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Posted on 09/22/2021
Should Your Buy a Condo for Your First Home?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Condominiums can be an excellent option for first-time homebuyers. With lower upfront costs and great perks, a condo can definitely outshine a traditional detached home in many respects. However, even for new buyers a condo might not be the best choice. Here we will go over the main pros & cons of purchasing...
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Posted on 09/15/2021
3 Major Permit Reminders for Every Property Owner
A great deal of misinformation about obtaining building permits exists that sometimes results in property owners not securing one. An inspector combing through your entire home looking for violations rarely happens in practice. Of course, if the house has been significantly altered over the years without pulling a permit, it’s not unreasonable for a building code enforcement officer...
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Posted on 09/09/2021
Sonoma, CA Real Estate Market Update 9/9/2021
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Posted on 09/08/2021
How to Choose Eco-Friendly Windows and Start Saving Green
If your energy bills are high, your windows could be partly to blame. Windows allow the sun’s heat to warm up your home in summer, which means your air conditioner has to run more. Windows can let cold air in during winter through drafts while heated indoor air seeps outside, causing your furnace to run more. In fact,...
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Posted on 09/01/2021
Avoid Common DIY Decor Project Mistakes With These Tips
The process of creating your own home decor is exciting, but you are going to want the hard work and effort that you put into these projects to be the worthwhile in the end. The last thing that you want is to make an avoidable mistake during the process that ends up compromising the entire plan. These are...
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Posted on 09/01/2021
Another Property Sold - 17503 Middlefield Road, Sonoma, CA 95476
Vintage charm accentuates this Sonoma Springs home offering hardwood floors, stone fireplace, updated kitchen and baths. Sunroom that can be used as a dining area or artist room that flows onto the sunny deck. Dont miss the lower level area for added square footage offering a spacious/flexible floor plan that can be used as office or media room. Downstairs has laundry an additional full bath, one car garage. Nice backyard for gardening and entertaining. Near Sonoma Regional Park hiking, wineries, restaurants, movie theater and boutiques. This is an excellent weekend get away or full time wine country Sonoma Valley...
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Posted on 08/25/2021
5 Reasons It's Smart to Add Smart Home Technologies
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Smart home technologies can be as simple as a lock, light or appliance you can activate with a voice, token or smartphone. But this can be as in-depth as whole household management systems that can regulate the comfort, security, and more for those who live there. If you’re considering buying or building...
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Posted on 08/18/2021
Constructing Your Own Pergola
Photo by marcdenning via Pixabay Adding square footage of living space to your home is always a sound investment. Not only does it give you and your family more space to play, but it adds resale value, too -- even if the square footage you add is outdoors. A well-designed and constructed pergola does both. It provides shade...
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Posted on 08/11/2021
Town House or Single Family Home, Which is Right for Your Family ?
Photo by Ricarda Molck via Pixabay More and more communities are creating spaces for both individual homes and multifamily townhomes. Both styles offer lots of space, comfortable living and access to a neighborhood's amenities -- but there are some key differences that might make one style more suitable for you than another. Learning more about the differences between...
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Posted on 08/10/2021
Sonoma, CA Real Estate Market Update 8/10/2021
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Another Property Sold - 779 Verano Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476
Located close to Historic Sonoma Plaza, this single level home offers the best of all worlds with privacy and close proximity to Historic Sonoma Plaza. Formal entry, hardwood floors, fireplace, cathedral ceilings, plantation shutters throughout. Recently updated baths and newer deck with Pergola. This lovely home offers lush, mature landscaping to entertain wine country style. Situated at the end of a private lane, and within a stones-throw to many conveniences: Sonoma Square, Montini and Overlook hiking trails, bike paths, markets, boutiques, tasting rooms and restaurants. Make this your place to call home or it is perfect as a sweet Sonoma...
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Posted on 08/04/2021
Make Your Own Stepping Stones With This DIY Guide
Stepping stones are a perfect alternative to traditional garden paths. For small spaces or for a more rustic look, stepping stones can liven up a space while providing helpful functionality. There are many styles of stepping stone, such as those made from flagstone or concrete pavers. However, pebble stepping stones are a fun and creative addition to any...
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