Tiburon, CA Real Estate News

By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $14,000.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!  
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $4,500.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon  property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon , call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!   
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $9,000.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $10,500.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!  
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $4,500.00.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon , call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
 By the end of last week, homeowners who keep an eye on Marin mortgage rates had a remarkably clear view of what the future is likely to bring. “Brexit” had all but sealed the deal.Part of the reason for the resurgence in the local real estate market has been the phenomenon of Marin County historically low mortgage interest rates. Following 2015’s first rate hike in nine years (and the promise that two or three more were in store for 2016), across the nation, financial commentators foresaw the expected gradual rise in mortgage interest rates to act as a moderating influence on home sales activity. In other words, a market that would slowly grow a bit tighter.As recently as April, that had been the common wisdom. That changed. Those who factor mortgage interest rates into their own decis...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Tiburon for $12,000.  Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Tiburon, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!  
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
Suppose you have put your Marin home on the market, but the number of showings is signaling that your asking price is not attracting much buyer interest. In most cases, you will notch the price down to a competitive level. That’s simply responding to the real life market in real time.But if you have no need to sell within a limited timeframe—and you are disinclined to accept what the market is supporting at the moment—you have the option of waiting. If you also aren’t in residence at the property, you have another option, too: you can turn the property into one of the Marin County rental homes that keep cash coming in while the market continues to improve.To make the most of the home rental solution, one major management issue is a systematic approach to maintenance. If you hire one of ...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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It’s interesting to look into how many ways the universe of food —be it restaurants, markets, cooking, gardening or eating—intersects with the world of real estate. The connections are many and important. That’s true from the moment a future Marin County homeowner begins to look into the current crop of Marin homes for sale.We commonly think about residential real estate predominantly in terms of shelter. The listed homes for sale are vying to become the roof over our head; the place where the family will be blissfully protected from the elements. But since it will also be the place where we prepare our meals, store the groceries, and experience the holiday celebrations and feasts that will be remembered forever as key moments in our family’s life together.Food is central to all these t...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
It wasn’t exactly huge news, but last week, the revised economic numbers showed improvement! When does that ever happen—when the final revisions come in, don’t they always seem to be in a downward direction? Yet Friday’s release from the Associated Press told a different story. Earlier reports of a slowing U.S. economy had been revised to show a year whose beginning “wasn’t quite as bad as first thought.” The reason was housing—which “got a bigger boost” than first reported.This is all to suggest that the wider economic climate for Marin real estate—that is, for sellers and buyers midway through this year’s spring/summer selling season—is one that shows improvement (“slight improvement,” according to many—but we’ll take it). Fears of an economic stall seem to have vanished for the momen...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The debate continues about whether open houses are effective for marketing Marin County homes. Yes, sales do still originate from them, but the percentages have been declining since social media and online listings changed the way Marin prospects look for their next home.Whether an open house is likely to garner qualified traffic is a decision that clients and I work out together on a case-by-case basis. The choice has to do with the nature of the property, its location, history, and the state of the current Tiburon market. Some properties are much better suited to being shown on a one-on-one guided tour basis, where questions can be answered and strong points pointed out; others shine in any circumstances.When it’s decided that an open house looks to be a productive event, preparing th...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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When you find yourself being drawn to the real estate listings, even only to peek, it’s a clue that something big may be on the horizon. Either you’ve begun to think you’ve begun to outgrow your current Marin County home, or you’re just curious about what could be available in case you should decide to upsize, or downsize—or to move on because of a professional change that only just might be hanging there as a possibility…The tipoff is the twinge of curiosity about those other Marin homes—the ones that are out there on the market this spring. It’s always somewhat interesting to see what’s on the Marin County market at any time, but if you find yourself visiting the listings more than every once in a while, it’s probably because you sense that you might find your own future somehow inter...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
