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!!

Click here for the Visual Tour.

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.

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.

Click here for the property video!

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