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26 Bretano Way in Greenbrae - Sold!

Located on one of the most sought after streets in the flats of Greenbrae, 26 Bretano Way, a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home, came on the market and immediately garnered lots of attention from prospective buyers.  It had been lovingly maintained by the same owner for over 50 years and was ready for the next iteration and a new buyer with a vision for making this their family home.  We had multiple offers and the winning offer was a young family whose parents live nearby.


1013 Margaret Court in Novato - Sold!


I had the pleasure of representing the buyers on the purchase of 1013 Margaret Court located in the very desirable Hillside Park condos in Novato.  After looking at a number of condos in Southern Novato, the Margaret Court condo with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, one car garage and lovely outdoor patio and privacy was a standout.  This is the third transaction within several months for my clients who recently retired, sold their Corte Madera home and bought a new home in Novato.  Margaret Court, a great investment, will provide income for their retirement years.  It sold for $629,000. 


Floating Home Annual Tour - September 24, 2016

Floating Home Annual Tour - September 24, 2016


The floating home community in Sausalito is truly one of a kind. Nowhere else will you find such an eclectic assembly of floating homes thriving in a highly coveted and exclusive county! The approximately 425 floating homes in the waters of Sausalito are spread over several docks. Most managed by Waldo Point Harbor and Kappa's Marina but a few are also privately owned and operated. Each dock has a style and feel all its own.



1548 Center Rd. unit 25, Novato CA 94947: JUST LISTED

Stylish 2 story Townhome in Convenient Location. Welcome home!


This immaculate townhome is in move-in ready condition. Enter through an enclosed private sunny patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining and enjoyment, to an open concept living and dining room featuring high beamed ceilings, tasteful tile flooring and fresh designer paint. A wall of windows floods the room with light and allows for easy access to lovely outdoor patio. The kitchen is updated with stone counters, crisp white cabinets, stainless sink and newer refrigerator. The main level is complete with a large half bath and lots of storage space.


The 3 P's of Purchasing a Floating Home!

The 3 P's of Purchasing a Floating Home!



The Marin Modern Website gets 100's of curious buyers every week trying to gather more information about the magical and mystical lifestyle of owning and living on a Floating home in Sausalito.

At first glance it seems like one of the most affordable ways to live on the water in literally one of the most unaffordable counties in the country.



Do your research. Talk with a knowledgeable realtor that knows...

Baran Studio Designed Development Coming to Piedmont Ave.


Images courtesy of Baran Studio/Bitzer Banker Development

The latest modern vision of Baran Studio is coming to fruition in Oakland's Piedmont neighborhood. In collaboration with builder Bitzer Banker Development the project located at 4425 Piedmont Ave. is rapidly approaching completion. This project consists of seven separate buildings each of which is three stories tall. The three front buildings will each consist of two residential units along with a ground floor live-work unit. Each of...

35 Mohawk Avenue Corte Madera CA 94925 - Just Sold!

35 Mohawk Drive, Corte Madera 94925 - Just Sold!


Timing is everything! Maybe not everything but in the case of working with my client to prepare, market and sell her home the timing was crucial.  Two years ago we started discussing selling her home with a price point in the high $700k to $800k. Her preference was to remain in her home while her daughter finished high school and she figured out how to do that.  Now, two years later we were able to sell her home for $1,200,000, her daughter graduated from high school and was accepted into her first choice school! Win, Win, Win!


1548 #25 Center Road, Novato: COMING SOON $300,000

Coming soon for sale in Novato: 2 Story townhome near downtown:


Center Place Complex is beautifully landscaped and well maintained. This unit's amenities are one designated secured parking spot, an additional storage room, large laundry facility, a sparkling private pool and large grassy area. The location of the unit is so convenient as it is near Whole Foods, Trader Joes, gyms, transportation, shopping and freeway.



1200 Brickyard Way #202 Richmond - Just Listed



Few homes can boast views as expansive of SF, the Bay Bridge and Angel Island as this residence. At 1,241 square feet this 2BD/2BA condo features a newly remodeled kitchen and baths, a solarium/dining room, hardwood flooring, 2 parking spaces and storage. The resort style amenities include a pool, spa, sauna, tennis courts, a gym, a private club room and a community garden. Only a few minutes from the charming town of Point Richmond, you’ll find yourself ideally situated for quick access to the Richmond Bridge and direct 580 access towards Berkeley and the Bay Bridge. Open Sunday 7/24 & 7/31 from 1-4 pm.


Flexibility with Gift Money on Jumbo Loans

Although any buyer looking to purchase a $2,500,000 home may be aptly considered "well-heeled," that doesn't necessarily mean they have a spare $500,000 to put toward their down payment. We often see the need to include a gift fund contribution from a family member or life partner. But every loan has requirements for gift money acceptability, and this is especially so in the realm of jumbo finance. In fact, many jumbo loans do not permit gift money of any kind.

Fortunately, we have a competitive jumbo product that provides great flexibility with the use of gift funds on loans as high as $2,000,000. The gift money must be sourced from an eligible donor, who should be a relative, guardian, fiancé, fiancée, or domestic partner. Here is a bit more information on this loan product:

  • 100% gift funds allowed on loans to $2,000,000 with at least 20% down.
  • Donor is NOT required to...