Animal Services in Anacortes

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Anacortes and its surrounding area has a wide variety of local animal services, including pet sitters, obedience training and veterinarians.  Here is a list of some of the many places nearby for your pets’ needs.

Kennels

 

Pet Sitters

  • Happy at Home Pet Sitting – Anacortes, (360) 421-6153
  • The Pet Pal – Anacortes, (360) 293-1311
  • Colleen’s Cat Care – Anacortes, (360) 293-7688
  • There’s No Place Like Home – Anacortes, (360) 610-9600
  • Pacific North Wonderland – Anacortes, (360) 982-5184

 

Groomers

 

Pet Stores

 

Obedience Training

 

Animal Shelter & Relief Agencies

 

Veterinarians

 

Wildlife

 

For more information about animal services in and around Anacortes and Skagit County or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Simple Ways to Increase Your Home Value

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Great news! There are inexpensive ways you can increase the value of your home without renovations, and these fixes can go a long way with a buyer.

  • In the bathroom, replacing an old toilet seat can make the toilet look brand new.  Also, consider applying fresh caulk around the tub to make it look spotless!
  • Replace fixtures such as cabinet pulls or faucets can make a big impact for little cost, providing an appealing and updated look.
  • Remove clutter, such as stacks of mail or magazines, to make each room look even more inviting.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaner to revive its overall look.
  • Make the first impression count and make sure that the front door is clean.
  • A nicely mowed lawn and pruned trees will make your home more noticeable to someone trying to envision living there.
  • Do a last walk through of the home and replace light bulbs, repair leaks, clean walls and make sure the furnace and appliances are working correctly.  Investing in small repairs and maintenance ahead of time with not only add value to your home, but it can also allow the home to sell quicker later!

Contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. for any questions, a market analysis of your home or to buy or sell in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County at (360) 941-3734.

5 Things to Avoid When Applying for a Home Loan

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When applying for a home loan, many buyers are unaware that there are things they should avoid as to not impact their credit report.  Here are five things applicants should avoid:

 

  • Postpone purchasing major items such as a new vehicle, furniture, or appliances.  If the new purchases increase the amount of debt you owe each month, it is possible to be disqualified from the loan altogether or for available funding to be cut.  Your real estate agent can provide more information.
  • Avoid moving assets between bank accounts.  Transferring funds could complicate the application process and if something appears out of the ordinary, you must disclose and document the source of funds for each deposit.
  • Avoid changing jobs.  A new job may involve a probation period or a change in compensation, and most commissions or bonuses must be averaged over a two year period with the same employer to qualify.
  • Avoid consolidating bills before speaking with your lender.  The loan officer can advise you if this needs to be done, or if it is possible to consolidate simultaneously with the loan closing date.
  • Avoid packing or shipping information needed for the loan application.  Do not pack documents such as W-2 forms, tax returns, divorce decrees or anything you may need to finalize things with your lender as duplicates can take weeks to obtain, potentially stalling the closing date.

With all of your real estate needs in Anacortes, Skagit County and Island County, please call Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. at (360) 941-3734 or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Is a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

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Seventy percent of residents living in a community with a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) are satisfied living with its rules and regulations (source IBOPE Zogby International). The same survey showed 81 percent of association residents consider their association assessment as good or great, and 76 percent say the dues enhance property value.

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and seek to avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the types of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. Many buyers miss the big picture of how HOA fees can be a benefit.

One of the most attractive benefits to HOA fees are the amenities. Some communities offer clubhouses, libraries, gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks or other attractive amenities that are paid for through HOA fees. Residents have access to amenities without the hassle of maintenance since the HOA handles that for you. Homeowner dues can vary greatly by neighborhood and the specifics of what they cover.

The largest HOA in Anacortes is Skyline which is located on the west end of Fidalgo Island. Tug Boat Park, Skyline Beach Club, waterside cabana, tennis courts and play areas are just some of the amenities Skyline provides.

Skyline Marina is not part of the HOA, but is a great benefit as it allows you to launch your boat close by or have it in the water in your backyard.