Of the investor-friendly possibilities, real estate has some particularly welcoming attributes that have kept it perpetually close to investors’ hearts (and portfolios). This is particularly the case whenever tenuous national and world affairs make the future unnervingly hard to predict.Forbes magazine is one of the foremost sources that knowledge-thirsty investors consult for ideas and commentary about productive destinations for their extra investment capital; and some of those ideas recently surfaced in a piece on why real estate is “investor-friendly.” They pointed to five major characteristics that continue to attract investors:       Volatility. Tiburon landlords have a degree of protection from the kind of volatility that the stock and bond markets frequently experience because r...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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There are Top 10 Lists aplenty that detail just why any Marin County homeowner should think twice before planting one of those For Sale by Owner signs in their front yard. One of them is that when you sell your home all by yourself, the sheer amount of time you’ll have to devote to mastering processes that are already fully handled by full-time real estate professionals is a true waste of time. It’s one wheel that doesn’t need reinventing.If you are among those considering how you will sell your own Tiburon property this spring, since your time is important, let’s start saving it now by cutting those top 10 lists down to the Top 5 Reasons to Avoid FSBOs:         You’re involved. It may sound like a good idea to be your own salesperson since you are the most intimately acquainted with th...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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Not since Johnny Depp put his French countryside village up for sale have Tiburon real estate investors had an out-of-town real estate opportunity like the one that grabbed national headlines last week. As markdowns go, it was remarkable. But there were…issues…This deal was described by Fortune magazine as “a 640-acre desert town that comes with a casino, a 10-room motel, restaurant, post office, and an airstrip.” Fortune apparently missed the mobile home park and convenience store that CNN Money noticed. Originally put up for sale in 2010 for $17 million, Marin investors should appreciate that its newly marked down asking price is just $8 million. Although some potential buyers’ enthusiasm might be dampened by the Google Maps satellite view of the township which shows it to be pretty m...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
They’re aimed at the Frustrating Five: spring cleaning tasks that Tiburon homeowners tend to put off and/or ignore more than the others. Since spring is the most agreeable time of year to tackle household maintenance (even the vexing ones), here’s a list to contemplate—along with some widely accepted strategies for taking them head-on:          Kitchen cabinets gradually build up grease—and getting rid of it is one of those jobs we don’t tend to tackle on a regular basis. The first of the top 5 spring cleaning tips is the easiest: that grease is no challenge if you remember to keep a single-purpose product on hand. Marin hardware stores and supermarkets stock them: just look for the household cleaning bottles that have “Dirt and Grease” somewhere on the label.          Dirty windows are...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
By now, our Tiburon long-time house flipping veterans have seen it all: raging real estate bubble, over-the-cliff market freefall, energetic bounce-back, and now, the current, more rational market’s steady appreciation.House flipping experts prosper when they succeed in improving an undervalued Marin property quickly and inexpensively, and then “flip” it expeditiously. The key is to add value that is appreciated by the buying public. The Marin County’s long-term house flipping successes are the opposite of those who opt for skin-deep, purely cosmetic changes. Except in the most extreme sellers’market conditions, buyers are too perceptive to reward cover-up tactics. Tiburon house flippers with staying power are usually the veterans who can spot quality beneath neglect. They also tend to ...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
Modern life is said to have gotten immeasurably richer as labor-saving devices have empowered households and workplaces from one end of Tiburon to the other.Richer, yes; simpler, surely not!Today’s Marin County householder’s typical day likely involves juggling multiple destinations: shop for dinner, get kids to lessons or practices, drop off packages and pick up dry cleaning—or several hundred other possibilities that modern mobile Americans integrate into their daily lives. We don’t give it a thought.Not to mention what happens when your profession isn’t tied to one location.When it comes to buying and selling Marin homes, the freedom brought by 21st century mobility makes selective house hunting much more efficient. But all the accompanying lifestyle changes have introduced complicat...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
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The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property at Lyford Drive Tiburon for $5,500. Thanks to everyone for a great transaction.  For any questions about  Lyford Drive Tiburon property management or buying or selling investment properties in Lyford Drive Tiburon, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
8 Saint Lucia Place, Tiburon, CA, 94920 w/ REX 12.5% Down Payment Option   Using RPM Mortgage and REX Homebuyer, this home can be financed today as:   Purchase Price:  $1,695,000 REX Down Payment:  $211,875 Your Down Payment:  $211,875 Monthly P&I Payment:  $5533     Here are the terms for the scenario above:   Loan Amount:  $1,271,250 Loan Program:  7/1 ARM* Interest Rate / APR:  3.250% / 3.150%   How can we help?   Property Info:  Penny Wright-Mulligan, 415-601-8191, penny.wright-mulligan@pacunion.com  Mortgage Pre-Approval:  Rob Spinosa, 415-367-5959, rspinosa@rpm-mtg.com   *Rates will only apply for the initial period.  The initial period for this program above is seven years.  The payment on a 7/1 ARM adjusts after 7 years and annually thereafter.  At adjustment, the rate will be t...
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