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July 2017
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July 24

Intelligence, Energy and Integrity – general keys to success and certainly for real estate agents.  In Marin, the caliber of our agent community is high.  Sometimes when I sell in an adjacent county, it feels like the Wild West out there; agents gone rogue. What makes a great agent is not how many closings you have per year but how you transact in each one of those closings.  There are amazing REALTORS that I’ve met from all across the Country who embody intelligence, energy and ...


July 2017
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July 17

It’s been 6 months since the new RBR (Resale Building Report) guidelines and recommendations came out from the City of San Rafael and time for a check in before the City Council.  This is happening on Wednesday, July 19th.   Incidentally, the Council has adopted an Accept Position on the new resale inspection process.  Here’s the link to the Staff report to read further.  http://cityofsanrafael.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=38&event_id=801&meta_id=109141 MAR reports no ...


July 2017
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July 10th

There are a lot of questions about the market and what’s going to happen as it starts to shift.  Although there are homes in Marin that sell with multiple offers and an unbelievable sale price, there still seems to be some lag with other homes in the market.   This morning, there were 343 active Single Family homes in Marin for sale.  The lowest priced one is in Novato at $529,000 and the highest at $25,000,000 in Corte Madera is the Bill Graham estate.

Zillow reports the median ...


June 2017
June 2017

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June 26ths

I’ve hit the summertime blues.  Consistency is so fleeting.  Just a short 1 month ago, I was riding high on life. My routines were established. I felt healthy, vibrant, alive and happy to be charting my course through new and exciting territories. I felt like a vivid explorer, fearless navigator and had a peek into the promise of infinite possibilities.  I was productively busy but not stressed.

Fast forward to these past few weeks. I’ve been watching television constantly.  It ...


June 2017
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There are days when it’s hard to get up and get moving.  Everyone has those days, right?  The kind of days where you manage to get out of bed but being curled up in a ball on the couch feels pretty good…much better than the idea of exercising, showering, or going to work.  I’m having that day right now.  I have a meeting in an hour but I’ve barely managed to sit upright.  I forgot to write this memo over the weekend so I’m cramming it in now. My husband is making breakfast, feeding the dogs, ...


June 2017
June 2017

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Thank you to all of you who responded to our Red Alert and called into Mark Levine’s office re: AB71. It was a successful effort in that the Assembly didn’t vote on it this session, presumably because the bill didn’t have enough support to pass.   I actually missed writing the Monday memo, believe it or not.  But, I’m back… and I hope everyone has had a successful few weeks.  With the coming and going of Memorial Day weekend, I feel a definite stall in the market and a pause of communication ...


May 2017
May 2017

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Last week I wanted to emulate the Danish and reveled in the spirit of hygge.  This week I heard on a podcast that the Danish are happy because they have low expectations.  Low expectations?  So If were to adjust my expectations down, then can I expect to be happy when I’ve acquired or achieved or experienced something pretty nice which results in a generally high satisfaction quotient?  OR would I get to happier happys or feel deeper levels of satisfaction when I set my expectations high and ...


May 2017
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I’ve just returned from spending a few days in Washington DC at the NAR Mid-Year Meetings. It was a fine week to be in our Nation’s capital, especially as news was erupting left and right.  For us REALTORS, it was business as usual and the highlight of the meetings was the visit to Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s office to talk with him about our 2017 Legislative Priorities.  In a nutshell: 1) Tax Reform.  Oppose tax proposals that are a tax on CA homeowners. Maintain 1031 exchanges. Incentivize ...


May 2017
May 2017

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There are few thoughts of any importance coursing through my brain at the moment. It could be the lack of caffeine in my life.  I “quit” coffee a few months ago just to see if I could.  And now, sadly, it ceases to taste delicious so I’m officially off coffee for the foreseeable future just in time to see the latest news flashes of 100 reasons why coffee is good for you. Not to mention, the days lack a little bit of that crispness and a slight bit of brain fog.  But overall, my gut feels ...


May 2017
May 2017

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It’s only the beginning of May but I’m feeling like we’re rolling right into summer.  We’ve just committed ourselves to an entire summer of baseball for our high schooler. Weight training, summer baseball league, and we’re now hosting a San Rafael Pacifics player in our home.  With summer and baseball comes a myriad of delightful outdoor social opportunities, one of which is coming up. MAR is holding its first ever Chili Cookoff between offices on Sunday, June 4th at McNear’s Beach Park.  It’s ...


May 2017
May 2017

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May 1

It’s May Day!  A very little celebrated day to mark Spring, often traditionally enjoyed with a festival accompanied by singing, dancing, and cake.  All things I can embrace wholeheartedly.  This weather over the past few days has been glorious and it’s awesome to experience the sunny warm days, sprouting plant life, humming insects and dare I say it, new inventory!  OK, maybe that’s a stretch but I really feel like agents are busy getting listings ready for the season.

I had to ship ...


April 2017
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April 24

This week, I almost fell out of my chair when an appraiser called to tell me that he was having trouble coming in at the purchase price on a home in San Francisco. He also told me that an in-law unit (permitted) downstairs could not be counted as square footage of the home because it didn’t connect through an interior staircase.  That was also a first for me and by the way, the lender had never heard of that either.  There's always something new to learn constantly. If you're ...


April 2017
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Several months ago, I wrote about the importance of spending time with people who juice you up and contribute meaning to your life.  Last weekend in Nashville, I was with my tribe of women.  These women all have different skills and life experiences. Some are incredible real estate professionals and investors. One is a coach and another a singer songwriter. We come from across the country and Canada and what we all have in common is that we are hyper-focused on having success in life by ...


April 2017
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It's been a little bit of a stressful week. Several offers written; only one accepted, complications in escrows, delays on listings, not enough time and too much to do. Plus, I had a trip (yay!) planned for the weekend to Nashville with some of my favorite women, and we all know what happens when there's travel planned; work and clients seem to stream in.

 

What is this crazy market we're in? You must get asked every week about the market, and my answer has been so ...


April 2017
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April 3, 2017

Finally, some warm weather!  I hope you were able to take a little time for yourselves this weekend.  As I gear up for another busy week, I’m grateful for just a little rest and relaxation. I worked every day but there was something leisurely about it and I was able to tuck in for a short nap both days and a bit of reading. Last week, I started Tools of Titans, the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers by Tim Ferris. It’s 650 ...


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