Marin Real Estate Blog

Just Sold! 148 Auburn St. San Rafael - Moving from SF to Marin

By: A. sheldon Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 1:45pm. 1162 Views, 0 Comments.


Moving from San Francisco to Marin - I'm happy to announce another closed transaction: I just represented the buyers of this lovely 4BD/2BA single family home in San Rafael, CA.  This adorable 1940's bungalow has two floors of flexible living space, views to the east from the front living room, hardwood floors, dining room & a great big kitchen.  My buyer clients, Thad & Elizabeth, wanted to make the move across the GG Bridge from San Francisco to Marin, and we had been house-shopping for about three months. We were diligent about going out on tour and open houses every week to see the new listings in Marin. This house wasn't originally on our radar because as a new listing, the asking price was $749,000. However, as time went by, we saw it drop to…

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Is A Home Warranty For YOU?

By: Pam Theroux Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at 12:38pm. 1500 Views, 0 Comments.


A lot of my clients ask me, "What exactly is a home warranty?"

 A home warranty is a service contract, thru a provider, that covers the repair and/or replacement costs of home systems and appliances. Each one is individualized to a homeowner's needs/wants. There are standard coverages and then optional additions that are available.  A home warranty can cover everything from attic fans, garage door openers, ductwork, electrical, plumbing, furnaces, major appliances to septic systems and pool/spa equipment. 

A Sellers may include a home warranty to a Buyer, a REALTOR®  may purchase one for their client and/or a home owner may purchase their own.  There are a number of reputable companies that offer warranties. 


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Government Shutdown Impact on Bay Area and Marin Real Estate

By: Helen Luttemo Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 4:00pm. 1295 Views, 0 Comments.

 Shutdown Slowing down Bay Area Housing Recovery?


Should the shutdown last less than a week, the impact is believed to be minimal. It creates delays in processing loans for existing transactions involving a FHA or VA. But should it continue beyond two weeks it will be more alarming for the entire real estate market, meaning longer escrows and frustration among sellers and buyers. 

As we all know, the explosive housing recovery during the past nine months has been the brightest sector contributing to economic growth. San Francisco’s real estate market and Marin County’s housing market, might be less vulnerable to FHA and VA loan financing delays then other counties, simply because we…

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Recently Sold - 145 Grove Avenue, Corte Madera

By: Helen Luttemo Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 11:40pm. 1135 Views, 0 Comments.


Recently SOLD for $1,730,000.

An extraordinary vintage charmer set among beautiful gardens on a nearly 2/3 acre parcel. This was a dream come true purchase for my dear clients/friends.

The home oozes with charm and is definitely one of Corte Madera's few real Grand Dames.  Built in 1905, it features an "authentic feel" old style front porch spanning the width of the house, 3BD, 2.5 BA plus an office and beautiful, vintage details throughout.  Located at the end of a cul de sac, with a long and gracious gated drive way, large lawn areas and manicured gardens, makes this an ideal family house. 

Corte Madera remains one of Marin's most sought after cities thanks to its perfect commute…

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Just Sold - 10 Curtis Avenue, San Rafael.

By: Helen Luttemo Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 4:43pm. 1193 Views, 0 Comments.


Another fantastic house just blocks from San Rafael down town. Yet the setting feels so private, quiet and far from the bustling city pace. I represented the buyer in this transaction and I'm very happy the fit was so perfect. On the wish list were: a house with character, charm, big yard and garden areas, private setting, views and walking distance to restaurants, shops and theaters. Viola, 10 Curtis Ave had it all! As the picture tells you, it is a very special house. So beautiful, so well cared for and so charming! I felt very happy to be part of this transaction. List price was just under $900,000 and the final sales price was $1,020,000.

I love working in San Rafael, let me know if I can be…

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Recently Sold - 1312 Nye St, San Rafael

By: Helen Luttemo Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 4:09pm. 910 Views, 0 Comments.

A unique home with a fabulous back yard. I had the pleasure to represent the sellers of this home. A large remodeled family home just blocks from San Rafael's down town boosting an enchanting garden. I use the word enchanting to describe it as it is close to a "story book picture perfect setting". Mt Tam views from several rooms upstairs, terrific floor plan, 2 car attached garage and the entire house remodeled wisely to keep the old world charm where desired. List price was $1,070,000 but because of several very strong offers, 4 in total, the final sales price landed at $1,200,000. Congrats to both seller and buyer in this transaction!


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How to Get the Highest Price for Your Home in Less Time!

By: Cari Gennarelli Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 1:50pm. 2254 Views, 1 Comments.


-staging helps define the space in this open floor plan home


How To Get the Highest Price in the Least amount of time for your Home!

Why is staging your home even more important in the digital Real Estate market?

Approximately 96% of homebuyers start their search online.  Those buyers are more likely to click on the homes that are staged and have professional photographs and even more likely with 15-20 + pictures than 5-10.  The more pictures the better.  At this stage buyers are making quick decisions on whether a home is worth seeing in person. They may click through 25-30 homes at a time - what compels them to stop at your home?

In the new digital marketplace the home seller needs…

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263 Redwood Dr. Woodacre CA 94973: SOLD!

By: Hilary Davis Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 11:51am. 1347 Views, 0 Comments.


A super cute home has new owners in Woodacre. 263 Redwood Dr. is an open beamed, light filled home sitting on a nice piece of country type property. Complete with fruit trees, seasonal creek and level lawn the place is charming with a relaxing vibe. My client intended to purchase with cash but realized mid- escrow that a small loan would help tremendously. Local loan broker, Nicholas Ballard of Pinnacle Capital saved the day.  Nicholas made an unlikely scenario turn into a completed loan-wow was I impressed! It truly takes a team of professionals to help a buyer from writing an offer to closing the deal.  Along with my organized buyer the team scored: Nicholas as the lender, Stacey Cooper at First American Title, I as selling agent and…

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Marin Modern News

By: Maggi Dale Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 1:30pm. 1486 Views, 0 Comments.

Don't overlook that fixer-upper.

If you're in the market to buy a home, there are programs available through FHA and conventional lenders that will take into account the appraised  value of the property as if the remodel has already occured and add this amount to the loan.  Contact me to learn more aboout this great opportunity or for a referral to a lender in our area.

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Marin Cake Project: San Rafael teen helps homeless children celebrate!

By: Hilary Davis Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 12:15pm. 2445 Views, 1 Comments.


I want to share a heartwarming project that a local teen is dedicated to.  She designs bakes and decorates extraordinary cakes for local homeless children on their birthdays...changing lives one cake at a time.

WHO: San Rafael mother daughter team gives sweetly to homeless children.  My longtime friend Jaime Sass Thomas and her daughter Olivia design bake and decorate extraordinary cakes for local homeless children on their birthdays. They believe every child deserves to be celebrated!

WHAT: It's called Marin Cake Project and was started by Olivia Thomas and her best friend Emily Villavicencio at the end of their 7th Grade year in 2011.  Three years later they are both now high school sophomores.  They started by making…

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