Napa, CA Real Estate News

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Art and Wine in Napa  For lovers of both art and wine, there is an abundance of wineries in the Napa Valley where you can enjoy galleries, scuptures, an occasional artist in residence, and the artistry of the architecture itself, plus the vineyards, grounds and landscaping, and of course amazing wine. Artesa was one of our favorites. It's time for a return trip! 
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By David Como, Realtor - Napa Valley
(Davidson and Bennett Real Estate Services)
Find current inventory of Browns Valley Homes for SaleBrowns Valley View Home For Sale in Napa12 Maidu Ct ,Napa, CA  94558Price: $845,000MLS number: 21602927Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 3Square Footage: 2137Call David Como at 707-616-3363 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing. You Will Love this Browns Valley View Home  Come and enjoy this spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home that has stunning Napa Valley and mountain views.   Located on a private cul-de-sac this home has a  .71 acre lot with terraced gardens.  Open and spacious dining and living rooms have vaulted ceilings.  Relax in the family room that has a wonderful fireplace overlooking Trex deck with vast views. The sizable kitchen also had views of the valley with gas cooktop and stainless steel appliances. A wond...
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By David Como, Realtor - Napa Valley
(Davidson and Bennett Real Estate Services)
Find current inventory of Napa Condos for SaleQuaint Condo For Sale in Napa2897 La Homa Ct #17,Napa, CA  94558Price: $359,000MLS number: 21605833Bedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2Square Footage: 1054Call David Como at 707-616-3363 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing. You Will Love this quaint Napa Valley CondoWonderful opportunity to own a Napa condo.  Vaulted ceilings enhance the natural light to this convenient and centrally located condo.   Each room feels open and spacious with higher ceilings throughout.  Come enjoy the open floor plan that is easy to entertain in.  Relax on your patio next to the sprawling ivy or your cozy fireplace.  Plenty of storage as well as carport. Click here to see additional images of this quaint Napa condoDowntown NapaClose to downtown ...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
Since my December 20th post about the closing of City Winery at the Napa Valley Opera House to be replaced by a jazz venue run by the famous Blue Note Jazz Club, there has been a bit more information about what will happen there.The Opera House will be transformed into two venues. Downstairs will become the Jazz Club with capacity of about 150 similar to the other venues run by Blue Note in New York, Hawaii, Italy, China and Tokyo. Upstairs will be more of a performing arts center named after Bob Mondavi's wife now to be the Margrit Mondavi Theater.Downstairs will be a supper club featuring farm to table fine dining to go along with the great jazz acts known to play at the Blue Note Clubs. Upstairs will have performances similar to what City Winery had which will also feature local perf...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
The Napa Valley Opera House will have a new tenant come February 1st, 2016. Blue Note Napa Valley will be the latest site for the famed New York jazz club.The Opera House has been home to City Winery, another New York fixture, for the last two years. City Winery never caught on here especially trying to fill the 350 seat venue and the restaurant has been a bit of a flop especially to locals.City Winery came in and did a substantial remodel to the Opera House which was opened here in approximately 1880 and was reputed to be one of two such structures of its type still standing West of the Mississippi. The current Board took on a huge restoration project in 2003 and failed in their attempt to be success. Here is its history from the Opera House's web site.The plan is to create a Blue Note...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
City Winery, one of Napa's premier entertainment venues announced it will to close at the end of this year. They are in negotiations with the Napa Valley Opera House’s board of directors to terminate the remaining 8 years on their lease. The owner, Michael Dorf, said shows and events already booked will continue though the end of the year.City Winery spent $3 million in early 2014 to convert the historic Opera House into a night club with dinner style shows by converting the downstairs into a restaurant and converting the loge area into additional seating with separate bar.City Winery has other similar operations in New York City and Chicago but the Napa Valley venue seemed never to take off. The restaurant has received a tepid response from locals and many of the shows drew half houses...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
City Winery, one of Napa's premier entertainment venues announced it is looking to close at the end of this year. They are in negotiations with the Napa Valley Opera House’s board of directors to terminate the remaining 8 years on their lease. The owner, Michael Dorf, said shows and events already booked will continue though the end of the year.City Winery spent $3 million in early 2014 to convert the historic Opera House into a night club with dinner style shows by converting the downstairs into a restaurant and convert the loge area into additional seating with separate bar.City Winery has other similar operations New York City and Chicago but the Napa Valley venue seemed never to take off. The restaurant has received a tepid response from locals and many of the shows drew half houses...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
Nearly six and half years since Copia filed for bankruptcy in December of 2008, the cultural food and wine center has a future new owner and may finally have some direction toward it's rebirth. Almost since the opening Celebration on November 18th, 2001, the center has been plagued with ongoing financial issues. Opening to the cheers of almost everyone who lives here and huge support from philanthropic groups, the center had the full backing of Robert Mondavi and contributions from many in the wine business totaling nearly $50 million. Though the final actual sale is a bit off, the terms according to many news sources have been agreed to the Seller, ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, and the buyer, Triad Development of Seattle. Triad refused to give any final terms of the sale only sta...
