Looking into Words That Go with “House for Sale” Advice

By | Advice

You will find that most advice about preparing your Napa house for sale features a couple of indispensable terms: de-clutter, clean, and de-clutter. That’s not a typo: you can’t say ‘de-clutter’ often enough. It has to be emphasized that “clutter” doesn’t necessarily refer to shabby or threadbare items—it means literally everything that doesn’t advance the… Continued

March 23, 2016

Do Napa House Hunters Prefer New Homes? Yes…and No…

By | Advice, Buyers

Several different surveys confirm that if you ask American consumers which they prefer, close to twice as many say they would choose to move into a brand new home rather than an existing one. But—and there are several important ‘buts’—when it comes to today’s typical Napa house hunter, that answer can be a little misleading…. Continued

March 21, 2016

Springtime in Napa Can Prompt Home Décor Decisions

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There is something about spring that gets everybody at least thinking about fixing up the house, and it’s that time of year again. Throughout the length and breadth of Napa, home décor decisions are being pondered. Ambitious landscaping and fix-up plans are being laid, budgets drawn, and troops assembled (the troops will be armed with… Continued

March 19, 2016

Napa Observers See Rise in U.S. House Flipping Activity

By | Advice

When you think about it, it was to be expected: the pace of house flipping activity in communities all over the country almost had to quicken. The market made it all but inevitable—in places where prices are on the rise while inventories remain tight, the conditions are right. A “house flip” in Napa is what… Continued

March 17, 2016

Home Prices in Napa Reflect Remodeling Choices

By | Advice, Homeowner

Here’s an instant spot quiz— (see what comes to mind within a second or two): If you decide to sell your Napa home, if you had a crystal ball, what’s the most important detail about the sale result? Quick! Answer! If you’re like seven out of ten people, you were curious about the bottom line:… Continued

March 11, 2016

First Step for Choosing the Right Napa Real Estate Agent

By | Advice

When interviewed following the successful close of their home’s sale, a convincing majority of homeowners say that one of the most decisive factors came early on: choosing the right real estate agent. The reasons given go further than simply chaperoning the business transaction. The right agent does more than pare down the stress level that… Continued

March 9, 2016

In Napa, Location, Location, Location! Remains Important

By | Advice, Buyers

“Location, location, location!” is one of the few proclamations which needs no verb, no adjective, no preposition to fully communicate its message. Everyone in Napa understands—and usually agrees with—its meaning: The location [of something] is all-important. In the commercial context, it used to mean “your store better be situated somewhere that gets a lot of… Continued

February 28, 2016

Strong Napa Jumbo Loan Outlook Continues

By | Advice, Buyers, Jumbo Mortgage

“The Jumbo Jungle” may sound a little like the elephant compound in a wild animal park, but it’s actually a seldom-quoted tab under The Wall Street Journal’s online Real Estate section. The “jumbos” being discussed are the trunkless kind—the hefty mortgage loans whose center rings are found in binders instead of circus tents. Judging from… Continued

February 20, 2016