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Market Conditions in Sebastopol : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Aug 4, 2013
Dot Kostriken answered:
Mitigation of noise can be accomplished by dual pane windows, plantings of large shrubs, & trees, to block sound, placement of bedrooms to rear of home, heavy drapes/shutters, carpeting, etc.
Traffic will only grow greater w/time, and many people cannot adjust to constant noisy road traffic.
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Wed Jul 3, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
Zillow can give a good estimate of value on tract homes that turn over regularly. For a unique community like Sebastopol, which is a large diversified area, you need a realtor familiar with the different zones and areas that have different appeal to a variety of buyers. This is a complex community including homes from small in-town victorians, small farmettes, sprawling ranches, orchards, executive homes and estates! I lived on Bloomfield Rd., back in the 70s and seen the growth of this west county town into a most desired avante-garde sustainable agri-hub. If you would like to know the value of your home, I would be happy to evaluate it in detail with comps that are hand-picked to show you what would be a realistic selling price.
Terry Bell, Realtor
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Thu May 30, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
This home’s listing agent can tell you more about this place that I can (and probably will know a lot about similar properties in the area). You can email the agent from listing page using the orange “Contact Agent” button to the right of the home photos.

Or, you can look for other local agents on Trulia here:

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help with anything else. I am happy to be a resource for you. Good luck with the search!

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Mon Dec 7, 2009
Carl Legg answered:
Paul, I think Michael Friedenberg's answer from 2009 was excellent. Today, in 2012, we have a better understanding of market trend and dynamics, and it's not looking all that positive over the next 2-4 years. As of July 2012, Sebastopol real estate value has fallen roughly 40-45% from its peak, and continues to fall at just under 1% per month (with an occasional meaningless uptick).

Based on a deepening Euro-recession (>11% Euro-zone unemployment) and bailout frenzy, worsening global debt overhang (expect $20T U.S. debt by 2015), huge remaining backlog of bank-owned homes waiting to be listed (2-3 million), and an epidemic of underwater mortgages in Sonoma County that's getting worse not better (40% of all mortgages in Sonoma County are now underwater, and growing), I see little basis for sustained value growth for at least 2 to 4 years. Alas, I see just the opposite -- continued downward pressure through 2015.
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Sun Jun 22, 2008
Kenneth Schrier answered:
Hi Paula,

Sebastopol has been somewhat insulated from a lot of the market decline but not immune. Remodeling your home in the last few years gives you more assurances of a higher price than you may looking at if you hadn't done any work to the property but it may not guarantee a "break even" price. Keep in mind that you will have transfer fees and other title/escrow costs not to mention, Realtor fees when you sell a property. These fees are tax deductible any loss would be as well.

I would reccomend that you have a few local Realtors come by and do a Market Analysis with you and let them see your improvements. I remember seeing you home years ago and I am sure the work you have done will pay off.

The market is doing better than it was and some light is visible at the end of the tunnel. The biggest challenge now is competing with the foreclosure market that is in full swing around us.

If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Best to you,


Kenneth Schrier
Kenneth Schrier Real Estate Group
CPS Property Advocates
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