Novato, CA Real Estate News

By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of October 12, 2011 a whopping 45% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of September 2011 56 homes sold in Novato (26 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $433,071. The average original asking price of these homes was $472,966. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $110,000 to $1,050,000. Of the 56 homes that sold, 5 sold at their original asking prices and 12 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 122 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directl...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Can Potential Buyers see the Value in your home? ~ ACTIVERAIN has the Answer" Can buyers see the full value of a property when it's for sale?  We certainly hope so...  that is definitely what we are looking for each time a for sale sign is put in the front yard.  What connects a buyer to a home?  Is it the color of a house or how many bedrooms the house has?  It's not one, two or even three things that draw a buyer in and keep them lingering...  and wanting to put in an offer.  Price and presentation are two very important factors with the sale of any home.  As it is with a car as well...  only your home is your largest investment and the one with the greatest return!  You would certainly make your car that you are selling look it best and give it a competitive price if you hope to sel...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of September 14, 2011 40% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of August 2011 57 homes sold in Novato (18 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $452,255. The average original asking price of these homes was $481,609. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $125,000 to a high of $1,075,000. Of the 57 homes that sold 3 sold at their original asking prices and 6 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 89 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general visit my website, search more around this blog or contact me directly.
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
A gorgeous, custom home in Novato with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a pool rented in August 2011 for $3500. Listed and rented by broker Christopher Barrow and rented by our leasing agent Rone-iff Carr. Thank you to the owner for listing this home with us - we've done four rental transactions together and hope to continue to do more!
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By John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area
(BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties)
All this talk about BofA Short Sales I had a Short Sale a number of years ago in Novato, CA. It was actually a pretty popular listing and had a lot of interest. I marketed it well, on Century21.com, Trulia, homes.com, Zillow, and lots of other sites. We had a lot of agents showing the home, and received a number of over-asking-price offers. The sellers selected one, and we were off to submitting the offer and all supporting documents to Bank of America. This was before BofA's Equator web site, so everything had to be faxed in. Three times. Finally received confirmation that all required documents had been received. Things went back and forth. Updated pay stubs and bank statements were constantly requested. Long waits between each request. Also had a 2nd loan to deal with. I have to give...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of August 6, 2011 36% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of July 2011 46  homes sold in Novato for an average final selling price of $528,872. The average original asking price of these homes was $570,766. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $125,000 to a high of $1,470,000. It took these homes an average of 119 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly. View from the Hilltop in Novato by Kelley Eling, Marin County Realtor  
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Home Staging Success Story - 8/2/11 I have such a passion for Home Staging and enjoy every project that I receive.  Each home I stage is customized for that particular home, the area the home is in and for the potential buyer that would be interested in the home. One of the nicest things that happen when I stage a home is when I hear back from the Homeowner and or the Realtor with a nice compliment or a kind word or two.  Recently I heard from one of the homeowners after I staged their second home.  Here is what the homeowner said.  "Linda, I just wanted to tell you that I was blown away at what an incredible job you did staging my home.  She also said, that her Realtor had her office come through the house and she had received lots of compliments about the staging.  The homeowner went ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Price Reduction - 25 Balra Dr. Novato, CA 94947 - Home for Sale -  8/1/11 This delightful 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1947 square foot home has been nicely remodeled with newer floors, cabinets, vanities, jetted tub, stainless appliances, lighting, windows and doors!  An attractive floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and breakfast room opening to living room, dining area and large backyard. The living room has a beautiful granite wood-burning fireplace with gas starter.  All four bedrooms are on their own wing and are more spacious than expected with lots of light.  The private low-maintenance yard offers space for gardening, a play area, barbeques and a sparkling in-ground pool, perfect for hot summer days!  This gorgeous home is situated on a corner lot with spectacular views and locat...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Price Reduction - 25 Balra Dr. Novato, CA 94947 Home for Sale This delightful 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1947 square foot home has been nicely remodeled with newer floors, cabinets, vanities, jetted tub, stainless appliances, lighting, windows and doors!  An attractive floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and breakfast room opening to the living room, dining area and large backyard. The living room has a beautiful granite wood-burning fireplace with gas starter.  All four bedrooms are on their own wing and are more spacious than expected with lots of light.  The private low-maintenance yard offers space for gardening, a play area, barbecues and a sparkling in-ground pool, perfect for hot summer days!  This gorgeous home is situated on a corner lot with spectacular views and located in So...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Home Staging Tips ~ What's your Opinion?" As a Home Stager many times while previewing a clients home I am asked my opinion about their home.  Home Stagers are trained to see a home with buyers eyes and are able to see things that possibly a homeowner who lives in the home might not see.  One of the questions I was recently asked was, do I need to remodel my bathrooms?  The home was vacant and was built in the 50's and had a beautifully remodeled Kitchen.  The bathrooms were in fantastic shape.. it was hard to believe their age.  They were very well cared for. In my opinion... there was no need to invest in remodeling the bathrooms.  They could be Staged to look great and the investment in staging this home would be much less then the investment in remodeling.  Here are some before and...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of July 6, 2011 36% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of July 2011 64 homes (28 of which were distress sales) sold in Novato for an average final selling price of $486,066. The average original asking price of these homes was $531,694. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $70,000 to a high of $1,350,000. Of the 64 homes that sold 2 sold at their original asking prices and a whopping 15 sold for more than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 102 days to sell. To see everything that is currently for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in the area click here. To learn more about the area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly. Dr. Insomnia'...
