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Foreclosures Across California Reach Eight Year Low
While California’s real estate market has remained flat throughout the year, recent changes have revealed that things may be making a turn for the best. In addition to September’s jump in sales, a new study has found that foreclosures across California have hit their lowest mark in over eight years – the latest sign that our economy is finally catching up with the housing market.
Napa statistics show better than the California average. In the last twelve months there 884 standard sales, 41 short sales, and 33 REO sales.
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Drought Tolerant Landscaping attractive to Napa Home Buyers
With severe drought conditions across large swatches of the west and pockets of the rest of the United States, many homeowners are looking for ways to conserve water on landscaping. But there’s no need to rip out your whole yard and replace it with gravel—unless you want to. There are plenty of other ways to create a drought-tolerant landscape while also creating a beautiful and functional space. And drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water immediately, but will be more resilient against future droughts. Here are some ideas:
Take on manageable pieces
Identify your biggest areas of water consumption. Besides lawns, the biggest areas of water use tend to be rose gardens, summer vegetables and cut flower gardens. If you’re not ready to eliminate these areas entirely, figure out how you might want to reduce their size. A rose garden, for example, could be made into a smaller group of favorite bushes. Vegetables and cut flowers can go in containers or raised beds where you will have more control over how much water they get. Mix compost into soil for better moisture retention.
Make your lawn more water-efficient
If you want to keep a lawn, consider downsizing to a smaller swatch, picking a spot where you’ll get the most use, like a play area for kids. Find low water grasses for your area. Raise the blades on your lawn mower—keeping grass longer will reduce evaporation and promote deeper root growth. Leave clippings on the grass after mowing to help retain moisture and return nutrients to the soil–extra clippings can also be tossed on the compost pile. Aerate soil with a soil aerator tool to reduce runoff and help water absorb into the soil.
Or go lawn-free
Consider replacing your lawn with an alternate ground cover. Try ornamental grasses for interesting textures, low-growing flowering plants for seasonal color or edibles like low-growing herbs or strawberries. Some cities offer financial incentives for switching to a drought-tolerant landscape or for using gray water (reused water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances.) Check your area for opportunities.
Add more areas of low-water use
Replace a section of lawn with an outdoor seating area, a sandbox for kids or a raised bed with herbs. Create intrigue by laying down paths of flagstone, pavers, gravel, mulch or other porous material. Add new focal points like a porch swing, fire pit, or a patio. Instead of water-thirsty blooms, think of other ways to incorporate color with colorful perennials, planters, chairs or bright native grasses.
Optimize your sprinkler system
Inspect your sprinkler system for leaks, broken heads or misdirected heads that water driveways, sidewalks, or the street. Make sure the system runs early in the morning or late in the day. Consider a “smart” system that will monitor the soil and automatically adjust watering as necessary. Try watering less frequently or for shorter periods. When reducing your irrigation, make changes gradually, so plants and trees have time to adjust.
If you have plants with high water needs, plant them together. Use a drip irrigation system or soaker hose to minimize run off and evaporation. Watering deeply and infrequently encourages deeper roots and more resilient plants. Take advantage of natural sources of water by putting in plants next to paths, driveways and other spots where water run off naturally occurs. Direct eave spouts into raised beds or other planted areas and consider using rainbarrels to collect rain water.
Native plants are a great choice for drought-tolerant landscaping because they won’t need much (if any) watering once established. Over time native plants have developed a natural resistance to pests and won’t require added chemicals and special care. For ideas on good native plants for your area, ask at a local nursery, look on the EPA’s listing of native and regionally appropriate plants, or contact your local extension office.
Shrubs, perennials, bulbs and trees use less water than most annuals and lawns and well-established plants use less water than newly-planted ones. Evergreens and other trees are also a good choice—they’re drought-resistant and offer shade that helps retain moisture in the rest of the yard. Cover steep areas with deep-rooted native ground covers and/or shrubs to discourage water run-off and erosion. Mulching is essential—it helps soil retain moisture and keeps weeds at bay. Use organic mulch like bark, cocoa husks, or pine needles that decompose and nourish the soil. Layer mulch about three inches deep and replace as necessary.
