marin real estate: The State of Novato Real Estate Market, Now and Then - 05/29/12 08:13 AM
The buzz on the local market since the end of last year, although gingerly made, has been that we might have hit the bottom of the market, and are on our way to crawl out of that black hole.
As we held our breath while watching the market during the past five months, we became cautiously optimistic about the market – the Feds declared they plan to hold the interest rate down, the Congress is finding ways to encourage/enable underwater homeowners to stay in their homes, the banks are learning from their mistakes, streamlining short sale processes as well as not … (0 comments)

marin real estate: The Book Place - The Little Book Store that Can in Marin County - 12/19/11 06:16 AM
This was first posted at www.Novato.Patch.com.  See my Blog at Novato.Patch.com
Just when you think you know everything about Novato, that’s when you find out you missed something important.  The Book Place is a perfect example of such a gem in Novato!   
For people who think there is no book store in Novato, the Book Place is a hidden treasure yet to be discovered by many even though it has been in Novato for the past 16 years, with the last 9 on Grant Avenue near Seventh Street.        
With books in every category — fiction, nonfiction, history, science, autobiography, military, cookbooks, … (6 comments)

marin real estate: Refinance while Underwater? HARP Expanded to Reach More Borrowers - 10/31/11 11:00 AM
A ray of hope has just been offered to some homeowners with properties that are seriously upside down, according to the California Association of Realtors. 
In order to help a broader range of distressed homeowners and offer relief to the housing market, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Oct. 24 that the mortgage relief program HARP — the Home Affordable Refinance Program — has just been expanded.
Per FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped approximately 9 million families refinance into a lower cost or more sustainable mortgage product, approximately 10 percent of those via HARP. HARP is unique … (1 comments)

marin real estate: Carbon Monoxide Act will Save Lives - 09/03/11 01:08 PM
According to the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.  The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that carbon monoxide – the “silent killer” – kills approximately 500 people each year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.
Carbon monoxide is emitted in small amounts from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and other appliances, but, if working improperly, those appliances can slowly and subtly produce toxic amounts. 
Depending on the exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning can have either short term or long term effect and can include mild acute poisoning such as lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo, … (4 comments)

marin real estate: Nature Lover's Dream Home on over 1/3 Acre. Unique Bahia Home backs to Open Space. - 04/26/11 02:07 AM
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marin real estate: Private Paradise in Partridge Knolls, Luxury Home, Panoramic View, on 3.8 Acre, - 04/26/11 01:43 AM
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marin real estate: Coveted Rolling Hills Area - Immaculate Custom Single Story Home, Beautifully Landscaped - 04/13/11 10:44 AM
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marin real estate: Winter Spare the Air Day in Marin County 12/12 - 12/12/10 01:44 AM
 
Courtsey of Spare the Air in the San Francisco Bay Area Tomorrow, 12/12, Sunday, is the Winter Spare the Air Day.
Winter Spare the Air The Winter Spare the Air program notifies residents when particulate matter levels are anticipated to be unhealthy. On these high pollution days, the Air District will issue a Winter Spare the Air Alert which prohibits wood burning throughout the Bay Area. Spare the Air in the Winter The Winter Spare the Air program notifies Bay Area residents when particulate levels are anticipated to be unhealthy. 
In the wintertime, particulate matter — especially particulate matter 2.5 microns … (0 comments)

marin real estate: Christmas House, a great tradition for locals and vistors alike in Marin County - 12/11/10 07:58 PM
Tis the season to be jolly, and what more fun than go out and search for amazing Christmas lights in the neighborhood to celebrate the season; an event enjoyed by people with all faiths; kids and adults alike!
Moving to Novato, Marin, CA 11 years ago; with kids then in elementary schools; we were immediately introduced to the 'Christmas House' in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. 
Eveybody asked:"Have you seen the Christmast House?", "You can't miss that". "Can you believe that they do this every year?"    If one does not go, one has not lived here in Novato!
We went, and the Christmas … (2 comments)

marin real estate: Luxurious Living in Central Marin. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Upgraded Home with Amazing Panoramic Views!!! - 12/07/10 03:07 PM
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marin real estate: Marin County Property Tax Deadline is Friday, December 10th - 12/05/10 07:01 PM
 
