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4 Reasons to Sell This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available!
  • Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
  • Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

Contact the Marin Modern Team, your Marin County real estate connection, for assistance buying or selling a home in Marin County California.

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According to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the median amount of time a home spent on the market hit an all-time low of only three weeks in 2017.

Strong buyer demand, a good economy, and a low inventory of new and existing homes for sale created the perfect storm to accelerate the time between listing and signing a contract. The time needed to sell a home has dropped substantially since its highest mark of 11 weeks in 2012.

The chart below shows the median weeks on the market from 1987 to today.

Bottom Line

If you are a homeowner who is debating whether or not to list your home for sale, know that national market conditions are primed for a quick turnaround! Let’s get together to discuss exactly

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759 Tamarack Dr. San Rafael CA 94903 has sold! We received multiple offers and closed for $200,000 over asking price! I had a wonderful time working with the  family on selling the family home. This was an emotional process for the sellers, but they took it step by step and together we got all the right people to prepare the home for sale. The transformation was stunning and the end result at closing was fantastic! I create property websites with high end photography and staging that has wow factor...www.759Tamarack.com

My happy seller gives me 5 stars!

Home sweet home in Dixie School District

This home is in the sought-after Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael conveniently located just off Highway 101 and near open space.  A beautiful

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Monday, December 11 is the last day to pay the first installment of the 2017-18 property taxes. Payments after that date will incur a penalty. Property owners can pay in person at the Marin County Tax Collector's office which is located at Civic Center, room 202, in San Rafael. Alternatively, payment can be mailed to Marin County Tax Collector, PO Box 4220, San Rafael, CA 94913-4220 but must be postmarked by the 11th. It would be wise to get a postal receipt such as proof of mailing, or certified.  Another option is to pay online at www.marincounty.org/taxbillonline . You'll need your parcel number when you do this. Finally, you can pay by phone at 1-800-985-7277 utilizing your tax bill number. Credit card payments are an option but incur an

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415 45th Street Oakland, CA 94609 - Just Sold!

415 45th Street

2 years, 5 offers and 2 cities! it truly is a sellers market with historically and painfully low inventory. My lovely clients were hyper focused with very specific search criteria. They were also diligent in their search, pro-active and extremely patient. They started looking in a well defined radius in San Francisco but we did not prevail in the competitive multiple offers so they started checking at homes in the East Bay. 

Their main criteria was to find an older home, built before or around 1920. Since their search criteria was very specific it was beneficial when they opened up their search to another city. They asked if I would represent them if they purchased a home in the East Bay and

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The #1 Reason to List Your House Today! | MyKCM

Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is that there will be more buyers than there are during the winter months and, therefore, their house will sell quicker and for a higher price.

Historically, this made sense. However, today’s real estate market is not following the rules of the past.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) measures buyer “foot traffic” each month. It receives data on the number of properties shown to a prospective purchaser by a Realtor® (based on the number of lockboxes used). The data reveals the number of buyers out actively looking for a home, not just window shopping on the internet. NAR explains:

“Foot traffic has a strong

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The Long-running sellers' market for Marin real estate continues! It is relatively easy and quick to sell, but the process of buying can be longer and more difficult. That's because there's a shortage of inventory of homes for sale. This week, the MLS shows 469 listings for single family homes and condos. 204 of them, or 43%, are in contract. Currently,  45% of homes sold in November were on the market for 30 days or less, and an additional 35% sold in 60 days or less. That's a pretty fast-moving market!

If you're moving and have a home to sell, there are choices to make.The easiest way to go, by far, is to buy first, get your new home ready, then move and sell your current home vacant and staged. So, if you have plenty of funds to buy your new home

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer on this 2- bed, 1.5 bath bungalow located in the heart of Gerstle Park. This house checked all the boxes for the buyer; friendly and welcoming neighbors, an active neighborhood association, walking distance to downtown San Rafael without being too close to noise and traffic, renovated older home with  big windows and lots of light, the perfect size yard and a new 2-car garage with enough space for a workshop.

The first time I showed the house to my client, we struck up a conversation with an older neighbor who was in his workshop building pedestals for the San Rafael Mission and birdhouses and bird feeders. He was delightful and represented the character of the Gerstle Park neighborhood. My client was

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Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD! | MyKCM

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.

There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office
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Feeling ‘Stuck in Place’? You Aren’t Alone… And There’s Hope! | MyKCM

Whether you are a renter who is searching for your dream home or a homeowner who feels like your only option is to renovate, you have at least one thing in common: feeling stuck in place.

According to data from the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the average amount of time that a family stays in their home remained at 10 years in 2017. This mark ties the highest marks set in 2014 and 2016. Back in 1985, when data was first collected on this subject, homeowners stayed in their homes for an average of only 5 years.

There are many reasons why homeowners have decided to stay and not to sell. A recent Wall Street Journal article had this to say,

“Americans aren’t moving in part because inventory levels have

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