Marin Real Estate

The following blog entry is written by guest author, Rachel Bernstein of the Baker Loan Team of Guarantee Mortgage:
On April 1, 2012, a guarantee fee will be added to all new residential loans backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  This new fee will impact interest rates on these loans by roughly .125% which is nominal and in the long run I don’t think it will make a huge impact.  However,  it is a tough economy and real estate market right now so...

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...

The last several weeks have shown signs of slowing market activity in Gerstle Park.  Several new homes have come onto the market, no home sale transactions have been completed and only one home has gone into contract during this time period, the house at 109 Clorinda.  This home is in need of some repair and is also a short sale has been on the market for more than six months with a list price of $420,000.  A short sale is a home with a listing price that falls short of the money the seller...

The fall is here, and so are the turkeys!   Winter is just around the corner, and with the cool air comes a cooling of the real estate market as well.  Or is it cooling down?  It’s a really good question. 
As you can see by our report this month, the number of current listings on the market is down, and the number of closed sales is down as well.  It seems there is not much happening.  But, why?  Interest rates are still a screaming deal and buyers are eager to buy, even though it is not...


August is typically a slower month for real estate activity, but this August, Gerstle Park has seen a fair amount of market activity.  During the first few weeks of the month, there have been two new recorded sales of homes, three new listings and four homes whose owners have accepted offers and are successfully moving through the escrow process with the buyers (some newly listed, and others finally in contract when the sellers have reduced the asking price to the “correct”...

Summer has arrived and the farmer’s market is in full swing: active and lively.  Real estate seems to be buzzing along too.  There have been the usual higher number of listings come onto the market in the Gerstle Park neighborhood--as you drive around you can see the signs indicating that number.
You may want to know what is happening to all those sales, so we have attached the current list of local listings: active, pending and of course, closed sales since mid January. 
A quick glance of...

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...

Spacious Tam Valley Craftsman
4 bedrooms 3 full bathrooms 1 half bathroom 3077 square feet (per the tax records) Built in 2001

This fantastic Tam Valley home is elegant yet inviting!  It is contemporary, loaded with style and beauty.  The high ceilings and beautiful floors make the large, open rooms beam.  The gourmet kitchen includes an eat-in area that overlooks the lovely views and garden area.   There is a den area next to the living room and a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor.  On the lower level are three bedrooms, complete with a master bedroom that has a walk-in closet you would not believe!  There is a wonderful backyard area and loads of storage in this home!  Easy access to SF, great hiking trails, and near some of the best schools in Marin! 

Peaceful Marin Views Oasis
4 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms 1 half bathroom 2171 square feet(per the tax records) Great storage

This wonderful Marin View home has it all: charm, nice flow, open entertaining space, loads of light and the perfect amount of indoor/outdoor access for the quintessential Marin lifestyle.  The home has lots of wonderful deck space and it is surrounded by the lushness of Tam Valley/Tennessee Valley landscapes.  There is also a completely undeveloped area on the lower level just begging to be explored for further expansion.  Easy commute to San Francisco!

Fabulous Los Ranchitos Estate
5 bedrooms 4 full bathrooms 2 half bathrooms 4727 square feet(per the tax records) Huge lot with swimming pool Pool house, guest house

This Los Ranchitos custom built home has everything: open rooms, enormous bedrooms, a huge kitchen, large entertaining spaces, a front porch swing, an inviting back yard with a wonderful swimming pool which will be enjoyed in this sunny, popular area of San Rafael.  On the lower level is a guest suite or pool house, depending on your needs.  A portion of the garage has been converted into a full den/game room with plenty of space for a pool table, ping-pong table or anything else you might want to have fun!  There is a separate space for guests on the south wing of this home with a full bathroom and its own private entrance.  This property is a dream!

Amazing Tiburon View Condo
2 bedrooms 1 bathroom 1062 square feet(per tax records) Built in 1963 1 car parking Great storage Views!

Wonderful, bright condo opportunity in Tiburon!  Incredible views with this nice floor plan property.  This unit has two large bedrooms with a full bathroom in between.  The living/dining combo allows for a spacious open area and the huge deck is attached to this space as well as the master bedroom which has the same amazing views.  There is a galley kitchen near the dining area making this property a lovely place to call home.

Mill Valley Mid-century Dream Opportunity
3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Large Master Suite with Remodeled Bathroom Private Lot Swimming Pool

Located across from Horse Hill, this lovely corner home has been in the family for many years.  Updates are modest, but the home has charm, light and a great floor plan.  The open style suits today's casual living.  The windows have a beautiful outlook.  The grounds are grand, lush and inviting.  The sunny poolside makes for perfect indoor/outdoor living.

Grand Tiburon Estate
5 bedrooms 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms 6500 square feet(per tax records) Built 1987 Double Lot 3 car garage

This is a huge Tiburon estate with grand, lush lawns situated on a double lot, which is rarely available in Tiburon.  The home is multi-leveled, with stellar views from nearly every window.  Each bedroom is spacious and inviting.  The sunken living space has a view drenched deck overlooking the lawns and elegant poolside.  This property is alluring and captivating- you feel as though you are on vacation in your day-to-day life.  It is located close to the biek path and a nice walk into town!

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