Smart Homes Keep You Connected 24/7 – Part II

  Last week, I shared some of the smart-home innovations made possible by modern technology, things like thermostats you can adjust with your cell phone regardless of your location, and smart doors and doorbells that allow you to unlock your door automatically or respond to a visitor at your door without being home. These are … Read more


Smart Homes Keep You Connected 24/7 – Part I

In 1898, the commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, Charles Holland Duell, reportedly said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Wouldn’t he be surprised if he attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each January to see all the latest tech creations? For decades, technology has developed at an astonishing pace, changing … Read more


For Sale by Owner Leads to Lower Sales Price

It’s no secret that home sellers want to sell their property for the highest possible price, while homebuyers want to buy for the lowest possible price. One of the ways people try to save money is to avoid paying the commission typically charged by Realtors by choosing to sell the property themselves. This is called … Read more


Crazy Tenants

Our Property Management division has seen some crazy things in their day, from tenants (residents) parking motorcycles indoors to ankle-deep water after botched faucet repairs. Happily, most of our residents are reasonable, responsible people, but a few of them—or sometimes their children—get themselves into some wild situations. While I was still in college, I bought … Read more


Arbitration

When you buy or sell a house, it can be very exciting, whether you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time, upgrading to a new neighborhood, or selling a home to start an adventure elsewhere. Sometimes, however, things do not go as planned. There’s a paragraph in the standard purchase agreement from the California Association … Read more


Tired of Renting? Now’s a Great Time to Buy!

Many renters are under the mistaken impression that they cannot afford to buy a house. Some believe they need a substantial down payment; others believe they cannot afford the monthly expenses of home ownership. While these assumptions may be true, it’s best to review the facts before crossing home ownership off your list. We’ll assume … Read more


Inclusionary Zoning Discourages Development

If we thought we had a housing shortage before the fires, we really have one now. While the developers of the Vineyard Crossing housing development on Lover’s Lane in Ukiah are determined to work with the county to make the development a success, they and developers like them face significant hurdles as they try to … Read more


Things Realtors Wish Sellers Knew – Part II

Last week, I mentioned several things Realtors would like their clients who are selling property to know, including the benefits of choosing simple décor, not keeping secrets, only doing improvements that will provide a return on their investment, and opting to fix big-ticket items rather than reducing the property’s sale price. Here are a few … Read more


Things Realtors Wish Sellers Knew – Part I

  When Realtors work with clients, there are some things they wish sellers knew. Not Everyone Loves That Décor When a seller has a strong sense of style, one that stands out, prospective buyers sometimes have a hard time imagining themselves in the house. Realtors don’t want to offend their clients who are selling the … Read more