contact any current references. Find out if your broker is creative and thinks “outside the box”. Does he/she have their own website? Do they have their own business card, or do they use the card their brokerage gives them for free? Do they create nice brochures that highlight your property or just a 1-page flyer with a few bullet points right off the copy machine? Picking the right broker is the most important decision you’ll make when selling your home.

Get your home ready for sale.

I recommend my clients start by getting a pest and home inspection report. The pest report identifies if any wood eating organisms are in or on your home. Things such as termites, carpenter ants, and dry rot are the big offenders here. I would not wait till a buyer comes forward to start your inspections. The last thing you want is to be surprised by deficiencies in your home during escrow.

Decorate and declutter your home.

Remove valuables and personal items in your home. Let the buyer try to imagine their belongings in your home. You are better off with less furniture than too much. You may have to rent a storage unit or use a family members garage for a month. Think minimalistic.

Establish showing instructions with your broker that works for your family/life

It’s important for potential buyers and agents to see your home. The easier it is to show, the more like you’ll get an offer sooner than later. The best showing instructions are: “Go and Show” which means an agent can show your house without any notice such as when you are at work M- F 9 am – 4 pm. The most difficult showings are “Tenant requests 24 hr notice”. Try to make your home easy to show.

Do open houses really work?

Yes! I’ve sold numerous homes to buyers who came into the home during an open house. Some agents use open houses as a way to meet new buyers for homes other than yours, but you never know! I try to have 2 Sunday open houses that are back to back with a broker’s open in between them.

What is the point of a broker’s open house midweek?

A broker’s open house allows many brokers and agents to tour your home without having to make an appointment. The home is usually hosted by the listing agent, and 20 – 40 agents can see the home in a 3-4 hour period. They might not have a client at the time but in the future should a buyer materialize, the agent can say “I saw this home at the broker’s tour and it sounds like just the house you are looking for”.

How do I know if an offer to buy my home is “good”?

Hopefully, you trust your broker. Look at recent comps in your neighborhood. I’d be careful about just taking the first offer that comes your way. I encourage my sellers to not accept any offers for the first 10 – 14 days. That’s the only way to get multiple offers. You want buyers to fight for your house.

The purchase contract is full of dates, 10 days for this, 21 days for that, 3 days to do… How do I keep track of all this, and what if the buyers do not adhere to it?

Following the contract is your broker’s job. Trust your broker to keep the buyers on track and hold the buyer’s agent accountable for keeping their obligations. It’s your broker’s job to lay awake at night worrying about the contract, not yours. That is why you want a seasoned broker, not some new sales associate.

The contract indicates all these disclosures and reports I’m supposed to provide. Can I get sued over these?.

Disclosures are a major source of lawsuits in real estate. A seasoned, ethical broker can help you fill out your disclosures so that you won’t be sued later. Your broker will most likely be the one ordering the statutory reports such as Natural Hazard Disclosures. Your broker is there to help and guide you.

At what point can I keep a buyer’s deposit?

Once the buyer releases all their contingencies, you can keep the deposit if they default (in theory). In all my years as a licensed broker I have never had a buyer lose their deposit, and I have never had a seller need to keep a deposit. Your broker’s job is to sell your home, not get you a deposit.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

SOLD in Rincon Valley

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5518 Dupont Drive Santa Rosa ~ Rincon Valle

  • 5518 A005A SMList Price:  $629,000
  • SOLD Price: $655,000

  • MLS# 21800463
  • 3 bedrooms 2 baths
  • 1400 sq ft
  • 8000 sq ft lot
  • Large backyard
  • Forced air gas furnace
  • Solar electric system

Interior:

  • Flooring:
    • Cork tile
    • Hardwood
    • Slate
    • Carpet
  • Dual pane vinyl windows throughout
  • Double insulated attic

(Kitchen)

  • 5518 A023A SMElectric range & built in oven
  • Solid composite counters
  • Breakfast bar seating for 2
  • Bosch stainless dishwasher
  • Cork Flooring
  • Skylight

(Family Room)

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  • Sliding glass door leads to outdoor seating area
  • Fireplace with wood burning insert
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Ceiling fan
  • Cork tile flooring
  • Built in office/work space with built in cabinets

(Living Room/Dining area)

  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Built in bookcase

(Guest Bath)

  • Slate tile floors

(Master Bath)

  • 5518 A003A SMSlate tile flooring
  • Custom tile shower

(Guest Bedrooms)

  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Closet organizers

(Garage)

  • Gas hot water heater
  • Built-in storage
  • Electric garage door w/remotes
  • Washer & dryer (gas or electric) hook up

(Exterior)

  • 30 year comp roof installed in 2012
  • Newer electrical panel (2016)
  • Seamless gutters (2007)
  • Freshly painted (2017)
  • Installed spiral insulated flex duct under house (2017)
  • 5518 A026A SMYard has 5 fruit trees bearing
    • Apple
    • Strawberry guava
    • Pear
      • Bosc
      • Bartlett
      • Red
    • Santa Rosa Plum
    • persimmon
    • apricot
  • Gardener’s shed
  • 2 blocks from transportation
  • Near Saint Francis Shopping Center
  • Only a few blocks to Sequoia Elementary School

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Big open backyard is ready for your ideas!

