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MY FAVORITE HOME CLOSING PERKS FOR CLIENTS

According to REALTOR® Magazine, Realtors across the country spend more than $510 million each year on home closing perks for clients. Most realtors rely on the usual items: gift cards (59.5 percent), flowers or plants (37.2 percent), and gift baskets (36.7 percent).

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ARCHER NAPA HOTEL: THE CATALYST FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF DOWNTOWN NAPA?

The Planning Commission has unanimously approved the construction of the Archer Napa Hotel. This is good news for area homeowners because the project is expected to be the catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Napa, raising property value with all the lux amenities planned.

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THE STAGLIN FAMILY’S COMMITMENT TO BRAIN RESEARCH

I highly recommend you read this enlightening story in the Napa Valley Register about the Staglin Family reflecting on the death of Robin Williams and this weekend’s 20th anniversary of their Music Festival that raises funds for brain research.

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3 TIPS FOR GREEN MOVING

It’s not surprising that more and more people are going green in their everyday lives, but what about green moving? Today, that’s not only possible but by moving green, you can save money, time and the planet, all at the same time.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT WALLPAPER IS BACK IN STYLE?

From traditional and classic to bold and graphic, wallpaper is back in style. It can transform a room while defining a real sense of style. The bottom line: contemporary wallpaper can set the mood. According to leading interior designers, painted finishes might be great in some spaces, but they don’t equate to the luxury and opulence that a few rolls of wallpaper can provide.

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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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