October 2016

Found 13 blog entries for October 2016.

Open House Sunday 1-3pm (10/30)

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Tranquility & 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 bathrooms

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Libraries are now so much more than loaning books. Ever expanding the Marin County libraries are also education centers:

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  • Homework HelpNow! is a program that provides online homework help from 1:00pm - 10:00 pm Monday through Friday. This help is available in English and Spanish.
  • Live Tutoring: Join the online classroom and receive help from a Brainfuse tutor.
  • Skills-Building: Master an academic concept through expert tutoring and standards aligned online lessons. Brainfuse Skills Building has been designed for a variety of age groups and academic needs.
  • 24/7 Help Center: Submit a question and a tutor will provide you with a response (usually within 24 hours).
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Is The Bay Area Real Estate Market Starting To Change?

After years of record growth it looks like the Bay Area Real Estate market is finally starting to change, especially when it comes to homes priced at $2 million dollars or more. The days of bidding wars like those that were common during the last 4 years are slowly becoming a thing of the past, or at least decreasing. This is true for Marin County as well. Buyers are acting with less sense of urgency and are taking their time to find their dream homes. Sellers are reluctantly adjusting to this "new" trend. My advise to selling clients is to "under price" their homes to ensure a lot of buzz. This strategy often leads to more than one offer, which is all it takes to drive up the price. 

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This conforming loan product is specially tailored to support young doctors who've recently entered the work force and who are looking to purchase a new home. As you know, one common thread linking most fledgling doctors is a mountain of student debt. This debt is often on deferment for a number of years in order to help newly employed doctors establish their careers. Unfortunately, standard conforming guidelines mandate that even future, deferred payments be included in all debt ratios.  If documentation is not available to outline what the future payment will be, standard guidelines hit the borrower with a monthly payment equal to 1% of the outstanding student loan balance. On $200,000 of student loans, this would amount to an additional $2000 monthly

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What do Dixie Elementary, Kentfield, Larkspur-Corte Madera, Novato Unified, Ross Elementary, San Rafael City, and Tamalpais Union High School Districts all have in common? They are the elite few school districts in California to have some of their schools presented with Gold Ribbon Awards.


Marin County is home to many extraordinary schools - public, charter and private, but few public schools in California meet the requirements to be honored with the Gold Ribbon Schools Award (currently taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program).


Gold Ribbon Awards are presented to schools by the Department of Education that have implemented academic content and performance standards approved by the California State Board of Education in the areas

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Sausalito Floating Homes Annual Tour

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I have been wanting to attend the Annual Sausalito Floating Home tour for years.  I finally did and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in purchasing or renting a floating home or just curious about the lifestyle. It's one day only at the end of September and gives attendees an opportunity to glimpse this truly one-of-a-kind floating community.

Floating home living is truly magical and unique but not for everyone. The Marin Modern website receives 100's of inquiries monthly from potential buyers searching for homes on or near the water and narrow it down to the floating homes because at first glance it seems perfect and romantic and a way to live on the water at a

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6 Plaza Loma Novato, CA 94947 - Sold with Grace!

I am not easily excitable but I do feel things very deeply and intensely. I know...seems like opposing traits. I emote from the inside vs the outside which is best displayed when I watch The Ellen Show. Yes, I watch Ellen! Why? Because her show evokes emotions from me and everyone around her.  When she helps someone in true need or makes a dream come true it reaches into my soul and I can feel what they are feeling. But...if I went on her show I don't think I would jump and up down and scream like every single other person. There is very little that draws that kind of reaction from me so I guess I can be moved to laugh or cry but not to bounce and scream. Someday when I make it to The Ellen Show

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An FHA 203k loan offers competitive purchase financing to help you with construction or remodel money to turn that fixer-upper into the home of your dreams. This loan falls into two categories: the 203k Streamline, which offers up to $35,000 for non-structural remodel work that can be done without architectural plans, and the full 203k, which offers unlimited funds up to a county’s high balance limit, which in most Bay Area counties caps at $625,500. Both loans function as purchase money with the balance of funds disbursed after close of escrow during the construction phase. Unlike standard mortgage financing that accepts only collateral in good condition, the 203k loan is based off of the future condition of the home. This allows the borrower to purchase

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Searching for your new home anytime of the year is exciting and just as falling leaves, pumpkins and cooler temps are part of our fall season in the Bay Area, so too, are some truly great film festivals!  There's a little something for everyone, so check out the links below for lots of information and schedules.....and then, go see some great, new movies! 

Oct. 6-16                                 Mill Valley Film Festival                    www.mvff.com

Oct. 15-22                               Greek Film Festival                          www.grfilm.com

Oct. 28-30 & Nov. 4-6               Berkeley Video Film Festival             www.berkeleyvideofilmfest.org

Oct. 13-16                               SF Shorts Film

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WHAT: Marin Waldorf Children's Faire:

WHEN: Today Sunday Oct. 9th 10-4 pm

WHERE: 755 Idylberry Rd. San Rafael CA 94903

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Looking for something to do with your young child today? Waldorf School in San Rafael is hosting their annual children's faire from 10-4!

You will find good old fashioned fun and games and delicious food scattered throughout our gorgeous campus. Wandering minstrels, knights quest, heroes journey, cake walk, craft making and more!

There is no entrance fee but bring some cash for tickets and food!

Waldorf School is located in Marinwood just off Lucas Valley Road an area that has become very popular for home buyers, especially families moving from San Francisco. Contact me if you'd like to know more about the area,

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