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Home Selling in Mill Valley : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 19, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

I know an appraiser that I could refer you to. Please feel free to email me from my profile.

All the best,

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Thu Jun 26, 2014
Behzad Zandinejad answered:
Hi Linda,

Please see our market report which details out sales, inventory and so forth

Also my blog at

The problem with inventory has deep roots starting from the housing crash in 2007 when the builders halted new construction and focused on selling out their inventory. Reports suggest that it will take through 2015 for new construction to pick up. This is while reports by the National Association of Realtors also suggest that housing prices will continue upward through 2015.

Another factor is the increase in prices for goods in construction which will have an impact on new homes. It could be a few years before inventory catches up with the demand. I hope this helps.
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Sun Sep 1, 2013
Robert Spinosa answered:
Across the county and across the state, most agents are reporting that momentum is down, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. Whether the primary cause is seasonal, driven by higher rates, or something other, we all know that markets do not move in a straight line and the level of activity and interest we saw over the Spring was not something any of us expected to continue unabated.

That said, I agree with Audrey's comment below. This is NOT a good time to wait if you are a buyer or seller. Rates remain very good. Yes, 1% or so off of lows, but historically still approximately 4% below 40-year averages. Second, Dodd-Frank is threatening to restrict lending in a serious way come January, 2014. Buyers who are eligible now may not be in 4 months. Sellers should take this into consideration too.

We were very fortunate to have a great August, and I am very optimistic about the Fall as well. But we need to recognize the dynamics at play and the threats present as we head into next year.
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Audrey Moira Shimkas answered:
From the viewpoint of an experienced listing broker, it is always a "tightrope" to represent both sides. It takes a special buyer and seller and agent to have this work to everyone's satisfaction. ... more
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Tue Apr 16, 2013
Michelle Morrone answered:
Many buyers are drawn to newer homes because they are being built energy-efficient. A new construction at a slightly higher sale price may in the long run be less expensive than a lower sale price on an older home (even with remodeling) due to the savings you will see in your monthly bills. Additionally, newer construction tends to have the layout most people are looking for today (a laundry room instead of a formal living room, a great room open to the kitchen, 1 story ranch style instead of 2 story or vaulted ceilings that some feel wastes space and reduces energy efficiency). As some people said below, there are many possible answers to your question but I know this is what I have seen. ... more
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
Stevens & Manley answered:
We always refer this question to an attorney.
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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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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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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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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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Fri Jun 29, 2007
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Linda,

The listings featured on Trulia have been extracted from indexed broker/agent web pages.

Please access the link below to review your submission options.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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