Open House this Friday in Anacortes, WA!

3907 Isle Way at The Isles in Anacortes, WA

Our amazing Eileen Hebert will be hosting an open house in Anacortes, WA tomorrow, Friday June 26 from 2pm to 5pm .

Come and see what The Isles is all about! Eco-friendly luxury living in the heart of Anacortes, Washington.

Nestled among the great evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, this neighborhood of 17 eco-friendly homes is designed to be both luxurious and convenient. The hand selected craftsman details allow you to enjoy your own island oasis. Stunning views of the Guemes Channel and San Juan Islands abound at The Isles.

Windows encased in naturally finished hemlock accentuate and showcase the gorgeous views from each room of these finely finished homes. Custom cabinets of Alder wood, hemlock wainscoting, Brazilian Cherry floors, slab granite, ductless heat pump, surround sound, designer carpet & fixtures provide casual elegance. Clubhouse, waterfall, outdoor living area, & lush grounds maintained for you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful eco-friendly home in Anacortes for sale!

Stunning Views of the Guemes Channel & San Juan Islands

Where: 3907 Isle Way  Anacortes, WA

When: Friday June 26, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For more information on this gorgeous home for sale in Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Happy Father’s Day – Weekend


We hope that everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend!

Did you know …Father’s Day officially began in 1910 in Spokane, Washington? Yes! in our very own state. Sonora Smart Dodd proposed it as a way to honor her dad; the man who raised  6 children on his own. It is said that Dodd was thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day. She decided it should be celebrated in June – her dad’s birth month.

The first father’s day was celebrated in June 19, 1910 in Spokane, WA but it wouldn’t be until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day.Six years later, President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday.

Of course we don’t need Father’s Day to remind us that Dad will always be a girl’s first crush and a boy’s first hero but it is good to make it a little bit extra special once a year…right?

Newly Constructed Home in Anacortes! Amazing Territorial and Water Views

2814 Grady Lane Anacortes, WA

We have a wonderful newly constructed home for sale that has been artfully designed to take advantage of the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands to the North and the Skyline Marina and Burrows Bay to the South. You will notice an abundance of natural light throughout this open floor plan.

The exquisite craftsmanship and quality materials are found throughout this beautiful home in Anacortes. With a main level living, peaceful master suite, guest suite, dream kitchen, courtyard entrance, fenced level yard and lots of storage this home is a must see!

This home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and is only a few blocks away from Washington Park hiking trails, boat launch, and beach.

If you are interested in viewing the full listing of this gorgeous newly constructed home for sale in Anacortes, CLICK HERE

Call us today for a private showing! 360.941.3734 or send us an email at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Gorgeous View Home in La Conner, WA – Skagit County

16893 View Lane- La Conner, WA 98257

Are you in search of a home in Skagit County with a peaceful neighborhood and a large lot? Look no further! Come see this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in La Conner, WA!

Enjoy spectacular views of the San Juan Islands, Skagit Bay, and the Olympic Mountains from the comfort of your front porch.

View from Front Porch

This home has been updated with new carpet & new paint. A covered front porch and a romantic gazebo will guarantee first row seats to spectacular sunset views. The community amenities include beach access, tennis courts, and a boat launch where you can fish, crab, or beach comb every day!

Great location only one hour away from Seattle, thirty minutes to NAS in Whidbey Island , and a short drive to Anacortes, WA!

La Conner is a remarkable place to live with diverse communities, cultural and agricultural attractions. There are many reasons why La Conner is a historic tourist attraction, it is a special place to visit or live!

If you would like more information about this beautiful view home in Skagit County, please call Jean Groesbeck at (360)941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Are you ready to buy a new home in Anacortes, WA or Skagit County? Have you talked to a lender first? There are several reasons why the first step to the home buying process is speaking with a lender first! CLICK HERE to learn more!

809 7th Street- Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

11th Annual Bark in the Park

Gather your fury four pawed family members and join us at the 11th Annual Bark in the Park Saturday June, 13 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Storvik Park here in Anacortes! We are excited to see all the fun and silly costumes for the doggy costume contest! There will be local vendors and various dog demonstrations at this event!

