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Marin Real Estate market update and community musings by Frederick Anlyan, Realtor and Broker Associate with Marin Modern Real Estate.  

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Home Inspections, Part 1

You're selling your home.

You've spent several weeks and more than a few dollars cleaning, painting, landscaping, and staging. The place looks great; in fact, it looks so good you find yourself wondering why you're moving! You're looking forward to receiving offers and have even found a new home.

Your real estate agent calls to suggest that you have some inspections done before placing your home on the market. Your first reaction is to wonder why on earth you, as a seller, want to spend more money on inspections. Isn't that the province of the buyer? Well, yes, but then again, not necessarily.

Think about it this way: You do the inspections in advance, and get the tough inspectors! You'll know all the defects

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In a November 13 report, CoreLogic DataQuick noted that Bay Area housing market sales activity posted modest gains in October, increasing from 7,443 units in September to 7,693 in October, a 3.4% increase. To put this in perspective, the article states that a slight uptick in sales from September to October is normal but that, historically, volume has ranged from a low of 5,486 units in September 2007 to a high of 13,392 in 2003. The article points out that this October's sales were 9.7% below the average of 8,521 October unit sales since 1988. Further, the CoreLogic article speculates that sales activity remains relatively low due to a tapering off of investor activity and all-cash sales (20.5% in October, 2nd lowest since Nov 2008 when it was

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Just Sold, $870,000

220 Frustuck Avenue in Fairfax. Great neighborhood, very convenient to Downtown.


The new owners are extremely happy with their new home, which they were able to purchase for below the recently reduced asking price. They also received a nice credit at closing. Persistence really does pay off! 

For effective strategies in today's Marin County real estate market, call or email today. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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 Hello Everyone,

In an October 14 report, Core Logic Data Quick, a real estate information service notes that September Bay Area residential real estate sales reached 7443 units, up 4.2 percent from 7,141 in September of last year, the highest number for any September since 2009, when 7,879 units sold.The article also noted that "Sales for the month of September have varied from 5,014 in 2007 to 13,343 in 2003. The average since 1988, when CoreLogic DataQuick’s statistics begin, is 8,479." A chart included with the article showed Marin County sales of 270 units this September, down 10% from last September's 300 sold homes. At the same time, the article points out that  the median price of a Marin County sold home in September was $880,000, 17.3% higher

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Hello Everyone,

A September 11, 2014 article by Irvine, CA-based real estate information service Core Logic DataQuick notes that although Marin county home sales declined from 355 units in August of 2013 to 323 units in 2014, median prices were up from $760,000 to $839,500. Some of this increase would be attributable to factors other than increase in value, such as the market mix of specific homes being sold during the two periods. The article goes on to say that although there is considerable month-to-month fluctuation in market indicators, the Bay Area market as a whole seems to be trending back towards “long term norms”. Data Quick analyst, John Karevoll is quoted as saying “The most congestion in the various pipelines that comprise the housing

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I wanted to let everyone know that I just listed this Fabulous, Big and Bright 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath end-unit with open kitchen/dining room that flows to a large, enclosed patio. The home is a Spacious 1542 square feet (tax records) with a bonus room that could be used as an office, 4th bedroom or might become a future bathroom. Conveniently located near shopping,dining,hiking,transportation, and minutes to 101. Easy commute. Great Schools! This Popular complex features Clubhouse, Exercise Room, and recently re-done pool. A great place to live!

There will be a Public Open House on Sunday, 21 September, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. I'll look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me. I'll look forward to hearing

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Successful real estate agents are like airline pilots or orchestra conductors. We're ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the transaction--- but we don't do it by ourselves. We rely on a network of other professionals: escrow officers; inspectors; contractors; transaction coordinators, and many others. We coordinate their efforts, but we cannot achieve success without them. One of the most critical pieces in assembling the picture-puzzle that will be the buyer's new home is the Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer, who can literally make or break the transaction. The best lending professionals conduct a thorough review of the buyer's qualifications and assets prior to issuing a pre-approval letter. They don't just take a snapshot, give…
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 Just Sold, $525,000!

617 Golden Gate in Point Richmond.

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath "Duet". Great commute location with views of 3 Bridges!

Buyers are extremely happy with their new home, which they successfully obtained in a multiple-offer situation. Persistence pays off! 

For effective strategies in today's Bay Area real estate market, call or email today. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!



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Yes, it can be done! There seem to be a throng of buyers laden with cash from selling their homes, cashing out their high-tech stock options, family money, and the list goes on. There is no question that they have an advantage. They're not subject to appraisals and underwriting standards while you are, because you need a loan. If you're up against someone with a lot of money who just loves the home, it's probably time to move on, but barring that, give it a try. Cash buyers are not invincible. There are definite steps that can be taken to level the playing field.

First, it's important to understand what sellers and their agents are looking for. It boils down to just a few things: A good price; the terms the Sellers want (more on this later); a

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