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March 31, 2018

Just Sold!

1170 2nd Ave, Napa

Sold for $2,607,500

Represented: Buyers

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? 

 

Posted in Listings
March 28, 2018

Just Listed!

Exclusive Listing in St. Helena!

1880 Lydia Lane

Offered at $2,950,000

www.1880lydialn.com

Open House: Saturday, 3/31 12pm-3pm

Lic#02038949

 

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.

Posted in Listings
March 13, 2018

Napa Affordability Concerns

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.

Article: Napa Housing Costs and Supply Are City Residents Top Concern

Home construction in Napa

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 11, 2018

Make Your Home Smart!

 

 

Smart home tech adoption is growing FAST. A recent Coldwell Banker survey ranked the types of products people were looking to buy in 2018 and found that smart entertainment, smart security, and smart temperature were the three categories consumers are most eager to add to their homes this year.

Here are 3 of the smartest, and coolest, products for you to add to your smart home wish lists this year.

Smart Entertainment – LG’s 65 Inch 4K OLED Roll-Up TV

Photo Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET

Yes, you read that right – this TV can roll up like a poster. The original concept for this TV was unveiled two-years ago, but LG has now unveiled a bigger, more sophisticated model for consumers. The concept behind this flexible and portable TV is that it can free up wall space that homeowners might want to open up when the TV isn’t in use. For example, if you are hosting a fancy party, you can roll up the TV and free up 65 inches worth of space which you can use to hang up artwork. And for quality family time, this TV can roll up and create a distraction-free zone! What’s more – this roll-up TV has excellent sound and picture quality, so a win all around.

Photo Credit: Somfy


Smart Security – Somfy Outdoor Cam
Somfy unveiled its new Somfy Outdoor Cam, which was also the winner of this year’s CES Innovation Awards. The Outdoor Cam comes equipped with some sharp features including the ability to intelligently tell the difference between whether the motion detected outside your home is a harmless animal or car, or a sketchy trespasser. What’s more, the camera can actually tell how long an intruder has been lingering outside of your property and can sound a warning siren within a preset amount of time to ward off any trouble! The camera integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit.

Smart Temperature – Microsoft’s Smart Thermostat Powered by Cortana

Photo Credit: Microsoft

Those of us using Windows computers are familiar with Cortana – and now she’s making a foray into smart home products. Microsoft officially unveiled its GLAS smart thermostat powered by Cortana which is a sleek, glass-encased touchscreen thermostat with an OLED display. This thermostat does more than just heat and cool your home – it monitors air quality, checks the weather and it is intuitive enough to learn your routines and preferences. The GLAS thermostat will be available in March 2018 and will retail for $319. 

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 26, 2017

5 Big Seller Mistakes

If you are looking to sell your home in 2018 in the fastest amount of time for the most $$, avoid these common mistakes:

1. Listing At An Unrealistic Price

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.

2. Not Disclosing Details

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.

3. Not Hiring An Agent

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.

4. Not Remembering Curb Appeal

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.

5. Being Overly-Emotional

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.

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 24, 2017

14 Questions To Ask BEFORE You Hire Your REALTOR

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? 

Curious of my answers? Hit me Up! 858-922-0648

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 22, 2017

Maximizing Your Space

Cool stats on maximizing your space in a small house:

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 19, 2017

Meet The Neighbors!!

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!!

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 17, 2017

How The New Tax Plan Will Affect Homeowners

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. 

 

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 12, 2017

Home Buyer Blunders

Posted in Market Updates