These are only basic benefits of an HOA and each neighborhood has unique coverage included in their fees and their own fee rates. Some communities may offer all of these benefits, while others may offer only a few. It is important when looking to purchase a home with HOA to consider what all is included in the fees. Ask your agent about the community and the fees to ensure the neighborhood is the right fit for you and your family.

If you would like more information about Anacortes Real Estate, Anacortes Homes for Sale or if you are wondering what your Anacortes home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

 

Making an Appointment to Show Your Home

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When your home is for sale, it is important to be flexible with your schedule to allow for potential buyers to view your home.  Once a time is determined for an agent and their client to see the home, the client may take just five minutes and some 20 minutes, but there is no way to know ahead of time what amount of time each client will need.  Open communication with the broker and client will help everyone to be in the know so you can plan accordingly or be aware of any schedule changes.

Having your home on the market means there might be someone who will stop to ask you if they can see your home while they are driving through your neighborhood.  Please do not let them in! Not only could it be a security risk, but we will have no way of following up with them afterward.  Should this occur, have them contact their real estate agent if they are already working with one, and if they are not, please have them contact your real estate agent.

Please do not allow an agent into your home without having them use the lock box.  The lock box keeps an electronic record of who enters your home and provides us with the information to follow up with the agent.  It also allows us to notify them in case we do make a price adjustment or something changes with the home.  Make all agents use the lock box for your protection.

For more real estate tips, please contact us at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or call (360) 941-3734.

Great Anacortes Location with Views & Shop Space

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Located in Anacortes at 1019 26th St. conveniently located across from Island Hospital, this home would be ideal for a medical office or a five-plex.  Available for the first time in 43 years, the home is very well maintained, offers a two car garage plus a shop space and an RV garage with a 12’ door.  With gorgeous views, its fully fenced yard, new roof in 2010 and updated plumbing, electrical and sewer line, 1019 26th St. is a great find.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes today to view the property, or for any of your buying and selling needs throughout the areas of Anacortes, Skagit County, San Juan Islands and beyond.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Home

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When buying a new home it is easy to overlook pertinent information or important steps in the purchase of your new home. The agents at Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes are here to assist you in making decisions for a smooth home purchase!

Here are 5 common mistakes that are made by home buyers:

Making an offer on a home before prequalification – Being prequalified will make the buying process much easier when making an offer on the home of your dreams. Take the time to speak with a lender before you jump into an offer. Specific questions a lender will ask in regards to income, debt and lifestyle will help determine the price range you are able to afford. It is best to talk with several lenders to ensure you are applying for the loan that is right for you.

Not having a home inspection – Making the mistake of not having your dream home inspected before finalizing the sale may cost you tomorrow. Qualified home inspections will detect issues that many buyers can overlook, especially when it is your first home. Ask your real estate agent for a referral if you are unsure of who to turn to for a proper home inspection.

Limiting your search to the internet – When searching for your dream home on the internet, many times homes have been sold or are under contract and the home listing information has not yet been updated. The best way to view active listings and up to date information is through a real estate agent. Real estate agents will have the most recent information and will help you find the home that suits you best. There can also be home listings that are not available to the general public.  A local real estate agent is the best source to finding your dream home!

Choosing the wrong real estate agent – Making the right connection with a real estate agent is crucial. It is important to interview different agents to make sure you are hiring an agent that puts your needs before, during and after the sale. Building a strong relationship with your real estate agent will make the process of buying a home easier for you and if they know what your needs and wants are, they will strive to fulfill them.

Thinking there is only one dream home out there for you – The process of buying a home is process of elimination, not selection. The market is growing daily, make sure to keep an open mind to new property listings throughout the buying process. Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a comparative market analysis (CMA) comparing recently sold homes or homes still on the market to the home you are interested in purchasing. Keep in mind that every home might have a slight flaw and might not match up to your needs and want list.  Compromise is key – you may need to adjust your list to ensure you have you needs met instead of all of your wants.

It is important to not make these most common mistakes when you feel you are ready to make an offer on your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County. We are committed to serving you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when making an offer on a home! Contact us today at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or (360) 941-3734.

