Marin Real Estate Blog

Coming Soon! Originally built in 1998 as a home for the builder's parents, it eventally sold to a lovely family who raised two busy boys. Taking advantage of the prime location in the middle of Woodacre, close to the Deli, baseball field, fourth of July Parade Route, and of course, the famous Halloween trick or treating circuit along Railroad Avenue, this home, situated in the heart of Woodacre,  will provide a charming, neighborhood lifestyle reminiscent of bygone days for some lucky Buyer.

The home has been the hub for all things teen these past few years thanks to the central location, flat lot and constant sunshine. Now the boys are growing up and moving on. It's time for a new generation of Woodacre occupants to move in and enjoy the perks of

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  Having moved from the Midwest last year, my clients were ecstatic to become first-time Marin homeowners!  Finding a completely remodeled home in the Dixie school district was their priority goal.  Being patient and persistent in their search as well as working with a fantastic mortgage broker, they were able to jump in and grab this property at the right moment.

Entering from the charming white picket fenced front yard, this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom contemporary property felt like home the first time they saw it!  Hardwood floors, central A/C, a butler's pantry and crown molding throughout were just a few of the many features this home offered the buyers.

I know they will create many wonderful memories in this fantastic family home!  

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The other day a neighbor asked me about sharing expenses related to repairing or replacing a fence between two properties.  He shared how he thought each neighbor took one side of the yards' fencing as their responsibility to maintain.  Interesting, as I'd not heard of that kind of arrangement before.  Although the specifics of the kind and height of a fence allowed is spelled out in individual city building codes, I told him that it was my experience that neighbors who share a fence, also share the fence responsibility of any expenses for the upkeep, repairs and/or replacement of that fence.

This January 1st, just as every January 1st new laws go into effect.  Amongst the ones pertaining to real estate for 2014, there is one clairifying

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The West End Neighborhood in San Rafael is home to a number of distinguished artists.  Clustered on Fremont Hill, an off-the-beaten path neighborhood, are four diverse and accomplished artists who call the West End Neighborhood their home.

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California landscape painter, Davis Perkins, has an unusual background. His art is inspired by a long career as a smoke jumper in Alaska, firefighter and paramedic where he experienced nature in its rawest form.  He would smoke jump in the summer for the BLM while attending the U. of Oregon where he got a degree in fine arts.  His early work was featured in solo exhibitions in the Alaska State Museum and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum where they are in the permanent collection.

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Marin County is known for its incredibly gorgeous open space.  From rolling hills with majestic Oaks to Redwood forests with ferns and water ways.  Marin has trails everywhere allowing us to get into nature and soak up the beauty.

Living in the Lucas Valley area of San Rafael 94903, I hit the dirt trails out here almost every morning and I'd like to share two of my favorite and frequent stretches of earth. I hope you enjoy my photos.  I try to take a few a week.

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The Idylberry Trail trail that runs along the base of the Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve is a mellow trail (great for families) with gentle slopes and lots of level walking. I usually access it, after dropping my son at Dixie School, from Mt. Lassen Dr. although many of the streets

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Since we are well into 2014, all of us here at Marin Modern thought it might be beneficial to share with you some details about homes sold in Marin County in 2013, provided to us by the Marin Association of Realtors. 

Below you'll find information on number of sales, number of listings, average sales price, and the percentage of homes on market that closed in under 60 days for the cities of: San Rafael, Novato, Mill valley, San Anselmo, Sausalito, Corte Madera, and Fairfax.


City

Number of Sales

Number of Listings

Avg. Sales Price (2013)

% of homes on market for under 60 days (2013)

San Rafael

757

837

$783,654

72%

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We are happy to announce that Realtor Hanna Jung has joined our modern real estate family!

The newest member of our San Francisco Modern Real Estate team, Hanna's interest in real estate began when she made investments of her own in out-of-state properties. Prior to real estate, Hanna worked as a producer for an online gaming industry. With an M.A. in Translation and Interpretation, Hanna also worked as an executive assistant to the Consul General of the Republic of Korea.

Hanna's main focus as a Realtor is to find a great deal for her clients and she is proud and excited to share her experiences with those looking to buy a home in San Francisco.

We welcome Hanna to our San Francisco Modern Real Estate team and encourage you to contact her

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Navigating the course of purchasing a new home can appear daunting.

For instance - what is Escrow? Most buyers know about the beginning process of purchasing a home: pre-approval, working with a buyer's agent, making an offer and doing inspections but what is escrow?

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Buyers and sellers of a property establish, through the sales contract, the terms and conditions for the transfer of ownership. The escrow holder is the neutral, third party that oversees that these terms are fulfilled.

So often buyers hear that their agent will "open escrow." It means that an account will be opened with the escrow company. In Marin County, the buyer's agent usually starts the process by providing such information as the names of all parties, subject

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It has been a relatively quiet week, at least until today when big news came from China showing a weak manufacturing report (PMI). If China's economy is weak, that means that the world is not ordering as many goods from China (so maybe the world economy is weaker than thought?) Of course a Chinese slowdown would have significant implications for global markets. This news sent US Stocks plunging and pushed investing dollars into the safe haven of the Bonds and improved interest rates. (see rate sheet below)

Housing Crisis is Quickly Becoming a Memory

The foreclosure crisis is showing signs that it's finally fading away. The number of new foreclosure filings -- which includes default notices, auctions and bank repossessions -- dropped 15% in November. The

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