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Sonoma County Residential and Vineyard Real Estate Blog by Marie H. Clay

Thank you for visiting my blog. I've dedicated it to educating buyers of vineyard and country property. You will find articles on viticulture news, wine country real estate, advice on developing vineyards, looking for horse property, how to evaluate a rural property and more.

Coldwell Banker 2016 Real Estate Market Outlook

Coldwell Banker 2016 Housing Market Outlook: Experts Forecast Gradual Increase in Sales as Prices Moderate

By Marie H. Clay | on March 9, 2016

According to Coldwell Banker’s Reality Check January 2016: Overall, the Northern California’s housing market enjoyed a good year in 2015, although a shortage of homes on the market posed a challenge for many homebuyers. Double-digit price increases from a year ago were common in many communities, along with multiple offers on some homes, while the

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Winegrape Growers in Sonoma County Voluntarily Commit to Conserve Water by 25% in Four Watersheds

By Press Release | on August 26, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 24, 2015) – Sonoma County’s winegrape growers have voluntarily committed to conserve water by 25% from 2013 levels consistent with the required reductions associated with rural residential water use in the four key water sheds – Mark West Creek, Green Valley Creek, Dutch Bill Creek and Mill Creek. In these four

Sonoma County Winegrowers

2014 Sonoma County Harvest Heats Up!

By Press Release | on September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014 – Santa Rosa, CA – Sonoma County’s 2014 harvest season started earlier than normal with the first grapes being picked on July 29 for sparkling wines.  Since then, winegrowers and winemakers throughout Sonoma County have been holding a steady pace on grape picking for still wine varieties, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,

Red Leaf Blotch Virus

Red Leaf Virus Update

By Marie H. Clay | on May 23, 2014

Author/ Editor David Eddy, of American/Western Fruit Grower wrote on the recent seminar seminar on the UC-Davis campus titled: “An In-Depth Look At Red Leaf Viruses” on Winegrape growers in California, as well as other scattered locations across the country, are seeing red in their normally green foliage, and they want to know why.

Still a Seller’s Market, Balance Returning

By Marie H. Clay | on March 13, 2014

Low inventory could slow sales long term We continue to struggle with far too little inventory to meet the strong buyer demand, which in the long run will slow sales gains. A variety of factors are at play here. New home construction has been hampered over the past several due to tight credit, land and

Sustainable Sonoma County

Sonoma County to Become Nation’s First 100% Sustainable Wine Region

By Marie H. Clay | on March 11, 2014

Wine Growers & Wineries Partner To Benefit Environment and Local Economy According to a press release from Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Vintners, consumers will be able to purchase any Sonoma County wine with confidence knowing that all of the region’s wines are grown and made in the nation’s first 100% sustainable county. The

New Year Off to a Busy Start

By Marie H. Clay | on February 5, 2014

2013 Statistics Show Significant Increases We are off to a busy start in the new year. The statistics just came out for 2013. The housing market is up about 22%.  The median sales price in Sonoma County for 2013 was $415,000 compared to $341,500 in 2012. The average days on market was also less in

Solar Costs

The Case for Solar

By Marie H. Clay | on February 4, 2014

With decreasing costs for solar systems and increasing cost of electricity solar energy has become a very solid investment. PG&E has requested additional increases for 2014 and 2015 that would translate to 30% higher rates. These increases are driving the demand for solar systems. In Napa and Sonoma alone hundreds of solar systems coming online

Home Sales Enjoy Sharp Gains

By Marie H. Clay | on January 1, 2014

Prices Continue to Appreciate The Bay Area’s housing market is finishing 2013 where it began the year – with home sales enjoying sharp gains over last year and prices continuing to appreciate.  It is particularly showing impressive strength in the luxury market.  This comes as the stock market nears record highs, raising the net worth

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