What started as an interview with Lou Thoelecke about the "Traffic Circle" in front of his house on Santa Margarita in San Rafael turned into a fascinating conversation with a West End neighbor who is a passionate environmentalist, accomplished winemaker, a Bronze Life Master at Bridge, a musician, trained chef, former competitive tennis player, real estate investor and one-time neighbor to Jerry Garcia. Between sipping Six Corners Zinfandel, I took notes for the Neighborhood Spotlight column in the West End Neighborhood Newsletter.
Where to begin.... Lou attended school in San Anselmo, graduated from San Francisco State and drove taxi for DeSoto Cab in San Francisco before going to work in the office at DeSoto. Somewhere along…
My buyers had been looking for the perfect 1-story home, with a manageable yard to downsize to for months and months...this property had everything they were looking for inside and outside, including a terrific low maintenance backyard complete with a very real looking synthetic lawn and a large composite deck with an shade overhang. We'd had an offer in on a short sale since the end of August and were still waiting for the bank to ratify, when this perfect home popped up on the market! We looked at the home twice in 2 days and immediately put an offer in.
We were one of 6 offers on the property and my clients knew they would have to offer over the asking price if they wanted the property. They did and before we knew we even…
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dave Greenberg to the Marin Modern Real Estate Team!
Born and raised on the East Coast, and after 14 years in the music business, Dave decided to get into real estate. Dave has a true passion for real estate, especially green and modern homes.
We welcome Dave to the Marin Modern family and encourage you to contact him for your real estate needs in Marin.
I'm In Contract - When Do I own My Home?
When I make an offer on a home, when do I own it? According to Zillow, 47% of buyers think they own the home when they sign the purchase contract. In fact, the signing of the purchase contract and ratification (when all parties have signed and agreed) starts the transaction clock ticking and it's not until inspections have been done, appraisal approved, loan documents signed, loan is funded and transaction is recorded at the county recorders office by title that you finally own the home. You will receive that magical call from your Realtor, "We are on record".
In truth, there are a lot of steps and hoops to jump through once the purchase contract is…
17 Clark St. in the Gerstle Park area of San Rafael has new owners! I had the privilege of helping my colleague, David Shapiro, with this sale for one of his buyer clients. It was a multiple offer situation, but due to the buyer's strengths and a clean tight offer-we won! The house, a 2 bed 2 bath with remodeled kitchen and bath, sits across the street from Gerstle Park and is walking distance to downtown San Rafael. It closed for $650,500.
The real estate market in Marin definitely slowed down around the middle of August when school started, but it seems to have picked up recently as many buyers want to purchase before the end of the year. Now is a great time to buy because a lot of the competition is busy with the Holidays or worn…
Although Condominiums offer their residents a host of attractive benefits, lenders are generally a bit more wary of extending financing on them than they are for single family homes. This is due to perceived higher risk and reduced marketability that can result from a number of factors. When buying into a condominium, you are joining a community of owners who are bound by common rules dictated by the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions). Because of the common association shared by the units, any issue involving a given unit (such as delinquency of dues, or construction defects that may result in litigation) impacts the marketability of the other units.
Lenders are also more careful with offering credit on rental units…
We are pleased to announce that Realtor Laura Slanec has joined our Marin Modern Real Estate Family!
Born and raised in Marin County, Laura puts her knowledge of the county to work. Her ability to listen to clients, understand their needs, and tirelessly work on their behalf has made Laura's professional career successful.
We welcome Laura to our Marin Modern Team and encourage you to contact her with your Marin County real estate needs.
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It was a pleasure to assist my client, the buyer for 1 Salem Cove, to find a home that offers a carefree lifestyle on one level and is convenient to all the things he likes to do. Located in Spinnaker Point, a community of townhomes in Central San Rafael, 1 Salem Cove has been beautifully remodeled and meticulously maintained. It features 3 bedrooms, two full baths, attached 2-car garage and a corner lot with a fenced yard and deck surrounded by the Bay walking trail. After living in Fairfax for over 35 years in a home I call the Stairway to Heaven because of the views (103 stairs from the street to the front door) my client feels like he has found heaven at Spinnaker Point. No more stairs and his dog Dexter has a walking trail…
If you are in the market for a home, consider this:
Homes are not moving as fast as they were in the first half of the year.
Most buyers are on the sidelines waiting for the Spring.
Sellers are getting anxious to close their homes prior to the Holidays.
Therefore, there are DEALS out there right now.
If you wait til Spring, the economists are predicting another run up (albeit not as accelerated as the first half of 2013).
You have a unique opportunity here to purchase a home BEFORE the spring run up of both prices and interest rates.
Read on to take advantage of home prices and see my list of undervalued properties at the bottom:
2013 has been a very busy year in Marin Real Estate. It started out with low inventory and plenty of buyers. By March…