Marin Real Estate Blog

I'm delighted to announced that Realtor and Accredited Staging Professional Enrica Ramm has joined our Marin Modern Family!

A licensed real estate professional since 2004, Enrica practiced real estate for a number of years before becoming an Area Manager for First American Home Buyers Protection where she worked with hundreds of local real estate agents and brokerages in Marin to address their client's home warranty needs.  She'll now focus all of her energy on real estate sales and assisting her buyer and seller clients throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Enrica had the opporutnity to work with (and for) many real estate brokerages in Marin County however we are excited that she chose Marin Modern, a high-tech / high-touch residential real estate

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Lending guidelines are highly restrictive when qualifying borrowers employed through temp agencies. Per conventional conforming guidelines, temporary employment may be considered when the borrower works through an agency and has demonstrated this to be a stable form of income. The borrower's work history must be verified for two years and the borrower must have worked steadily as a temporary employee for a minimum of 24 months. Income is averaged over the two-year period, but not less than 24 months.

This is a very strict requirement and understandably so. The very nature of temporary employment suggests a lack of stability and reliability of income. Unfortunately, workers in the Bay Area's high tech sector (a significant and increasing percentage of

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Honda House USA is not about the cutting edge technology or the vision of Honda Executive, Michael Koenig.  It's not about the partnership between Honda and UC Davis or the inclusion of a special charging station in the garage for an electric car.  Well, not for me at least!



I might be just a tad bit biased but for me it's all about Honda's brilliant decision to partner with Anthony Anderson and MAK Design Build, Davis CA to consult on the interior finishes, fixtures and furniture.

When Anthony mentioned the project to me early on my immediate thought was, Wow! What a great opportunity. Collaborate with a team of experts, research and source the most up to date and innovative finishes, fixtures, furniture. Put your stamp on this

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Soon to hit the market: 301 Wilson Ave, Novato, CA.

Classic Indian Valley area 4+ acre country estate in a magical setting!!  An entertainer's dream, this updated custom home offers an enormous, vaulted ceiling eat-in kitchen with views of the distant hills.  Large, vaulted living room, stone fireplace and gorgeous double height windows, beautiful dining area, a big family room, a superb home office and the list goes on! The main house has 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths plus au pair/in-law studio w/ kitchenette & private entrance. Multi-level decks offer wonderful entertaining spaces leading down to a large flat backyard. A separate 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest cottage with full kitchen, laundry room and private patio.  Detached 4-car

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In the Bay Area, as we know, it is not "if" but when the next earthquake rocks our homes. Are you prepared at all? I must admit that while I talk a good game, I am not ready.


While there are so many items we are encouraged to have on hand, here are some essentials.

An old-fashion telephone, the kind that plugs into the wall and is not dependent upon electricity can be a true life-saver. If power goes out, your cell phone will lose its charge as will your computer - our familiar communication resources. You can find them at Target and Office Max and can be purchased for as low as ten dollars. For some of us we can finally get that Princess phone we all dreamed about.                 

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3 great painting tips!


I want to share a few tips I just learned to to make painting easier before, during and after the job.

1: Use a big paint chip or better yet a paint board.  Buy a small can of the paint that you are considering and brush out a board.  Once dried, use it to check out the rooms in different times of day and lighting situations. Some paint brands have these large scale chips already made, if so buy them. This is much easier than a tiny chip.

2: After you finish painting and before you close the can, paint a line around the outside of the can at the level of the remaining paint in the can.  This will let you know how much paint you still have and what the color is.  This is very helpful down the road.

3: If you rub a

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Another fantastic Mill Valley Home sold by Helen Luttemo recently. 751 Alta Vista Road is a very special home with gorgeous views! Nicely remodeled throughout and with a knock-out chef's kitchen, this home is a winner.  Genuine charm and character defines this home. It is cozy, yet elegant, yet practical and simply stunning.  Built in 1929 it has been smartly added on to and upgraded to the highest level of standards yet incorporated the unique original features. Almost 2,200 sqf it boosts 4BR and 2 full bats. Congratualtions to my awesome clients - I know you'll be happy there for many years to come! SOLD for $1,180,000.

Interested in Mill Valley real estate? Give Helen a call (415)244-4414 or email

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Superb Mill Valley gem for UNDER $1 million!! We got in for under list price on this one of a kind property in a magical setting. Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of 450 W Live Oak Drive in Mill Valley. This is a lovely and unique home surrounded by nature, yet only 10 min to the GG Bridge.  A mix of modern and traditional architecture, this 3BR/2BA light-filled home offers a well balanced floor plan that takes advantage of every sqf. It features vaulted ceilings, expansive windows & peaceful valley views from almost every room. Hiking/biking on some of the best of Marin's trails, just around the corner... Top-rated Mill Valley school system and a quick trip to downtown. Sold for $995,000.

Contact Helen if you are

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Besides the actual house itself, what are the things a typical buyer in Marin desire? A friend of mine asked me this question and I thought about it for a while and then said: Usually it is defined by the age and lifestyle of a buyer.

But in general the following are the requests I hear most frequently:

  • Nice neighborhood
  • Good schools
  • Easy commute
  • Walking distance to amenities
  • Views

Younger buyers are of course more focused on schools and usually also on space, meaning sqf... and the usable outdoor areas for entertainment and for kids to play are often top ranked here.

Midlife buyers seem to focus more on the floor plan and actual flow and has usually more specific demands to fulfill. They are

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Helen Luttemo sells yet another fabulous home in San Anselmo. Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of 148 Oak Ave in San Anselmo. A fantastic home with idyllic views over the Seminary and hills of San Anselmo. Light and bright with high ceilings, a great floor plan featuring a generously sized kitchen, family room, breakfast area. On the same level is a separate formal dining room also with adorable views from double doors leading to a deck outside. A few steps down a formal living room, complete with its own deck overlooking the neighborhood. Add 4 bedrooms, office, workout room and several outdoor sitting areas, and you have one of the most desirable homes in the area. Short walk to down town SA. Sold for $1,815,000.

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