August 2018

Found 3 blog entries for August 2018.

I had the pleasure of representing the buyer on the purchase of a “view home” in the Marin Country Club Neighborhood in Novato. Situated at the top of a long, private driveway, 66 Capilano Drive, has panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding hills. The kitchen features a floor to ceiling greenhouse window and the living room has sliding glass doors along the one wall opening to the view. Built in the late 1970’s, this home has a great floor plan and features 2 beds, 2 baths, a big open loft ideal for an office.  There are decks off each room.

I also want to give a shout-out to the listing agent who is a seasoned professional and was a pleasure to work with. Working  together, we were able to create a win-win for both buyer and seller. 

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Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts | MyKCM

It should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries.

What is surprising, however, is that 78% of recent homebuyers sacrificed features from their “must-have” lists in order to find homes within their dream school districts.

The top feature sacrificed was a garage at 19%, followed closely by a large backyard, an updated kitchen, the desired number of bedrooms, and an outdoor living area. The full results are shown in the graph below.

 

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts | MyKCM

Buyers are attracted to schools with high test scores, accelerated academic

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The sums of money changing hands in residential real estate transactions are considerable, often hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sometimes more. The preferred method of moving funds is the wire transfer; it's fast, and up until recently is has been secure and reliable. In an active real estate market like ours in Marin County, there can be several thousand such transfers every year. Nationwide, these regular transactions of large amounts of cash have attracted the attention of some very sophisticated criminals who have found a way to hijack communications between title/escrow companies, real estate agents, and their clients. These thieves intercept the emails, alter the wiring instructions, and then pass them on, hoping the alterations, which

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