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By Jerry & Giselle Lampe, Lampe & Lampe Napa Valley Realtors
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
  If you ask a person what there favorite color is, would it surprise you if they said blue? Well may be not considering that 53% of the population will choose Blue or a shade of it.  According to: http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com/homerealestate/package.jsp?name=fte/popularcolor/popularcolor However 53% of the population would NOT pick that for the color of the exterior of their home. Just so you know I am not singling out BLUE.  We can take into consideration other colors such as yellow, red, green, purple, orange or even chartreuse. (Before you get all fired up about what I am about to say I will be the first to say there is always an exception to the rules and I will post some of those exceptions)   Before picking a color there are 3 MUST DO's that you should not and really ...
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By Chris Freck, EstaR Mortgage, A Bilingual Brokerage
(EstaR Mortgage)
VA Mortgage Loans in Napa CA and 100% VA Loans -the best loan program in the country! VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel. Here are some of the great features of this fantastic program: - Up to 100% financing, with no down required. - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment. - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans. - Low rates compared to other loan programs. So how do you qualify for a VA Mortgage Loan in Napa CA? The first step is to verify your eligibility. Eligibility is verified by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. You can work with an approved Napa CA VA mortgage loan lender to order your COE quickly, or you...
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By Jerry & Giselle Lampe, Lampe & Lampe Napa Valley Realtors
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
How can you make your property more appealing in the rainy or snowy weather? Think Cozy… CLEAN (that goes without saying) and cozy!!!! I always think what would I really want to be doing on a chilly miserable day…(If I was a home buyer, looking at houses would probably not be it, but if I had limited time or appointments set  then I’d have too).  So pause for a minute and picture this scenario. It’s snowy (rainy) and chilly and open the front door and it smells wonderful.  Perhaps smells of cinnamon and spice or hot coco come to mind. Soft music is playing, there’s a fire in the fireplace or candles that are burning (don’t worry about leaving candles burning use the fake flame candles). There’s a soft throw blanket on a chair or couch a good classical book opened to a page and the light...
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By Jerry & Giselle Lampe, Lampe & Lampe Napa Valley Realtors
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
I grew up with strong willed European parents who had to work hard for everything they had.  They were young when they moved to North America and basically only had the clothing on their back. *(My father came first, then my mother came over when they got married...amazing story but that's another blog).  I learned that; One anything was possible.  Two only if you're willing to put the effort out to do it. Today's world seems to be sending out a different message.  One of "Why wait get it now!", and "Show the world your successful by the things you have".   That's not the way I was taught.  I was taught to save.  That just because you could afford it, it didn't necessarily mean you had to buy it.  I believe in that principal to this day, but I have to admit, it's getting harder and hard...
