December 2012

Found 13 blog entries for December 2012.


This year home prices are on track to register their first yearly gains since 2006 and the strongest year since the housing market fell off a cliff.  The rise is due in part to stronger demand, a fall in inventories, and continued low home loan rates.

Pushed up by rising sales and a decline in supply, home prices climbed more than forecast in the last quarter of the year, indicating a rebounding real estate market will bolster the U.S. economy for the first time in seven years.

While the California housing market continued to show strong sales growth since early 2012, the lack of inventory remained an issue throughout the year.

With an imbalance between supply and demand, home buyers have been fiercely competing

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Greenbuild Conference 2012 - Top 10 residential applications!


In early November San Francisco was fortunate to host the 2012 Greenbuild conference.  A perfect setting for a conference focused on energy efficiency and sustainable building practices. Under the leadership of our former Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco became one of the ‘Greenest" cities in the country.

According to the Huff Post report San Francisco is the #1 greenest City in the US based on public transit, energy and food.


As a Realtor and Ecobroker I was curious to experience the newest and greatest innovations in Green and sustainable building products. Like most conferences of this size the predominant audience is commercial building or larger scale projects. It

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Finally....after numerous attempts competing with cash buyers/investors, my wonderful and patient client, scored the perfect condo!  960 Lea Drive is located in The Meadows in Terria Linda which is one of the nicest condominium developments in San Rafael. It has beautiful park-like grounds, two swimming pools, tennis courts, nearby hiking trails, a daffodil covered hillside in the spring and Scotty's Market across the street.  Light, bright and spacious, this one bedroom condo has a wall of windows facing East with beautiful morning sun and views, a large patio for outdoor living and a remodeled kitchen and bathroom.


A first time homebuyer, I couldn't be happier for my client, Carolyn, who is a talented musician and the Program Director at Bread

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The perfect all occasion cake is my favorite cake- a sherry cake my mom made when I was a child.  She got the recipe from a co-worker back in 1965 and it has been a crowd pleaser ever since. I am not much of a cake person or recipe swapper, but everyone seems to LOVE this cake so I feel compelled to share.  The unique flavor and a very light lemony glaze is what make it so yummy. The lack of heavy frosting means it perfect for an anytime dessert, birthday cake or a little sweet with coffee & tea. So if you want to bring a dessert that everyone will enjoy try this recipe. FYI-you'll need an angel food cake pan.


  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 large package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup cream sherry
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg -fresh
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I'm excited to announce that Ken Fox, Broker Associate with our East Bay Modern Team, has been named the 2012 Agent of the Year with our company.  

Ken's hard work and uncompromised client-focus earned him this top distinction as well a token of appreciation from our company during our recent company holiday luncheon.    Ken's 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Exceptional Sales Performance (18 transactions closed so for this year with a few more to go),
  • Phenomenal online and offline marketing and promotion of his listings which helped generate multiple offers for his seller clients,
  • Coordination of the Prefab Home Building Workshop in the East Bay with Simpatico Homes,
  • Participation and support of our Modern Homes Tour in Marin
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This month's blog is for sellers, potential sellers, and would-be sellers who are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the market to improve.

I just spent the last 2 and a half hours looking up, writing down, and digesting the November real estate statistics for Marin County. It seems to me like a great time to sell, so I can't understand where all the sellers are! Let me share with you some of the numbers I found:

Number of homes sold in November:             2012                 2011                   2010

Single  Family                                             185                   164                     147

Condo                                                          56                    62                       46


Inventory of homes

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I'm delighted to announce that Broker Associate David Shapiro has joined our Marin Modern Family!

David has been a pillar and consistent top producer in the Marin Real Estate community.  With over 35 years of experience, David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him and we are pleased to welcome him as the newest member of Marin Modern Real Estate.

We are excited to have David on our team and would encourage you to contact him for assistance with your Marin real estate needs.

Welcome David!

RENEE ADELMANN, Realtor & Owner

Marin Modern Real Estate 

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sheep-to_use_250Every holiday season, I try to think of a way to say “Thank You” to my past and current clients for their support and referrals.

This year, frustrated with choosing individual gifts that require costly spending and postage, I took a good look at my holiday budget and decided to do something different.

There will be no chocolate-covered pretzels this year. Nope. Instead, you get a piece of a goat or a sheep.

I'm sorry, clients, but I've dontated your 2012 holiday gift to Heifer International. Heifer International is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth. Heifer currently provides livestock, trees, seeds and training in environmentally sound agriculture to families in more than 50

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I'm excited to announce that registration is now open for the first Marin Home Buyer Workshop we've scheduled for the new year.

If your 2013 New Year's resolution involves buying a new home in Marin than you don't want to miss this very special event which covers the home buying process in Marin County.    These workshops are extremely well attended and "sell out" quickly so I would encourage you to register now to reserve your spot! 

This two hour event will be held on Sunday, January 27 and seating is extremely limited.   To find out more and register, visit Marin County Home Buyer Seminar now.

RENEE ADELMANN, Realtor & Owner

Marin Modern Real Estate / San Francisco Modern Real Estate / East Bay Modern Real Estate

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I have a wonderful new listing coming on the market in Mill Valley at the end of December or first week in January that I would like to share with you.  Although I cannot disclose the address right now, I can share some of the highlights with you...


Located on Homestead Ridge in Mill Valley, this charming 2 bedroom/1 bath home features a remodeled eat-in kitchen, upgraded bathroom, master bedroom with bonus area - now being used as an office, a second bedroom, hardwood floors, new roof, french doors from both the Master Bedroom and the Living room that lead out to an expansive deck perfect for entertaining. From the deck, there are terrific views of Mill Valley and Mt. Tam.  There is a one car covered carport with storage plus another spot for

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