November 2013

Found 12 blog entries for November 2013.

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2013 has been a very busy year in Marin Real Estate.

Marin cities homes' rose on average 16% (!) for an overall county average price of:

In addtion, the number of homes that sold rose 6% to 2268 (from 2133 homes the year before).
(YTD and YOY)

The Story....

It started out with low inventory and plenty of buyers.

By March it was evident that we were in some sort of super accelerated bubble. Prices were rising a full 1 to 3% monthly. While we Realtors were thrilled, we were also nervous; If the prices continued to rise, would there be another market correction in a few years?

While this was an exciting time for Realtors and homeowners, it was very frustrating for our buyers as properties were

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Winter Lawn Prep: 4 easy tips


Did you know that doing a few things at the beginning of winter can give great results for your lawn next spring? Your lawn will continue to grow roots even during the dormant season so take a little time now to reap future benefits.

1.       Utilize a mower deck system that mulches leaves and blows them back onto the lawn.

2.       Aerate the lawn especially if it has received heavy traffic and has become compacted.

3.       Utilize a vertical cutting machine for dethatching scores about ¼" to ½" and then reseed.

4.       Don't forget to fertilize and water after aerating or dethatching.  This allows nutrients to reach the root system.


Lawns add to beautiful curb appeal and wonderful usability to a

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This month's report begins with a couple of timely and relevant Holiday real estate stories. The author promises that there are actual statistics contained in this report, and those who are eager to find them sooner, rather than later, may, of course, scroll down!

People often ask me about the state of our local real estate market. This year, I've been telling them about the tremendous opportunities for sellers due to the low inventory of homes for sale, escalating prices, and frequent multiple-offer situations. Last week, on my way to a class, I picked up my friend Anne in the East Bay, and it wasn't too long before the conversation turned towards real estate. I told her things were slowing down a bit, with lots of buyers and sellers getting

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What's interesting about Thanksgiving this year is that it's also the first day of Hanukkah! This hasn't happened since 1888, so as you can tell, it's rare that Thanksgiving and Hannukah fall on the same day. The next time this will happen will be 70,000 years from now. That is a very long time. 

For those who may be celebrating the two holidays together, there are some great recipes that incorporate the tradiational Thanksgiving foods and flavors with Hanukkah ones. Some recipes include potato latkes with cranberry sauce, Maneschewitz brined turkey, sweet potato bourbon noodle kugel, horseradish-chive mashed potatoes...There are some other great ones, too.

One recipe that really stands out is the challah-apple stuffing. Here's the recipe (which can

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My 2790 Heatherstone Dr. listing in Marinwood sold in a heartbeat! My sellers were smart and got inspections done up front before the house hit the market. This enabled perspective buyers to know what they were buying prior to making an offer. This tactic is worth the money spent as it really helps to eliminate escrows falling apart after inspections and additional negotiating. We closed escrow today @ $625,000.

This fantastic Marinwood single story "diamond in the rough" has a lot of potential with 4 bedrooms 2 full baths, multi-purpose room and pool. Harwood floors were under carpets in living room, hall and bedrooms and the location can't be beat-Dixie School District easy access to open space, 101, shopping & transportation.

It was an honor

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What started as an interview with Lou Thoelecke about the "Traffic Circle" in front of his house on Santa Margarita in San Rafael turned into a fascinating conversation with a West End neighbor who is a passionate environmentalist, accomplished winemaker, a Bronze Life Master at Bridge, a musician, trained chef, former competitive tennis player, real estate investor and one-time neighbor to Jerry Garcia.  Between sipping Six Corners Zinfandel, I took notes for the Neighborhood Spotlight column in the West End Neighborhood Newsletter.


Where to begin....  Lou attended school in San Anselmo, graduated from San Francisco State and drove taxi for DeSoto Cab in San Francisco before going to work in the office at DeSoto. Somewhere along the journey Lou

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My buyers had been looking for the perfect 1-story home, with a manageable yard to downsize to for months and months...this property had everything they were looking for inside and outside, including a terrific low maintenance backyard complete with a very real looking synthetic lawn and a large composite deck with an shade overhang.  We'd had an offer in on a short sale since the end of August and were still waiting for the bank to ratify, when this perfect home popped up on the market!  We looked at the home twice in 2 days and immediately put an offer in.

We were one of 6 offers on the property and my clients knew they would have to offer over the asking price if they wanted the property.  They did and before we knew we even had it, we lined

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Dave Greenberg to the Marin Modern Real Estate Team!

Born and raised on the East Coast, and after 14 years in the music business, Dave decided to get into real estate.  Dave has a true passion for real estate, especially green and modern homes.

We welcome Dave to the Marin Modern family and encourage you to contact him for your real estate needs in Marin. 

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I'm In Contract - When Do I own My Home?


When I make an offer on a home, when do I own it? According to Zillow, 47% of buyers think they own the home when they sign the purchase contract. In fact, the signing of the purchase contract and ratification (when all parties have signed and agreed) starts the transaction clock ticking and it's not until inspections have been done, appraisal approved, loan documents  signed, loan is funded and transaction is recorded at the county recorders office by title that you finally own the home. You will receive that magical call from your Realtor, "We are on record".

In truth, there are a lot of steps and hoops to jump through once the purchase contract is signed. If you are fortunate enough to pay

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 17 Clark St. in the Gerstle Park area of San Rafael has new owners! I had the privilege of helping my colleague, David Shapiro, with this sale for one of his buyer clients.  It was a multiple offer situation, but due to the buyer's strengths and a clean tight offer-we won! The house, a 2 bed 2 bath with remodeled kitchen and bath, sits across the street from Gerstle Park and is walking distance to downtown San Rafael.  It closed for $650,500.

The real estate market in Marin definitely slowed down around the middle of August when school started, but it seems to have picked up recently as many buyers want to purchase before the end of the year. Now is a great time to buy because a lot of the competition is busy with the Holidays or worn out from

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