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November 2017
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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was truly overwhelmed with gratitude this year for all things big and small. For family and friendships, the ability to learn and grow, communities that inspire positive change and growth, for little stolen moments in the woods, and for the beautiful first sips of coffee in the morning.  As I write this, I’m relishing in some quiet down time. Marin sure does clear out on holiday weekends and it feels brighter, less rushed, peaceful, and gorgeous....


November 2017
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November 20

Here we are - Thanksgiving week.  A fitting time to express gratitude although in my opinion, there’s no reason why this week should be different than any other.  I spent my weekend at my favorite conference, the Best Year Ever Blueprint down in San Diego. Words cannot describe the inspiration that I was surrounded by, the community that I felt, the sense of greater purpose that came over me and the gratitude that overwhelmed me.  The clarity in which I realized that my real ...


November 2017
November 2017

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If you took a three day weekend, I hope you enjoyed it and had the opportunity to thank or be with a veteran as well.  It’s a good time to remember how fortunate we are to have the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted and the luxury of watching the world unfold from our televisions and not from the front lines.  Peace, prosperity, freedom…  It’s incredible to me that we don’t take better care of veterans in this country. Why are there so many on the streets, not getting the physical and ...


November 2017
November 2017

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It was made known to us that one of our REALTOR members, Diane Hoffman passed away this week. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

I hope that you have answered the most recent Calls for Action from both CAR and NAR opposing the Congressional Tax Cut and Jobs Act that was released this past week.  Their proposal caps the mortgage interest deduction to the interest on a principal mortgage of $500,000. No more deductions on 2nd homes or home equity loans.  It also eliminates State ...


October 2017
October 2017

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Things to do that I put aside… like freezing my credit.  The Equifax breach feels like old news in light of everything else that’s transpired since then.  However, a very responsible friend of mine and I were discussing her freezing her credit and because of my sheer unwillingness to spend 10 minutes figuring out how, she sent me this article.  I love the title, “I Just Want To Freeze My Credit, Not Read Your Friggin' Article”  Here is the link ...


October 2017
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October 23, 2017

Fall is a perfect time to plan for the upcoming year.  A time to reflect on this year’s successes as well as where we’ve fallen short. The recent fires have encouraged my conversations with loved ones around planning for disaster and even death. Do you have your affairs in order should something happen to you or any of your family?  Hopefully you won’t have go through a fire of any magnitude but the possibility certainly exists that a sizable earthquake could come rumbling ...


October 2017
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October 16

The feelings that have emerged during this past week of devastation is far beyond what I can put into words. We cannot reiterate enough our condolences to everyone who has been affected by these fires. The outpouring of support from the communities has been inspiring and I hope that everyone remains committed to that support, as it will be needed for many months and years to come.

We published a list of resources last week if you’d like to volunteer, donate, or request help.  In ...


October 2017
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October 1, 2017

There was an article on Inman that I meant to read all week and as luck would have it, I searched for it last night and I couldn’t find it anywhere.  The emails that I saved from Inman referencing that article have also disappeared!  The headline had something to with the pitfalls of pricing a home too HIGH.   Conversely, I’d love to see an article on the pitfalls of pricing a home too LOW.   I work a bit in the Berkeley/Oakland and San Francisco markets where it’s customary ...


September 2017
September 2017

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What do dressing up, eating great food, hearing fun music, hanging out with cool people and winning have in common!?  Yes, that’s right, our next MAR event which is our Monte Carlo in Marin evening at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael.  You may think “Elk’s Lodge?” but if you haven’t been in recent years, you must come and turn around any perceived ideas you may have about it being a tired, old club.  It’s become a fun place for the community and their families to hang out.  Inexpensive drinks, a ...


September 2017
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Last week, we had local expert, Dr. Robert Eyler, PhD come and speak at our MAR General Membership meeting. Dr. Eyler is the President of Economic Forensics & Analytics, Inc and is a Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University as well as an author, expert witness and a forensic economist.  Previously, other economists have stated that we’re in the 8th year of recovery since the last recession and we’re due for another one.  However, much to my surprise, Dr. Eyler reported that there ...


September 2017
September 2017

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It’s Monday – Hurricane Irma rages in the Southeast and today is September 11th, Patriot Day. A national day of service and remembrance for those who died in 2001. There will likely be a point in the day where you recall where you were in 2001 and how that day unraveled before your eyes. It was certainly surreal for me, especially since I was in the midst of decorating for a massive party for the employees of a large bank with offices in San Francisco and in the WTC. Needless to say, that ...


September 2017
September 2017

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My social media feed has been full of wonderful summer vacations and getaways. I was lucky enough to take 3 weeks this summer with my family in Europe and I came back energized and ready to work again.  I hope you were able to recharge in some way as well. I heard a great analogy today that compared humans to computers.  When you reboot a computer, it always works better.  If we realize that the same rings true for us, then we should take more time to reset, recharge, and rest.  More vacations ...


August 2017
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August 28

Last Thursday had plenty of opportunity for all of us to hear from experts and network with colleagues, including CAR President Geoff McIntosh. Very few Marin agents made an appearance to either event which I hope is indication that you were all out there putting deals together, hosting your broker opens, and taking care of important business!

The event in SF was CA’s Housing Crisis: The impact on the Bay Area and its housing needs put on by the Center for CA Real Estate (CAR) and ...


August 2017
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SMART opens to the public this week on August 25th.  Through Labor Day, prices will be 50% off which means that it’s a great time to check out this new method of transportation and solution to our traffic problems.  The schedule can be found here -  http://sonomamarintrain.org/schedules-fares  And by the way, a day trip to Santa Rosa for some wine tasting is going to cost you $19 round trip, which is technically less expensive than paying for a Lyft after several glasses of wine.

In other ...


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 ...


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