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Fri Jul 11, 2008
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
Cj,

There is no way to give you an average cost without knowing what the amount of usage is. Also, there are many other factors that play a roll such as energy efficient appliances, dual paned windows, solar attic fan, dual paned windows, if there is A/C or not, what type of landscaping is surrounding the house etc... The garbage has a fixed price of approx. $50 every 3 months and water in Novato at this time is significantly less expensive than all other cities in Marin. Sorry we can't be more specific, but we hope this information helps. You may be able to get some answers directly from PG & E and NMWD. If we can help answer any other questions for you please feel free to let us know.

Best Regards,

Kathy & Mary Kay
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Tue Jul 8, 2008
Dr Mortgage answered:
Patrick, we offer 5-7-10 yr with IO options. We lend in 50 states I have an office in Novato would be happy to help, Bruce
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Thu Jul 3, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Renee:

Thanks for coming back to the post. Glad that I was able to help your company debug problems with the reports (my assumption is that the number of 3.891 was also fixed after my post before).

Being upfront and honest is always the best policy no matter where you come from and what you try to accomplish. .

Thanks for your offer of your company's report. I think I will use our MLS (Bay Area Multiple Listing Service) reports for now.

I know where the numbers come from and I can create my own reports depending on my clients' specific interest and needs (like I always say, one size does NOT fit all when talking about purchasing real estate).

Shall I find future needs, I will let you know. Have a great July 4th weekend also.

Sylvia
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Tue May 13, 2008
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
94949 includes Bel Marin Keys, the Country Club, Ignacio, Loma Verde, Hamilton, and Pacheco Valley...essentially Southern Novato. It's a better commute location if you're commuting to central or southern Marin or to San Francisco. 94947 is central Novato, and there is a varying variety of homes and price ranges. In general, most of the homes in this zipcode are within a short or reasonably short distance of the freeway. 94949 is northern,northeastern,and northwestern Novato with some areas being 10-15 minutes from the freeway.

All of the areas have homes of various ages, sizes and prices.
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Wed Mar 26, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Diniaki:

There are a few apartment complexes in Novato. Can't claim that I know them all as I mostly do sales not rentals other than helping my clients rent out their investment properties.

However, I like the one next to 7th street and Grant Avenue (Marion Park); a couple along South Novato Blvd north of Delong and one on DeLong. - (Walnut Grove, Wyndover)/ There are also a few Rotary club sponsored Senior housing apartments.

There are also a few along Novato Creek.

However, you might be able to find quite a few condo / Townhome rentals by individual owners. That might be the alternatives.

Realtors also know a few properties on MLS (but to be honest, not as many as Craigslist) and a few good property management companies that might have the rentals.

Yes, Craigslist is a great place for rentals.

Best,
Sylvia
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Sun Feb 3, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi John:

I live in Novato and I am very familiar with all areas in Novato and beyond. .

We had some major flooding in the early 1980s which mostly affected the San Marin valley and downtown areas. However, the City of Novato has since undergone some major projects to fix the drainage problem and issues surrounding Novato Creek. I have not heard of flooding of any major consequences for quite sometime now.

I am including a link to City of Novato Public Work Site http://ci.novato.ca.us/pw/eng/flood/flood.htm for your reference. Although there is a pretty scary picture of flooding there, but that has not happened for many years.

Many areas in Novato are still located in what is designated as 100 year flood zone and you will have to obtain flood insurance if your house is within that area. On the flip side, due to the topography of Novato, many areas are also flood free.

Here is a link from City of Novato for the Flood Zone Map http://ci.novato.ca.us/pw/eng/flood/firm.htm

If you have question about a specific property, please feel free to give me a call or email me. I will be able to find that out for you – on our tax records, there is a flood zone indicator which tells what kind of flood zone this property might be in (or not).

When you purchase a property, please do request a Natural Hazard Report (customarily paid by sellers), which tells you whether this specific property is in flood / earthquake / industry area, etc.

Best,
Sylvia
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Fri Dec 14, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Unfortunately, Novato is feeling the effect of the market softening during the past few months - since the start of the lending problems - this is especially true for condos and town homes. Due to the lower cost in getting into some of the condos and town homes, a lot of recent homeowners took the advantage of the creative lending practice, and are not unable to sustain the rate increase.

Fortunately, Novato is still part of Marin and is still very attractive location, our downturn is softer than others. This has become a great place to find bargains (o.k. relative to Marin county) and investment opportunities.

Depending on the location ,pricing and condition of a home, houses can expect to be on the market for 3 to 6 months, but some still goes quickly and still receive multiple offers, although not often.

I think this is a great time to come in, look at the market and get a great bargain for a good homes in excellent location for a wonderful long term investment!

Sylvia
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Tue Nov 20, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi J,

As in my reply earlier, there some (but not many) townhomes in Marin. I thought I'd go ahead and send you listings of condos/town homes between the range of $450K to 550K; so you can see what;s out there for this price range.

A few are short sales.

http://norcalmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=Bareis&PRGNAME=MLSLogin&ARGUMENT=P6c1aVvGbuFqkfuVtNzGv7V6z3Xod5ksftYUufWlQqA%3D&KeyRid=1

I just let the MLS do the search, no specific criterial at all, but there are just not many to choose frome. But it's a start; and there are a few nice properties included. .

