The First Step If You Are Thinking Of Buying A New Home

If you are thinking of buying a new home in Anacortes or any real estate in Skagit County, your first step is to contact an excellent competitive lender that has a good source of loan options. That way you know not only the price range you should be shopping in but the type of property you can purchase.

We recommend Mortgage banker, Eileen Hebert, with Bank of the Pacific for Anacortes Real Estate Loans.

Eileen Hebert Bank of Pacific

Eileen’s banking career spans 25 years, including business development, management, underwriting, loan origination, processing and exceptional customer service. Born and raised in Washington State, she has worked in the Anacortes area since 1998.

Skilled in Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, Portfolio and HELOC loans, she also enjoys construction loans that help clients build their dream home. Eileen finds helping build a home from foundation to finish is extremely rewarding.

Eileen says, “I’m excited about the opportunity to work for the Bank of the Pacific because I can offer trusted solutions to the Anacortes community and meet local real estate financing needs.”

Eileen is an Anacortes Chamber of Commerce member, Hospice of the Northwest Committee Chair and a North Puget Sound Association of Realtors member. In her free time, Eileen enjoys boating, crabbing, fishing and walking the “loop” at Washington Park with her husband of 25 years, Mike, and their 2 teenaged children.

Bank of the Pacific has over $640 million in assets with 17 branch locations, serving Grays Harbor, Pacific, Skagit, Wahkiakum and Whatcom counties in Washington and Clatsop County in northwest Oregon. The Bank offers retail services, commercial banking and residential mortgage origination in all these markets. Bank of the Pacific is a member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. More information on the bank is available at their website

801 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA 98221
Direct: (360) 293-9982 Office: (360) 588-9383 Ext. 3131 Fax: (360) 588-9385
Email: NMLS #: 624028

Once you know what type of loan and the price range that works for you, contact full time Anacortes Real Estate professional Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734. Or you shop all MLS listings on line at your own pace at

Let us know when you are ready for help either buying or selling your Anacortes real estate.

Is clutter making your home look messy and chaotic?


Living in a cluttered home is not only overwhelming but it can also impact you and your family’s quality of life. Clutter and chaos can contribute to an atmosphere of stress and anxiety in your home. Here are some tips to help declutter your home, simplify your life and re-gain control!

1. Slow Down: Don’t try to organize your entire home in a day! You will more likely become frustrated as the day goes by. Try to spend one hour a day organizing a room. You can even break it down further and spend a few minutes organizing a small space like a cluttered desk or counter. By completing one task a time you will have a visible progress and feel motivated to do more!

2. Designate & File: Correspondence & papers are the most common causes of clutter in a home because we place them everywhere – kitchen counters, desks and dressers. Designate a spot for them in your home. Create some folders with labels and file your bills & other important papers. This way you will always find them when you need them. Recycle what you don’t need! In a few weeks you will see the big difference this will make.

3. Get rid of things: Once you have decided what area to “attack” first, grab a couple of boxes or containers and keep them next to you. As you are clearing the area, throw in the box anything that you don’t need. Use one box for trash and the other for donations. If you have a sweater that you have not worn in 3 years, it is time to donate it. If you have a pile of magazines you haven’t flipped through since 2001, recycle them.

4. Avoid Distractions: Set aside a specific day and time to start working and commit to your task. TV is your biggest enemy, turn it off.

By following these steps, your home will not only be safer but healthier as well. A clean and clutter-free environment can help eliminate stress, falling risks and significantly reduce allergies in your home. So what are you waiting for? It is time to take control of your home.

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New Year… New You!

January 1st is a day of new beginnings… The beginning of the New Year is a time most of us make resolutions on what we want to change or improve in our lives for the coming year. Unfortunately, it is very common to get side tracked and forget about our resolutions as the year goes by. Here are some tips to help you actually keep those goals for this year.

  • Think small: Contrary to popular belief, smaller goals will give you a greater chance of success. If your goal is to lose weight, commit to having a healthy lunch and exercise 2 days a week. Achieving smaller goals will get you closer to your big goal.
  • Have a plan: Write down what it will take to achieve your goals. Specify what needs to be done and when. This plan will be the “map” to follow to achieve success.
  • List the pros and the cons: Make a list of pros and cons for each goal and keep it somewhere visible. Whenever you need help, this list will get you motivated to keep going.
  • Track your progress: Keep a calendar to track your progress. It is easier to stay motivated when you see your progress. Don’t forget to celebrate each milestone!
  • Don’t be shy: Share your goals with your family and friends. This way, you will have the support from others who will hold you accountable if you get side tracked.
  • Be nice to yourself: Don’t panic if you fail on a particular day, it’s OK! Simply re-evaluate your plan and get back on track the next day.

This is your year, and like they say, it is easier to start a new habit than break an old one. What are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating and start the year with a positive attitude!