Admission is $5 per dog (donations) proceeds will help benefit our local dog park on H Ave here in Anacortes!

From June 13th- June 22nd the Anacortes Animal Control’s Semi-Annual Pet Supply Drive will be at the event accepting donations to help benefit Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF), The Cat’s Meow, and Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT)

Wish List for the Pet Supply Drive:

  • Dry dog or cat food (Kirkland brand preferred..but will accept any brand!)
  • Canned dog and cat food (Kirkland and Friskies preferred)
  • Dog and Cat treats
  • Beds, blankets, towels (gently used condition is okay!)
  • Cat litter and litter pans
  • Dog and Cat toys
  • Cleaning supplies: liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, Clorox cleaning wipes, baby wipes, 33 gallon black garbage bags, 13 gallon kitchen garbage bags, and paper towels.
  • Monetary Donations: checks made out to the specific organization or cash will be accepted at the Bark in the Park event

We hope to see everyone down at the Park!

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

Choosing The Right Neighborhood

Location, location, location! This is what we hear most often when it comes to finding the right home. Location is a substantial part in finding your dream home. Choosing the right neighborhood is important…living in an area that best suits your life style will make living easier and more enjoyable.

Driving around and reviewing what surrounds neighborhoods is a must! Considering the properties next to or around a home is important too. Look to see if there are empty buildings or land that could potentially become new developments or businesses. Understanding zoning in a neighborhood will give you an idea of what types of possibilities for new construction.

Keeping in mind the neighborhood when searching for a new home is important. You can find the home of your dreams, but if you are not satisfied with the neighborhood…it can make for a less enjoyable stay. Research is KEY!

Are you having trouble finding the right neighborhood for you? We can help! Here in Anacortes and Skagit County there are many different neighborhoods that can fit your lifestyle. Contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck for more information on finding a neighborhood that fits your desires.

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

Waterfront Festival 2015

The 26th Annual Waterfront Festival is back in the Anacortes! If you are new to the community, this event is a MUST and includes fun for all ages! The Waterfront Festival is a weekend of fun celebrating the city’s coastal culture and heritage.

The Festival will kick-off June 5, 2015 with a dinner celebrating the eve of the great festivities to come throughout the weekend. The Kick-Off dinner will include Hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the Pier, presentations from local talent that emphasis the communal gathering, Quick’n Dirty Building Judgeship Auction, and music by DJ Mike Jenkins. A wonderfully prepared dinner will be provided by Gere-a-Deli. The Kick-Off dinner will be $45 in advance and $50 at the door, you can purchase tickets online at Port of Anacortes or by phone 360-293-3134.

FREE BOAT RIDES:

Both Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 there will be FREE boat rides provided by the Anacortes Yacht Club starting at 10 a.m. get there early and enjoy a ride in the waters around Anacortes! Sign-ups for boat rides start at 9:45 a.m. at the Marina Office.

QUICK’N DIRTY BOAT BUILDING DEMONSTRATION:

Make sure to check out the Quick’n Dirty Boat Building Demonstration on Saturday June 6, there are many fun, quirky, and creative boats that are brought to us by members of the community! The proceeds of this event will help fund the future building and development plans for the Anacortes Small Boat Center.

CAR SHOW:

There will be an All Corvette Car Show and a Custom Classic Car Show at the Festival as well, there are over 50 beautiful cars to enjoy on Saturday June 6.

BLACKJACK SQUADRON FLYOVER:

Saturday June 6 at 5 p.m. there will be a spectacular formation flyover in honor of D-Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Waterfront Festival provided by the BlackJack Squadron!

PLAZA DANCE:

From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday June 6 at the Depot Plaza there will be a FREE Community Dance. An old tradition of the Anacortes community will include the Fishermen’s Dance, food, and music. Refreshments will be provided and thanks to the Anacortes Brewery you will be able to purchase wine and beer at this event.

Throughout the weekend you will find educational demonstrations and displays where you can learn about boats, the waterfront, and the heritage of our coastal community. The children’s area provides fun and entertainment to the youngsters including, boat building with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and art projects with the Anacortes Arts Festival.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year that are focused on family friendly events. Are you new to the area? We have information about our community of Anacortes!  CLICK HERE to learn about our great coastal community!

