January 2013

Found 12 blog entries for January 2013.


5 reasons to move to Marin (or come home to Marin)

The current market is like a rare convergence of stars! A perfect alignment that creates unique and special opportunities. According to a local astronomer, my only son was born under such a rare convergence and while I might be a little biased he truly is a unique and special person with traits typically not seen in a human boy! My point is, the market is ripe and while inventory is down great homes are hitting the market daily.

Interest rates are low, prices are down and the job market in Marin and SF continues to rebound with tech companies expanding and opening offices in SF.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should consider relocating to Marin or for those of you who moved away why

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Federal Housing Authority (FHA) financing is a great option for many buyers, particularly those unable to meet the more stringent down payment and higher credit score requirements of conventional financing. FHA loans offer competitive, low 30-year fixed rates and allow for supporting income from a family member to qualify. But FHA loans carry significantly higher closing costs. One way to offset the increased costs is to take a lender credit in exchange for a slightly higher interest rate. While choosing a higher rate may seem counter intuitive, some borrowers may need help to cover closing costs and even those who don't may consider the exchange a bargain.

FHA loans fall into two categories: conforming loans up to $417,000, and FHA jumbo

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I am pleased to announce that I assisted my buyers in closing escrow yesterday on 25 Locke Lane in Mill Valley.

This lovely Sycamore Park home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large beautiful lot with plenty of space for gardening and entertaining.

The property was originally listed for $1,200,000 and sold for $1,010,000.

If you are interested in real estate in Marin, Napa or Sonoma County please feel free to contact me.

Lea Kuehnhackl - Realtor 415-381-9394 or Lea@MarinModern.com

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Walk up Spring Grove and you will find a West End architectural jewel with a history.  It is an elegant Tudor Revival home built in the mid-1930's by Thomas & Mina Feeley of San Francisco on almost 3 acres of undeveloped forest.  Today, what was once a hunting lodge seems out of place among the newer wood sided homes built in the 1980's.

In 1940 the Motzer family, who owned a chain of bakeries in San Francisco, purchased the home from the Feeley's as a hunting lodge and for entertaining. Fred Motzer had elaborate brick ovens built which are still standing today.  He also built a swimming pool in a clearing at the far end of the property.

Torrential rains in 1949 sent water and debris down the hill onto the Motzer's property resulting in a

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 I am pleased to announce the sale of this Grestle Park, vintage bungalow for $545,700.  From dark wood wainscoting, high coved ceiling, period windows and original hardwood floors, this home is a real charmer with 2 large bedrooms and 1 bath.  Sit on the spacious front porch lounge in the lovely, level backyard or journey to downtown San Rafael for coffee...the options are many.  A gardener's paradise backyard is just steps from the back sunroom. 

Our Marin inventory is still low, but being a full time real estate agent with many years of experience, I have the advantage of hearing about properties before they hit the market.  Let's meet to see if I can assist you. 

Rebecca Perl - 415-446-8017 - RPerl@MarinModern.com

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With great pleasure I announce the sale of this fabulous San Rafael Park 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in the Dixie School District for $820,000.  Location!  location! location!  Located off Las Gallinas an a quiet cul-de-sac with easy access to shopping, schools and Hwy 101.  A Boise Cascade built home boasting a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters with a large breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, Jenn-Air gas cooktop and oversized pantry.  An entertainers paradise...private flat yard backing to undeveloped land with a large flagstone patio directly off the kitchen and family room.  Hardwood floors, travertine entry, dual-paned window, recessed lighting, crown-molding are just a few of the many upgrades featured in this

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer, a past client and business colleague, with the purchase of a 3 bedroom, 2 ½ half bath stylish townhome in central San Rafael.  Delightfully bright and cheerful with vaulted ceilings and lots of space, 99 Corte Mesa is located in a small complex in the outer Dominican area of San Rafael, close to downtown, shopping and 101.  It features a remodeled kitchen, updated bathrooms, wood burning fireplace, views, a master suite on the lower level and two  bedrooms on the upper level, one an open loft that is ideal for an office.


After selling her home in San Anselmo a number of years ago, my client was unsure whether she wanted another single family home or a townhome.  When she saw 99 Corte Mesa, she knew it

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Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) releases a revised list of loan limits covered under its Loan Guaranty program. The Guaranty limits are based off of Federal Housing Authority estimates of median home values on a county-by county basis. Veterans who are eligible for full entitlement may borrow up to 100 percent (no down payment required) of a county's maximum limit with 25 percent of the loan guaranteed by the VA Loan Guaranty program.

VA loans fall into two categories: regular conforming VA Loans to $417,000, and Jumbo VA loans which support counties with higher maximum Guaranty limits. Newly adjusted Guaranty limits have been issued for all San Francisco Bay Area counties, with the exception of Solano County where the maximum

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3 Tips for Successful Home Buying in 2013

As you probably know, the housing market in Marin changed from a buyers' market to a sellers' market in spring of 2012. Inventory was low, interest rates were low and ready willing and able buyers surged the market. This led to multiple offers and some disappointed buyers.

The following tips are tried and true for navigating a tough market

1:  Form your team of trusted advisors and create a plan:

My past client's found that meeting me in person (early on) to talk about the whole home buying process extremely valuable. There are many moving parts involved in buying a home and I take the time to explain the parts while really listening to what you are looking for. This strategy session takes place

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As a Realtor, I find myself mentioning this tidbit of information regularly while showing homes in Sausalito, Belvedere and Tiburon.

I recently visited a townhome for sale in Sausallto. The agent had to wait two days to get us in because the owner had put his unit

on the market as an Airbnb touting it for its remarkable views of the Bay and (soon to be) America's Cup. 

The next time that The America's Cup comes to town will be July fourth week-end for the beginning of the Louis Vuitton Trials.

Then the boats will most likely stay through the big event.

The America's Cup Challenge is the last event on September 7th and may possibly go as late as September 23rd, 2013.

I was curious how they decide who the winning team will be for the America's Cup.

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