Marin Real Estate Blog


If you're a procrastinator and have waited until the last minute to buy Mom a gift. don't despair.  While biking down Tunstead in San Anselmo early this morning I was reminded of a "hidden" gem, Rockflowerpaper in San Anselmo.  Yes, I know....what the heck does a store with a name like that sell!  All I can say is that it sells lots of beautiful things that Mom will love at Outlet prices. Sure enough when I returned to Rockflowerpaper later today armed with my wallet and ready to buy a couple of gifts, a nice guy with his unruly 1 year old Golden Retriever walked in asking for help with a Mother's Day gift.


Katie Smith, owner of Rockflowerpaper was a designer for Mulberry Neckwear in San Rafael for 20 years before opening her boutique in San

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If you are a gardener or just love beautiful yards and gardens then this Saturday, May 10th, from 9a-3p,  a treat awaits you!  It is the annual Beyond The Garden Gate tours of the "secret" gardens in Ross.  It is a really incredible time! 

 Beyond the Garden Gate began in 1996, as a way to raise money for the Ross School's  PTA.  Back then, seven beautiful gardens were featured and Beyond the Garden Gate was a huge successs. Thru the years, the tour has changed some, but it continues to be a very memorable community event and fundraiser.

This year the self-guided tour consists of  4 gardens, each are spectacular and you are able to spend plenty of time at each walking the grounds.  Shuttle buses take you from one to the other and

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I'm pleased to announce that the Eichler home at 99 Pikes Peak Dr  that I listed, staged and aggressively marketed just sold for $1,300,000.  

This was a rare gallery atrium style Eichler home in San Rafael's Upper Lucas Valley neighborhood.  I enjoyed working with my sellers on preparing their home for sale and would welcome the opportunity to assist you with the sale or purchase of your Eichler!   

  • If you are a prospective Seller, you can request a free assessment of your Eichler home in Marin County by visiting Eichler Value.
  • If you are a prospective Buyer, you can utilize my Eichler for Sale website to register for Eichler listing alerts. 

For more immediate assistance, feel free to call me directly at (415) EICHLER and let me put my

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I had the pleasure of representing the sellers, who are long-term clients and friends on the sale of their condo.  Purchased for the seller's mother in 2000, when she passed away they kept it as rental property for a number of years.  However, as time passed, they decided they did not want to be landlords so made the improvements needed to sell and get top dollar.  They installed a new kitchen, remodeled the bathroom, painted the entire condo and put in new carpet.  It showed beautifully and they were rewarded with 3 good offers.  Listed at $313,000, it sold for $320,000.  Conveniently located near 101 and Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, 7 Oak Crest, #C in Novato is very spacious with over 1400 square feet of living space and 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. 


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Wow, the reality of this years Seller’s market definitely includes the words “multiple offers are probable.”

So, how does a buyer best compete in a Seller’s market?   

How about step into a Seller’s head (or shoes) and ask yourself what would you be looking for if you were the Seller? 

  • ·Sellers want the highest and best price;
  • ·Put the entire 3% deposit down with your offer;
  • · Keep your terms simple  (i.e. don’t ask for things upfront);
  •  Buyer may sweeten the deal by offering the Seller a short escrow, free-rent back, offer to pay for costs       usually a Seller pays-county and/or city transfer taxes, natural hazard report, a home warranty.   Paying any/all of these increases the Seller’s net.
  •  Since you may
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34 Summerhill Way...SOLD!






My clients had been looking for quite a while for a modern, upgraded but smaller 2 bedroom condo in a location that was close to transportation to SF, walkable to shopping, good weather and close to hiking trails.

They found exactly what they wanted....and then came the reality that we'd be in competition.   There were a number of disclosure packets out so we knew that there would most probably be at least 1 other offer.  What was our strategy going to be?  We sat down and looked at a number of things: 1) Although over 20 years old, this property had a 6 month new furnace, same for the water heater and microwave, carpet almost new, bathrooms remodeled and it was in great shape.   Our home, pest and lateral

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Wow, it's a plush new Spa for dogs.  Who could be more deserving than our furry friends whose owners are the second largest constituency in Marin County according to a recent article. The owners of K9 Scrub Club have thought of everything and seized a great business opportunity.  What happened to hip and funky Fairfax?  It's gone upscale.


Here's the perfect day in Fairfax. Drop Buddy off at the Spa for an Oatmeal facial and Gentle Berry shampoo, while you go across the street to shop at Good Earth.  When you pick up Buddy, don't forget to stop by the K9 Scrub Club Bakery for gourmet treats before you and Buddy go next door to one of the outdoor tables at the Iron Springs Pub where you can order a specialty brew and Buddy can show off. 


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               What?  You don't have a teenager?  Well, the first thing to keep in mind when considering a house for your teenager is that your cute little gurgling baby will BE a teenager in the blink of an eye, so if you don’t plan ahead you’ll be selling and buying a new house in seven to ten years.  If you already have a teenager, you know what you wish you had if you don’t have it.  And if you’ve got the right kind of house for your teenager(s), you are probably all much happier for it!

Buying a house with some extra room that you currently don’t see yourself using can pay off big time in the future, sparing you the upset of moving a settled home, which is arduous and too soon forgotten, like childbirth.

               Unlike the sentiment

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Private, tranquil paradise: 16 Guisela Ct. $1,250,000 Open Sunday May 4 1-4 pm


Set at the base of a cul-de-sac and high above the open space protected wetlands sits this custom home with endless views and gorgeous upgrades. Gleaming freshly refinished Oak floors with Walnut inlay set the tone for this well-appointed 4 bedroom 3 full bath upscale country home. 

Take a few steps up from the welcoming entrance to 3 of the 4 bedrooms.  Master bedroom has incredible views with a private sitting area and personal deck.  It is large and bright with a joining master bath, huge walk in closet with separate cedar lined closet, new carpet and fresh paint. Down the hall are 2 other bedrooms; one with private deck with beautiful views- shared full bath. 

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Multiple Offer Situations heating up again - 

This past week I wrote two offers for two different clients. Both were for single family residences, one in San Rafael, one in south Novato. They attracted 15, and 14 offers respectively. They both went into contract for over $100,000 OVER asking price. Both cases were a bit extreme since they were listed for a bit "under market value" which isn't that common. Yet, it tells us a lot about the eagerness among buyers in Marin right now.

It is more common with multiple offers for homes priced below $1 million. But even in the high-end segment it is common to have 2-5 offers. Any time a house is priced at or below current market value, one can expect more than one offer.


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