We hope to see you all down at the Waterfront Festival!

Having Trouble Selling Your Home?

Some homes will sit on the real estate market for longer periods of time compared to others, there are many different reasons why this may occur.

Here are some reasons why your home is still on the market:

PRICE- This is considered to be the number one reason why a home won’t sell. Buyers are looking for a practical investment, knowing what the value of your home is before selling will help make sure you are not overpricing your home on the market.

Timing- the real estate market fluctuates and timing is everything. Listing your home on the market is a commitment and ensuring you are prepared before you list your home will assist in the right sale.

Personalized- staging your home for wide variety of buyers is a helpful part in selling your home, neutral colors are best for buyers wanting to imagine themselves in a new home. De-cluttering your home will also ensure the buyers are able to imagine themselves moving in!

Flexibility- having a flexible schedule for your real estate agent to show your home during the selling process is vital! If your home is not available for a showing, it is likely it will stay on the market longer compared to a home that is readily available for a showing.

TLC- first impressions are everything! Making small repairs, painting, deodorizing, and landscaping are some quick fixes to get the right impression from the start. Buyers are typically looking for move-in ready homes!

If your home is listed ask your agent for honest feedback and be willing to listen to what he or she tells you.  It might not want to be what you hear, but if you want to move you need to know.

If you are thinking of selling your home but don’t know where to start? CLICK HERE for information on why hiring a real estate agent will benefit you in the process of selling your home!

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  (360) 941-3734

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

How To Keep Pet Food Fresh

Here at Jean Groesbeck and Associates, we all love animals and we would like to share a few tips on how to keep your furry family member’s food fresh!

To start, when purchasing pet food, it is important to look at the expiration date. Like shopping for our own food, we want to select the food that is the freshest to start, purchasing the food that has the furthest expiration date is typically the freshest. This is the same for your pet’s food! Keeping sunlight and moisture away from your pet’s food is the key! Using storage containers will assist with both keeping the food fresh and keeping the occasional unwanted house guests such as rodents and insects out of the food.

If you are storing dry food, it is best to take the food and place it a container with a lid (keeping the food in the bag for best results). The ideal temperature the container should be stored at is room temperature and shouldn’t be out in uncontrollable elements. When storing canned or wet pet food, it is best to store the food (once opened) in a container with a lid to seal in the freshness and stored in the refrigerator, up to 3 days.

By storing your pet’s food in a safe place, away from moisture and sunlight, you will ensure you are feeding your furry family member only the best! Creating your own pet food container could be for a fun project!  You can even customized it so that it blends in with your home decor!

For more pet friendly tips around your home CLICK HERE!

Moving with pets? HERE are some tips to make your pet comfortable when moving to a new home.

Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or emailus at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com if you have any questions on having a pet friendly home!

Should I Paint Before I Sell?

For some, even thinking of painting their home can become overwhelming. Many question the idea of painting before selling their home, is it worth the effort and money? The answer is YES! Adding a fresh coat of paint to the exterior and interior will add value to your home, and will help you receive the best price for your home.

The first thing a potential buyer will see when walking up to your home is the exterior, it is vital to make sure your home is ready for those buyers and first impressions matter! Taking the time to paint the exterior of your home will make buyers feel that there is less work for them to take on before the purchase.

It is important to give your home the best look before you take the step in selling your home. Painting the interior of your home brings new life to your home and makes the potential buyers feel the home is move in ready. If you have rooms that are painted to a specific style that might not catch the eye of potential buyers it is best to choose a paint color that is neutral or appealing to a wide range of buyers. The goal of selling a home is to attract as many buyers as possible and a fresh coat of paint will help impress those potential buyers.

Painting your home before selling is great for cleaning up the marks and dings that occur throughout the time of living in your home. New buyers will want to see fresh clean lines and want to envision themselves living in the home before putting in an offer.

For more tips on how to add value to your home before selling CLICK HERE! There are many different ideas that will help make sure your home is sold for the best price possible!

Are you ready to sell your home in Skagit County? Even if you are thinking about selling soon, We can help!

Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3437 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on selling your home for the best return on your investment.