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Real Estate Agent - Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - BRE Lic. #01793143
Expert analysis of the Marin real estate market from a seasoned Marin Realtor. Helpful information about selling your Marin home, including home staging and property preparation advice.
October 29, 2013-- Word of a big shake-up today in Marin real estate: NRT, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company, announced the acquisition of Frank Howard Allen Realtors. Frank Howard Allen Realtors has been a fixture in Marin real estate for more than a century, and it'...
Want to spruce up your home's entry this fall? Whether or not you are selling, it's nice to have a welcoming front porch that complements the season. In one afternoon you can transform the look of your porch with these 3 ideas from Southern Living Magazine. Thanks to my wife and real estate team'...
Halloween is less than a week away, and it's fun to see so many Novato homes decked out for the holiday. My kids love to be on the lookout for creepy displays. It all adds to a nice feeling of community here. We've seen lots of pumpkins, spooky spiders, clever headstones and bright inflatables. T...
Novato real estate update on the brand new homes at Canyon Green, October 25, 2013: There is significant construction progess every day at Canyon Green, the new home development in central Novato. Yesterday I saw the windows being installed on several of the homes, and more are rising from their ...
During the past week, we have seen 32 Marin County homes that have had their asking prices reduced (excluding west Marin and the Beach Cities). The cities featured in this post are Novato, San Rafael, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Kentfield, Ross, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere...
It's relatively rare to find new home construction here in Marin because of the county's strict anti-growth policy (no Bay Area county has more protected open space). So, when pockets of newly built homes come onto the market, they tend to get a lot of interest from prospective buyers.  The lates...
The Marin County real estate market stayed relatively steady during the past month. As you can see in the chart below, sales were down just a bit, but the average price per square foot rose from $537 to $549 (for single-family homes). The big picture is this: California real estate markets have b...
Novato homes continue to sell at a relatively fast pace. There is only 2 months of housing inventory, which means demand far exceeds supply (6 months of inventory is considered a neutral or balanced market). During the government shutdown, we noticed a dip in buyer activity. This could be coincid...
Novato, CA real estate/housing market update Single-family home sales in Novato were down about 6 percent in 2010, when compared to 2009 sales. As for home prices, it all depends on how you slice the data. The average home price stayed fairly flat; the median went up about 5 percent, and the aver...
San Rafael, CA real estate/housing market update Total San Rafael homes sold in November 2010: 32  (Single-family homes. This is almost unchanged from 33 sales in October. However, it's down from 48 sales during the same period last year.) Based on November's sales, here's a snapshot of the avera...

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