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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home to Retire In | MyKCM

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.

1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due whether or not you have a mortgage on the property.”

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Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy!  

Located in the prestigious Forbes area of San Rafael, this grand 1912 Craftsman home is the perfect blend of vintage detail and modern upgrades. Tucked gracefully on a private ¼ acre+ street to street lot, this 3000+ SQFT. home will warm your heart delight your senses.

The grounds are fully fenced and multi-functional, featuring an extra-large grassy area and beautiful landscaping, a separate two car garage, basketball hoop, high-end spa hot tub and an automatic driveway gate. Reminiscent of a turn of the century San Francisco home, 330 G St. is a rare gem that will put a smile on your face as you relax and enjoy the privacy, beauty and charm. For open house times and pricing go to


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330 G St Coming soon

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This large Craftsman style remodeled home is on an over sized street-to-street lot in the coveted Forbes neighborhood. Exquisite features include: vintage woodwork, remodeled kitchen, formal dining, and multiple sun rooms.

The main level has large master suite and private guest bedroom, 2 full baths, formal living and dining rooms plus bonus family room/den. Upstairs has two spacious bedrooms with attached enclosed sun rooms, full bath and multiple storage rooms.

Outside features mature landscaping,  entertainment patio with high end spa, a huge grassy area and 2 car garage.

Stay tuned for price and open house times!

Hilary Davis, Realtor 415-235-3133

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Housing Market Expected To

Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.

Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.

Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and conditions.

That hasn’t happened this year.

Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with the recent increase in rates, buyers are still able to lock in an

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Unlocking inventory, increasing the number homes for sale and creating more homeownership opportunity for younger buyers is the goal behind the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) 2018 Property Tax Portability Initiative. Realtors throughout California are collecting signatures to get this Initiative on the November 2018 ballot. It's my understanding that the Initiative is supposed to remove the barriers that keep Seniors 55 and older from selling their homes.  That would mean allowing Seniors to carry their property tax base to a replacement property anywhere in California and removing the restriction that the replacement property be of equal or lesser value.

Here’s the story behind this initiative. Seniors throughout California (Marin has

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Cute as a bug!  I had the pleasure of representing the seller, a long-time repeat client, on the sale of her remodeled 1 bedroom, 1 bath light filled condo on the ground level in Terra Linda. There is a wall of windows east facing for morning sun across the front with a sliding glass door that opens to a nice size patio. The kitchen opens into the living room and has been stylishly remodeled with creamy white cabinets, tiled backsplash in brown tones and stainless steel appliances. There are engineered wood floors throughout except for carpet in the bedroom. The bathroom features a large walk-in shower, new vanity with higher-end faucets and fixtures from Restoration Hardware. A fabulous closet organizing system has been installed in a closet that

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I had the pleasure of representing the sellers, who have been long-time business owners in San Rafael. At the end of December, they decided to embark on a new phase in their life and in January made a trip to Southern Oregon where they found the perfect home. Everything happened more quickly than they expected.

Fortunately, their 4 bed/2.5 bath home in the rural Black Point neighborhood of Novato was in beautiful showing condition and ready to go on the market. Timing is everything. My clients were ahead of the spring market when there was every little inventory and the buyers, a young family, were decisive and ready to go. It worked out beautifully for everyone.

If you are ready to retire and thinking about relocating to Southern Oregon or

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Latest NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell! | MyKCM

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high, and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now is a great time to sell your house.

Let’s look at the data covered in the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index and Existing Home Sales Report.


Every month, NAR surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.” This month, the index showed (again) that homebuying demand continued to outpace the supply of homes available in January.

The map below illustrates buyer demand broken down by state (the darker your

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Offered at: $989,000

Charming Marinwood Cape Cod!  This light filled home boasts a remodeled kitchen with granite counters, tile back-splash, stainless appliances and tons of storage.  The inviting living room has custom built-in cabinets and fireplace mantle with a  gas fireplace.  Think snuggling on a cold day!  Sparkling remodeled bathrooms.  Expanded master bedroom with custom closets. 3 additional bedrooms make this a perfect home.  Large, level backyard with covered patio and huge composite bamboo deck for outdoor entertaining, but still enough grassy area for croquet or badminton. Decorator paint, carpet, hardwood floors, dual-pane windows make this home move-in ready. The large storage shed could be converted to an office or exercise

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There are some businesses and business owners that make you want to cheer for their success and do everything you can to promote their business. Fairfax Backyard Farmer and the owner Jim Normandi is one of the those.

Backyard Farmer resonates on so many levels. Marin has a growing community of “urban” farmers and hobbyists who want to produce their own food, make their own beer, eat fresh eggs, become beekeepers and make honey…you name it. Jim, the owner, has found that sweet spot fostering community, providing education and workshops along with selling the tools, kits, guides and equipment needed to pursue whatever your heart desires. Go to the calendar and you will find workshops from homebrewing beer, beekeeping, home roasting coffee beans,

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