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Corte Madera : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 21, 2012
Madeline Schaider answered:
Goden Gate Transit Buses 40 and 42 travel from several locations in Richmond to the San Rafael Transit Center. from there there are seveal buses that travel south to Crte Madera and beyond. To plan your trip, call 511-455-2000 (toll-free) or 415-(outside the Bay Area). ... more
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Steven Ornellas answered:
Jacksbusy:

Oggi is correct; however, doing so MAY create a potential tax exposure problem for you.

You see, I believe if you don't charge interest, the IRS can still tax you on what they figure you should have earned in interest. The IRS has many "interest rules" regarding making personal loans so the bottom line is that you should talk with your CPA or Tax Advisor on the best way to proceed.

In fact, if one follows IRS guidelines the setting of a loan rate actually depends on:

1) The month your promissory note is created, and

2) The term of the loan: Short-term (3 years or less), Mid-term (> 3 and <=9 years), Long-term (> 9 years).

The setting of what rate is appropriate is "controlled" by the IRS via their monthly Index of Applicable Federal Rates (AFR) Rulings, which you can see here: http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/federalRates.html

-Steve
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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Kenton Wolfers answered:
I would say there is no reason a seller can't carry the loan if they sell as long as they own the home free and clear. If you have a loan on your house and sell it most banks have an acceleration clause....meaning they will demand to get paid off if you sell. With interest rates at historically low levels most buyers can obtain excellent financing for home purchases. If you would like to sell your home and carry the note call me I would be happy to help. 415-609-5138 Kenton Wolfers Alain Pinel Realtors lic.# 01272467 ... more
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Fri Sep 30, 2011
Maryann Pearson answered:
Ronnae,
If you want to see the actual tax bill for a property in Marin County, you can find it on the Marin County website.
Go to: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/AR/compass/index.asp and enter the parcel number of the property. It will show you the entire current tax bill. Maryann ... more
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Wed Aug 10, 2011
Andy answered:
Hi Halley,

You asked in Apr 2007. I hope those 2008, 2011 answers are still useful.

Andy
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Thu Jun 23, 2011
Cliff Perotti answered:
Having lived in Chapman Park for over 10 years, I can tell you that the fog stops at the southern hilltop (Mill Valley), but does cause the nice cool down in the evenings. The weather is not as windy as the East side of Corte Madera, but you'll still get that breeze from West to East. The lower you are in Chapman Park, the less you will feel the effect of the fog. And yes, it does differ from Larkspur. There is generally less wind in Larkspur, so temperatures might be 3-4 degrees warmer. Chapman Park is an EXCEPTIONAL place to live! Cheers! ... more
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Wed Apr 20, 2011
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Leigha,

Laura is correct. You can submit your listing information to Trulia for free via the link below. The process is easy and your listing will be on our site within one hour.

Best Wishes,

Emily Erekuff
Community Moderator
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Sun Apr 11, 2010
Hannah Fliegel answered:
Hi Jack,

Typically you will pay $400 per sq feet in this area. You might be able to get a little cheaper due to the economy but this is the typical range for Mill Valley, Corte Madera.

Good luck!

Hannah Fliegel
415-999-9348
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Fri Feb 5, 2010
Pat & Steve Pribisko answered:
Amy:
Tristan Celayeta gave you a good answer. You can't go to the "site banks use to check equifax morgage on others." as you stated. But, if you go to the web site Tristan referred to, you can obtain info like the banks have access to. ... more
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Sun Sep 6, 2009
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
As part of the service I provide I always have the names of at least three local brokers you can speak to before making any decision as to who you want have help you. They will be able to help you choose a loan product that best fits your financial needs. ... more
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Wed Jun 24, 2009
Kenton Wolfers answered:
Since Corte Madera is a very desirable location and the availablity of good homes are limited this micro market has held up better than many. Prices have declined over the last two years, but good quality homes that are priced appropriately are selling relatively quickly. ... more
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Tue Aug 12, 2008
Margaret Stafford answered:
Hi Diane,
My webSite www.MargaretStafford.com offers a complimentary foreclosure search in any state, county and city.
Margaret Stafford
Realtor
Selling Marin & Sonoma Counties for over 18 years ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Corte Madera is a diverse community in the center of Marin County. Probably one of the more sought after areas by a majority of buyers because it blessed with both the best weather and the best schools. There are five distinct areas in town, but can roughly be divided into the flatland homes and the hillside homes. The flatland homes were historically the less expensive homes and had always had a few rough edges, but in the past decade homeowners have taken a great deal of pride in remodeling, upgrading and maintaining, knowing full well the value of their investments. While there are definite differences in home values, the extremes are not so pronounced as in many of the other county cities. The flatland houses are located on both sides of highway 101 and are predominantly ranch homes from the early 1960's. The hill homes are a combination of older, stately, sometimes cozy homes, with a mixture of small homes and summer cottages that have been expanded over the last 50 years. With land at a premium, it is not uncommon for someone to tear a home to its studs in order to build one of the many magnificent homes you find hidden in the trees. Views from the hills are spectacular, looking east to San Francisco Bay and the East Bay, or north across the Ross Valley towards Mt. Tamalpais and the north. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
As mentioned above, Corte Madera has some of the best schools in the county. Corte Madera Park is one of the county's largest parks for just playing, with a huge grassy area, playing fields and great children's play areas. A walking/biking trail bisects the town running north and south, and trails to open spaces on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais are esaily accessible. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Buses are the only public transportation and are regular andpass along the main streets. However, close by in Larkspur is the Larkspur Ferry which has regular and expanded service to San Francisco. It's a great ride and a great way to enjoy the Bay Area! ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
There are no real areas of traffic backup. Although the roads narrow to one lane roads once off Tamalpais Ave. and Madera Blvd., there is seldom enough traffic to slow one down. For the commute, one merely has to get down Tamalpais Avenue to highway 101 or, if on the est side, down Paradise Drive to 101. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Crime is not an issue, and it is safe to walk anywhere in town and any time.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
There's not much night life to speak of, being a residential town, but the many restaurants in the Town Center do offer dining until at least 10 o'clock. One of the city's most unique cultural events is one it shares with its neighbor Larkspur, and that is the 4th of July parade, and event which snakes its way along city streets for over 2 miles and draws people from across the county every year. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
While old Corte Madera doesn't really have a downtown, being really a residential community, there are a few strips of stores that line Tamalpais Ave., but the city is best known for having two large, upscale malls on opposite sides of highway 101, The Village and Corte Madera, and both have a wide varieties of stores, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries. The Town Center also has a large grocery store and a number of smaller businesses one might expect in a 'town center.' ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Please see my comments on whether Corte Madera is a good p[lace to raise children. As I mentioned, Corte Madera Park is a great large swath of lawn with play courts and a large children's play area. There is also another park, Granada Park for the half of the city on the east side of the freeway. ... more
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