We wish you and your family a very happy and successful 2015!

Jean Groesbeck & Associates

Veterans Day -Thank You!

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to the men and women who serve or have served our great Nation. Thank You for the sacrifice, Thank You for being brave and most of all Thank You for protecting our freedom.

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th and it pays tribute to all American veterans who served our Nation honorably. The brave men and women who protect our country come from all aspects of life; they are family members, friends, neighbors and active community members.

Here are some interesting facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

Did you know?

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).

(Information courtesy of

The Port of Anacortes will be having a Veteran’s Day Ceremony tomorrow, November 11, 2014 starting at 10:45am at the Transit Shed. Enjoy local music, light refreshments and local Veteran speakers.

Don’t forget to say Thank You to all those brave men and women who serve our country.

Boost the Value of Your Home

Thinking of selling soon? Right now is the perfect time to start looking for ways to increase your home value. We are not talking about major renovations, those are expensive! Did you know that small tweaks here and there can help boost the value of your home? Choosing which improvements to make is not always an easy task and a lot of times homeowners believe that a huge remodeling project is the way to go. The truth is small and inexpensive fixes throughout your home can go a long way.

Buyers always picture themselves living in the home they are looking at, so make the first impression count. Buyers start making up their minds even before they go through the front door so make sure your front door is clean. Sometimes a simple wipe can dramatically change the look of the door. If the door knob looks worn out, replace it with a new one.

Dirty carpets will give the impression that the home is not well maintained. Consider investing in a professional carpet cleaner to instantly revive your home overall look. Look around your home for clutter! Cluttered areas can make a room look small and uninviting.  Get rid of the clutter and open up some space in your home.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and buyers usually spend more time there. It is still considered the most important room in the house so make sure it looks clean. Remove clutter on the counters for extra space. Also, easy fixes like replacing the sink faucet or replacing the cabinet and drawer handles can give your kitchen and instant updated look.

Bathrooms are the second most important rooms in a home. If your toilet is looking old, replacing the seat can make your toilet look brand new. Also, consider applying fresh caulk around the tub, it will instantly make it look spotless.

Although it may sound obvious, many homeowners forget about curb appeal. A nicely mowed lawn will quickly make your home more noticeable. Remove unwanted weeds and trim trees and shrubs to open the views and make the home brighter.

Finally do an overall home walk through. Any leaks? Any light bulbs that need to be replaced? Are the walls clean? Gutters in good condition? Furnace working properly? Buyers want ready to move-in homes that are in good condition. Investing in small repairs and maintenance now will not only add value to your home but it can also help to sell your home faster when the time comes.

The real estate market has improved and home buyers are back! Are you are wondering what your home is worth? If you are thinking of selling, please contact us for a complimentary market analysis in our service areas.

Is your home ready for winter?

Now that fall is officially here …. it is time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Sure it may seem like a drag but in the end it will help you lower your utility bills and keep your home in good shape for years to come! Here are some easy tips to winterize your home and protect the value of your house:

1. Check your home heating system – Consult a professional to make sure your system is clean and in good shape! Also make sure that all vents are opened an unblocked so that the heat can distribute evenly. Act soon… an inspection will be less expensive than having repairs later down the road.

2. Scan the roof of your home - Check for any signs of damaged shingles or cracks on the roof and repair them immediately. Also,check for any cracked seals around the chimney and vents.

3. Clean the gutters – If gutters are full of leaves and debris, water can back up and potentially cause damage to the roof and siding of the house.

Arvin cleaning the gutters in our office

4. Check for drafts – Caulking and weather-stripping any leaks around windows and doors will help you lower your heating bill this season.

5. Inspect the chimney – Consider having your chimney professionally inspected before the first cold night of the season. This will ensure that everyone at home will enjoy a cozy fire all season long.

6. Turn off exterior faucets- In cold weather water left in the pipes can freeze. Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the remaining water from the faucet. Avoid waking up in the middle of a cold night to a broken pipe.

Congratulations you are officially ready for winter!

Protect your investment…your home might be worth more than you think!

* If you would like to contact Arvin at Arvin’s Pressure Washing and Window Cleaning, please call (360) 941-6973*

If you have any real estate questions please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734

Beautiful and Spacious Home in Anacortes

Open kitchen and dining room

Spacious home in Anacortes ready for you to move in NOW! 2307 42nd Place in Forest Hills subdivision features a soaring wall of windows that spans 2 stories and is filled with views of your large private backyard backed by a greenbelt. Main level living includes a remodeled kitchen with flawless slab granite and slate back splash. The island is great for entertaining guests plus the dining room is right next to the kitchen. The large living room has vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace. Four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths make this home ideal for a family of any size. Approx. ½ of lower level unfinished for you to personalize. Media room? Shop? Guest suite? Exercise room? the possibilities are endless. 4 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths – 2,662 square feet.  $400,000.

