Spice up your home this Valentine’s Day

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Do you ever wish you were one of those people who have elegant home decor for every holiday and season?   Would you like to make your own home look beautiful and festive?  Here are 4 easy yet tasteful ways to decorate your Skagit County home for Valentine’s Day this year… and beyond!

Fresh Flowers

Roses are the first flowers that come to mind when we think of this holiday for sweethearts, but any flowers will add to the beauty of your home on Valentine’s Day, or any day.  Fresh flowers add a lovely natural scent to your home, as well as livening up the indoors during the winter season.

Original Art

Made by you!  Many people are intimidated when they think of making art, but you don’t have to be a master painter to make something attractive to hang on your walls or adorn your mantelpiece.  There are a plethora of tutorials out there for making your own quick and easy, yet beautiful artwork for your home.  Making your own art is creative and affordable, and if you’re feeling the art bug, you can even create a rotating or seasonal gallery!  Try searching Pinterest for ideas.

Create Coziness

Lighting tastefully placed candles is one of the easiest ways to create a cozy ambiance for a room. There are all kinds of colors, sizes, and scents to choose from, but simple white candles or unscented candles can also be lovely.  Whatever you choose will be a testament to your own style and charm.

Add a Splash of Color

Try adding an accent pillow or throw to your couch or plush chair.  Use the holiday as an excuse to change things up and make things feel like new in your home.  You don’t have to go wild with reds and pinks.  A few items here and there will be all you need to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.

A combination of all of these easy things will go a long way toward giving your home a fresh look, even beyond Valentine’s Day.  We could all use some new art, fresh flowers, a splash of new color, and some cozy candles to help us get through the rainy season.

For more tips, please call, text or email us today and let us know how we can help!

 

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2015 was a Home Run year for Skagit County

2015 was a great year for real estate in Skagit County.

Take a look at our 2016 Winter edition of Real News! We will tell you why 2015 was a “Home Run” year for our market and we will discuss if the real estate market in Skagit County will continue to improve in 2016.

Interested in market statistics for your area? Let us know! we will gladly share the information with you. Call, text or email us today!

 

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Is The Price Right?

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If you are thinking of selling your home¬†this Spring in Anacortes or Skagit County, one of the most important aspects to consider is pricing.¬†When a potential buyer is looking for a property, they want to get the best possible value for their dollar.¬†This doesn’t mean that a home should be priced too low, but it does mean that knowing how to price your home is a must. Here are some tips on how to get the right price for your home right from the start.

Know The Value

Regardless of whether you are in a buyer’s market or seller’s market, it is important for every seller to know the actual value of their home. A home appraisal can be helpful in this situation. You will be able to choose a listing price that does not exceed the home’s value.¬†At the same time, you will know how to react to various offers that a potential buyer may make.¬†If you can select a price that is affordable to a range of buyers, you may receive multiple offers, thereby sparking possible competition among the¬†interested parties.

Do Your Homework

The asking price that you choose should not be based on an appraisal alone, but rather a combination of factors.¬†One such factor is that of recent selling prices for comparable homes in the area, known as ‚Äúcomps.‚Ä̬†Important comparisons include construction year, square footage, views (if applicable), interior upgrades and additional features that make the home unique.¬†While you’re doing research, check out current listings and the asking price for each home available in your area.

Set A Realistic Timetable

In researching the sale price for other comparable homes in the area, you should also note the length of time a particular house has been on the market.¬†Some homes practically sell overnight, while others may remain on the market for months without being sold.¬†If you want to sell your home quickly, you should consider this when setting a price.¬†A bargain will obviously move quicker, but it’s important to make enough from the sale to feel good about your choice.¬†If you aren’t in a hurry to close, talk with your REALTOR¬ģ about a fair starting price that’s at or near the appraised value of your home.

Ask Your REALTOR¬ģ For Advice

While you hold the key, so to speak, to your house’s actual asking price, most sellers will ask their REALTOR¬ģ for their opinion.¬†After all, real estate is their business and they will be working with you through every step of the process.¬†If you choose a REALTOR¬ģ that you trust, give great consideration to the advice they offer.

Remember, pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to getting it sold quickly and at the best price!

If you are thinking about selling your home this Spring anywhere is Skagit County, please give us a call. We will gladly do a complimentary market analysis for your home and let you know how much your home is worth in the current market.

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Does Landscaping Add Value to Your Home?

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Photo courtesy of BigSkyLandscaping.com

Whether you live in a condominium or a single-family house, landscaping can certainly make your home easier to sell. But will attractive landscaping add value to your home?

Potted plants, freshly edged green lawn, and weed-free garden areas will make your home more attractive and appealing. The more appealing the home or condo, the more marketable it is and the faster it will sell.

Well-manicured landscaping helps frame other elements of curb appeal. It is considered a value-added feature because it helps create a positive first impression. While landscaping can add some value, you can almost always get a return on your investment in decks and patios. As decks have become more desirable, their resale value has continued to increase.

In the yard and garden of your single-family home or in pots on your condo deck or patio, use plants, trees, and other landscaping elements freely to make your home more appealing and help you sell it more quickly when the time is right.

