As a real estate broker, I am constantly traveling back and forth between towns and Cities within Sonoma County. And as well as I think I know my County, I'm quite often surprised when I find that a home isn't in the City I thought it was in.
There is a line of demarcation somewhere, dividing jurisdictions from one City to another, but that line is invisible. And sometimes it moves. This isn't usually a problem, until I find myself needing assistance.
Real Estate, as every agent knows, isn't the safest job in the world. Agents meet with people they have never met in homes they have never been in. Because of this, I store the contact numbers of every police and sheriffs department in my cell phone.
Today is one of those days where I need to find out who I should call in case I find myself in a vulnerable situation. The foreclosed home I am visiting to do an occupancy check is right on the cusp of two Cities. To make my job even harder, the online County recorders office says the home is in one City, the online County Assessor's tax roll says its in another.
One of these Cities has its own police department, the other is under contract with the County Sheriff. After a phone call to the City police, I was told the address is within the County's jurisdiction. Another call had to be placed, of course, to make sure the County Sheriff's dispatcher agreed with that. They did.
Part of me wants to buy a can of spray paint so I can define my own line of demarcation based on my research, but I won't. Like I said ... sometimes those lines move. And it is better to be safe than sorry.
Cynthia Larsen (707-332-2560) is an independent broker and owner of Safe Haven Realty in Sonoma County, California. Visit www.safehavenrealty.com to view available homes for sale and to learn more about this beautiful wine country destination.