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Marin County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Hello Janet, sorry that no one answered you quickly. Is Fairfax the only city of interest or are you considering any other cities? It may not be easy to find many choices to consider.

The rentals in Fairfax start from $1,750 for 1bd 1ba and from $2,050 for 2bd 1ba apartment and they don't mention pet policies. The inventory is quite low. You should check with the local rental management companies.

The purchase in Fairfield start from 775k for 2bd 1ba single family home as the inventory is quite low currently.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy and pay less than rent in many local cities. You may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent.

Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

If you decide you want to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather some documentation for each applicant.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve any agent can email listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

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Mon Dec 12, 2016
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Thu Nov 17, 2016
Raycarn2 answered:
If a buyer does not want to pay the price that I am asking for my house and the realtor cannot find a buyer to pay the price, can I take it off the market?
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Wed Nov 9, 2016
Angelica P answered:

Please follow these instructions on how to edit your home facts.This includes editing the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, square footage, home features, description and more.

Sign into your Trulia account. If you do not have an account, you must first register in order to update your home facts.
If you haven't already claimed your home, navigate to the property page, go to the "Edit Home Facts " button and verify ownership.
If you have claimed your home, click on the same "Edit Home Facts" button to update your home facts.
Make sure to select Publish Updates at the bottom of the page.

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Sat Nov 5, 2016
Derek Jones answered:
If you ask agents most of them will be biased (including myself) and name their brokerage. Interview a few of them and see who offers you the best support, and training with minimal out of pocket cost as it may be a while before you get your first deal. ... more
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Sun Oct 9, 2016
Alexandra Novak asked:
I just passed my state exam and would like to start working for a good broker in Marin county. I heard Redfin offers a salary and covers partial fees associated with starting out, however…
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Sun Oct 9, 2016
Susie Kay answered:
Congratulations! I agree with Scott and Arpad below, you would want to interview a few brokerages and find out which one suits you most.
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Tue Oct 4, 2016
Matt answered:
I live on the south facing side of Tam Valley in the back. It is about 10 degrees warmer than the city, but about 10 degrees colder than San Rafael. However, this is most often only true in the summer. It can be very hot as well. Most days in Spring, Fall and even Winter are warm to extremely hot. It is currently 4pm and 75 degrees in my house. ... more
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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Nerfe Roque answered:
Most of the tenants/landlords finding some web-based property management software that is easy to use, easy to learn. To find an apps or tools that are useful, you must consider on managing a property that requires you a salesperson, a handyman, an accountant, and a diplomat, all at the same time.
I suggest to visit and try this apps or tools for you to have an idea on how to manage your property easily and safe. This apps is very useful, free to use and for your benefit.
I hope that this idea make sense.
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Fri Sep 30, 2016
Karen Lee asked:
Hi, is February an okay time to rent a 3 bedroom in Marin County (under $3500?) Or is summer a significantly better time? I see a fair amount right now but am wondering if they will dry…
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
Dan asked:
I know Fairfax is famous for mountain biking and Ross has great access to Mt. Tam, but which of the Mill Valley neighborhood would have the most families dedicated to athletics? A neighborhood…
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Mon Sep 12, 2016
Carrie asked:
Hi- Does anyone know if there are hiking trails accessible from Grove Hill Avenue to Red Hill open space or Sorich Park? I like the Sequoia neighborhood in San Anselmo but I wonder if you…
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Wed Sep 7, 2016
Lucinda Eubanks asked:
I've listed a property for rent on Trulia, but I am not seeing it listed on your site. My property's address is; 102 Hi Vista Rd, Sausalito, Ca 94965. Please let me know what…
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Tue Sep 6, 2016
Jilltaylorkeck asked:
This question was asked from this property:
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Mon Aug 29, 2016
3tm asked:
re: Los Ranchitos neighborhood in San Rafael -- Looking for the warmest of neighborhoods within San Rafael. Is this one of them? And info about Los Ranchitos: general size of homes, lots?…
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Mon Aug 22, 2016
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Sat Aug 20, 2016
Kurtsie asked:
I think it's important to vacate so my home can show at maximum potential. (And I work, and have two cats)
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