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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.