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Quality of Life in Orinda : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 17, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
HI Marin Moving -

I was wondering why there is no Marin Realtor chime in and then saw that you posted the question in Orinda since you already know much about Marin county.

Your question was posted in October, 2009, I wonder if you have alredy bought a house or if you are still looking. If you are still looking, you must know that Soutern Marin's housing price has gone down a lot and you should be able to get a lot more houses than you could before. If you have not seriously looked at around the area, please take another look. I am sure you can find wonderful home with the price range you are in.

Good luck and let me know if I can help you.

Sylvia Barry', ePRO, MAS
Frank Howard Allen Realtors - #1 company in Marin
(415) 717-0293
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Wed Dec 2, 2009
Geri Murphy answered:
You do not need a realtor to find foreclosures or bank-owned homes, there are plenty of websites that offer that information, either for free or for a minimal fee, such as However, it makes a lot of sense to establish a relationship with a realtor in the area who is familiar with REOs (bank-owned) properties and can do the legwork for you. Finding a property is only the beginning - particularly in this market. After the initial negotiations, if you are lucky enough to get into contract, there can be other obstacles to overcome - some that can be quite confounding. The essence of all of this is that it is helpful to have a partner who has been there and who can help guide the way through the forrest, and help you find the way home! It can be a journey, but worth it in the end!
Best of luck,
Geri Murphy, ABR, CRS, GRI
Real Estate Consultant
DRE #10252019
J. Rockcliff Realtors
(510) 610-3963
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Thu Oct 29, 2009
Linda Van Drent answered:
Hello Jane,

Ditto on Shirley's answer. I also think it varies within each town depending on the home's location.
Happy to show you both communities so you can see for yourself.

Thanks for asking!

Linda Van Drent
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