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10 Steps in Buying a Home – STEP 4: Preview Homes

10 Steps in Buying a Home – STEP 4: Preview Homes

10 Steps in Buying a Home – STEP 4: Preview Homes Congratulations! You are now ready to get in your Realtors car and start down that path of finding your next perfect home! You’ve made it through the pre-approval process which is a difficult step and now you will be rewarded with a customized tour of homes that match your budget and hearts desires. Buying a home is a process and that process is as unique as you are so first step is to disregard any pre-conceived ideas about the home previewing process will go down. I have worked with clients who searched for two years to define and refine their criteria and others who looked at 3 homes and purchased one. There is no one way to go about finding the home that is right for you. It’s beneficial to know what you want, don’t want and need. What cities you will consider, type of neighborhood you want, view vs. no view, schools, community, etc. With that said, it’s also helpful if you can remain somewhat flexible.  Did I just contradict myself? Be open to finding the right house for you and don’t focus too much on the things you can change. Remaining flexible could shorten your timeframe quite a bit. What Features Are Truly Important in Buying A Home The saying, Location, Location, Location could not be more true. There are two things you cannot change when Buying a home. The location and size of the lot. You find the perfect home but you hate the kitchen cabinets. Or maybe they have carpet but you really wanted...

Real Estate Insights & Information – Welcome!

This post will re-launch my SF2MarinHomes blog with a letter from the heart and a further definition of my Real Estate focus. If you enjoy my story, have a present or future interest in Real Estate or just want to read my blog posts please subscribe or create an RSS feed! Thank you in advance for your support. Real Estate Insights – A Fluid Life is a Good Life Life is fluid and fluidity creates change and change is what propels people to seek out the help of a Realtor. We get married, have kids, have more kids, change jobs, get divorced, parents die, kids move out, parents move in. My life has seen several of the above changes. I got married, had a child, got divorced, met the love of my life, started a new career and now my child has grown and has left for college. I am officially an empty nester and quickly realizing the many up and down sides of my new world. All good, all part of what makes up our fluid life. We have been told over and over that change is good – right? I get that in theory and hopefully will accept and embrace that theory over time but for now there is a void. A brilliant therapist once told me that during the changes and difficult times we still need to “chop the wood and carry in the water”. I live by this and it supports me during these difficult transitional times. We move forward, that is what we do. I am grateful for the additional time and focus I...

Marin County Open Space: Highway 37: Stunning Views and Wildlife

Marin County Open Space: Highway 37: Stunning Views and Wildlife Once or twice a month I get the pleasure of driving to Sacramento and back. I have the option of traveling on 580 to 80 from 101 or crossing over to 80 via Highway 37. I choose Highway 37 90% of the time even though the one lane freeway is unpredictable. I have been traveling the roads between San Francisco or Marin and Sacramento since 1981 when I chose to attend UC Davis. I also chose to have a boyfriend in Marin so during those first few years I was back and forth almost every weekend. Now my love lives in Sacramento so I am destined to continue to travel the 90 mile route. There has always been something magical about Highway 37. It only takes a few seconds after taking the exit from 101 to see the beauty of 37. Farms, fields, cows, old barns and vineyards are some of the first visions. There is something romantic and comforting about an old dilapidated barn. There are so many captivating views I am compelled to capture on the short stretch of road. While studying at UC Davis I would stop to photograph along the way. Right before the intersection to Napa there are two trees on the right side of the road in a field. I snapped a photo of those trees in the early 80’s they were newly planted and seemed to just be stuck there for no apparent reason. I have watched them grow over the years and even though they are full grown and thriving, they...

