Marin Market Update

Market update for Marin County real estate buyers and sellers. Find out how home sales are doing in Marin, California.

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Come Home to 35 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera CA 94925!


This lovely home offers 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths on a flat lot in the coveted Madera Gardens neighborhood of Corte Madera.

Gaze at Mt.Tamalpais from the living room of this functional one level home with fenced, flat yard. Tastefully updated between 1995-2001 with porcelain tile floors, recessed lighting, enclosed patio, refinished pool surface, updated kitchen and baths and tumbled limestone fireplace surround.

Expanded master bedroom in 2002 with garden and pool view. Second bedroom has an attached fenced tiled patio. The perfect spot to read a book or do homework.

The front yard welcomes you home with mature landscaping and an elegant stone

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The Forbes neighborhood in San Rafael has long been one of Marin's most sought-after residential neighborhoods.

Located within a few minutes walking distance from down town, it provides an unmatched convenience and life-style opportunity for its residents.

The wide streets are lined with beautiful, mature trees which crowns meet and create magical, green, shady "tunnels". Lush greenery and flowers spill over the white picket fences adorning the sidewalks. Victorian homes, Craftsmans, cottages and bungalows all create a welcoming palette for the eye. And in the midst of everything is the wonderful "West End Nursery" located. Who would not want to live in such a beautiful neighborhood?

Over the years, I've sold numerous homes in

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It is my pleasure to assist clients with real estate purchases and sales throughout Marin County and adjoining areas but, as a resident of San Anselmo (only a block or so from Downtown), my particular interest is in this very special area of Marin. I often write about restaurants or local events, but today, since we are in the midst of the spring selling season, wanted to follow up on last month's report on San Anselmo home prices.

Our previous report focused on the first four months of 2016, noting that 37 Single Family Residences (SFR) and 3 Condos sold during the period. Let's take a look at the similarities and differences. When we compare statistics from the first 29 Days of May, we see that 13 SFR's and 1 Condo sold during the period.

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyers on the purchase of their "retirement" home at 5 Pacific Drive in Novato.  Built in 1995, this Southern Novato home features 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, soaring ceilings, beautifully remodeled kitchen and a mezzanine addition perfect for a pool table. This home offers the location they wanted and the outdoor space and privacy they desired for gardening and entertaining. After a year-long search, my clients found the perfect home, a home that enabled them to take advantage of Prop. 60.  Their home of 30+ years in Corte Madera where they raised their family just came on the market today.


Janis Peterson, Realtor, 415-271-3109 or

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Custom built 2001 Mediterranean estate located on one the best lots in the highly coveted Marin Country Club Estates neighborhood of Ignacio Valley. This home exudes quality, elegance, and sophistication from the stunning curb appeal, to its grand entrance, breathtaking views, and lush landscaping that surrounds the entire property.

Features include 4,600+ sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 of which are suites; Master suite has a separate sitting area, his-her walk-in closet, private terrace, Jacuzzi tub. The main levels large Gourmet Island Kitchen with Chefs quality stainless appliances, walk-in pantry shares it space perfectly with the Great Room, and flows right into the formal dining and family room, all with high quality finishes and

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Situated at the very end of the street in this exclusive neighborhood on over half an acre, is this one of a kind, remodeled, contemporary, 3 level home with spectacular views from every room.  Overlooking Marin Golf & Country Club, the home is surrounded by breathtaking views of the lush green hills and golf course. With six bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, plus two additional bonus rooms, there is plenty of space for all!
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How is the Marin real estate market? Inventory remains low and prices continue to increase. Marin's median home price is now $1,225,000. This can be compared to San Francisco's $1.4M and Silicon Valley's $3M. We appear "normal" when compared to our closest counties, but we are far off the chart compared to the rest of California. This is what CAR's Chief Economist says about the current market: "The economic fundamentals continue to support overall home sales growth, but a lack of housing inventory also will fuel more market competition as housing demand remains on an upward trend. Thin housing supplies appear to be the driving force behind the increase in sales-to-list price ratios, with the ratio rising in 28 of 40 reporting counties."

I can only agree

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I just read a very interesting article by Kenneth R. Harney, who writes a syndicated column, The Nation's Housing, (New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Inman News, etc.) titled, "Fannie Mae Making Credit Habits into Mortgage Issue." The article was saying that folks with credit cards are considered either a "revolver" or a "transactor" which is determined by whether they make small or minimum payments on their credit card (revolver) or whether they pay off their credit card debt in full each month (transactor). 

Up to now lenders didn't care which we were as long as we were current on any payments.  Credit reports show exactly that too-whether you are current or whether you are in default or late on any and they never showed what we

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People ask all the time "How's the Market?", and for the past couple of years, the answer has been "Very active, with many buyers competing for a limited number of properties". Just to give readers an idea of what this means, I took a closer look at the San Anselmo sales statistics for the first four months of the year, and compared them to the same period in 2015.

First, the market for housing in both periods was predominantly Single Family Residences (SFR). This year, 34 SFR's sold in the 1st 4 months of the year vs. only 2 Condos. Last year the numbers were 37 SFR's and 3 Condos. Looking at the prices, I found the following:



Average List Price $1,152,222.

Average Sold Price $1,174,276 or about 1.9% over asking


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Prices  increased here in "the Hollow" even as inventory decreased.

This past month 1359 Butterfield sold for $3,300,000 which is a record for this part of the 'hood'. There were two offers.

Shortly,1360 Butterfield is going to come on the market for $2,900,000. It was purchased last year for $,1515,000 and is now rolling out with added square footage and a whole new look. Think: Restoration Hardware meets Sunset Magazine. (Let me know if you want a sneak peak.)

As of this writing only three homes have sold in Sleepy Hollow since the first of the year. By this time last yeear, six homes had sold. This is the story all over Marin right now. Inventory has been down, sales have been down and prices were trending up. I say "were" because while homes are

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