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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.



I'm a gardening fool, so weather has always mattered to me. Whether the season is going to be right for tomatoes or make for better than usual roses isn't earth shaking information to the general public. On the other hand if you follow every diet guru's diet advice to eat plenty of fresh fruits a...
It's a little early to start planning the bottle tasting, but a Sonoma County grape is still worth sharing even if you can't drink it. If you want to make dolmas, now is the right time to gather your leaves. If you're more interested in the wine, you'll have to wait. This emerging grape is at le...
I'm writing about credit for home buyers on my Sonoma.net site since more of my transactions are running into obstacles during the loan approval process. Rules are changing and underwriting standards have gotten really hard to meet. In one case, my buyers have stellar credit, but the property isn...
Bill Burke wrote a post about "writing the offer" that made me think about the timeline issues our buyers face. For many buyers who were in the market this spring for the first time homebuyers tax credit, the entire experience was new. Other buyers are old hands at the purchase of a home, but eve...
Rohnert Park was ground zero for REO sales in Sonoma County last year. Residential sales in this home to Sonoma State University during January through April of 2009 was all about REO property. Since then, short sales and open market sales have begun to take their shares of the market back from b...
I like sequels. They avoid the hassle of relearning the main narrative thread and keep continuity with the characters. I introduced bottlebrush blooms last Sunday with a flower just starting to emerge. This week we see what a bottlebrush flower looks like when half of the buds have opened to rev...
Sonoma County Sales Trends It's been awhile since one of my graph-a-palooza posting sessions, so I decided to look at some of the trends in residential sales in Sonoma County. Market trends aren't always visible in the short run, so I grabbed sales data from January 1, 2009 until the end of April...
Australia has given us many beautiful plants including a wide variety of Eucalyptus trees and drought resistant shrubs. One of the most colorful imports is known as the Bottlebrush which features amazing red flowers that look almost exactly like the kind of brush you use to scrub bottles. I took...
There is a tech battle brewing between Apple and Adobe. The two companies partnered to develop desktop publishing more than 25 years ago and there is a wonderful shared history. Recently, however, debates over the role of Adobe's Flash technology have created a vigorous intellectual debate. I may...
The winter is gone and my bleeding hearts are back. They'll only bloom for a few months, but are a lovely, graceful perennial that does well in partial shade. This particular plant shares a big planter with some ferns and they both seem happy to live together. The botanical name for the bleeding...

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Real estate and green building information for Sonoma County California with an emphasis on Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Forestville, Guerneville, Graton, and the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley. and Alexander Valley.I write a lot about REO property, fixers, luxury estate homes, and vineyard property. I love to analyze sales trends.