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APR's Carmel Cottage Named Winner in 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt

August 1, 2017

Listing by Greg Albertson triumphs in global competition

Congratulations to Alain Pinel Realtors’ Broker Associate Greg Albertson! His listing, Carmel Cottage, has been named the winner of the 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt in the Living Large in Small Spaces category. The contest received a total of 1.1 million votes for properties around the world in various categories, including Curb Appeal, Great Estates, International Homes, Kitchen + Dining, Modern Masterpieces and Outdoor Retreat.
The Carmel Cottage’s winning features include its three bedrooms and two bathrooms, engineered, distressed Southern Maple Plank wood floors and vaulted wood-beam ceilings. The private outdoor patio, fire pit and barbecue add to the home’s useable living space. The home is currently listed for approximately $2.25 million. For more information about this listing, please contact Greg at 831-620-6109.
Read more about Greg’s accomplishments here

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Second annual coat drive helps people in need stay warm

November 29, 2016

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living in poverty. For these families and individuals, a warm coat is a budget extra they simply cannot afford. Alain Pinel Realtors® invites Marin County residents again this year to make a difference in their neighbor’s lives by donating coats and dollars during our upcoming coat drive!
Alain Pinel Realtors® is working again with One Warm Coat® to collect clean, gently used, warm coats to support the coat drive program, between November 30, 2016 and January 30, 2017. The process is simple: you drop off your extra coat(s) and Alain Pinel Realtors® takes care of the rest. All donated coats will be given to a local agency for distribution to local children and adults in need. Our goal is to collect 300 coats during our coat drive!
Clean, gently worn coats can be dropped off at the Alain Pinel Realtors’ Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Ross and Tiburon offices any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day (excluding major holidays).

“For more than 20 years we have been working to provide a warm coat to anyone who needs one. We are so thankful for our many coat drive ambassadors, like Alain Pinel Realtors® who volunteer their time, resources and energy to help their neighbors in need. Together, we can reach our goal of warming one million people each winter, one community at a time!” commented Jennifer Stockard, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Warm Coat.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Since its inception in 1992, One Warm Coat has worked with its volunteers to give away over four million coats.

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APR Names Joanne Zavlaris as Career Development Director for North Bay

September 14, 2016

Alain Pinel Realtors, the nation’s sixth-largest real estate brokerage, today announces the promotion of Joanne Zavlaris as its new career development director for the North Bay. In her new role, Zavlaris will oversee career development, training, mentoring and coaching for both new and experienced APR agents in San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin and other parts of San Francisco’s North Bay area.
In addition to her time as a Realtor, Zavlaris has more than 20 years experience in corporate and real-estate professional development and training in both the Marin and San Francisco markets.
“Throughout Joanne’s career she has built a reputation as an effective coach and mentor. Her market knowledge, experience and ability to relate to others are just a few of the skills she will bring to this new role,” said Rainy Hake, COO of APR. “We are thrilled to apply Joanne’s knowledge and experience to our training team, and we look forward to the positive results ahead.”
Most recently, Zavlaris served as the company’s office administrator and assistant sales manager for the company’s San Francisco-Buchanan office.  She received an English degree from San Jose State University and holds industry certifications including Interwise and Spin Selling.
“Joanne adds a unique combination of years of hyper-local real estate market expertise and exceptional training skills to what is already one of the strongest training teams in the industry,” said Bard Williams, vice president of Training at APR. “She will help APR continue to offer the best possible training experience for our agents.”

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Unique Santa Rosa home featured in Architectural Digest

June 15, 2016

The view from the deck is just one exquisite feature of this modern gem.
We think there’s something enchanting about the partially subterranean home at 1472 Cougar Lane, Santa Rosa—and Architectural Digest agreed. Gary Tucker, protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, built this modern yet cozy home as his private residence, integrating it into the into the green hills all around.
Read more and scroll through the breathtaking photos over at Architectural Digest.
To listing contact agent Lance Fulford and see even more photos, click here.

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February 12, 2016

Continuing to lead the real estate market as the fifth largest brokerage in the U.S. based on sales volume and the largest privately held real estate brokerage in California, Alain Pinel Realtors® (APR) today announces its 2015 transactions topped more than $12 billion for the year, exceeding the company’s 2014 transaction numbers by more than $1 billion.
“Twenty-six years ago we revolutionized the practice of real estate in California. What we achieved in 2015 demonstrates our continued leadership of the market,” said APR President, Founder and CEO Paul L. Hulme. “Alain Pinel Realtors remains the gold standard for professionalism and integrity in real estate by employing outstanding professionals and continuing to innovate with cutting edge technology, creative marketing and best practice tools that have been central to our success since 1990.”
With hundreds of millions of dollars transacted across each of the company’s 33 offices in 2015, four locations differentiated themselves by exceeding $1 billion in transaction volume in their individual markets, including:

  • Menlo Park with $1.726 billion
  • Los Gatos with $1.28 billion
  • Los Altos with $1.275 billion
  • Palo Alto with $1.219 billion

“Our international reach and affiliations with luxury networks, including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio®, have distinguished Alain Pinel Realtors among the world’s most discerning buyers, sellers and investors,” noted APR COO Rainy Hake. “It’s that reach and reputation that provides our clients with a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home in key markets within Northern California. We continue to grow our business because our agents are sought by those looking for the finest service and properties in the state of California.”
Adding to APR’s record-breaking transaction volume in 2015 was the company’s investment property arm, APR Investment Group. The group ended the year with more than $290 million in closed transactions through the acquisition and divestiture of its clients’ investment properties that include multi-unit apartments, office buildings, retail centers, industrial properties, hospitality facilities and undeveloped land.

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How can you tell when a property is overvalued?

February 2, 2016

Matt Tenczar
San Jose – Almaden Valley

Question: How might Warrior arena in Mission Bay affect our real estate market?
Answer: My initial response: “Is there such a thing in the Bay Area?” Consider Santa Clara County, where only 545 single-family homes and 171 condos/townhouses are actively for sale and the average home sells at 102 percent of its list price. Is it possible there might not be such a thing as an overvalued home? I often tell buyers when they ask me if a home is worth it that if it isn’t today, it will be tomorrow.
Having said that, the question remains how do you tell if a home is overvalued. It turns out there really is such a thing in the Bay Area. When looking at the statistics of home sales, the average home takes 35 days to sell, so that means not every home sells in one week and receives multiple offers that are hundreds of thousands of dollar more than the list price. So how do you tell? If you are a buyer, you start with looking at the days on market.
Any home on the market for more than 30 days possibly has something wrong with it, and whatever the “it” is, the price will be part of it. Homes that have been on the market for a long time sell for a lower price. So I would define an overvalued home as one that’s been on the market without receiving any offers for more than 30 days.

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