Marin Real Estate Blog

3.8% Tax...If I Sell My Marin County Property Do I Pay?

By: Pam Theroux Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 3:01pm. 831 Views, 1 Comments.

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the new 3.8% tax going into effect January 1, 2013.  To help you understand this tax, I thought it would be helpful to give you The National Association of Realtors Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax:

Additionally, the National Association of Realtors released a comprehensive brochure that explains the new tax called, The 3.8% Tax Real Estate Scenarios & Examples Effective January 1, 2013

I'm happy to help direct you to more information or if you'd just like to talk about real estate, feel free to contact me.....a very famous local broker always said, "Real…

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639 Barberry Ln, San Rafael Eichler Home Just Listed

By: Renee Adelmann Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 7:31am. 1732 Views, 0 Comments.

Are you looking for an original 4 bedroom Eichler home in Marin County with lots of potential?  If so, be sure to stop by this weekend to preview my newest listing at 639 Barberry Lane, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Located in San Rafael's popular Terra Linda neighborhood, 639 Barberry Lane offers close proximity to shopping, top-rated Dixie schools and public transportation. This 4 bedroom / 2 bathroom mid-century modern Eichler is located on a quiet street and is beautifully landscaped with lush gardens, a Zen outdoor deck, a reflecting pond, fruit trees, a herb garden, lawn, and the list goes on.

639 Barberry has new paint, many new modern light fixtures, 2 car garage and is waiting for a new buyer's final finishing touches.  Offered for…

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Pumpkin Patch Front Yard Marin Style

By: Pam Theroux Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 8:27pm. 1844 Views, 0 Comments.

This is so easy and fun to do!  You will love it every time you drive up to your house!!

Put 12 or more pumpkins (gourds and squashes too) around under bushes and strewn around the yard.  Turn some upside down, some sideways, etc.  It's great to use different shapes, sizes and colors!  You don't have to spend a fortune either....pumpkins start going on sale at some of the groceries mid-October. I found mine as low as $3.99 each for nice sized ones at TJ's this year.  Pumpkin patches will obviously have the most interesting and unique choices, but definitely at a price when you need/want so many (I have 15 in my yard).

You could also put some individual solar lights (like the kind you get for $2 each at your local home center store) near…

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Corte Madera Music For Kids In Marin

By: Anastasia Sheldon Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 11:33am. 1172 Views, 0 Comments.

Mini Music has come to Marin and is taking over the young toddler music scene. I recently met Ali Weiss and Warren Mann at my open house in Fairfax at 8 Westbrae. What delightful people. They are so excited to be expanding beyond Sonoma into Marin. She told me that their business is exploding at their current home at Inner Rhythms which is located at 518 Tamalpais Suite D in Corte Madera.Their classes focus on connecting kids and their parents, (care givers) with music. 

I meet a lot of parents of young kids in my business (I help people buy and sell homes in Fairfax and Corte Madera.) It's such a relief to find great enriching activiities in your own neighborhood. When my teens were tots, we took them to a music class in Fairfax. The kids loved it and…

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Just Sold! 1725 Gateway, Petaluma

By: Erika Davito Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 12:51pm. 729 Views, 0 Comments.

Just Sold! 1725 Gateway, Petaluma


This fabulous new construction single story model sold for $487,000.  What an amazing value too!  I assisted the buyers in the sale of this property. My clients were searching for properites on the Peninsula and in Marin, and what they found in Petaluma for the same price was above and beyond their wildest dreams!  And at a fraction of the cost.

Southgate by Denova Builders is a community of newly constructed homes on the Southeast side of Petaluma.  Young families commuting to San Francisco seem to be migrating to this young and hip community. The floorplans are set up for modern day times - open floor plans (kitchen/family room/dining areas) that open to outdoor spaces and all bedrooms on same floor.


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Marin Public Schools Score High on API Test

By: Janis Peterson Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 10:11am. 1238 Views, 0 Comments.

Today, the Marin Independent Journal published the 2011-12 API Scores for the Marin Public Schools.  Marin public schools continue to score well above the 53% of schools statewide in academic achievement according to the recently published figures. In addition, all but three of the Marin school districts posted gains from the previous year.  According to Thomas Lohwasser, superintendent of San Rafael's Dixie School District, "you can't always judge a school by its test scores but the 11 point jump in score validates our efforts."

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To check out the scores for individual schools, click on the link to the Marin Independent Journal article.  Some highlights are districts with significant gains, Kentfield,…

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25 Salvador Way in San Rafael - JUST SOLD!

By: Janis Peterson Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 5:03pm. 905 Views, 0 Comments.

I am pleased to announce the sale of 25 Salvador Way in San Rafael.  I had the pleasure of representing the seller, who had lovingly maintained his home for 30+ years. I worked closely with the seller's daughter to prepare the home for sale and maximize the profit by coordinating the painting, landscaping, cleaning, staging and pre-sale inspections.


Located in the award winning Dixie School District, 25 Salvador Way has expansive views of the hills and the Bay with hiking, biking and golf minutes away.  This light and bright 4 bedroom, 3 full bath home features hardwood floors, a formal dining room, updated and expanded kitchen, skylights in the living room and wonderful outdoor  space for entertaining. This home sold for…

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Navigating Flood Insurance Requirements When Buying a Home

By: Nicholas Ballard Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 8:26pm. 1426 Views, 0 Comments.

In addition to the hazard or "fire" insurance coverage all lenders require, you will also need flood insurance when purchasing property located in an area identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as "Zone A." These high risk flood areas -examples of sub-designations are A1-A99, AE, AH, and AO - are assessed as having a 1% annual chance of flooding. Federal law requires lenders to mandate flood insurance coverage on properties located in high-risk areas. Most lenders do not require flood insurance for properties located in moderate risk areas, such as B, C, or X, even though FEMA reports that nearly a quarter of all claims are on properties in moderate risk zones.

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San Francisco, CA October 5-7th, 2012 - Event Hightlights

By: Cari Gennarelli Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 1:09pm. 1120 Views, 0 Comments.

San Francisco, CA October 5-7th, 2012 - Event Hightlights


Marin County, and all it has to offer, is one of the most amazing places to live in all of the United States. I believe one of the key reasons is its close proximity to San Francisco. Not only for commute purposes, more for the rich cultural offerings and yearlong events.

No matter what time of year, our mild weather, allows for all types of citywide events from free concerts to National sporting games to Ballet, Opera and outdoor street fairs.

This coming weekend October 5-7th has it all! Possibly too much so choose wisely if you plan on heading into the city and you might want to travel by public transportation.

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Oktoberfest is coming to Marin

By: Renee Adelmann Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 12:41pm. 1112 Views, 0 Comments.

October is by far my favorite month; leaves start to change, weather gets a bit cooler, pumpkins and of course, Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a 16 day beer festival that is held annually in Munich, Germany but there are local celebrations all over the world.

This year, Marin towns will hold their own version of Oktoberfest featuring beer tastings, local cuisine, music and fun for the whole family:

Corte Madera

Town Square
Sunday October 13 from 12pm-5pm
Tasting admission is $20, which includes a commemorative glass mug General admission without tasting is $5
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Mill Valley

Tamalpais Community Center
Saturday, Oct 6 from 3:00pm-9:00pm
Celebrating in the tradition of Munich, Bavaria's famed festival, Tam Valley's colorful,…

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