There are 16 blog entries for January 2012.
First Time Home Buyer Questions #1: Why has that property not sold? Is there something wrong with it?
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 12:43pm. 378 Views, 0 Comments.
First Time Home Buyer Questions: Part 1
Anyone who maintains a blog or has ever written an article for a blog eventually faces the question - What should I write about?
The best piece of advice I received from the countless webinars I attended on blogging was - Write about the subjects you talk about, email about and discuss every day with your clients and friends. As Realtors, we entertain questions about the market, the process, the community and even our jobs every day. It's awesome and one of my favorite parts of being a Realtor - sharing information.
If you have questions, especially the ones you aren't asking because you think they are stupid - you are not alone (and your questions are not stupid). The Real…
Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 8:43am. 434 Views, 0 Comments.
Due to popular demand we will be sponsoring another seminar in Marin designed to help educate prospective home buyers on the process of buying a home in Marin County.
This interactive event will be held on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm and will feature local speakers with expertise in Marin real estate, financial planning and mortgage lending.
You can learn more about the event (and register) by visiting Marin First Time Home Buyers Seminar.
If you're contemplating a potential home purchase in Marin, we'd encourage you to register for this FREE event now. Seating is limited and these workshops are always popular so we encourage you to register early to secure your seat!
We hope to see you on February 12th!
Renee Adelmann, Owner of…
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 8:04pm. 507 Views, 0 Comments.
Located near open space trails with no through traffic, this contemporary and spacious 5 bedroom/3 Full-Bath home features a 3-car garage and endless storage space. It also offers privacy yet easy access to downtown San Rafael and San Anselmo. A formal dining room adjacent to the living room has a wood burning fireplace and can accommodate large gatherings. Adjoining the kitchen is a family room with a beautifully updated entertainment center and gas fireplace that creates a warm and inviting place to watch TV, listen to music or launch an outdoor party.
The Master Bedroom is separate and private on the upper level and features two large walk-in closets and a balcony with sliding glass doors that open to a beautifully landscaped…
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 10:10pm. 1242 Views, 3 Comments.
Although never a mainstream lending program for residential properties, many of the larger national banks used to offer loans for foreign nationals. Amid the major setbacks experienced by the housing and financial sectors over the past few years, most of these loan programs were discontinued. Nowadays, even U.S. citizens living abroad have a tough time securing financing and most foreign nationals eligible for any level of financing will find themselves obligated to put down at least 50% of a property's purchase price. Fortunately, lining-up financing for overseas citizens has improved dramatically and qualified foreign nationals can now secure excellent financing (up to $5 million) with down payments as low as 10%.
With interest rates…
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 7:58pm. 467 Views, 0 Comments.
As a Realtor and Eichler Home Owner, I'm frequently asked by neighbors, clients, and friends about the current value of their Eichler home.
While there are many entertaining tools on the web that homeowners can utilize to estimate the value of their home, these tools fail to recognize and value the distinct characteristics of Eichler homes which can have a profound impact on determining the true market value for your home.
If you are an Eichler homeowner in Marin and would like to receive a free estimate of your home's current market value, visit www.EichlerValue.com and request your home valuation online now.
Additionally you can call me directly at 415-EICHLER (415-342-4537) for assistance with your Eichler…
Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 1:29pm. 699 Views, 0 Comments.
I am delighted to announce my client's successful purchase of 15 Mt. Tenaya Drive in the Upper Lucas Valley region of San Rafael.
This 5 bed/2 bath Eichler home built in 1964 features a very desirable double-A frame layout, walls of glass to create an indoor/outdoor feel and a lush backyard with a beautiful waterfall.
Originally listed at $920,000, I was able to assist my client in purchasing the home for $850,000.
If you are buying or selling a home in Marin, I would love the opportunity to represent you.
Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 1:15pm. 1827 Views, 1 Comments.
With a new year upon us, I wanted to provide fellow Eichler fans with a quick look back at the real estate market for our homes in Marin.
In 2011, a total of 50 Eichler Homes were sold in Marin County and I was proud to once again finish the year as the #1 Agent in Marin County for Eichler Home Sales. As a listing agent, my Eichler listings sold on average for 99% of their asking price in just 57 days. Eichler Homes that were not listed by me on average sold for only 93% of their asking price and took considerably longer (97 days) to sell.
Looking closer at 2011 Eichler sales in Marin, all sales occurred in San Rafael (with the exception of one custom-built Eichler home in Kentfield which sold for $1,600,000 and is…
Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 9:41pm. 587 Views, 0 Comments.
Great idea. Being a Kentfield School District (KSD) parent I thought I might blog about my experience with the schools and why I like living in Kentfield.
A little background. I moved here on a whim. Well, not entirely. I picked Kentfield because my son (now in 5th grade at Kent Middle School) was nearing the first day of Kindergarten and I like to hike. As it happens Kentfield has a great school district and a number of local hiking trails on Mount Tamalpais.
The Kentfield School District is comprised of two schools, Bacich Elementary and Kent Middle School. Bacich Elementary serves children from K-4th grade and Kent Middle School serves children from 5th -8th grade.
You'd think after 6 years of car line duty and Halloween…
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 2:42pm. 533 Views, 1 Comments.
In Marin’s county seat of San Rafael – the news in the last week of two major music venues in the works for early spring (or sooner) is big and exciting news. Phil Lesh’s purchase of the Seafood Peddler in the canal neighborhood brings this Grateful Dead bassist back to the same neighborhood where the band maintained its’ business arm, rehearsal spaces and archives from 1970-95. The restaurant will remain intact with a change in menu and the current pavilion space alongside the restaurant will shut down for major renovation and re-open as The Grate Room in early 2013. The entire project has been aptly named Terrapin Crossroads. This represents a dream realized for Phil and his wife Jill who unsuccessfully tried to get approval…
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 10:18pm. 651 Views, 0 Comments.
In a welcome reversal to loan limit reductions of $625,500 that were imposed on FHA, high balance, and super conforming loans on October 1, 2011, the FHA increased its high balance limits in mid-November to the former threshold of $729,750. The increased FHA limit should be effective throughout 2012, however both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s high balance and super conforming products currently remain fixed to the lower amount.
The FHA’s higher limit of $729,750 affords borrowers superb financing, especially long-term, fixed pricing with 30-year mortgages currently around 4.0%. In contrast, the conventional high balance and super conforming loans, which cap out at $625,500, have rates of .125% to .25% higher. And, as soon as…