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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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Marin County Real Estate Market Report December 2019 | Trends & Market News

Another year comes to a close but there’s time for one more market report before we celebrate the holidays. I would like to take a moment at the top of the report to thank you all for your support this year -- it was one of my best ever -- and to wish you a very happy holiday season.  In November we saw median pricing that was flat to last year, while inventories were down about 32% vs. the same month in 2018. We ended the month with 340 active listings in MLS compared to 398 in November of 2018. I would classify the market as very strong. Read More Here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report November 2019 | Trends & Market News

This is the first month in a while that we have seen inventories begin to flatten versus the same time last year and pricing begin to move in an upward direction. The number of homes for sale in October 2019 was down just 0.4% versus October 2018, while the median sold price reversed its downward trend and was actually up 4.2% versus last year. Homes are taking longer to sell, though, with days on market up 43%. Read more here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report October 2019 | Trends & Market News

The September numbers are in and we continue to see home inventories up and pricing slightly down versus last year. September is always a good month to watch as it kicks off the Fall “mini season” which begins just after Labor Day Each Year. This year we saw home inventories up 7.5% versus last year while median pricing is down 3.5%. Read more here.
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Premiere Party for 31 Gold Hill Grade in San Rafael | Luxury Real Estate Marketing

Last week I was excited to host the premiere party for my gorgeous new listing in the Dominican neighborhood of San Rafael, 31 Gold Hill Grade. One guest even went into the pool! See the video and photos here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report September 2019 | Trends & Market News

The August 2019 Marin real estate market numbers are in and we continue to see higher inventories and lower prices than last year at the same time. The median sold price dipped 2.1% vs. August 2018 while the number of homes sold was down 8.5%. 
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report August 2019 | Trends & Market News

The July numbers are in and we are seeing the trend continue of increased inventory and decreased pricing compared to last year. The median price of homes sold in July in Marin County was down 4.1% versus July of 2018, while the number of homes for sale increased by about 25% for the same period. However the increased home inventory is also driving increased sales, which were up almost 14% compared to the prior year. Read more here.
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Thomas Tips: The Equifax Data Breach | What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

The September 2017 announcement of the Equifax data breach 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. I just updated this blog article because a settlement has been reached which allows the estimated 145 million people impacted by the breach to file online and receive payment and / or credit monitoring services. Read more here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report July 2019 | Trends & Market News

The Marin real estate market numbers forJune 2019 are in and we continue to see higher inventory and flattening prices compared to last year at the same time. The number of homes on the market was up 32% compared to June 2018 while median pricing was down about 3%.
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Solar Leases Can Complicate Home Sales | Advice from a Marin County Realtor

Thinking of leasing a solar electric system for your home? When it comes time to sell your home, you may regret that decision. If you are thinking of buying a home with a leased solar system, you need to know the potential issues before you go into contract. Read more here.
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Marin County Real Estate Market Report June 2019 | Trends & Market News

The Marin real estate market numbers for May 2019 are in and we are seeing home inventories up double digits, while pricing is stabilizing. Read more here.
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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 | Solar Panels

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.