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Sun Jan 24, 2016
P Marion asked:
Sun Jan 24, 2016
P Marion asked:
PLEASE CORRECT LOCATION OF 253 Camellia Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939. The map is wrong and it is not in Tiffany Hills or Via Roble.It is off of Doherty Drive at Rose Lane in LARKSPUR!
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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
Not understanding how auctions work is a good way to become separated from your money. You would do well to align yourself with an agent knowledgeable about this facet of real estate, or minimally a title company. What "seems" a good deal, may not be, upon careful examination.

Best of luck!
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Wed Apr 30, 2014
Randall Ortiz answered:
You can contact me 916-529-3707. I can guide you in the right direction.
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Sat Apr 5, 2014
Ramsey Messieh answered:
Not sure if this will help you with this particular client, but I have a lender with a New program that just came out a few weeks ago that is a portfolio product (non-agency loan) that allows a 90% LTV loan up to $850,000

Ramsey Messieh
Cal Pro Real Estate & Loans
3130 Crow Canyon Rd #270
San Ramon, Ca. 94583
BRE # 01720888
NMLS # 320254
510-435-6519 mobile
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
canyongal answered:
You do not want to be single in this town. I've been here 25 years and for a single person this just doesn't work. It's a family oriented place and very few singles live here.
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
canyongal answered:
Don't forget to look at Madrone Canyon full of's worth looking at many families are very happy there. As a child it would be a magical place to grow up.
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
canyongal answered:
It's possible but depends on where you live. Generally speaking it's a suburban situation. I would think it would be difficult to carry a lot of groceries to where you live with that said it could be done. I think we've all gotten spoiled by driving in California. There is Golden Gate transit for going to the city and other cities, I would live as close as possible to the old town but to get to the best groceries would be a few miles away...a lot of walking. ... more
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Rebeccatrulia answered:
Yes. You can discuss before you take any decision.
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Thu Jun 7, 2012
Anne Mosnier Kennedy answered:
We moved here from Austin 4 years ago when our son was starting at Redwood. The towns that feed to Redwood are Tiburon, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross and Belvedere. We rented our first year too while we looked for the right house. All of these towns have warm but not hot weather, and little fog. You'll love it here (even though Austin is a super cool city!) ... more
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Tue Apr 3, 2012
canyongal answered:
it's hard to beat Larkspur for weather. I have lived in Madrone Canyon for 25 years and love the weather but winters can be very wet. In general there aren't drastic changes and the weather is consistently pleasant. On those few hot days in the 90's and those are few, you can always go to Tiburon and cool off. It really is a jewel of a place with little fog and much beauty and weather consistency. ... more
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Fri Dec 3, 2010
Don Maclary answered:
If you had a good downpayment it may be doable and if your looking in that area you might check out 1105 Luke Drive where Edwin meets Providence
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Sun Apr 25, 2010
Tristan Celayeta answered: is a mashup of the Craigslist database upon Google maps. Check North Bay rentals.
Google maps has more rental properties - see below. The database is principally postings of REALTORS® and some savvy owner managers.
You can also make inquiries with local property managers, try searching "marin property managers".

Your needs are a bit of a stretch but give it a shot.

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Thu Mar 25, 2010
Anne Mosnier Kennedy answered:
Dear Paula,
There are many types of tax benefits depending on the property type, how is it used, how it is held (ownership type), how long it is held, if it is eventually sold for another investment property, other lossess you might have from other investments, etc., etc. Your tax advisor will be able to give specifics to your personal situation, but some of my favorite tax benefits are:
- indefinite postponement of capital gains taxes, even when you sell and buy another investment property
- writing off depreciation expense against your income (i.e., a non-cash loss against a cash gain)
- using IRA funds to purchase real estate so that your capital gains are forever tax-free
Note: all of these require carefully following IRS rules!
If you need a really good CPA who knows a ton about real estate, I have a great one in San Rafael who I can refer: Larry Smith, Smith CPAs, 415-458-5100,
Good luck, Paula - it's never to early or too late to start investing in real estate!
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Tue Jul 7, 2009
Tristan Celayeta answered:


All the communities of the Ross Valley are co-terminous, each abuts others. On the ground it is often invisible where one ends and another begins. Greenbrae, Corte Madera, Larkspur and Kentfield all have their own flavor of shopping, services and amenities. And then there are San Anselmo and San Rafael that are very close. Most folk use the whole shebang. I live in Mill Valley and often shop variously in the Ross Valley. ... more
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Tue Apr 29, 2008
Sylvie Zolezzi answered:
As is the case in most areas of Marin County, the market in Larkspur has been changing in the past three months. It has evolved from a strong buyer's market (less than 15% of listings in contract) in February with only 3 out of 21 listings in contract, to a buyer's market in March (15-25% in contract) with 6 out 28 listings in contract to finally a seller's market in April (25-35% in contract) with 9 out of 32 listings in contract. While inventory has been growing steadily, the number of homes in contract has grown proportionately. Days on market have increased since last year with 71% of homes selling last year in 0-60 days compared to only 42% this year and in April we averaged 58 days on market. The median price of homes has softened a bit since last year, dropping from $1,352,500 in 2007 to $1,189,000 in 2008 at the end of the first quarter 08.
With interest rates still at historic lows, smart buyers with strong credit reports and cash for downpayments are snapping up great deals. Open houses are well attended, buyers are writing offers, sometimes multiple offers when the house is in a great location, is well priced and well presented.
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Wed Mar 5, 2008
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
Overall there are not that many foreclosures in Marin County. Right now, there are alot of what we call "short sales" A short sale is a home that the seller needs to sell and is on the market for less then what is owed. The lender must approve of the price of the offer. These take time as lenders are overwhelmed right now. These homes are on the Multiple Listing Service with a realtor.
It is very rare that in Marin a foreclosed home is going to be a great deal. Alot lender s will still look at what the market value is for a home and price it accordingly. If a lender is just looking to just retrieve what is owed and the home ends up at the courthouse, there are proffessional investors with cash who do this for a living you will be competing with, the prices usually go way up from the orginal price. You also must have at least 20% to put down as well as a pre-approved loan before you show up to court. When a home is up for auction at a courthouse, a Real Estate Agent is not allowed to assist you. You must buy the house sight unseen "as is" with no investigations. If you are still interested in foreclosures I would google foreclosures in Marin County, there are websites that you can buy that will list of foreclosed homes with the lender's name and phone number. My advise is seek a good mortgage broker first to find out what you can afford. Prices in San Rafael and Novato have dropped recently and you may be able to afford a home now without having to deal with foreclosures.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Straddling Magnolia Avenue, if there is one issue Larkspur cannot escape it's traffic. The town is so beautiful it attracts its share of tourists, and any locals who want to pass through north or south are forced to follow. More recently, traffic lights have regulated the flow and I've noticed a definite improvement. For commuters it's pretty easy. Head down Doherty Drive and on to Highway 101. Maybe two miles. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Judy Smith answered:
A good agent will show you a FSBO if it is the kind of property you are searching. As direct sellers are less knowledgable of the selling process and all that is required, a buyers agent would be very helpful to all parties. Foreclosures in Larkspur are fewer and will generally be listed as a regular sale. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Eduardo Gutekunst answered:
Have your local agent refer you to at least three different brokers they have used or have been recommended. Choose the best based on what you feel comfortable with, and what your accountant says you can afford. ... more
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