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Elizabeth Wi…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Elizabeth Williamson answered:
is there a house that bank owned and it is around$700.000 to$750.000
I'm sure there is. However, I'm not sure what your question is. If you are thinking that you are getting a better deal because the home is foreclosed, it may or may not be a better de ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2008 Home Buying in Novato
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Is it smart to buy in Bahia?
Angela,
Bahia has had an issue with the lagoon being filled with silt and overgrown with weeds for many years. There was an ongoing lawsuit for years regarding the state of the lagoo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 4, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Is it easy to rent out an entry-level single famliy house in novato?
Hi Peter:

Absolutely! Entry-Level Single Family Homes (and for that matter, entry level town homes, condos) are in real demand now a days in Novato.

This is in part due to th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 28, 2010 Home Buying in Novato
Antolin Du B…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Antolin Du Bois, CFP® answered:
If you are buyer, what are the top 5 things that you fear in this market?
1) Running out of down payment cash to buy a great deal.
2) Other people realizing now is the time to buy....and finding my good deal.
3) Obama or McCain changing the tax code to hurt ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 9, 2008 Home Buying in Marin County, CA
Mary Kay and…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Several of you have recommended Marin County for my relo from Phx to the Bay Area. It's beautiful, so why is
There are several areas of Marin that presently have more affordable prices than other areas. Most of Novato has homes at $700,000 and under. Some areas of San Rafael and Fairfax have h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 9, 2008 Home Buying in Marin County, CA
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
I'm interesting in purchasing a house in Novato, CA. Will the market increase any time soon?
Hello Zeke:

There are a lot of inventories and some really good deals in Novato right now; some short sales and REOS (Bank Owned) properties. Buyers that were not able to get into t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 3, 2008 Home Buying in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
What's the property tax in Novato and San Rafael, CA?
Hi Eva:

The basic tax rate for Novato and San Rafael are about 0.99%.

However, each city has different assessements, bonds, fees and charges (sanitary, runoff charges, library b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 2, 2009 Home Buying in San Rafael, CA
John Peterson,  in 95003
John Peterson answered:
What is the guideline in California for comparable sales as far as how far back can you go. 90 days? 6mo. 1
I would say 90 days is the optimal, the further back you go the less reliable it is. Some areas like Tiburon and others have expensive homes next to lesser value ones, so choosing what ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 8, 2008 Home Buying in 94920
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Does anyone have an opinion of Marin City? I would like to buy a 1 or 2 bedroom condo....
Hi K;

The couple of lower priced condos that are in Marin City are both Co-Ops wiht high monthly HOA ($450, $495 respectively

http://norcalmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPN ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 29, 2015 Home Buying in 94965
Elizabeth Wi…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Elizabeth Williamson answered:
I am looking to buy a condo at Eucalyptus Knoll, I am only interested in the condo's 1-20. Please let me
One approach, is if your working with an agent, have your agent write a letter to the people in those condos expressing that they have a client interested in their condo. Know ahead of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 16, 2009 Home Buying in Mill Valley
Elizabeth Wi…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Elizabeth Williamson answered:
For investment purposes, what is the best city to buy a house in Marin County? I would want to sell it in
It depends on what you can afford as a mortgage payment. Although there is always a high demand for rentals especailly in Southern Marin, it is highly unlikely, that the rent is going ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2009 Home Buying in Marin County, CA
Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler answered:
We have fallen in love with a property on the water that is not for sale (it is for lease). Can we offer to?
S,
As you know, any thing can be bought at the right price. Let's try to understand the owner's position. In a market, such as we have today, the owner may really prefer to sell but re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 3, 2008 Home Buying in San Rafael, CA
CJ Brasiel, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
CJ Brasiel answered:
Seller is refusing to agree to arbitration. Cause for concern?
Robin -

When you say the seller is refusing to agree to arbitration it is unclear whether or not they initialed the mediation/arbitration paragraph of the purchase contract or is thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 15, 2011 Home Buying in San Rafael
Steve Ragghi…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Steve Ragghianti answered:
Are there any good cities with worth buying housing around San Rafael?
Sam, the closer you get to San Francisco the more you can expect to pay. San Rafael is not only the county seat, but also the geographic center of Marin. The surouning cities and towns ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 18, 2008 Home Buying in San Rafael, CA
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Most of the schools in Marin start in August. Do I have enough time to Find and Move into a Home?
Don't panic, you still have time and I can help you to do just that! Give me a call at (415) 717-0293 and we will work together to get you settled in before then.

Here is what we ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 9, 2007 Home Buying in Novato, CA
Mario Pinedo,…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mario Pinedo, Ccim answered:
What is the lowest priced house I can buy in Tiburon?
Two homes at $1,050,000 and two homes at $1,150,000 are the current available lowest priced homes in Tiburon. If you want, I can send you the info, just email me from my blog
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 2, 2007 Home Buying in Tiburon, CA
Blaine Morris, Real Estate Pro in Kentfield, CA
Blaine Morris answered:
How do I know if I should offer more or less than the listing price in Fairfax?
The competition for different homes in Fairfax varies. If it's a home in the 'flats' with sidewalks and a yard, it will likely be competitive. Likewise for entry-level condos and town ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 25, 2009 Home Buying in Fairfax
Eduardo Gute…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
How do I know if I should offer more or less than the listing price in Corte Madera?
It doesn't matter what kind of home you're buying in Corte Madera; you have to look at the comparables of recent sales and current actives to determine if the price is right. Use all th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 10, 2011 Home Buying in Corte Madera
Eduardo Gute…, Real Estate Pro in ,
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
How do I figure out what home I can afford in Corte Madera?
As always, that is a question for your tax adviser and your mortgage broker, who should be talking often. However, whatever they say, don't pay more than makes you comfortable, even if ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 5, 2010 Home Buying in Corte Madera
Lorena Garba…,  in Novato, CA
Lorena Garbarino answered:
How do I figure out what home I can afford in Novato?
Working with my team of loan agents and accountant is key. Not only should you look at what your monthly payment should be but what is the tax benefit. I can help you determine what i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 29, 2009 Home Buying in Novato, CA
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