Marin Real Estate Blog

Soon to hit the market for sale: 815 Appleberry Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903

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Exquisite Japanese style landscaping graces this Lucas Valley/Marinwood 4 bedroom 2 bath Eichler home. Enter through an atrium featuring a pond with waterfall into an eclectic mix where Art Deco meets mid-century modern creating a relaxing retreat with a gorgeous large pool and outdoor entertaining area.

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This Eichler features:

  • Foam roof
  • Working radiant heat
  • Updated boiler
  • Large pool
  • Fireplace in living room
  • Dining area
  • Laundry room
  • 2 car garage with roll up doors
  • Dixie School District
  • Near Marin Waldorf School
  • Excellent commute location
  • 4 bedrooms (2 currently adjoined as a suite)
  • 2 baths

Check back in for on market date, list price and open house

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51 Wambold Lane Petaluma CA 94952: SOLD!

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If you can't find the horse property you want in Marin, head to Sonoma County! My client wanted a flat parcel for horses and other animals and a single level home for the family with minimal upgrades needed.  After looking throughout Marin County we opened the search to Sonoma County and that's where we found this gem-51 Wambold Lane- closed at $1,087,500.

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Set on a little over an acre this property had it all; room for horses, 5 car garage space with car lift, beautifully remodeled single level home, gorgeous view and a huge bonus game room over garage.

I find that when a buyer expands their search area and opens their mind to a different outcome their dream home appears.

I am a firm believer

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Mill Valley real estate continues to be on fire! 

It's tough out there for Buyers, but a great time for Sellers to go on the market. Inventory remains low yet demand is high thanks to a robust San Francisco tech industry.

Employment appears to be shifting somewhat towards San Francisco. While Silicon Valley remains a high-tech fixture, Twitter, AirBNB, Task Rabbit and many others are moving into San Francisco, along with all the associated businesses that follow these companies. Thus,  San Francisco is seeing a huge increase in housing demand - in an already squeezed real estate market. With so many new employees seeking housing, it is no wonder that just over the Golden Gate Bridge, charming Mill Valley (nestled at the base of Mt.Tamalpais), is

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Very rarely does a first time home buyer (FTHB) get their offer accepted on the first property they submit an offer on.  

I like to blog about real time experiences that my clients experienced during the purchase of their property. If you are a FTHB with the intent to purchase this year, this blog will be very informative for you.

So often when showing a home to a FTHB their knowledge of homes and what to expect from a home can only be acquired by the experience of looking at many homes in their price range over the course of time.  Sometimes a FTHB will very quickly come across a home that they want to purchase.  This was the case with a FTHB client I worked with last month.

Although it is my job to shepherd all my clients through the

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San Anselmo home inventory is very low. As of today March 4, 2014, , 42 homes are on the market but 22 are in contract already. We are still seeing multiple offers. 16 homes have closed thus far this year for an average price of $1,225,531. The Median price is $938,250.  For this same time period last year in San Anselmo, 21 homes had closed for an average price of $834,03. The median price was $725,000.So, you can see that home values are continuing to rise steadily.

Interest rates continue to remain low but not one mortgage broker that I know believes that they will remain this low throughout the year.

I anticipate a busy spring season with buyers clamoring for the few quality homes available to them. As for the price increases, I do think we

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It is Open House Season!  

I have to say I do still enjoy getting an open house list and heading out to discover new neighborhoods and look at beautiful homes. When I was looking for a home I often would get to the point where one or all of my family members were STARVING and we were scrambling to find a place ASAP to get water, food, candy whatever we needed!   I thought I would share a few quick and good ones throughout Marin that could nourish you while you are out there to keep the energy levels up.

Southern Marin (Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Corte Madera)

Sausalito:  Cibo-great local food, sandwiches salads and lots of grab and go option

Mill Valley:  Miller Ave has many options-there is a drive thru burger place Super Duper (great

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A couple of years ago I attended a local water district forum about water conservation thru drought tolerant plantings.  It was held in the grand ballroom of a local hotel.  I was shocked when I walked in and the place was packed!  I expected maybe a 100 or so folks....there were easily 1-2,000 in attendance!  Everyone was there for the same reason: to hear about taking out our thirsty yards and replace with water conserving plants.  As I mentioned, that was a few years ago and as we all know, now it is even more important that we all get serious about conserving water.

I had the perfect and beautiful front yard....lovely grass, no weeds, beautiful bushes, gardener came every week, sprinklers went on 5+/times per week....and I always had a high

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5 Reasons to Shop for a Home in the Rain

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If you are in the market for a home, the winter months can be the very best times to look... especially when it is raining. It may not be fun to get in and out of the car and a multitude of homes with your umbrella and off and on with your shoes, but the hassle may be well worth it. Water can be an enemy to your house and seeing how it interacts with the property and neighborhood can prove to be very insightful.   Here are good 5 reasons to shop for a home while it is raining.

1.       LEAKS:  You get to check for leaks: Roof, gutters, basements and windows.

2.       DRAINAGE: You get to check the drainage. Drainage is often over looked, yet when it starts to rain lack of proper drainage can be a huge

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 The Taming of the Shrew opens tonight, February 28th at the College of Marin Performing Arts Building. It is runs through March 14th with evening and matinee performances. If you like Shakespeare, don't miss this wild west-style production directed by James Dunn.  This is a revival of a show James Dunn directed in 1971 that was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and won best production.  It's also part of a year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration of the College of Marin Drama Department.

James Dunn who is well-known for directing the Mountain Play, an institution produced every summer on Mount Tam that has provided endless enjoyment to many people, founded the Drama Department at the College of Marin 50 years ago.  He served as the

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How to Be The Best Kind of Client in 4 Easy Steps

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Often the end of a transaction is bitter sweet. The ultimate goal when we, as Realtors, start working with clients is to find them their perfect property or sell their home, get into contract and work towards the close of escrow.

During that process we have the unique opportunity of really getting to know our clients. It's a very personal process - one that benefits from clients sharing their likes/dislikes, thoughts and feelings about their lifestyle.

The first step towards being The Best Kind of Client is transparency. Often clients feel they have to hold back details of their search or lifestyle to protect themselves from their Realtor. DON'T DO THIS. If you have found the

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