Happy Saint Patty's Day

by Michael 17. March 2011 04:46

Spring is almost here and Saint Patty's day is the annual marker. Over the last couple weeks we've started to see inventory pick up in several towns (though some towns the inventory still stands slim). I look forward to inventory picking up in the weeks to come now that spring is a few days away. If you're a property owner looking to rent your home now is the time to list -- Call me 415-595-0827. If you're a tenant looking for a new place to live April will be the month you probably find your new home--Call me 415-595-0827. 

If you'd like to see a listing you found on our site the best way to contact me is via email: mk@foundationrentrelo.com; OR text me @ 4155950827 

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Snow in Marin?

by Michael 26. February 2011 04:35
Last weekend we had 6-10 inches of snow on Mount Tam above 2200ft. This left all 3 peaks white, Patrero Meadows looked like Tahoe, and the roads to the top of the mountain were closed for safety by the park service. This has been happening with more and more regularity over the last 10 years. In fact, the storm that was supposed to hit on Thursday and run through today was forecast with snow down to sea level. I was very skeptical of this, but believed 1000ft to be the realistic snow level, and was looking forward to Marin's Mt. Tamalpais being covered in the white stuff more than I've ever seen. Sea Leave; 1000ft? I guess we'll never know as it is now Saturday morning and though it's very cold out, it is clear and sunny with little probability of precipitation.  

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New Listing - Unique Home on Horse Hill in Corte Madera - $3795

by Michael 17. February 2011 05:47

This 3 bed 2 bath home for rent in Marin is in Corte Madera with beautiful views of the Richmond Bridge and the San Pablo Bay! The beauty of this layout is the master suite sits alone on the top floor, separated from the other 2 bedrooms which are below the main floor. And for those who may like to be closer to their little ones the lower floor features 2 large bedrooms with an updated bathroom. Both rooms are easily large enough to function as Master Bedrooms.

This marin rental property has just undergone some TLC as part of the standard tenancy tern-over, including: steam cleaned carpets, fresh paint throughout, new slim-line radiant wall heaters, standard hot-tub maintenance, and an exterior pressure washing. 

Listed at $3795 this property won't be available for long. Available for immediate move-in. No smokers please. Pets considered for well-qualified applicants. 

 

www.1037Meadowsweet.com 

For info on all of my listings, for help listing your property for rent, and for help finding your new property for rent, call me 415-595-0827. Your friendly-neighborhood-rental-agent Michael Kass. OR visit us at www.FoundationRentalGroup.com

Tenancy Turnover in Marin - How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

by Michael 1. February 2011 07:09

Owners who are coming up on, or are at, a tenancy turnover can often benefit more than they think from a couple simple - and often overlooked - steps to help "put your best foot forward."

If you are a Marin landlord looking for new tenants to rent your property and want to make sure that you get well-qualified applicants who will take care of you property, there are a couple simple steps you can take to help ensure that you are attracting the right people. A simple, and cost-effective, way to give your property a face-lift is to give the interior a fresh coat of paint. You can take this a step further and power-wash the exterior. Also,make sure the previous tenants left you with a very clean interior, if not, spend the time and/or money to have it done professionally...this includes the carpets. Clean homes attract clean tenants.

A great recent example is my new listing at 99 Lyford Drive #43 in Tiburon: 3/2 Penthouse Condo with Panoramic Views, Hardwood floors, New appliances, and other updates. Unit available for a Feb 7th Move-In.

These owners have done a fantastic job.  They are in the middle of the turnover and have gone above and beyond to repaint the entire condo, install new tile, fixtures, and appliances, as well as making sure the previous tenants had the carpets professionally cleaned. When the work is done and the unit is ready to show the owners will have taken the necessary steps to make sure they attract the best well-qualified tenants, and fetch top-dollar for their property.

My team and I specialize in homes and condos for rent in Marin and are happy to help.  Call us anytime at (415) 507-9600 or visit us online at www.foundationrentalgroup.com

 

 

Recently Engaged

by Michael 14. January 2011 08:56

Just a quick FYI:

On Monday January 11th, 2011 I asked my girlfriend, Maggie Gimber, of two and a half years to marry me. Of course she said "Yes!" so now we're engaged to be married. We haven't set a date yet, but we're shooting for spring 2012. Couldn't be happier....she's the best woman I've ever known. (Us celebrating @ Pico in Larkspur)

