Should You Hire a Broker, or For-Sale-By-Owner?

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Selling a home is not a simple as sticking a sign in the yard and placing an ad on Craigslist. Many For Sale by Owner (FSBO) sellers don’t realize the amount of work, expertise and time it takes to sell a home. More often than not, FSBO sellers eventually turn to a real estate agent to sell their home.

Statistically, home owners who hire a real estate agent net more money for their home than they do when selling the home themselves.

When selling your own home, you are responsible for all the marketing costs for flyers, signs, online listings and other potentially unforeseen expenses. These costs can add up to hundreds of dollars depending on how much marketing you are willing to do.

Sellers often forget that selling their own home is time consuming – and as the saying goes, “time is money.” Selling your own home requires long hours of research and marketing efforts, not to mention hiring a professional to write a contract for you to avoid any liability.

Although it is possible, in our experience, sellers who want to save the sales commission rarely do so. Most home buyers use a real estate agent. The few who don’t are bargain hunter buyers seeking FSBO homes, expecting to save money. Buying for less is their main goal and this is typically reflected in low offers.

Opportunistic speculators and investors usually offer less for a FSBO home. Without an agent to represent the owner’s interests, sellers may end up accepting an offer below the value of their home.

Real estate professionals are knowledgeable about the local market and know the highest price a home is likely to bring. A real estate professional can advise the seller on the right price for their home to get the most money.

A real estate agent has experience, expertise and a large network of personal and professional contacts with other agents with the local area and beyond. Client, agent and agency relationships will boost the marketing of your home and expose it to the largest number of potential buyers.

In contract negotiations, a real estate agent not only is trained to negotiate with your best interest in mind, but is also in a better position than an emotionally involved seller. The result will be a more profitable contract for the seller.

Showing and marketing a home is a full time job and many FSBO sellers just don’t have the time. Are you really ready to put your life on hold for showings at all hours? Do you even know if the person interested is a “real” buyer? More importantly, will you be comfortable with showing your home to anyone who knocks on your door? If you answer “no,” you might want to reconsider selling your home without an agent. It will not only be time consuming and stressful but it can also lead to a potential dangerous situation.

Feel free to contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. for a complimentary, no obligation, real estate market analysis of your home. We are the #1 seller of pre-owned properties in Skagit County and know the importance of getting you top dollar for your home!

We are available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Community Profile: Mt. Vernon

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Mount Vernon, is a vibrant city nestled in the picturesque Skagit Valley.  Located just 1 ½ hours from the hectic lifestyle of Seattle and Tacoma, Mount Vernon feels worlds away, and that is what the residents strive to preserve.

Mount Vernon’s quirky residents create world-renown art and music while preserving culture and its island time lifestyle. First incorporated in 1889, Mount Vernon was rated the number one small town in America by the “New rating guide to life in America’s small cities”. Its neighborhoods are small, quaint and family-centric.

Located on the Skagit River, it has excellent public transportation systems connecting residents to Everett, Seattle, Camano Island, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. In downtown Mount Vernon, The Skagit Station is the first multi-transportation hub for Public and Private Transportation. There you can get on the SKAT buses, Greyhound, the Amtrak Cascades, and private taxis.

Downtown Mount Vernon offers many shopping options, from toy stores, local cafes, art galleries, jewelry shops, clothing stores and a co-op. Every Saturday there is a Farmers market that sells art and food products made from local organic sources.

For more information, visit www.MountVernonWA.gov.

Impeccable & Spacious Skyline Rambler

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Located at 5212 Doon Way (MLS #1080965) is a beautiful rambler in Skyline that features an open floor plan with a functional kitchen and a large living room with vaulted ceilings.

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The master suite offers a huge walk-in closet and walk-in shower.

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Need to relax? Try the covered front porch or enclosed back patio!

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The extra large garage with additional shop space and additional parking space on the driveway.

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Enjoy all Skyline community amenities this summer like parks, tennis courts, clubhouse, cabana and beach front! Move in ready!

To schedule a showing of this home or for any of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today at (360) 941-3734.

Fabulous Custom Main Level Living Home in Spinnaker Cove

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Enjoy fabulous sunsets and island views over Skyline Marina from this quality main level living Spinnaker Cove home at 5203 Maritime Court in Anacortes (MLS #1080084).

