September 2016

Found 20 blog entries for September 2016.

Just sold: 304 Silvio Lane, Novato CA 94947


Tucked at the back of the complex with serene views of the Oak studded hillside, sit s this 2 bedroom 1 bath updated unit-new home to my buyer client. We were lucky to get our offer accepted in this competitive market. Being a prepared and informed buyer makes all the difference.

At the southern end of Novato, this Cheda Acres complex offers quick access to the freeway while still feeling sheltered by nature. Novato is becoming increasingly popular as if offers more bang for your buck than the rest of Marin County. If you are looking to move to Marin, make sure you give Novato a look as the downtown is filled with chic boutiques, hip restaurants, a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's. There are miles of

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Not on MLS yet. Come to the Sunday Open House to get a sneak preview of 103 Corte Mesa located in a small, private complex of 28 units at the end of a cul d sac.  It features 3 good-sized bedrooms, 2.5 baths, high vaulted ceilings in the living room, views to the hills and lights of San Rafael from the deck off the living room and the master bedroom.  The laundry room is conveniently located off of the kitchen. There's plenty of storage and one covered parking space with additional guest parking.  The floor plan on 3 levels is ideal because it offers flexibility and privacy for many different lifestyles with a bathroom on each level.  New paint, carpet, fixtures, etc. 103 Corte Mesa is ready to move in and enjoy. 


View from Deck





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I am fresh off of watching last night’s Presidential debate thus the name of the title, a little bit about the book, and nothing to do with which candidate makes the most sense (politics and real estate do not mix). The book the Art of the Deal has some very good tidbits about thinking big, knowing your market, and maximizing your options.

So, I am now going to try and leverage some of that knowledge and provide a few good tips on how the savvy buyer should prepare and negotiate for getting the best deal on the purchase of their new home.

Firstly, you really really really need to know your finances and work with what you realistically will be able to afford. Unless you’re one of the few lucky ones that do not require a mortgage you will need to work

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A few weeks ago I had the honor of receiving an invite for cocktails at a client's home! These are the moments that remind me why I love what I do and moments that I treasure. 


A little back story...My clients met in San Francisco and ended up on the East Coast for work not realizing it would take them 25 years to get back home. When I met them they were planning for their retirement and making good on their promise to themselves to return to Marin.

Their criteria included a home with 2-3 bedrooms in Sausalito or Tiburon with views. They wanted some outdoor space but really their top two desires were water views and to return to Tiburon (with Sausalito in 2nd place). They didn't necessarily want a project but they

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Elegant Sleepy Hollow Listing Coming this week.
Enjoy sweeping hill views in a very tranquil and private setting. Dramatic architecture displaying amazing light throughout. This is a rare find that will please the most discriminating San Anselmo buyers. Terrific value for a large 3BR/3BA home, complete with an over-sized family room, multiple view decks, 2-car garage and a BIG level lawn area ideal for play and entertainment. No sign at property, no open houses. Please email me for showing instructions.


With an ideal floor plan spanning over more than 2,800 sqf, this 2-story home is situated on over half an acre, on a quiet cul-de-sac, and it backs to open space. It offers commanding views over Sleepy Hollow from several rooms and

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How to recover after losing out in a multiple offer situation.

It’s September 2016.  You are trying to buy a house in Marin County.  Inventory is low.  But so are interest rates, and your finances are right, you’re pre-approved and ready to go!  Your Realtor has told you September is a great month because there will be an uptick in inventory, so you’re getting out there.  And, yes, you’ve found a home (or two) to love!  The problem is, the houses that you are attracted to seem to be the same houses that everyone else is interested in, and your well-considered, generous offers aren’t cutting it.  You’ve been the recipient of that horrible call telling you that you didn’t get it, with the seriously annoying explanation of why.

This may have happened

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I could not be more excited to represent the seller of this darling home.  There is so much to love about this 1920's vintage home in Tam Valley! Surrounded by a picket fence and an enchanting garden this property is just minutes down the hill to the hub and easy access to hwy 101. Great location for SF commuters! Beautiful floor plan with an open dining, living, den, half bath and galley kitchen on the main level. Downstairs is 3 bedrooms and 2 more bathrooms. Over 2200 sq ft of living space. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet. Decks surrounding the back of the home offer peek-a-boo views of the bay. Dine al fresco on the sun drenched patio. Recent upgrades include a newly paved driveway, brand new windows on the main level, and a drip system

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Good news for Marin County homeowners! If you have an extra bedroom and bath in your home more than likely you can now convert that space into separate living quarters at a very low cost. Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) is a new concept that allows you to create a legal rental unit in your home that you can use to generate income, house a loved one or accommodate a caregiver/au pair. And the best part is that many Marin cities  such as Novato, San Rafael and Fairfax have streamlined the process and made it easy and affordable.


The traditional family (mother, father and one or more children) now makes up 33% of the population in California. There is a steady rise in households consisting of single-parent families, couples without children, empty

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463 Scenic Road, Fairfax | Just Listed!

463leadphoto_758Tranquility & birdsong await you at this darling, midcentury home just minutes from downtown Fairfax.

Fabulous remodeled kitchen features marble tile backsplash, composite granite counter tops and porcelain floor tiles. Extended counter bar allows for socializing or enjoying a meal at the kitchen. New stainless steel appliances including gas range, further enhance the cooking experience. Modern light fixtures add warmth and brightness to this tastefully remodeled kitchen.

There are four good sized bedrooms: two sit slightly above the living room. The floor plan feels larger than the square footage of the home with two more bedrooms on the lower level along with another full bath.

Both remodeled

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Classic Car Show at Marinwood Park: Sept. 17, 2016 11-3pm


Come join the fun this Saturday as the Marinwood Lion's Club hosts its 4th annual Classic Car Show and BBQ from 11 am -3 pm at Marinwood Park located at 575 Miller Creek Road San Rafael CA 94903.

The whole family will enjoy this event. There will be classic cars that you can get up close to and even meet the owners and talk about the car's history. Lots of great local companies are sposoring the event.


Enjoy the live music entertainment featuring Miracle Mule, an Americana supergroup located right here in the North Bay.

Stay for lunch as Mariwood Market is selling a wide variety of lunch items. And Aloha Seafood of San Francisco will present great seafood options for your

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