Marin Real Estate Blog

523 Brookline, Mill Valley - $799,000 - Just Listed!

By: Erika Mehrer Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 2:40pm. 1222 Views, 0 Comments.


Have you been frustrated with the current inventory in Mill Valley? Still looking for a home?  Well, look no further. This is agreat opportunity to remodel or rebuild this 2bd/2ba home in Little City Farms into a dream home on a quiet and spacious view lot.

Currently the home is approximately 1,600sqft and the lot is generously sized at 11,000sqft. 

The home could be 2,500sqft with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.   The owners have house plans that once were approved by the County of Marin. These plans and all reports are included in the sale of this property. See rendering of new home below.


Highlights of the neighborhood:

  • Eastwood Park is down the road.  This is where the locals gather for kid play dates, picnics, birthdays or dog play. 
  • Quick…

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119 Jamaica, Tiburon - Waterfront Home - Just Sold!

By: Erika Mehrer Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 1:54pm. 1091 Views, 0 Comments.


What a beautiful backyard!  We represented the buyers in the sale of this Paradise Cay home. They were elated when we called them to say "We found your home!".   This single level ranch style home is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, completely up to date and features a deep water boat dock.

We negotiated a great offer on behalf of our buyer clients.   The sale closed for $1,805,000.

If you are looking for a home on the waterfront, give us a call. We'd be happy to assist you.  

Erika Davito and Lisa Smith




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2790 Heatherstone Dr. San Rafael CA 94903: Just Listed

By: Hilary Davis Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 7:06am. 2018 Views, 0 Comments.

2790 Heatherstone Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903 Just Listed $620,000

  • Single story Marinwood home on corner lot
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths 
  • Pool and large deck in private back yard
  • Hardwood floors under carpet
  • Dixie School District
  • Easy access to freeway, open space, shopping and transportation
  • Marinwood Park nearby: Pools, tennis courts, playground and community center.

Open Sunday 10/20/13   1-4 pm, please come by.

Hilary Davis, Realtor (415) 235-3133

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Just Sold | 26 Madera Del Presidio Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 | Jonathan Jacobs

By: Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 6:07am. 1929 Views, 0 Comments.


Even when you think you have priced your home correctly other factors such as seasonality can affect the sale of your home. The month of August can present just this sort of challenge. When this recently occurred on a Corte Madera listing, I had to deploy two waves of marketing to get the results I wanted──multiple offers.

From the moment you drive down the enchanted road to Madera Del Presidio, you know you're entering a special neighborhood. Built for functionality, this large 4 bedroom /3 bathroom contemporary home features an open floor plan and high ceilings. Enter this light and bright home, and you'll immediately appreciate the living room with a dramatic vaulted ceiling and stately fireplace. Enjoy meals in the formal…

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85 Lincoln Park San Anselmo, CA 94960: SOLD!

By: Hilary Davis Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 7:03am. 1243 Views, 0 Comments.


85 Lincoln Park San Anselmo, CA 94960: SOLD!

Set at the top of the street amongst the trees this custom 4 bedroom, 2 bath home wowed my buyers the minute they walked in. 85 Lincoln Park is a stylish home with many indoor and outdoor living spaces while also being a quick walk to down town San Anselmo.

My clients had looked at many areas in Marin as well as Sonoma County and knew what they wanted but just couldn't find it. They were heading out on a Sunday to look at open homes.  I suggested 85 Lincoln Park (not on their list) and they loved it.

Our offer was submitted and the negotiating went well. We were hit with a bizarre challenge in underwriting which in the end was solved mainly due to my client "tweeting" about the…

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18 Mount Rainier Ct., San Rafael, CA 94903 Upper Lucas Valley: SOLD!

By: Hilary Davis Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:34am. 2173 Views, 0 Comments.


18 Mount Rainier Ct., San Rafael, CA 94903 Upper Lucas Valley: SOLD!

Set on a huge level lot, this 5 bedroom 2 bath Eichler is the perfect blend of well-maintained original Eichler and thoughtful sleek upgrades. My clients knew the minute they walked in this was the home for them.  They loved its original unspoiled quality. 18 Mount Rainier Ct is a true Upper Lucas valley gem. Sold at $1,075,000*.

I had a great group of people to work with in what could have been a challenging situation i.e. buyers on the other side of the world.  Thanks to the team at Equitable Mortgage and Marin Modern listing agent Rebecca Perl we closed the escrow on time without a hitch!

Upper Lucas Valley is one of my favorite neighborhoods. …

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Government Shutdown Funding Issues

By: Nicholas Ballard Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 3:33pm. 1541 Views, 0 Comments.

The recent government shut down has left thousands of purchase and refinance loan transactions high and dry as some lenders are unable to fund loans without 4506-T income tax verification from the IRS and Social Security number verifications. These verifications are standard guideline requirements and many banks have been unwilling to fund loans without them. As the congressional deadlock continues, a growing number of lending channels has emerged that are able to commit to funding their loans without the verifications. And as time goes on, more and more lenders are likely to feel the pain of lost opportunity and enter the fray.


Thus far, the greatest flexibility in addressing the government shutdown funding hurdle has been found…

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

By: A. sheldon Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 1:45pm. 1176 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. 1529 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. 1304 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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