Novato, CA Real Estate News

By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #2 Do I need to Stage my whole house if I am selling it? This is a question I am frequently asked.  Although I do not believe it is always necessary to stage your whole house I do believe it helps to make more of a connection and allow buyers to see the potential and purpose of each room in the home.  Buyers only know what they see not the way it's suppose to be.  With only ten percent of buyers being able to envision how things can be, home staging can help show the purpose of a room or even the size with proper furniture placement. Here is an example of a vacant room before and after home staging.  With furniture placement in this room a buyer can find it easier to see how to place their own furniture. From up above the room looks very large and wide. With home staging we are able...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
FAQ #1  What is the difference between a Staging Consultation and a Staging Bid/Proposal? I am frequently asked what the difference is between a Staging Consultation and a Staging Bid/Proposal.  They sound like they could be very similar and yet they are very different.  This question is usually asked at your first contact with a potential client and it is usually followed with another question: "How much does each one cost?". Each Home Staging Company is unique and does not always have the same business practices but this is how I answer these questions. A Staging Bid/Proposal is where I will come to the home of a potential client who is interested in Staging their home before they put it on the market for sale.  I preview the home, make notes and take pictures.  A Bid/Proposal walk-th...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of June 6, 2012 57% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of May 2012 74 homes (34 of which were distress sales) sold for an average final selling price of $530,005. The average original asking price of these homes is not available this month due to a data entry error. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $135,000 to a high of $2,050,000. Of the 74 homes that sold 7 sold at their original asking prices and a whopping 25 sold over their original asking prices. 12 of the 74 homes were purchased with cash--no loans. It took these homes an average of 90 days to sell. To see everything that is currently for sale through our MLS click here and register with me as your agent. To learn more about this area in general, search more around this blog, visit ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
With more and more homes coming on the market for the summer months it's important to make sure your home stands out above the rest. Here are five steps to present your home with a lasting first impression!  With over 90% of home buyers looking on the internet for the home of their dreams you want those online photos to attract and stimulate as much interest as possible. First and foremost make sure your house is clean, clean, clean.  (The cleaner your home is the more it shows as a well maintained home) Reduce all clutter and any unnecessary furniture (Show off as much square footage as possible. It's also a good idea to remove all personal items and collectibles.  You're moving anyway why not start packing those items now to ensure their safety while your home is on the market) House'...
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
RENTED! Beautiful large modern home in central Novato. 3500 sq ft. 4bd/3ba. Rented at $3650/month in May 2012 by agent Michael Kass. Thanks to the owner for continuing to trust our team with her Marin properties!
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of May 14, 2012 a whopping 59% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of April 2012 69 homes (33 of which were distress sales) sold in Novato for an average final selling price of $460,791. The average original asking price of these homes was $470,546. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $99,250 to a high of $1,308,000. Of the 69 homes that sold 11 sold at their original asking prices and 23 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 83 days to sell. To see everything that is for sale through our MLS, click here, and register with me (Kelley Eling) as your agent. To learn more about the area in general, search more around this blog, visit my website, or contact me directly. Marin Country Club Golf Course in Novato b...
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
    Rented March 2012, a great 3 bedroom vacation on the water for $3500 in Bel Marin Keys .  Leasing agent Rone-iff here at Foundation Rentals represented the owner for this lease.  Great job everyone working together!  And congrats to the tenants on their new home, enjoy - we're pleased to have been of service.  
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
March 2012, a Lovely  4 bedroom home for $3500 in Novato.  Leasing agent Rone-iff here at Foundation Rentals represented the tenants for this lease.  Great job everyone working together!  And congrats to the tenants on their new home, enjoy - we're pleased to have been of service.
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of April 10, 2012 an amazing 63% of available listings in Novato were in escrow. SELLERS demand is high and inventory is low. NOW is a great time to be a seller in Novato! For the month of March 2012 61 homes sold (30 of which were distress sales) in Novato for an average final selling price of $449,947. The average original asking price of these homes was $472,335. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $106,500 to a high of $1,020,000. Of the 61 homes that sold 5 sold at their original asking prices and 16 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 128 days to sell. To see everything that’s currently available for sale through our MLS, register here with my name as your agent. To learn more about this area in general, search more around t...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of March 8, 2012 a whopping 58% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of February 2012 42 homes sold in Novato (26 of which were distress sales) for an average finalselling price of $463,286. The average original asking price of these homes was $516,145. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $90,000 to a high o f$2,400,000. Of the 42 homes that sold, 2 sold at their original asking prices and 4 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 64 days to sell. To see all homes that are currently available for sale through our MLS sign in here under my name. To learn more about specific properties or this area in general feel free to contact me. Stafford Lake in Novato by Kelley Eling, Marin County Realtor
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
  Rented February 2012, a 3 bedroom home in Novato for $2375. Leasing agent Rone-iff here at Foundation Rentals represented the owner for this lease. Great job everyone working together! And congrats to the tenants on their new home, enjoy - we're pleased to have been of service.
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of February 8, 2012 48% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of January 2012 36 homes (15 of which were distress sales) sold for an average final selling price of $495,357. The average original asking price of these homes was $539,143. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $129,900 to a high of $1,455,000. Of the 36 homes that sold 7 sold over their original asking prices and the remaining 29 sold for less than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 123 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly.
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
Custom 5bd+3ba Home - Gorgeous Pleasant Valley location in Novato rented at $3950 by broker Barrow at Foundation!  
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
Another success from the Foundation Team – this time through leasing agent Michael Kass. Another well-qualified tenant in need of a rental here in Marin found us online, so Michael showed her a couple homes that met her criteria, she offered on the one she liked and the rest is a done deal. 3,300 sq ft in Hamilton rented for $3,600/month for 2 years. Good job everyone!    
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of January 9, 2012 46% of available listings in Novato were in escrow. For the month of December 2011 57 homes sold in Novato (31 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $459,619. The average original asking price of these homes was $488,253. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $112,000 to a high of $1,375,000. Of the 57 homes that sold 7 sold at their original asking prices and 11 sold over their original asking prices. The remaining 39 homes sold for less than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 128 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To learn more about this area feel free to contact me directly. Stafford Lake in Novato by Kelley Eling, Marin County ...
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
  Rented November 2011, an immaculate 3 bedroom townhome for $2895 in the desirable area of Hamilton Park in Novato.  Leasing agent Rone-iff here at Foundation Rentals represented the owners and located qualified tenants for this lease.  Congratulations to the tenants on their new home, enjoy - we're pleased to have been of service.
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of December 9, 2011 47% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of November 2011 49 homes (24 of which where distress sales) sold for an average final selling price of $454,353. The average original asking price of these homes was $482,808. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $62,000 to a high of $1,225,000. Of the 49 homes that sold 2 sold at their original asking prices and 8 sold over their original asking prices. All others sold for less than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 130 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To learn more about this area in general, search more around this blog, visit my website, or contact me directly. Grant Avenue in Novato as s...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of November 8, 2011 a whopping 46% of available listings in Novato are in escrow. For the month of October 2011 52 homes sold in Novato (24 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $435,402. The average original asking price of these homes was $464,981. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $75,000 to a high of $1,060,000. Of the 52 homes that sold, 2 sold at their original asking prices and 9 sold over their original asking prices. These homes took an average of 131 days to sell. To see everything that is currently for sale 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 me directly. Patio in the early evening at Las Guitarras in Novato by Ke...
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By Kyle Frazier, Kyle Frazier , CRS & Marin CA Realtor
(Christie's Great Estates | Pacific Union International)
Much like August 2011, Novato, CA home sales continued to surpass expectations in September 2011, which is traditionally a very slow month for closings in Marin County. Indeed, buyers continue to move very quickly on well-priced and/or unique real estate opportunities. The average sales price of Novato homes has swung wildly this year from month to month. For example, the average sale price in June was $626K. In September it was $530K. September’s trades averaged 117 days on market, were about 1,870 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $258 sq. ft. Novato’s  absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) continues to hover in historically low territory with just 3.39 months’ worth of available inventory overall (112 single family homes ...
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