April 2014

Found 22 blog entries for April 2014.


Wow, it's a plush new Spa for dogs.  Who could be more deserving than our furry friends whose owners are the second largest constituency in Marin County according to a recent article. The owners of K9 Scrub Club have thought of everything and seized a great business opportunity.  What happened to hip and funky Fairfax?  It's gone upscale.


Here's the perfect day in Fairfax. Drop Buddy off at the Spa for an Oatmeal facial and Gentle Berry shampoo, while you go across the street to shop at Good Earth.  When you pick up Buddy, don't forget to stop by the K9 Scrub Club Bakery for gourmet treats before you and Buddy go next door to one of the outdoor tables at the Iron Springs Pub where you can order a specialty brew and Buddy can show off. 


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               What?  You don't have a teenager?  Well, the first thing to keep in mind when considering a house for your teenager is that your cute little gurgling baby will BE a teenager in the blink of an eye, so if you don’t plan ahead you’ll be selling and buying a new house in seven to ten years.  If you already have a teenager, you know what you wish you had if you don’t have it.  And if you’ve got the right kind of house for your teenager(s), you are probably all much happier for it!

Buying a house with some extra room that you currently don’t see yourself using can pay off big time in the future, sparing you the upset of moving a settled home, which is arduous and too soon forgotten, like childbirth.

               Unlike the sentiment

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Private, tranquil paradise: 16 Guisela Ct. $1,250,000 Open Sunday May 4 1-4 pm


Set at the base of a cul-de-sac and high above the open space protected wetlands sits this custom home with endless views and gorgeous upgrades. Gleaming freshly refinished Oak floors with Walnut inlay set the tone for this well-appointed 4 bedroom 3 full bath upscale country home. 

Take a few steps up from the welcoming entrance to 3 of the 4 bedrooms.  Master bedroom has incredible views with a private sitting area and personal deck.  It is large and bright with a joining master bath, huge walk in closet with separate cedar lined closet, new carpet and fresh paint. Down the hall are 2 other bedrooms; one with private deck with beautiful views- shared full bath. 

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Multiple Offer Situations heating up again - 

This past week I wrote two offers for two different clients. Both were for single family residences, one in San Rafael, one in south Novato. They attracted 15, and 14 offers respectively. They both went into contract for over $100,000 OVER asking price. Both cases were a bit extreme since they were listed for a bit "under market value" which isn't that common. Yet, it tells us a lot about the eagerness among buyers in Marin right now.

It is more common with multiple offers for homes priced below $1 million. But even in the high-end segment it is common to have 2-5 offers. Any time a house is priced at or below current market value, one can expect more than one offer.


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 875 Tamalpais Avenue #14 in Novato just sold!

I just helped my client with the purchase of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit with an enclosed garage. This client had been looking for several months, and had made offers on other units---then began to go to Brokers' Open Houses with me. When we walked in to this home, we knew it was the right one. We made an offer right away and it was accepted! Great location, great light, great commute location! The sale was completed in less than 30 days; The buyer even got a credit at closing and can't wait to move in!

Even in today's competitive Marin County real estate market, there are opportunities for buyers who are patient and persistent.  If you need help finding that special home, just call.


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It may be coincidental but two "not-to-miss" book & art events are happening in Marin on May 3rd.  The first is California Bookstore Day Celebration at Copperfield's in San Rafael. The second event is the ninth annual Art of the Book exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley.

California Bookstore Day at Copperfield's Books in San Rafael 


Located at 804 Fourth Street, Copperfield's is a new addition to downtown. If you haven't been there yet, go check it out on May 3rd. They have created a beautiful and inviting space for book lovers and have added a café run by Taylor Maid Coffee out of Sebastopol.  Besides a great selection of books, they have every magazine under the sun, greeting cards and home décor gift items. They will be celebrating

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A pocket park, a small green lawn, plenty of inviting benches, and a shimmering fountain with statues of Yoda and Harrison Ford grace the space next to the San Anselmo Town Hall. Opened on June 20, 2013, on land donated by George Lucas, this petite parcel is a focal point for the Downtown area and a magnet for kids of all ages. Directly across the street from Marin Coffee Roasters, the Park attracts shoppers, strollers, sun-seekers, coffee drinkers, dog walkers, Moms, Dads, Kids, residents, visitors, nannies with baby strollers, and a multitude of others. Beckoning passers-by for a look, a sit, conversation, contemplation, a meetup, a play date, a stop at an impromptu lemonade stand raising money for a school project, it is an attractive addition to

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250 Butterfield Rd. San Anselmo, CA 94960: Coming Soon!

A sweet San Anselmo cottage is ready for new owners.  Built around 1948 and well maintained, this 2 bedroom 1 bath home sits on a sunny lot where fruit, vegetables and flowers can flourish. The rooms are spacious with hardwood floors underneath the existing carpet. The home is complete with a gas burning fireplace, separate laundry room, storage area and a newer 1 car garage.

A newer foot bridge crosses a lovely creek to a sunny front yard-perfect for gardening or relaxing. The quaint yard in the back has space for outdoor entertaining.

The location is great as it is close to: transportation, Brookside School, Downtown Fairfax & San Anselmo, San Domenico School and miles of open space.

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I'm delighted to announced that Realtor and Accredited Staging Professional Enrica Ramm has joined our Marin Modern Family!

A licensed real estate professional since 2004, Enrica practiced real estate for a number of years before becoming an Area Manager for First American Home Buyers Protection where she worked with hundreds of local real estate agents and brokerages in Marin to address their client's home warranty needs.  She'll now focus all of her energy on real estate sales and assisting her buyer and seller clients throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Enrica had the opporutnity to work with (and for) many real estate brokerages in Marin County however we are excited that she chose Marin Modern, a high-tech / high-touch residential real estate

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Lending guidelines are highly restrictive when qualifying borrowers employed through temp agencies. Per conventional conforming guidelines, temporary employment may be considered when the borrower works through an agency and has demonstrated this to be a stable form of income. The borrower's work history must be verified for two years and the borrower must have worked steadily as a temporary employee for a minimum of 24 months. Income is averaged over the two-year period, but not less than 24 months.

This is a very strict requirement and understandably so. The very nature of temporary employment suggests a lack of stability and reliability of income. Unfortunately, workers in the Bay Area's high tech sector (a significant and increasing percentage of

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