Napa, CA Real Estate News

By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
1788 Milton Road Napa, CA 94559  Home for Sale A great weekend getaway, or call it home.  This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 1722 square feet home is completely remodeled and located in the Carneros region with a deep water dock.  There are numerous high end amenities & a spacious great room that has fantastic views.  Roughly a 10 mile drive to downtown Napa or 14 miles to the Sonoma Square.  Or boat into Napa for a bite to eat at one of the many award winning restaurants; or just a short trip into Marin, Sausalito or San Francisco. This home is priced right at $564K.  Update...just reduced to $499,900.  Stop on by and check out this fabulous home...  it could be your next! Presented by:  Gary and Ashley Brown Pacific Union International, Inc. www.callthebrowns.com Business phone: 707.763.4000 MLS...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Price Reduction - 1788 Milton Road Napa, CA 94559 Home for Sale A great weekend getaway, or call it home.  This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 1722 square foot home has been completely remolded and located in the Carneros region with a deep water dock.  There are numerous high end amenities and a spacious great room that has fantastic views.  Roughly a 10 mile drive to downtown Napa or 14 miles to the Sonoma Square.  Or boat into Napa for a bite to eat at one of the many award winning restaurants or just a short trip into Marin, Sausalito or San Francisco. With a 65K price reduction this home is a great buy and ready for it's new owners!  Stop on by and check out this fabulous home that is move in ready...  it could be your next! Presented by:  Gary & Ashley Brown Pacific Union International, Inc. ...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
The Revival of downtown Napa (part 3-Dinner) It’s all the rage! Dinner in Downtown Napa overlooking the Napa river. We started the night at Fish Story for drinks at the bar and ended up dining al fresco in the patio overlooking the river. One of the reasons we decided to give this place a try is because they follow the Monterey Aquariums Seafood Watch guide while shopping for the fish used in their cooking. After laboring over the menu choices, I decided to try the crab salad. The portion was perfect, the crab was fresh, and at the end of my main, I had just enough room for desert.   At the reastaurant I discovered this restaurant is part of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, co-founded in 1989 by Napa Valley residents Michael and Leslye Dellar, chef Bradley Ogden and Jody Ogden, consists...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
The Revival of downtown Napa (part 2-lunch) Oxbow Public Market is the Napa version of an indoor farmers market. What’s not to love!     Wine from the Wine Merchant, Three Twins Ice Cream (Madagascar vanilla is my favorite), The Olive Press Olive Oil, Ritual Coffee, restaurants: C Casa (Mexican Taqueria), Pica Pica (Venezuelan food), Hog Island Oyster Company (Oysters) and so much more! It reminds me a lot of Jack London Square in Oakland, CA or San Francisco’s Ferry Building, just on a smaller scale. Can't make it for lunch? Go on a weekend evening and dance salsa to a live band or watch people while you eat a delicious meal at Pica Pica. Fun Times!
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
The Revival of downtown Napa (part 1-breakfast)The Revival of downtown Napa (part 1-breakfast) In for words: “Downtown Napa is Cool!” The city of Napa has spend a lot of time and money updating the downtown are of Napa. Now they have to get the word out. If you are looking for a fun way to spend the morning in Napa and you want to do something in addition to wine tasting at the wineries here’s my suggestion. Start your day with a delicious omelet at the Curbside Café on First Street in Downtown Napa. I highly recommend the Greek Omelet which is served with your choice of toast and a side of potatoes. My only caution is if you start your day early they may not be open. I know, is that confirmation of a small town or what! Breakfast before 9 a.m. you can always go to Gillwoods. It’s locat...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Home Staging Tips ~ Does Your Home Have A Grand Entrance?" Does your home have a Grand Entrance...  and draw a buyer into the rest of your home?  Does it say Welcome Home... come on in and stay awhile.  Well it should!  Statistics show that a buyer will form an opinion about your home within 10 seconds!  What does your home say to the buyers the minute they walk in the door?  You want to entice them in and draw them into and around each corner of your home...  allow buyers to want to see more....  keep them lingering.  Let them want to sit down and enjoy each room and envision themselves living there! Here are a few examples of a home that we Staged that show how to create a Grand Entrance and draw a buyer in!                                     Does this Entrance draw you in and and e...
