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Wed Mar 1, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

You may consider 5% down Jumbo with a minimum 720 fico score from 424k up to 1.5 million and 10% down from a minimum 680 fico score and up to 2.5 million. You will need 20% down to purchase over 2.5 million.

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Sun Sep 4, 2016
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Wed Jun 24, 2015
Sue Winton answered:
Hi Amy,
Healdsburg is a wonderful community! We are surrounded by vineyards and mountains and are about 45 minutes from the Ocean and about an hour from San Francisco. It is a well established City and there's not much room for growth but there are plenty of young families and I am thankful every day that my family and I live in such beautiful part of the world.
Healdsburg is a very special place and I would encourage you to come and experience it!
Sincerely,
Sue Winton
Vanguard Properties
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Wed Jun 24, 2015
Anne Baker answered:
I've lived in Cloverdale for nearly four years and I love it. People often talk about the heat in Cloverdale but I like to say, "It's always sunny in Cloverdale." Before I leave Cloverdale early in the morning the sun is out and the birds are chattering happily. Then as I drive along the 101 with not many vehicles I hit the fog belt often as soon as Asti and sometimes not till Healdsburg.

The heat is okay as long as you have air conditioning. I'll take the sun with the heat over the overcast with a cooler day. Plus, you can usually enjoy a comfortable evening barbecue outdoors.

It's definitely a small town but we like to have fun. In the Summer we enjoy Friday Night Live in the Plaza. There are the normal service organizations if you like to be involved in the community. I'm in Rotary and have fun supporting and volunteering for our events.
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Sat Apr 25, 2015
kfulton asked:
Visiting the week of 4/27. Single mom with 10 year old son. My office is located on Healdsburg Avenue. Does anyone have opinions on where to look for rental? We like trees, grass and…
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Fri Feb 27, 2015
Carol Lin answered:
Hi there, it is difficult to answer this without knowing the specifics of this particular casino. It will ultimately come down to if the pros or the cons of the casino carry more weight. For example, a casino can bring business as well as employment opportunities to the area and in general, be considered an area attraction. On the other hand, it can bring increased traffic as well as any stereotypically negative casino related connotations (attracting shady characters, etc.) ... more
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Kristi Taylor answered:
Yes. Santa Rosa and Sonoma County is a great area to raise children. Our area offers great schools and provides you great communities for your family!
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Sun Feb 8, 2015
Kristi Taylor answered:
Here is the link for the rent vs. own breakdown - it is very user friendly but if you have any questions, give me a call! I also included the education level below.

Calculator: http://vanguardsf.com/rent_buy.php

Education for the 25 Years and Over
Santa Rosa, CA % California U.S.
Total 25 Years and Over Population 111,315 100% 24,117,317 204,336,017
Less Than High School 17,084 15.35%, see rank 18.98% 14.28%
High School Graduate 22,680 20.37%, see rank 20.68% 28.24%
Some College or Associate Degree 38,547 34.63%, see rank 29.88% 28.99%
Bachelor Degree 21,215 19.06%, see rank 19.35% 17.88%
Master, Doctorate, or Professional Degree 11,789 10.59%, see rank 11.10% 10.61%
USA.com Education Index# 13.58, see rank - 13.39 13.47
# Higher USA.com Education Index means more educated population.
*Based on 2008-2012 data. View historical education level data.
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Tue Jan 13, 2015
Tristam Bielecki answered:
If that is their attitude, it is not likely any action will prevent them from getting mad at you. Broken cars that sit on a property are visual blight and brings down home values so you have every right to feel this way. Of course, its good to have nice relations with your neighbor so unless you are actively trying to sell your home you may want to consider ways to screen the eyesore but you have every right to report it if it bother you a lot as you are probably one of several neighbors that feel that way. ... more
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Wed Aug 20, 2014
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Wed Aug 13, 2014
Tristam Bielecki answered:
For the most accurate data, check the govt website of the city you are interested in and they should have a section for the Police Dept, in there they will either publish crime data or tell you which online service they publish their data to.

