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By Bill Moseley | Broker in Saint Helena, CA
  • Weekly Up Valley Caravan

    Posted Under: General Area in Saint Helena, Home Buying in Saint Helena, Home Selling in Saint Helena  |  May 13, 2014 7:40 AM  |  63 views  |  No comments
    This week there were a variety of properties on caravan for all to see. I travelled from St. Helena to Oakville, back to St. Helena, then to Angwin and then to Calistoga and back to St. Helena. A few of the memorable properties were;

    – Oakville-Beautifully restored old farmhouse with detached unit on one acre with vineyard views-$2,895,000
    – Angwin-Good home on 40 acres with great views. 10 acres plantable, Howell Mtn Appelation, and a 55 gpm well for $2,495,000. Will have to be some room in that price.
    – St. Helena-A clean 3 bedroom 2 bath condo, walking distance to town for $525,000.

  • Big Dropoff

    Posted Under: General Area, Market Conditions, Home Buying  |  October 15, 2013 10:12 AM  |  120 views  |  No comments
    September figures show a big dropoff in the the number of sales in both St. Helena and Calistoga. This is to be expected with fall approaching and the past months of booming sales.
    The good news is there are a number of good homes available in St. Helena and Calistoga for under a million dollars and a real opportunity for the prudent buyer.
    To make you transaction as effective as possible keep in mind that you’ll need to have a pre-qualification letter from a lender, identify where your down payment is coming from and do your homework on property values.
  • May Sales Stats

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, Home Selling  |  June 5, 2013 8:20 AM  |  140 views  |  No comments

    St. Helena-Number of sales and total sales dollars were up for May as was expected.  Also, the average sales price was up which is an indicator that property values are on the rise and not just the number of sales.  We are on track to blow through the fourth quarter of 2012, which was a banner period after the great recession.

    Calistoga-The number of sales were up for May but the average sales price was down some.  That was probably due to the mix of properties that were sold rather than a decrease in value.  I expect values to continue to rise and make for a good investment.

  • Up Valley Feeding Frenzy

    Posted Under: General Area in Calistoga, Home Buying in Calistoga, Home Selling in Calistoga  |  March 6, 2013 12:50 PM  |  202 views  |  No comments

    In the last three weeks buyers have come out of the woodwork and there have been multiple offers on properties in St. Helena and Calistoga.  Maybe it's euphoria over the stock market gaining back all it losses during the Great Recession, or a general lack of inventory in the area, or buyers finally coming out of hibernation.  For whatever reason it will be a trend to be watched.  February sales do not represent any major changes but given 30 to 60 days to close a transaction we may see some significant figures for March and April.  A very good time to list a property.
  • Napa Valley Real Estate Values

    Posted Under: General Area in Saint Helena, Market Conditions in Saint Helena, In My Neighborhood in Saint Helena  |  January 20, 2012 10:53 AM  |  256 views  |  No comments
    Property values in the Napa Valley.  What are they and who cares?  Hopefully, I can answer these questions and give you some insight along the way.  I am going to limit my evaluation to the upper part of the valley, specifically St. Helena and Calistoga.

    The first question "What are they"?  The number of sales for St. Helena for 2011 were up 10% while dollars sales were up 20%.  This was skewed by a few December sales that were out of this world.  I don't think it is a trend but something to watch.  On the other hand Calistoga sales for 2011 were down about 8.5% and total sales down 35%.  Whatever the numbers are it is still a "Buyer's Market".

    The second question "Why you should care"?  The answer is simple.  It provides for a tremendous opportunity to get value.  In the past a buyer was always paying a premium to buy into the Napa Valley.  Now there is opportunity to buy a home, investment property, vineyard, winery at a value we haven't seen in years.

    Let me know what you think.
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