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Happy New Year to Lessors and Lessees

by Michael 5. January 2011 04:11
First off let me start by saying, "Happy New Year to all." We are over the "holiday hump," or "holiday slump" if you're in real estate. It is January 2011, the temperature is cold as are the vacant houses, but hearts are warm and inventory will steadily be ramping up over the next 3 to 4 months starting now. If you're a tenant looking for a place for a February, March or April start date rest assured that you will have more and more to choose from, but don't sit idly by if you find the perfect home because as inventory grows, so does demand. Seems counterintuitive, but more and more people are looking for a new place to live in the coming months so if you find the perfect fit, don't wait, apply to rent. Property owners know this as well and thus more and more homes will come to market to fill the demand. If you're a tenant in search...give me a call. If you're an owner looking for a tenant and want representation from Marin's premier rental agency....give me a call. Michael Kass, Licensed Agent. 415.595.0827. Specializing in Rentals and Relocation services.

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Winter-time Rentals

by Michael 30. November 2010 06:18

We're 2/3rds of the way through Fall and Winter is almost upon us. It is traditionally the slowest part of the year; when inventory is down, and tenants halt their search due to the weather, the holidays, family, travel, etc. But still owners are listing their properties for rent, and tenants search for new homes to call their own (as renters of course). So call me. If you're a property owner thinking about listing your property, call me. If you are a tenant looking for a new place to call home, call me. This is what I do for a living. I market homes for rent, and place tenants in their new home. Just because it's winter doesn't mean I'm on vacation. Quite the contrary. Business is good, and I'm here to help. So call me...your friendly, neighborhood, rental specialist; specializing in the marin rental market. I just do rentals.

415.595.0827

MK@FoundationRentRelo.com

www.FoundationRentalGroup.com

 

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Living in Marin = Living IN Marin

by Michael 26. October 2010 09:14

As a native Marinite, as well as being a current resident, I am here to posit the idea to those of you who may be new to the area:

When you live in a town in Marin County you don't just live in that town, but you live in Marin. Marin is unlike any place I have ever been. Many of the towns, especially in central Marin, run together and their borders are blurred. Once you move here and start to get the lay-of-the-land you will understand exactly what I mean.

Take Central Marin for example: Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, and Kentfield for instance. Unless you are a marinite I defy you to tell me where one starts and the others stop. Because each is small in area and because they all border eachother (and share the same geographical characteristics)  it is hard to stay in one, and easy to venture across the borders of all 4 on any given day of the week to accomplish errands, to eat out, to visit doctors adn dentists, and to take your kids to school.

The point I am making is that when considering which town to live in if you are relocating to the area consider that seldom will you be relagated to the town you choose to actually reside in. You will quickly find that the borders of the towns that comprise Marin County quickly blur, and that when venturing out and about on a day-to-day basis you will find yourself travelling outside of your zip-code quite frequently.

 

I specialize in Marin rentals and relocation to the area. Call me any time: 415.595.0827

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Outdoor recreation for new renters relocating to Marin County.

by Michael 21. September 2010 15:36

Marin is a beautiful county with a tremendous percentage of land dedicated to open-space, nature preserves, and non-development. As a Marinite myself, I was drawn to mountain biking, at an early age, as a vehicle to enjoy the geography and outdoor recreation here in Marin County. Marin is touted as the birthplace of mountain biking, and for those of you who are outdoor enthusiasts relocating to Marin for work, to be closer to family, or simply for a change of scenary, Marin's outdoor parks and recreation will not disappoint you. From Mount Tamalpais, to China Camp State Park, the Marin Headlands, and Big Rock Ridge, Marin has an over abundance of fire-roads, hiking trails, and scenic vistas for the whole family to enjoy as well as the seasoned adrenaline junky. 

If you are looking to relocate and rent in a new neighborhood or town in Marin, with the convenience of being riding distance from various fire road and hiking tail-heads, consider Fairfax, San Anselmo, Mill Valley, Larkspur, and the Terra Linda, Santa Venetia, and Peacock Gap neighborhoods of San Rafael. Also plentiful with open space is Novato which grants access to Mt. Burdel, Arroyo Avichi Canyon, Big Rock Ridge, and Staford Lake as well as various other parks. 

There is no shortage of bicycle shops in Marin County either. Regardless of which town you decide to rent in there will be at least 1 bike shop. Some Marin towns have 3 or 4. This means that finding that great new bike to buy, once you move into your great new rental home, won't be a problem regardless of which bicycle brand you are partial too. And because the riding here is so awesome there are plenty of knowledgable cyclists manning the shops to give you gear advice, directions, and to keep your rig running smoothly after all the riding you'll be enjoying once you get here.    

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