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Did You Know? | Knowledge is Power

June 29, 2020 | 1. A homeowner may be able to refinance their home mortgage, even if they are in forbearance...2. I can help facilitate a move anywhere in the world through our Global Relocation Services Department...3. A group of hummingbirds is called a charm!

Be An Optimist! | Marin Market Statistics

June 22, 2020 | Like most industries, the real estate market came to a screeching halt in April, effectively canceling our historically active spring selling season. May statistics, however, reveal a different story: An upward trajectory that bodes well for the future. Here is what we know...

Summering-At-Home

June 5, 2020 | Although SUMMER doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, it’s highly likely we’ll be spending most of it at home. On Day 85 of SIP, I am missing our client lunches, property previews and strategy sessions to help you achieve your real estate goals! As the country slowly begins to re-open, let us not lose sight of how extremely fortunate we are to live in the Bay Area. What better place to be Summering-At-Home?

Tennis Balls & Sparrows - An Athlete's Perspective

April 24, 2020 | Like the trajectory of a new tennis ball, fresh from the can: Sharp, swift with a powerful rebound = V-Shaped Recovery ATHLETE'S PERSPECTIVE Although we cannot predict the future, we can certainly prepare for it. Similar to playing tennis, we can set ourselves up properly for the next shot by using the past as a guide. Here's what it's telling us...

Financial Relief - In the Time of Corona

April 10, 2020 | "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin, 1809 MORTGAGE FORBEARANCE The CARES Act stimulus package requires mortgage loan servicers to provide forbearance to any homeowner with a federally-backed mortgage (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae). Americans with other mortgages may also be able to receive forbearance at their servicer's discretion...

Grocery Shopping - In the Time of Corona

April 3, 2020 | Grocery shopping during the time of Coronavirus can be a daunting proposition. From donning proper protective wear to maintaining a 6’ zone between other humans, as well as navigating the safe transfer of groceries into your home, one can easily become overwhelmed. Following are my tips to acquire all the food and supplies you will need while obeying the STAY HOME order presently in effect.

Coronavirus - We're In This Together (DIY Hand Sanitizer)...

March 7, 2020 | Since the spread of Coronavirus in the U.S., sales of hand sanitizer have skyrocketed 73% and prices have soared to $400 for a 24-pack.* Now, most stores are either sold out or have very limited supplies. While basic soap-and-water hand washing is the most effective way to reduce germs and curb disease transmission, hand sanitizer can be used as a convenient alternative. Following are instructions on how to make your own.

Let Us Remove the Stress of Presale Renovations

February 5, 2020 | Presale renovations holding you back from selling your home? We'll take care of that for you. We will front the costs to prepare your house for sale (with no interest, charges or mark-up) and manage the project to maximize your selling price and limit your time on the market...

"Fortune Favors the Prepared"

December 3, 2019 | In 2016, my dear friend lost EVERYTHING in the devastating Santa Rosa fire, including her two beloved pets and a lifetime's catalog of creative work. Forced to flee her home immediately with just the clothes on her back, she was caught totally off-guard. The late night evacuation came out of left-field; the life-threatening fires not yet our new reality.

Q3 2019 Statistics

October 19, 2019 | Questions about the current real estate market? Contact me for clarity and guidance.

Marin Top 10 Towns

October 15, 2019 | As is to be expected, Belvedere and Ross continue to command positions #1 and #2; but Larkspur is "Movin' on Up' with a surprise showing at position #3. No matter where your city falls within the chart, Marin is undoubtedly an exceptional place to call home!

Estate of the Month: Grand Country Club Estate

September 26, 2019 | Come home to your own magnificent, gated estate of classical architecture set upon two sprawling acres for the ultimate Marin living experience! Formerly the "Marin Golf & Country Club"...

Estate of the Month: Grand View Estate on Belvedere Island

July 30, 2019 | "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
11,200 sq. ft.* | 6 Bedrooms | 10 Bathrooms Asking Price: $29,750,000 Dramatic 60' Indoor Pool | Steam Room | Sauna | Spa | State-of-the-art Gym | Kitchen with Dining Area & Bar | ...

Midsummer Garden Magic

July 3, 2019 | "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." - John Muir Nothing clears the mind like time spent in nature. It's where we go for clarity, inspiration and to reconnect with our soul. Despite her random volatile performances that wreak havoc throughout the land, we are infinitely seduced by Mother Nature's kaleidoscopic vistas, heady aromas and balmy breezes. And let's face it: Nobody has a better box of crayons.

Estate of the Month: Academy Award Movie Written Here

May 30, 2019 | Builders, developers and visionary thinkers behold this first offering in 70 years! Located ten minutes from the center of downtown Mill Valley, a bastion of creativity, four parcels on Rose Avenue are now available and ripe for redevelopment. At 4.6 acres*, this land constitutes the largest ownership on Rose Avenue. There are two lots, one on either side of the street, in this very special location on which to build your dream estate(s), compound or retreat.

