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Welcome to My Marin County Real Estate Blog! On this page I share Marin real estate market news and advice for both home buyers and sellers... and those that enjoy reading about real estate. Also you will find other Northern California…
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report January 2019 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my Marin County real estate market report for January 2019! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and like me are excited to see what 2019 brings us. In December, we saw the trend of higher home inventories with flattening to declining home prices continue at the national, state and local levels. Please continue reading on for more detail on what we are seeing here in the Marin County real estate market.
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Ten Least Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County in 2018 | Marin Fixer Uppers

Wondering what the most expensive homes sold in Marin County in 2018 were? As 2019 kicks off, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a moment to look back on the Marin County real estate market in 2018 to see the top 10 sales last year. The very top sale, a home on a site once owned by iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, was 800 Corte Madera Avenue in Corte Madera (featured below), which sold for $21,400,000 at the end of July.
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Ten Most Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County in 2018 | Complete List

Wondering what the most expensive homes sold in Marin County in 2018 were? As 2019 kicks off, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a moment to look back on the Marin County real estate market in 2018 to see the top 10 sales last year. The very top sale, a home on a site once owned by iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, was 800 Corte Madera Avenue in Corte Madera (featured below), which sold for $21,400,000 at the end of July.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report December 2018 | Trends & Market News

Home Inventories Up While Pricing Beginning to Flatten and Decline: The 2018 real estate market in the Bay Area is going out with a whimper instead of the "bang" of prior years. The national and local real estate markets have definitely slowed down, as rising interest rates, a faltering stock market and limited deductibility of state / local taxes and mortgage interest have all taken their toll. In November 2018 we saw a whopping 45% more homes on the market than in November 2017 while new listings decreased by about 20%. This indicates to me that the surge of inventory we saw after Labor Day -- much higher than prior years -- did not completely sell and will likely remain on the market through spring.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report November 2018 | Trends & Market News

Last month we saw the number of homes for sale in Marin increase about 25% versus the same time last year, and this month that number increased to 36.1% more inventory on the market than in October 2017.  The median price of homes sold last month was up 13.7% versus prior year, continuing a trend we have seen all year. Will prices continue to increase as inventory increases?
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report October 2018 | Trends & Market News

The big story this month is the increase in the number of homes for sale versus the same time last year. We saw overall home inventories increase by about 25% in September 2018 versus September 2017, while the median sold price was up close to 15% versus the same time last year. Read the full report here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report September 2018 | Trends & Market News

August is traditionally a sleepy month in the Marin real estate market and August of 2018 did not disappoint. New listings decreased 39.4% versus the same month last year. Read the full report here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report August 2018 | Trends & Market News

July was another month of price appreciation and low housing inventory in the Marin real estate market. The median home price increased by 10.5% versus the same time last year and is now $1.175,000. Read more here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report July 2018 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my Marin County real estate market report for July 2018, with the latest information and charts on the home buying and selling scene here in Marin. We are entering the lazy hazy days of summer and the latest numbers reflect it, with home inventories up 2% versus last month and 9.4% vs. last year, and sales down about the same amount. Median home pricing has set another new record, at $1,595,000.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report June 2018 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my June 2018 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! The days are getting longer and the busy spring market that began later than usual is continuing into summer. The median sold price crept up another 2.8% from the prior month, up 7.5% from the prior year. We saw the highest price per square foot sold in 14 months at $732 a square foot. The upward pricing trend continues!
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Preparing a Luxury Home for Sale | Marin Real Estate Behind the Scenes

I knew the launch of 21 Gilmartin Drive in Tiburon would be unlike any home I had introduced to the Marin County real estate market. Because it had been on the market for a while with another firm, I was concerned that agents — and thus their buyers — would overlook this stunning property. I needed to give them a reason to give it a second look.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report May 2018 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my May 2018 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! The market is in full-swing and it is the most exciting time of year for those of us who live and breathe real estate. Home buyers are out in full force, and sellers are seeing well-priced and well-presented homes go quickly. Pictured above is my listing 134 Madrone in San Anselmo, which I sold in one day off market for $50,000 over asking. I am seeing more pocket listing activity on Top Agent network than this time last year. While it's impossible to know the percentage of off-market sales to the total, I believe it is a healthy number.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report April 2018 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my April 2018 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! This month one number really stands out: We saw 44% fewer new home listings in Marin County in March 2018 compared to March 2017. The housing inventory crisis that is plaguing the country has not spared Marin. At the same time, we are seeing prices increase, with the median sold price up 24.4% versus March 2017
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Preparing A Home To Sell For Top Dollar: A Case Study

Properly preparing a home for sale can make a big difference in how that home is received by buyers and ultimately how much they are willing to pay for it. Even in a sellers' market where there is a great deal of competition for homes, this is still a wise investment and can yield large dividends. Given my background in design and marketing, this is one of my specialties and I thought I would share a case study to illustrate my point.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report March 2018 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my March 2018 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! Spring is right around the corner and with that the big season for Marin home buyers and sellers. We are seeing more inventory coming on the market every day after a sleepier-than-usual February that saw fewer sales than the same month in 2017.