Buying a home in Marin County can be a challenging prospect. Very few new homes are being built in Marin, and competition for Marin’s existing home inventory is intense. To add to the complexity, Marin County is comprised of many different towns, each with its own unique character, micro-climate and strengths.
I would be honored to be your guide exploring the homes for sale in Marin County and helping you through the entire process, from initial exploration through financing, making an offer, negotiation, inspection, moving in and even post-move support. I love helping people make their home dreams come true!
Finding the Right Home
The first step is for you to get pre-qualified for a loan so you know what you can afford. I have mortgage professionals I work with every day who can pre-qualify you for purchasing a home here in Marin. They are among the best and the most customer-focused in Marin County. Once you have a number in mind, the next step is a review of your home-buying “wishlist.”
Questions I might ask you during our initial discussion include:
- Are schools important to you?
- What about proximity to San Francisco?
- Do you work from home or commute?
- Size of house and type of neighborhood?
- Do you want views?
- Would you like to be able to walk to restaurants and stores?
- What about weather – do you prefer Southern Marin’s generally cooler summer temperatures or Northern Marin’s sunnier climate and warmer temperatures?
Once I get a general “feel” for what you like, I can help set up a home search for you so we can review the latest homes on the market together. I designed this website to be much more than a “web presence” for me — there are robust tools you can use to search homes for sale, save them to your property organizer, set up email alerts, search open houses and quickly see listings by town (e.g. here’s the Greenbrae homes for sale page). There are many websites offering advice on buying a home so I will not attempt to re-create that information here.
What About Off-Market and “Pocket” Listings?
You may find that you prefer to tell me what you’re looking for and let me do the searching for you. As a member of Marin’s elite Top Agent Network I often know about homes before they appear on search engines, and can help locate pocket listings for homes that never go on the market. I am also a member of Aalto, a group of Marin agents who share listings that are not on the Multiple Listing Service. No other search engine has access to the homes on Aalto. Let me know if you want me to sign you up for Aalto email alerts.
In our competitive market, the more avenues for finding a home the better.