"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

- Cheshire Cat
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I recently read about a first-time buyer who intended to purchase a home online without an agent for the purpose of "saving money". While we don't experience this in our highly competitive markets of Marin or San Francisco, it did expose the confusion surrounding agent commission.


Agent commission is paid by the Seller. It is negotiated between the Seller and his/her listing agent at the time the listing agreement is executed. The listing agent is obliged to share this commission with the selling agent who brings the buyer to the table.

A buyer attempting to go it alone, would not only be left unrepresented in the most costly transaction he or she may ever make, but would forfeit his/her agent's share of the commission to the listing agent. There would be no money "saved" but rather a listing agent collecting a full commission and a high probability of buyer money lost immediately and in the near future.




WITH just 130 homes for sale in Marin last week we are amid an unprecedented inventory shortage! This is resulting in multiple-offers with three recent sales exceeding LP by $620K, $830K, $912K.

  • Median Sales Price: $2.0m+
  • Only 14 homes under $1.0m (11%)
  • 43 homes over $3.0m (33%)

Most Expensive Area: Belvedere
Greatest Price Increase: Sausalito
Most Affordable Area: Novato

Please reach out if you would like a Comparative Market Analysis of your home. It would be my pleasure to prepare one for you.

**SFAR MLS data


24 Shadow Creek Court
Fairfax, CA

6 Bedrooms/3 Full Baths/1 Half Bath
Approx. 3,700sf

Sited on 1+ level acre* backing up to open space


An impeccably upgraded Craftsman home located within the prestigious gated community of Shadow Creek (consisting of just 12 homes). Grow your own organic vegetables in this tranquil setting spanning over an acre of flat terrain at the end of a private cul-de-sac in one of Marin's only gated communities. Adjacent to world-class hiking, biking and horse trails with the majestic Point Reyes Seashore and the iconic town of Stinson Beach just a few miles to the west.

Plans submitted/awaiting approval for ADU and pool.

Contact Isabelle for Buyer Representation/Private Showing.

T: 415.533.2332

*Per tax records


$29,935 - Avg. home price Mill Valley, 1965

$1.938m - Avg. home price Mill Valley, 2021

Realizing a $1,908,065 positive return on investment over 55 years, Marin real estate proves to be a powerful wealth-building vehicle.

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I am here to help you navigate all things real estate. Whether you are selling your home, interested in a complex investment exchange, a first-time home buyer or charting a move across country, I will ensure your experience is an exceptional one. Through our vast Global Relocation Network, I can connect you with an excellent agent anywhere in the world.

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Isabelle V. Laub
Cell: 415.533.2332

Your trusted Real Estate Professional
specializing in Marin and San Francisco

When purchasing real estate, be sure to work with an Agent to represent and protect your interests during one of the largest purchases you may ever make. Commission is paid by the Seller, inherently structured and agreed to in the listing contract set forth between the Seller and the Seller's representative, the listing agent.