Call or email Jean Groesbeck to see this beautiful home in Anacortes today!

What is Halloween Without a Pumpkin?

Paulina is having a great time choosing the perfect pumpkin!!!

Halloween is just around the corner and there are still a lot of pumpkins in Anacortes and surrounding areas waiting to be transformed into art! Here are some tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin:

  • First and foremost…Please avoid accidents when working with children; you can never be too careful! They should be supervised at all times and more so when handling sharp objects.
  • Choose a big pumpkin! The bigger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve, especially when carving with little ones.  Stay away from pumpkins with bruises or mold as they will spoil quickly. Bonus Tip: Lighter colored pumpkins tend to be easier to carve.
  • Draw or print the pattern of choice on a piece of paper. This will help you visualize the final product and make changes before its too late. Use small scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving. This site has great templates! Click here
  • Start carving! A serrated knife works best for carving pumpkins. Store bought pumpkin carving knifes are the best, but any serrated knife will work. It’s easier to carve the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top, plus it’s safer to place the pumpkin over a light source rather than lowering the light (like a candle) into the pumpkin. Cut off any bumps so the pumpkin will sit evenly.
  • Remove the seeds. An ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Don’t throw them away! Toss the seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 min at 300 degrees. Voilà! Roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Prevent mold and dehydration. Cover the carved areas and interior of pumpkin with petroleum jelly. Another thing you can do is add a table spoon of bleach to a regular size (24oz-32oz) spray bottle filled with water. Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture.

A carved pumpkin will only last for a week at the most, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin a few days before Halloween. Have fun decorating your home and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Looking for a bright, spacious home in Anacortes? – Skyline

We are kicking off this week with one of our featured listings in the lovely Skyline neighborhood in Anacortes.

This one level home in Anacortes is in impeccable condition and ready to move in! This home is positioned strategically to take full advantage of the fresh bay breeze. The low maintenance front and back yards perfectly compliment the natural surroundings. Oversized windows across the living room and dining room allow the natural light to brighten the home. Relax next to the fireplace or have a delicious meal while enjoying the Skyline Marina views. The gourmet kitchen is open to the dining and living rooms and is also positioned to take advantage of the views. Top of the line appliances, polished granite counter tops, Maple cabinets and designer lighting give this kitchen the perfect elegant look. The large master suite features a lovely master bathroom with dual vanity sinks, spacious step in shower plus a jetted tub! The walk-in closet includes custom built-in shelves for additional storage space. The guest bedroom can double as a second master suite with its own full bathroom. Outside, the large 2 car garage is fully insulated and has built-in floor to ceiling cabinets and a work bench. The detached outbuilding is also insulated and perfect for an art studio, hobby room, workshop….possibilities are endless.

If you are thinking of buying and your wish list goes something like this: “I want a QUALITY ONE LEVEL home with open floor plan, lots of windows, a kitchen with room for 2 cooks, large master suite, guest suite w/private bath, & den. The home needs to be like new, spotless, and move-in ready. Neighbor’s homes need to be well-cared for but I want low maintenance landscaping, and be close to the water, beaches, and Washington Park. A detached outbuilding would be nice as I want an art studio. Oh and can we get a water view in this price range?” this is your home!

Call Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 for more details or for a private showing today!!

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Open House!!! 4017 W 4th St. Anacortes, WA – Friday October 17th, 4PM-6PM




We will be hosting an open house  Friday, October 17th for one of our featured home listings in Anacortes. Come and see this beautiful, ready to move in home in Anacortes. This charming home in Anacortes is in impeccable condition with new paint throughout! Got stuff? This home features an amazing 1088+/- sq ft  3 car  detached garage with roll up industrial doors and built in shelves! Love gardening? store everything neatly in the garden shed on the back patio. Enjoy this one level living home with spacious and bright interior. Cozy up by the wood burning stove next to the living room or relax and read a book in the light flooded family room. The newly remodeled ample kitchen has an eat-in bar and includes refrigerator, dishwasher, glass cook top and a brand new (never used) double oven. The cheery dining room is just across from the kitchen for effortless guest entertaining. Three bedrooms, 1 and 3/4 baths and a huge utility room that doubles as a mud room make this the perfect home for you! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this lovely Anacortes home! Join us tomorrow Friday, October 17th from 4pm to 6pm at 4017 W 4th St. Anacortes, WA.

Call or email Jean Groesbeck for more information.          Click here to see the full listing!

Directions: From Commercial, west on 12th St onto Oakes Ave. Turn left on Anacopper Rd, left on W 4th St. The house is the first on the right at the corner of Anacopper and W 4th St.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE OPEN HOUSE:   Please call, text or email a private showing at your convenience.