The road to the closing table can be riddled with obstacles.

No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling into a new place. Almost all sellers want to make the most money possible. 

Whatever your circumstances, the road to the closing table can be riddled with obstacles — from issues with showings and negotiations to inspection surprises. But many of these complications are avoidable when you have a skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent by your side.

For example, here are seven common mistakes that many home sellers make. These can cause…

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Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

The last two years caught many of us off guard—and not just because of the pandemic. They also ushered in the hottest housing market on record, with home prices rising nationally by nearly 19% in 2021, driven primarily by low mortgage rates and a major supply shortage.1

But while some had hoped 2022 would bring a return to normalcy, the U.S. real estate market continues to boom, despite rising interest rates and decreasing affordability.

So what’s driving this persistent demand? And is there an end in sight?

Here are three factors impacting the real estate market right now. Find out how they could affect you if you’re a current homeowner or plan to buy or sell a home this…

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A Bay Area Affordable Family Home and Community

Straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting

Recently, I was approached about listing a home in a community that's a little bit east of where I typically list homes. But the more I found out about Martinez, and as I saw the very affordable price of this listing, it made perfect sense. I wanted to share it with my audience and let you know a little bit about Martinez, California.

Being in Contra Costa County, the location of this home in Martinez is ideal for those that work in the Bay Area, but don't necessarily want to spend millions to stay close enough for the commute. Martinez is a quaint and in my opinion, a not-talked-enough-about community. For the past decade, it's become an up-and-coming…

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YouTube Video Of The Beaver Signs Unveiling: https://youtu.be/-dlyEmYAdFw

Amazing things can happen when a community works together

For this past year, I've been committed to my role here in this community, through Leadership Napa Valley, an organization that's been around for 35 years here in Napa. Its mission is to '...involve, inspire, and inform leaders to strengthen our community'.

To say it's been a phenomenal experience would be an understatement, and frankly to have my year of leadership come to an end, brings some bittersweet reflections. The commitment has been intense at times, yet the connections and greater understanding of how many people are truly passionate about this great region we live in, are truly inspiring. If you've never heard of LNV, or have and are curious, I would be honored to share my…

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A compelling offer designed to get you your dream home


Our nation is in the midst of a serious housing crunch. Last year, a lack of inventory and soaring prices left many would-be homebuyers feeling pinched. But now, with interest rates climbing, many of them are also feeling desperate to lock in a mortgage—which has only added fuel to the fire.1

 

Fortunately, if you’re a buyer struggling to find a home, we have some good news. While it’s true that higher mortgage rates can decrease your purchasing budget, there are additional ways to compete in a hot market.

Yes, a high offer price gets attention. But most sellers consider a variety of factors when evaluating an offer. With that in mind, here are five tactics you can utilize to sweeten…

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A View Site, Coming Soon!

Enjoy the serenity of the beautiful Napa Valley!


This 55-acre property is located in the majestic eastern hills of the Napa Valley and includes architect drawings of a stunning residence, a water source location identified, and a septic layout by an engineer.

Talk about breathtaking sunset views!!

Call me before it hits the market if you'd like to get a jump start:

707.266.1585

leewmiller@gmail.com

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If you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you. 

The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you. 

Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.  

Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.

  

WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME?

Inflation is a decline in the value of money. When the rate of inflation rises, prices for goods and services go up. Therefore, a dollar…

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Prepare your home before putting it on the market

We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market.

Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of an insightful real estate professional on your side can help you boost your home’s appeal to buyers. What’s more, beginning the preparation process early allows you to tackle repairs and upgrades that can increase your property’s value. 

Use the checklist below to figure out what other tasks you should complete in the months leading up to listing your home. While everyone’s situation is…

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In today’s Real Estate market, the term ‘wild west’ is thrown around quite a bit, and with good reason. New tactics to get an offer accepted, to get a listing, to get top dollar - all can often resemble the rogue behavior of the wild west, for sure. Just because some agents go rogue doesn’t make it right.


When you are considering when might be the right time to sell, how do you determine if your Realtor® is going to serve your highest and best interest?


Before you can determine a Realtors® ability to fulfill your home-sale needs, let’s first understand the bigger picture of what goes into pricing your home, in order to sell it. And for additional insight, our recent blog, 'How To Choose The Best Listing Agent', goes into length…

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Preparation - the foundation of a smooth home sale.

Whether you’ve sold a few homes, or are considering selling one for the first time, the entire process can be looked back on as one of great stress, and often-times full out chaos. 

Just making the decision to move is stressful, not to mention the packing, preparing your family or children emotionally for the change. Then, there’s the mammoth task of shopping for, bidding on, and getting your offer accepted, on a new home - all of which are nearly impossible to see through with ease. Assuring the sale of the existing home requires wel- thought-out plans. This is no time to wing it!

Stress, chaos, and a lack of organization can so often be present in selling a home. But not if you’re provided…

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