 

Open house dates:

  • Feb 18th 1pm – 4pm
  • Feb 20th 10am-1pm
  • Feb 25th  1pm – 4pm

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Dog Friendly Wineries near Rincon Valley

We have some great wineries in Rincon Valley.  A number of them advertise that they are “dog-friendly”.  Gwen and I took the dogs out to test just how “dog-friendly”  they were.  Here’s what we found.

St. Francis Winery

100 Pythian Rd Santa Rosa Website

Great red and white wines.  We were told the dogs were welcome, but we were asked to sit outside in the garden with them.  The staff was curious and gave them some attention.  There were bowls of water around for them to drink from.  The staff came outside to serve us wine and a cheese pairing.  There were a few other dogs present.

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Bagel and Jerry posing with Saint Francis Assisi

 

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: $15 ea
  • Wine: Great
  • Staff: Appreciative
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, would go back with or without my dogs

Landmark

101 Adobe Canyon Rd Kenwood, CA Website

Great red and white varietals.  Dogs were allowed anywhere on the grounds to include the tasting room.  Both tasting room staffers came out to see the dogs and pet them.  Both said that almost all Landmark tasting room staffers have dogs. 

No other dogs were present.

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Jerry and Bagel enjoying some tasting room attention

 

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: Yes
  • Wine: Only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All were delicious.
  • Staff: Appreciative and interested in our dogs
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, would definitely go back with my dogs

 

 Loxton Cellars

11466 Dunbar Road  Glen Ellen Website

Loxton is a very small production winery (3000 cases) on Dunbar Road.  I’ve never heard of it but we saw it on a list of dog-friendly wineries.  We were served by the winemaker Chris Loxton who told us about all his wines and the history of the winery.

We tried a variety of reds, whites and late harvest dessert wine.  All wonderful. 

 Chris and a staffer were interested in our dogs and we shared dog stories.  Water was brought out for them.  No other patrons or dogs were present.

 

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Gwen says “Come for the whites, stay for the reds”

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: $10, refundable with wine purchase
  • Wine: Nice variety with small batch quality
  • Staff: Wonderful, friendly, talkative, liked dogs
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, definitely would go back

Kunde Winery

9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood Website

Kunde is one of the most dog friendly wineries I’ve been too.  Lots of treats, water, and attention.  Kunde offers a number of dog friendly events.  Our favorite is the vineyard dog hike offered several times a year.  The hike is 3-4 miles in the beautiful hills above the winery with several stops for wine tasting. Oh, the wines are great too. 

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Tasting Red Dirt Red during a vineyard hike with the dogs

Bottom line:

  • Very dog friendly
  • Great wines
  • Tasting fee $15
  • Staff: Expressed interest in our dogs
  • Fun events 

 Ledson Winery 

 

img_3634Ledson Winery was built in the 1990’s.  Its advertising tag line was: “come visit the castle”.  The home looks like a chateau on steroids. We were escorted to a tasting area with 4 other people.  There was no water available, none of the staff seemed to care that we had dogs with us, and paid little attention to them.

We paid $20 and $30 for our tastings.  We sampled mediocre whites, Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and Cab.  At best, some were okay. Since the price of the tasting was so expensive, we inquired if purchasing some of the so-so wine would cause the tasting fee to be waived.  The said “NO”  we would still have to pay the tasting fee.  We bought no wine and see no reason to go back with or without the dogs.

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: outrageously high whether you buy wine or not
  • Wine: ranged from poor to so-so
  • Staff: indifferent to our dogs.  No water or treats
  • Dog-friendly: Dogs are allowed

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I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Walk, Wag, Wine

It’s time for another Kinde Vineyard dog walk around the vineyards.  I’ve done this hike a few times, and it is one of my favorite dog walks.  The hike is led by Kunde wine grower  Jeff Kunde and his dog.  Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles through the hills and vineyards of the Kunde Winery.  The hike is strenuous, reaching altitudes of 1400 ft.

Every mile or so there is a place to stop and rest under an oak tree, and  to enjoy a Kunde varietal wine.  Starting with cool whites, moving to reds and blends.  Enjoy seeing the 100-year-old vines and beautiful views of the Valley of the Moon all while letting Fido run leash free through the vineyards.

The hike sells out, so make your reservation soon.  A portion of the hike benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.

