Local events in Marin County and the North Bay.
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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:20pm. 714 Views, 1 Comments.
I'm delighted to announce the opening of a new Marin Modern Real Estate office to better serve the needs of our clients and agents throughout Marin County.
Established more than 5 years ago as a boutique Bay Area real estate firm specializing in modern, architectural homes, our company has become one of the fastest-growing residential real estate firms in Marin County as well as a "top 10" real estate brokerage in Marin for both sales & transaction volume.
Our approach, which involves selectively recruiting and hiring highly knowledgeable, tech-savvy and full-time, client-focused real estate agents and providing them as well as their clients with meaningful tools and technology to help make them successful in today's market, has…
Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 9:54am. 977 Views, 0 Comments.
I have had numerous rental properties in 3 Bay Area counties over the last 12 years and I have come up with a short list of dos and don'ts when buying rental properties that I'd like to share with you. This is just my opinion and I am sure others have different thoughts. Understanding that owning rental property is an interactive investment is most important. Even if you plan on having a property management company help you it is still a hands on investment that will require your time, energy and money.
1. Tax benefits and rate of return: Check with your CPA about how this property will or won't benefit you tax wise. What rate of return is a realistic expectation? How does this real estate investment compare to other investments you could make with…
Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 9:50pm. 471 Views, 0 Comments.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Marin Open Studios is a community-wide event that celebrates over 260 artists who open their studios to the public for two weekends. The kick off for Open Studios starts Saturday with wine and nibbles from 5-8 p.m. at the Town Center in Corte Madera. You'll meet the artists, get to enjoy one of their works of art that will be on display and pick up an Artist Guide to plan your own Open Studio art tour.
Artist, Davis Perkins, who resides in San Rafael's West End Neighborhood, was featured recently in a Marin IJ article as a precursor to the Open Studio event. Davis lives up the hill from me and is a fantastic landscape artist and a great neighbor. As a plein-air artist, he…
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 6:08am. 808 Views, 0 Comments.
I wanted to thank all of the speakers as well as the attendees at the "sold out" workshop we held this past weekend entitled Building a Prefab Home Home in the Bay Area.
This was a very special event designed to educate our clients on the process of building a modern prefab home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Event speakers included Seth Krubiner (Simpatico Homes), Robert Swatt (Swatt Miers Architects), Richmond Chester (Land Home Financial), Ken Fox (East Bay & San Francisco Modern Real Estate) as well as myself.
Discussion topics included:
- Building a Prefab Home - Form, Function, Footprint
- The Simpatico Home Building Process
- Procuring Land
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 11:06am. 747 Views, 0 Comments.
I am frequently prompted to go to the City of San Rafael website when a client asks me about their home's permit history or whether they need a permit in order to do some minor remodeling. One recent visit to the site so impressed me by the variety of information and events advertised that I thought I'd share the wealth.
The City of San Rafael has an "epermit" page where you can check your home's permit history by either address or parcel number. On that page you can also check the status of planning projects that have been initiated with the city by a homeowner. The site also provides a list of common remodeling projects requiring permits and has a downloadable form to order city resale inspections if you are about to put your home on the…
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 3:24pm. 693 Views, 0 Comments.
Summer's coming and with it brings months of abundant sunshine and warm weather (we hope soon!)... to Marin. Even if you live in San Francisco, you can come up north to have a real summer, and relax at one our community pools. Below is a list of towns with pools that are open to the public:
- College of
Marin: Kentfield Campus Pool
Physical Education Facility
835 College Avenue, Kentfield
Opens: June 20 - August 14 : Monday-Friday 1:30-5:30 pm,
Saturday-Sunday noon-5 pm
Extended Fall Public Swim (August 20-September 25) Saturdays and Sundays only 1-6 pm
Drop-in Fees: Adults $5, children ages 13 & seniors $3 per day
Valley Community Association Pool
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 3:57pm. 557 Views, 0 Comments.
We wanted to let our clients and friends know that we are hosting an exclusive event later this month which is designed to educate attendees on the process of building a modern prefab home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Importantly, we've hosted a similar event in the past (with a speaker from Michelle Kaufmann Design) which "sold out" quickly so we wanted to share this information with our blog followers early.
This event - Building a Modernist & Eco-Friendly Prefab Home in the San Francisco Bay Area - will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers from Bay-area based Simpatico Homes, Swatt Architects, Marin Modern Real Estate, East Bay Modern Real Estate and…
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8:24am. 325 Views, 0 Comments.
With historically low interest rates, and real estate down to 2002 prices why on earth would there be multiple offers on a property?
Every Wednesday and Thursday I tour the inventory of new houses on the market in Marin County. Last week, the water cooler conversation among the realtors touring houses was how tight the market is in Marin County. I kept over hearing conversations about multiple offers (across all price points), pre-emptive offers and listing agents holding off offers until the house has had enough exposure.
What does this mean for buyers? Be prepared. Don't even bother looking at houses until you're pre-approved. Well priced homes are not staying on the market very long. And when you find a house you really like, don't…
Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 10:47pm. 1035 Views, 1 Comments.
Thank you George Lucas for your community spirit and generosity!
For everyone who travels the Miracle Mile every day, you can't help but admire the handsome stone building across from United Market, now home to Amazing Grace Music. George Lucas, who lives nearby, rescued Amazing Grace from their dilapidated 1936 building, purchased the property, and set in motion a major renovation of the median that separates east and west traffic on the Miracle Mile. Not only did he build a new home for Amazing Grace Music, he moved it further down on the median and completely landscaped the area using a local landscape architect, Blasen Landscape Design.
The Miracle Mile is a main thoroughfare for the residents of San Rafael, San Anselmo,…
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 3:24pm. 770 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…