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January 2019
January 2019

When it comes to selling your house, it’s a lot easier to catch the big repairs than to see the small details. But buyers notice it all, and even one squeaky door can signal issues to them. Here are a few last-minute, easy tweaks that make a big difference.

Clean/replace blinds ($5-15)

Dirty blinds are an eyesore, and you can easily clean them with a damp cloth. Broken blinds are easy to replace, and make a huge visual difference. Even knotted-up strings, missing ...



December 2018
December 2018

One by one, local cyclists shared their stories on Tuesday evening about how illness, age or disability prevented them from enjoying the activity they’d come to love over decades in some cases — that is, until they bought an electric bicycle.

Fairfax resident Larry Stratton was one attendee who spoke at the Marin Municipal Water District’s public forum on e-bikes at the Corte Madera Community Center on Tuesday. The district is considering revising its e-bike prohibition on the Mount Tamalpais ...



October 2018
October 2018

 

Marin Home Prices, Market Conditions & Trends 

A Comprehensive Guide to Home Sales & Values


October 2018
October 2018

BY CAT OVERMAN

Thought that all-white kitchen was timeless? Think again.

Home design trends come and go — and in 2018, one look that’s on its way out could actually cause your home to sell for less.

Here’s a look at five design trends you’ll be seeing more of in 2018, and three it’s time to kiss goodbye (especially if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to sell your home).

Trending in 2018

Floral prints

Interior design experts predict floral prints in bold, contrasting colors will make ...



October 2018
October 2018

BY ERICA SOOTER ON 24 AUG 2018

Low on square footage? Don't sweat it — a small space is an opportunity to get clever.

Got a small space in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to get creative with your furniture arrangements? You’re not alone.

Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space.

1. Thoughtful paint choices

Choosing the right paint color for your ...



September 2018
September 2018

It's back-to-school season, and for high school kids, that means back to worrying about test scores and perhaps the looming specter of college applications. And at some Bay Area high schools, the standardized test scores are among the strongest in the state.

Annual data released by the state Department of Education in July revealed which public high schools had the highest percentage of students meeting the state targets for SAT scores.

The statistics measure how many students who take the ...



September 2018
September 2018



By rhalstead@marinij.com | Marin Independent Journal
PUBLISHED:  | UPDATED: 

Marin County will soon be implementing a “just cause” housing ordinance designed to prevent landlords from evicting tenants without a good or just cause.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed county staff to prepare optional forms of the ordinance for consideration at an upcoming meeting. The three supervisors backing the ...



August 2018
August 2018

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Is student loan debt the next bubble? How does it affect the housing market? Read all about it in this in-depth PDF guide- FREE click the link

"The U.S. currently has a student debt load of $1.4 trillion, which accounts for 10 percent of all outstanding debt and 35 percent of the non-housing debt. "

Click to access the ...



August 2018
August 2018

Due to the booming tech sector and strong foreign interest, northern California continues to lead in the luxury price growth across the U.S., according to a Realtor.com report released Thursday.

On May, 19 out of the 91 major U.S. markets Realtor.com tracks posted double-digit price growth in the luxury segment, which is defined as the top 5% of the sales in each market.

Six markets in northern California made the list: Santa Clara (14%), Santa Cruz (13%), San Mateo (13%), Sonoma (10%), San ...



August 2018
August 2018

20. Albany High School
Down nine spots from last ranking
Academics score: A+
Teachers score: A+
Clubs and activities score: C
Diversity score: A
College prep score: A+
Health and safety score: A- Photo: Natasha Dangond, The Chronicle

Photo: Natasha Dangond, The Chronicle

Most public schools in the Bay Area will re-open for the upcoming school year at the end of the month, and ranking and review site Niche has released its analysis of the best public high schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The rankings are based on "rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users."

In addition, Niche ...



July 2018
July 2018

Zephyr MarketTracker Market Insights | Recent Sales | Local News Median Sales Price Avg. Days on Market # Homes Sold % List Price Received $1,412,500 36 722 103% Recovery, and Then SomeSince the economic decline in 2008, the Bay Area has come back strong. This month, we’ve included the Case-Shiller Index. This value rated index compares the sale prices


July 2018
July 2018

SFGate team- Updated

After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 12,000 Bay Area residents found themselves displaced permanently or temporarily. Of those whose homes remained intact, many were temporarily without water, electricity and phone service.

In order to prepare for a major earthquake, SFGate has compiled a list of supplies the American Red Cross recommends you keep on hand.

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WATER

-- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink ...



July 2018
July 2018

The Marin traffic study showed that 72 percent of trips were within the county and 24 percent were to or from the county. Pass-through traffic accounted for the rest. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal

The Marin traffic study showed that 72 percent of trips were within the county and 24 percent were to or from the county. Pass-through traffic accounted for the rest. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

Much of the traffic in Marin is from residents traveling within the county, according to a study using data collected from mobile devices that will be reviewed by the Transportation Authority of Marin later this month.

The agency ...



July 2018
July 2018

By Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal

 

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The property at 500 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley has been approved for residential and retail development along one of the city’s busiest corridors. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)
The property at 500 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley has been approved for residential and retail development along one of the city’s busiest corridors. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

 

Mill Valley residents are crying foul over a proposal to build 28 condominiums in place of a previously approved, but never built, nine-unit complex.

“I thought nine was a lot, but ...



December 2017
December 2017

How long do appliances last? It depends on the type and the brand

From Household stuff, a Flipboard magazine by Billy

Whether you’re buying a home or just thinking about replacing an appliance, it’s always smart to know how long that expensive piece of…

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