marin realtor: The State of Novato Real Estate Market, Now and Then - 05/29/12 01:13 AM
The buzz on the local market since the end of last year, although gingerly made, has been that we might have hit the bottom of the market, and are on our way to crawl out of that black hole.
As we held our breath while watching the market during the past five months, we became cautiously optimistic about the market – the Feds declared they plan to hold the interest rate down, the Congress is finding ways to encourage/enable underwater homeowners to stay in their homes, the banks are learning from their mistakes, streamlining short sale processes as well as not … (0 comments)

marin realtor: The Book Place - The Little Book Store that Can in Marin County - 12/18/11 10:16 PM
This was first posted at www.Novato.Patch.com.  See my Blog at Novato.Patch.com
Just when you think you know everything about Novato, that’s when you find out you missed something important.  The Book Place is a perfect example of such a gem in Novato!   
For people who think there is no book store in Novato, the Book Place is a hidden treasure yet to be discovered by many even though it has been in Novato for the past 16 years, with the last 9 on Grant Avenue near Seventh Street.        
With books in every category — fiction, nonfiction, history, science, autobiography, military, cookbooks, … (6 comments)

marin realtor: Thank You for believinig In and Standing Up for Novato Students - 06/26/11 04:59 PM
This was originally posted on May 21, 2011 Novato.Patch.com
While dramas are playing out on different stages, and emotions run high in Novato causing much debate and anguish among Novatans on issues related to safety, schools and the city, a handful of volunteers quietly ran one of the most successful fundraisers for Novato schools.
With 257 registered riders from 16 public schools and 2344 donors; the Tour of Novato and FunFair fundraiser, held on one glorious April day, raised over $93,000 for Novato public schools!
It was quite an amazing sight witnessing the excitement going on around the registration table.  Riders … (6 comments)

marin realtor: Coveted Rolling Hills Area - Immaculate Custom Single Story Home, Beautifully Landscaped - 04/13/11 03:44 AM
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marin realtor: Luxurious Living in Central Marin. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Upgraded Home with Amazing Panoramic Views!!! - 09/09/10 08:56 PM
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marin realtor: Elegant Single Story Vineyard Home and Legal Cottage on 1/2+ Acre. Pool/SPA, Gorgeous View of Novato Hills!!! - 08/24/10 06:13 AM
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marin realtor: Novato, Marin County Morning Star Farm Equestrian Center - 08/07/10 05:02 PM
Novato is famous for horse properties; along with that, a few reputable Equestrian Centers.
Morning Star Farm is on the way to the two listings I have on Vineyard Road. Another nice area with horse properties, hills, trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding..
Gorgeous setting.  This is also on the way to my two listings ( www.2424VineyardRD.com  and www.2463Vineayrd.com on Vineyard, also famous for horse properties with another equestrian center at the end of Vineyard.





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marin realtor: Novato, Marin County, San Marin, Immaculate, Bright Custom Tri-Level Home, on 1/3 Acres, Beautiful Garden - 08/06/10 03:26 PM
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marin realtor: Bel Marin Keys, Novato, Backs up to Open Space, 2 Boat Dock Parking Right - 08/06/10 03:11 PM
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marin realtor: Loan Pre-Qualification, Loan Pre-Approval, Loan Commitment, what and why we need them to purchase a home? - 07/21/10 08:23 PM
When my clients make an offer on a house, I always advise them that we need to have a pre-approval letter from his lender along with the offer in order for the offer to be accepted by the seller. 
This was true when lenders were giving away loans like there was no tomorrow, and this is even more critical now a days when the lenders are going thru loan applications with a very fine comb.  Sellers want to have the confidence that a buyer are financially qualified to purchase their home before they accept the offer.
My clients will then ask me what is … (10 comments)

marin realtor: The Town that Celebrates Fourth of July Together - Novato, Marin, CA July 4th Parade - 07/02/10 05:11 PM
Novato, California, the north-most town of Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, celebrates July the 4th with, among other activities, a July 4th parade through old town Novato. 
The parade has steadily gained fan and momentum over the years; with the town growth and community involvement, has become a local attraction when celebrating July 4th.  This year, being the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Novato, anticipation is even higher :-)  
Between 8-11AM, the local Presbyterian Churchoffers their infamous Buckaroo Breakfast (2010 will be their 57th year doing this) with proceeds benefiting a Novato community mission project, such as Homeward Bound, … (7 comments)

marin realtor: San Marin 2010 Classic Car Exposition, Novato, Marin - 06/07/10 08:24 PM
San Marin Improvement Association (SMIA - www.SanMarin.org ), a north Novato neighborhood of 1,700+ homes just north and south of San Marin Drive in Novato, hosted it's 4th annual Classic Car Exposition on May 22, 2010.
SMIA is a neighborhood association formed to safeguard San Marin neighborhood and to build community relationships through social event.
Some of the SMIA's accomplishments are:  
Purchase and protect Mt. Burdell, which is now a designated Open Space in Marin County Fend off building plans / zonings that do not agree with the neighborhood (recent accomplishment - the redeisn of the lot on the corner of San Marin Drive … (1 comments)

marin realtor: Prestigious Vineyard Area Luxury Homes with Cottage. Pool, Panoramic Hill Views - 06/01/10 05:25 AM
CASUAL ELEGANT LIVING
2463 Vineyard Road, Novato, Marin County, CA
www.2463Vineyard.com
    
