First-time Home-Buyers

Megan and Lee Mokri bought their first home in Mill Valley.  So why is this news? They love living there.  And, they appreciate the service they got from Stacey and Jane.  Check out this video:

Last year, we helped Megan and Lee Mokri buy a home in the Tam Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley.  Here is what they have to say about the experience of working with Jane Mermelstein Click here to view video

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:
Boyle Park:  This neighborhood is loosely defined by E. Blithedale Avenue and the Mill Valley Golf Course,...

Fine Urban Living
2 bedroom suites 2 1/2 bathrooms Private deck off master bedroom Large shared patio Wood burning fireplace Chef's kitchen with granite counters Washer and dryer in unit HOA dues $438/month

Located in one of San Francisco's best neighborhoods, this condo has a Walkscore of 94, is close to transportation, City Hall, the Ballet, Symphony, loads of amazing restaurants and unique shopping.  This two level home contains two bedroom suites upstairs with the washer and dryer conveniently closeted in between.  Both rooms are light, bright and spacious.  The main level has an open floor plan living and dining room near the inviting kitchen which has been finished with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The layout of this property is ideal and the location is fantastic.  A must see for any urban dweller.


This article was written by Stacey Lamirand.
Purchasing a home is a large investment and buyers are advised to do a careful investigation of the property.  There are six areas of potential trouble that should be thoroughly investigated by a licensed home inspector. Sometimes cracks, bulges and spots are an indication of trouble, sometimes they are not.  Better to be safe than sorry--hire a licensed contractor to inspect your property before you complete while you are in escrow.
1).  The...

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...

Mission Terrace Masterpiece
2 Spacious Bedrooms Bathroom with Beautiful Tiles, Tub and Stall Shower Parquet Floors in Living and Dining Rooms Garden With Mature Plants Bonus Room Down

Traditional & stylish, this tunnel entrance home has much appeal! Bright & inviting rooms include an elegant living space, formal dining room, a spacious kitchen w/ wonderful flow between these rooms. The two bedrooms overlook a pleasant garden! The updated, yet classic,bathroom has a separate shower & tub. A large room (bonus)downstairs completes this home, w/ a spacious garage providing interior access. If you're looking for a lovely, comfortable home, close to transportation, THIS IS IT!


I heard an interesting statistic the other day: Only twenty percent of all short sales that have been approved by the banks ever closes escrow. 

Let me start at the beginning.  A short sale refers to a home or condo that is being sold, where the purchase price being paid by the Buyer (the market value) is less than what the Seller owes on the property.  When a Seller places their home on the market and they know that the value is less than what they paid (selling for whatever...

On Friday, I received an alert from the California Association of Realtors indicating that the revisions proposed to truth in lending laws, also known as Reg. Z will be going into effect on July 30th.  These rules have required that lenders disclose to buyers within a few days of application, the costs of their loans.  For homeowners who are engaged in refinancing their loan, they had a three day right of recision.

The new rules, which apply to both purchases and refinances, require that...

"As first-time home-buyers, Jane was a real God-send to my wife and me.  She held our hand throughout the process, from early open house visits through the signing of the papers.  At each stage we always felt that we had someone who was looking out for us, ensuring that we ..." [read more]

Minesh Shah and Stephanie Park

"Jane is an outstanding Realtor who helped us purchase our first home.  She is incredibly intelligent, thinks strategically, and exhibits very sound judgment.  Jane's past work experience as a principal at a management consulting firm, as well as her MBA from MIT's Sloan ..." [read more]

JoLynn and Dan Miller
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