114 Rio del Mar – Just Listed

Welcome to 114 Rio del Mar!

Offered at $370,000 and exclusively listed by Richard Peterson with BHHS Drysdale Properties.

Large 3 bed, 2 bath, 1537±sf bungalow in Ranch del Mar. Wide open kitchen and large family room with exposed beams. This house is great for entertaining. Home situated on 0.18 acres and has a huge backyard with a built-in brick BBQ. Newer roof and sewer lateral. Home has a water filtration system. Close to Hwy 29 and shopping.

Read this Before Upgrading Your Master Bath!

Every day I get asked about what type of renovations homeowners should do to increase the value of their home. Master bathrooms aren’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to a return on investment – although it can make the home more comfortable to live in in the long run. put together this list of 7 questions to consider when planning your master bathroom upgrades.

Make sure that you start with #7 first though…asking the right questions.

Vallejo January Market Roundup

Vallejo continues to be one of the hottest markets in the country and why not. Investors are going in and rehabilitating older homes so that the sparkle once again. It continues to be an appealing destination for Millenial first time home buyers working in San Francisco or the East Bay.

Inventory continues to be a problem but it isn’t falling which is good news. Median sold price is up 17% from last January.

Vallejo median sold

It remains to be seen whether or not the current stock market correction will have unexpected ripple effects on the lower price points. My biggest concern is that the correction will make move-up buyers even more wary as there are fewer and fewer homes on the market in the upper end.

There’s a lot to be excited about the future of Vallejo and that message is starting to kick up additional interest. Large swaths of the areas West of I-80 are architecturally interesting, particularly in the Heritage District, St. Vincent’s Hill and downtown.

The city is continuing to transform itself with a burgeoning art scene (check out the 2nd Friday Art Walk each month!) and food scene – if you haven’t checked out the League of Chefs shame on you. All of these add up to a bright future and continue strong increase in housing prices.

One Thing You HAVE to do After You Buy a Home

Recently, my family and I woke up at 2am to the kitchen CO detector screaming that there was a problem. I walked around the kitchen, opened the back door and kitchen window to let things air out and then back to bed. At 4am the alarm right outside all of the bedrooms went off. This time I was able to figure out that something didn’t smell right. I had a hunch that it was the heater because it was old and…well…I hadn’t cleaned it recently.Smoke Detector

Turns out that my hunch was right. It was the old 1957 wall heater that came with our home. I smelled gas and so I called PG&E to come to turn off the gas leading to it. It took me awhile but I finally found a company that services wall heaters. Rich Jeffries with Creative Comfort Systems (707.373.0134) out of Vallejo was our savior. According to Rich it was one of the 10 worst of his career…

Heaters (and AC’s) should be serviced once per year. PG&E will come out for free once per year to make sure that everything is ok with your heating unit. You can take the additional step of having someone like Rich come out (if you have a wall heater) or another HVAC company if you have central Heat or AC. These companies will clean the filters and make sure that the units are running efficiently.

I sold two homes last year where both of my clients told me horror stories about how filthy the filters were. I highly recommend having a company come in – prior to move in if at all possible – and service your HVAC system.

Moving Today Could Change Your Tomorrow

Death of a loved-one is never something that we want to think about; but for many of us it is a closer reality than we want to admit. Today I welcome guest author Lucille Rosetti. Lucille is an expert in the field of loss and bereavement and kindly agreed to pen a guest piece. She has a book titled Life After Death: A Wellness Guide for the Bereaved coming out this spring.

The decision to move from your home after the loss of a spouse, parent, or child is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. There are so many emotions that go along with moving, but when coupled with leaving a part of your life behind, it can be very intimidating. But a change of scenery and a fresh start may be just what you need to heal.

