Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fulton Crossing Open House

Stop by the Fulton Crossing Gallery the 3rd Friday of each month for an open house




Originally the California Poultry Processing Plant, the building that processed live chickens into grocery store quality breasts and wings is now one of Sonoma County's largest art galleries and studios.  

Fulton Crossing consists of 2 warehouses, and 23 artist studios.  The largest warehouse is the gallery, and on the 3rd Friday of every month, it opens its doors to the public, offering wine, snacks, and a chance to meet the artists.  

You'll find a variety of art and styles.  Glass, furniture, fabric, and lots of paintings.  Fulton Crossing Gallery is the largest gallery in Sonoma County.





Open House Details:
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: 1200 River Rd Fulton, Ca
  • When: 3rd Friday of each month 5pm - 8pm
    • Jun 21
    • Jul 19
    • Aug 16
    • Sept 20
    • Oct 18
    • Nov 15
    • Dec 20
For more information visit: Fulton Crossing




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, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633





Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Thursday Night Concerts Under the Stars

Montgomery Village has a great free Thursday night concert lineup for 2019

Super Diamond

Head out after dinner for a little shopping and some of Sonoma County's most popular bands.

Concerts begin at 5:30 and run to 8pm.  Beer and wine are available for purchase.  Shopping center stores are open late, and restaurants are close-by. 




Details:

Every other Thursday evening beginning May 30th - Oct 10th
Time: 5 - 8:30
Where: Montgomery Village Shops
             911 Village Court
             Santa Rosa
More Info: Concert


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, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633

Monday, June 17, 2019

Friday Night Live at the Plaza in Cloverdale

Why drive to Cloverdale when there are so many other things to do in Santa Rosa on a Friday night???

The bands!


Cloverdale is not the only city in Sonoma County to have bands on Friday nights in the summer but it does have the BEST bands.

You can read all my blog posts about things to do and bands in Sonoma County, and nowhere else where you see me saying that "... has the best bands".  That's because the best bands are in Cloverdale.  Everywhere else, Sonoma County shares the same 15 +/- bands but Cloverdale consistently gets bands from out of the area that you may not see again.  2 of my favorites came from Louisiana, Shiny Ribs, and Johny Sansone.  

2019 lineup 

The bands start 6:30pm so you have time to drive there if you live in central Sonoma County.  There are plenty of food trucks, beer, and wine for sale, and a farmer's market.  Some people get there early and set up chairs in the plaza, but the times I've been, I show up at 7pm and just stand amongst the crowd up front by the stage.  

The Cloverdale evenings are pleasantly warm and the event has a nice America small town feel to it. 






Here are the details:

The street market starts at 6pm
The band starts at 6:30
Cloverdale Plaza (112 Broad St Cloverdale)

No:
outside alcohol

Dates: 
Friday evenings 
May 31st - August 30th





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, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

965 Baird - SOLD !

Sold in 2 days for $667,000 (multiple offers)


965 Baird in Rincon Valley

Details:


Selling brokerage:  Saint Francis Properties
Bedrooms: 4
Baths 3
Garage converted into bonus room w/attached bathroom
Fireplace
2 hot water heaters 
SqFt: 2043


Lot: .30 ac
Large level lot
Water: well
Sewer: City
2 outbuildings










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, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633

Dealing with Multiple Offers

6 of the 8 offers we recieved on 5386 Gold Dr

Every home seller's dream is to receive multiple offers when they put their home on the market.  But be careful what you ask for.  2 or 3 offers can be a blessing but when you get above 5 it can get tricky deciding which one is really the best.

At first blush, the easy answer might be "pick the highest price", but there is more to selling your home than just the price.  The California Association of Realtor's purchase agreement is 10 pages long.  Here are  a few of the variables a seller needs to consider in any offer:
  • Price
  • Length of escrow
  • Is dual agency a factor
  • Is the buyer moving in or is this an investment
  • Amount of the deposit
  • Are the buyers asking you to agree to Liquidated Damages?
  • What type of loan are they getting
  • Are they preapproved
  • Is there proof of sufficient funds to close escrow?
  • Does the home need to appraise?
  • How long is the inspection contingency period
  • Is the buyer asking for appliances and other personal items?

If you have 5 offers, you can't make them all equal to each other with a simple counter offer.  Some buyers may be getting a VA loan which requires all Sec I pest work to be completed at the seller's expense.  Some buyers might be all cash but the cash is coming from a home they need to sell first.

My experience has been that typically there is at least 1 offer that is obviously superior.  Some buyers don't like looking a gift horse in the mouth, and will just choose to accept the best offer submitted.  But  if there are several offers that are a close second, the superior offer can be used as the offer you'll use to judge and negotiate the others.

My experience has been that there are always a few offers that are so poorly written, that you can discard them right away.  In the past, offers that my buyers have discarded were because the buyer had not even seen the home yet.  The buyers had no evidence of pre-approval or they had a home to sell which hadn't even been listed yet.

My most recent sale on Gold Drive had 8 offers.  The easiest thing to do was to create an Excel spreadsheet then break each contract down into the negotiable parts.

Excel spreadsheet used to compare multiple offers

We threw  4 away right off the bat.  We then compared the remaining 4. The question I asked my client with each individual offer was: What would make you want to take this offer?  Better price? Faster Escrow? Take the home "As-is"? Bigger Deposit?  With each offer, I took notes on what my client would want in order to accept it.  Then, when we were done, I prepared counter offers specific to each offer we'd discussed.  

After the counter-offers were sent out, we were left with 2 remaining offers.  Ultimately an extra $5000 was what it took for the prevailing offer to succeed in the multiple offer scenario.  

If you'd like more information on how to deal with multiple offers, or the best stratagy for obtaining multiple offers contact me.





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, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633