buyers

When buying residential real estate, you often hear the words: “location, location, location”.  This is never truer than today.  In Mill Valley for example – a nice community just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can see a variety of neighborhoods and also see a variety of sales prices for what many consider “appealing”.  The secret to success is in how quickly they sell and for what dollar amount. 
 
A new listing just came on the market – it is located in the good part of...

People ask us all the time,“how’s the market”?  The best way to answer that question is to look at the specific area where one lives.  We can watch the news and see that our state is struggling and homeowners in various parts of the country are ‘underwater’ with respect to their home values.  The news about real estate is not always as it appears.  There are many, many different real estate markets in the state – even in our Bay Area … and in Marin County.  So, to answer the...

text-autospace:none">San Francisco is comprised of many eclectic and fascinating neighborhoods, each with their own flair and sense of enjoyment.  As you begin to explore these areas, you get a feeling of what each neighborhood is like -- at least as a visitor.  But what would it be like to actually live there, be a part of one of these San Francisco neighborhoods?

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text-autospace:none">Recently, we listed a property in Nob Hill … well … it’s on the edge of Nob...

Central Mill Valley
For our intro to Mill Valley, please read the article titled Mill Valley Neighborhoods, which defines the four quadrants of Mill Valley and the various neighborhoods within those areas.  The section here will further describe the Central areas of the town of Mill Valley.
To see Mill Valley Neighborhood Associations:  http://millvalleylibrary.org/Index.aspx?page=840
Boyle Park:  This neighborhood is loosely defined by E. Blithedale Avenue and the Mill Valley Golf Course,...

Mill Valley - Northwest neighborhoods
 
For a good map of the neighborhoods, check out:  http://neighborhoods94941.org/mvndp/mvMap.htm
To see Mill Valley Neighborhood Associations:  http://millvalleylibrary.org/Index.aspx?page=840
Blithedale Canyon:  Blithedale Canyon is one of two canyons that separate the “valley” of Mill Valley.  The other canyon being Cascade Canyon – but more about that area later!  Blithedale Canyon has long been an area many people are drawn to because it calls...

Mill Valley
Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, west of Highway 101, nestled in the Redwoods is Mill Valley. 
Mill Valley’s long time locals often revere the community as a laid back “hippie town”, yet over the past 20+ years, it has been the destination of many different types of people who have relocated here, and now call Mill Valley “home”.   The one thing most Mill Valley residents have in common is the love for the outdoors.  Whether you are a mountain biker, a hiker, a...

What’s all the hype about the STAR testing?  Is it in Marin or just San Francisco?  What does it measure?  Should my child prepare for it?  These are a few questions we get asked, especially this time of year with the tests around the corner, and with people exploring whether or not to move.  So, I decided to venture out and do a little research of my own.  Here is what I learned.
As a precursor to my explanation, I will say:  we are not school officials, nor are we associated with the...

The Rush
 
Here is a picture of the crowd heading in to see the house at 285 Richland Ave in San Francisco this morning for a brief (and probably only) showing of this house.  Why?  This 1000 square foot home, which is now bank owned already has two offers (even before the first showing).  The first offer is from the tenant, who is currently paying $2,400 per month to live there.  The second, from another party, who had not seen the house when they submitted the offer.
I suspect this house...


After many years of selling homes in Marin County, Zephyr Real Estate has (finally) openned their first office in Marin County, located at 201 Corte Madera Ave in Corte Madera, near Larkspur. 
There have been a few Zephyr agents who have been actively selling in Marin for many years, including Stacey who has been helping clients buy and sell homes in Marin for 15 years.  She lives in Mill Valley, with her family, and is familiar with all of the Southern Marin communities--their schools,...

The Mediterranean Belle
Three Bedrooms One & a half Baths Wood Burning Fireplace Formal Dining Room Period Details--really lovely! One Car Plus Garage Parking Fully Detached, Extra wide lot Near Rec Center, Playground, Park and Dog run 1,485 sq. ft. (per tax records) Convenient location
$799,000

Incredible light floods the public living spaces of this gracious home.  Period details throughout including original light fixtures, door hardware and built-ins.  The generous barrel front living room features a wood-burning fireplace.  The formal dining room has a classic chandelier and a built in cabinet.  The kitchen has been updated with a modern stove and expanded cabinet and counter space, yet its vintage charm remains intact.  The adjoining eat-in area has expansive outlooks.  Two spacious bedrooms and a full bathroom complete this floor.  Downstairs is a large bedroom, half bath and a knotted pine bonus room (future master suite?) and access to the large yard.  Come back from a busy day and relax in your gracious home.

Sold
$770,000

We're often asked by our clients, "How much should we offer?"  This is an excellent question.  The answer is not straight-forward, especially in a market like ours. 
Pricing, in the late 1990s through the mid 2000s was a bit of a no-brainer.  Most agents advised their sellers to price homes very low, suggesting that this would draw multiple offers to the property.  In most cases this was true.  Depending upon the time frame, houses priced low would draw multiple offers and would sell not...

During the last 6 months, six condos have sold in North Beach, for an average price of $805,000.  The average days on market is 42 (a statistic that includes the marketing period, and the number of days this property was in contract before the buyer lifts their inspection and financing contingencies).

By comparison, there are four condos currently for sale, with an average days on market figure of 92 days for homes, which are on average, much smaller.  What is going on here?  Is the...

Stylish and Elegant Mission Dolores Condo
3 Bedrooms 1.25 Baths Stylish Eat in Kitchen Formal Dining Room 2 Fireplaces 2 Gardens Spacious rooms Abundant storage Beautiful Edwardian Details Convenient, central location Close to transportation
$899,000

Beautiful and elegant, this spacious condominium has a wonderful floorplan, great light and all the charming details, built-ins and character of a San Francisco Edwardian home. The kitchen and baths of this top-floor condo have been updated with a sense of style and sophistication. The amazing double bay windows flood the home with warmth and light. The rooms in the property are ample and the space is inviting. The two units in the building share gardens, both front and back. There is incredible storage, both individual spaces and common area space, including a large workshop. Walk score of 95, and close to BART, the J-Church, busses and City Share locations. Sellers have one year of leased parking, if you need it! Must see!

Sold
$920,000

 
 

 
Two new condos are active in North Beach.  The first, 444 Francisco, #201 is a 1 bedroom condo, weighing in at just over 600 sq feet (611 per tax records).  Its marketing touts that it is a sunny, south facing unit—which in this building means that it faces the street.  This block of Francisco Street is very quiet and lovely.  This is also one of the nicest condos I have seen in this building.  It’s a good value in a great neighborhood.  The second new condo is 445 Francisco St,...

Searching through my desk, I found a copy of an article entitled, Here are the Buyers, Where are the NICE Homes? Today's environment feels very similar to that of March 2007:  "I have several buyers wondering why there is no inventory that fits their criteria. They aren't being picky.  Many of them are able to afford what they are lookiing for in their desired neighborhoods in the city.  In fact, they are quite realistic.  The problem seems to be a real lack of inventory.  Every...

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