May 2011

Found 18 blog entries for May 2011.

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I'm delighted to present my newest listing, an iconic mid-century modern masterpiece located in the desirable Kent Woodlands neighborhood of Kentfield.

Located at 405 Goodhill Road, this unique property known as the Hall House has been featured in numerous architectural publications including NorCalMod and also appeared in the famous exhibit “Domestic Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Region” at the San Francisco Museum of Art.  

Designed by reknown modernist architects Warren Callister & Jack Hillmer, this fabulous 4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom home is made of steel,concrete, reclaimed barn redwood & glass. The property features a dramatic cantalivered deck, walls of glass, breathtaking views, an organic garden and a bonus artist studio.

Asking

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As I was sitting on the deck of my Mill Valley home this morning, I was thinking about some friends who are getting ready to move. They asked me what they should do to get their house ready to sell. There are many things that can be done, many of them simple and quick, which can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. 

For most sellers, selling a home is an emotional time. The house isn't just four walls, it is a place where they have built memories, raised families and felt safe and secure. When getting ready to put your house on the market, take some time to consider a few of the following points.  

  • Mentally and emotionally separate yourself from your home. You are now selling a product that must appeal to
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I am thrilled to report my latest sale at 32 Palm Avenue in the Dominican University area of San Rafael. I represented the buyers for the purchase. The home was listed at $1,045,000, and I negotiated a sales price of $919,500. It was a challenge, but well worth it in the end for my clients.

This contemporary style mid-century home features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a two car garage and a swimming pool. The living space is open to the backyard - which makes it perfect for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.  And as a bonus, the home is within walking distance to downtown San Rafael.

If you would like to learn more about real estate in San Rafael, feel free to contact me.

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Very often I get phone calls from buyers asking if they can buy a foreclosure in Marin County.  My answer is ... drum roll please... Sure!  Why not?  Got a suit case full of cash?

The truth is the word 'foreclosure' is often used erroneously in the description of a property.  Many people don't know what a foreclosure really is.  So I thought I'd straighten out the misconception and at the same time educate you, the potential buyer of a Marin County home.

A foreclosure is a home that the bank has decided to sell at the county courthouse because the owner of the home has not paid their mortgage current.  A little background --Once an owner stops paying their mortgage the lender will issue a notice of default (NOD).  The NOD notifies the home owner the

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I'm delighted to announce that Jessie Hammer has joined the Marin Modern Real Estate Team.

An East Coast native who now calls Marin County home, Jessie has a strong background in advertising and marketing production including extensive knowledge and experience with web 2.0 technologies.  In addition to her decade of experience in the advertising industry, Jessie is an established businesswoman who successfully launched and helped manage a kiteboarding travel company in Brazil which catered to adventure seeking clients.

Jessie currently lives in San Rafael with her husband and daughter and we are excited to welcome her as the newest member of the Marin Modern Team.

Contact Jessie Hammer for high-tech, high-touch representation when buying or

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I wanted to provide Marin Modern clients and friends with a preview of a fabulous architectural home in Kentfield I have which will be hitting the market in the near future. Located at 405 Goodhill Road in Kentfield, this is a must-see home for anyone looking for a distinct mid-century modern home in Marin County.

405 Goodhill Road is a rare architectural 4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom home designed by architect Jack Hilmer.   Located in the desirable Kent Woodlands neighborhood of Kentfield, this original mid-century modern masterpiece is made entirely of steel, concrete, redwood, and even includes a cantilevered deck held up by steel beams looking over a gorgeous green valley.

This unique home features walls of glass which perfectly frame

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Recently a client asked me "Why does Zillow estimate this Marin home's value at $1M when the list price is close to $2M?"  In this case the home was located in an estate community in San Rafael where the homes are not uniform in nature.  The homes are custom built, the lots vary in size and their orientation. This particular home was on the waterfront with views of the surrounding hills and had flat sunny .5 acre lot with extensive upgrades. This home certainly was worth more than the neighbor's home across the street that lacked these features.  Was it worth $1M more or $500k more?  That is the question buyers want to know and this is the challenge when assessing value using Zillow's Zestimate tool.

Zillow pulls their data from public records and their

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The backyard chicken craze continues to grow in popularity throughout the Marin County suburbs. In fact, there are forums and yahoo groups that cater just to backyard chicken enthusiasts!  However, before you rush off and buy some cute baby chicks, it is best to do a little research to make sure you (the zoning of your home, plus your neighbors) and backyard chickens are a good match. My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care is an excellent place to start your research.

One of my San Rafael buyer-clients has just embarked on this hobby. Fascinated by it all, I wanted to see her little fluff balls and their newly erected coop in person. So, I headed over to her house and she gave me the lowdown. Here are just a few good reasons to have backyard chickens.

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I'm excited to present my newest listing - the ultimate summer Eichler home offering you the best of the indoor / outdoor California living!

Located at 152 Golden Hinde Blvd in San Rafael, this extensively remodeled atrium-model Eichler home (1,987 sq ft per tax records) featuring 4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms and fabulous outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining.   Improvements include foam roof, remodeled bathroom, updated kitchen appliances including gas stove, newer radiant boiler, gas fireplace insert, bamboo floors, updated drainage, newer electrical panel, new poured driveway, exterior shed for storage and built in BBQ area.   1-car garage parking plus carport.

This home backs up to open space and features amazing landscaping including an organic

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I am excited to announce the completed purchase for buyer-clients of a lovely single family home in the Loma Verde neighborhood of Novato at 990 Via Escondida. This lovingly maintained 4 bedroom and 2 bath home has numerous upgrades including central A/C, newer appliances, double-pane windows and is situated on a level parcel with a lawn area and covered patio in the backyard. 

The home was on the market a total of 91 days with a list price of $485,000 and I negotiated successfully for my clients and closed with a selling price of $470,000!  My buyers acquired this property with an unusual FHA mortgage referred to as a FHA 203k Rehab loan and worked with a highly qualified mortgage banker, Nicholas Ballard of California Mortgage Advisors to secure

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