Relocate to Marin County from Across the Bay or Across the Ocean

Relocate to Marin County from Across the Bay or Across the Ocean What makes Marin County so great? Why is it one of the most expensive housing markets in the world? Why should you move to Marin County? You can’t grow up in Marin County and not feel a little spoiled, special and unique. It truly is one of the most stunningly beautiful places to live and work. The residents of Marin develop a bit of snobbery but can you blame us? Once you live in Marin, it’s difficult to move anywhere. Weather – Warm summers that transform into gentle autumn and a mild winter and then a sunny and warm Spring. Open Space – abundant and well maintained. Parks, national and local. Hiking, biking and beaches City Life – 10-30 minutes from most Marin neighborhoods. World class restaurants, culture, opera, symphony and museums. Communities – walkable neighborhoods to remote mountain retreats and everything in between Logistics – Drive 45 minutes to the Napa Valley, 2-1/2 hours and your skiing in Lake Tahoe or gambling on the South shore of Nevada, 30 minutes or less to West Marin beaches, fresh oysters, kayaking, hiking. Continue up Highway One through Tomales, Marshall and on to Jenner and Sea Ranch. Real Estate in Marin County is historically low compared to the home prices we saw in 2005-2007. Interest rates, while in 1983 were up to 18%  today they are still hovering around 4.5-4.75% (changes daily). There was a time, not too long ago, that you could not buy a property in Marin for under $500k. Even condos were jumping up in that...

Multimillion Dollar Properties in Marin County Continue to Hit the Market – Real Estate Porn Volume 5

Multimillion Dollar Properties in Marin County Continue to Hit the Market – Real Estate Porn Volume 5 I have started a trend for myself and now must visit at least one multi-million dollar property each week during the Thursday Brokers Tour.  These homes encompass our dreams and fantasies and what better way to support your dreams than experiencing it first hand. Who doesn’t play the game, “when I win the lottery I will……..” My son and I do and he has an elaborate plan for his millions which include single handily abolishing the smoking industry, building a multi-story building that will house all his friends and family, including a hotel, restaurant and other services where we can all work. Ok, so this was his dream when he was about 9 but he is on the right track.   12 Madrone Way, Kentfield CA 94939 is a dream-come-true property. Sparkling pool with a waterfall wall feature you can hear from the spacious Master Suite, high end detailing in every inch of the construction, a fully stocked 4,000 bottle temperature controlled wine room, a downstairs haven for the kids equipped with media room/lounge/snack bar, en suite bedrooms (no fighting over the shower), and two multi car garages full of gas powered toys. You can see more pictures at 12madrone.com. This home in not only stunning but offers 6800 sq.ft. of comfortable family living. List price $8,750,000 Designed by David Holscher and completed in 2007 Check out Kentfield Market...

Marin County Property Search – Real Estate Porn Week 4

Thursday Brokers tour gives us a chance to preview property for clients, prospective clients and sometimes just grab a chance to get inside some delicious, multi-million dollar properties. You never know who your next client will be-better to be prepared. Right! Yesterday I chose to add a few of these properties to my tour schedule. First, a lovely family home in Larkspur nestled amongst the well-appointed Townhomes on Escalle Lane. Listed by Frank Howard Allen legend, Patty Oxman ( I want to be her when I grow up) 50 Escalle Lane, Larkspur Ca 94939 offers many desirable features. Stunning bay views, Level Yard, convenient location (71 on the walkability score), and Custom Built Cape Cod style designed by Jared Polsky. Offered at $1,875,000 this home truly offers luxury living in a functional family package. Offering 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, Gourmet Kitchen/Family room, high open beam ceilings and a downstairs hang out space for the kids. Moving up the luxury ladder, 178 West Oak Knoll, San Anselmo, CA 94960. A 6,000 sq.ft. custom built home that sits on 10 acres. Complete with some pretty awesome “Green” features like a artificial turf soccer field, Bocce Ball Court, Two Solar systems, 2 dual high efficiency furnaces, 3 zone climate control and zero energy cost. Offered at $3,950,000 it seems this home was built for a Family friendly Rock Star or corporate giant. It’s an impressive piece of property complete with a pool, outdoor kitchen, parking for 20 cars (can you say Party House!), wood burning outdoor pizza oven, wine cellar, Recreation room/kids hang 0ut, 5 bedrooms/4.5 baths and friendly, comfortable mediateranean feel...