Marin Real Estate Blog

618 Tanbark Terrace, San Rafael - Just Sold!

By: Erika Mehrer Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 4:08pm. 3833 Views, 0 Comments.


After searching for 3 months and making 3 offers on other homes, I was able to negotiate the purchase of this charming single level home in Terra Linda for my wonderful buyer clients.   This home is a 3 bedroom / 2 bath home with a beautiful backyard and pool, family room with fireplace, updated kitchen and baths. 

After multiple offers, and continued negotiations, this home sold for $885,000.

Great properties in Terra Linda are selling with multiple offers (3-7 offers) and the homes are selling for 5-10% over the list price.  I am an active real estate agent in this neighborhood. If you should need assistance with your purchase or the sale of your Terra Linda home, feel free to give me a call or drop me any email.


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359 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley 94941 - Custom Built Home in the Redwoods

By: Cari Gennarelli Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 8:45am. 2090 Views, 0 Comments.

359 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley 94941 - Custom Built Home in the Redwoods


As you look for you're first or next home keep an open mind. Often the house you love is not the house you have been searching for. I thought I knew what my clients were looking for in a house so when 359 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley popped up in the New Listings on the MLS I didn't even consider it for my clients.


It hit the market on Saturday with the first open house on Sunday. I had already scoured the MLS for possible open homes for all my clients and this home didn't fit any criteria. I was hoping to have something exciting to send to a particular client but found nothing.

I started working with this…

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129 Greenfield, San Rafael - First Sunday Open House

By: Janis Peterson Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 5:37pm. 1209 Views, 0 Comments.


Pride of ownership!  This 3 bedroom, 3 bath West End Neighborhood home in Central San Rafael has been meticulously maintained by the same owners for over 40 years. It is light and bright with hardwood floors throughout, dual paned windows, a 2-car attached garage, a family room off the kitchen and a bonus room/family room/office on the street level entrance.  The living room has a big picture window with a brick fireplace and a formal dining room that opens to the living room.  The kitchen and family room have beautiful morning light and look out on nature with a street to street, privacy and a big deck accessed through the sliding glass doors in the family room.  It is ideal for entertaining, keeping an eye on the kids or communing with…

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How Much Will My Closing Costs Be?

By: Cari Gennarelli Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 8:58am. 1200 Views, 0 Comments.

First time homebuyer question: What are the closing and other costs involved in buying a home?


The bulk of the cost to purchase a home is the down payment but there are several other costs involved you may or may not be aware of. A huge benefit to being on the buyer side is the seller typically pays the commission for both sides of the transaction. The commission is by far the largest portion of the closing costs.

Note that all costs involved in purchasing a home are negotiable but there are some standard that agents follow.


Buyer closing and other costs include but are not limited to the following:

(for more specific and detailed information on closing costs contact a title…

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Weekend Fun: San Rafael Food and Wine Festival

By: Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 6:44pm. 932 Views, 0 Comments.

If you're looking for something fun to do while your kids are at a play date, then the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival might just be your ticket to a good time. Your summer has been spent catering to your kids, planning vacations, and maybe even working a little. Now is the time to splurge on you.

The San Rafael Food and Wine Festival is this Saturday, August 10 from 1pm to 5pm at the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave here in downtown San Rafael. This annual festival is $30 at the door or $25 if you pre-order tickets through their website. If you do decide to purchase tickets at the door, the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival is a "cash only" event. 

Upon arrival, attendees will…

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129 Greenfield, San Rafael - COMING SOON!

By: Janis Peterson Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 9:04am. 1073 Views, 0 Comments.


Coming Soon! Meticulously maintained West End Neighborhood home in Central San Rafael, half-way between downtown San Rafael and San Anselmo. Flexible floor plan for different ages and lifestyles with peaceful, private backyard where you can commune with nature over a morning cup of coffee.

                     3 Bedrooms                              2-Car Attached Garage

                     3 Full Baths                              Dual Paned Windows

                     Hardwood floors                        Fireplace in Living Room

                     Family Room + Bonus…

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A few special properties in Mill Valley..................

By: Rene Adelman Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 10:28am. 2143 Views, 0 Comments.



As realtors we see many homes.  At times they can start to all look the same, so when there are homes that stay with us and we know they are special, I feel it is our job to express how special they are!  Recently the inventory in Southern Marin has finally started to increase.   There have been some great homes that have come on the market and then quickly are gone.   Right now there are three properties that really are shining stars as far as I can tell.  One is not on the market yet, one just came on and one has been on for a bit. 


The perfect Mill Valley Cottage coming soon.   There has been a sweet, brown shingled, completely remodeled cottage sitting in Mill Valley in the…

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Offer Advantage for the Winning Bid on Your New Home

By: Nicholas Ballard Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 6:37pm. 1583 Views, 0 Comments.

Getting your purchase offer accepted in today’s market is a tough gambit. The combination of low inventory and multiple offers being made on most properties translates into fierce competition.  Most sellers are looking for a quick, uncomplicated sale. And any offer other than an “all cash” bid, or that is without the backing of a rock-solid loan approval is destined for a quick toss into the waste basket. Most listing agents vet loan pre-approvals and will reject any that appear less than ironclad, or that are backed by certain banks whose reputations for delaying escrows are common knowledge.

So how do you make your offer stand out and get that elusive winning bid for your new home? The first step is to get a solid loan pre-approval. But many banks…

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1035 Calle Paseo, Novato - SOLD

By: Janis Peterson Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 6:00pm. 1384 Views, 1 Comments.

Just Sold! I represented the Seller of this very desirable 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in Southern Novato. It featured a beautifully remodeled kitchen, open floor plan and many upgrades including a nicely landscaped yard. It is in a prime location, the Loma Verde neighborhood, with easy access to 101, public transportation, shopping and walking distance to Loma Verde Elementary School.


I sold this home to my clients in 2010.  As a result of a great job offer with a top gaming company in Southern California, they reluctantly moved out of the home and neighborhood they loved.  The move happened so quickly that my clients didn't have time to prepare their home for sale.  It was left to me to project manage all of the preparations to get…

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Realtor Kelley Eling joins Marin Modern Real Estate

By: Renee Adelmann Sunday, August 4th, 2013 at 6:04pm. 1285 Views, 0 Comments.

I'm delighted to announce that Kelley Eling has joined our Marin Modern Real Estate Family!

A Marin County native, Kelley has been practicing real estate in Marin since 2002.  She is extremely well versed in all things Marin and welcomes the opportunity to put her knowledge and experience to work for you!

We welcome Kelley to our team and I would encourage you to contact her for "high tech, high touch" representation when buying or selling a home in Marin or Southern Sonoma County.

Welcome Kelley!

Renee Adelmann, Owner & Realtor

Marin Modern Real Estate

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