Agi Vermes Smith Group February Newsletter
Message from Agi
Wow, March is upon and soon we will have daylight savings (March 8th.) It seems I say this every year, how quickly time is flying…. I wish I could slow this train down but it keeps chugging along, thankfully! As we all know, the stock market took a big dive this past week and I am sure many of us are a bit worried. The good news is; interest rates are historically low, which makes it a great time to invest in tangible assets such as real estate! As we head into Spring I can tell you the real estate market is busy! I am writing offers and I’m seeing a lot of multiple offers on homes both in Napa Valley and Marin County. Always feel free to reach out and ask me what is going on in our market. I will always be here to help you any way I can.
Wishing you a wonderful month of March-ness!
AgiSmith@Comcast.net, 707.363.9896, www.AgiSmithRealEstate.com
39 Lexington Court | Napa, CA | $950,000
In Contract in Less than 7 Days!
This stunning, updated 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home is situated on a large private lot in South Napa. The interior features new hardwood flooring throughout, high ceilings, and plenty of natural light. A large chef’s kitchen at the center of the home is completely upgraded with quartz countertops, GE Monogram oven and microwave, & Viking Professional 6 Burner Stove. The powder room and master bathroom have also been beautifully upgraded with the master bath featuring a large soaking tub, a luxurious tiled shower with rainfall shower head and bench, and a large walk-in closet. The backyard offers an array of amenities, including a saltwater lap pool, bocce ball court, and hobby vineyard. Rarely does a home become available with this much space and privacy!
Top Tips for House Hunting Online
Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
- Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
- Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
- See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
3291 St. Helena Hwy | St. Helena, CA | $12,000,000
This nearly 10,000 square foot family compound features a main house with 3 ensuite bedrooms 2 powder rooms, office, gym, a boutique winery/wine cellar, pool, outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Situated a perfect distance away from the main home is a guest house with a living room, bedroom, bath, and kitchen.
Please visit NapaValleyVineyardMansion.com for more information. Click image for video of the property.
Who remembers “When Harry Met Sally?” Some of the best cinematic one liners came from that film: “I’ll have what she’s having….” “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible…” Nora Ephron is still a national treasure, and a much missed artist. I recently re-read her last book “I Remember Nothing And Other Reflections.” She wrote this book during a time when she was battling for her life from Leukemia. Every page is like eating the best piece of chocolate cake you could dream of. She wrote the book in free form style, allowing her most vulnerable self be exposed, even in the end. Her reflections on the loss of memory (I think all of us have a little loss of memory, for example, I can’t remember what my grade school crush looks like. I remember his name was Jimmy, or was it Johnny? See, I can’t even remember his name, how am I supposed to remember what he looks like? The book will make you chuckle, feel nostalgic, especially when she writes about things she will miss: Butter, Spring, Fall, Waffles, A walk in the park… She is raw with her emotions, and even then, you can’t help but smile. The book is a quick read and I highly recommend it. It will remind us all to stop and gander at nature, breathe in the air that feeds us, and recognize that if you look down at your own two feet you are probably standing in a really good spot. Life is good my friends, and this book will reinforce this sentiment. I miss Nora. If only she could have written/directed one more film… Her style is timeless…