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By Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN   NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN   For Christmas I gave my husband tickets toa trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  We had taken the train previously, but it had been a while.  We decided that May would be the perfect time to visit Napa.  This weekend we spent some time in Napa, took the wine train, visited a few of the wineries in the area and had a great time.  If you are in the Napa Valley, you should consider boarding the Wine train for a wonderful afternoon or evening.   The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a three-hour thirty-six mile round-trip between the historic town of Napa through one of the world's most famous wine country to the quaint village of St. Helena and back.  The antique train runs on 25 miles of track in the heart of the Napa Valley at a speed of 17 m...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Home for Sale at 1820 Monarch Drive Napa, CA 94558 Imaculate North Napa, CA 2 Story 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 1968 square feet.  This home has a beautiful floor plan with a Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Family Room and 1/2 bath downstairs and up stairs has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  With a 2010 remodel this home is move in ready.  There is a build-in swimming pool and large patio in the backyard and in the front is a wonderful courtyard patio.  This home is priced right at $430K. Stop on by and check out this fabulous home.... it could be your next! Presented by: Tammy Campbell Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley 707.332.5509 tammy@tammysellsproperty.com Breathtaking Beauty located at 1820 Monarch Drive Napa, CA 94558 As you walk up this beautifully landscaped walkway don't...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
With Divine Style a Real Estate/Home Staging Company recently did a Home Staging Evaluation ~ Written Report for a lovely Homeowner in the beautiful Napa Valley, California.  This fabulous occupied home was recently remodeled with many upgrades and extra's.  Our Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Written Report highlight's all the ideas that will help a Homeowner prepare their Home for Sale.  We start out with a list of Our Repair & Improvement Recommendations and then complete each room with Our Staging Recomendations.  After the Homeowner receives Our Written Report they can choose to do all or some of the recommendations themselves or they can hire us to do some or all of the Staging Project for them.  Our Written Report is 20+ pages and not only covers every room inside the home it also covers th...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
WINE AND CHOCOLATE-NAPA VALLEY REAL ESTATE- 365 THINGS TO DO IN NAPA AND SOLANO COUNTIES Do you love wine?  Do you love chocolate?  Well today is your lucky day.  Wineries of Napa Valley is having an event they call CHOCOLATE DECADENCE. This is a day where they pair their favorite wine and stout beers with a variety of chocolate delights.  Oh man, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. That is today Tuesday, April 19th From 11:00 am to 6:00pm.  The cost is $10, but complimentary for Wine Club Members. Wineries of Napa Valley is located at 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa CA 94559. Feel free to call them Toll Free: 800.328.7815 or Local Phone: 707.253.9450 About Wineries of Napa Valley... Whether you're a Napa local or a first time visitor, we encourage you to join us at our friendly, fun...
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DOG LOVERS UNITE AND GET READY TO TAKE AN "ARMORED FLIGHT"-JOIN US FOR THE VEGETABLE PATCH SPRING FLING FAIRE--NAPA REAL ESTATE Are you a dog lover?  Did you ever stop to think that K-9 dogs are at risk of getting injured in the line of duty?  Honestly, the thought never occurred to me.  The Solano County Sherriff's Department K-9 unit is asking for your help in raising funds to armor their dogs with vests and prevent man's best friend from getting hurt while they provide an invaluable public service.  A bullet proof vest for man's best friend costs around $1600.  Who better to help "armor" our canine friends, but Armored Flight?  If you have never had the pleasure of meeting any of the members of this band or hearing them play, then get ready to be impressed.  These are some of the bes...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA REAL ESTATE-MARCH 2011 SALES There were 69 sales in Napa real estate for March 2011.  The average sales price was $414,234 , while the average list price was $432,429.  The average days on the market were 151.  The average sales price was $235 per square foot.  Here is a list of the homes that sold in Napa real estate last month.    Street Full Address Listing Price Selling Price 200 Soscol Creek Rd 3,195,000 2,850,000 3000 Soda Canyon Rd 479,000 465,000 1042 Birkdale Ave 629,900 629,900 399 Brown St 299,000 299,400 1701 Sierra Ave 290,000 285,000 734 Jacob Ct 325,000 290,000 1881 Yajome St 229,000 215,000 3249 MacFadden St 290,000 305,000 10 Peninsula Ct 599,000 599,000 2515 Pacific St 249,950 221,375 718 S Minahen St 250,000 225,000 2078 Big Ranch Rd 499,000 475,000 1074 Summit A...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