 

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. Team to Walk in Jingle Bell Dash 5k

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On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. team will participate in the Jingle Bell Dash 5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash to Santa in Anacortes, which will help raise money for AAUW (The American Association of University Women) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs for girls in our community.

Registration will be held indoors at Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building at 9 a.m.  The Kids Dash to Santa is a 100 yard dash for children 6 and under at 10:30 a.m.  The 5k run/walk will begin on Seafarers’ Memorial Way at 11 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

About the event from jinglebelldashanacortes.net:

  • AAUW-Anacortes sponsors STEM programs for girls at Anacortes Middle School and Anacortes High School.  Nominated by teachers and counselors, programs include Tech Trek for 7th graders, science and math achievement awards for 8th graders and scholarships for seniors in Math, Science and Technology.  This event is being established in an effort to develop sustainable funding for programs, as well as create a fun community event and develop more community awareness of AAUW.  Additionally, the Kids Dash to Santa will collect non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army food bank in Anacortes.

Click here to register.

Selling Your Home During Winter: Dos & Don’ts

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass.

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass.

Staging: While decorating your home for the holidays, it is easy to get carried away with decorations and unintentionally hide some of your home’s greatest features.  Keep decorating to a minimum to avoid clutter and not to overwhelm visitors.  Having an inviting and cozy home is a great way to help a potential buyer view what they could be purchasing.

Pricing: During the wintertime, home prices play a huge role in whether people will look at your home. You want to stay away from pricing your home too high because your house may stay on the market longer. To price correctly, not only reference similar houses and their closing prices, but also the prices of homes for sale currently on the real estate market that have similar features. Here is a great form to figure out that perfect selling price.

Schedule a home tune-up: Hire a home inspector or specific professionals to check-up on your furnace, chimney and roof. These are especially important during the wintertime as many people will be thinking about heating costs. If you know there may be problems, consider inexpensive upgrades such as adding insulation to your attic.

Curb Appeal: Despite the grass turning brown during winter, you can still make your yard look appealing.  Pulling dead plants, pruning trees and adding mulch to flower beds can make a big difference while nothing is growing.

Maximize your lighting: Make sure both the exterior and interior of your home are well lit. Since natural light isn’t going to have much to offer during this time, a nicely lit room with lighting that isn’t too harsh is a great way to warm up a home.  Holiday lighting on the outside of your house can also make it look more inviting.

If you are considering buying a home in Skagit County, Oak Harbor, or Anacortes, a great place to start is our website. If you are looking to put your house on the market in the coming months or just want to entertain the option of how much your house is worth, contact us today at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or by calling (360) 941-3734.

 

November Home Maintenance Checklist

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Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, there are some tasks around the house that should be done so that your home is protected from the winter weather.

Weatherproofing – Locating and securing seal cracks in spaces that let heat out and cold air in can save homeowners five to 30 percent on energy bills each year. Do a thorough search around the windows, doors, baseboards and electrical outlets inside and outside and contact a professional to caulk or seal the areas.

Check fire alarms – The batteries in fire alarms should be replaced or tested twice a year. Dead batteries cause 24 percent of smoke alarm failures, so mark your calendars to get in the habit of checking them throughout the year.

Service the HVAC system – By making sure your heating system is running correctly, not only will your home stay warmer but you will save money on your energy bills. An HVAC expert typically costs $60-$85 an hour and can inspect and tune the system.

Rake dead leaves – Dead leaves will kill your lawn, so be sure to rake and remove them for removal. Lawn maintenance companies offer this service and will often aerate and reseed your lawn to prepare it for spring.

Clean patio furniture – By cleaning the outdoor furniture before it is packed away for the season, grime and build up will be easier to remove now than later.

Secure the home from pests – Like us, when animals are cold they want to find warmth and an attic is often a go-to place for rodents like rats and mice. Rodents like these only need openings as large as the size of a quarter to get in, so by securing and replacing damaged roof tiles and attic vents before snow falls, you may save yourself a larger hassle later.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. if you are in need of referrals for any home service, if you are seeking information about your own home such as an appraisal, or if you are thinking of buying or selling a property – we are always happy to help!

Visit www.JeanGroesbeck.com or contact us at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or call (360) 941-3734.