Buying a Home After the Fires 

Wildfires and subsequent winter rains have affected thousands of Northern California homes since October. If you are considering purchasing a property affected by the fires, be sure you know how to protect yourself from unanticipated costs related to the clean-up or rebuilding process. Recently, the North Bay Association of Realtors released a fire disclosure form … Read more


Mendocino County Construction Corps

As long as there have been schools, there have been students who knew sitting in a classroom all day wasn’t for them. This feeling doesn’t necessarily go away when it comes to the workplace; not everyone is meant to sit behind a desk. But because kids often hear that they have to go to college … Read more


Warning Signs of Underlying Problems

When you fall in love with a house, it’s easy to get swept away in the emotion of it all, imagining summer barbecues in the backyard and holiday celebrations around the hearth. However, before you begin arranging the furniture, be sure to look for these warning signs that things may not be as perfect as … Read more


Uninsured Deeds Can Be a Real Pain in the Pocketbook

Sometimes cutting corners to save a buck can be really expensive. Let’s say you have great neighbors. You’ve known them for years. You have dinner at each other’s homes from time to time and you often chat over the fence. They’re quite a bit older than you, and eventually one of the spouses passes away. … Read more


What To Do When Your Heater Goes Out Midwinter

You may have noticed that heaters, and electricity in general, have a way of going out when Mother Nature brings her coldest winter storm of the season. While we don’t face the same freezing extremes as people in Wisconsin or Minnesota, it’s still a bummer to be cold. If you have a low tolerance for … Read more


Looking for a Great Career? Try Real Estate.

Every year at this time, people contemplate new beginnings. When it comes to our happiness, jobs can have a big impact, so if you’re in a job that makes you unhappy for whatever reason, this might be a great time to consider a change to real estate. The housing market in Mendocino County and throughout … Read more


Is the Market Turning?

At the time I’m writing this, it appears the market is cresting. We have had a pretty considerable increase in property values for the past five years. The growth hasn’t been overheated or exorbitant, but is has been steady, representing about a 50 percent increase from the lowest 2008 Recession values. What does that mean … Read more


Ukiah Business Trends

You may have noticed that we finally have some new businesses in town. The old Masonite property north of town, developed by Ross Liberty, has attracted a landscaping supply company, Rhys Vineyards, and a potential hotel, restaurant, and gas station. The landscape business is especially noteworthy because the owner is from Ukiah. Years ago, he … Read more


The Pros and Cons of Downsizing

Once the kids go off to college and then (hopefully) into the work world, empty nesters typically have more house than they need. The question becomes whether to sell or stay put. Let’s imagine you have a 3500-square-foot house. Now that your five adult children have families of their own, they visit from time to … Read more