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Home Buying in Napa County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Oct 29, 2013
Brian Nguyen answered:
Have you considered what you will do when it comes to financing for you new home? Before you start looking for homes I strongly recommend you get pre-approved. This is important because it gives you an idea of the price range you can afford. Also, offers from individuals with pre-approvals are taken much more seriously. I am a lender based out of California and I have done plenty of loans throughout the state. I would be glad to speak with you to help you get the loan you need so feel free to contact me. Good Luck! Brian Nguyen Sr. Mortgage Banker NMLS # 659743 Phone: 949.667.2887 ... more
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Tue Oct 15, 2013
Vincent J. Ruggiero answered:
I know of a 2BR/2BA Unit . W&D Water, Sewer & Garbage paid . Carport, 10x20 Storage shed.
Yountville. $1450- $1500 1 yr lease.
I am not the rental agent just helping out.
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
Lynda Jensen answered:
Martin, as the Regional Manager for a Napa County Company I am going to present a little different take on the market. New properties are coming on the market and the pace of sales has slowed a bit. You really need to think about your specific needs list. For example if you are looking for a subdivision home your amenities may be greater than a home that is older with character and near the downtown areas or a home in the country. So I feel you should develop your wants and needs list. That will give you a base of comparison. You can then match this list (and I would suggest you find a dynamite agent) to help you develop your strategy.
Just an aside, this is a wonderful place to live and our trees are already turning fall colors. You need to spend some quality time enjoying our unique lifestyle.
Good luck and if I can be of further assistance, let me know.
Lynda Jensen
Regional Director/Broker
Wine Counter Group
Napa, Ca.
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Mon Jul 15, 2013
Theresa A Clyde answered:
Hi Amy

I responded to you with an earlier email.

Thanks for your Real Estate questions. Browns Valley is a very nice neighborhood with many homes on larger lots. I like the idea that this area feels like country but is close to home.

Newer homes are nice as they are often more energy efficient and need less repairs.
There are some really nice homes off of Salvador.

You are buying a home in the Napa Valley! Anywhere should be a good investment as long as you don't pay too much for your home.

What is more important, is that are you buying a home that you can afford and want to live in it for 5 years or more. Interests rates went down slightly last Thursday and Friday which is great for buyers.

Please contact me if you need help with the purchase of your home and I will be happy to work with you as my client.

Theresa A. Clyde, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Direct Cell: 707-330-0199
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Mon Jul 15, 2013
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Marjia,


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Sat Jun 8, 2013
Sheryl Bartholomay answered:
Hi Martin- In the town of Napa there are neighborhoods that the local residents favor. The old downtown area is brimming with vintage homes, grand mansions, craftsman bungalows, Victorians. These homes surround the town center and are walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, shops and parks. Browns Valley and Alta Heights are also neighborhoods that are sought out by home buyers and all seem to sell well no matter the state of the real estate market. ... more
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Fri Jun 7, 2013
All things are negotiable, if the agent is willing to do that for free, they are big enough to know what they are doing. As long you are upfront, it is only wrong if you use the agents time and services and secretly plan on using and paying another agent. Yes you can pay them for their time as well.

Do your homework on what the rules of the autcions are, when can you inspect the home, when can you back out if you find something going on that is not acceptable.
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Fri Jun 7, 2013
I am probably a little late to comment on this, but the cost of FHA is pretty high right now. So with that credit score you would do best to go conforming, but if the loan amount is over $417,000 your down payment goes up to %10. So to keep it down to a 5% down and get the best deal, you need a max purchase price of $438,900 or so. ... more
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Fri Jun 7, 2013
Yes, to answer your question, call up the auction company to find out the rules.

Keep in mind you buy these homes AS IS.
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Fri Jun 7, 2013
I have been a License Real estate broker, since 1995 and licnesed agent since 1990. I do mortgages only now but If i do the mortgage I will help you do the paperwork.

My phone number is 949-930-1210 ... more
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Wed May 29, 2013
Tania Dunagan answered:
Hello there,

most 55+ mobile home parks in Calistoga area have space rents between $550-$600+/-.

If you want information what the area has to offer please let me know. I can be reached at:
Tania Dunagan
A New Way Real Estate
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Mon Apr 29, 2013
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Fri Apr 26, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
I must take issue with some of the comments on this thread. FYI, I'm a RE broker, Manufactured Home Contractor and licensed Dealer and General Contractor. If anything having that much fire power is extremely relevant to just about every transaction I've been involved with.

There's nothing wrong with a RE professional knowing about and understanding construction and architecture. Frankly I'm called upon quite a bit because I have the aforementioned credintails and experience.

I think sometimes we need to think a bit more before we speak.
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Steve Gregory answered:
This property should accommodate an approx. 1 acre new vineyard. There are currently fruit trees plantage along the flat roadway frontage behind the Oleanders. The zoning is AW (Agricultural Watershed) which allows the max. Number of living units per parcel in Napa County (main house, guest house and caretaker unit also pool cabana and out-buildings). This property's highest and best use is construction of a new home designed to take advantage of the close up panoramic views over the valley. Let me know if you would like to see additional detail in our flyer. Thanks for your inquiry, Steve Gregory (707) 495-1488. ... more
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Sat Dec 8, 2012
Bob Wallin Bob Souza answered:
Sorry for the delay in an answer to your initial questions. There appears to be several issues that you usually may need to address such as 1."you must have green card...2. must be able to pull credit...3. verify income,assets"etc. to obtain a stateside loan as well as the usual requirements to quote a referrable & knowledgeable loan professional. If you feel I may be able to help you by no-fee Consulting, Coaching & Caring, you can contact me by the following: Bob Wallin. 707-337-5279,, I will be pleased to hear from you, Bob Wallin. ... more
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Mon Nov 19, 2012
Ray Beem answered:
Josh; There is an open house today from 1:30-3:30 at 890 Pueblo. Look forward to seeing there if you can make it.
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Sun Nov 18, 2012
De Vonte Williamson answered:
You should contact Trulia....If your home is currently for Sale, it may appear on Trulia because it is fed from your local MLS or Broker.

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you all the best,

De Vonte Williamson , LSA
Proudly Serving Long Island
Coldwell Banker Residential
"I Stand Behind Getting You Results!
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Wed Oct 24, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Sorry Bob,
But Realtorsd do not represent Mobile Home Parks:

If you were looking for a plot of vacant land; that might be something that would evoke a response.
I'm sure you can research Mobile Home parks.

Good luck and may God bless
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Tue Oct 16, 2012
Scott Bergman answered:
You can can add a contingency on how well the current well/septic are operable.

-If you need a well that produces xx GPM for your home and/or vineyard needs, you can pay to have it tested.
-If you need to check the quality of the water, you can have it tested.
-If you need to be sure the septic is operable, you can have it tested.

These are reasonable contingencies you should check. I agree with Al Sovey that it usually takes 2-3 weeks to have all the tests completed and the results back to you.
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