I realize this response is way too late but decided I should do so anyway. I live and work in Yountville and have sold real estate here for the last 20+ years. This is a unique time for selling property up valley. Year to date, there have been 16 sales within the Town limits with the median price being $670,000. The vast majority of these sales, 13, under $700,000. In a normal year, what ever this was, sales are approximately 25 per year and in the height of the bubble sales reached nearly 30 per year.
Thus if your property is under the $700,000, you stand a very good chance of selling. However, you also must consider that the average days on market for these sales is still rather long, 159 days. If your home is much higher priced than this, unfortunately this is one of the slowest segments of the up valley market and often the price has to be preceived as a steal to generate a sale.
Please feel free to call me at my office and we can discuss this. God luck on whatever you decide.
My first question is do you need to sell your home right now or do you want to sell your home now? Those are two very different things. If you need to sell your home in order to put your plan to move up into effect, then you might want to consult with a Realtor in your area (and if you don't know anyone there, I would be happy to offer you some referrals) to see what would need to be done to make your home as desirable a prospect as it can be.
If you are in the position to be able to hold on to your present home as a possible rental/investment property and would still be able to purchase a larger home, you might consider doing that if it would be financially comfortable for you.
My best advice would be to consider your own situation carefully and then make your decision based upon what works for you and your family, but if you are able to keep the home you own and still pursue purchasing another property as well, then I would always suggest considering that option since the best way to truly build wealth is to own Real Estate.
Again, if I can be of any assistance, please feel free to give me a call (909) 837-8922.
Tisza Major-Posner, Realtor, Keller Williams Professional Group