Archive for January, 2006

New ethical duty to disclose non-confidentiality of offers

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Beginning January 1, 2006, REALTORS® representing buyers have an ethical duty to advise their clients that sellers may not treat offers as confidential. More specifically, when entering into a buyer agreement, REALTORS® must advise potential clients of “the possibility that sellers or sellers’ representatives may not treat the existence, terms, or conditions of offers as confidential unless confidentiality is required by law, regulation, or by any confidentiality agreement between the parties.” 

As a point of clarification, California law generally does not require the existence, terms, or conditions of offers to be kept confidential by either a seller or a listing agent representing the seller exclusively. However, parties may voluntarily enter into a confidentiality agreement. 

What a difference a year makes!

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Over the past year Marin had changed from a strong Sellers Market to a Neutral or Buyers Market.  At the start of 2005 over 50 percent of the homes on the market were in escrow.  By the end of 2005 the number changed to 30 percent. 

What do these numbers mean?  Generally accepted definitions are: 

  • Buyers Market < 25% of listed homes in escrow 

  • Neutral Market 25% – 40% of listed homes in escrow 

  • Sellers Market >40% of listed homes in escrow 

Marin Real Estate is now in a more “normal” market, one that does not favor either buyer or seller.  This is good news for buyers who can now look around a little before jumping in and at the same time, overall prices are holding so sellers are doing okay too.  Obviously, specific towns and homes are exceptions to these rules.  Call me if you want to know the specifics for your home or town. 

Does buying in a school district mean your kid gets in the school?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Those of us with children usually take into consideration the schools and their ratings when purchasing a home.  What you may not realize is some schools don’t have the capacity to take all new students that want to enroll. 

In San Rafael, Glenwood Elementary School, one of the top rated in Marin, has reduced their kindergarten enrollment from 80 last year to 60 students this year. This change has to do with classroom capacity, not a change in direction.  Glenwood residents have first grabs at the open spots but if more than 60 show up even residents children will have to go to a different school.  If you don’t live in Glenwood your chances for transferring you child look bleak this year. 

About

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Warren Carreiro

WARREN CARREIRO
 

Acting as a trusted advisor with a strong knowledge of schools, communities, housing inventory & negotiation skills insure client needs are foremost.  Regular contact and keeping all parties apprised of the buying and selling process helps create a smooth transaction with a minimum of stress.  He is backed by a team of Mortgage Brokers, Title companies, and one of Marin’s oldest and most respected Real Estate Brokers;  Frank Howard Allen Realtors. ¼br />  Warren has lived in Marin County virtually his entire life, is locally educated at Redwood High School, College of Marin and Dominican University. His network of Realtors and residents helps him learn of homes before they come on the market. He is a member of the Marin Association of Realtor, California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. To assure he is abreast of current market conditions he tours hundreds of homes a month.
 One of his greatest assets is the wealth of business experience he is able to utilize for his clients benefit.  He has years of professional selling experience as a commercial insurance broker.  The time he spent as a professional contract negotiator for the Global Broking department at Marsh and McLennan has proved invaluable when negotiating for his clients.  His experience as a technology manager helps him utilizes technology for his clients’ interest.
 

He builds his business on valuing client’s needs, friendship and communications.  He never makes a buyer feel rushed and takes the time to determine their wants and needs.  For sellers the goal is to sell your home for the best price in the least time.
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Hello world!

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Welcome to the Marin Real Estate Blog.  I hope you find this of interest.  Please send me your thoughts so I can post them in this Blog.

Warren Carreiro

warren@TheMarinRealtor.com 

http://www.TheMarinRealtor.com

 

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Ties To Abramoff Haunt NorCal Rep. Doolittle

Friday, January 13th, 2006
California Republican Rep. John Doolittle secured a coveted spot in the House GOP leadership partly on the strength of his ties to Tom DeLay. And he called lobbyist Jack Abramoff a good friend.