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Fri Aug 12, 2011
Andy answered:
I do not care such busy roads but If I believe later when I sell this house, I would find a buyer who does not care busy road issue, as easy as the seller found me, then I would go ahead to buy it.

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Wed Aug 10, 2011
Andy answered:
You need a real estate sales familiar with the local. Marin is a closed and various area. There are so many legal and market concerns that the neighbor counties do not have and each Marin's city has some unique things too. Also, the house you want is a condo. That makes the paperwork more completed.

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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Andy answered:
One of the biggest but also the most interesting risk is you can not find the creditor/lender (rather than the borrower).

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Thu Jun 23, 2011
Tue Jun 21, 2011
Dallas Texas answered:
Recommend for you drive it yourself determine truth of how you can handle this situation OR find alternate routes
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
John Arendsen answered:
If you really have to relocate to Mill Valley I can't help you. But if you should reconsidering a move to San Diego please give me a call.
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Mon May 16, 2011
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Debby,

Laura is correct. I'm afraid that open house submissions generally take 24 hours for our system to process. It's thus best if you can load them a few days ahead of time.

I'm sorry for the confusion and the inconvenience this may have caused you. Please let us know if you have any other questions or feedback to share with us.

Best Wishes,

Emily Erekuff
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Mon May 2, 2011
Daniel Nebenzahl answered:
Hi Christine,

As time continues to march on, we Realtors are all wondering what projects you have taken on so far to get your home ready for the market. A lot of good advice has been given already.

My opinion:

Some things never change, such as updating kitchens and baths. But don't under estimate the most important part in getting your home ready is making sure it is clean and smells fresh. I know it seams obvious but it is surprising how many comments are made by buyers who prioritize how clean a home is kept with if they want to make an offer. Really clean the house or hire someone to it.

Paint. Off-white if not already. Yes, it can be bland at times but it allows buyers to envision themselves in the house!
If something is installed in your house, than it should work...lights, locks, doors, appliances.
Start packing you personal items. First off, they're personal and should not be for the eyes of strangers. Family pictures, awards, financial papers, self-help books...all need to go to your new place anyway!

I have been doing this for while and have helped my clients get their houses ready for the market. One house was sold within 3 days because my team and I set the stage for the buyers. The seller was prepared and willing to do what needed to be done and we sold it quickly. This is even more important today ... 'turnkey' houses sell, fixer's sell too but for a lot less. If you are stuck and need or want a consultation my cost is a cup of coffee? That goes for anyone else who needs or wants the same.

All the best to you,
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Thu Mar 17, 2011
Oggi Kashi answered:

Your profile says Mill Valley however, if you plan to rent in SF, there are many cool and urban pockets you may find to your liking. I recommend North Beach, South Beach, parts of the Marina, Pac Heights, Hayes Valley, Mission, Yerba Buena and Nob Hill. Here is a link to rental listings:

Good Luck,

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group DRE 01844627
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Tue Sep 21, 2010
jo answered:
Depending on what the view is...Is it a view of the city? View of the back side of a mountain? View of an airport? View of more houses? And if thats not enough, then you have to realize that not everyone likes the same view. View is worth what ever THAT PERSON is willing to pay for it. ... more
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Thu Aug 19, 2010
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
Ryan is correct to suggest talking to an insurance agent. Choose a local Insurance agent as well who is familiar with the area. Alot of Mill Valley as I'm sure you've figured out by now, is in a zone 4, espciallly if you are looking at the hills surrounding downtown. A good home inspector will or should also let you know if further investigations are necessary, especially when dealing with retaining walls, steep driveways, the foundation of the home, he/she will recommend getting an engineer if necessary. Home Inspecters should look at water drainage on the property. I would walk the property and neighborhood to check out where the culverts are. In heavy rains, the culverts can get clogged with debris. It is good to know where they are and who is responsible for keeping these clear. Ask your agent, I'm sure he/she has the name of a good home inspector as well as insurance agent. If you would like me to give you some names, I'd be happy to do so as well. Just drop me an email.
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Kelley Eling answered:
Hi Christine,
I keep detailed market reports and charts which are updated monthly. This year has shown that selling prices are more or less flat. It's the asking prices that you will see come down. The price that the homes actuall sell for is pretty much flat.