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By Connie Medeiros
(Distinct Advantage Real Estate)
276 San Carlos Way, Novato, Ca wil be open Sunday, July 10th from 2 to 4. Come by and see this beautiful home listed for $479,900. This home features hardwood floors and new interior paint throughout. It has four bedrooms, two baths and per public records is 1,882 square feet, built in 1965 with a 8,233 square foot lot.  To see pictures please go to my web site, www.dareweb.biz. If you can't make the open house, please give me a call, 415-513-7300, for a private showing. Connie Medeiros, Broker #00682423
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
Does your City require an inspection before you sell your home? Surprise!! Oh wait ... when you are selling your home surprises are the worst thing in the world. Imagine your home is on the market, you receive a purchase offer and accept it. Then the buyer's agent asks for the City inspection report for their review. The what? What are you talking about? Well, some Cities require a mandatory re-sale (also known as point of sale) inspection prior to the sale of a home. One such City is Novato, California. If done correctly, the seller or seller's agent fills out Novato's "Application for Residential Property Inspection and Report". The application and payment (currently $274 for a single family residence, $236 for a condo) must be received by the City before they will schedule an appoint...
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By Sylvia Barry, Marin and Sonoma Real Estate Leading Expert
(Coldwell Banker Previews International (#1 Marin_Sonoma_San Francisco_North_Bay))
This was originally posted on May 21, 2011 Novato.Patch.com While dramas are playing out on different stages, and emotions run high in Novato causing much debate and anguish among Novatans on issues related to safety, schools and the city, a handful of volunteers quietly ran one of the most successful fundraisers for Novato schools. With 257 registered riders from 16 public schools and 2344 donors; the Tour of Novato and FunFair fundraiser, held on one glorious April day, raised over $93,000 for Novato public schools! It was quite an amazing sight witnessing the excitement going on around the registration table.  Riders signing in, taking off for a fun and healthy hour or two to fundraise for their schools.  Bicycles, unicycle (one), double bicycles, bicycles with backseat and trailers;...
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By Peter Nielsen
(Marin Realty Experts)
I showed two 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath  condos in Novato (Marin County), both priced under $200,000. Both had been remodeled and had tasteful new kitchens and updated baths. One is a short sale, the other a regular market sale. One was 1116 sq.ft, the other 1344 sq.ft and both in a nice complex with lots of green lawns and trees. Both seem to be excellent values & I was surprised that they were listed under $200K. Let me know  if you'd like more info about these. Peter Nielsen, Peter@MarinRealtyExperts.com
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of June 7, 2011 a very encouraging 40% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of May 2011 42 homes sold in Novato for an average final selling price of $456,323. The average original asking price of these homes was $497,841. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $120,000 to a high of $989,000. Of the 42 homes that sold (18 of which were distress sales) 3 sold at their original asking prices and 7 sold for more than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 112 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do around in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website, ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
25 Balra Drive Novato, CA 94947 Home for Sale This delightful 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1947 square foot home has had a wonderful remodel with newer floors, cabinets, vanities, jetted tub, stainless appliances, lighting, windows and doors!  An attractive floor plan features the remodled Kitchen and breakfast room opening to the living room, formal dining area and backyard.  The living room has a beautiful granite wood-burning fireplace with a gas starter and the 4 bedrooms, on one wing, are more spacious than expected with lots of light.  The private, low-maintenance yard offers space for gardening, a play area, barbecues and a sparkling pool, perfect for hot summer days!  This gorgeous home is situated on a corner lot with spectacular views and located in Southern Novato, close to shoppin...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
"Home Staging Tips ~ Making a Connection with Buyers!" As a Home Stager I try to make a connection with potential buyers with every home I stage.  Creating an environment that allows buyer's to see themselves living in a home that they are previewing.  In one of my previous post's I talked about how using the same color throughout your home gives it a cohesive look and allows the buyers eyes and minds to rest without an emotional jolt of different colors from room to room.  You want to create a sense of peace and calmness throughout your home.  Besides color one other way is to create vignettes that tell a story or create a scene that will again let the buyers see themselves living there.  It could be an outdoor setting by the pool with some lounge chairs and a pitcher, drinking glasses...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Home Staging Tips ~ Lighten And Brighten Your Home When Selling It! Studies have shown that by Lightening and Brightening your home you can improve the value and can increase your salability.  HomeGain conducts a Nationwide Study each year on the Top 11 Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements to make that can add thousands of dollars to the sale of your home and what kind of a Return on Investment (ROI) it can make.  Lightening and Brightening came in as #2 on their 2011 Survey.  Whether it's updating your Light Fixtures or Painting a Room a Lighter Color to Lighten and Brighten the look, it will help potential buyers see themselves living in the home.  A home should feel and look Light and Airy.  It should have the feel of being Open and Spacious which will give the appearance of more Square ...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of May 6, 2011 39% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of April 2011 46 homes (19 of which were distress sales) sold in Novato for an average final selling price of $492,549. The average original asking price of these homes was $536,804. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $120,000 to a high of $1,020,000. Of the 46 homes that sold, 3 sold at their original asking prices and 6 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 104 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do around in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website, or feel free to contact ...
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