July 2013

Found 16 blog entries for July 2013.


Just Sold! I just represented the Seller of this two bedroom/1 bathroom view condo in Tiburon, CA.  This was a stylish single-level unit in the Tiburon Hills Estates complex, located just minutes from Hwy 101 and close to the Strawberry Shopping Center.

This seller client, who came to me via a personal referral from another one of my past clients, had just received a very exciting promotion with The Walt Disney Company, which required him to relocate nearer to their offices in Burbank, CA.  He was sad to leave the Marin area but thrilled with his new home purchase in the Hollywood Hills. He moved south, and left me to project manage all of the preparations to get the unit ready to sell.

As part of my services, I arranged for crews to paint the

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Despite the low inventory of homes for sale in Marin County, there are over 200 OPEN HOUSES this weekend throughout Marin to check out (link to open house guide at bottom)!

As you probably know, the real estate market took a big upswing early this year resulting in multiple offers and over bidding.  Buyers who want to get into the market are looking at all angles for getting their offers accepted. Your interaction with the listing agent at the open house may set the tone for how your offer is received, should you make an offer on that property. Therefore I have a few how-to tips for successfully viewing open houses.

Tips for a productive OPEN HOUSE outing:

Prior to leaving your house:

1.      Identify what homes you want to see.

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Getting rid of those old paint cans is really a piece of cake...It's MUCH easier than you think. Plus, you get to see peacocks and pigs at the same time!

As a Realtor, at the end of just about every single property deal I do, there's always the routine list of things that need to be done, such as remind clients to change their addresses, remind them to turn on the utilities, and figure out who is taking away all of the old cans of paint from the property that just changed hands.  Usually sellers will leave partial cans of paint with current colors as a courtesy to the buyers. But what if there's decades-worth of old paint cans stashed? I recently closed escrow on a little condo listing that was just over 1000 square feet, and in the storage unit, there

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707 Cherry Street, Novato CA 94945

The completion of every transaction is exhilarating but there is a special satisfaction helping clients buy their first house. 


New beginnings, starting fresh, a chance to do things the way you want. Plant a garden, paint your child's room their favorite color, remodel your kitchen, bathroom or build a man cave.

Home ownership truly is the American dream, usually a dream brought to reality - a dream come true.

My clients were expecting their second child and quickly growing out of the apartment they were living in. They, like most modern buyers, shopped online for months before stepping foot in a house so they were pretty clear on what they wanted and needed in their first home.



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Enjoy the views of Richardson Bay!  With only three stairs from the new parking deck to the front door, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home makes for a convenient and easy Mill Valley lifestyle. The main level has beautiful wood vaulted ceilings reminiscent of Tahoe, abundant light and French doors that open to a deck off the living and dining room. There is a very large deck on the side that is perfect for a party or a play area for kids or both.  The bedrooms, baths and laundry are located on the lower level with sliding glass doors off the master bedroom to a deck.  A new parking deck and walk way to the front entrance was built within the past few years and the parking deck can easily accommodate 2 cars. The exterior and interior were recently painted and

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I wanted to let our friends and clients know that I have a brand new Eichler listing in San Rafael which will be hitting the market later this week.

Located at 25 Serra Way in San Rafael's Terra Linda North neighborhood, this property features:

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • Atrium model floorplan with walls of glass throughout 
  • Many original Eichler details still intact 
  • Upgrades and enhancments include an energy-efficient foam roof, new tankless radiant boiler for in floor radiant heat, sheet rocked bedrooms and gas fireplace in the dining room. 
  • Swimming pool with solar heat; seperate hot tub
  • Walking distance to Scotty's Market, Community Pool, Pre-Schools and public transportation

Offered for sale at $815,000.  Property address: 25 Serra

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According to a July 18 Report by DataQuick, a real estate news service, the median price of a Bay Area home rose at the fastest pace on record in June. The article cited low mortgage rates, competition for a supply of homes that is limited by reduced numbers of distressed home sales, and the continuing improvement of the economy as factors in the rapid increase. According to the article, June's Bay Area median price of $555,000 represented a 33.1% increase over the same period in 2012, when it was $417,000. The article attributed 75% of the increase to rising home values, and the remaining 25% to changes in "market mix" or the types of homes sold. It went on to say that the median price of a Bay Area home peaked at $665,000 in June/July,

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Entertainer's dream home; dramatic, multiple living areas with stunning views of the surrounding Mill Valley hills through picture windows.

Spacious, light filled 3,175 sf 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home ideal for today's lifestyle.

Soaring, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous espresso wood floors throughout the entire top level, 3 fireplaces, chef's dream kitchen with Viking and Subzero stainless steel appliances is part of an expansive great room that has a deck attached, PLUS formal dining and living rooms.

The bedrooms are all located on the lower level including an exquisite master suite with a huge walk-in closet and enormous bathroom featuring travertine, a luxurious tub with jets, separate shower stall and two sinks. There are private decks off the

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My clients prevailed over a substantial number of competing offers and were able to purchase this attractive home in a great neighborhood for slightly above asking price. The  home is in a private location with wonderful views of the East Bay and hills. With its lawns and gardens, it is an oasis of peace and quiet within minutes of San Rafael, San Anselmo, and 101. The new owners love their home!

Call me to find out how buyers can still be successful even in today's competitive market.

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In the current competitive Sellers' Market, my clients were able to purchase of this stylish, well-located townhome, in a great school district, at the asking price, from a motivated seller.  They are delighted with their new home, and they even received a credit at closing!

 Call me to see how patient, persistent buyers can be successful in the current Marin County real estate market!



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