Waterfront Oasis in Burrows Bay

Anacortes , WA – Enjoy the best of Northwest living in your beautiful architectural waterfront home. Situated on a private ¾ acre setting, this amazing property features cathedral living room windows that frame beautiful sunsets over Burrows Bay and breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands. The extensive use of natural materials provides casual luxury; 2 master suites plus 3rd bedroom and flex space makes entertaining easy. Private stairs to the beach, a community dock down the street, and only 70 miles from Seattle make this home the perfect island getaway yet no ferry lines to contend with! I invite you to watch this fabulous property video by clicking the link below, you won’t be disappointed.

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10th Annual Bark in the Park – Anacortes

Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.

As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be  at the Storvik Park starting at 10am.  There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.

As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.

So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!

Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2014

25th Anniversary

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is celebrating its 25th year anniversary! Unlike the 2013 Anacortes Waterfront Festival, this year they added even more music and entertainment.

This fun filled weekend event will have activities for everyone including: car shows, art shows, community dance, boat shows, milk carton derby, boat building demonstration, remote controlled sail boats, guided walking tours, music, lots of food and FREE boat rides!

A Formation Flyover by the BlackJack Squadron will be included this year in honor of D-Day and the 25th Anniversary.

It is going to be a beautiful weekend in Anacortes so gather your friends and family and plan your day at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Skagit County.

See you there!

June 7 & 8, 2014
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

A Slice of Paradise!

A Special Beach Cottage in Anacortes, WA

This slice of Paradise is the perfect waterfront beach cottage in the San Juan Islands but is located in Anacortes with NO ferry commute! Launch a kayak or sit on driftwood and watch the Blue Heron fish while the Bay washes your cares away. An open floor plan allows for view enjoyment of the serene sunrises and tranquil sunsets and a large wrap around deck makes it perfect for entertaining friends. Just a couple of blocks from Golf Course. This magical well maintained bungalow by the bay is move-in ready.

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Shoreview lots

Come build your dream home in Shore View Estates: beautiful lots with amazing views of Skagit Bay, Whidbey Island, and the Olympics. Lot 1 Shorewood Heights Lane .84 acres – $159,000 Lot 2 Shorewood Heights Lane You will love the peace and quiet in this remarkable setting and easy to build on lot. This is fee simple with water, power, and sewer in the street.  The sunsets are breathtaking! Close to the historic town of La Conner, WA known for art galleries, great restaurants, and old town historic charm.

Off-Putting Property Traits can Stop a Sale!

Don’t Surprised by Home Buyers’ Feedback

Buying a new house is an exciting experience. Often, the anticipation of moving into a new home, decorating it and making it your own, can result in disappointment when the realization hits that a problem with the building was overlooked prior to the home purchase. This is why great care has to be taken when viewing real estate with the intention of buying a home. Don’t rely on friends or a family member in the construction business.  A property should never be purchased without a professional structural inspection having been carried out.

The above is advice to a potential buyer, however, what if you are selling? What will put off a viewer and  might make a house difficult to sell?

Common factors that put-off prospective buyers have to do with dirt or neglect noted during an open house walk-through. For buyers, the image of a home with little pride taken in its appearance in one area can lead them to think that there are more serious problems that are not visible in the structure of the home. Other common buyer “turn-offs” include; dirty windows, poorly-lit rooms, missing or cracked tiles,  wooden floors that are uncared for, hand print on walls, stained grouting in the bathroom, scratched appliances, and signs of dirt or dust.

It is good to pay attention to curb appeal, keep the lawn mowed, flowerbeds weed free and the walkways pressure washed.

One of the most common homeowner situations needing immediate attention is plumbing problems.

Plumbing issues are some of the most serious that a homeowner can face. They are also very difficult to spot during a walk-through. Plumbing issues can be relatively minor, such as leaking interior or exterior faucets, or caulking and waterproof sealants that need to be replaced. Other problems, such as a hot water heater breaking down, sewer lines backing-up, or a septic tank needing pumping, are more expensive to take care of and will lead to a great deal of inconvenience as they will take time to fix.

Plumbing status should be a topic during an open house walk-through, with information about any regular plumbing service, ( Jim Dandy Plumbing in Seattle ) that has been used in the past and information about any major fixes should be made available to the buyer.

It may seem unconnected to plumbing issues, but finding out if any major construction has taken place on the nearby roads, as well as if any large trees have fallen within the last six months or so, can hint at hidden problems within the water supply and drainage system. The impact vibrations from heavy objects or construction equipment can have a detrimental effect on septic tanks and water and sewage pipes.