In the prestigious area of Vineyard Road, just West of Wild Horse Valley, finds this casual, comfortable yet elegant home for discriminating buyers.
* Fabulous property with panoramic views situated on 1/2 acre lot with pool and spa;
* Tastefully remodeled single story main house with a separate legal unit. Main house has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2790sf. The separate unit, which can be used as office, studio or in-law, has 1 bedroom and 1 bath;
* Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, formal … (4 comments)

marin realtor: COVETED PARTRIDGE KNOLLS CUSTOM HOME WITH PANORAMIC HILL VIEW, NOVATO, MARIN COUNTY - 03/28/10 06:20 AM
www.32PARTRIDGE.com
* Custom 4 Bedrooms 2-1/2 Baths Timmer built home offers privacy and view!
* Living room has cathedral ceiling and cozy fireplace, bay window with comfortable seating area
* Spacious formal dining room
* Sunroom ideal for enjoying fabulous hill view, sunset, twinkling night lights
* Gourmet kitchen with tile counter, large pantry, built-in microwave, instant hot water dispenser, Jenn-aire stove, trash compactor, double oven; breakfast bar and breakfast area
* Adjoining family room features wood burning stove, wet bar with wine rack, china closet and comfy window seats to enjoy the view
* Master suite is located on main level and features … (0 comments)

marin realtor: Guideline for Mowing Grass on Marin County Open Space District - 09/29/09 05:16 AM
Heading into the High Fire Season in Marin County, this seems to be a good time to reintroduce the guideline on how to mow the grass in Marin County, especially the properties that are next to Open Space. 
The guideline was established by the the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space.
This letter is especially critical at this time of year when fire risk is increasing; especially since Marin county is agian, facing a very dry summer season.
The information below can be found on Marin County website Wildfire Safety Information as well.
Excerpt from Marin County Open Space District: … (1 comments)

marin realtor: Novato, Marin Real Estate Market Statistics, 09/02/2009 - 09/07/09 04:02 PM

A semi uneventful but very busy week for the office, with one wonder property on the market - a deliberally priced low REO single family home next to Novato High School, lots of unfinished, unpermitted work.  The property commanded 23 offers in a few short days with several over asking, all cash offers.  Novato realtors are buzzing about this kind of trend for REO offers (other than one extremely low priced short sale home on Leland Drive a while back, none generated as much activity as this house).  
An experienced and knowledgable local Realtor is ultra important in guiding you through this new real estate maze - Check … (0 comments)

marin realtor: Fabulous Mt. Burdell in Partridge Knolls, Novato, Marin County - 08/26/09 05:55 PM
Fabulous Mt. Burdell provides a gorgeous backdrop for City of Novato in the magnificant Marin County, San Francisco North Bay, CA.
The pictures were taken in the summer, around the very desirable Partridge Knolls neighborhood, overlooking San Marin, showing the 'golden' state. During the raining season, the hills turns fresh and than jade, provides a refreshing look throughout the county. Mt. Burdell, being one of the 'younger' hills in Marin County, has oak trees dotted in various places, provides a lively and beautiful picture of the hills.
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marin realtor: Novato, Marin Real Estate Market Overview, August 19, 2009 - 08/24/09 04:09 AM

Can't believe summer slips by so quickly!  I last posted Novato Statistics on April 1, 2009 and now is the later part of August.  Students are back in school and we are heading into fall.    
During the past four months, with housing prices dropped 20%-30% and certain condos at 50% drop (the ones with problementic HOAs), stimulus plan, attraction of the 'up to $8,000 credit back', interest rate staying low, regular sellers holding onto their properties unless they have to sell; the supply remains low and demand has heightened.  All these contribute a shift in the percentage of houses under contract, moving most price ranges into … (2 comments)

marin realtor: Sing Praises to 101 Freeway Widening Project in Central Marin - 07/25/09 11:45 AM
I hesitate to jump on the bandwagon to sing praises to the improved 101 traffic in Marin County since they opened the lanes on a stretch of San Rafael in first quarter, 2009. 
It amazes me to see people who hardly drive on 101 filming the traffice at 6:00AM while reporting how great the traffic is ;-) 
As a Realtor, commuting during traffic hours is not the norm as I have the priviledge to schedule appointments away from traffic hours and that is what I normally do.
I feel that for reliability, I have to wait until I actually have the chance to drive during traffic hours regularly before reporting with … (0 comments)

marin realtor: Marn County Bank Owned / REO / Foreclosed Homes as of 07/16/09 - 07/18/09 05:38 AM
MARIN COUNTY BANK OWNED / REO / FORECLOSED HOMES
UPDATED 07/16/09 (last updated 06/06/09)
By Popular Demand ... Thanks for emailing... Here is the updated report as requested!
Due to strong demand from my past and current clients and the interest from the prospective clients, I am providing you with list of current Bank Owned (REO - Real Estate Owned, and Foreclosed) homes.  The list will be updated freqeuently depending on relevant activities.  
(Word of Wisdom from your Realtor -  In addition to REO (Bank Owned) properties, there are GREAT Deals out there if you look hard enough.  I will be able to help you … (0 comments)