What Can You Buy Today In Marin County with $1.8 million?

In case you were wondering whether it is still LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION that’s the most important thing when it comes to Marin County real estate, here is an interesting comparison to enlighten you on the subject.

There are three homes currently on the market for $1.8 million, or very close to that price: the first one is in Tiburon (in Southern Marin,)  the second in Larkspur (in Central Marin) and the third in San Rafael (in Northern Marin.)  I have created a chart to help you compare the three properties.

What You Can Buy with $1.8 MM in Marin County, CA

What is clearly evident is that the closer you are to the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, the more you have to pay to put a roof over your head: actually, you get almost twice as much house in San Rafael than you do in Tiburon. The house in San Rafael is the best value…unless a killer water view is what is important to you, or a very desirable walk to town location in Larkspur is what you’ve dreaming about.

 

2402 Vista Del Mar Lane, Tiburon, CA 2402 Vista del Mar Lane, Tiburon

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS HOME: This charming home is ideally sited in the popular Old Town of Tiburon, close to everything. You’ll enjoy gorgeous, panoramic water views to Angel Island, Keil Cove and the East Bay. Sunny, bright and private, the home has 4 bd 3.5 baths, 2-car attach garage, decks & patio and is in pristine condition. The fourth bedroom and bath have a separate entrance and could serve as a home office, in-law or au pair unit. Great value in Tiburon. Click here for more information and photos.

 

123 Pepper, Larkspur, CA - www.YourPieceofMarin.com 123 Pepper Avenue, Larkspur, CA

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS HOME: This uber charming heritage home is situated in the coveted Lower Palm Hill neighborhood. Classic details include a formal dining room, arched doors, traditional fireplace, vintage diamond-pane windows, hardwood floors & built-in bookcases. The eat-in kitchen & family room open to a sunny backyard with stunning Mt Tam view, lawn, pool, & arbor-covered patio! Ready for your updates but very welcoming & charming as-is. Larkspur’s excellent schools, pathways & lively downtown are all an easy stroll away. Click here for more information and photos. 

20 Mountain View Avenue, San Rafael, CA - www.YourPieceofMarin.com20 Mountain View Avenue, San Rafael

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS HOME: Located in San Rafael most desirable neighborhood, the Dominican, this East Coast Style Brown Shingle Charmer offers a timeless and classic layout with remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. 5BR/3BA plus bonus room (one bedroom currently used as an office). Grounds include lush level lawn, manicured garden, and playground. Sunny and warm weather, close proximity to hiking, biking, shops & restaurants. Click here for more information and photos.

 

So there you have it! If you are thinking of buying your Marin County dream home, give me a shout, I will help you find the right one for you and your family! Contact me at 415-505-4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com.

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.


Marin County’s Unemployment Rate Remains Lowest in State

job-marketThe Mill Valley Herald reported recently that California state’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent the month before, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.  It remains high compared to the U.S., unemployment that dipped below 7 percent to 6.7 percent in December.

The lowest jobless figures in the state were in Marin County with a 4.2 percent rate, a drop from 4.6 percent in November–about half of the state’s rate.

San Mateo County also had a low unemployment rate, falling from 5 percent in November to 4.6 percent in December. San Francisco’s jobless rate also dropped from 5.2 percent to 4.8 percent.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement on January 24, 2014 following the release of the latest unemployment numbers. He said the lower rates “demonstrate that San Francisco’s economy continues to recover because of our relentless focus on jobs, fiscal prudence, and the hard work and innovation of our residents.” San Francisco had the third-lowest unemployment rate among the state’s 58 counties.

No wonder real estate prices increased by the highest percentage in the Bay Area and Pacific Coast in 2013!

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 

 


Marin County Real Estate – An Eye Opening Historical Perspective

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Just like many areas in the rest of the country, Marin County experienced tremendous growth in 2013. The highlights include the following:

Single Family Homes: the Average Sales Price increased by 18% to $1,190,645.

Condominiums: the Average Sales Price increased by 28% to $489,021

Combined Single Family Homes and Condos: the Average Sales Price exceeded $1 million for the first time since the peak in 2007 at $1,040,030.

Price per square foot was $523 for Single Family Homes, up 15% from last year.

While in many other markets across California, prices have climbed over the peak of 2007, and median prices on average have increased by 27%, in Marin County we are still 15% below the peak.

What it means for you:

There is still time to buy: the combination of today’s lower prices and lower interest rates makes it possible to purchase 53% more home now than in 2007!

It’s a great time to sell: there is still a lot of pent up demand, and many qualified, motivated buyers are eager to take advantage of today’s prices and low interest rates.  Most experts agree that the increase in home values in 2014 will be much smaller than in 2013 and that interest rates will trend upwards.

Below are a chart illustrating the increase of the average sales price of a Marin County home from 1965 to 2013 (same date as in table at top of post,) and links to the historical date for each Marin County city.

Average Sales Price - Marin County real estate 1965-2013 Chart

Belvedere Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Corte Madera Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Fairfax Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Greenbrae Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Kentfield Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Larkspur Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Mill Valley Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Novato Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Ross Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

San Anselmo Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

San Rafael Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Sausalito Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

Tiburon Historical Average Home Sales Price – 1965-2013

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out the current value of your home, feel free to contact me.  If you are thinking of selling, now is a great time to put your home on the market while the pickings are still slim and you have less competition.  Call me to discuss your options, I am happy to sit down with you and help you craft the right strategy.

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 


Mortgage Market Week in Review – January 24, 2014

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The following article was reprinted courtesy of Gina Kemsley – Copyright © 2014 Gina Kemsley, Terra Mortgage Banking, All rights reserved.

Gina Kemsley – Senior Vice President – Loan Consultant, Terra Mortgage Banking

Office: (415) 464-3144 – Cell: (415) 828-0218 – Email: gkemsley@terramb.comWebsitewww.terramortgagebanking.com/loan-officers/gina-kemsley

MORTGAGE MARKET WEEK IN REVIEW

It has been a relatively quiet week, at least until today when big news came from China showing a weak manufacturing report (PMI). If China’s economy is weak, that means that the world is not ordering as many goods from China (so maybe the world economy is weaker than thought?) Of course a Chinese slowdown would have significant implications for global markets. This news sent US Stocks plunging and pushed investing dollars into the safe haven of the Bonds and improved interest rates.

CURRENT INTEREST RATES | JANUARY 24, 2014

CONFORMING RATES
($200,000 – $417,000) 0 POINTS
• 30 Year Fixed: 4.375% (4.45% APR)
• 5/1 ARM: 3.250% (3.32% APR)
JUMBO RATES
($625,501 – $2,000,000) 0 POINTS
• 30 Year Fixed: 4.375% (4.43% APR)
• 5/1 ARM: 3.125% (3.18% APR)
CONFORMING (HIGH-BALANCE) RATES
($417,001 – $625,500 cap by county) 0 POINTS
• 30 Year Fixed: 4.500% (4.56% APR)
• 5/1 ARM: 3.250% (3.31% APR)
RATE TRENDS
Rates are DOWN compared to last week.
Rates are DOWN compared to last month.
Rates are UP compared to one year ago

INDUSTRY NEWS

The foreclosure crisis is showing signs that it’s finally fading away. The number of new foreclosure filings — which includes default notices, auctions and bank repossessions — dropped 15% in November. The biggest monthly decline since November 2010 and foreclosure filings are now at the lowest level since December 2006. Filings are down 37% from one year ago.

Enjoy the Marin Lifestyle in Belvedere
Enjoy the Marin Lifestyle in Sausalito, CA

This article was reprinted courtesy of Gina Kemsley – Copyright © 2014 Gina Kemsley, Terra Mortgage Banking, All rights reserved.

Gina Kemsley – Senior Vice President – Loan Consultant, Terra Mortgage Banking

Office: (415) 464-3144 – Cell: (415) 828-0218 – Email: gkemsley@terramb.comWebsitewww.terramortgagebanking.com/loan-officers/gina-kemsley

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.


Five Simple Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in 2014

FICO recipeIs getting your finances in order in 2014 one of your New Year’s resolution? If so, your are in great company.

After a holiday season of spending (overspending for some), many people want to buckle down in the new year and better manage their money. While sticking to a budget or vowing to spend less are noble, short-term fixes for your finances, there’s one strategy that could seriously boost your financial outlook for 2014 and beyond: improving your credit score.

Thinking of buying a home this year? A bump in your credit score can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars both in the short-term and long-term by helping you qualify for lower interest rates on loans and mortgages.

It doesn’t matter if you’re massively in debt or you’ve plateaued and don’t know how to increase your credit score anymore; here are a few simple and effective ways to improve your credit.

Check Your Credit Report for Any Errors and Resolve Them ASAP
A single mistake on your credit report could be hurting your credit score, and you may not even know it.  If you do see a mistake on your credit report, contact both the credit reporting company and the source of the mistake right away.  Several years ago, I found an error on my own report.  It took me a couple of months and many letters and phone calls to get it resolved, but I was very happy with the increase in my score in the end.  Be proactive, and persistent!
Take Care of Any Debt in Collections
The key is to prioritize paying off any potentially negative items on your credit history first. This could include any significantly outstanding debt or any accounts in collections, which likely has the biggest negative impact on your credit score.
Open Up a Secured Credit Card
If you have a relatively short credit history or no credit history at all, opening up a secured credit card can be a safe, easy way to increase your credit score. By the way, this can also be a great tool for your college graduates to start building their credit responsibly.
Credit Score - wwwlYourPieceofmarin.comUse Less than 30% of Your Maximum Available Balance
This is the golden rule to maintain your stellar credit score or increase it quickly.  It is a myth that closing accounts will increase your credit score: what really matters is your debt-to-credit ratio or how much of your available credit you are using.  If you have a credit limit of $10,000 on one credit card or a combination of several cards, and you have $5000 in debt on that/these card(s), for example, you would have a 50% debt-to-credit ratio. Keeping the balance of your card(s) below 30% of your available credit will help maximize your credit score.  Closing one account would reduce your credit limit and therefore increase your debt-to-credit ratio.  For more information, click here to watch an excellent video with great credit tips.

Keep Up Your Responsible Credit Card Habits
Now make sure you keep these good new financial habits all year long.:)
If you, or someone you know, feel overwhelmed by tackling this process on your own, or you need the help of a professional after a bankruptcy or foreclosure, feel free to contact me for a referral to a good credit restoration expert in Marin County.
Happy New Year!
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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I view it as a great privilege to be of assistance to people at very important stages of their lives—whether they are newlywed, starting a family, relocating, retiring, divorcing or mourning a loved one—because I view my job as much more than facilitating the sale or purchase of a property, but rather as helping them find their new sanctuary or part with the home where they have raised their children and created so many memories. In addition, I am always excited to help my clients discover Marin County, our stunning sceneries and unmatched lifestyle and find the right home in one of our charming towns:   Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 

 

 

 


Martha Stewart’s Optimistic Take on Aging Well

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REAL ESTATE MATTERS – NEWS AND ISSUES FOR THE MATURE MARKET

4jsaFaMbZ1cCThe bonsai tree “is a work of art that is never finished,” writes Martha Stewart in the introduction to her latest book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others.

“The bonsai continues to grow and evolve over time,” she notes, saying that when properly tended, “bonsai can thrive and flourish, growing even more appealing and interesting with age. ” So can people.

So it’s no wonder that Stewart chose the bonsai as the image for her Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt Sinai Hospital. The center concentrates on whole-person geriatric care and delivers services for physical and social health and disease prevention.

In her book, Stewart also focuses on the whole person, distilling the sometimes overwhelming details of aging gracefully and living life well into easy-to-read lists, charts, and copy. The topics are wide ranging and she serves up advice about everything from eating well, hair care, and exercise, to maintaining a healthy social life, organizing space, and creating a healthy house.

Hers is a spectacularly optimistic take on aging. Rather than dwelling on the messy, painful and scary aspects of life, she delivers a Stewart-esque spin on the challenges, offering ways to leap common hurdles with discipline, organization, and good habits and planning.

Her view is that aging brings many gifts.

Golden rules

You can read the book to gain a positive perspective on aging or figure out how to plan for healthy, happy golden years. Or you could use it to zero in on personal trouble spots, whether that’s a disorganized house, an iffy diet, or the 101 on care giving.

At the outset, Stewart delivers some golden rules of success, noting that whether you’re in your forties, sixties, or beyond, there are ways to increase health, longevity, and quality of life.  Her top six entail some health basics. They are:

bigstock-Active-Seniors-Play-Tennis-1517918 (640x427)1. Eat well

2. Maintain a healthy weight

3. Stay physically active

4. Get quality sleep

5. Wear sunscreen

6. Collaborate with a good primary-care doctor regularly

The next four center on more amorphous topics that concern happiness and emotional well-being. They are:

7. Find your passion

8. Connect with others

9. Stop complaining

10. Stay curious

All 10 themes show up throughout the book, along with insight on embracing each rule.

Healthy home

It’s no surprise that Stewart focuses a great deal on home organization, design, and safety. Such information is helpful to everyone, regardless of age.

For instance, in all homes there’s a potential for chemical hazards, such as carbon monoxide, mold, nitrogen dioxide, and radon. Stewart outlines where such dangers can lurk and ways to avoid them.

She also addresses eco-friendly home options to reduce exposure to chemical hazards found in household goods, like carpeting, upholstery, and furniture made of pressed wood.

Another section helps you assess a property — your current home or a new property – for its suitability for aging in place and the modifications you can make for a time when you’re less agile.

For example, is the home’s layout conducive to aging? Does the house feature universal design elements?  Are there walk-in showers? Could you install a ramp or elevator to accommodate a wheelchair or walker?

Universal design

Another aspect of assessing a home entails safety. Stewart notes that among adults who are age 60 to 72, falls are the second leading cause of death. That’s pretty daunting.

Her  house-related tips are organized as checklists and charts that you can use to create a safer environment before disaster–a dangerous trip or fall–strikes. As always, Stewart is practical.

She zeros in on perils associated with poor lighting, loose carpeting, rickety chairs, and so forth, and provides simple fixes for things that contribute to injuries among the senior set.

Of course, aging at home isn’t always an option. For those seeking housing alternatives, Stewart addresses some of the innovative choices, such as elder co-housing, greenhouse projects, and village models, along with resources for finding and assessing the options.

Senior_Couple in Marin CountyCare giving with love

And no one can adequately prepare for the challenges of care giving because each person’s situation varies, but you can anticipate some of what’s ahead and remove some of the stumbling blocks by getting some groundwork in place.

For instance, Stewart runs through some of the paperwork–financial records, healthcare proxies, living wills–to have in place so that you’re prepared for an emergency, and she explains the differences among Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care coverage.

Perhaps most compelling is her take on care giving with love. That entails far more than addressing just physical needs. It’s finding ways to create a happy, stimulating, gentle environment for loved ones, regardless of their limitations.

And, yes, care giving can take a toll. Stewart makes suggestions for caregivers about maintaining their own well-being by tapping support groups, staying connected with friends, and taking mini vacations.

Food for brain and body

And no Martha Stewart book would be complete without a few recipes. She serves up simple recipes that rely on real, not processed, food that help people achieve optimum health.

In addition, yoga moves, balance exercises, brain health, and making peace with aging and your physical appearance are all covered.

Sure, few have the self-discipline and the funds to live the full-on Martha Stewart lifestyle. But the bulk of her suggestions have nothing to do with money and luxury. Rather, they’re practical day-to-day strategies that most can employ to boost health, mental well-being and physical agility.

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This article appeared in the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) September 2013 Newsletter.

Nearly everyone wishes to age in place as they grow older. But often, the spacious family house becomes too burdensome, financially and physically, to maintain for individuals over 50.

