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10 Step Home Buying Guide-Step1: ESTABLISH A BUDGET

10 Step Home Buying Guide –  1. ESTABLISH A BUDGET Establish a Budget Buying property is a HUGE deal! It’s likely the single biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime. The first step is to establish a budget and to do that you have to step back and look at your big picture. What does owning a home mean to you? How do you see yourself and your family living in the home? Is this your 5-year home or your forever home? What other activities and hobbies...

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Real Estate Insights & Information – Welcome!

This post will re-launch my SF2MarinHomes blog with a letter from the heart and a further definition of my Real Estate focus. If you enjoy my story, have a present or future interest in Real Estate or just want to read my blog posts please subscribe or create an RSS feed! Thank you in advance for your support. Real Estate Insights - A Fluid Life is a Good Life Life is fluid and fluidity creates change and change is what propels people to seek out the help of a Realtor. We get...

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Marin County Property Search – Real Estate Porn Week 4

Thursday Brokers tour gives us a chance to preview property for clients, prospective clients and sometimes just grab a chance to get inside some delicious, multi-million dollar properties. You never know who your next client will be-better to be prepared. Right! Yesterday I chose to add a few of these properties to my tour schedule. First, a lovely family home in Larkspur nestled amongst the well-appointed Townhomes on Escalle Lane. Listed by Frank Howard Allen legend, Patty Oxman ( I want to be her when I grow up) 50 Escalle Lane, Larkspur...

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Marin County Real Estate – Best of Brokers Tour and Real Estate Porn! Week 1

Marin County Real Estate - Best of Brokers Tour and Real Estate Porn! Week 1 Unfamiliar with the term Brokers Tour? Once a week the newer listings are held open by the listing agent for other Realtors to preview the homes. Marin County has two tour days, Wednesday you can see Southern Marin (Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon and Belvedere), and the Northern most Marin city, Novato. Thursday is for the rest of Marin, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Ross, Fairfax,...

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Marin County Real Estate – A Very Merry Mustard To You!

Marin County Real Estate - A Very Merry Mustard To You! The holiday tradition I look forward to involves shopping and eating but also planning, designing and mass production. It's not your typical tradition but it's one I have participated in with my Dad for about 23 years. We make our super secret, completely addictive and increasingly popular Hot & Sweet Mustard. A few recipients, I am sure, continue to be my friend just for the Mustard they receive from me each holiday season. I...

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Buying a Home In Marin County – Home Buyer Success Story

Buying A Home in Marin County - Home Buyer Success Story Real Estate is a challenging business to be in, especially in today's market with the ever changing rules, regulations, laws and statutes surrounding Real Estate transactions. It has become a mine field of disclosures and compliance. However, for me the most important and most rewarding part of the Real Estate business hasn't really changed that much and that is Client Care. It's true, younger Gen X and Gen Y clients now entering the market are tech savvy and better...

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Homes for Sale in Marin County, CA – Average home price 2010 to 2011 up or down?

Homes for Sale in Marin County, CA - Average home price 2010 to 2011 up or down? Turns out in Marin County, like home prices, inventory levels, Days on Market and sale price vs. list price it all about location, location, location! In two cities the average home price is up from 2010 to 2011 Year to Date in all others it's down. Makes answering the questions, "have we hit the bottom", or "hows the market" or "are prices going back up" difficult to answer. Check...

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Marin County Real Estate – 1965 to 2010: Puts things in Perspective!

Marin County Real Estate - 1965 to 2010: Puts things in Perspective! Look at this graph and what do you see? The obvious, like 2007 prices were off the charts and homes were truly affordable in Marin in the 60's, 70's and into the mid 90's. My parents bought their second home in San Rafael, CA in Marin County is 1963, the year I was born for about $40,000 which according to the chart is right on. It was a decent size house, nothing fancy but...

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Foreclosures in Marin County, CA – Just Sold, Marinwood, CA Townhome

Foreclosures in Marin County, CA - Just Sold, Marinwood, CA Townhome There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the purchase of REO (real estate owned) or bank owned properties. These are properties that have gone through the foreclosure process and are no longer owned by an individual but a bank or investor. The process of purchasing an REO property varies from a regular sale but in most cases can close in 30-45 days and doesn't have to be...

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