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.

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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.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Feb. 17

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As part of the Friends of Skagit Beaches Protecting Skagit Marine Resources lecture series, join the group Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

The topic of discussion will be “The Fishes of the Salish Sea,” with Jay Orr Ph.D, research fisheries biologist, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.

Lectures will be held at the Northwest Educational Service District 189 Building located at 1601 R. Avenue in Anacortes.

Friends of Skagit Beaches was established in 2008 by a group of Skagit County Beach Watcher Volunteers to develop local financial support for volunteer programs and activities in Skagit County aimed at protecting our marine shorelines and nearshore waters through education, citizen science, and stewardship projects.

For more details, visit skagitbeaches.org.

 

Timing is Everything!

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All home sellers want the most money for their home within the shortest time frame possible. How do you know what is the right price to ask for when listing your home for sale?

Timing is everything! 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? It has been proven that staged homes sell for a higher price, and in less time, which 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. Only homes of a similar age and style should be used, and 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, and demand is high in Anacortes currently while inventory remains low!

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 2017, please call Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC  today to discuss what you should be doing now be to be ready sell your home quickly. We can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 and via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

108 Lummi Dr. – Main-Level, Waterfront Living!

 

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108 Lummi Dr., in the La Conner community of Shelter Bay, (MLS #1074975) offers main-level, waterfront living. This custom home features an open floor plan, beautiful custom finishes with concave ceilings in the foyer and living room, as well as 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

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The formal dining area has a wet bar to entertain with ease, and the gorgeous Craftsman dream eat-in kitchen boasts Granite counter tops with plenty of prep space, cabinet space, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, breakfast bar, water views and is open to the living area.

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The luxurious master with en-suite features Travertine tile floors, counters and walk-in shower.

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Enjoy views of Rainbow Bridge and boats from your large back patio. This home also includes a heated storage basement, 2 car garage and plenty of driveway parking for a boat, RV or extra vehicles. 108 Lummi Dr. was built in 1994 and is approx. 2,494 SF.

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

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 Anacortes or 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.