October 2008

Found 6 blog entries for October 2008.

InHouse Before InHouse After

Thinking of adding a office in your home?  Or perhaps you want to remodel and redesign your current home office.  I recently went to a seminar held at the San Francisco Design Center at the Hafele Showroom and really liked some tips given by designer, Mark Dutka. He can take a very intimidating, cluttered room and make it work efficiently for clients.   He is very creative taking difficult spaces and making them not only personally functional but quite beautiful.  I especially liked how he hides the cords from computers and electronic equipment which makes the room look clean and inviting.  If this is something that interests you, let me know and I will put you in touch with him.


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With designer colors and finishes throughout, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome at 87 Gann Way in Hamilton Park sold for $550,000 (I represented the buyers).  That is a great value for this unit.   Recent sold comparable properties received $565,000 and $588,000.   This particular townhome was the most upgraded of them all.   It also featured Ipe Decking in the backyard, room for a hot tub and privacy with landscaping surround. 

Hamilton Park continues to be a highly desired neighborhood. The reason is that is the entry price point to the Hamilton Field Development.  One can get a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome below $600,000 - whereas the single family homes in Hamilton fetch prices at above $700,000. 

Also, Hamilton is a community in itself.  There is

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We've received a number of requests from clients for more detailed information on homes available for sale in Marin County by zip code.     Our clients spoke and we listened, and i'm pleased to say that we now offer our visitors a convenient way to explore current listings in Marin by postal zip code.

In addition to offering general information on homes for sale by zip code across Marin County, we augmented this feature to include:

  • Listings in each of Marin's 41 zip codes by price range,
  • The total number of listings as well as the number of listings under contract.     This is a great way to determine if a particular area is a buyers market or sellers market, and to what degree.
  • The number of listings by property type in each zip
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We often get asked by clients and friends for preschool recommendations in Marin County which we are happy to offer.    Truth be told though, selecting the right Marin preschool can be a very personal decision and often requires parents to personally visit schools of interest to select the one that is right for them.   

Fortunately, this laborious process of preschool selection has been made infinitely easier because of a wonderful annual event sponsored by the Marin Child Care Council.

Marin County Preschool Fair

On Thursday, October 23rd,  the Marin Child Care Council will be sponsoring a preschool fair from 7:00-8:30pm which will enable attendees to explore their preschool options in Marin County.  More than 40 participating programs from across

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Ever wonder what it would take to build a Sunset® Breezehome™, Glidehouse™, eco-friendly mkLotus™ home, or other fabulous prefab home by Michelle Kaufmann Designs in the San Francisco Bay Area?  If so, you won't want to miss our upcoming workshop entitled "Building a Modern & Eco-Friendly Prefab Home in Marin County"!

Live Modern in Marin - Prefab Style!

Many of our clients have an affinity for modern / contemporary design and rely on our extensive knowledge of modern and mid-century modern residential architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area when buying or selling a home.  Additionally, we receive many inquiries from clients about the possiblity of building either a custom home or modern prefab home in Marin County.    

To assist our clients

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I was reflecting back on the roller coaster ride we've all witnessed within the mortgage industry and came upon an article entitled Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending which first appeared in the New York Times on September 30, 1999.

This article from 1999 makes for an interesting read and helps underscore that the credit crisis we are in today stemmed partly from political policy decisions made over a decade ago. All finger pointing aside, the backlash of any financial crisis is the pendulum swinging to the opposite extreme. The days of sub-prime lending and mortgage qualification without income verification are gone and underwriting standards have tightened drastically across the board. For conventional loans, Marin County home buyers need

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