If you are wondering what your home is worth in today’s real estate market, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes/Skyline Real Estate Market Update

Looking Ahead to 2014…

I am often asked about the real estate market outlook for 2014.  Overall, I expect an even better real estate market than 2013 in Skagit County but whether or not you benefit, will depend on your circumstances. Here are my predictions for Skyline and Anacortes based upon numerous articles I have read from national and state economists, real estate specialists, national builders, mortgage lenders, and the other agents across the country.

1. Interest rates will stay low but will be slightly higher than they are now.  This will impact first time home buyers the most and anyone who is looking to leverage.

2. If the economy continues to improve in Western Washington, more homeowners in the greater Seattle area will be able move into our area and either telecommute or retire.

3. The second home market is in the infancy phase of a recovery as it is always the last phase of the market to recover.  We have just started to see second home activity, but those buyers will be more cautious than in years past.

4. 2014, like 2013, will be a year of short inventory in many market segments.  We experienced an inventory shortage especially in Skyline.  In 2014, I expect many Skyline homeowners will feel they have recouped enough of their equity and will decide to sell. Competition for these homes will be new construction so condition and staging the home will be more critical than ever (I provide free staging services for my listings).

5. Most Skagit County foreclosures are behind us so there will be fewer appraisal issues on homes in escrow than in 2013.

6. Our population will increase but the number of new homes in Anacortes will be less than the population increase.  We continue to see an increase in multi-generation living as kids can’t find jobs and senior citizens live with their children to help both parties benefit economically.

What does this mean for you if you are considering selling?   Please call Jean Groesbeck for a free no obligation market analysis and to discuss strategies for achieving top dollar for your home.

If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter, which gives a detailed breakdown of market stats by price, please call (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Your Anacortes Skyline specialist!

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Beautiful La Conner View Home

16735 Chilberg Avenue  La Conner

Enjoy stunning sunsets over Skagit Bay & the Islands on one of your decks from this remodeled move-in ready 4 bedroom home!

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Minutes to historic La Conner & Shelter Bay & a half hour to Everett, this exceptional .39± acre oasis has lots of garden space, sport court, garden shed & and beautiful trees. A like-new home with bamboo floors, radiant heat, new kitchen/baths, luxurious carpet & 2676± sf open floor plan for flexible living with the latest in design features. Oversized garages have lots of room for shops.

For more information on La Conner real estate or homes/lots for sale in La Conner, please visit LaConnerLiving.com, or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

It’s Not Just Location, But Also Supply & Demand

All Anacortes home sellers want the most money for their home within the shortest time frame possible. How do you know what the right price is to set on your home?

Some real estate agents use the assessed value of the home as a basis for value. The assessed value of your home is not necessarily today’s market value. For example, Skagit County home values are only based on a drive-by viewing done once every four years!

What if you remodeled the interior of your home? Or added a room to your home? What if a neighbor’s tree was removed, improving your view? Or a neighbor’s tree now blocks your view? All of these have dramatic impacts on price.

Home staging also impacts the appeal of your home and pricing. Are you willing to do some staging? Staged homes sell for a higher price, and in less time… that is proven. That is why we offer all of our sellers free staging consultations.

Recent home sales impact the value of your home, but only if the right “comps” are used. If your home is a one level home, only one level homes should be used as “comps”, since one level homes cost more to build. Only homes of a similar age should be used. If your home has been completely remodeled, then the “effective year built” could be used to determine the right comps to use. However, if only the kitchen was remodeled and the rest of the home is dated, then the actual year built is what should be used with an adjustment for the remodeled kitchen.

Current inventory of homes for sale with your amenities is a critical factor to consider, as is the absorption rate (how many months of inventory are on the market) and whether the inventory is growing or shrinking. The market price of real estate is always based on supply and demand. Prices were highest in 2005-2007 when demand exceeded supply. From 2005-2011, we saw shrinking demand, excess inventory, and therefore low prices. 2012 was a transition year. In 2013, we are experiencing a varied market with some market segments a buyer’s market and some a seller’s market.

When doing a home value analysis, it is also important to compare homes with similar floor plans, close to your location, and also know how to make adjustments for difference between homes. How much money you have put into your home does not always increase the value of your home. For example, if your home is in Anacortes and your neighbors with the identical home converted one bay of their double car garage to a family room and you have a two car a garage, your home is probably worth about $10,000 more, even though your neighbor has more money invested into his home.

The real estate market has shifted. If you are considering a move, this is an excellent window of opportunity to sell because we are low of inventory and the pent up demand of buyers is being felt with active sales in most price ranges. If you are thinking of selling your home in 2014, please call me today to discuss what you should be doing now be to be ready.

Timing is everything! Please call if you would like a complimentary, no obligation, market analysis. Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734