Most cities in CA publish data online these days.
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hello,

http://www.crimemapping.com/map/ca/ is my favorite crime reporting website. It allows you to type in an address to look up crime in the neighborhood. It looks like there haven't been any reported crimes within a mile of this home in the past 6 months.

I'd be happy to help you get more information on this home or others like it if you'd like.

Hope this helps!
-Ryan
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Wed May 7, 2014
Lori Jo Smith answered:
I don't know about Santa Rosa but most Manufactured Home Communities do not allow rentals. This is to maintain a level of quality and control in who lives in these communities. Because each home is usually owned by individuals it is impossible to set a standard on who someone might rent to. Manufactured homes tend to be a very economical living arrangement but because of this is also can attract less desireable tenants. It is for the protection of the whole community that they do not allow rentals. ... more
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Sun Feb 16, 2014
Roger Cook answered:
That describes 22535 Broadway, Sonoma. The property is not currently for sale, but the owners have been thinking about retiring and moving to downtown Sonoma within the next few years, and might be interested in working out something. ... more
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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Peg and Jeremy King answered:
Having lived in Petaluma for over 30 years, too often we take for granted what a truly heavenly place on Earth in which we live. From the pristine weather to our cherished & beautiful downtown, with a geographic location that offers the infinite beauty & diversity of the Bay Area within an hour’s drive, and a population that is friendly and community-oriented, Petaluma is the crown jewel of the North Bay.

One of the most endearing & enduring qualities of Petaluma is the way residents, architects, and builders have honored both our history and our progress by meticulously upgrading the craftsmanship & attention to detail that allow many of Petaluma’s older buildings to remain standing strongly today with the modern amenities & comforts available in the 21st Century. There is something truly special about witnessing mills & mansions comingling, with respect & honor for the past, but always looking forward – onward & upward, toward Petaluma’s blindingly bright future.

Seemingly every week in Petaluma, there is an event or attraction taking place that brings the entire community together at once; antique faires, the Butter & Eggs Festival or Veteran’s Day parade, Art and Garden days & ARTrails, music festivals, farmers markets, or the unique Ugliest Dog contest or the delightfully quirky Whiskerino contest. Foodies are blessed with over 130 unique & creative restaurants & delicatessens to satisfy & tantalize our refined palates with globally-inspired culinary influence. Many breweries & wineries have also popped up in recent years, experiencing unprecedented success.

Petaluma is one of the best preserved Historic Downtown Areas and added to National Register of Historic Places in 1995. It has gone from being one of California’s largest cities in the 1860’s to the World’s Egg Basket in the early 1900’s. Petaluma is also known as the Restaurant Capital with more than 140 restaurants and delicatessens. Our very own Della Fattoria Bakery was named one of the best in the United States by Bon Appetite Magazine. For young and old, you won't want to miss the annual Butter and Egg's Day Parade! Combine shopping and dining with history as you wander through the downtown districts. Petaluma is a great jumping off point to the area’s 200 wineries, the redwoods, the stunning Pacific Coast and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Furthermore Petaluma and Sonoma County is a world renowned bicycling haven for cyclists of all abilities, and has been the host to the Tour of California in recent years.

The urban sophistication and rural charm of Petaluma’s wildly diverse makeup often bring together everyone from dairy farmers to coffeehouse hipsters, with collars of every color mixing & merging, celebrating the unity to be discovered within our diversity – diversity that is celebrated for helping us to understand that no matter how different we may appear, we all share one important fundamental characteristic– WE ARE ALL PETALUMANS.

My son/business partner Jeremy and I were just selected by HomesInYourTown.com to be Petaluma's OFFICIAL Real Estate Town Advocates. If you would like any more information on the community, we would be happy to be your contact point, though it seems like my colleagues have also done a wonderful job summing up all of the reasons we love Petaluma!
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Patrick J. Ward answered:
I grew up on the East Side and have many great memories. We lived on a court with a bunch of kids my age. The West Side is considerably more expensive than the East Side, so if you are looking for more value for your buck, the East Side would be your best bet. ... more
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