December 2014

Found 19 blog entries for December 2014.


Home Inspections, Part 1

You're selling your home.

You've spent several weeks and more than a few dollars cleaning, painting, landscaping, and staging. The place looks great; in fact, it looks so good you find yourself wondering why you're moving! You're looking forward to receiving offers and have even found a new home.

Your real estate agent calls to suggest that you have some inspections done before placing your home on the market. Your first reaction is to wonder why on earth you, as a seller, want to spend more money on inspections. Isn't that the province of the buyer? Well, yes, but then again, not necessarily.

Think about it this way: You do the inspections in advance, and get the tough inspectors! You'll know all the defects

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It's that time of the year, when people start to make resolutions, many of which focus on better health.

But did you consider that if it's good for your heart, it's good for your wallet?  Conversely, if it's bad for your heart, it's going to cost you in more ways than one.

The United Health Foundation's report shows an increase in physical inactivity and obesity in the United States in 2014.  This means that our country is at risk of using more and more resources to combat the resulting health problems that can occur.

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  These, along with cancer, account for 75% of all

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Many families have traditions passed down from Grandparents. Others from the old world and some adopt them over the years. My family is not one rich in traditions. My paternal grandmother was the glue that bound our family's traditions and once she passed they pretty much crumbled.


In 1987 or maybe it was 1988 I accidentally launched a holiday tradition with my dad. It started as a one-time experiment that went incredibly right and we have stuck with it every year without fail.


In my quest to figure out my life path after college I worked in the kitchen of a gourmet deli. There I learned the fine art of chopping stuff really fast and how to be a prep cook. One of my co-workers worked for a local restaurant that had since closed and

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I just assisted my buyer with the purchase of this fabulous Petaluma home.



Corona Creek area of East Petaluma in greenbelt setting with walking paths.   Great single level 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a quiet street bordering open space.  Built in 1994, this 1639 square foot home features a formal living/dining room, open floor plan with large family room with fireplace, kitchen and breakfast nook accessing the spacious patio area and backyard for entertaining.  Easy access to shopping, transportation, and other amenities. 

   Thinking it may be time to downsize or move further north due to housing prices?   I would love to assist you in your search for the perfect property.


Rebecca Perl


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 79 Forest Lane, San Rafael (The Meadows)

Charming move-in ready condo! Rarely available, ground level, one bedroom, one bathroom with remodeled kitchen, updated bathroom, wood laminate floors, fresh paint, plantation shutters, closet organizers, sliding doors off bedroom and living room to large patio area, one-car garage. Great HOA amenities...3 pools, 2 tennis courts, club house, meandering pathways and open space hiking. Close to Scotty's Market and many other amenities.




I would love to help if you are thinking of selling.  I have all the vendors available to make your home look this amazing at a reasonable cost.  Now is the time to start getting your home ready for our Spring 2015 market. 

Call today for a free consultation on

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Are you still trying to figure out what you want to cook for your guests this holiday?  Tired of the same boring dishes?  Look no further...I have the perfect solution for you...follow my dad's delicious short ribs recipe!  This is a total crowd pleaser and so simple to make.  Seriously, why kill yourself creating a fancy feast when you can take a few simple  ingredients and whip up a meal that your guests will ask you to make again year after year!

Dad's Awesome Short Ribs (serves 6-8)

Ingredients: 6lbs of 3" cut, bone in beef short ribs, flour, olive oil, onion soup mix, red wine, 1 can diced tomatoes, bay leaves, 1 can beef broth, salt and pepper

In a large, heavy Dutch oven, brown the short ribs in olive oil which have been lightly

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Did you have a Realtor do an incredible job for you this year?   Perhaps they helped you to prevail in a multiple offer situation, winning you the home of your dreams?  Or maybe they got top dollar for your home bringing in their team of painters, landscapers, junk removal services, stager, etc., making the place look like an extra quarter million bucks?  Or maybe your Realtor spent countless hours with you in the car, driving you all over creation as you tried to get a grip on the new area you are considering relocating to…?  Maybe your Realtor advised you not to buy a property you were excited about because it wouldn’t be a sound investment in the long run.  Or perhaps they hooked you up with a great Mortgage Broker who helped you to refinance and

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I recently secured VA financing on a condominium unit within Sausalito's Marina Vista HOA. The nature of this particular project makes it difficult to secure even conventional financing on -I know from a previous transaction that I was brought in to save in the eleventh hour -and the hurdles one needs to surmount are considerably higher for VA or FHA loans. This is not your typical HOA as it lacks virtually all the standard condominium mandates (common area, budget, master insurance policy, etc.). Compounding the problem, the unit my client wanted to purchase was a separate (non-functional) two-unit HOA within the greater (also non-functional) HOA! The unit exists more as an attached single-family unit or Planned Unit Development (PUD). So it was an

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1142 Simmons Lane, Novato CA 94945 has a new Owner!

The Real Estate biz is full of ups and downs. In each transaction there are many players and endless opportunities for things to go very right but also to go very wrong. A variety of personalities to start and then you throw in the lenders, title companies, and home inspectors, building inspectors and on and on. On the buying side I often feel like I am orchestrating the impossible symphony. It truly is a small miracle when we get to the end and close the transaction and even more miraculous when at the end everyone still likes each other.


Then comes along a client and a transaction that surprises and delights you. From previewing properties to sitting at the signing table everything

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59 Grove Hill Avenue South, San Anselmo CA 94960 - Sold to the Right Buyer!


The sale of 59 Grove Hill Avenue South, San Anselmo CA 94960 had personal ties. The owner lived across the street from my dad for as long as I can remember and was a dear friend of our family.

Joe Maglione (or Joe Mags as my dad called him) was a high-end hairdresser on Union Square during the week and on his days off a rugged and skilled builder. Such a poetic dicotomy.  He spent his two days off each week either under or in his garage or on the roof. I would often visit my dad on Sundays and could always count on seeing Joe in or around his garage and have a friendly chat and catch up. 

My fondest memories of Joe are the amazing turkeys he would deliver

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