Category Archives: Luxury homebuyers

Wine Country Pinot Noir Vineyard Estate

4048 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa

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Located in the famed Russian River AVA, this all useable 8.25 acre property has 5.65 acres planted to Pinot Noir and under contract to Duckhorn and Gundlach Bundschu Wineries. Single level home of 2250 sqft with “great room” concept would make an ideal weekend place or even a VRBO (check with local zoning for approval). Property is adjacent to the  “Vintner’s Inn” vineyards of approx 81+ acres and the destination resort and world class John Ash Restaurant Price is $1,890,000

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Looking South East–shopping 10 minutes away. Other vineyards in area evident.

Great Room with island kitchen

Above, “Great Room” concept with island and gleaming hardwood flooring underfoot! Double sliders to huge deck overlooking vines and garden area.Office or family room

Family room with slider to deck.Single level living Grapes use Lyre System Great Utility barn

Queen of Stagers! Denise Frye–Make Your House a Home. LIVE this Sunday!

DeniseOur delightful friend of the show and Queen of Stagers, Denise Frye, will be joining us to answer questions on home staging when selling a home. As Sellers are pondering selling during the upcoming spring marketplace, now is the time to ask Denise those tough questions on painting, decluttering, moving out and staging your home to sell? This and more!

Are you a Real Estate investor thinking of a 1031 Exchange? Or, a homeowner looking to avoid a huge capital gains tax? Tune in to find out how…

Exchange Expert Toni Esposti.
1031 Exchange Expert Toni Esposti.

Toni Espositi of Old Republic Exchange Company (OREXCO) joins us on the Real Estate Hour Sunday June 5th 9-10AM pst., 1350AM, 103.5FM, and streaming live with Podcast immediately following the show at KSRO.com.

Regional Sales Office – California ‒ Northern
& Pacific Northwest – Ms. Toni Esposti, CES®

Vice President & Regional Sales ExecutiveToll Free: 888-677-1031
E-mail: tesposti@orexco1031.com

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There’s a very informative brochure on the OREXCO website at: https://orexco1031.com/Downloads/OREXCO_brochure_English.pdf

Here are some answers to common questions from the Orexco website FAQs . For one on one, specific answers to all your 1031 questions, call in during the show 707-636-1350 or contact Toni Esposti directly: Continue reading Are you a Real Estate investor thinking of a 1031 Exchange? Or, a homeowner looking to avoid a huge capital gains tax? Tune in to find out how…

Otto Kobler, Summit Funding Joins us on the Real Estate Hour – New Loan Programs and Updates

Did you miss it??…here’s the podcast;

Real Estate Hour favorite, Otto Kobler of Summit Funding will explain a new more -flexible (?) Fannie Mae loan. Plus; What’s up with interest rates, Jumbo financing, Bridge loans, and more.

Otto Kobler Summit Funding, Inc. Branch Manager / Senior Loan Officer okobler@summitfunding.net
Otto Kobler
Summit Funding, Inc.
Branch Manager / Senior Loan Officer
okobler@summitfunding.net

NMLS ID#: 225957
CA BRE ID#: 00981742
1400 N. Dutton Avenue Suite 5
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Office: (707) 522-6300 (Ext: 311)
Fax: (707) 522-6303
Email: okobler@summitfunding.ne

– See more at: http://www.summitfunding.net/okobler#sthash.c3kBjNOr.dpuf

Win $50,000 with Keller Williams’ New Real Estate Search Mobile App!!….Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Download the app from iTunes Store or Google Play.

Appstore

PlaySearch for “Keller Williams Realty”.

To connect with me, enter code KW2GQWNCR when you install the KW app.

ScreensKeller Williams Realty Real Estate Search available on Android, iPhone, or iPad, gives you access to more than 4 million homes.
Agent

YOUR LOCAL AGENT

Santa Rosa

The Kelly Norman Team

Download my FREE mobile app:

My agent

Enter my agent code KW2GQWNCR at the startup of the app or via the “My Agent” button on the main menu.

Once you’ve entered my code, you can text me directly with questions or requests regarding any property.

– See more at: http://app.kw.com/kw/index.php?tcode=KW2GQWNCR&ctmpl=kw#sthash.VvrgLo8n.dpuf

Here’s How to Get My App

Download the app from iTunes Store or Google Play.

Appstore

PlaySearch for “Keller Williams Realty”.

To connect with me, enter code KW2GQWNCR when you install the KW app.

