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Kathy Luebcke

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Napa Market Values Seldom Equal their Replacement Values

“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 […]

Top 10 Listing Phrases Might Not Attract Napa Home Hunters

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. […]

Home Inspection or Offer? Which Comes First?

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 […]

Napa Luxury Real Estate Escapes April Fool’s Day Worries

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 […]

3 Benchmarks for Napa Real Estate Agent Dowsing

Whenever a buyer or seller is set to enter the market, they find themselves faced with the task of identifying the Napa real estate agent who will serve them best. There are many of us to choose from—and not a lot guidance on how to proceed. Maybe there should be something like a Real Estate […]

Notes on the Ins and Outs of Napa Short Sale Listings

Any dedicated bargain hunter who scours the Napa listings is not surprised to find among the most deeply discounted entries one of two notations: foreclosure or short sale. Everyone knows what the “foreclosure” designation means—it’s been repossessed by the bank. It’s an REO (real estate owned). By discounting the asking price, the lending entity invites […]

Napa Buyers and Sellers Arrive with Differing Mindsets

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 […]

Predicting Home Sales: More Quandary Than Certainty

Even the least vigilant of Napa’s market-watchers had their antennae out last week, the traditional time of month when real estate statistics are released from the most authoritative sources. National trends in home sales frequently provide clues to the direction the Napa market is likely to take—and with the spring selling season already under way, […]

Napa Home Loan Calculations Depend on DTI Diagnosis

It might sound shocking, but Napa’s homeowners—present and future—have DTIs! Although the press has been largely silent, it’s important that the public be fully educated on the subject. But before anyone calls an emergency meeting to see what can be done… The good news is that, despite how dire it may sound, having DTIs isn’t […]

Napa Real Estate Benefits from Events…and Non-Events!

A couple of recent developments made the news recently that promised to impact Napa’s real estate scene either now or in the future. The one that got most of the attention last Wednesday came from a familiar source: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Her news conference’s less-than-stirring pronouncement (“Caution is appropriate”) made headlines nonetheless because […]