Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley

(707) 337-3415

Services Provided
Full time Realtor here for you through the entire Real Estate Process. I am offering my staging service for my seller clients. For buyers I help them with identifying, previewing, writing the offer with their best interest in mind, directing them to a lender, and there for them through close of escrow.

Areas Served
All of Sonoma and Napa County. I also can refer you to an agent anywhere in the United States.

Business Description
Representing buyers and sellers of residential homes, land, condos, country estates, and cottages.

Certification and Awards
Certified Home Staging Expert, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Bay Area Real Estate Services.
Sonoma, CA US 
Helaine Forte 
800 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476 
(707) 996-3436 
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Cash isn’t always king in a bidding war. Get the home you want without blowing your budget, using these Realtor-tested strategies Full Story
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I recently made an offer on an old farm house in Sonoma Wine Country. I knew the sellers were sentimental about their childhood home, so I told my buyers to add to the cover letter that the sellers could come back and visit any time. Also, that the new owners were not going to disturb the character and charm of the old farm house.
August 13, 2014 at 8:24AM     
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I live in Marin and the market is insane. Too much like the pre 2008 market. We lucked out as we bought a new home at the bottom of the market about two and a half years ago. Makes my day when I get an e-mail from Zillow telling me my house has doubled in value. Makes all of the remodeling angst worth it. Just spent the afternoon painting the guest room. Always get ideas from Houzz and I enjoy the comments.
August 21, 2014 at 8:31PM     
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Yeah, when we moved to Marin we were coming from Vancouver B.C. which is one of the most expensive real estate markets in N. America. Other than holding it's breath for a brief second when the U.S. collapse happened, prices never fell in Vancouver and just kept soaring. When we moved to Marin the market was at the bottom and we'd look at houses and the owners would beg us to tell them what they had to do to get us to buy their house. The owner of our house lost almost 700k. We were like kids in a candy store. Now it's like Vancouver. A house one street over, similar in style and condition just went for over $1300.00 a square foot. We paid $478.00 a square foot three years ago. Of course if we sold it wouldn't matter because we'd have to move down to see any of that as profit and when you're used to living in some of the most politically and socially progressive as well as most beautiful areas in the world, the acceptable choices become few. Expensive real estate markets are pricey for a reason and it's usually because they have a uniqueness few other places can match.
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lol, me too!
August 13, 2014 at 1:48PM     
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