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We represent sellers and buyers, but not both in the same transaction. We are always Single Agents; never Dual Agents..

This site discusses the multiple listing service; historical sales prices; seller disclosures; buyer inspections; point-of-sale ordinances; property taxes; mortgage financing; real estate brokerage ..... Issues affecting home ownership such as schools, demographics .... are included; as are The Commentaries.

This site is NOT intended as a clone of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce site, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce site, and the like ..... lauding tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, cultural events, professional sports teams ..... and the like. THAT, is done well, by the Chambers and others.

Market specifics are found on the five subdomains listed above.


In 1859, the United States was a royal kingdom, with its fabled leader living in and governing from San Francisco: he was, Emperor Norton. Apparently the monarchy died with him.

The term "San Francisco Bay Area" is used to define a nine County area. The ABAG site includes a rough map of the Bay Area showing the City and County of San Francisco relative to its neighboring Counties. You can search the entire San Francisco Bay Area by City, in alphabetical order. Many have their own web page.

The ABAG 2010 Bay Area Census provides San Francisco demographics including population of 805,235, race, sex, age, housing, education ...... But the most interesting demographics site - including crime stats, earthquake activity, hospitals, Amtrak stations, people in group quarters - is

San Francisco itself is a City and County, governed by elected Mayors and Supervisors. The San Francisco home page includes the Departments for the City and County. Four which impact residential real estate are:


Marin County is composed of eleven Cities and many unincorporated areas. The Cities are: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon. For purposes of the multiple listing [MLS] system both Greenbrae and Kentfield homes and real estate are treated as if they were located in incorporated areas.

The unincorporated coastal communities of West Marin include: Bolinas, Dillon Beach, Fallon, Inverness, Marshall, Muir Beach, Olema, Point Reyes, Stinson Beach and Tomales.

With only 523 square miles it is the third smallest county in the State, dominated by Mt. Tamalpais, elevation 2,571 feet.

Marin County is currently one of the slowest growing urban counties. In 1950 its population was 85,610; in 1960 it's population was 146,820; in 1970 its population was 208,250. That was the end of any significant growth. It's 1997 population was estimated at only 245,929.

Unfortunately the 1950-1970 growth spurt corresponds to that period in American Architecture when all residential practitioners were engaged in commercial projects. Luckily a draftsman in the Midwest by the name of Joe Ranch entered a contest to design a home with the least amount of lines. He won - hands down. He later came up with the idea of putting tar and gravel on the flat roof. To this day, nestled among the beautiful hills and valleys of Marin, one can still find many examples of the classic linear style bearing his surname.

Year 2010 demographics for Marin County, from the ABAG site: population, race, sex, age, housing.

The Marin County home page includes links to the governmental departments. Three which impact residential real estate are:

* Public Works
* Community Development
* Assessor

With parcel number in hand one can locate Marin parcel maps on the Assessor's site.

The Marin County Code is online, but may not be current. Zoning is covered at Title 22. One-family Districts are covered at Chapter 22 of Title 22, including zoning and floor area ratio (which is defined at Section 22.02.285 and applied at Section 22.22.080).

All information on this site is deemed accurate but should be independently verified. In addition, some information is date sensitive.

Although I am a broker-attorney, I am not YOUR broker-attorney - YET. For specific questions and inquiries on a pending transaction I recommend that you contact the Lawyer Referral Service of your County Bar Association. For a nominal Referral Service fee you can have an otherwise free consultation with an attorney specializing in real estate, taxation, probate, bankruptcy ......

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