  • What: Kunde Vineyard Dog Hike
  • Where: Kunde Vineyard 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
  • When: Saturday Sept 30 9am
  • Cost: $75
  • More info :Dogs

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Rincon Valley’s Spring Lake

Rincon Valley has one of the BEST parks in Santa Rosa!  If you are trying to decide what part of Santa Rosa to move to, this article will give you one more reason to want to live in Rincon Valley.  

Spring Lake is a 320 acre county regional park located in eastern Santa Rosa between Summerfield Rd. and Montgomery Drive.  Spring Lake was originally built in 1961 as part of global flood control program for Rincon Valley, Bennett Valley, and downtown Santa Rosa.  In 1974 Spring Lake was further developed into what is now one of Sonoma County’s most used parks.

Spring Lake really is your “one stop” park.  You can find almost any park activity you want here.  

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72 acre Spring Lake

Spring Lake: is the parks biggest attraction.  The 72 acre lake which (except during extreme drought) is usually full year round is a great place to boat, fish, kayak, paddle board, and bird watch.  There is a 2.3 mile paved trail that circles that lake, great for walking, biking, and jogging.   The trail is wheel chair accessible.  Boats are available to rent at the lake.  No swimming or gas-powered engines are allowed in/on the lake. 

Boating: Sailing, kayak, stand up paddle board, and small boats with electric motors may use the lake.  A boat ramp can be accessed off the Newanga entrance at a cost of $4 per boat.  Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and peddle boats can be rented during the summer months near the Violetti entrance.  No swimming is allowed in the lake.

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Boats available for rent

Fishing:  Big mouth bass, Sunfish, Catfish, and other fish can be caught in the lake.  Fishing poles can be rented from the concessionaire off Violetti Rd.  Fishing license is required.

Fishing on Spring Lake

The Lagoon:  The swimming lagoon is a 3 acre spring fed swimming area adjacent to Spring Lake.  The swimming lagoon is open to the public Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  It is surrounded by sandy beach with lots of manicured lawn and mature trees to sit under on a hot day.   Picnic tables and some barbecue pits are available for use.  It’s the perfect place to escape hot summer days.  The lagoon is lifeguard protected.  Recently an inflatable playground was added to one end of the lagoon where kids can play for an additional fee.  Inner tubes can be rented at the concessionaire stand.

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Inflatable floating playground at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Picnicing & barbeque:  There are 200 picnic tables throughout Spring Lake including 5 group sites that are wheelchair accessible. Some sites have barbeque’s

Group picnic area at Spring Lake

Group picnic area with BBQ

The Otter Cafe:  Serves affordable lunch and dinner items, along with snacks and beer & wine.  There is an outdoor seating area with lounge chairs and tables where patrons of the cafe can sit and look over the lagoon. 

Camping: Spring Lake offers camping with 31 sites that can be reserved.  RV’s, trailers, and tent camping is popular.  There are 3 cabins that have recently been added and a site for group camping that can accommodate up to 75 people.  Camping is accessible from the Newanga entrance.  Camping is daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, and weekends and holidays only during the rest of the year. 

Camping at Spring Lake

Spring Lake campground

Hiking/walking/jogging/biking: There are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails around Spring Lake.  There is one main 2.3 mile paved trail that circles the lake.  

Spring Lake Trail

Paved 2.3 mile trail circles the lake

Environmental Discovery Center: The Environmental Discovery Center is a hands on interactive science museum designed for elementary school aged children.  Open Wed – Sun, 12 to 5pm.  Access the Discovery Center from the Violetti entrance.

Summer Camp: Spring Lake is host to many kid’s summer camps through both the city of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Parks.  Visit their websites to see what is available.  

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Kids attend Lifeguard Camp at Spring Lake

Other Events: Sonoma County Parks hold other events at Spring Lake such as:

  • Water Bark
  • REI equipment boat trials
  • Fishing lessons
  • Intro to SUP
  • Science Saturdays
  • Paddle Board Yoga
  • Event Calendar

Where: Spring Lake

  • South entance 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa (camping, boat ramp, Horse trailers)
  • North entrance 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa

When: 

  • Park is open year round 7am – sunset
  • Swimming lagoon & Otter Cafe Memorial Day – Labor Day

Cost:

  • $7 per car
  • $4 per boat
  • Both are free with park membership.
  • Park Membership: $69

Dogs: yes with some restrictions see park web page for more info

Ranger: 707.539.8092

More info:  Spring Lake

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

5 things your roof is asking you to do now

We are lucky in California that our weather consistently provides virtually NO rain July, Aug or Sept. Well, October is not that far away so this is a great time to check your roof for these 5 potential problems.

1) Vegetation should not be touching your roof.

What does this look like? Tree limbs dangling over your roof with branches touching the roof, or bushes that have grown so tall they are touching your roof line.

