Marin County Real Estate Market Blog | Marin Market Trends

marin luxury homeMarin County is a Mecca for luxury homebuyers. There are so many from which to choose and of course, the amenities are as varied as the people who are selling them. The incredible ocean views and wondrous beauty of the natural world make Marin County a spectacular place to live, work and play. When it comes to buying a luxury home, there are some important tips that will help you select the right one.

Quality Construction

One would think that a luxury home would automatically have been constructed in a quality manner. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Over the past decade, many builders cut costs by using lower grade materials than they were contracted to use. It’s best to have a complete inspection performed to ensure that the structure has

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Government Shutdown and how it effects Real Estate News Marin County, Peter and Karin Narodny with Frank Howard Allen As we sit in awe of the current mess in Washington, we can't help wonder where our market is heading and how the housing market will be affected overall. If the shutdown continues, we do know that it could take longer for loan approval, and the overall feeling of uncertainty may cause a slowdown in decision making by Buyers and Sellers. Nevertheless, we don't believe that this will affect home values which are up 20% since last year, at least not in the near future.

The government will find a resolution eventually. Once this mess is over, and spring has sprung, decreased pressure will give way to more inventory. From a buyer’s standpoint, it is important to intensify your search now; to line up a good lender who can expedite your loan. More houses will

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condoMarin County CA is one of the most beautiful and versatile places on the planet. There are multi-million dollar homes, affordable starter houses, cute condos and rambling farms. There’s no wonder that more and more investors consider Marin County to be a veritable mecca for investment properties. The investment opportunities are countless for financially savvy investors in this wonderful county.

Cute Condos

A lot of property investors find that the easiest way to get a quick return on investment is with Marin County condos. After all, Marin County is a highly desirable place to live. Because of the downturn in the economy over the past decade, few condo owners had the financial wherewithal to do any necessary upgrades to their properties prior to

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There is a veritable smorgasbord of homes available in the Marin County, CA area. From cozy condos and lovely family homes to grand, luxury properties and wide, open farmlands, Marin County has it all. It is one of the most desirable areas for people to live their lives and raise their families. The right real estate professional can help you find your dream home but, you will need to do your homework prior to getting out there to look at the homes available on the market.

The Perfect Place

Considering Marin County encompasses eight hundred and twenty-eight square miles, there are a host of neighborhoods that you must consider before making yourmarin home final decision.  It’s wise to thoroughly check out the neighborhoods before taking the time to look at

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8 Deer Hollow Road in Sleepy Hollow San Anselmo Property for Sale Offered by Peter and Karin Narodny with Frank Howard Allen8 Deer Hollow Road in Sleepy Hollow San Anselmo is a modern vision of a California classic. Completely remodeled and upgraded, with tasteful finishes and a dramatic, yet practical layout. This is a ranch-style home, filled with light and open spaces.  A grand entry leads to a huge great room with a wall of glass, opening to the level back yard, wrapping around the entire home.

There are two wings off the main area. One has the master suite, with another bedroom and full bath, and the other has two huge bedrooms and a full bath. The layout offers privacy and yet provides easy access to all the rooms, gardens, decks and patios. The master suite has French doors opening onto a private patio, an exquisite master bath with custom tiles, a sunken tub, and

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349 The Alameda San Anselmo Property for Sale by Peter and Karin Narodny with Frank Howard AllenAnother new listing this week.  349 The Alameda is tucked away on a private cul-de-sac in San Anselmo.   A single-level contemporary style home offers a peaceful setting surrounded by garden areas and a large sunny deck. Offering several living areas, two fireplaces with three bedrooms including a master suite, separate laundry room and ample storage in the garage, this is an ideal home.

The living room has vaulted, open beam ceilings, a wonderful fireplace, built in bar area, hardwood floors and looks out on a great deck which is ideal for entertaining.  The family room and dining room combo has another fireplace with hardwood floors extending down the hall into the bedrooms. The kitchen is open to the family room with access to the surrounding

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60 Hillside Avenue in Mill Valley listing for sale offered by Peter and Karin Narodny with Frank Howard AllenA winner location right near the heart of downtown Mill Valley.  Easy access to shops, commute buses, schools, restaurants, cream....books.  60 Hillside Avenue is a delightful contemporary two bedroom, one and a half bath home completely renovated with style and attention to detail. The views and setting are breathtaking from both the main living area and the bedrooms. 

We are open for Broker's Tour Wednesday October 2nd from 11-2pm and on Sunday October 6th from 1-4pm.  You have to see home property!!

The open floor plan includes a new kitchen, dining area and living room all filled with light from the oversized windows. The stairwell has windows overlooking the valley as well and adds to the charm of the entire

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71 Camino de Herrera in San Anselmo is our 71 Camino De Herrera San Anselmo Property for Sale Listed by Frank Howard Allen Peter and Karin Narodnynewest listing on the market.  Listed at $899,000.  We will be open tomorrow for Broker's Tour, Thursday Sept. 19th from 11-2pm.  Lunch will be served.  First Sunday Open House will be Sept. 22nd from 1-4pm.  Stop by and bring your clients!!

A south facing home that sits on a knoll top with privacy and San Anselmo hill views.  A sweet, sunny remodeled home with four bedrooms and two baths and a huge deck that spans the length of the house. 

A great layout on one level with fireplace separating the living room and formal dining room, a redone kitchen and large breakfast area. There is a fourth bedroom/study with closet accessing the main area and three good sized bedrooms including a master suite with access

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Post 2008 some may wonder how realty as a profession has stayed afloat, what with Trulia, Zillow, and a plethora of other home buying websites providing basically the same services. The fact of the matter is, those sites do not provide the same or even comparable professional services that a skilled and experienced real estate agent can offer.

According to the National Association of Realtors and contrary to logical thought, real estate agents are being as widely used as ever. Up from 69% in 2001 and 89% in 2012, 91% of buyers are retaining agents to aid them in their housing searches in 2013!

In our post-crash world the reality of the real estate market is much more complex. Tighter Lending standards and the presence of foreclosures and short sales

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If there is one thing California as a state tends to struggle with it would be the public school system. More often than not the  overall comparisons with other states are unfavorable to California. The results support the impression that California’s relative standing in the nation has declined over the last three decades. The combination of a student population with relatively great needs, relatively low funding levels, and relatively inadequate resources may have contributed to California’s comparatively low levels of student academic achievement.

Luckily, as natives of Marin we have the fortuitous advantage of being the exception to the rule here. The public schools of the districts in Marin are some of the top performing schools in the nation.

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