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Helen Buckley, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Helen Buckley answered:
Is San Rafael good for families with children?
Without a doubt ! In fact it is so good that I moved here with my family. It has some great schools, wonderful neighborhoods, and downtown San Rafael has some really good restaurants an ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 10, 2008 Quality of Life in San Rafael
Helen Buckley, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Helen Buckley answered:
How do I figure out what home I can afford in San Rafael?
I agree with Sylvia in that the first step to take when trying to figure out which house one can afford, is not to look at houses at all but ones own finances! Once you have sat down wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 10, 2008 Home Buying in San Rafael
Laura Mogann…, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Laura Mogannam answered:
How do I know if I should offer more or less than the listing price in San Rafael?
As with everything it is imperative that you do your homework! Make sure you consult with a professional who is familiar with San Rafael and knows what is going on there. It is importan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 4, 2008 Home Buying in San Rafael
David Dorfman, Real Estate Pro in New Jersey
David Dorfman answered:
Your tenant moves out after 2 days...commission returned?
IF you're greedy, keep it and never see the client again.Not even worth the breath to argue over it.

This is REAL problem with "regular" agents.

A commission should ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 25, 2008 Agent2Agent in 94901
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Are there any good cities with worth buying housing around San Rafael?
Hi Sam:

I know exactly how you feel. When I moved here from Indiana (we moved around 5 times due to his consulting job)10 years ago, I had a huge sticker shock - my husband bought t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 18, 2008 Home Buying in San Rafael
Jennifer Kre…, Home Seller in 95124
Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA answered:
If you live in an area of Marin that is considered County, you do not have city inspections. What changes?
The Marin County Community Development Agency is responsible for Planning, Building and Environmental Health. Building inspections are handled through their office as well as all permit ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Dec 16, 2007 Tech Tips in 94901
Carol Andres…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Carol Andres Baer, Realtor® answered:
is there public transportation from Mill Valley to the Civic Center in San Rafael?
Yes. You can take Golden Gate Transit route 17 to San Rafael and then take route 49 to the Civic Center.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2007 Traffic & Public Transportation in San Rafael
Kelley Eling, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Kelley Eling answered:
Who are good lenders in this area?
Mark Lachtman at First Capital Group. He can be reached at 415.485.1080 x11.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2007 Financing in San Rafael
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Houses with pools appear less popular in the Bay Area, in particular Marin and East Bay. Why is this?
You are absolutely correct about homes not selling to well with pools in the East Bay. I believe it is multifold....our climate, liability and families with children. It seems that th ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue Sep 4, 2007 Curb Appeal in San Rafael
Francine L.…, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Francine L. Hulot answered:
I'd hate to leave San Francisco, but am considering San Rafael.
Terra Linda is an ideal location for young families.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 3, 2007 General Area in San Rafael
Eduardo Gute…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
How easy it to get around San Rafael with public transportation (buses, trains, subways, etc)?
Public transportation is by bus alone. San Rafael has the Transportation Center, the county's major bus hub. Buses are very efficient. It is possible to live in San Rafael without a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Traffic & Public Transportation in San Rafael
Eduardo Gute…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Can you describe how San Rafael looks and feels for a person that has never lived here?
San Rafael has a bit of everything. The first impression you get driving through on the freeway might be that it has lot of car dealerships and a big box stores. But that's only the beg ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 General Area in San Rafael
Abby Kagan, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Abby Kagan answered:
How are the shopping and local amenities in San Rafael?
San Rafael is the hub of Marin. Basically it offers more the amenities than any of the other cities here in Marin. Most of the car dealerships are here. Currently they have one of 2 Who ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Shopping & Local Amenities in San Rafael
Andy, Other/Just Looking in California
Andy answered:
There is a lot of talk of a softening real estate market. How would you describe the real estate market in San Rafael?
Since April 2007, the market in SR changed a lot. If you decide to wait for another four years, the info here would become useless.

Andy
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Market Conditions in San Rafael
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
How do I find the best deal on a mortgage?
Comparison Shop is always the key. But, the best deal also means a reputable mortgage broker who will deliver what he/she promises and who will give you the 'best' not only in terms of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Financing in San Rafael
Steve Ragghi…, Real Estate Pro in Marin County, CA
Steve Ragghianti answered:
Is crime an issue in San Rafael?
Here are some sites that will give you some real insights to the area:

http://blogs.marinij.com/underbelly/

http://www.cityofsanrafael.org/Government/Police_Department_Home_Page/I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 23, 2007 Crime & Safety in San Rafael
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