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Trees limbs and tall hedges lay on, and touch the roof of this house

What’s the problem? When the wind blows, that vegetation rubs your roof, accelerating the wear and tear on it. The sun and the wind are hard enough on a roof, don’t let vegetation decrease the life of your roof. Vegetation can trap moisture against your roof causing moss, fungus, and algae to grow on and under your shingles. Additionally, vegetation can act as an highway way for bugs and rodents such as roof rats to access your home.

Remedy: Cut your hedges back so they are not touching your home anywhere. Hire an arborist to cut tree limbs back so they are not touching your roof.

2) Debris on the roof.

What’s it look like? Dry leaves and vegetation on the roof, or collecting behind a chimney usually below a tree or some other vegetation that’s growing above the roof line.

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Debris in the valley of the roof traps moisture and will eventually clog the rain gutters

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Debris built up behind the chimney traps moisture causing rust and dry rot

What’s the problem? Debris on the roof seems innocent enough right? The wind and rain will wash it away. Well, the rain might wash it into your rain gutters where it may then become trapped and clog your gutters. Trapped debris breaks down over time and reduces the amount of rain water your gutters can contain before overflowing. While on the roof, the leaves are trapping moisture, and blocking the wind and the sun from keeping your shingles, fascia board, and trim dry.

Remedy: Clean your roof off before dry leaves get a chance to flow into your gutters. Use a broom, or leaf blower, or hire a professional to get on your roof and clean behind the chimney and other hard to reach places.

3) Algae and moss

What’s it look like? Moss looks like fuzz and algae can look like various colors of discoloration.

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Moss on composite shingles

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Algae on wood shingles

What’s the problem? Moss traps moisture which is never good. Severe moss can cause the shingles to lift compromising the shingles water resistance.

Remedy: Use a stiff broom to brush the growth away, and analyze why the moss is growing there. Chances are that there is something causing the moss to grow such as excessive shade from nearby vegetation.

4) Damaged flashing on the roof

What’s it looks like? Flashing that has slipped, been damaged or brittle and cracked. Caulking that is cracked or missing, paint that is peeling or chipping.

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Damaged chimney flashing

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Cracked plumbing flashing

What’s the problem? Flashing is about preventing water intrusion into the home. Sometimes flashing is damaged by work being done on the home, vegetation, animals or just old age. Flashing is designed to keep moisture from penetrating the roof where plumbing, chimneys, vents, or skylights breach the shingles. Having the flashing repaired is a lot cheaper than dealing with water damage later on.

Remedy:  Consult professional roofer for repair before wet weather arrives.

5) Damaged/leaking rain gutters

What does it look like? Rain gutters that are full of debris, cracked, rusted or otherwise show active signs of leaking or imminent signs of leaking.

Rain gutters in need of maintenance

Rain gutters need to be check for debris, cracks and leaks. Gutters that are painted won’t rust and will last longer

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Rain gutters that leak or overflow cause water to splash onto the siding which overtime causes dry rot and other wood related problems.

What’s the problem? Some people think rain gutters are simply there to allow you to walk under your eaves without getting wet. They actually are designed to carry water away from your home. When gutters over flow or leak, the water falls to the ground below which (most of the time) causes the rain water to splash back onto the siding of the home. eventually, causing dry rot and other wood related problems. If the gutters “overflow” it can cause dry rot and other wood related problems to the roof trim and fascia board behind the gutter. Rot on the trim can eventually spread to other parts of the roof and can become quite costly. It can all be avoided by maintaining your gutters.

Remedy:   Inspect your gutters.  Keep them free of debris and painted.  If they leak, it’s possible to patch a small spot, however it might just be time to have them replaced.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Agents are getting younger

DSCN1110The National Association of Realtors announced this month that, based on member profiles, Realtors are younger than ever. The average age of a Realtor decreased from 57 to 53 years old. That’s a big jump in 1 year. Realtors under 30 years old doubled last year to 5 % from 2% previously, and Realtors over 65 decreased to 16% from 25%. It seems more millennials are getting into the business. This could be favorable for young buyers who will enjoy using the technologies employed by these fresh professionals. The down side is that 1 in 5 Realtors now has less than 1 year in the profession.

 

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley Market Report Feb 2018

FOR SALE signThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the Month of February 2018.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

 

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Information taken from the Bay Area Real Estate Information Service. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley Market Update Nov 1 – 15th

FOR SALE signThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of November 1st – 15th 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

 

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Information taken from the Bay Area Real Estate Information Service. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley Market Report Oct 15 – 31

FOR SALE signThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of October 15th – 31st 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

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Information taken from the Bay Area Real Estate Information Service. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Interest rates inch upward

Unfortunately interest rates are slowly climbing.  The amount of money you can borrow for your next home relates directly to the interest rate.  Don’t let a rising interest rate interfere with your next home purchase.

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This weeks rate hike is the 7th consecutive weekly hike and at a 4 year high.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador