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News Releases for 2018 - 2017 - 2016

2018

Husband and wife team, Darcy and Christopher Barrow, are the co-founders and co-managing partners of Foundation Homes International in Kentfield, specializing in managing, leasing and selling Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco properties.
Mallorie Kerrigan, September 2018 Issue -  Founded in 2010, the firm has more than $100 million of long-term residential single-family homes under rental management. This year, they’re launching their nonprofit, LifeBoost Charity Fund, next year—aimed at helping people, the planet and pets. They live in San Rafael with their daughter, Scarlett, and three dogs.
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Sf Business TimesHow Marin homeowners are cashing in on their homes without selling
July 2, 2018 - In the Bay Area’s ultra-competitive housing market, Darcy and Christopher Barrow discovered an underserved niche: high-end rental homes in Marin County. The married couple runs Foundation Homes International, a property management company that specializes in single-family homes valued at upwards of $1 million that rent between $5,000 and $15,000 per month.
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Foundation Homes Study Reveals Split in High-end Luxury Rental Market
Kentfield—February 9, 2018 - Foundation Homes International (FHI) today released the results of a comprehensive study of the high-end rental market in Marin County that revealed mixed results for owners and renters of single family homes (SFH).
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Claremont Rug Company Names 50 Best of Their Type Antique Oriental Rugs Sold in 2017 With Online Gallery Exhibition
OAKLAND—January 25, 2018 - For the seventh consecutive year, eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in museum-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” has mounted an exhibition of the “Best of Their Type” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during the previous year.
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2017

82-unit San Rafael complex sold for $42.6 million
By Keri Brenner, Marin Independent Journal - A major apartment complex in north San Rafael has changed hands for the third time in nine years, signaling what could be an uptick in Marin’s already heated upscale rental market and a “trickle-down” increase in value in the surrounding neighborhood.
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Foundation Homes Offers Free Services to Families Affected by Fires
Kentfield—October 18, 2017 - Foundation Homes International today announced that it was waiving all relocation fees associated with finding temporary or permanent rental residences for victims of Northern California’s devastating wildfires.
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Decade of emerging trend now the "new normal" among collectors of art-level antique oriental rugs
July 7, 2017 - Eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” has begun to tip to his global clients that a trend which began nearly a decade ago is now a prominent feature among connoisseur collectors.
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Property ListingsA view from San Francisco
May 16, 2017 - by Jan David Winitz - An insider’s guide to the city by Jan David Winitz, an art dealer in oriental rugs. Jan David Winitz, 61, is an art dealer specialising in oriental rugs from the 19th century. In 1980, he founded the Claremont Rug Company. He describes his favourite view of San Francisco. It is from the observation tower at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. I come here often to see their collection of historic oriental rugs.
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Marin Voice: A helping hand for Marin small businesses
May 13, 2017 - Most small businesses are familiar with the U.S. Small Business Administration, primarily as a guarantor to bank or credit union funding for their loans. Less well known but a core mission of the Small Business Administration is its partial funding of Small Business Development Centers which provide no cost assistance to local, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
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2016

Marin Voice: Novato — there is more there than meets the eye
October 3, 2016 - Judging the economic vitality of a city is often more than what the statistics reveal. Nonetheless, those numbers and the research that goes into “discovering” them are part and parcel of how Novato residents judge the effectiveness of their city government and the managers and elected officials who create and administer the city’s budget.
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American BankerEx-Banker's Crowdfunding Firm Finds Its Missing Link: A Bank
September 28, 2016 - Fresno First Bank isn't interested in investing. Rather, it hopes to get an early look at prospective small-business borrowers among the companies that use Breakaway Funding to raise capital. The partnership was finalized just last week, so Fresno First cannot point to any completed deals yet, but it is hoping the assembly line will soon be up and humming. How enthusiastic is the $292 million-asset bank? It has allocated $10 million for lending to equity-crowdfunded businesses.
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Sf Business TimesCommunity bank places big bet on crowdfunded small businesses
September 27, 2016 - While many community bankers are still deciding whether crowdfunding is friend or foe, Sausalito-based Breakaway Funding found a bank willing to allocate $10 million of its loan portfolio to companies coming through Breakaway's crowdfunding platform. Fresno First Bank agreed to the $10 million allocation for small businesses ranging from startups to those with up to $25 million in annual revenue.
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Fresno Business JournalFresno First Bank to offer crowdfunding option to business borrowers
September 21, 2016 - A Valley bank is teaming up with a Bay Area-based internet company to offer crowdfunding to area business borrowers. Fresno First Bank and Breakaway Funding LLC, a securities-based crowdfunding portal headquartered in Sausalito, today jointly announced an agreement to bring the hybrid crowdfunding process for business lending to the San Joaquin Central Valley.
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Sf Business TimesCommunity bankers find unlikely ally: Wells Fargo's CEO
July 19, 2016 - Rising rents are taking a toll on San Francisco's small businesses and nonprofits trying to remain in the city. Conversations with small business owners and nonprofit leaders at Bay Area business luncheons or over coffee these days often include talk of how they've moved to Oakland and elsewhere as San Francisco rents doubled — or worse.
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Marin IJ Editorial: Economic forum’s new chief reflects focus
July 18, 2016 - The naming of the Marin Economic Forum’s new chief not only opens a new chapter for this important public/private partnership, but it also reinforces the Marin economy’s focus on building the county’s position as a center for the growing bio-sciences industry.
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Marin Voice: Life sciences — building the economic well-being of Marin
April 8, 2016 - Sometimes what’s going on hides in plain sight. In the past couple of weeks, several reports have caught our attention both because of what they pointed out and because of what they implied about the economic vitality of Marin County, now and into the future.
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Regulation CF will allow small businesses to access crowdfunding
April 4, 2016 - Nearly four years has passed since Congress passed The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was intended to expand and to ease methods of capital raising by relaxing the regulatory burden on smaller companies. One of six provisions of the JOBS Act was Title III: “Regulation Crowdfunding” (Regulation CF).
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A Basic Primer for Buying an Oriental Rug
March 4, 2016 - The term “Oriental rug” is a generic term that applies to any carpet woven by hand across the Eastern world. It includes both new production created in a wide area stretching from Romania to China, and antique rugs, the finest of which were created as one-of-a-kind art works in the traditional weaving regions of Persia, the Caucasus, Turkey and Central Asia.
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Passion and Provenance
February 24, 2016 - Having spent nearly four decades as an art dealer specializing in antique Oriental rugs, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of clients. They share my passion for collecting and deeply value the satisfaction brought by their collections, which range from classical and contemporary art to fine wine, furniture and sports memorabilia.
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New Results from fedupwithdonaldtrump.com Site Reveal Hardening, Negative Attitudes
San Rafael, CA—February 4, 2016 - More than four months of continuous polling at the website www.fedupwithdonaldtrump.com reveals that attitudes of responders are hardening and focusing in on four areas, according to Gary Tobin, who set up the site in October 2015.
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Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Names Best of the Best Antique Rugs Sold in 2015 With Online Gallery Exhibition
OAKLAND—January 14, 2016 - For the fifth consecutive year eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today opened an online exhibition of “best of the best” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during 2015.
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