So the answer is YES, landscaping¬†adds¬†value to your home or condo. It will definitely be¬†the “wow” factor that buyers look for when¬†buying¬†a home. Remember, the more appealing the outside of a home is, the more desirable it will be for buyers.

If you are thinking of selling this spring or have any questions on how to get your home ready before selling, please call, text or email us. We are always happy to help.

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

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Ways to SAVE During Tax Season

It’s that dreaded time of year when your taxes need to be done.  But this year you might have something to look forward to.  Did you know that if you purchased a home in 2015, you could be eligible to get some tax breaks?  Whether you paid cash for your home or financed it through a mortgage, read on to find out how you could benefit from your home purchase last year.

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DEDUCTING MORTGAGE INTEREST

Great news!  All that interest you paid on your mortgage over the year could be tax-deductible.  For some homeowners, interest paid can yield a significant tax-break, and even more so in the early years of paying toward your loan.  This applies whether you pay interest on a condo, boat, mobile home, or RV used as a residence with sleeping, cooking and toilet facilities. Talk to an expert to see if you meet the requirements.

REAL ESTATE TAXES

You can also deduct taxes based on the assessed value of your home and property.  These taxes can usually be deducted in the year in which they are paid.  Does your lender currently escrow your taxes and insurance?  If so, they will send a statement to you that you will file with your tax returns.  Ask an expert for help in determining if you qualify.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

If you make any improvements to your home (or made any last year), including home renovations, fencing, or new roofing, save all your receipts and records of this.  While you can’t deduct these expenses this year, you could deduct them when you sell your home in the future.

Want to discuss buying or selling a home in 2016?  We are at your service!  Call, text, or email us any time.

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Featured Home of the Week – 12692 Marine Drive, Anacortes

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Enjoy breathtaking views of sunsets, majestic mountains and sea life from this stunning custom waterfront home in Anacortes, WA.

12692 Marine Drive in Anacortes is an exceptional quality home with 180’¬Ī high bank waterfront. Strategically located to be protected from winds, this stunning custom waterfront home was built using exceptional craftsmanship, extraordinary attention to detail, and the finest materials.

This main level living home features and open floor plan with gorgeous hardwood floors¬†throughout the main living area. The beautiful kitchen is a chef”s dream featuring a large island, chef station and honed granite counters. Enjoy the views while preparing delicious meals!

The luxurious master suite is on the main level and has access to the back patio to enjoy the sea breeze. The master suite spa-like bathroom features a walk-in shower, a bubble tub and radiant heated floors throughout. The guest wing is located on the upper level and features 2 bedrooms and an extra room for reading or as a family room. Enjoy stunning territorial and water views from every bedroom in this home.

The outdoor area includes a covered patio with an inviting stone fireplace to enjoy the outdoors all year long. RV parking space with electrical hook ups and a spacious 3 car garage complete the outdoor features of this amazing home.

The lovely guest house is just a few steps from the main home. Your guests will feel welcomed in this cottage featuring a covered small front porch, private bathroom with walk-in shower, gorgeous knotty pine wood accented ceiling and a kitchenette area.

If you are looking for a home where you can enjoy Anacortes living at its best, this is it!  We hope you enjoy the great video we have prepared for this stunning waterfront home in Anacortes.

If you would like a private showing of 12692 Marine Dr. in Anacortes, please call, text or email us today!

Ready to repaint your walls?

Painting the walls of your home can be an exciting way to make your home feel like new, but it can also be quite intimidating and overwhelming.  With so many options out there, how will you ever decide which color or colors to use?

Find inspiration

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Use the items already in your home.  Look at the art on your walls, or the colors in your ornamental rug, or even your furniture.  Or be inspired by nature.  Do you love the beach, the desert, the rainforests or the beauty of Anacortes, WA… ?  Try perusing websites like Pinterest for interior design ideas.  As you think of what images inspire you, take into consideration their colors, shades, and tints.

Get to know your dislikes

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A paint store has a very overwhelming selection of colors.¬† Start whittling down the options by¬†eliminating the colors you don’t like.¬† Always hated a specific color?¬† There are so many shades and tints of each color, that by eliminating the ones you dislike, you‚Äôve just done yourself a favor and gotten rid of tons of options!

Test your favorites

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Don’t buy a whole gallon of paint, even if you’re 100% certain that you love it.  Get samples to bring home, and paint some large swatches on the walls in question.  Then, make sure you see those colors during all levels of light Рearly morning, afternoon sun, evening thunderstorm, cozy winter night…  What looks like a lovely pale blue might have an unattractive purple tint at night.

When in doubt, go with the flow

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Sometimes there’s too much pressure to be creative.  If you feel this way, go with what other people are doing.  This is another time when using the internet for popular interior design styles could be useful.  For example, gray is very popular today.  And you don’t have to feel like a total sheep, because there are tons of shades and tints of gray that you can still choose from.  Popular designs just give you a starting point, while still allowing you to be you.

