February 2016

Found 13 blog entries for February 2016.


I had the pleasure of representing the buyers of 15 Dowitcher Way located in Baypoint Lagoon in San Rafael. After spending several winters in San Francisco to be near their adult children and grandchildren, Barbara and John decided it was time to sell their family home in Massachusetts and move West.

15 Dowitcher Way offers the perfect lifestyle with stunning views of the water surrounded by the natural habitat and the peace and tranquility that comes with this end unit location. It truly feels like you're on vacation every day.

This contemporary beauty features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, vaulted ceilings, an east facing master suite with picturesque views, a versatile room off the kitchen that could serve as a family room or for casual dining,

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My client is thrilled to be the new owner of this beautifully remodeled Sausalito floating home, which sold off-market with multiple offers. Three Bedrooms, Two full bathrooms, and all the comforts you'd expect on dry land! If you're attracted to the world of floating homes, give me a call and we'll explore the options of this unique and alluring lifestyle!

Fred Anlyan, Broker Associate, Marin Modern Real Estate



CA BRE 01336593



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If you are considering selling your home, here are a few tips to make the process run more smoothly:

1. Pick a Realtor who will manage the home preparation process for you. Hopefully, they will provide you a production calendar of events to help you stay focused and organized.

2. Have your home pre-inspected. Any issue that hasn’t been disclosed up front is fair game; a Buyer may request a credit back or price reduction. If you do nothing else, this is one action item that could save you thousands of dollars.

3. Go to the planning office and look at your file. Was any work done without permits? Clear those up in advance or discuss with your Realtor.

4. When cleaning out the garage, remove old paint and other toxic materials. Arrange to have those

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415 Victoria San Francisco CA 94312 Has a New Owner


415 Victoria is a home that has received love and attention from it's owners for 38 years. They purchased it in 1979 for $63,000 on loans and goodwill. It was a mere one story 900 square foot shack and over their ownership transformed it into a spectacular and spacious view home with a 3rd level master suite and multiple outdoor spaces to enjoy the panoramic views.

I rarely see this level of attention and detail from a seller client. Not only was the hosue in excellent condition when they hired us to help them sell it but they continued to make small repairs and improvements throughout the transaction and right up to the close date.

The house lives in the Merced

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Spring is just around the corner and people are feeling adventurous, bright, happy and ready to get moving again!  Many home designers are translating that by using bold colors balanced by softer tones that translate into vibrant yet calming rooms in homes!

You have and you love your white walls?  That's ok, just use some bold colors and patterns to give it a very lively personality.  Pick just a few colors and by adding it into some pillows and/or chair cushions, maybe some artwork, candles and fresh flowers that match, you will make everyone who walks into the room smile!  Here's some examples of using some bold colors against the white walls:


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 Predictions are also that we will be seeing some rich color on walls

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Low Inventory, High Prices, Multiple Offers, and Intense Competition are just a few of the reasons that  Buyers become fatigued with the process and just stop looking. The secret to success in this market? Never give up! Ignore the odds and focus on the desired results. Find a great REALTOR who is on board with your goals, will guide you in your search, provide encouragement, and who also does not know how to quit. Remain engaged.

My clients just moved into their new 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a great Petaluma neighborhood, within easy walking distance of their childrens' schools. Using their VA qualifications, we wrote 6 no-down-payment offers over a period of several months. In the North Bay,  where there are a lot of buyers competing for a

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Are You Considering a Floating Home Purchase: Part 3


Congratulations! Escrow has closed and your Realtor has just handed you the keys to your very own piece of waterfront heaven! However, your home is so much more then just a waterfront home. You are in the water. Surrounded. Floating. You are one of approximately 425 lucky owners of a Sausalito, CA Floating home.

My three-part series on Floating homes is a reality check for the 100's of dreamers out there considering a floating home purchase.

Floating homes have been a part of my life since I was a little kid. My mom would bring us to visit friends on the docks and when I walked onto the boats I was mesmerized. Seriously, a home that is a boat, floating in the bay? There was

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270 Channing Way #2 San Rafael, CA 94903: SOLD!


Happy Home Buyer writes:

This was my first home purchase, and I am so happy that Hilary was helping me.  She was absolutely wonderful.  Very knowledgeable, thoughtful, organized, proactive, always available to answer any questions and help with additional requests.  We closed in 25 days and everything went pretty smoothly.

I had a great time helping this 1st time home buyer claim a piece of Marin. Located in San Rafael (Terra Linda) this 1 bedroom 1 bath unit was sweet! It had high ceilings, a fire place, in unit laundry and gorgeous Bay views plus a one car garage! I love 94903!


There was a bit of nostalgia for me as its location is down the street from where I went to nursery school.

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For those who have yet to complete a real estate transaction, here are some terms you should be aware of as you proceed:


A Pre-approval Letter is an essential and primary component of a real estate transaction.  They are acquired through banks or Mortgage Brokers.  They summarize your qualifications to purchase a home, based on an analysis of your job history, income, credit and reserves.  Your Pre-approval Letter will accompany your offer when you’re ready to buy.


A Mortgage Broker works specifically to find loans for home buyers, whether for an original purchase or for re-financing.  Many consider working with a Mortgage Broker, versus a bank, to be desirable because they have a greater range of

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Some very good FYI if you ever have the misfortune of having your car breakdown on the freeway. Last week my car stalled on highway 101. It was right in the thick of the morning commute with very heavy traffic. Fortunately, I was able to coast off of the road and onto the side of the highway. I have to admit it was a very stressful situation and thinking clearly about what I should do next was not very clear. After a few minutes, I decided getting out of the car was not the right move. I was in an area that did not have a safe place to wait and trying to assess any mechanical issue/resolution was not part of my repertoire :(.

I contacted my insurance company Geico, who immediately contacted a towing company. Geico is awesome! They setup a tow truck and

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