Happy New Year, Marin!

Homes for rent in Marin never sleep and our team certainly learned THAT this holiday season as we negotiated deals on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  Now THAT is what I call a full service rental company!

As things wind down from the holidays and folks get back to listing or searching for rentals in Marin, the rental team at here at Foundation is ready to go.  We have exciting new programs planned for 2011 - look for updates starting in March.

In the meantime, continue to visit our website for always up-to-date rentals in Marin: http://www.foundationrentalgroup.com/

(And let's enjoy the winter sun while it's shining this week!)

Darcy Alkus Barrow


Foundation Rentals and Relocation

January 3, 2011 07:41 by Darcy
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Happy Holidays Marin! Note Limited Office Hours

With so many homes for rent in Marin - even we can't bring ourseleves to take FULL time off!  But please note our Kentfield office will be closed December 24th through January 1st. 

Our agents, however are still available on varied schedules by advance appointment!!! 

Please just call or text our mobile numbers and allow time for a call back.  You can also try the team assistant, Dan, at (415) 246-5347.

We are taking time off to spend with our families and hope YOU are doing the same!

Happy Holidays, Marin!

The Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation


December 23, 2010 05:34 by Darcy
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Happy Thanksgiving, Marin!

From everyone here on the Marin rental team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation, we're wishing you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


November 24, 2010 12:17 by Darcy
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The Marin Rental Home Market Update: November 2010

The leaves are turning, the heat is on in our house and the rental market in Marin is gearing up for the last push before the holidays hit.  The rental team and I here at Foundation Rentals and Relocation in Marin have been scurrying to bring our new properties to market and wrap up our tenant clients and their searches so everyone can be settled before Thanksgiving weekend.

What does this mean for you and your rental in Marin?

If you're a tenant looking for a rental in Marin you have two choices right now: hussle up or sit tight.  If you need to move I'd advise doing so sooner rather than later.  In the rental business we often have a very busy late fall rental season, so while you may believe you are the only one looking this time of year, the hits on our website are still high and our phones are still ringing, which means Marin's tenants are on the hunt.  So hurry up and find your rental before all the good ones are gone this month! 

On the other hand, if you do not have to move, sometimes waiting until we are past the holidays can help you find a better deal.  The 4-6 weeks after Christmas are usually fairly slow for rentals in Marin, so if you're a tenant the middle of winter is the best time to negotiate a sweet deal. 

If you're a landlord in Marin, now is the time to check your prices and fill your vacancy.  Has your home been sitting on the market for more than 45 days?  If so, you're running a longer than average time on the market.  Ask yourself, have you done everything possible to market your home?  Do you have great photos?  Do you have a website?  Are you readily available to show the property?  If the answer is "no" to any of these questions you may want to consider hiring an agent (hint: US!) or upping your marketing plan.  The winter can be a slow time for rentals in Marin - make sure you find a great tenant before this holiday season!

My team and I specialize in the Marin rental market and are happy to help: visit us on-line at www.foundationrentalgroup.com  


Darcy Alkus Barrow


November 12, 2010 09:03 by Darcy
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NEW Tenant Resource Page for Marin Rental Homes!

Did you just rent a home in Marin?  We get a ton of questions from relocating tenants wondering where to look for local resouces.

Well here you go!  Our top recommendations for everything from the best gym to the best vet to local flower delivery!


My team and I specialize in the Marin rental home and are happy to help.  Call our rental office or visit us online anytime: (415) 507-9600


October 14, 2010 06:52 by Darcy
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Marin County Ranks Among Highest Priced Zip Codes (Again!)

Feel like the price of Marin rentals is expensive?  How about taking a look at the price of our real estate! 

This year, 94920 has ranked (again) as one of America's most expensive zip codes.  Yahoo! Real Estate article http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/americas-most-expensive-zip-codes-2010.html said this week that Belvedere Tiburon ranks Number 8 in the country's most expensie zip codes.

What does this mean for the Marin county rental market? 

Well...the same thing it always does.  Yes, our rentals are expensive.  Sure an $8,000/month rental seems expensive - and don't get us wrong, it is! - but the cost of carrying that same home were you to take out a mortage would be much, much higher.

This fall looks to be a nicely balanced rental market, so we;re excited to get renting!

My team and I specialize in the Marin County rental market and are happy to help anytime.  (415) 507-9600.



October 1, 2010 05:19 by Darcy
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It's a busy weekend for Marin rentals....

....as we approach the end of the month let's enjoy this beautiful weekend weather and rent some houses!

We have a gorgeous lease option rental available in Peacock Estates on the golf course for $7,500/month (www.632biscayne.com) and a 4bd in Mill Valley with a perfect layout ready to go for $4,800 (www.70madroneparkcircle.com) . 

 Good luck out there everyone!