Is it time to go? After losing a loved one, there are so many reminders each day that things are not the same, even if the backdrop is. If you find it difficult to imagine yourself in that environment without your loved one, you may do well to give yourself a new place to call home. People move for many reasons, including, according to Unpakt, to get a fresh start and combat financial issues, which you may have if your spouse has passed away. When your reasons to leave outweigh your reasons to stay, you’ll know it’s time.

Cleaning and saying goodbye. One of the hardest parts of the moving process is cleaning out the home before packing your boxes. Combined with the emotional struggles associated with going through our loved one’s belongings, this can be almost crippling. In order to move forward, you’ll need to let go of some personal belongings. Start with items that don’t have any direct emotional connection, such as old shoes and books that haven’t been read in years. You may wish to donate clothing or household items to a local shelter or community center so that these things can bring joy to someone else. Purge as much as you can but hold onto sentimental treasures. Pocket Sense warns to be careful when tossing paperwork, as the decedent must have taxes filed on his or her behalf.

Once you decide which personal keepsakes to hold onto and which to donate or sell, consider hiring a cleaning service to help you clear things out before you pack. HomeAdvisor reports that the average cost for a one-time interior house cleaning is between $115 and $241 and takes about four hours.

Buying and selling, don’t go it alone. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to partner with a real estate agent that can help you manage the buying and selling process. U.S. News & World Report’s experts explain that there are several ways to effectively sell your home quickly. But since you also want to get the most out of your investment, you’ll also need the advice of a Realtor®, who can offer suggestions on which projects to complete and the best way to stage your house to make it as inviting as possible for potential buyers. On the buying side, an experienced agent can help you find a new neighborhood close to amenities that add value to your life. The agent can guide you toward financing options and will be able to point out issues you may not have considered, such as high homeowner’s association costs or proximity to higher-crime areas.

Another thing to consider when moving is hiring a professional moving service. This will help ease some of the pressure and ensure safe transport—or financial compensation in case of an accident—of your furniture, electronics, and other household goods.

While it’s overwhelming, know that things will settle down, and you’ll soon be able to see the horizon over the hills. Moving can offer you the chance to rebuild your life and write a new chapter for yourself. The biggest obstacle is overcoming your emotional attachments and letting go of the guilt of leaving your home. You deserve to be happy, and your deceased family member would encourage you to do what’s best for you.

This Psychology Today post by Kristen Meeholf offers additional advice on how to create a new life after loss. 


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American Canyon January Market Update

The American Canyon real estate market got healthier in December as the number of homes sold nearly doubled and the median sales price rose 17.5% month-to-month.

AC Median

The $490,000 median home price reflects increased first time home buyer demand. This past summer and fall there were fewer big houses on the market driving down the overall average list price and median sales prices. Inventory is a huge concern as of late and American Canyon is no exception. MLS only shows 17 homes on the market. A number of these properties are currently used as a business (group homes for individuals diagnosed with a development disability) or are zoned community commercial. That leaves fewer, true single family residential homes on the market.

AC Sold Pending

This lack of inventory is good for homeowners as they continue to build equity. The city isn’t quite back to 2007 prices but it’s close. If there is a continued lack of inventory look for home prices to go well beyond the expected 5-8% increase this year. The spring selling season will tell us a lot about what the rest of the year will look like.

6302 Pebble Beach Dr – Open House 1/21 – 1-4pm

I’ll be holding 6302 Pebble Beach Drive, Vallejo open from 1-4pm today. Nestled up against the Blue Rock Springs Golf Course at the top of Vallejo, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2400± square foot home has views across the golf course from the master bedroom. It has 3 full bathrooms, including one across from the downstairs bedroom. The home is offered at $589,000.

Exclusively listed by Lisa Minczeski with our office at BHHS Green Valley. Can’t make it to the open house? Contact me to make an appointment today: (707) 853-0797 |

A Wrinkle in Time…

One of my all time favorite books. If you haven’t read it, make the time. It’s well worth it…but today’s blog isn’t about that. Today I want to talk about time wishing the offer process. There is often a lot of confusion surrounding what happens – in fact, I just went through a similar process where the time for the other party to respond expired…twice! There are a few key points to keep in mind. Some may sound rudimentary but you would be surprised at how the pressure of the situation can affect an individual’s sound judgment. But that’s what you have us there for, right?

