Marin County Real Estate Market Blog | Marin Market Trends

To sell your house as a For Sale By Owner will always be a tempting avenue to pursue, especially in high priced Marin. However, sometimes the initial perceived benefit of saving on commissions can cloud the crucial role a listing agent plays. Here are 5 reasons why you should re-think a For Sale By Owner:

1. Negotiation

There’s a lot of people you need to negotiate with in a real estate transaction, and listing agents are experienced with negotiating with all these people. Managing and communicating with these people are the most important part of keeping a deal together: Buyer, Buyer’s agent, Buyer’s attorney (If applicable), Inspection companies, Appraiser, Mortgage Broker

2. Exposure

Listing Distribution through a brokerage like Sotheby’s

1,054 Views, 0 Comments.


The town of Ross has plenty to offer for every type of buyer. Our listing on 6 Berry Lane is located in the heart of Ross providing not only convenience but an amazing neighborhood. Surrounded by top school districts, local shops, and hiking trails our listing has all the necessities plus more. Right off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, one of the main roads through Marin, 6 Berry Lane is tucked away in its own private lot with plenty of room to expand and create something of your own! This contemporary cottage has three bedrooms and three bathrooms with two decks and beautify designed windows that captivate tons of natural light. High ceilings and stunning tile work add some detail to this home as well as a butlers pantry and several skylights!


1,101 Views, 0 Comments.

Marin County is well know for its verdant landscapes, rolling hills and vast open space. Our listings on 55 Fair in San Rafael and 9 Quail Drive in San Anselmo combine all three features with beautifully designed homes to create two incredible living spaces.


55 Fair is uniquely located in the hills of San Rafael  with close access to the highway and local shopping centers.  This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house is custom designed with an office space, children's play area, and large open kitchen that creates room for entertaining. Large windows and a large BBQ deck off of the kitchen show off the hills and views of San Rafael. This home is conveniently located but exceptionally quiet. It's custom features also include grand windows, high ceilings,

1,069 Views, 0 Comments.

Nestled in the hills of San Rafael, 101 Chula Vista shows off the verdant landscapes of North Marin. Welcomed by tall ceilings and beautiful natural light  there is nothing you can’t love about this beautifully designed house. Fresh air flows through  the grand entries of every room, escaping through large french doors opening onto a sweeping deck. All rooms have a view of the rolling hills and native ambiance of Marin County.

The kitchen is part of a open-plan design that includes a dining and office area. The kitchen combines elegance and functionality.The social space encourages casual interaction, including a formal dining area around the corner with spectacular views. The floor plan lays out four bedrooms each with their own bathroom and

1,224 Views, 0 Comments.

Celebrating Independence Day in Marin County? There is something for everyone during this holiday weekend. The Marin Real Estate Team is getting excited for some great weather, food and fireworks!

Communities across the Marin observe the 4th of July in their own unique ways. Here’s what’s going on in our communities on the Saturday, July 4.


  • The Marin County Fair (at Marin County Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive in San Rafael) offers up what is pretty much Marin County's official fireworks display.
  •  Fair admission is $15–$17, and includes free carnival rides, exhibits, music, and more. This year's fair theme is "On With the Show".
  •  Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm every night from July 2–6. Fair hours are 11 am–11 pm. 
1,108 Views, 0 Comments.

If you are in the Bay Area this weekend, come join the Marin Real Estate team and the green rolling hills of Fairfax at the 38th Annual Fairfax 


Known as a very liberal and progressive town,Fairfax offers both work and play with a back yard of some of Marin’s finest landscapes and open trails.The Fairfax festival compliments the energy and charisma this small town has to offer. The weekend event is filled with beer gardens, a farmers market, and local live music. This community celebration is not to be missed! Alongside the festival, the town of Fairfax will be displaying an Ecofest in the towns Pavillon showcasing Marin’s social and environmental issues and civic actions such as pesticides, peace, and water control. The festival is put on

1,190 Views, 0 Comments.

How safe is my investment? Will I make money if I buy a home and need to sell within 5 years? These are some of the main fears circling in people's minds as they continue to evaluate their decision to buy real estate. Fortunately, there is a panel of economists and real estate experts at "Pulsenomics" that offer expert forecasting.

Here is what the survey revealed:

  • Home values will appreciate by 4.3% in 2015.
  • The cumulative appreciation will be 19.4% by 2019.
  • That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.6% over the next 5 years.
  • Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of 11.8% by 2019.

To view the full survey, here is the link:

1,185 Views, 0 Comments.

Is real estate the best investment? How does it compare with other economic trends? Shouldn’t I just invest in the stock market?

These are all questions you hear new home buyers ask when considering purchase of a property. There are of course social benefits to owning a home, but what about your long term financial stability? Three recent studies should put your nerves to rest.

RealtyTrac recently released a report comparing home price appreciation to wage growth over the last two years. The study revealed that home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76% of U.S. housing markets during that time period.


And we all know the importance of home appreciation in determining the net wealth of most American families. Merrill Lynch just

1,315 Views, 0 Comments.

One of the main benefits to owning a home is that you are not a slave to rising rents. As a homeowner, you have the power to lock in your housing cost for the life of a lengthy mortgage.

In today’s growing Metropolitan areas like San Francisco and NYC, it’s easy to get caught in the Renter’s trap and succumb to rising rents as the landlord sees fit. The negative feedback loop occurs when increasing rents make it impossible to save enough for a down payment for a home.  

The top 5 markets where renters have seen the highest increase in rents since 2009 are:

  • New York, NY (50.7%)
  • Seattle, WA (32.4%)
  • San Jose, CA (25.6%)
  • Denver, CO (24.1%)
  • St. Louis, MO (22.3%)

Homebuyers who were able to purchase their home over the same five-year period

1,389 Views, 0 Comments.