The Mission & The Values

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The Mission

We help results-driven landlords of $1mil – $4mil+ homes in Marin County who want to make more money with their rental and avoid problem tenants by delivering performance-built property management and watching the bottom like like a CFO….So you can focus on what’s really important:

Living the landlord life (as we say,”toes-in-the-sand”) for personal and financial freedom. 

And that, my friend, is what’s known as real estate’s Unfair Advantage.

We’re a Fit For You If You Are Looking For…

1:1 Attention

The oldest management company in town isn’t always the right one: the number one reason clients come to Foundation Homes is our impressively low client:staff ratio and resulting personalized service. (We are not your mother’s property management company.)

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Anyone can (and will!) claim great service, but not everyone can execute it. We retain and serve our clients by evaluating your unique goals and meeting or exceeding your expectations. We work with properties on a one-on-one basis, versus putting you through what we call the “property management machine”. We know that all properties are different (especially single family homes) and have their own unique set of requirements. Our ultimate goal is to protect the asset, as well as your bottom line.

Results in Your Market

We’re hyper-focused in who we serve: $1mil – $4mil rental homes in Marin. Some property management companies handle everything: HOA’s, different types of apartment buildings, lower-end properties, etc, or stretch their employees thin by taking on every listing that comes their way.

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We focus on higher-end, single family homes in Marin and select properties in San Francisco and Sonoma. We know the ins and outs of this unique segment of the market; we know what increases your profit, and what puts you at risk. Our founders have been providing distinct rental services in the local market since 2005 and we use this experience to position your property competitively, so you can get the best possible return for your distinct property.

Uncompromised Screening

Are you looking for The Secret Sauce to Tap Into Top Tier Tenants? We began as a luxury “leasing only” agency, and as such developed exceptionally high qualifying screening standards – probably the highest in the area – with a 99%++ success rate.

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Plenty of real estate agents or agencies offer leasing or property management, but if they don’t specialize in higher-end management, important details will get missed and – especially when it comes to screening and lease preparation – they can inadvertently cut corners that cost you money and expose liability. We don’t. We have strict qualifications for national or international tenants who want to lease from us, and we employ a detailed two-point checking system to verify every piece of information required. Our lease is lengthy and detailed. We believe in uncompromising honesty and integrity in every single transaction that we make on behalf of our property owners, and we’re here to protect your asset every step of the way.

Meet The Clients:

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Only Experiences On Our Mind

“We have only experiences on our mind, we leave the details to the experts.” –Glen V, Client in Mill Valley.  Photo taken in Switzerland, climbing the Via Ferratas (photo credit GlenVPhotography)

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Saved Us a Ton of Money and Headaches

“We have been working with Foundation for almost a year now and the experience has been absolutely wonderful. Christopher, Darcy, Michael, and Victor are always available, and their knowledge, expertise, and all around professionalism is truly a breath of fresh air. Michael had saved us more than once when we were in a bind and needed a good, quality company to fix an issue with our home, and this has saved us a ton of money and headaches. Not only is Foundation great at what they do, they are decent, real people. Keep up the great work!” – Sean Terheyden

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All Time Best Decision

“I managed the property myself for a few years, it was horrible, I had to evict my first tenants and had rent payment problems with the next, who left the house a wreck. That is when I searched for a management firm, after talking to Michael Kass, I was sold on using Foundation, and it has been one of my all time best business decisions.

Meet The Team

Christopher Barrow

Christopher Barrow

Broker / Co-Founder

Darcy Alkus Barrow

Darcy Alkus Barrow

COO / Co-Founder

Kandise Varvil

Kandise Varvil

Client Success Manager

Michael Kass

Michael Kass

Senior Portfolio Advisor

Victor Mitrani

Victor Mitrani

Senior Portfolio Advisor

Diane Dee Marotta

Diane "Dee" Marotta

REALTOR / Leasing Strategist

Shawn Walker

Shawn Walker

Broker Associate / Leasing Strategist

Mojib (Mo) Aimaq

Mojib (Mo) Aimaq

REALTOR / Leasing Strategist

Josephine Valderas

Josephine Valderas

Leasing Administrator

Sheila Lang

Sheila Lang

Operations

Sharon Alkus

Sharon Alkus

Accounting Coordinator

Darling Garcia

Darling Garcia

Client Concierge

Adrian Gutierrez

Adrian Gutierrez

Maintenance Coordinator

Cecilia Contreras

Cecilia Contreras

Resident Services

Giving Back

A portion of commissions earned each year by The Team at Foundation Homes goes to support local charities, with an emphasis on non-profits supporting children and animals without homes in Marin County.

A groom carrying his bride Our team is an annual supporter of Marin Foster Care Association’s Dance-a-Thon (Have you seen our dance videos!? Come dance and raise awareness with us each year!) and Blues-n-Brews, where Darcy serves an Advisory member of the MFCA board.

Additional philanthropic efforts include an Annual Feeding America campaign over the holidays, with donations made in our clients names, The Marin Humane Society, Sparkle (a non-profit in Novato serving single mothers), Adopt-a-Family Marin, multiple educational initiatives and many more.

Areas We Serve

  • Marin County
  • Mill Valley
  • Tiburon
  • Kentfield
  • San Rafael
  • Larkspur
  • Corte Madera
  • Sausalito
  • Belvedere
  • San Anselmo
  • Greenbrae
  • Ross
  • Fairfax
  • Novato
  • San Francisco
  • Marin County
  • San Francisco County
  • Orange County
  • Mill Valley
  • Tiburon
  • Kentfield
  • San Rafael
  • Larkspur
  • Corte Madera
  • Sausalito
  • Belvedere
  • San Anselmo
  • Greenbrae
  • Ross
  • Fairfax
  • Novato
  • San Francisco
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Performance Built Management for Results-Driven Investors.

 With over $1 Billion in homes served since 2010, our experienced team understands the seasonal markets, up and down economies, the price points, the tenant pool, as well as the local vendors and contractors needed to help your investment thrive.  How can we help protect your property today?

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ADDRESS

Marin Office:
925 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Suite A, Kentfield, CA 94904

CONTACT US

Marin Office: (415) 507-9600
Book a Showing: (415) 484-1940
Fax: (415) 520-0805
Email: Contact@FoundationHomes.com

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