I was a pleasure helping my clients beat out the competition and purchase the home of their dreams! Resting on 3 beautiful acres in the popular Coombsville AVA, this remodeled farmhouse is what Napa living is all about. Completely private, yet a short drive to downtown Napa...It does not get much better than this! This is the type of property that begs the question: How can I go to work, if I never want to leave my house?
Exclusive Listing in St. Helena!
1880 Lydia Lane
Offered at $2,950,000
Open House: Saturday, 3/31 12pm-3pm
This immaculate, modern St. Helena estate defines wine country living. Stunning updates are found throughout this 3-bedroom, single story layout including an office addition, remodeled bathrooms, a spacious gym, smart-home updates and a large bonus room that could double as a 4th bedroom or family room. The open floor plan entry welcomes your guests into this entertainer’s dream, equipped with a beautiful chef’s kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to a resort-like backyard sanctuary. A private, raised sundeck showcases the properties unobstructed, 180-degree vineyard and mountain views. Other extra’s include a heated pool; bocce court; fire pit; putting green; renovated, temperature-controlled wine cellar; outdoor kitchen area; irrigated vegetable garden addition; enhanced outdoor lighting and new landscaping. Whether you are hosting a gathering or relaxing with your family, this property offers the kind of privacy and amenities that do not come around very often.
Taxes are important- property, hotel room, etc. But if certain residents could supplement their income by an occasional vacation rental of their primary residence, could that help the affordability concern? I think its time to start getting more creative....that said, its never been a better time to be a seller.
If you are looking to sell your home in 2018 in the fastest amount of time for the most $$, avoid these common mistakes:
It is easy to put your home on the market for an unrealistically high price in hopes that you snag an unrealistic buyer. But there are checks and balances in this game. For one, the appraisal- if your house does not appraise at the high price of your confirmed offer, the buyer may not be able to get that loan and back out. Secondly, it may be harder to get other agents to show their prospective buyers your home, as they understand the market and how unrealistic listings can go unnoticed.
In a real estate transaction, "disclose, disclose, disclose." There are going to be inspections and checks on the buyers end that are going to uncover your dirty little secrets anyways. If you disclose upfront, it puts all the cards on the table and avoids problems that could arise well into the escrow period.
Year after year it is proven that by not hiring an agent, you are leaving money on the table. An agent has the resources to market and find the right pool of buyers that are going to pay top dollar for your home. They add legitimacy to the transaction and are crucial navigating through the contracting and contingencies periods.
Before listing your home, clean up the front yard. While the inside is, of course, important when you are holding open houses, etc., the first thing buyers see is the front of your house. If it is a disaster, why wouldn't they believe the rest of the house is too and drive on to the next.
It is just a house. Even though you lived in it for 30 years, it is still just a house in a transaction. It is OK to be a little emotional (especially when you have your pick of buyer) but don't leave money on the table because you would rather the house be sold to one type of person over the next.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is important to work with a REALTOR that you trust is going to provide you with the best service possible and that you ACTUALLY enjoy being around! Here are 14 questions you should be asking a REALTOR before you make that important hire:
1. Are you a LOCAL expert in the market I want to buy or sell?
2. What differentiates you from your competition?
3. What brokerage are you with and how is their reputation in my area?
4. Do you work solo or as part of a team?
5. How easy is it to get a hold of you?
6. What are your top goals when it comes to representing a buyer or seller?
7. Do you have relationships with local lenders?
8. Would you be able to connect me with local vendors before, during and after the sales process?
9. What is your marketing strategy for my needs?
10. Do you use the latest technology?
11. Do you have access to properties not listed on the MLS?
12. How will you keep me informed?
13. Will you walk me through what each document means before I sign anything?
14. Are you a tough negotiator?
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Definitely sad that people that know their neighbors is on a downward trend. Technology, social media, fear-based news, too busy...whatever might be the cause, lets take a stand and go meet the neighbors this holiday season!!
Ok- it looks like it is really happening. The new tax reform has been modified and agreed by both the House and Senate and should be signed off this coming week. Here is how the new plan will affect new and existing homeowners :
1. Mortgage Interest Deduction: New homebuyers will now only be able to deduct mortgage interest on the first $750,000 of mortgage debt on a new home (down from $1mm). Again, this will only affect NEW homebuyers, not existing homeowners. This is a "meet in the middle" move, as the House originally wanted it to drop to $500,000 which would have a much greater impact on Californian's. This also applies to mortgages on second homes.
2. Property Tax Deduction: Homeowners will no longer be able to fully deduct state and local property taxes plus income or sales taxes. This is now capped at $10,000.
3. The Capital Gain Tax Break STAYS: Currently, if you sell a property that has been your primary residence for 2 of the past 5 years, you can exclude up to $250k ($500k married) of profit you make from capital gains tax. Originally, both the House and Senate bills wanted to scale back this tax break to increase the live-in time to 5 out of the last 8 years. Thankfully, it looks like this is not going to change.