  1. Just because you submitted an offer, doesn’t mean that it has been accepted: Simple, right? People generally only get confused about this part a little later into the counter offer process but I’ve seen it start at the very beginning. Buyer rights an offer and asks, “So what’s the next step? When and where do I give my deposit too?” Unfortunately, next step is to wait until we see what the seller says. Boiler plate language on the contract states that the seller has three days to respond.pexels-photo-280254.jpeg
  2. Three days starting…now? Yes, but this can get a little confusing…but it’s still better than it used to be. The day you submit an offer (or counter offer) is day zero. You then have three additional days to wait for a response. For example, if you submit an offer on Monday at 3:30pm, the seller has until Thursday at 5pm (close of business) to respond. Feels like four days, right? The waiting can be interminable. If your agent knows that offers are due on a certain day, you can always ask them to shorten the time frame to respond.
  3. What happens when time runs out? You’ve blown past day three and still haven’t received a response from the seller or buyer. Hopefully your agent is in contact with the other side so that you know what’s going on. But if they aren’t…what now? Officially your offer has expired. If the other side wants to accept it they can but you are no longer bound by it. You do have a couple of options. You have the right to leave your offer open and go into contract. You also have the right to walk away. Your offer has expired and it is no longer valid. Just because the other side wants it now doesn’t mean that you still do. Make sure, however, that your agent communicates to the other side your intention.

Real estate is not a zero sum game. It is meant to be a win-win situation for all parties involved. There are times when it is difficult to get all parties on the same page because of distance; some times parties aren’t as technologically savvy as others and so you still need a “wet” signature rather than a digital one. Just make sure that your agent is talking to the other side as well as you. Communication the most important assets in real estate.

I’ve Got a House Crush…

American Canyon edition!

I actually have a couple of homes that I’m eyeing for the right buyer. The first is 442 Lucina Drive in Napa Square. It’s rough…it’s really rough even at $469,000. The bedrooms are a little small but the living space has a ton of potential. There is a small family room with fireplace immediately off to your left as you walk through the door. This gives way to a formal dining room and wet bar. The kitchen is massive but has enough wasted space that it makes you want to channel your inner Chip & Joanna…take out a wall and add an island. Here’s a quick video of the living area. It’s listed by Debora Graftaas w/ Homes 4 All Realty, Inc. Contact me now to set up a showing.

Next up on my mini tour was 233 Newberry offered at $529,500 and exclusively listed by Verna Mustico with Mustico Realty in Vallejo.

I love this part of American Canyon, perhaps even more than Rancho Del Mar. It’s just a long half-block from Donaldson Way Elementary, the Rec Center and another short jaunt to the middle school. Standard 3 bed, 2 bath, 1600±sf home.

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The carpet needs to be replaced and the kitchen could use some updating (I know…white tile counters should never have happened). Nevertheless, the layout of the home works well and there is a fantastic flow throughout the house. The bedrooms – including a well proportioned master suite – are nestled in the back of the home allowing for some privacy. The slider off of the master bedroom could be replaced by French Doors. The outside of the home is spectacular. It appears that there are several mature fruit trees and there is so much space…the tax record shows .18 acres but the lot feels larger.

I had some friends who lived on Crawford Way with a similar layout. They had their main family area in the living room to the left as you walked in with the TV and couches, etc. They turned the family room off the kitchen into more of a studio (he is an artist) but one could easily turn it into an office or small gathering area if so desired. The best part, though, was definitely the outside. They had enough room for two patio tables, a large grill and a dry bar. This back yard is easily the same size.

If you’re interested in seeing either of these two homes – or any home in American Canyon, Napa or Solano Counties – contact me today: 707.853.0797 |


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