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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Lisa Swanson answered:
Hi Patricia,

You can get excellent deals buying at foreclosure, or buying a short sale, or buying a bank owned property, and now is the time, but you should also know that there are very significant differences between all three. They all have different advantages and pitfalls, and each transaction in itself, and the paperwork and process, will be different, depending on type of transaction and the lender involved. To buy "at foreclosure" you will most likely need all cash, for instance, while to buy a short sale may take many months for lender approval. My website, linked below, describes all these differences in detail for buyer reference.
We are able to search all Mill Valley properties to determine if they are pre-foreclosure or bank-owned. I would be very happy to walk you through the process, search properties for you, or answer any questions. Lisa
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Sat Jul 31, 2010
mmonday01 answered:
I would chalk part of it to the "ebbs and flows" of life. I grew up in MV mostly in the 70's and moved away with family in '79. Back then it was a different scene. I imagine this current scene will also run it's course. My personal feelings are the younger generation are not so materistic, they don't want expensive cars or huge homes. So this may cycle through in time. I'd like to move back with my own family if we could only afford it. As an aside, we drive a beat up 96 Toyota Corolla. I hope they don't sneer at us! ... more
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
Liz Williamson Williamson answered:
Yes, if you exit the hotel, go left and head underneath the freeway, you will see a bus stop. The Manzanita Bust Stop, is also for The Airporter. You will also see a parking lot, this is a major stop for commuters working in The City. The front desk too can give you maps and directions. Also if you google Golden Gate Transit, you can plug in where you want to go in The City and it will give you the bus numbers and stops you need to take to get to your distination.
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Wed Apr 28, 2010
Scott Wilmore answered:
In the short run it may make sense for you to rent. However, in the long run it will nearly always pay to buy. Between the potential price appreciation (as long as you don't overpay), the tax write-offs, and the latest $8000 write-off for first time homebuyers it is hard to lose. The latter would require you to make a decision by the end of this month as it is not likely to be extended.

There are also loads of new tax incentives for energy savings, upgraded appliances, windows, may be able to help someone out of a bad situation and pick up a bargain that needs some upgrading anyway. I made far more money buying and upgrading fixers than I ever saved working for a salary.

A condo is also a good possibility in Mill Valley, and there are some beauties on the sunny side near Richardson Bay. Be careful to see what is included in the Condominium Association Fees.

I've been here for over 25 years, and as much as I like to visit Fairfax for the music scene, and Sausalito for the artists and waterfront, Mill Valley is a gem (especially the unincorporated west side, Almonte, and Homestead Valley)
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Sat Apr 3, 2010
Tristan Celayeta answered:
Thanks for your amplification about relocating to Marin. is a mashup app of and Select "SF - North Bay" and...
Zoom in then move south a bit. Change from "Map" to "Hybrid".
This Rental Map of the North Bay is a great tool. You can use it as a FSBO source when buying as well. has a similar capability - different database. Together... You've got it covered.

I recommend adding Sausalito since you're planning on moving again anyway. Then you can find the cutest place available within your price range to begin your quest.

When you're ready to consider buying the MLS, where REALTORS® post their listings, the brunt of the market, http://www.Great is the official site but almost every agent/broker has a version on their website - I do.
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Tue Mar 23, 2010
Maryann Pearson answered:
When you enter a new listing, after adding the address and city and clicking on the "check address" button you will see an entry for "type". The box shows "resale". But if you click the down arrow to the right of the box, you will see a choice for "new home". click on that one and then proceed to enter the rest of the info. maryann ... more
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