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The latest real estate news and insights for Sonoma and Napa County.

EXPERIENCE THE NAPA VALLEY’S MUSICAL FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH

Be sure to purchase your tickets to the Napa Valley’s 20th annual Staglin Family Music Festival for Brain Health. This year’s guests will enjoy a live performance from Jewel and Vintage Trouble at The Staglin Family estate in Rutherford, CA . To date, the family has raised millions of dollars for the International Mental Health Research Organization. This year’s event will take place on Sept 7, 2014.

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SHOULD I HAVE EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE?

Many Napa Wine Country homeowners – and those all over the country who heard about the recent earthquake in Northern California – are asking themselves and their insurance agents, “Should I have earthquake insurance?” Only about 1 in 10 consumers in California carries earthquake insurance; the vast majority through the California Earthquake Authority. Among that group, only 6% of Napa residents are protected.

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“VILLA SORRISO:” ROBIN WILLIAMS’ “HOUSE OF SMILES”

The California Wine Country estate Robin Williams dubbed “Villa Sorriso,” the “house of smiles,” is on the market as the whole world continues to grieve the death of this pillar of the Bay Area community. Condolences continue to pour in for the multi-talented actor, comedian, philanthropist and humanitarian — from his peers, friends and fans via social media.

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SONOMA VALLEY DOG FRIENDLY WINERIES

That’s right; Sonoma Valley goes to the dogs…as in dog friendly wineries. This paradise features a plethora of places to go and things to do for dogs and their guardians. Perhaps one of the most exciting things to do with your dog in this part of the world is wine tasting.

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AWE-INSPIRING CELEBRITY BEDROOMS

The bedroom is one of the most intimate rooms in your home and rarely do we get to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring celebrity boudoirs. For many celebrities, the bedroom is the most private, luxurious and comfortable spot in their homes, which isn’t surprising considering it’s where they get their beauty rest.

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5 HOME BUYING MISTAKES

As a real estate professional with a stellar track record shared by only a handful of real estate professionals globally, I’m here to warn you about these 5 home buying mistakes. With a little preparation, including finding the right agent, you could be moving into the home of your dreams, like the Modern Sonoma Barn pictured here, with no distress.

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SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY “EXTRAORDINARY PROPERTY OF THE DAY”

The Sotheby’s International Realty global affiliate network recently selected one of my favorite listings, VILLA DE MONTANA, as its “Extraordinary Property of the Day.” This means the listing was profiled on the brand’s many social media pages including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

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HOW TO CREATE AN ECO-HEALTHY HOME

Creating an eco-healthy home is an important way homeowners can live more healthy lives and help build a sustainable future. Recently, I was doing a little research on this topic and came across the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For two decades EWG’s groundbreaking research has helped empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment by driving consumer choice.

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REAL ESTATE NEWS: ZILLOW ACQUIRES TRULIA

Real Estate NEWS: Zillow has entered into an agreement to acquire Trulia, Inc. for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The agreement is expected to close in 2015 as a combined company, offering buyers, sellers, homeowners and renters access to vital information about homes and real estate for free.

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