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Market Conditions in Marin County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 16, 2015
Oggi Kashi answered:
House and condo sales from June 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015:

~ 415 sales with average $/sqft of $724

All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Sun Feb 22, 2015
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
We are more than willing to give you an approximate value for your home even if you don't plan on selling. If you have a Realtor that you work with & trust, ask them to give you some recent comps when they have time. Signing on to a website to get a value for your property often generates you as a "lead" and your information is forwarded to an agent in the area. Let us know if we can be of any assistance. ... more
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Mon Jul 7, 2014
Adrian Barrow asked:
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Wed Apr 16, 2014
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Wed Jan 8, 2014
Colm Glass answered:
Dear Sir:

My name is Colm Glass, I am a broker, living in San Anselmo and I serve the Ross Valley area. I visited 8 Richmond Road recently and shot a video, please give me a call at 415.845.2965 if you would like me to send you the link.

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Fri Dec 13, 2013
Denise Montalvo answered:
It was suggested to me once that if you are on the east side of the road you may get more pollution as the winds come from the ocean and move eastward.
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Thu Dec 5, 2013
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
Not this home in Novato! This is what it looks like, a mobile home. I think I know why this is not categorized correctly and it has to do with how it is entered on our mulitple listing service and the categories that Trulia has. There is a good chance that Turlia does not list mobile homes on their sight and therefore it may have been put under floating home by default. Or the agent accidentally checked the wrong box. When checking the boxes on our MLS , you do have to check mobile homes first and then a second choice will pop up for floating homes.
Floating homes and mobile homes do have a few things in common. One they are not considered real property they are considered "chattel" because you do not own the land they sit on. Also, you can not get a conventional loan like you would for a home. No 30 year fixes.
I can see why you were confused. Floating homes for the most part sit in water, with the exception of some when the tide is low, the house will set in mud for a bit!
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Mon Oct 21, 2013
Cecile Hawkins answered:
I highly recommend Daniel Gamer, 415-472-6655. May be very busy but he's worth the wait. Excellent attorney and specializes in real estate primarily.

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Thu Oct 3, 2013
lloyd silverman answered:
as liz said...tiburon/belvedere is a unique community desired by many young families not only for its natural beauty and proximity to SF but more importantly because of our remarkable school system.
the $900,000-1.350,00 tiburon/belvedere home, would be considered a starter home...hence, the velocity of activity around such moderately priced homes is significant...not inflated...a simple text book case of supply and demand.
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Wed May 1, 2013
Beverly Shwert answered:
The costs associated with selling a home vary by several factors, mostly the sales price itself. There is a county transfer tax of $1 per $1000 of selling price. Commission varies but is usually 5% total (split between the listing broker and the selling broker) but some agents ask for 6%. Escrow charges for a seller are usually nominal (doc prep fee, notary fee) as buyers pay for most of the closing costs. Sellers might pay for a home warranty, usually pay for city inspection, and any other costs that might be involved in preparing a home for the market. I have a program where I can calculate the typical costs for you depending upon selling price, closing date, mortgage rate (if any) and balance of the loan. Let me know if you would like me to work up a seller net sheet for you. Bev Shwert, Alain Pinel Realtors, 415-297-7811. ... more
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
If you are familiar with this property I can see why you would be curious about the price. This home sold in 2012 for 1.75 million back in July! It had been for well over a year. I have not seen the home since it was put back on for $3.4 but I can tell from the pictures and notes that it has been extensively remodeled.
As far as $1300 per sq ft, it is not unusual for a home in Belvedere to get this kind of price. There could have been several reasons why it sold at the $1.75 in 2012 It could have needed major foundation work, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wood rot who knows. The $1.75 seems exceedly low of a price for a historical home in such a prime location. More than likely there was was a good reason for it. The home is a beautiful home with a lot of detailing that is typical of that era. It was built in 1865 and has beveled glass windows throughout, brass doorknobs,.gardens, patios and amazing views. Not to mention it is right on the water.
When looking at the comparables, current homes on the market, and solds, the price does seem to be at a current value. The listing agents as well are excellent agents who focus in on high end properties and it is doubtful they would take on an overpriced listing.
If you are interested in knowing more regarding this property or any other, please reach me anytime:
Liz Williamson 415 260-3750
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Mon Feb 18, 2013
Robert Spinosa answered:

I'm not sure of your ultimate intent, but I would also add that some of the top producing agents in Marin specialize in certain geographic areas. So even by volume or units, any comparison could be skewed. A top agent in Sausalito might have a third as many units as one in Novato, and the dollar value could easily be the same. Of course, both would possess vastly different market knowledge. That's just Marin.

If you think I can help with a recommendation, just get in touch at any time. Definitely there are some excellent agents in every town here, and likewise some who won't return your calls. I've worked with both and am happy to share my experiences from the lender side.

Thank you,

Rob Spinosa
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:

The home on Sanchez was bank owned, and it received multiple offers. It was in pretty good shape for being bank owned. The lot was slight downslope from the street. It was a sunny location. Forest Knolls has some areas that are fairly sunny and other areas that are very forested, which can be somewhat dark to very dark. There have been quite a few lower priced properties that have been for sale in Forest Knolls in the last 6 months. There is only one property still available that is at $450,000 or under in Forest Knolls. Let us know what you are looking for, and we will keep you posted as new listings come up. It would be helpful to know your minimum criteria for bedrooms, baths, square footage, etc. Would you consider other areas of San Geronimo Valley? What is your price range??

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Sat Oct 20, 2012
Mnv098 answered:
In financial terms, it means: week-over-week.
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Mon Sep 17, 2012
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
That property received 2 offers and went into escrow on 8/22/12. if you'd like...we can let you know when it closes escrow and give you the selling price.

Are you interested in townhomes in Novato?? If so, let us know your minimum criteria for bedrooms, baths and square footage and we will keepyou posted as to what is available.

Mary Kay and Kathy
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Mon Nov 14, 2011
Larry Martinez answered:
Hi Jen
Each property tax is based on the amount of the purchase price. Basic tax is 1% plus several small add ons that vary from town to town. Maximum the tax can increase is 2% per year. As a lender, we us 1.25% of the purchase price to estimate the annual taxes. The 0.25% is to cover the add ons such as mosquito abatement, school bond measures, sewer and water pipe replacement etc; the mesures you voted on at local elections.
Please call me anytime you have a lender question. 415-258-1691.
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Thu Sep 8, 2011
Andy answered:
Linda and Everyone,

The answers here provide many useful information. But there is something we have to pay attention.

This question looks like a real estate question but if we think about it carefully then we can find that is a question about finance and tax eventually. Real estate information here provided by real estate experts help the owner to know the outcomes on each way but which is the best for the owner has to be answered with the owner's whole financial circumstance.

IMHO, real estate experts' information is necessary here but it should not be answered by real estate experts.

This is my opition, not an advice.

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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Hermine Boyadjian answered:
Each sub-area in San Rafael has different features such as views. Avg. price is just a statistical concept in San Rafael. It is not that useful.
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Sun May 15, 2011
David Corbin answered:
Hi Karen,

Here is a site that will give you sales statistics regarding San Anselmo's real estate market back to 1965:
I hope you find this to be helpful to you. Please contact me if I can be of assistance to you with your real estate needs. I can be reached at 415-328-5186 or by email at

Dave Corbin, Bradley Real Estate
Serving Marin County for 25 years
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