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Tue Jul 7, 2015
Tony asked:
Recently, there were two accidents, where cars slammed deep into people's backyard after knocking down the weak walls along Foothill Exp. These accidents can be deadly. Will the city…
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Susan Sweeley answered:
Plan on 90 minutes. I plan on 60 minutes door-to-door to make a 10am meeting. Add some time for the commute traffic.

My friend highly recommends the train. She lives in Palo Alto and gets on at the University station. Takes the express. She loves being able to do work, rest and read on her own while she commutes. She swears by it. Sounds like a great use of time to me. ... more
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Fri Jan 7, 2011
Bryan Robertson answered:
Hi Gary,

You'll need to call the county assessors office to ask them to adjust the assessed value of the home to include the new guest house. If you have lots that aren't included in the APN you want you'll have to merge the lots together so that they all have one APN. That's not hard to do and I can help outline the process to you. I've done subdivisions and accretion (merging) is simply the reverse process.

As for valuation, an acre in the Country Club area is worth about $1.8 million right now. Your overall valuation would be based on the value of your home plus that land value. If you'd like a more accurate assessment, send me an email or call and I'll be happy to help - no obligation.

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Wed Apr 14, 2010
Norman Alessandrini answered:
Milo I have to agree with the other agents, you can't possibly service clients with the utmost in professionalism when you do not know " the ropes". Please align yourself with a reputable brokerage as your questions show that you need to be able to walk before you can fly solo.
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Mon Sep 22, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Alan:

You are quite right. I have quite a few Chinese, or South East Asia clients who are looking at properties here in the Bay Area - where they prefer to stay - takng advantage of the softening market and weaker dollar to buy properties here in Marin.

Although may prefer South or East Bay due to the more diversified situation there, but many are moving to the north bay, specifically Marin because they have decided Marin provides a better quality of life and have great schools here (sorry, exactly what a few of those said).

On one hand, you'd feel back for local buyers, but on the other hand, it's a good thing because foreign investors putting money in the market will stabilise the supply side of the housing market and keep the price more stable.

Good question.

Sylvia Barry
Marin Realtor
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