Boasting a spacious custom kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless high end appliances, including a Viking gas range, you can entertain into the open living room and enjoy its beautiful rock gas fireplace and outdoor views.

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The master suite with private deck and luxurious bathroom features Travertine floors, walk-in closet, jetted tub and a separate shower.

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The fully finished lower level features a family room and two bedrooms as well as a custom garden in the beautiful back yard.

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes today to schedule a showing of this home at (360) 941-3734!

Skagit County Dash & Splash Polar Plunge March 11

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The Anacortes Police Department will host the Skagit County Dash & Splash event, formerly known as the Anacortes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, on March 11 at Seafarers Park.

In addition to the Polar Plunge, there will be a 5k Fun Run and money raised from the fun run will be donated to Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN) in memory of Deputy Anne Jackson of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 2, 2008.

The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events included in the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign.  The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support local Special Olympics athletes by collecting pledges and plunging into frigid waters.

Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic setting for all individuals with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate. With the support of events like these, athletes are able to compete without cost to themselves or their families.

To register online or for more information about the event, visit http://anacortesplunge2017.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1167811.

Learn About Feng Shui March 2

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Learn about using Feng Shui in your outdoor spaces at the Anacortes Senior Center on Thursday, March 2.  Tips about water features, color palates, lighting, flowers and more will be discussed.  Don’t miss out!

The class will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for ages 16 and older for a fee of $20.

For more information, call the Anacortes Senior Center at (360) 293-7473.  The Senior Center is located at 1701 22nd St. in Anacortes.

When is the Right Time to Sell Your Home?

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Have you been interested in selling your home, but still wonder when the best time will be?

Here are a few reasons why NOW is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes:

– SUPPLY AND DEMAND –

Inventory in Anacortes is low, but the demand remains high! Because of this, it is currently a sellers market. Homes listed for sale that are priced correctly are selling very quickly!

– FEWER CASH BUYERS – 

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers, the price growth in the housing market will make for more stable and sustainable growth.

– INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES –

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing sooner rather than later.

– RISING COST OF RENT –

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest rent money towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now the right time to sell your home is, contact Team Groesbeck to discuss your options. Our team of honest and experience brokers will guide you every step of the way, beginning with a no obligation comparative market analysis (CMA) of your property, in addition to a complimentary staging consultation for our clients.

To schedule an appointment with us or for more information, we are available daily at (360) 941-3734 or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. As the #1 seller of pre-owned properties in Skagit County, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. are market experts and can assist with all of your real estate needs, providing you 5 Star Real Estate Services since 2002!

Gorgeous Guemes Island Home With Beach Access

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Perfectly remodeled, 5410 West Shore (MLS #1077246) on Guemes Island is a masterpiece home that was taken down to the studs and completely transformed into an island oasis.

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From the wood-wrapped wall of windows to the elegant cathedral fir ceilings with exposed beams, the architectural craftsmanship is noticeable throughout.

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The spacious, bright and functional dream kitchen features solid fir cabinets and slab granite. Enjoy stunning water views from your patio, living room, kitchen, master bedroom and even from the hot tub! Beach access is just steps away!

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For more information or to make an appointment to view this home, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Maritime Speaker Series Continues Feb. 18 at Anacortes Public Library

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Attend the next presentation of the Maritime Speaker Series at the Anacortes Public Library on Saturday, February 18 at 4 p.m.

The topic will be “Cruising in British Columbia: Favorite Places” and will be presented by author Peter Vassilopoulos.

The Anacortes Public Library located at 1220 10th St.  For more information, please contact the library at (360) 293-1910.

For more community event and real estate related news, visit AnacortesRealEstateBlog.com regularly and follow Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC on Facebook!

Dog Obedience Classes in Anacortes to Begin in April

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The City of Anacortes is offering a dog obedience class for beginners at Whitney Elementary.

Classes will begin April 12 and will run through May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.  The fee is $84 and classes will be taught by Marie Padovan.  Attendance at the first class is mandatory and dogs are not permitted for the first day only. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance!

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page at www.cityofanacortes.org.