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By Chris Freck, EstaR Mortgage, A Bilingual Brokerage
(EstaR Mortgage)
VA Mortgage Loans in Napa CA and 100% VA Loans -the best loan program in the country! VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel. Here are some of the great features of this fantastic program: - Up to 100% financing, with no down required. - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment. - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans. - Low rates compared to other loan programs. So how do you qualify for a VA Mortgage Loan in Napa CA? The first step is to verify your eligibility. Eligibility is verified by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. You can work with an approved Napa CA VA mortgage loan lender to order your COE quickly, or you...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
FREE EARTHQUAKE RELIEF WORKSHOP—REbuild NAPA™ As The Dust Settles—Napa Homeowners Wonder About Their Home Renovation OptionsMeet with a team of some of the most respected regional professionals including,REALTORS®, Lenders, Contractors, Insurance Agents, and HUD-Certified 203k Renovation Loan Consultantshelping homeowners evaluate their options and successfully navigate the entire process—start to finish.   Date Time Place Tuesday—September 9th, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM(Registration 6:30 PM) RE/MAX Gold Napa802 Vallejo StreetNapa, CA  94559 SEATING IS LIMITED!  CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS (707) 927-1970 Contact:  Debbie Kalfas, REALTOR® CalBRE #00962417 RE/MAX Gold Napa 707 927 1970 Phone 866 611 9436 eFax 802 Vallejo Street Napa, CA  94559 debbie@kalfas.us www.DebbieKalfas.com   I am so ha...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
One of the newspapers I read, yes I still read print, the Napa Register had an article about making CNN's "10 healthiest list" This was based upon a campaign to submit videos showing healthful living. To answer this challenge, Napa County organizations and individuals submitted more than 50 videos of people doing healthful things.  After reviewing all the submissions, CNN's “iReporters’ chose Napa as one of the top 10.” This was no simple task for this was not an quest for just United States cities, it was worldwide. Some of the other world cities to win, Montreal, Canada; Munich, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; and even Havana, Cuba. The other United States cities on the list San Diego, California; Birmingham, Alabama; and New York City mostly for its anti-smoking laws. You can see the f...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
We will be having a FREE event for the victims of the earthquake and the numbers keep growing . Three days ago there were 200 homes affected then two days ago it was up to over 600 yellow tagged homes in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  What do you do? How do you recover? Did you have insurance to make the repairs? Turns out only about 2% of the home owners had insurance to cover their losses but there are other programs that can help get your home back to a livable condition and in some cases it may be the time to to those needed renovations you have been putting off.  We will have a number of professionals there to answer your questions as well as questions that we have posed above. Everyone is welcome, Realtors, Agents, Contractors, Home Owners, come one come all. I'll post the info on whe...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
  Conde Nast Traveler conduct an annual Reader's Choice Pool for the Best Small Cities in America. Guess who was No. 3 on their list, the City of Napa.     Here is their list: 1. Santa Fe 2. Carmel-by-the-Sea 3. Napa 4. Telluride, Colorado 5. Newport, Rhode Island 6. Santa Barbara 7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming 8. Aspen, Colorado 9. Sedona, Arizona 10. Key West, Florida This is what they say about the City of Napa: Why: Barely an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the rolling hills, vineyards, and gorgeous inns of Napa Valley draw oenophiles, romantics, and anyone in search of a small slice of Europe in Northern California (with restaurant quality and prices to match). Traffic in and out of town in peak season—March through October—can be challenging, so hop the Napa Valley Wine Train for ...
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By Chris Freck, EstaR Mortgage, A Bilingual Brokerage
(EstaR Mortgage)
VA Mortgage Loans in Napa CA and 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country! VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel. Here are some of the highlights of this incredible program: - Up to 100% financing, with no down required. - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment. - Compared to other types of mortgage loans, easier credit-qualifying requirements. - Low fixed mortgage rates result in a low monthly payment. Here's how to qualify for a VA Mortgage Loan in Napa CA: The first step is to verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Napa CA VA loan lender can order your COE for ...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
The Napa May 2014 home sales report reflects an improved market throughout most of Wine Country, with additional inventory coming on the market every week.  Eighty six homes closed escrow in May, including a welcome 12 homes that sold for greater than $1M.  The $2M to $5M price range has lagged in sales the past couple of years, two homes above $2M are included in May’s sales. There are 218 homes on the market, down from 230 last month.  The number of short sale listings has increased from 1 to 5 and there are still 5 foreclosure listings. June 1st Napa Market Snapshot: Homes active on the market: 218 (click to view > Napa homes for sale) Distressed properties for sale:  Short Sale – 5  Foreclosures – 5 Price range of active listings:  $249,000 to $13,950,000 Number of homes now in escr...
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By Chris Freck, EstaR Mortgage, A Bilingual Brokerage
(EstaR Mortgage)
VA Mortgage Loans in Napa California and 100%  VA Loans - the best loan program in California! Designed for both active duty military and honorable discharged Veterans, VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today. Here are some of the great features of this fantastic program: - Zero Down Payment, 100% financing. - No monthly mortgage insurance. - Compared to other types of mortgage loans, easier credit-qualifying requirements. - Low fixed mortgage rates result in a low monthly payment. Here's how to qualify for a VA Mortgage Loan in Napa California: First of all, you must verify your eligibility. You can verify eligibility by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Napa California VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can...
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