The first thing that we would need to know is your price range plus minimum criteria for bedrooms, baths, square footage, any other necessities, etc. Having an acre or more of land will be somewhat expensive in Marin. would you consider West Marin or southern Sonoma County??
If you plan to rent, please let us know what your rental price range is per month.
Electric and gas costs depend on the energy efficiency of the home as well as the type of construction and size of the home. Insurance is usually tied to the cost of the home and whether or not flood insurance is required OR if you decide to obtain earthquake insurance as well.
Daycare costs vary from area to area. Traffic congestion is usually worse the further north or west your location.
Crime...you would need to check with each individual police/sheriff dept., but in general, it is quite low in Marin.
Foreclosed homes are available, but they are becoming fewer as the market improves.
Let us know if you have any more questions!! We can't really assist you without further information.
Mary Kay and Kathy
I just sent you a long email directly, but wanted to make sure you got it, sometimes my emails go into spam. Be sure to check there! Also I do ho9ld monthly seminars for families looking to make the move to Marin, (I have one tonight) but there will be another one in June if you are going to be here:
I look forward to talking to you!
All of your cost concerns can be addressed in the rental process when you hone in on the property location that best suits your family's needs. The search can be done online or purusing the neighborhoods that are of interest after your move here to Marin. I'll be happy to provide the information regarding forclosures, day care, utility & insurance rates, traffic and neighborhood crime activity while you are in the process of locating your rental and eventual purchase.
Looking forward to hearing from you.