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Welcome to My Marin Real Estate and Lifestyle Blog!

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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Finding Homeowners Insurance in Marin County | Advice and Tips

Until recently, it was fairly easy to obtain homeowners insurance in Marin County. That has changed with the recent devastating fires in the state, which have caused underwriters to take another look at their exposure to claims in California. Learn more about the changes here, and what you can do if your policy is cancelled.
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Solar Energy in Marin County | My Own Experience | Advice from Realtor

Thinking of installing a solar electric system in Marin County? Wondering about buying vs. leasing? And what the process looks like? Check out my article here about my own experience having solar installed in my own home in Marin.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report May 2019 | Trends & Market News

The April numbers are in and compared to a year ago at the same time, overall inventory (number of homes on the Marin real estate market) is about 35% higher while the median price of homes sold last month was down 11%. Read more here about the latest news in the Marin real estate market.

Marin Pocket Listings - What Are They?

Pocket listings are homes that are for sale but are not on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so therefore do not show up in searches on websites such as this one. Your next question might be - why would a home seller in Marin not want to expose their property to the most buyers possible?
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report April 2019 | Trends & Market News

The March numbers are in and compared to a year ago at the same time, overall inventories (number of homes on the Marin real estate market) are about 39% higher while the median price of homes sold last month was down 2.6%. What's the impact of upcoming IPO's as well as the recent declining interest rates? Read more here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report March 2019 | Trends & Market News

February saw Marin County home prices resume their upward climb, with median home prices up about 14% versus the prior year. It looks like it will be a very busy spring season with three of my listings going into escrow in the first 10 days of March. Read my complete March Marin County Real Estate Market Report here, and call me at 415-847-5584 if you would like to discuss.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report February 2019 | Trends & Market News

The Marin County real estate market has definitely entered a new phase -- reversing the multi-year-long trend of low inventories and steadily increasing prices. Home inventories in January increased by 56% vs. the same time in the prior year, and the median sold price was down close to 14%. We are moving to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers. While we still see some competitive offer situations, it is likely buyers will face less of those in 2019 given the increase in home inventories we are expecting. Read more here.
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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.
Marin Real Estate Market Report December 2018 champagne flutes
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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.