Ranking Marin Towns & Cities

May 16, 2019 | Spring Market Update: Price/Sq. Ft. by Town. (March - April Averages)

The Art of Pricing

May 9, 2019 | If asked to arrive at a fair selling price for our homes, most of us would be hard-pressed to do so. Why? Because there is not enough money in the world to quantify our life’s experiences, treasures and memories intrinsically tied to our home. Most people have difficulty extricating themselves from this emotional component and thus cannot objectively arrive at a viable selling price.

Estate of the Month: Exquisite French Chateau

April 22, 2019 | Live like French royalty in this elegant, authentic and sophisticated Parisian chateau equipped with modern day conveniences for luxury living in the ultimate romantic setting. Situated on a fully fenced, private ½-acre* sunny lot behind a massive wrought iron gate, the spectacular grounds and tranquil garden vistas of 18 Morning Sun take inspiration from the Palais de Tuleries. This exquisite estate pays homage to the architecture and design of French Neoclassicism at its finest and is the perfect backdrop for showcasing antiques or beautifully blending the old world with the new!

To Stage or Not to Stage

April 10, 2019 | As a full-time Realtor and Allied ASID Interior Designer, I am highly attuned to the benefits of staging a property for sale. The financial rewards cannot be ignored: Sellers who stage their properties have received an increase of 15% or more of the dollar value offered by buyers and experienced a significantly shorter selling period. A smart seller will definitely include staging in their strategy to not only achieve the highest selling price in the shortest timeframe possible, but to bring their home up to the competition standard.

Estate of the Month: Paradise Villa

March 14, 2019 | Live the Monaco lifestyle in Southern Marin in your own exquisite Villa atop 5.8* acres overlooking the Bay. This majestic, elegant property located within an exclusive enclave off Paradise Drive behind two pair of iron gates is just 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Prepare to be enchanted by the multiple landscaped venues on the grounds and enjoy the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience without sacrificing any luxury.

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

March 1, 2019 | The frenzied pace of our white-hot real estate market over the past two years has finally shifted into low gear, placing us in a less competitive, more balanced market for both Buyers and Sellers. Home prices continue to increase but not at the hyperactive pace of previous years. Listings are finally beginning to increase but there is not an overabundance and Buyers do still outnumber inventory.

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Thinking of Going It Alone?

October 2, 2018 | When I hear a buyer say they want to purchase a property without an agent because they want to “save money by not paying a commission”, it gives me pause. Clearly, the role of the agent and real estate agency relationships are confusing to someone not actively engaged in the business. Real estate commissions may be one of the least understood aspects to buying or selling a home, especially for a Buyer.

Covering Your Assets?

September 7, 2018 | Financing your home with a mortgage? If so, your lender will require you to have homeowners insurance before funding the loan to protect yourself, and themselves, in the event of damage caused by an unexpected disaster. A home is probably the largest asset most people will ever have and losing yours could be catastrophic.

A Magical Midsummer Night

June 16, 2018 | With the halcyon days of summer upon us, our activities naturally take us outdoors. Whether you are nestled within the canyons of Mill Valley, tucked into the hillside of Sausalito or Tiburon, situated at the base of majestic Mt. Tamalpais or basking in the earthly aromas of a wine country vineyard, you are blessed to be living in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

The “Right” Address

April 20, 2018 | With real estate prices at an all-time high in San Francisco & Marin County, buyers would be well-advised to keep an open mind when searching for their next home. This one, small act can have major implications on your life.

All You Need is Less

March 15, 2018 | With Spring just around the corner, many Sellers are preparing to show their home in its best condition during real estate’s prime selling season. First impressions do go a long way, and there are lots of techniques to improve the look and feel of a property quickly. But why wait to bring your house up to snuff until you are just about to leave it?

Yours, Mine, Ours?

February 14, 2018 | So, you've met “The One” and you’re thinking of shacking up? A recent Marriage and Home Buying Study from Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that one in four couples between the ages of 18 and 34 bought a house together before they were married.

Tax Reform, You Say?

January 3, 2018 | While the new federal tax legislation may not affect our Bay Area housing market where the median price of a home continues to rise month-over-month, year-over-year, it does eliminate some tax benefits of homeownership and will affect the taxes of most taxpayers (but not the one you file in 2018).

Thankgiving Beauty

November 20, 2017 | We are so incredibly fortunate to be able to call the San Francisco Bay Area home!

Prepare for the Unexpected

November 1, 2017 | I have always admired my dog's ability to intuit the urgency of my command, "Let's rock!". Instantly he would appear at the front door, nose to the jamb, tail wagging at high speed, eager for his next adventure whatever that may be. If only we could be so ready to leave when the next emergency strikes!

A Winning Strategy for Home Ownership

September 21, 2017 | I like to win. If you’re like me, you do too. I prepare to win each time I enter a race or competition of any sort. I put in the training I know I need to finish first, or at least to be competitive in the top heat.

What Zillow Doesn’t Want You to Know

August 24, 2017 | When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The convenience of the online real estate estimate is obvious, but just how accurate are these estimates and do they provide the true market value of a property?