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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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The San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival took place this weekend, June 21 & 22. San Anselmo Avenue was taken over by pedestrians for the two-day event. Thousands of people attended, attracted by the vendors, artists, musicians, rides, fun, food, and fantastic weather. Presented by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, this popular annual event draws crowds from across the Bay Area and is just one of a series of public events taking place throughout the year in San Anselmo. Details of this and other events like Music in the Park, and Film Night in creek Park can be found through a link provided at

With its great weather, location, schools, restaurants, lifestyle, and more, San Anselmo is one of the most attractive places in

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In an article dated May 14, 2014, San Diego-based Data Quick, a real estate news service, noted that the 19.8% March-April increase in Bay Area home sales this year significantly exceeded the historical 4.8% average. In spite of this, the 7,555 units sold still fell below the average of 8,978 April sales going back to 1988. According to the article, Bay Area April home sales have ranged from the low of 5,636 in 1995 to the peak of 14,430 in 2004, but have not reached the historical average of 8,978 in any month for more than 8 years.

The article goes on to note that distressed home sales (short sales and foreclosures) continue to fall, and accounted for about 7.4% of the April market in the Bay Area--- down from 8.9% in March and 20.1% a year ago. It

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 875 Tamalpais Avenue #14 in Novato just sold!

I just helped my client with the purchase of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit with an enclosed garage. This client had been looking for several months, and had made offers on other units---then began to go to Brokers' Open Houses with me. When we walked in to this home, we knew it was the right one. We made an offer right away and it was accepted! Great location, great light, great commute location! The sale was completed in less than 30 days; The buyer even got a credit at closing and can't wait to move in!

Even in today's competitive Marin County real estate market, there are opportunities for buyers who are patient and persistent.  If you need help finding that special home, just call.


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A pocket park, a small green lawn, plenty of inviting benches, and a shimmering fountain with statues of Yoda and Harrison Ford grace the space next to the San Anselmo Town Hall. Opened on June 20, 2013, on land donated by George Lucas, this petite parcel is a focal point for the Downtown area and a magnet for kids of all ages. Directly across the street from Marin Coffee Roasters, the Park attracts shoppers, strollers, sun-seekers, coffee drinkers, dog walkers, Moms, Dads, Kids, residents, visitors, nannies with baby strollers, and a multitude of others. Beckoning passers-by for a look, a sit, conversation, contemplation, a meetup, a play date, a stop at an impromptu lemonade stand raising money for a school project, it is an attractive addition to

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Hidden in plain sight, just a couple of blocks from downtown San Anselmo lies Robson-Harrington Park. This jewel of a community park has an interesting history. Originally the home of Edwin K. Wood and his wife Marian, the main house was completed in 1906 with funds from Wood's successful business ventures in lumber and shipping. Woods and his wife lived there and were active members of the San Anselmo community until he died in 1917 at the age of 77. Marian passed away in 1922, and in 1923 the family sold the estate to Kernan and Geraldine Robson for $18,500. The Robsons expanded the original house and added the brick and stone walls that surround the estate, using brick from the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake. Robson died in 1956 and his

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You know about Staging!




You've visited beautiful Zen-like homes with abundant, elegant, uncluttered space everywhere, and wondered if anyone actually lived there. Staging is an art. A good stager will appeal to your senses---- Peaceful, attractive living areas, perhaps with colorful paintings, flowers, even the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Just enough furniture to suggest possibilities, and little enough to create an illusion of space in which you can imagine your own sanctuary. A good staging job is subtle, welcoming, alluring, and it sets a mood. But is it worth it the money? My own experience as a Listing Agent would lead me to respond with an unequivocal "yes", and a large majority of my colleagues would agree. Read the

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The terms pre-qualified and pre-approved sound pretty interchangeable. In fact, there is a huge difference, which I promise to explain! But, before I get into that, let me address a more basic question. "What is a pre-approval and why do I need one?"

Here in Marin County, our real estate market, though active, has experienced a severe shortage of inventory for quite some time now. A recent check revealed slightly over a one month supply of homes for sale, while 4-5 months is considered healthy by many agents and analysts. One important cause of this shortage is the perception by potential sellers that prices are still too low for them to sell. With recent appreciation in the market, this is not necessarily the case, but it will take a while for

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One of my personal favorite restaurants is Piazza D'Angelo in Mill Valley! Opened in 1981 by Domenico and Paolo Petrone, two brothers from the southern part of Italy, the Mill Valley restaurant is an oasis for everything from a drink and a snack in the elegant bar after work, to a luscious luncheon on a lovely day, a special dinner with family and friends, or even a group from your company. Choose the elegant dining room, one of the two enclosed patios, or an al fresco table facing the downtown Mill Valley square; It's hard to go wrong!

Under the direction of Chef Andrea Giuiliani, the expert and attentive staff consistently deliver a delicious and enjoyable experience created from their friendliness, flexibility, dedication, and skill. Whether you

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This month's report begins with a couple of timely and relevant Holiday real estate stories. The author promises that there are actual statistics contained in this report, and those who are eager to find them sooner, rather than later, may, of course, scroll down!

People often ask me about the state of our local real estate market. This year, I've been telling them about the tremendous opportunities for sellers due to the low inventory of homes for sale, escalating prices, and frequent multiple-offer situations. Last week, on my way to a class, I picked up my friend Anne in the East Bay, and it wasn't too long before the conversation turned towards real estate. I told her things were slowing down a bit, with lots of buyers and sellers getting

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According to an October 17 report by DataQuick, a San Diego-based real estate news service, a total of 300 homes sold in Marin County in September, at a median price of $750,000. The figure includes both single family homes and condo's and reflects an increase of 15.4% in price and 11.9% in numbers of units for sale, compared to the same period last year. In August of this year, the comparable figures were 350 units sold at a median price of $760,000. The article notes that in the nine-county Bay Area real estate market, September marked the second month of a month-to-month decline in the median sales price which, it stated, reached a high of $665,000 in June/July of 2007, and a low of $290,000 in March of '09.

Although the median price of Bay Area

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