I'll admit that going into the purchase of my first home, I didn't really see the point of using a real estate agent. What with the internet and all it has to offer, I thought there was a chance my wife and I could tackle it ourselves. How very wrong I was, and how very lucky we were to find Kira and David Swaim of Tam Realty.
First and foremost, these guys know real estate. We were successful in every offer we put in through them (some below asking, don't worry!) and we ended up in a wonderful house. They were also 100% in it all the way through deal closing: David has inspectors that can look at just about everything, contracts were reviewed, banks were consulted, a title officer was chosen, they simply do not miss a thing.
They also seem to know just about everything there is to know about Marin and this is what really sealed the deal for me. Moving up here from the city seemed daunting, they helped us find a neighborhood that was a fit, that had great schools and met our needs.
You simply can't get this package from the internet. You are unlikely to get it with some other bozo agent. If you're looking to move to Marin, Tam Realty should be your first call.