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Sonoma County real estate agent. Healdsburg Sotheby's associate with interests in architecture, green building, classic fixers, and country property. Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley Vineyard specialist with wine country estates as a particular specialty. Dave can also help find the perfect weekend getaway or river front cottage.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Half the secret to gardening success is understanding where to put plants so the light is just right. It takes at least three of four experimental growing seasons to match available light to plants that will thrive there. Once you know what works, just keep doing it. Begonias love the east side ...
10/23/2011
The communities of Forestville, Guerneville (including Rio Nido), Cazadero, and Monte Rio are collectively referred to as the "Russian River" area in our local MLS. There are differences among the towns, but they share the river, magnificent redwoods, and a big base of summer cabins that have bee...
10/21/2011
Healdsburg residential real estate includes everything from humble bungalows smaller than 1000 square feet to sprawling vineyard estate compounds with multiple houses, pools, stables, and vineyards worth more than $100,000 per acre. It's hard to look at any short period of time and try to pull us...
10/20/2011
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I promised Dick a post about our local REO market where savvy listing agents are getting the banks to fund improvments to bring the homes to turnkey status. In most regions of the country an REO property is a pure AS-IS transaction with banks being unwilling to spend additional money on propertie...
10/19/2011
I don't want to insult the seller. How often have we heard that comment from fence-sitting buyers? Even if it's not stated explicitly, it's clear that many buyers today are looking for significant bargains. I'm not talking about the conscienceless low ballers who want thirty or forty percent slas...
10/18/2011
If I was in Congress, I'd ask for permission to revise and extend my remarks. I posted about picky buyers losing out on a purchase a few days ago. The story was based on a couple who had passed on a house with tiny flaws that my buyers ended up purchasing. For me, the moral of the story was that ...
10/17/2011
Persimmons come into their own after Thanksgiving when they hang on the leafless tree like miniature pumpkins. This is a non-ripe, but fully-formed persimmon still surrounded by beautiful foliage. 
10/16/2011
Healdsburg has a well deserved reputation as a great town for food and wine. Visitors flood the streets, especially now during harvest time when the weather is spectacular and the colors in the vineyards are starting to change. A certain percentage of well-heeled visitors end up falling in love ...
10/14/2011
Buyers have a lot of different reasons for sitting on the fence. For many, uncertainty about the course of the market makes them question their timing. For others, less than stellar credit makes them tough candidates for a loan even when they want to move ahead. I met a couple recently who were s...
10/13/2011
After touring a wonderful $10,000,000 pocket listing from one of my fellow agents this morning I took a leisurely drive back to Healdsburg through Dry Creek Valley. Most of the vineyards are still green, but one avenue of trees along the road was flying fall colors against the backdrop of green ...
10/12/2011
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