I help my clients with renting out their homes at times. I have to say that it will be difficult to find a nice house with a large yard that will take large dogs, even though your dog might behave really well. However, it is not impossible as there are many animal lovers in Marin county.
It will probably take some time and you might have to call each owner and find out what they will take though.
Novato is served by TAM (Transportation Authority of Marin).
I would also check out 511.org's Trip Planner:
Be sure to select "Additional Options" and add Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit as providers.
Kathleen: Much depends upon your local market. In the San Diego real estate market, we are advising our sellers to take an aggressive stance and price their properties competitively. This is not the time to price your property over the top so that your "have room for negotiations." Doing so, you could very well lose potential buyers to homes with more motivated sellers.... more
If you are either the Buyer or the Seller, the price you agree on can be a double edged sword. Since you are buying something in the future, how do you know what the right price will be? How do you know what twists and turns our economy will take. Overall, it is better to be a Buyer in a Lease to Own deal.... more
Hi Ferrisr001, Of course it is! I will take it that you are looking to rent in the way you question is worded. So here's the deal. As a long time landlord I can attest to the difficulty of renting to a tenant with a large dog so here's what you do. Offer a dog damage deposit! It should be brought up as soon as you ask if the landlord will take a large dog. Second ask that the landlord come meet your big (hopefully) sweet and lovable dog and be prepaired to show that your dog will follow simple commands like "out " or "sit". You need to demonstrate that you have your dog under control at all times and his or her behavior is not destructive! Finally be ready to do a simple demonstration of you control of the dog so the landlord can be put at ease. And don't for get the old "the dog stays in the garage pitch"...... more
I am afraid I have no idea. i only handle sales. I would recommend talking to every property manager you can find. They usually have rentals and know all the section 8 rules.
Good luck to you!