If you or someone you love is trying to determine your next step, you know planning the transition can entail a complex set of decisions relating to finances, ideal over 50 housing locations and property types, as well as anticipating future needs as you or your loved ones age.

AS a SRES® designee, I have received special training, have experience and have access to resources to best assist you in this arduous and emotional process. I can consult with you to review your current housing situation and outline the topics to weigh as you consider your next move. I will provide pertinent information on 50+ housing trends, financing and market conditions.

I also have developed a team of experts and advisers to help you with every step while you’re exploring your options and determining the very best place to call home.

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I view it as a great privilege to be of assistance to people at very important stages of their lives—whether they are newlywed, starting a family, relocating, retiring, divorcing or mourning a loved one—because I view my job as much more than facilitating the sale or purchase of a property, but rather as helping them find their new sanctuary or part with the home where they have raised their children and created so many memories. In addition, I am always excited to help my clients discover Marin County, our stunning sceneries and unmatched lifestyle and find the right home in one of our charming towns:   Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 


Marin Real Estate Year End 2013 Spotlight

Housing MarketThe Marin County real estate market experienced a strong recovery in 2013, especially during the first half of the year when sales and prices soared. It was all about supply and demand: low supply of homes for sale and very high buyer demand.

The increase in interest rates slowed things down somewhat in the second half.  As I noted in my recent blog post Where Do Mortgage Rates Stand at Year End 2013, mortgage rates are over a full percentage point over what they were a year ago today–a greater than 30 percent increase–and most financial analysts believe they will continue to go up in 2014. When interest rates go up, so do potential buyers’ monthly payments, edging some out of the market who were already stretching to make a purchase.

As reported in a December 30, 2013 Marin IJ article, the median price for conventional detached dwellings clocked in at $875,000, compared with $775,000 in November 2012, a 13 percent increase, according to the Marin County Assessor’s Office. Sales dipped five percent, with 185 single-family dwellings selling compared with 195 last November.

Despite the typical slowdown of the market at year end due to the Holidays, the market was still red hot in December, still all about supply and demand. I was a little apprehensive about putting a new listing on the market the week after Thanksgiving.  It turns out I had nothing to worry about: the sellers received five offers over the asking price, confirming that there is still very high demand in our market, especially in the under one million dollars price range.

What was absolutely mind boggling was the price the house sold for on December 30: this two-bedroom, one-and-a-half baths Mediterranean home was listed at $799,000 and sold for $965,000, or 121 percent of the listed price!  Granted, it is a very charming home with lots of character, great curb appeal, brand new landscape, a flat backyard and many upgrades since it was last sold…in other words what most buyers are looking for.  And it was beautifully staged, a must in today’s market, priced correctly and was well presented with many professional photographs on the MLS (multiple listing service) and many other real estate websites.  But still!!!

What happened is that there were several buyers who desperately wanted/needed to buy a new home and this was the only option for them. What I find fascinating is looking back at this home’s history: it had sold for $725,000 in December 2011, $955,00 in November 2005 and $745,000 in September 2002…following the ups and downs of the Marin County real estate market over the past few years.

Stay tuned for my detailed year end analysis of the Marin County real estate market and predictions for 2014, coming soon right here!

Are you thinking of selling your Marin County home?  Feel free to contact me.  I cannot guarantee the same results, but I promise you I will put my superior marketing savvy and in-depth knowledge of the market at your service to get you the highest possible price.

50 Rutherford Avenue, San Anselmo, CA - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

50 Rutherford Avenue, San Anselmo – Sold for $965,000 (121% of list price)

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white glove serviceAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I view it as a great privilege to be of assistance to people at very important stages of their lives—whether they are newlywed, starting a family, relocating, retiring, divorcing or mourning a loved one—because I view my job as much more than facilitating the sale or purchase of a property, but rather as helping them find their new sanctuary or part with the home where they have raised their children and created so many memories. In addition, I am always excited to help my clients discover Marin County, our stunning sceneries and unmatched lifestyle and find the right home in one of our charming towns:   Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 

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