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When do Homes Come on the Market??

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When do new homes hit the market? This is a question we get all the time. We also get a whole lot of speculation about holidays and special events and their relationship to people's readiness to list their homes for sale. So we wanted to share some stats to really get to the bottom of this equation. In Marin County, the general rule of thumb is that the most new homes are listed for sale during the Spring and Summer months and this is because of weather patterns and  kids being out of school, making it easier to make family moving transitions during this time. So let's take a look at the numbers. The graph below shows the number of homes for sale and new listings per month from the past 5 years in Marin County. Pay particular attention to the blue line for number of new listings. You'll notice since 2015 the new listings hit a low each December, hovering a bit below the 100 mark. Then they ramp up around March and April, with a peak above 350, then dip down in mid-Summer li

Thorne Home Team - 2020 Sales!

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2020 ... So much to say about this past year. But with regard to real estate, it was busy! We are so proud and thankful to have been a part of 21 sales, and nearly $27 million in sales volume. We are living through a time when everything "home" is vitally important and we take that responsibility to heart.  We feel for every person who has been affected by COVID-19, whether it's physical health, mental health, work, financial, relationships, or otherwise. We have had clients grappling with many aspects of this pandemic, and we hope to have provided a little light, warmth, and comfort during these trying times.  Thankfully, we have also seen many positive shifts over the past year. Many of our clients were able to move as a result of being less tethered to a desk chair. Less traffic, fewer commute hours, cleaner hands, more time with family, decluttered homes, more thoughtful live/work spaces, and a chance to slow down for a bit to really consider the important things in l

I'm LGBTQ - What is the Best Way to House-Hunt?

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As members of the LGBTQ community, we have come a long way! Housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in many states, including our state of California. And while this is wonderful progress, it doesn't necessarily mean all members of the LGBTQ community feel safe and comfortable doing things like pre-qualifying for a mortgage and previewing homes with real estate agents. Naomi and I are a married lesbian real estate team. But we began house-hunting as an unmarried couple in 2011 Los Angeles. I remember the feelings of awkardness and discomfort. There was a lot of "Are you sisters?" and "Which one of you is buying?" forcing us to come out of the closet over and over again, watching the reaction of stunned individuals. At this time, gay marriage was not yet legal, so we filed a domestic partnership to receive the benefits of purchasing property together. And in general, it just felt like real estate professionals d

Thorne Home Team's TOP 3: Delicious Marin County Burrito Spots

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There's plenty to do in Marin, from spending the day at the beach to hiking on Mt. Tam to hanging out in the downtown shops in one of Marin's many quaint towns. And with any of these activities, you'll need to eat at some point while you're out and about. Our favorite thing to do in Marin is work up an appetite with a long walk in Larkspur and grab lunch at our favorite walkable burrito spot, Burritoville. Here are a few of our favorite tried and true taquerias in Marin County. 1. Burritoville Cafe : This has been a family favorite of ours for over 20 years! As a Redwood high school student, I spent plenty of my time here. And Naomi and I hope our son will have plenty of childhood memories here as well. The menu has plenty to choose from, but my personal favorite is the kids pinto beans, cheese, and rice burrito with a side of their mild salsa. It's the perfect size and perfect proportions. Their seating area is cute and authentic with an awesome train track

TOP 3: What You Need to Know Before Buying a Home in Marin

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Are you thinking about buying a home in Marin County, CA? Of course you are! Marin is not only one of the most beautiful places in the world, but the people are friendly, community-oriented, and open-minded. What could be better? Once you've decided to make the move, here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Affordability : Marin is expensive, so it's important to know which area . If you've heard about Bay Area real estate, you've probably heard about the housing shortage, multiple-offers, and buyers paying enormous amounts of $$$ over the asking price of the home. These are the realities of our market, and as a buyer, it's best to have this information up front so that sticker shock doesn't send you barreling elsewhere. The prices are high, but also keep in mind that people are willing to pay these prices not only because it's worth the daily benefits of living in Marin, but also because the appreciation is high. It is not uncommon for us to hea

How Do You Know When to Break Up With Your House?

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You're wondering if it's time to break up with your house and get back out there. You still love your house, but it might be time to assess whether you're still IN love with your house. You have a couple major compatibility issues, and if you've been considering a break-up, there may be something to it in your heart. Consider the qualities of your home. What are its best qualities? What are its worst qualities? Make a simple pros and cons list and be thorough. The best way to see the big picture is to write it all down in plain sight. Are the negative qualities fixable? Are they fixable, but too expensive? Maybe you love your home enough to invest the money. Let's look at an example:   In this case, there is a lot to love about this home! That said, the cons involve location, and feelings of being isolated. So while these homeowners may love their house, it may be worth breaking up for a home in a more community-friendly location with better schools for th

House-Hunting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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SF Chronicle Article - Thorne Home Team Photo by Ramin Rahimian [ This post was written before the Shelter in Place order was imposed on March 16, 2020 ] We’re certainly living through a scary time. All of our normal daily lives have screeched to a halt, from working remotely to not attending get-togethers to not shaking a new friend’s hand. We’re all on high alert and for those of you who are in the middle of house-hunting, you’re probably wondering exactly how to proceed with your search. Should you still go to open houses? Should you attend showings with your agent? Should you just look online? In real estate, we should apply the general guidelines set forth by the experts - social distancing, washing hands, and staying home when we are displaying any symptoms of the illness. According to the World Health Organization’s website, symptoms of the Coronavirus include “respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.” If you are feelin