Happy New Year, Marin!

by Darcy 3. January 2011 08:41

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

Agent/Owner

Foundation Rentals and Relocation

Happy Holidays Marin! Note Limited Office Hours

by Darcy 23. December 2010 06:34

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

www.foundationrentalgroup.com

Marin Relocation Packages Available for Corporate and Private Clients

by Darcy 18. December 2010 10:38

Today's homes for rent in Marin have a lot to offer a new tenant on this side of the Golden Gate bridge!  Marin County offers an easy 30-minute or less commute to San Francisco, top notch public schools, and a wide variety of outdoor activities available year round - not to mention Marin is leas than an hour from wine and spa country in Napa and Sonoma, or just over the hill from Stinson Beach.  We have no billboards, few chain stores, and a local sense of pride in our communities that's evident even as you're driving through for the very first time.  What's not to like?

Housing prices, for one.  But, as tenants ourselves here in Marin, we too have to admit that nothing in life comes free!  Selecting the right housing is one of the biggest decisons to be made in the relocation process - whether you're moving from another state or across the globe, on the company dollar or on your own.  Navigating the waters of Marin's rental market can be tricky for any new would-be resident.  The pricing on the homes can be confusing, the towns all seem to blur together, and the rental application process itself can seem downright confusing to folks who quite likely haven't rented a property since college.  Throw in the demands of a new job and the stress moving places on an entire family, and you likely realize you have a challenging rental search ahead of you.

But don't worry -  our Marin rental experts are here to help.  The team of agents here at Foundation Rentals and Relocation specialize in the Marin County rental and relocation market and while our schedules book up quickly, our services are almost available for hire.  If you are short on time or high on stress and would like an additional level of service beyond viewing just a couple properties, our custom relocation packages can be a great help, both in saving time and money.  While the majority of our clients are corporate relocation clients, we have serviced a great deal of private relocation clients as well and are happy to discuss the details anytime.

Don't worry if you don't have the budget to hire us as your relocation agent.  Viewing any of our listings is always free, and we'll give anyone an hour or so of our time with no charge - in fact, we readily offer more when we have the time!  (However, supply and demand in this busy rental market dictate our schedules and contracted services always have priority.)  For more information or to see updated rental listings please visit our website at www.foundationrentalgroup.com

We're Marin's premiere rental team and are always happy to help - call anytime! (415) 507-9600.

-Darcy Alkus Barrow, Owner Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc

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Happy Thanksgiving, Marin!

by Darcy 24. November 2010 13:17

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!

 :)

The Marin Rental Home Market Update: November 2010

by Darcy 12. November 2010 10:03

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  

Cheers,

Darcy Alkus Barrow

Agent/Owner

NEW Tenant Resource Page for Marin Rental Homes!

by Darcy 14. October 2010 07:52

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!

http://www.luxurymarinrentalagent.com/Content.aspx?pid=35538

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

--Darcy 

Marin County Ranks Among Highest Priced Zip Codes (Again!)

by Darcy 1. October 2010 06:19

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.

 

Cheers!

It's a busy weekend for Marin rentals....

by Darcy 24. September 2010 08:33

....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!

Darcy

 

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Marin Rental Market Update: First Half of September

by Darcy 12. September 2010 08:51

It's been a busy first two weeks of September here for the Marin rental home market.

My team and I at Foundation Rentals and Relocation have been running this month!  Now that school has started and the kids are settling in it appears that Marin is back on the hunt to find that perfect (and ever illusive) Marin rental home.

The hits are up on our website (www.foundationrentalgroup.com) and I'm noticing an increase in overseas visitors.  Hits are up from France, Germany and the UK and our website users are spending more time browsing rentals.  This is what we usually see just prior to seeing a spike in our relocation business. 

This weekend we had one of our agents out of town so we were a little short staffed.  The agents who were on (my husband and myself included) were running all weekend.  I have a new executive relocation client (CEO of a prominent website based in SF) I spent Saturday with, in addition to closing two rentals in Tiburon and in Fairfax.  My husband signed two leases as well (one in Larkspur, another in Mill Valley).  Our Tiburon-based rental agent Joscelyne got applications in on one of her great San Rafael listings, and last week closed on a 3bd rental home in Mill Valley and a 1 bedroom home in Tiburon.

My team and I are experts in the Marin County rental market and are happy to help anytime!  Our Marin office is open this week in Kentfield and you can reach us at (415) 507-9600.

Thanks for reading!

Darcy

Check out this new listing in Madrone Park below.  4bd/2.5ba for $4,800 - call for more info!

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Marin Rental Homes and the Death of the McMansion

by Darcy 20. August 2010 04:53

CNBC blogs today about the death of the McMansion.  So what does this mean for the Marin rental market?

The start of the blog reads:

They've been called McMansions, Starter Castles, Garage Mahals and Faux Chateaus but here's the latest thing you can call them - History.

In the past few years, there have been an increasing number of references made to the "McMansion glut" and the "McMansion backlash," as more towns pass ordinances against garishly large homes, which are generally over 3,000 square feet and built very close together.

What sets a McMansion apart from a regular mansion, according to Wikipedia, are a few characteristics: They're tacky, they lack a definitive style and they have a "displeasingly jumbled appearance."

Well, count 2010 as the year the last nail was hammered into the McCoffin: In its latest report on home-buying trends, real-estate site Trulia declares: "The McMansion Era Is Over."

Just 9 percent of the people surveyed by Trulia said their ideal home size was over 3,200 square feet. Meanwhile, more than one-third said their ideal size was under 2,000 feet.

"That's something that would've been unbelievable just a few years back," said Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder of Trulia. "Americans are moving away from McMansions."

So what does that mean for our local market here in Marin?

My team and I have noticed the trend ourselves as well in our rental listings.  Tenants these days are looking for value.  Do they still want that designer kitchen?  yes.  Do they want it along with 5,000 sq ft?  Not neccessarily.

The rental market this summer has been spotty - we've had very busy weeks and fairly slow ones.  We've rented several high end homes, but we have several more to go.

The bottom line is that a well done, well-priced home will always rent.  It's a matter how much and how quickly.  But I will have to agree that if you had asked me in 2005 if a 4,500 sq ft home presents a higher value than a 3,800 sq ft home, you would have had an enthusiastic and loud YES!  That answer today is not neccessarily going to be the same.

My team and I speacialize in the Marin rental home market and are happy to help anytime.  Call our office at (415) 507-9600 or check us out on-line at www.marinrentalgroup.com

Cheers!

Darcy

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