 

If you’re considering painting the walls of your home¬†because it needs a “makeover”¬†or maybe because you’re getting ready to sell your home this Spring, we can help guide you!¬†There is always a full time real estate broker ready to answer your questions in our Anacortes real estate office.¬†

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Your Home Is On The Market. What Happens Next?

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Your home is on the market and ready to be sold! ¬†The yard is looking great, and the interior has been beautifully staged by our Jean Groesbeck and Associates Professional Stager.¬† There‚Äôs a for sale sign in the front yard, with a fresh stack of full-color flyers¬†ready.¬† What happens now? ¬†Is not only the for sale sign that sells your home…

1.  Broker tours

Local and surrounding realtors will be invited for a private tour of your home so that they can offer it to their clients that are looking for a home just like yours.

2.  Accessibility

While you’ll want your home to be as accessible to potential buyers as possible, you may worry about the security of your home.  A lockbox solves this dilemma.  Real estate brokers will be the only people to have access to the lockbox, and every time the brokers access the box, we will know what time they access it, and who they are.

3.  Open house

It can be a good idea to set up a public open house by your real estate broker.  These often are scheduled on weekends, so that as many people as possible can tour your home.  This allows those potential buyers who may not yet have a real estate broker to fall in love with your home.

As your Jean Groesbeck and Associates real estate broker, we will be with you every step of the way, keeping you informed and giving you feedback on each step of the process.

You haven’t listed your home for sale yet? ¬†No problem! ¬†Did you know we offer a complimentary¬†staging consultation by our Professional Stager that can help you¬†prepare to sell your home?

Call, text, or email us today and we will help you get started. ¬†We can’t wait to hear from you.

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4 DIY Projects for a ‚ÄúGreener‚ÄĚ Home¬†

Going ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ is gaining popularity every year. A high percentage of home builders and contractors¬†are already building “green” and energy-efficient¬†homes¬†and expect to continue to do so in the future. Making your home ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ may actually make your home more appealing to potential¬†buyers. ¬†Did you know that home buyers are not only continuously¬†interested in energy-efficient homes, or homes with¬†“green” features, but they are also willing to pay more for them? Even if you‚Äôre not ready to sell your home¬†this year,¬†going ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ is environmentally conscious and at the same time it may also help you save money on your monthly energy bills!

 

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1. Bamboo flooring

Thinking about putting in a hardwood floor?  Consider bamboo instead.  Because bamboo grows much more quickly than wood, bamboo is an ecologically friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  It is an affordable product that is still just as durable, natural, and beautiful as wood.  Furthermore, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than hardwood.

2.  Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators

It may be time to remodel your bathrooms.  If so, a low-flow toilet is more environmentally friendly than a traditional toilet, and is also a great money saver.  It can save up to four gallons of water per flush!  Want to cut your water use in half?  Aerators for your water faucets are another water-saving product.  They also happen to be affordable and very easy to install.

3.  Zero-VOC paint

Did you know that the paint in your home may contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, and that these toxic VOC chemicals evaporate over time into the air you breathe as you watch TV in the den, or cook meals in kitchen?  Replace the paint on the walls of your home with low or zero-VOC paints, which can be found at almost any paint or home improvement store.

4.  LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs

You may not know this, but incandescent light bulbs actually put out a lot more heat than they do light.  LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are an easy fix.  They fit into incandescent sockets, they’re much more energy efficient, and they last about ten times longer.

What will you do with all the money you save from implementing these ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ improvements to your home?¬† Let us know in the comments!

If you’re interested in more tips for making your home “green” before you sell,¬†call, text or email¬†us anytime with any questions you have on selling your¬†home in¬†Anacortes,¬†Whidbey Island¬†or¬†Skagit County. We’d love to talk with you.

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Featured Home of the Week – 1202 A Ave Anacortes

 

 

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Our latest listing is a gorgeous 2 story view home at 1202 A Ave in Anacortes, WA!

Located on a spacious corner lot close to downtown, this lovely home has it all! Extensive attention to detail was put into the 2008 remodel of this Anacortes home. The approximately 2,228 SF are flawlessly distributed throughout the home. The ample tiled entrance opens up to the main living area. Updated hardwood floors give the living room area an elegant look. The large fireplace is the focal point of this area and the multiple windows allow natural light to brighten the home. The open floor plan has great flow and transitions between living, dining and kitchen areas with ease. The beautiful kitchen is a chef’s dream! Granite slab counters, maple wood cabinets and a one of a kind Wolf range perfect for making every meal unforgettable.kitchen

Guest bedrooms are located in the main level as well as a beautiful full bathroom with granite counters. Make your way upstairs and you will find the elegant master suite. This extra large suite even has room for a seating area. Lovely water views of the Guemes Channel make this room extra relaxing. bathroomThe double fireplace keeps you warm in the suite as well as in the jetted tub. The amazing master bathroom features granite counters, dual vanities, a walk-in shower with a rain shower head and an ample walk-in closet.

The attached garage is perfect for 2 cars plus some additional space. The outside has a wonderful garden including fruit trees and an ample deck to enjoy evenings.

If you are looking to buy a great quality home in Anacortes, come see this gorgeous home for sale! Call, text or email us to schedule a private showing.

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