September 24, 2010 07:33 by Darcy
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JUST RENTED! Marin Rentals and Relocating Tenants

At the Marin Rental Group (our new DBA for those following the recent name changes as we start our own brokerage for Marin rentals!) we love our relocation clients!  I had the pleasure of working with a great couple this month who are relocating back to California from the east coast.  They were torn between choosing a Kentfield rental or a Mill Valley rental property - I told them you're not really going wrong with either choice.  Both Mill Valley and Kentfield offer excellent public schools.  Both offer reasonable San Francisco commutes.  And both towns have great local options for the kids: parks, playgroups, and recreational pools.

The deciding factor for this family came down to their long terms goals.  Ultimately, they want to buy a home in Marin after their other home sells.  And they don't want to have to change the kids' schools when they do find their "forever" home.  So what does that mean for their Marin rental search?  They wanted to rent in the town where they were more likely to buy.

And that makes a lot of sense!

There are several pieces of advice I give our Marin relocation clients: 

1) Address the budget.  Even when renting, with the high price of real estate in Marin you are not likely to get as much rental home here for your budget as you might think.  Consult a local rental agent early on so you have an idea of what to expect when you arrive.

2) Be realistic.  You're renting.  And you're doing so for a reason.  Tenants tend to lease Marin rentals because they are in transition: maybe you're waiting for your old home to sell.  Maybe your money is tied up in a new business venture.  Maybe you're uncertain if you will like living in a certain area.  The point is, you're renting and you won't be in your Marin rental home forever.   So once you have your budget set, get ready to compromise.  Sure, a gourmet chef's kitchen may be ideal, but what is most important?  Is it the daily commute?  Is it being able to walk to town?  Maybe a large, level yard is ultimately going to be more important to your day-to-day happiness than having that showcase kitchen.  You're not going to get everything on your wish list, so it's important to take time to think about what are really the features you can't live without.

3) Think long term.  What are your ultimate goals?  If you have kids, it is wise to follow in footsteps of my July relocation clients and consider your Marin rental home in the school district you plan to be in long term.  Even if the Marin rental you end up in is not "perfect" - your long terms needs may need to outweigh your immediate ones.

My team and I are local rental agents and we specialize in Marin rentals!  Call our Kentfield office anytime: (415) 507-9600.  www.marinrentalgroup.com/  Relocation tours, consultations and customized options available.


July 23, 2010 07:23 by Darcy
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What's for Rent in Marin County this Summer?

The Marin rental market is a constantly moving target: one minute we're slammed with an onslaught of tenants needing to move now, now, now...and then next we're making calls to our owners to give the "no-update-update".

So which is it this summer for Marin rentals?

Time will tell.  We had an unusually strong May and a very busy June, but so far July is a little quieter than we thought it might be.  My guess is that a lot of local families are taking summer vacations this year that they may have held off on last year.  Or maybe we saw the pent-up demand from last year's very slow summer hit early this year.

Or maybe we're about to get slammed again....!  I just don't know yet which way the market is going. 

What I do know is that Marin rentals move in distinct patterns, and if history is any indication, this summer we are about to see rentals in Marin go up in price and down in availabilty.  So tenants, if you're out there looking, take advantage of this random slow week in what has been an otherwise bustling spring/summer and make your offers!

And Marin rental owners, if your home isn't renting, the market may be out of your control, but there are a number of things that are not.  Clean your properties, tidy your yards and improve your long term rentals!  Great rentals attract great tenants - and no matter what is for rent in Marin - that never changes!

My team and I at Foundation Rentals and Relocation are local agents who focus on leasing Marin rental homes, Marin condos and Marin apartments for rent: call us anytime with questions!  (415) 507-9600.


Good luck!


Below is an excellent 4bd + office home just listed for rent in Mill Valley priced at $7,900.  Chef's kitchen and over 3,600 sq ft!  Should go pretty quickly.

July 14, 2010 12:49 by Darcy
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HOT HOT HOT: the Marin Rental Market is Back!

What a difference a year can make!

The Marin rental market so far in 2010 has been one whirlwind after another: we're renting homes before ever bringing them to market.  We're getting multiple applications.  We have about reached our capacity for taking on new tenant-clients becuase we have so many who want our help!   Gone are the days when a property would languish: priced properly, our listings are flying off the market.

Ok, so "flying" is renting within 30 days, but still, compared to the 90+ days great homes spent on the market last year, 30 days is flying!  Still, homes must be priced properly.  A dated- 1970's home can rent quickly, but it needs to be priced at right price point.  We're still not seeing the skyhigh numbers of 2004 - 2007, but rents are up, demand is up, and we are running trying to keep up with everything.

So, Marin Landlords, If you have a home that is not renting despite this hot market, take a look at what you are asking.  Have you actually seen any of the homes in your neighborhood for rent?  What did they actually get - versus what they asked?  Be realistic - if you have 80's tiles and scuffed up floors, is it realisitc to ask the same rent as that brand new home down the street? 

Likewise, Marin Tenants, if you're looking for that well-done, 3 or 4 bedroom home in central to southern Marin close to town with a nice yard and have a $4k to $6k budget, be prepared to pay asking price and be ready to jump on a home you like...we did!

My team and I specialize in the Marin rental market: call us anytime at our Marin office (415) 507-9600.  Good luck out there!   Darcy

May 1, 2010 04:58 by Darcy
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