October 2014

Found 29 blog entries for October 2014.


69 Lincoln Drive, Sausalito closed today at the asking price of $879,000 after a 9 week escrow period.  I represented the buyer on this transaction which was one of the most challenging sales in a long time!  My buyer had a VA loan which made it difficult to find a home in Marin in which a seller would accept an offer requiring a completely clear Section 1 pest report.  With most homes in Marin receiving multiple offers, we were miraculously able to get the buyers offer accepted on this home.  However, this was not the only hurdle...we also had the agreement contingent on selling his home in another state.  Once his home was sold, we still needed full VA loan approval on the purchase which required the Section 1 clearance.  The City of Sausalito had

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  Situated on a flag lot, up the long driveway,  this adorable 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom bungalow on almost 1/3 acre in northern Novato is coming soon!  All remodeled, this little gem boasts a brand new kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, new windows, hardwood floors, huge walk-in closet, a great deck for entertaining, a private side yard for relaxing .....and there's plenty of room to expand even more!   Parking for 5 cars too! Priced to sell quickly at $495,000.


For more information contact Pam @(415)640-0336, Pam @MarinModern.com





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4 Cielo Ln #1G in Novato is a sweet condo in move-in condition. My buyer client scored on this one, as it is ground level with a straight on view of a gorgeous mature Oak Tree and lush green grounds. This well thought out unit is complete with full sized in-unit laundry, fireplace, fenced patio and bonus den!

The southern Novato location is quick to the freeway and close to shopping and open space.

I am finding more and more buyers looking for single level homes. If you are thinking about selling, and especially if you have a single level home, go to www.callHilaryDavis.com to get a free home valuation.

I help buyers and sellers all over Marin in all types of properties. I'd love to help you too.

Hilary Davis, Realtor    (415)235-3133

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Marin County has a rich history, some of which is preserved in its old buildings.  As Halloween approaches, it is fun to remember those which have a not-so-pleasant past!



One of the most known hauntings is at Dominican University in San Rafael, founded in 1890 and one of the oldest universities in California.

There is a ghost dubbed ‘blue boy’ who supposedly drowned in a bathtub there. Some students say they have seen wet footprints near the site of haunting.  Unexplained activity has also been reported in the library and Angelico Concert Hall.


Another is Camp Bothin in Marin County. A former settlement about 8 miles southwest of Novato and now used as a Girl Scout camp, it used to be an old tuberculosis hospital and an Indian

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 Hello Everyone,

In an October 14 report, Core Logic Data Quick, a real estate information service notes that September Bay Area residential real estate sales reached 7443 units, up 4.2 percent from 7,141 in September of last year, the highest number for any September since 2009, when 7,879 units sold.The article also noted that "Sales for the month of September have varied from 5,014 in 2007 to 13,343 in 2003. The average since 1988, when CoreLogic DataQuick’s statistics begin, is 8,479." A chart included with the article showed Marin County sales of 270 units this September, down 10% from last September's 300 sold homes. At the same time, the article points out that  the median price of a Marin County sold home in September was $880,000, 17.3% higher

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Traditionally, the real estate market begins to slow down around Halloween, continuing through the holiday season and most of January.  Still, sometimes events occur that create a compelling reason to sell your home during the holidays: a job change or relocation, the arrival of a new baby or maybe a long-awaited retirement at year-end.   If you find yourself in a situation that precipitates a home sale, take heart, there are actually advantages to marketing your home during the holidays.  

For starters, buyers tend to be more serious at this time of year and often have a genuine need to buy for some of the same reasons you're motivated to sell; relocation from out of the area, a growing or shrinking family, etc.  There's less competition for

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I recently took a listing in San Anselmo. The home was an older 1950's rancher with modifications made over multiple decades.

The basement area had been converted to a den and they had excavated and added office space with a separate entrance. Thank goodness they got permits along the way for the work they did. While we can work with homes that have had work done without permits, headaches are fewer when permits are in place. (More on this later....)*

"So how did it go?"
The Seller contacted me and indicated that it was time to evaluate what upgrades should be done prior to going on market. I did a walk thru and made suggestions. My number one suggestion was to update the kitchen cabinets and upgrade the formica to granite with a subway tile back…
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Wondering where to take your Ghouls, Goblins, Witches, Ghosts, Super Heros trick or treating this Halloween?

Wonder no more!  Here are Mill Valley's best trick or treating neighborhoods....

Tam Junction/Kay Park:  Located in unincorporated southern Mill Valley is Tam Valley.  This neighborhood really gets hopping on Halloween.  The best streets are Flamingo Rd, Starling Rd, Starling Ct, Robin Rd, Ross Dr, Jean St & Linda Way.  Catch Marble Party playing live on Linda Way.  All the band members are Neighborhood Dads.  Don't worry about an address, just follow the music.  Arrive early for best parking or park at the Tamalpais Valley Community Center at 203 Marin Ave.

Sycamore Avenue:  Sycamore Avenue is the main road through this wonderful neighborhood

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Located on the corner of Bellan Blvd and Windward Way, resides the Canal Community garden. Where once existed a vacant lot, a new life has spung up to service the needs of a diversified community interested in growing sustainable fruits and vegetables that are reminiscant of the culture they left behind.

This project grew out of a partnership between the Trust for Public Land and the Canal Alliance and now, two years later it has taken on a life of its own with classes in gardening for the community, 92 raised beds, a greenhouse, potting tables ,and composting bin. The new design uses sustainable, environmental features, including water saving dorught- resistant plants and a rainwater catchment system to irrigate the garden beds and educate about

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It may not be sexy, but even the most die hard packrat can't help but get excited when the word FREE is put in front of Shredding & Recycling. This past Saturday I sponsored a Free Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event for friends, clients and my West End neighbors at the Marin Modern office in the heart of the West End Neighborhood of San Rafael. 


At 9 a.m. people started to arrive by car and on foot with boxes of documents to be shredded along with old computers, phones, CD players...you name it!  Ron, with Integrity Shred, let everyone watch their documents, paper clips and binders go through the shredder and Mike from Renew Computers picked up the electronic equipment at the end of the day.

It was a great event and one I plan to repeat

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