Marin Real Estate Blog

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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759 Tamarack Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903: OPEN SUNDAY Nov. 5, 2017 1-4PM offered @ $1,200,000

Spacious single level contemporary home on a huge lot

Set on almost ½ acre lot, this Kenney built Atherton Model, 3 bedroom/ 2 baths, 2,233 sq. ft. home (per tax records) has it all. Welcome through a tiled entry into a large formal living room/dining room with hard wood floors and a wall of windows that looks out to the huge back yard featuring pool, deck, patio, and a gentle up-sloped lot with fruit trees and gorgeous view of hills.

Continuing with a great floor plan, this single level home features 3 large bedrooms with hardwood floors (carpet in master), fresh paint and new carpeting in the two family rooms. The master bedroom features an en-

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This single level Kenney Home in Terra Linda is almost ready to hit the market and won’t last long.

Keep your eyes open for the OPEN SUNDAY announcement. This 3-bed room 2-bath (2,233 sqft.) home with huge yard and pool is conveniently located off Highway 101 and near open space. This home is fantastic for entertaining, relaxing and year-round fun! Large bedrooms, sunny large living room/dining room combo, eat in kitchen, cozy family room plus a HUGE family rec room! The list of updates is long: new carpet, new paint, new landscaping plus more. Dixie School District.

 Call me for more information and stay tuned for price and professional photos!

www.759Tamarack.com

Hilary Davis Realtor (415) 235-3133 Hilary@MarinModern.com

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The #1 Reason to List Your House, NOW! | MyKCM

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the results of their latest Existing Home Sales Report which revealed that sales rose 0.7% month-over-month, but remain 1.5% lower than they were a year ago. Some may look at these numbers and think that now is not a good time to sell their house, but in fact, the opposite is true.

The national slowdown in sales is directly tied to a lack of inventory available for the buyers who are out in the market looking for their dream homes! The inventory of homes for sale has fallen year-over-year for the last 28 months and has had an upward impact on home prices.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say,

“Home sales in recent months remain at their lowest level of the year and are

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The joy of being a realtor is when your experience, knowledge of the market and relationships enables you to be a matchmaker for a unique property in search of a very specific buyer.  That's what happened with 17 Redwood Road in Fairfax.

Sweeping views of Ross Valley compliment this magical and private 2 bedroom/1 bath hillside retreat in Fairfax.  What started out as a summer cottage in 1922 evolved over the years adding a little bit of serendipity and quirkiness with each owner.  When my client, the seller, called to say she had taken a new job and wanted to sell, I had just started working with the perfect buyers in search of a peaceful and private lifestyle in the Fairfax hills. They were invited to the Redwood Road Annual Block party before

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I had the pleasure of working with a fellow Marin Modern colleague who had the buyer for my listing at 8 Ace Court.  Located in desirable Canon Village, this light and bright 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome backs to open space.  It feels like a peaceful retreat and the best of all worlds. Surrounded by open space with biking and hiking all around, it is minutes from vibrant downtown Fairfax where live music can be enjoyed most evenings, great restaurants, the Fairfax Movie Theater, organic ice cream at The Scoop and much, much more.  Public transportation stops in front of Canon Village for an easy commute East to 101 or to West Marin.

My Marin Modern colleague had the perfect buyer who fell in love with this townhome and the Canon Village

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FREE Classic Car Show and live music: Sept. 16th Marinwood Park

WHAT: The Lion’s Club’s 5th annual classic car show, BBQ and Miracle Mule music.

WHEN: Saturday (9/16/17) 11-3 pm.

WHERE: Marinwood Park. 575 Miller Creek Road San Rafael CA 94903.

Enjoy BBQ, live music and over 100 classic cars. You get a chance to the talk to the owners and get in close to of some fantastic cars. It is fun for the whole family!

Marinwood Park and Community center hosts many events throughout the year. I hope to see you at one of them.

Feel free to contact me for all you Marin real estate needs.

Hilary Davis, REALTOR 415-235-3133 Hilary@MarinModern.com

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3 Reason Staging Your Home Pays off 

  1. A staged home looks better in pictures
  2. Homes that are staged typically list for a higher price and sell for a higher price
  3. Potential buyers will stay longer during a showing

Staging Graphic

  1.      A staged home looks better in pictures

The old saying, “One picture is worth a thousand words” might have been coined for a staged home. Multiply that 1,000 words by the number of pictures your agent is going to post online for your listing. That is a powerful pictorial message and a strong story presented online. Literally 1000’s of words conveyed by the pictures attached to your homes listing.

Why are good pictures so important?

Not everyone can fill up a space in their mind or imagine furniture

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