I am interested in finding out more information about this property Carrera Drive, Mill Valley CA 94941. We

Asked by Diane Brown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tue Feb 3, 2009

are currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I cannot come for a showing. Can you please send more pictures? Thank you very much. Diane Brown. caracasbrown@bigfoot.com How can we go about this process while we are living in the U.A.E.?

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Sue, Home Owner, Mill Valley, CA
Wed May 23, 2012
Diane, I live in that neighborhood and would be willing to answer questions about it if you'd like. My name is Suzanne, and I live up the hill from Carrera Drive in Tam Valley.
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gabrielle b…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012

Consider engaging a real estate professional to send you listings that are on the market and fall within your parameters. Are you thinking of owning a home in Mill Valley for investment purposes? - As far as buying a home sight unseen, you are taking on a larger amount of risk. The purchase itself can be facilitated with you living in the UAE, of course. Perhaps there is someone you trust who would be willing to do some of the due diligence for you in the Bay Area?

Feel free to call me at 415-200-7202.
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Mary Kay and…, Agent, San Rafael, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
There is nothing currently listed on Carrera Drive in Mill Valley. There is a property that had a recorded Notice of Default and recorded Notice of Sale on Carrera. In looking at the numbers, it appeared that the loan that was being foreclosed was a junior lien in 2nd or 3rd position. It is not clear what happened at the sale since there were conflicting numbers on our foreclosure reporting site.

We've had similar issues with our clients going to RealtyTrac and expressing frustration with us about not having more information. In most cases, people in financial trouble will list their properties to avoid more serious damage to their credit and save any equity ,if any, that there is left in the property. If the total of the loan/loans exceeds the value of the property, then they attempt to do a "short sale".

If a lender takes back a property in foreclosure, that property is normally listed on the open market and in MLS once it is confirmed vacant and the title has been recorded in the foreclosing lender's name. If this property appears on MLS, I will let you know.

There are MANY reasonably priced properties in Marin that we consider GREAT values. Many are lender owned (REOs), which have already gone through the foreclosure process.

Let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

Mary Kay and Kathy
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Stefanie Wil…, , Marin County, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
With all the internet technology we have these days you can definately purchase a property from oversees with out viewing it in person. A good buyers agent will help you through the process. We do this through emailing photos, video, mapping websites, discloure docs, and contracts, wiring of funds, FedEx and inspections and agent walk throughs. How well you know the area you are purchasing in and your comfort level would be most important.

As far as these foreclosure auctions. They would be extremely risky, as the others mentioned, and even more so without seeing the property. I would not recommend it either. Keep in mind too that many of the properties that pop up on these sites are not actually for sale either, it is just an announcement that the borrower is in default. Even if an auction date is set - it may not occur and very unlikely that it will sell at the default price.

Anyway, if you are interested in a property in Mill Valley I can help you search. There are good solid deals out there for qualified buyers and this is an excellent time to invest.
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
Hi Diane, looking for a wealth of misinformation? If so, RealtyTrac is a fantastic source. I have actually contacted Trulia about making it more obvious to users. RealtyTrac just posts public record notices. Vary rarely is the property even listed for sale.

If you are serious about a purchase you really only have two sources for accurate information: http://www.Realtor.com (which pulls listings directly from all Realtor MLS systems) or a Realtor's website (tied to a valid MLS.)

If you are not going to be living in the US when you buy this will be considered an investment purchase. What is your plan for returning to the US?

Best, Steve
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