Napa Market Values Seldom Equal their Replacement Values

By | General

“Ideal” is a Shangri-La kind of a word. It’s not just because of its feel-good, pie-in-the-sky definition (“a standard of perfection or excellence”)—but because contained right there inside the word itself is a tacit admission. It’s only an idea—not something necessarily connected to concrete reality. Napa residents don’t come across “ideal” anything very often in… Continued

April 12, 2016

Top 10 Listing Phrases Might Not Attract Napa Home Hunters

By | General

It’s small wonder that with this spring’s selling season underway, Napa’s house hunters can afford to be a discriminating bunch—they have the luxury of picking and choosing from a crop of truly inviting offerings. And it doesn’t hurt that today’s low mortgage interest rates have enabled more Napa properties to fit within more family budgets…. Continued

April 10, 2016

Home Inspection or Offer? Which Comes First?

By | General

A reasonable question posted recently on a real estate website can open an interesting discussion. It’s one that touches on a fundamental component of most Napa real estate sales. The question was, “Can I request a home inspection before I make an offer on the home?” The answer from the moderator was, “I can’t think… Continued

April 8, 2016

Napa Luxury Real Estate Escapes April Fool’s Day Worries

By | General

It looked like another chuckle-worthy April Fool’s Day dispatch: CNBC’s webcast “Is NYC luxury real estate about to go bust?” It was barely 7 in the morning on April 1—but only the most bleary-eyed Napa web watchers were likely to have been caught off-guard. Pranksters had already made mincemeat of the credibility Friday news dispatches… Continued

April 6, 2016

Napa Buyers and Sellers Arrive with Differing Mindsets

By | General

Right now, just a few days into spring, we are right at the start of Napa’s peak real estate selling season. I’ve always found it odd that you don’t hear much about it—but that also makes it the beginning of the buying season, too! As a licensed Napa Realtor®, throughout the course of the year… Continued

March 31, 2016

When a Home Doesn’t Sell, Two Rules before Listing Again

By | Advice, General, Homeowner

Suppose you had done everything right: interviewed several Napa real estate agents and compared what they told you; prepped your property to near-perfection before the professional photographer’s arrival; confirmed all the descriptive details before they appeared in the Napa listings…yet six months later, the place still hadn’t sold. Your agent had done a reasonable job,… Continued

February 6, 2016