Best,
Sylvia
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Wed Oct 10, 2007
Cj answered:
In addition to the information provided by the other professionals you also might want to check this link to see if there is any information there regarding your question
EPA: Environmental Information about your community http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2007
David duPont answered:
Most likely you will have a difficult time finding a home, closing and moving in August, The truth is it can take a good while to find a home thats fits your family. The only caveat to this is if you have over $3million to spend as there really is a lot on the market right now in that range. Goto my website to the MLS Search function and have a look-- it is a state of the are map-based sustem. Cheers and good luck. ... more
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Tue Jul 31, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Novato is a town with many facets, predominantly, a very friendly, down-to-earth, family town. As many young families move from The City to the North most town in Marin and the city underwent a change in the heart of downtown Novato, Novato is ever so gradually changing from a sleepy town to a younger, more vibrant and upscale town.

The majority of the families spent their time cheering for their young sports teams, enjoying their talent young performing artists; whether Jazz, Rock, Musical, Drama, bands or choirs; hiking up the hills, enjoying the day at Rock and Blues by the Lake, Labor Day Firework at the Stafford Lake, stroll down San Marin for the Halloween parade or Pioneer Park for Easter Egg Hunts, and the Movies in the Park during the summer. There are many family BBQs or block parties, and you always bump into people you know in the local groceries. Even the farmers market is a place to go and meet people.


Novato’s social theme is happening everywhere, big or small, sophisticated or down home, early or late. Just be there and you are in it.
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Sun Jul 15, 2007
Kelley Eling answered:
That commute can be grueling. However, you will get the most house for your money in Novato compared with the rest of the Marin County 101 corridor. It all depends on what is more important to you: your time spent sitting in traffic or the money that needs to be spent in order to afford living further South. ... more
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Fri May 11, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Novato is an amazing town, located at the foothill of Mt. Burdell, there are lots of dedicated open space and many treasured parks. Hiking and biking trails lace throughout the town, parks and hills.Stafford Lake is a local lake which hosts annual Labor Day firework with a gorgeous golf course nearby. Pioneer Park offers concerts and movie nights during warm summer nights and don't forget the annual San Marin Improvement Association's annual Easter Egg Hunt; Miwok park has a local historical museum and hosts summer programs for kids; O'Hare park is famed for the scenery trails and creeks and is also where local high school rivals San Marin and Novato High have their Red Rock Cross Country race; you often see horse lovers riding their horse next to the colorful peacocks strolling along Indian Valley (famous for horse properties); Scottsdale Pond, after the joint-clean up effrots by the three local Rotary club is home for the semi-annual 'Fishing in the City' event run by the city Parks and Recs along with volunteers from the Rotary Club; Hamilton Park offers recreational facility such as tennis courts, swimmig pool, even a skate boarding rink. These are just a few, not to mention a lot of small, local parks and playgrounds for kids.

And of course, last but not least, the famous Dogbone Park, established by volunteer dog lovers is a favorite stopping place for our four-legged friends and their peopel. If you know how lucky dogs are in Novato, you will know how lucky peopel are in Novato to live in such wonderful place
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Fri May 11, 2007
Curiouscarl answered:
We have lived in Novato for 40 years. Its been a wonderful city to raise children in. Planty of of policeman and fireman live here and the various areas of the city . They are all vigilant of strangers and suspicous activity . We also have a concientious involved police force and very fine schools . Our climate is difficult to beat or duplicated . Its hard to be a bad person in Pleasantville Novato.. Of course thats if the crappy city counncil would resign and let qualified young people make sensible decisions like leaving the city .....small town and growth smart ..........nothing is perfect is it? :)))) ... more
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Fri May 11, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Great farmers market in Spring and Summer and the schedule is expanding. Other than fresh fruit, vegetable and hand-made items, I always go there to pick up the organic BBQ chicken (from Petaluma farms), Franks BBQ or other items. Great excuse for not cooking that day! Old Town has been renovated and is a lot more vibrant than several years ago (yes, remind me of Palo Alto). Vintage Oaks is a local magnet for regional shopping. We have small mom-and-pop coffee and bakery shops as well as national coffee shops, such as Pete's, Starbucks. Yes, after renovation Grant Avenue is attracting high-end shops and boutiques, even a new old-fashioned candy store (when we know our new Old Town finally arrived :-). In addition to the national big chains of Safeway, Albertsons, we havel local grocers such as Apple Market, Hispanic grocery stores. Locals also enjoy going to Trader Joes and look forward to the grand opening of Whole Foods..... ... more
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Fri May 11, 2007
Margaret Stafford answered:
Hi Stephan,

Novato is one of the best towns in Marin Country to raise a family. The schools are excellent and the surrounding communities get involved. Low traffic, plenty of nearby parks, and a local farmers market that is very kid friendly. The ourth of July parade really brings the communty together as well as summer movie nights (under the stars) in the downtown area. Come see for yourself. It's a very welcoming town.

Margaret Stafford
Realtor
Selling Marin & Sonoma Real Estate since 1990
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Lorena Garbarino answered:
You should never leave any stone unturned. However, knowledge is power and knowing what you are getting yourself into is key. Using an agent to help secure the home of your dreams or investment property also means your money is protected. Making sure that all i's are dotted and t's are crossed is always my goal. ... more
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