Napa Real Estate--Eight Eco-Friendly Home Tips Make Going Green Easy Incorporating eco-friendly measures in homes has moved beyond installing energy efficient appliances and swapping out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents - going green is giving home sellers a competitive advantage. With home builders incorporating energy saving features into new homes, it's no wonder real estate professionals say more and more home buyers are asking about "green homes." In the end, small changes to a home can help the environment and help a property stand out among the competition.  "It makes sense on a number of levels to incorporate green principles into a home and many consumers are surprised at just how easy it is to do so," said Nicole Monary, REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker Solano Pac...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE--SIX INEXPENSIVE RENOVATIONS THAT CAN INCREASE A HOME'S VALUE AND APPEAL TO BUYERS Home value is top of mind for many homeowners.  Renovations and remodeling can play a critical role in both increasing the value of a home and ensuring that it stands out to potential buyers.  At a time when most consumers are looking to do more with less, few homeowners may be ready to commit the thousands of dollars it can take to fully redo even a single room.  I suggest the following six affordable home improvements for potentially increasing the overall value of a home: Reface Kitchen Cabinets. Kitchen updates are among the smartest remodeling projects when it comes to "upping" the resale value of a home. But homeowners do not need to spring for an entire new cabinet s...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA Real Estate-Homes For Sale--Determine how much you can afford This is an important first step on your road to home ownership. Three key costs to consider are: •·         Down payment - The part of the property purchase price paid in cash and not financed with a mortgage. One thing to consider is that the larger your down payment, the lower your monthly mortgage payments will be. •·         Closing costs - Cash due at closing for expenses you and the seller pay to complete the transfer of ownership. Closing costs are typically based on the home price and vary according to location. They might include an origination fee, attorney's fee, initial escrow payments, and charges for obtaining title insurance and a survey. •·         Monthly payments - When you are approved for a mortgage l...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
Napa Real Estate--The Value of a Pre-Approval If you're thinking about buying a home, a pre-approval is a fast and simple way to make your home buying experience easier from start to finish. Pre-approval means you get an approval for a mortgage loan before you make an offer on a home or even find a home you want. (This is in contrast to pre-qualification - a preliminary evaluation of your financial status that does not include a commitment to giving you a loan.) We even put our commitment to the loan in writing, in a pre-approval letter. That means you'll have the benefit of knowing how much home you can afford. In fact, many real estate agents will ask you to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting so they can show you homes that suit your budget. Get an edge over other buyers ...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA REAL ESTATE-WHAT ARE CLOSING COSTS? Closing on the purchase of your new home, also known as "settlement," involves a good deal of coordination. Costs and fees are paid at closing to cover many of the elements that accompany the purchase. All closing costs are outlined in the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) you receive - a written list of the approximate closing costs associated with your transaction, including charges from us, the local closing agent and other third parties. Closing costs may be added to the amount of your mortgage loan, and a seller may sometimes cover closing costs you would usually pay. Ask us for details. All closing costs can be divided into two basic groups: •·         State and local government charges and fees - These include city, county and state transfer taxes...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
Napa Homes for Sale--I want to move up to a better home. What can I afford? Each buyer is unique - and we'll help you find out just what you can afford. You already know that monthly income and financial obligations are most important in determining your price range. It's simple to make an estimate: just run the numbers for yourself using our Affordability Calculator. I'm buying a second home. Is it a different process? No. Whether you need to be near the water or in the mountains, a vacation home offers an opportunity for fun and relaxation - and we make it just as easy to obtain a mortgage. But keep in mind you'll need to identify sources for your down payment, since you're not selling your current house and using the proceeds, and you'll need to expect a larger monthly obligation for...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA HOMES FOR SALE--DO I NEED MY OWN AGENT WHEN BUYING NEW CONSTRUCTION? A common misconception when purchasing new construction is that you don't need an agent. •·          That friendly and helpful salesperson works for and represents the builder's interest and the builder's interest only. Shouldn't you have independent representation?   •·          An agent can give you objective professional advice and insight during all phases of the process, such as contract, construction, walkthrough, and closing.   •·          An agent is your exclusive advocate and will help you understand your contract and obligations including when to schedule construction inspections.   •·          While the sale representative will always give the appearance that sales prices are non-negotiable, and experi...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NAPA HOMES FOR SALE--10 Reasons why nurses make great Realtors®? Nurses are pretty amazing. Great nurses aren't just compassionate and kind - they have all the medical smarts of a doctor too!   But why should you hire a nurse to be your Realtor®? 1.       We care about you.  Nursing is all about caring.  We want to make you comfortable, take away your pain and make everything feel better.  Buying a home is a big deal.  It can be stressful.  Don't you want a Realtor® who is trained to make pain go away? 2.      We have great communication skills.  As nurses we have to deal with a lot of people and communicate a lot of critical information to ensure the best outcome for our patients.  A great nurse has excellent communication skills, especially when it comes to speaking and listening. Rea...
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