ScreensKeller Williams Realty Real Estate Search available on Android, iPhone, or iPad, gives you access to more than 4 million homes.
Agent

YOUR LOCAL AGENT

Santa Rosa

The Kelly Norman Team

Download my FREE mobile app:

My agent

Enter my agent code KW2GQWNCR at the startup of the app or via the “My Agent” button on the main menu.

Once you’ve entered my code, you can text me directly with questions or requests regarding any property.

– See more at: http://app.kw.com/kw/index.php?tcode=KW2GQWNCR&ctmpl=kw#sthash.VvrgLo8n.dpuf

Here’s your chance at winning $50,000.  Beginning on December 16th and running through March 2014. When you download our new home search app, you’ll be entered to win. Just go to www.SonomaCountyRealEstateSearch.com. or connect through the link below. Be sure you enter The Kelly -Norman Team’s 10 digit code; KW2GQWNCR.

http://app.kw.com/kw/index.php?tcode=KW2GQWNCR&ctmpl=kw

Follow the links for access….then follow the directions.  You’ll need to enter The Kelly Norman Team’s number; KW2GQWNCR — already using the app? You’ll be alerted of the contest and given the opportunity to enter on Dec 16th.

This is a great App with many features. My favorite feature is the option to see what’s on the market where you happen to be at any given moment. This means that you can pull up in front of a house with a for sale sign, access your KW App and get all the information for that house. You can then contact Allison directly for more information or to request a showing.

Try it out. We look forward to your feedback.

KWMobile

 Here are the official contest rules;  http://akamai.eprizecdn.net/kellerwilliams/rules.pdf

 

Enter my agent code KW2GQWNCR at the startup of the app or via the “My Agent” button on the main menu. – See more at: http://app.kw.com/kw/index.php?tcode=KW2GQWNCR&ctmpl=kw#sthash.VvrgLo8n.dpuf

Luxury Homebuyers know what they’re looking for and they use the expertise of a Real Estate professional to get it.

In a recent survey of Luxury Homebuyers,  some interesting statistics were discovered. Here’s a good look into what luxury homebuyers rely on from their agent, and look for in a home.

The survey shows that, while technology is evolving, the role of the real estate agent is changing.. As more information becomes readily available, savvy real estate agents are making a shift from provider of the information to expert advisor.  This survey shows that the need for a personal connection is still alive and well in the luxury market, where 96% of Luxury Homebuyers are relying on their agent more than ever before.  Luxury consumers understand the importance of the human element and appreciate expert advice, from a trusted advisor.

What are Luxury Homebuyers looking for in a real estate agent?

  • 65%… Insight into neighborhood lifestyle.
  • 64%… Advanced listing notices.
  • 55%… Advice on housing trends.
  • 53%… Support on a personal level throughout the buying process.

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Luxury hombuyers have a renewed sense of confidence in the real estate market. Investing in multiple properties is becoming a new trend.

  • 53%… Prefer owning multiple “lifestyle” homes.
  • 58%… already own multiple homes to support their lifestyle activities.

The survey also shows that bigger isn’t always better for the luxury homebuyers.

  • 68%… Would rather have as many upgrades as they can afford in their home, rather than more square footage.
  • 94%… would be willing to give up 1,000 sq ft of living space in their next home in exchange for a “lifestyle” amenity they desire.

Such “lifestyle amenities” include;

  • 54%… Living in a better neighborhood.
  • 51%… Living in a house with “character”.
  • 44%… More land.
  • 39%… Access to dining and entertainment.
  • 38%…A shorter commute.

66% of Luxury homebuyers surveyed said that they’d prefer a “smart” home rather than a “green” home, and 87% would not even consider living in a home that isn’t “tech -friendly”.

Topping the list of “must-haves” that are essential to qualifying as a “luxury home” are actually features that are outside of the home;

  • 53%… A garden oasis.
  • 50%… Outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
  • 47%… A guest house separate from the main home.

This study offers an interesting glimpse into the mind of the luxury homebuyer, and coincidentally, in many ways, mirrors the homebuying ideals of the Gen Y – or Millennial homebuyer.

However,  Millennials have grown up knowing how to access readily available information and many tend to opt for the more DIY approach. Whereas,  the luxury homebuyer tends to view a Realtor in the same professional capacity as that of a doctor, lawyer, or financial adviser. Of course, many Millennials are also luxury homebuyers, which adds an interesting twist.  I think the reality here is that those with money more often see the value and return on investment of the professional advice of a real estate agent.

The on-line survey was conducted by Wakefield Research for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.  500 luxury home buyers were surveyed between May 20 and June 4, 2013.

Reference; Market Wired via COMTEX . Study released on Sept 10, 2013.