Marin Real Estate Blog

Offer Advantage for the Winning Bid on Your New Home

By: Nicholas Ballard Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 6:37pm. 1468 Views, 0 Comments.

Getting your purchase offer accepted in today’s market is a tough gambit. The combination of low inventory and multiple offers being made on most properties translates into fierce competition.  Most sellers are looking for a quick, uncomplicated sale. And any offer other than an “all cash” bid, or that is without the backing of a rock-solid loan approval is destined for a quick toss into the waste basket. Most listing agents vet loan pre-approvals and will reject any that appear less than ironclad, or that are backed by certain banks whose reputations for delaying escrows are common knowledge.

So how do you make your offer stand out and get that elusive winning bid for your new home? The first step is to get a solid loan pre-approval. But many banks…

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1035 Calle Paseo, Novato - SOLD

By: Janis Peterson Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 6:00pm. 1285 Views, 1 Comments.

Just Sold! I represented the Seller of this very desirable 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in Southern Novato. It featured a beautifully remodeled kitchen, open floor plan and many upgrades including a nicely landscaped yard. It is in a prime location, the Loma Verde neighborhood, with easy access to 101, public transportation, shopping and walking distance to Loma Verde Elementary School.


I sold this home to my clients in 2010.  As a result of a great job offer with a top gaming company in Southern California, they reluctantly moved out of the home and neighborhood they loved.  The move happened so quickly that my clients didn't have time to prepare their home for sale.  It was left to me to project manage all of the preparations to get…

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Realtor Kelley Eling joins Marin Modern Real Estate

By: Renee Adelmann Sunday, August 4th, 2013 at 6:04pm. 1183 Views, 0 Comments.

I'm delighted to announce that Kelley Eling has joined our Marin Modern Real Estate Family!

A Marin County native, Kelley has been practicing real estate in Marin since 2002.  She is extremely well versed in all things Marin and welcomes the opportunity to put her knowledge and experience to work for you!

We welcome Kelley to our team and I would encourage you to contact her for "high tech, high touch" representation when buying or selling a home in Marin or Southern Sonoma County.

Welcome Kelley!

Renee Adelmann, Owner & Realtor

Marin Modern Real Estate

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New listing in San Anselmo: 155 Allyn Ave

By: Nathalie Kemp Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 8:17am. 1190 Views, 0 Comments.

Happy to announce this darling new listing!

Charming shingled cottage at the end of the road with a sense of peace and privacy.

Main house has 2 bedrooms with access to rear patio and deck.  Updated master bathroom plus one more full bathroom.  Updated kitchen flows easily into living and dining areas with French doors that open to a sunny front deck. 

The lower level unit with separate entrance has a large bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen and living room.  Also on the lower level are a separate laundry room and one car garage.  Plenty of additional parking in front of house.

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Main level:

- 2 bedrooms

- 2 full bathrooms

- updated kitchen

- open floor plan

- hardwood floors

- great…

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Just Sold! 32 Andrew Place #125, Tiburon 2bd View Condo

By: A. sheldon Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 4:33pm. 2058 Views, 0 Comments.


Just Sold! I just represented the Seller of this two bedroom/1 bathroom view condo in Tiburon, CA.  This was a stylish single-level unit in the Tiburon Hills Estates complex, located just minutes from Hwy 101 and close to the Strawberry Shopping Center.

This seller client, who came to me via a personal referral from another one of my past clients, had just received a very exciting promotion with The Walt Disney Company, which required him to relocate nearer to their offices in Burbank, CA.  He was sad to leave the Marin area but thrilled with his new home purchase in the Hollywood Hills. He moved south, and left me to project manage all of the preparations to get the unit ready to sell.

As part of my services, I arranged for crews to paint the…

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Marin Open House Guide and tips

By: Hilary Davis Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at 9:21am. 1026 Views, 0 Comments.


Despite the low inventory of homes for sale in Marin County, there are over 200 OPEN HOUSES this weekend throughout Marin to check out (link to open house guide at bottom)!

As you probably know, the real estate market took a big upswing early this year resulting in multiple offers and over bidding.  Buyers who want to get into the market are looking at all angles for getting their offers accepted. Your interaction with the listing agent at the open house may set the tone for how your offer is received, should you make an offer on that property. Therefore I have a few how-to tips for successfully viewing open houses.

Tips for a productive OPEN HOUSE outing:

Prior to leaving your house:

1.      Identify what homes…

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Peacocks, Pigs & Paint: Getting Rid of Old Paint in Marin County

By: A. sheldon Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at 3:16pm. 1410 Views, 0 Comments.

Getting rid of those old paint cans is really a piece of cake...It's MUCH easier than you think. Plus, you get to see peacocks and pigs at the same time!

As a Realtor, at the end of just about every single property deal I do, there's always the routine list of things that need to be done, such as remind clients to change their addresses, remind them to turn on the utilities, and figure out who is taking away all of the old cans of paint from the property that just changed hands.  Usually sellers will leave partial cans of paint with current colors as a courtesy to the buyers. But what if there's decades-worth of old paint cans stashed? I recently closed escrow on a little condo listing that was just over 1000 square feet, and in the storage unit, there…

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707 Cherry Street, Novato CA 94945 - Just Sold!

By: Cari Gennarelli Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 7:10pm. 1267 Views, 0 Comments.

707 Cherry Street, Novato CA 94945

The completion of every transaction is exhilarating but there is a special satisfaction helping clients buy their first house. 


New beginnings, starting fresh, a chance to do things the way you want. Plant a garden, paint your child's room their favorite color, remodel your kitchen, bathroom or build a man cave.

Home ownership truly is the American dream, usually a dream brought to reality - a dream come true.

My clients were expecting their second child and quickly growing out of the apartment they were living in. They, like most modern buyers, shopped online for months before stepping foot in a house so they were pretty clear on…

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285 Morning Sun, Mill Valley - Just Listed!

By: Janis Peterson Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 3:14pm. 1246 Views, 0 Comments.


Enjoy the views of Richardson Bay!  With only three stairs from the new parking deck to the front door, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home makes for a convenient and easy Mill Valley lifestyle. The main level has beautiful wood vaulted ceilings reminiscent of Tahoe, abundant light and French doors that open to a deck off the living and dining room. There is a very large deck on the side that is perfect for a party or a play area for kids or both.  The bedrooms, baths and laundry are located on the lower level with sliding glass doors off the master bedroom to a deck.  A new parking deck and walk way to the front entrance was built within the past few years and the parking deck can easily accommodate 2 cars. The exterior and interior were…

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25 Serra Way - New Eichler Listing in San Rafael!

By: Renee Adelmann Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 7:19pm. 1281 Views, 0 Comments.


I wanted to let our friends and clients know that I have a brand new Eichler listing in San Rafael which will be hitting the market later this week.

Located at 25 Serra Way in San Rafael's Terra Linda North neighborhood, this property features:

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • Atrium model floorplan with walls of glass throughout 
  • Many original Eichler details still intact 
  • Upgrades and enhancments include an energy-efficient foam roof, new tankless radiant boiler for in floor radiant heat, sheet rocked bedrooms and gas fireplace in the dining room. 
  • Swimming pool with solar heat; seperate hot tub
  • Walking distance to Scotty's Market, Community Pool, Pre-Schools and public transportation

Offered for sale at $815,000.  Property address: 25…

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