Marin County Real Estate Market Blog | Marin Market Trends

By, Lisa Roberts

One thing is for sure - no matter how bank-breaking, California's real estate will always be in demand. And, yes, that applies to both living and vacationing in the Golden State! However, be warned - even though real estate investment in California can be rewarding, it is far from a walk in the park. But, do not let that discourage you (and do not let housing and living prices discourage you either)!

Believe it or not, there are tons of places in our Golden State where you can invest in real estate that will not only save your budget but will also set you up for financial success. All you have to do is stay away from major cities such as San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. Those other cities and their real estate…

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If investing is one of your New Year’s resolutions, buying real estate is a popular way to diversify your portfolio and generate passive income. As a beginner, you may feel overwhelmed by all the terminology, the market, capital, and even the risks versus rewards. If you have no idea where to start – you’re not alone. With a bit of work and dedication, you’ll be making money moves in no time. Let’s look at some common options to help you start investing in real estate.

Become a Landlord

The most hands-on, learn-as-you-go strategy to get you started is also among the most financially rewarding. Purchasing residential real estate and becoming a landlord provides attractive income and tax benefits while the property appreciates in value. Many rental…

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By, Lisa Roberts

If you're a homeowner, you know how stressful remodels are. There are so many things to think about, and there's only so much time to do it. And when you add a distance to it, it might seem there's no way you could get it over with. Luckily, there are some tips for running a successful long-distance remodel of your house to make the job a lot easier.

Sure, you'll still run into problems — they're a part of buying a fixer-upper. But they'll be far less scary if you know how to handle them. Good communication is the key to all your worries. Establish it, and you'll be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy the process even from far away.

Let's get right into it and see how you can do it.

You won't be there for every…

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By, Aimee Adams

Buying a home will likely be the biggest purchase you will ever make. But making a down payment and taking care of your monthly mortgage payment are not the only financial aspects when it comes to homeownership. In addition to your homeowner’s insurance, you will have to worry about paying for maintenance, upkeep, and repairs. Sometimes, these costs can be in the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

You know that eventually, parts, components, and systems in your home will begin to fail and break down. Thanks to a California home warranty, you can spare yourself a significant amount of financial stress. This plan will cover many of the costs to repair and replace many elements of your home. Before you buy one, there…

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A decorated living room.

By, Lisa Roberts

'Tis the time for celebrating! Thanksgiving is behind us, but Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. While everybody's decorating their homes for the upcoming holidays, you have to stage it for the forthcoming open-house events. But, a part of you still wants to go all out this Christmas, right? If that is the case, do not worry. You can still decorate your home and welcome your guests and potential buyers. However, this time, certain things need to change so that all those potential buyers can envision themselves living in your home so that you can sell your home quickly and easily. Luckily, we are full of Christmas décor home staging tips and tricks.

Start Christmas Décor Home Staging With the Outside 

Whether…

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By, Henry Moore @ FitWellTraveler

So, you have finally found the home of your dreams. You put in an offer, and the seller accepts it. However, before you can proceed, there is the matter of the home inspection. When this inspection comes back with a list of suggested repairs, whose responsibility is it to pay for these problems? Are you entitled to make your seller cover the cost, or is it now on you to make the fixes? Navigating this can be tricky — courtesy of the Marin Real Estate team, here’s all you need to know.

Before the Inspection 

It is worth noting that, since home inspections usually happen after the seller has accepted your offer, it helps to be able to identify potential issues before this, when you are still considering houses.…

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By, Lisa Roberts

Let's say you've bought your starter home. You might wonder how long will it take for its price to appreciate so you can sell it and profit. Now, since you're reading this text - that could be pretty possible. Also, you might've seen some signs that it's time to move on. It's not like we read minds, but many folks ask themselves the same old question: How long should you live in a house before selling? If you're interested in finding out the answer, stick around!

Why should you wait?

The thing is: you want to wait a while before you sell your home. Selling (or purchasing) a home is one of the most important financial transactions your average US citizens experience in their lifetime. It's the biggest one, no doubt about it.…

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Poor landscaping can decrease property value by as much as 30%

by Trees.com Staff - last update on October 13, 2021, 5:05 pm

Key Findings

  • 78% of real estate agents say poor landscaping and hardscaping negatively affects property values
  • 59% of real estate agents say trees are the landscaping element that adds the most value to a home
  • Adding one healthy tree can increase property values by 30% or more, according to 1 in 5 real estate agents

Home prices in the U.S. surged within the last year, the result of pandemic-related relocations, low mortgage rates, and a lack of new and existing housing inventory.

According to Zillow, the median home value in the U.S. is $303,288 as of August 2021, a 17.7% increase from 2020.

However,…

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Going through a divorce is tough – even the one where the relationship ended on good terms. Ending a marriage is considered one of the biggest causes of stress in a person’s life, which is why what comes after gets even more complicated. One of the challenges of every separation is deciding who leaves the old family home and who needs to find a new place to live. If you’re going through a similar situation, this is a guide for you. Here’s what you need to consider when buying a home after divorce so that you can move as smoothly as possible.

Make sure your divorce is final

Divorce comes with several financial and legal changes, which may affect your budget and the process of buying a home. That’s why you should make sure all the legal…

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By, Lisa Roberts

When it is time to move to a new city, it is normal to be full of doubts and questions. You can never really know what is waiting for you - whether your new job will work out, whether you will be able to get used to the city. In addition, you need to deal with the dilemma of renting vs. buying when relocating to a new city. Now, a lot of people have given their opinions on the subject. Some espouse the virtues of renting, and some swear by owning your own home. We are here to chip in on the topic and present why we believe it is better to buy than rent.

You will have stability

Right from the start, you will know you are well and truly home. Signing a lease is all well and good, but there is a real chance that your landlord…

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