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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.
Houses are great investments! They always go up in value! Ever hear that before? Maybe in 2004 or 2005? Real estate agents may have been collectively insane, asleep at the wheel, or just oblivious to the reality of housing values, but the run-up in prices known as the housing bubble took almost e...
Mortgage rates from early 1980 through April 1986 never fell below double digits. Today's home buyers look at rates under 4% and don't understand how fantastic and unusual it is to have such a low cost for financing a home. During the Clinton boom years, rates averaged around 7%. During the Georg...
Chrysanthemums have a lineage of cultivation dating back to at least the 15th century BC in China. The modern world loves them for their many varieties, colors and flower forms. I like them along my front walkway for their spectacular fall blooms. This evening picture captures the flowers in man...
Wait! Prices are sure to fall! Show me the person giving that advice at the peak of the housing bubble and that is someone I will listen to. Anybody saying the same thing about today's market better bring me some evidence. When times are great and the herd is moving in one direction it's hard to ...
This year's Solar Decathlon winners have been announced and the University of Maryland has easily won top honors. Their entry features two shed roofed modules, one for living and one for working that are connected by an area featuring a wetlands garden and bathroom. There's no way I can do the en...
Like almost everyone in the real estate business, I spend my time in many different locations. I start and end the day in my home office, but on any given day I might work out of either of two company offices equipped with desktop computers for agents to use. I also end up using my smartphone for...
Greg Nino wrote a strong post yesterday about the unity we showed as a community over the last week. You can read his great post to see the specific issue he was writing about, but the essence of the post was the satisfaction of working together. I think we're all hungry for unifying events since...
I'm tired of fighting.  I have always loved America as a land of cherished differences. A country where people of many opinions can agree on common ground that benefits everyone. I want that pleasantly argumentative country back. I want your help in getting there. There is a bipartisan bill that ...
We're waiting for ripeness in this year's grapes and crossing our finger that rain doesn't damage the grapes that survived early rains during pollination time. This shot of Pinot Noir grapes in the Russian River Valley on Eastside Road is a good example of grapes that are well formed, but not qu...
Sonoma County residential sales reports for September are in and willing buyers and sellers managed to run the paperwork gauntlet to record 415 total residential sales of which ten were over a million dollars. There is no single factor behind these high dollar sales. Several of the high end homes...

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