And don’t worry too much about the pool
New research indicates that pools use only about as much water as a lawn of the same size. And covering a pool will cut water use by 50-70 percent, making a covered pool about equal in water use to drought-tolerant landscaping.
Despite the low interest rates , the American Canyon housing market has slowed down. Reports show the highest inventory since years The Bareis MLS reports 1.4 inventory rate based on closed sales. What will that do to American Canyon home prices? If you like to know more current real estate trends or a particular property, just call or email.
What was selling and is now sold:
Potential suited for investor or first time home buyer n desirable ABC neighborhood in Napa Valley with granny unit. Home is in original and good condition and needs a new owner. Big rooms with large windows. Spacious kitchen space. One bedroom, one bath downstairs. Cute granny studio in back.
German Club in Napa already in Existence for 102 Years. The German has active and committed members. “We love to speak our language. We like to see our club to be in existence in Napa for another 102 years.”
Our Senior Day in Downtown Napa was a super success. Even so we had hefty winds the last days, our Senior Day in Napa had pleasant sunshine and we enjoyed perfect Napa temperature.
Many non-profits were presenting their services Merrill Gardens, Golden Living, Napa Valley Orchid Society, Napa Hypnosis, Napa Toastmasters,Synergy, Rianda House Senior Activity Center, Home Instead Senior Center, American Association of University Women, Hired Hands Home Care, California Native Plant Society, Redwood Retirement Residence, Wine Country Broadcasting.
Napa has everything BabyBoomers love; Activities, community and support.
Christine was very professional not only did I find a wonderful broker I feel I made a life time friend. I had bids soon after my open house and before I new it I was in escrow. Christine was always easy to reach when I had questions and if she did not know the answer she would find out and get back to me in a timely manner. Once my car was not working and there were papers that needed signing and she went above and beyond by driving me herself. Now she is helping me to buy a home and she has my best interest at heart. I would recommend Christine as a really good professional and knowledgeable real estate broker.
Why would be Napa the perfect place to live? “For many reasons” say our local tennis players. ” In Napa you find people everywhere to play with in many different levels and ages. Each facility has clubs and people playing together for many years.” We have great tennis instructors. Rick Hannover and Rebecca Thompson have been teaching here for decades. At the Napa Valley College Rebecca Thompson, PhD, is been teaching college students in any age since 1995. Rick Hannover used to teach at the Napa Valley Country Club and is now teaching at any court her in Napa. No wonder we have such a strong “Tennis Society.”
This is a very special tennis year for Napa. The USTA Norcal reports:
“Napa Valley Country Club will host “The Napa Valley Challenger ,” a $50,000 U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit event. It takes place Sept. 21-29. The tournament will take place at Napa Valley Country Club at 3385 Hagen Road, Napa, (707) 252-2299.
The Napa Valley Challenger will consist of 32 Challenger-level players with world rankings ranging from No. 60 to No. 200 on the ATP Tour. The USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the professional ranks for today’s rising stars and aspiring pros.
Napa Valley Country Club has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1915. The private club has nine tennis courts, eight of which are lighted, along with two Har-Tru ClayTech courts.
The 2013 USTA Pro Circuit season will deliver nearly $3 million in prize money and award the valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points that players need to ascend to the next level. There are only 15 events in the Challenger series throughout the country.
The USTA Pro Circuit has launched the careers of such current stars as Victoria Azarenka, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as past champions Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Pete Sampras.
Seventeen USTA Pro Circuit alumni have achieved the No. 1 world singles rankings. Recent alums and current players include fast-rising young Americans Ryan Harrison, Christina McHale, Sloane Stephens and Jack Sock.
These are plenty of reasons any prudent tennis player to check out our town and county clubs. And in your break I’ll show you homes with private tennis courts and upscale Napa lifestyle.