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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…
145 Madrone Avenue San Anselmo California backyard with home beyond
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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.
Sausalito Homes for Sale - Aerial view of Sausalito
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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
Front exterior shot of 21 Underhill Road

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.
Front driveway of 65 Los Ranchitos Road San Rafael and 57 Chevy with Full Moon
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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.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report February 2018 | Trends & Market News

You will notice something very different in the charts this month. Each month we see green arrows on the pricing chart, indicating price increases from the prior month, and we see red arrows on the inventory chart, reflecting tighter and tighter inventory in the Marin County real estate market. However this month we see prices have declined from the prior month and inventories are up.
Thomas Henthorne Top Marin County Real Estate Agent for 2017

Number One Marin County Real Estate Agent at Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, Marin County’s premier brokerage, today announced that Thomas Henthorne is the #1 ranked agent in Marin by volume for 2017.
Sea Arches Exterior Aerial View Mendocino Coastal Home for Sale
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report January 2018 | Trends & Market News

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first Marin real estate market report for 2018. I hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday season, and are filled with the hope and optimism that a new year brings. There's a lot of news this month so let's get right to it.
Front exterior of 87 Brodea Way San Rafael with McLaren

San Rafael Real Estate Spotlight: San Rafael's 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2017

2017 was a great year for sellers in Marin and we saw a lot of movement in the upper end of the market in all areas of the county. San Rafael in particular made great strides in the high end market this year. For years, I have heard other real estate agents say that homes priced greater than $2mm in San Rafael will be a "tough sell." This past year certainly proved that this is no longer the case.
4 Santa Ana Court Tiburon

The Ten Most Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County in 2017

Wondering about the most expensive homes sold in Marin County in 2017? You've come to the right place!  The top end of the Marin County real estate market again saw a strong year with some very noteworthy transactions. The full diversity of the Marin real estate market is on full display with homes in the top 10 ranging from modern hillside estates to historic seaside ranches.
Union Square Christmas Tree San Francisco
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report December 2017 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my final Marin County Real Estate Market Report of 2017! What a year it has been. We have seen the national trend of low home inventories also impact the SF Bay Area which has continued to push pricing ever higher. Even the normally quieter coastal market has awakened, with my listing 125 Calle del Sol (pictured below) selling last month, and Sea Arches going into escrow, due to close this month.
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California Earthquake Insurance | Should You Buy It?

Friends and clients often ask me “Do you have earthquake insurance?” so I thought it might be a good idea to write a blog article about this topic. Insurance is one of those things we pay for and hope we never need to use. However watching the recent weather-related calamities in Texas and Florida, as well as the fires just to our north and the fires this week in the Los Angeles area, it is on a lot of people’s minds these days.
Photo of 8 Woodland Place in Kentfield, California
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report November 2017 | Trends & Market News

Regular readers of my Marin County real estate market report will note that the trend in past months has continued into October. The number of homes for sale was down 11.4% versus October 2016 with pricing up about 1% versus a year ago, both median pricing and average pricing. While I do not have a crystal ball, if this lack of inventory continues into spring we could see further upward pricing pressure, which will be good for sellers and potentially frustrating for buyers.
Thomas Henthorne with Enzo Ricciardelli and Tanya Stawski
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report October 2017 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for October 2017. You may notice that I delayed publishing the report this month. I decided to wait until the terrible fires to our north in Sonoma and Napa were extinguished. My heartfelt condolences to all touched by this tragedy. There are many ways to help those suffering the after effects of the fire. One way is to go to Sonoma and Napa and patronize businesses. Another is to donate to an organization such as the Milo Foundation which rescued animals displaced by the fires. You may also donate to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund -- 100% of donations go to those in need with no overhead costs deducted.
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Thomas Tips: The Equifax Data Breach | Identity Theft Protection in Marin County

Last week’s announcement of the Equifax data breach has caused great concern for clients and friends who have questions about identity theft. While I normally focus on local lifestyle and real estate articles in my blog, I thought I would make an exception given the gravity of the situation and the potential impact to your ability to qualify for a home loan in the future.
215 Locust Avenue in San Rafael, California
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report September 2017 | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for September 2017! Before we get to the report, some of you have inquired about my family in Florida and Georgia. I am happy to report they are all safe and suffered minimal damage. My thoughts are with those who are still suffering the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This is also a good reminder for us Californians to check our own emergency preparedness with the winter storms right around the corner.