Marin Real Estate Blog

What is a Preliminary Title Report?

A preliminary title report is issued prior to the transfer of title and details the conditions in which the title company will issue a title insurance policy.

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Listing agents typically pre-open escrow so they can include a preliminary title report with the disclosure packet and see if there are any issues with the title that need to be cleared up.

A preliminary title report sets forth various details about a piece of real estate, including: 

  • Ownership;
  • Liens and encumbrances; including property taxes paid and owed
  • Easements. 

The preliminary title search gathers the information from the county assessors office that the property is located in.

There are also highlighted links (usually in

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How A Lack of Inventory Impacts the Housing Market | MyKCM

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest points in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2018.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory. Buyer demand naturally increases during the summer months, but supply is not keeping up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors

“The worsening inventory crunch through the first three months of the year inflicted even more upward pressure on

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I sell San Rafael!  330 G St. San Rafael CA 94901 has sold. It was a pleasure and honor to help my seller clients prepare the home for sale. I brought in my team: painter, handyman, cleaner, landscaper, stager, photographer and really made this home shine.

This large 4 Bed/3.5 bath Craftsman on an oversized lot sold for $1,750,000. The home featured vintage woodwork, remodeled kitchen, formal dining, 2 beds and 2 baths on main & 2 bed/1 bath upstairs + multiple sunrooms. Outside features mature landscaping, entertainment patio with high end spa, a huge grassy area and 2 car garage.

If you are thinking about buying or selling, contact me today. I have a winning plan.

Hilary Davis, REALTOR (415) 235-3133  Hilary@MarinModern.com

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61 Wallace Way San Rafael, CA 94903 has SOLD

More happy seller clients. 61 Wallace Way San Rafael, CA 94903 has SOLD! Set in the Terra Linda area of the Dixie School District, this 4 bed room 3 bath 2 story home went quick! It was no surprise as the layout of the home was ideal with formal and casual living and dining spaces, good separation of bedrooms, huge multipurpose room and an amazing yard.

Terra Linda continues to be a very popular location to buy because of the excellent schools, fantastic weather, proximity to open space, doable commute and value for price. Sold for : $1,220,000

If you are considering buying or selling, I urge you to contact me today. I have a winning plan!

Hilary Davis, (415) 235-3133  Hilary@MarinModern.com

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227 San Carlos Avenue Sausalito CA 94965 - Dream Home!

227 San Carlos View

The transfer of real property is so much more than one party selling a home and one party buying a home. It's the single biggest purchase most people will ever make and one I am always grateful and humbled to be a part of. As realtors we literally participate in making peoples dreams come true. Turns out buying 227 San Carlos, for my client, was a dream fulfilled. She grew up in Marin County, left for college, started a career in New York, landed back in San Francisco to be closer to family but always yearned to return to Marin County, the place of her childhood.

227 San Carlos Welcome home

227 San Carlos Avenue was offered off market but the listing agent hosted a brokers tour. Inventory in Sausalito in the under

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Will Home Prices Fall as Mortgage Rates Rise? | MyKCM

Mortgage interest rates have increased by more than half of a point since the beginning of the year. They are projected to increase by an additional half of a point by year’s end. Because of this increase in rates, some are guessing that home prices will depreciate.

However, some prominent experts in the housing industry doubt that home values will be negatively impacted by the rise in rates.

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist:

“Understanding the resiliency of the housing market in a rising mortgage rate environment puts the likely rise in mortgage rates into perspective – they are unlikely to materially impact the housing market…

The driving force behind the increase are healthy economic conditions…The healthy economy

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San Rafael Best Place to Live Marin Modern

Congratulations, San Rafael – you’ve earned it. One of the nations leading housing and economics research organizations, Livability, recently analyzed the demographics, economies, amenities, housing, and infrastructure of thousands of cities nationwide. San Rafael earned the 24th spot in the 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live, placing our hometown in the top 1% nationwide.

In order to determine the top cities, Livability first conducts a poll to about what matters most to citizens. Then, using 8 ranking criteria and 40 data points, they churn through a multitude of public and private databases. The result? San Rafael is a thriving city in a beautiful setting, with an economy and community more favorable than over 2,250 comparison cities.

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Just listed: 1817 California Street! This wonderfully-located 1 Bedroom, 1-Level Ground-floor Pacific Heights condominium only 1/2 block from Whole Foods. Convenient to nearby shops, restaurants,and entertainment as well as tech bus stops and public transportation. Patio adjoins landscaped common courtyard and heated pool. Other building amenities include laundry room and shared storage. Unit includes assigned one-car garage space accessible by elevator or nearby stairs. Attractively updated with new paint and carpet. Great for downsizers, investors or as a pied a terre! 

For more information, including contacts and open house dates/times, see property website

 

 

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 I had the pleasure of representing the sellers for the second time in 4 years.  These are the sellers from heaven who have good karma sending out positive vibes that comes back to them in spades.

 Their highly sought-after ground level 2-bedroom/2-bath condo with 1-car garage was snapped up quickly by a buyer who can hardly wait to move in.  Built in the early 1990's, the Marin Lagoon condos in San Rafael are new construction by Marin standards and have a nautical theme on a man-made lagoon.  The condo has architecturally interesting features, an open floor plan, lots of light and a large outdoor space for entertaining.  There is a pool and clubhouse.  The Marin Lagoon community is so convenient to the Marin Civic Center, Northgate Shopping

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Gorgeous Wide Open Views

Set on a private 1 acre sun drenched Marin hilltop, his unique, contemporary home commands gorgeous panoramic Cascade Canyon valley and rolling hills views-relax and enjoy! You’ll feel like you are on vacation, as this home is ideally located just minutes from several Marin watershed lakes, acres of open space trials and downtown Fairfax- perfect for world class hiking, biking and dining. This custom built 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home has a split-level design featuring cathedral open beamed ceilings, natural wood details, indoor solarium and three fireplaces. This is the last house on Bolinas Road; adjacent to Meadow Club Golf Course.

Unique Contemporary Design

The main level boasts an open concept living-dining room

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