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I just had the pleasure of helping my client get a great deal on a short sale in Sausalito. We were able to turn around a situation where my client did not get her first offer accepted over the summer. There were five offers and the seller ended up going with an offer from the tenant. However, that deal fell through and the property came back on the market. Because I had done a good job of packaging the offer the first time, and it was basically ready to go, I was able to quickly submit another offer and get it accepted to beat out four more offers that came in the second time. After that, we still had to negotiate with two lienholders on top of everything else that had to be done, and managed to get the transaction closed before the two foreclosure

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I just had the pleasure of helping my friends and clients, Monophonics, negotiate a commercial lease on a great space in Marin for their headquarters. The real estate market in Marin continues to be very competitive, so I had to put together a tight, professional package quickly to avert a multiple offer situation. Fortunately, I was able to negotiate a good deal for everybody. But, it took constant communication between the parties involved, compromise and patience.

Situated in an undisclosed Marin County location, this commercial space has everything my clients need. The front office includes removable sliding glass partitions, offering flexible configurations. The main jam room is finished in beautiful hardwood floors that extend into

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Apparently, some lenders have started doing stated income loans again. To some, this is a sign that the home loan crisis might be over. Interest rates are at an all-time low, but there have been whispers that rates will finally start to increase this year. There are still great deals on Marin homes, but prices are starting to inch up. As we head out of winter and into spring, the real estate market usually experiences higher volume, which is another reason to consider buying now.

For alternate financing options, Aaron Augustis, a Marin-based financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, said his company offers loan products that many people aren't aware of. Using the Pledged-Asset Mortgage or the Portfolio Loan Account, home buyers are able to

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October is often seen as the beginning of the slow period in real estate. Not so in Marin County. Single-family home sales were up in October 2011. There were 157 homes sold this year as compared to 152 in October of 2010 according to the Marin IJ. Prices of Marin single-family homes were also up October 2011 versus October 2010. The median price for single-family homes sold during this period rose from $740,000 to $749,000.

Condo sales also increased in October from 39 sold last year to 49 closed in 2011, which is a 25.6% increase. However, the median price for condos sold in October 2011 fell from $350,000 to $325,000 or a 7.14% decrease. This can be attributed to the number of distressed condos in Marin County. A significant number of

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I was able to negotiate a sizeable reduction in price on a Marin REO, with multiple offers, for my clients. As a result, they were able to purchase their Sausalito dream home.

Located in a desirable neighborhood, this 3 bedroom/2 bathroom Sausalito home exudes the California lifestyle. An open floor plan, with large living room, boasts unobstructed bay views from a wall of windows. Dramatic vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, built-in bookcases, window bench and gas fireplace finish off the heart of the house. The kitchen opens to the dining room with a bar for seating, granite tile counters, and gas range. The house also features wrap-around decks, separate office, two jetted tubs and central vacuum.

The property is located within walking

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Students of Marin County Schools scored well in the recent results released regarding the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting exams (STAR). In fact, they outperformed state averages by a significant margin. The tests measure second through seventh grade students' proficiency in math and English.  


According to the Marin IJ, 73.4% of Marin students were proficient in English, whereas 54% of all California students in those grades were proficient in English. Marin Students also averaged better in math than the state, coming in at 66.1% compared to 50%. "The significant and sustained improvements we've seen for nine consecutive years prove how hard teachers, school employees, administrators and parents are working to help students

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Residents of Corte Madera and Larkspur alike are looking to add Corte Madera to the name of the school district that it shares with Larkspur as a two-school district. Neil Cummins Elementary School is in Corte Madera and Hall Middle School is in Larkspur. The new (old) name would be the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.


Corte Madera is currently home to 814 of the students in the district as opposed to 469 students living in Larkspur, according to the Marin IJ. The district is also hoping to add a third school in Corte Madera. However, it would require some building expansion to the existing site, as well as retrofitting. The district's superintendent recently approached the Corte Madera Community Foundation to discuss a $26 million bond

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Buying an investment property in Marin can make sense with the decline in home prices and the rise in rents. Prices are down to 2003 levels in some cases, reducing the downside risk of where home values will go from here. The number of folks who have to sell their homes who want to rent is going up, creating more demand for rentals. Another factor is the public school system in Marin County. Families who can no longer afford private schools or weren't able to get into private schools look to Marin public schools as a good alternative, given the quality of the schools (often distinguished), and high API scores.


Prandi Properties, a local rental agency, provided the following sampling of Marin properties they rented in February 2011.

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