Are you like most of the other property owners who like to wait until the last day to pay your property tax? The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2010-11 county property tax bill is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.
Payments must be postmarked by Friday or delivered to the tax collector's office at the Civic Center no later than 5 p.m. that day to avoid a 10-percent penalty.
Property taxes may be paid online at www.co.marin.ca.us/paytax or by phone at 800-985-7277 with either a credit card or electronic funds transfer.
The second tax payment is due April 10.
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marin real estate: Fabulous San Marin Executive Home, 2900+sf, 4Beds/3Baths, View, Garden. Great Location! - 10/21/10 04:16 PM
 
Fabulous location in covented Greystone Gardens in San Marin neighborhood is sited on a quite cul de sac with views of surrounding hills. 
For More Pictures, Click www.31SophiaCT.com 
San Marin Executive home on a quite cul-de-sac.  Great Location!
Bright, open floor plan, formal living and dining room has cathedral ceiling and oversized windows to bring sunshine in.  Great room as kitchen with breakfast area and large breakfast bar which open to cozy family room with beautiful fireplace, build-in work station and shelves.  
 
 
Granite kitchen with gas burners, build-in overn, microwave, dishwasher and disposal. 
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marin real estate: Marin Property Owners should Apply for Property Tax Re-Assessment Prior to November 01, 2010 - 10/14/10 02:32 AM
Thinking that maybe you are paying more than your share of Property Tax? 
Marin county property owners can apply for re-assessment of their property tax annually for a slight relief.  
The filing period is July 2 through November 1, 2010.
This is to request an informal review of the assessment of your property if you feel that the market value of your home is less than the assessed value as of January 1, 2010.  If approved by the county, your property tax for the coming year will be lower based on the lower assessed property value - note that this will be a temporary reduction.
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marin real estate: Amazing Time Lapse Video of the San Francisco Bay - 09/24/10 03:37 AM
A friend shared this amazing video of a collection of time lapses photographer Simon Christen took around the San Francisco Bay Area over the period of one year.
Seeing the clouds, fog over the landscape is quite amazing, but I especially love the shots of the bright moon over the glisterning city.
Thought I'd share this with you all. Gonna feel great to live in this beautiful Bay Area!
 
The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.
The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.
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marin real estate: Luxurious Living in Central Marin. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths Upgraded Home with Amazing Panoramic Views!!! - 09/10/10 03:56 AM
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marin real estate: Elegant Single Story Vineyard Home and Legal Cottage on 1/2+ Acre. Pool/SPA, Gorgeous View of Novato Hills!!! - 08/24/10 01:13 PM
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marin real estate: Single Story Home on 0.30+/- Acre. Huge Corner Lot, Great Potential - 08/22/10 11:09 AM
1285 Yukon Way, Novato, CA
Diamond in the Rough!  Single story, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1790sf on 0.30+/- acre,home on oversized corner lot in a tranquil, centrally located neighborhood has huge upside potential!
 Living room with brick fireplace opens to dining area.  Oversized windows and sliders bring sunshine in.   Huge den with exposed beam ceiling, wood paneling, oversized sliders and built in shelves has a lot of charm and opens to back patio.  Hardwood floors in living/dining, hallway and three bedrooms. 
Ceiling Fans.  Double pane windows and oversized sliders.  Huge brick fireplace and forced Air Heating.  
One car garage converted to … (0 comments)

marin real estate: Novato, Marin County Morning Star Farm Equestrian Center - 08/08/10 12:02 AM
Novato is famous for horse properties; along with that, a few reputable Equestrian Centers.
Morning Star Farm is on the way to the two listings I have on Vineyard Road. Another nice area with horse properties, hills, trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding..
Gorgeous setting.  This is also on the way to my two listings ( www.2424VineyardRD.com  and www.2463Vineayrd.com on Vineyard, also famous for horse properties with another equestrian center at the end of Vineyard.





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marin real estate: Novato, Marin County, San Marin, Immaculate, Bright Custom Tri-Level Home, on 1/3 Acres, Beautiful Garden - 08/06/10 10:26 PM
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marin real estate: Bel Marin Keys, Novato, Backs up to Open Space, 2 Boat Dock Parking Right - 08/06/10 10:11 PM
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