Are you looking for the perfect one level home in Anacortes?

1418 Georgia Ave Anacortes, WA

Built in 1955 this home has been newly remodeled and taken down to the studs! As you tour this beautiful home you will notice all NEW electrical (including panel), plumbing, insulation, windows, skylights, water heater, light fixtures, solar tubes, solid doors, driveway and garage door. The views from this home are spectacular with Guemes Channel as the focal point.

Spacious Open Floor Plan

This rebuilt one level home has 3 bedrooms and 1.75 bath and a partially finished basement. The home features a brilliant and efficient open floor plan including designer finishes, refinished hardwood floors, and low maintenance landscaping with a concrete RV parking and hookup.

If you enjoy the outdoors, Cranberry Lake and the Anacortes Forest Lands are only steps away from this property!

If you are looking for the perfect one level home in Anacortes this could be the one for you! Call or email us for a private showing today! Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Are you wondering what your home is worth? Please call us (360) 941-3734 for a complimentary market analysis, we have sold hundreds of homes in Anacortes and we can sell yours too!

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

DIY Patio Decor Ideas

Summer is approaching quickly and we have a few ideas to help make your patio the place to be for entertaining with family and friends or a relaxing place for you to enjoy! If you want to spruce up your patio look no further, these ideas will help brighten your patio and help create a functional outdoor environment.

Start by selecting a theme for your patio, this will help make the transition from indoors to outdoors smooth. A popular theme right now is rustic country. The recent trend is creating patio furniture out of pallets and wooden crates. Pallets can be broken down and the wood can be re-purposed to create just about anything the mind can imagine. Wooden crates make for good side tables as well as planter boxes. Making your own furniture or restoring old furniture, you are able to design from a blank slate…with a little paint and imagination you’ll surely brighten up your patio.

Patio furniture..select the right size furniture for your patio to avoid loosing space. Creating a “L” shaped bench in a corner is a great way to conserve space and makes for a more intimate setting. There are many different ideas using pallets and crates to create patio furniture for the less expensive approach as well as a conversation piece. Brightening up your patio furniture with outdoor decorative pillows also adds comfort.

Decorating your patio should start with a general theme…have fun with it and try to have purpose and function for all of your ideas. If you are interested in more do-it-yourself patio decor ideas..Contact Us!

Are you a homeowner and want to learn more about the real estate market trends in our area? Click Here to learn more! There is always the right time for selling your home, Click Here to learn when the time is right!

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

TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!

We Are Growing to Serve You Better!

Eileen Hebert Real Estate Broker cell: 360-770-7090

Please help us welcome Eileen Hebert to the Jean Groesbeck & Associates real estate team and to Coldwell Banker Bain!

Eileen has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 25 years. She has extensive mortgage and finance experience. Her experience gives her the ability to anticipate lender concerns insuring a smooth closing for buyers and sellers. For years she has provided creative solutions resulting in better outcomes for home buyers, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our winning team!

Married and the mother of two young adult children, Eileen is a Washington State native who has loved living in Anacortes since 1998. Eileen says “There is no other place on earth that I would rather live than in Anacortes!” Her clients describe her as a honest advocate and trusted advisor. Her colleagues describe her as professional, candid, and knowledgeable. Eileen has a good sense of humor and two dogs, more reasons why she is a great fit for our team!

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

We would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day! There are many different ways to celebrate with your mother this year in Skagit and Island County! There is something for everyone to do with your mom for this special day!

Saturday May 10, 2015

Take Mom Sailing! at The Center for Wooden BoatsEvent Starts: 10 am Location: 1880 S West Camano Drive-Camano Island, WA

FREE boat rides, Live Music, toy boat building and MORE! This is a FREE event with limited parking, a discover pass is required.

Mother’s Day Tea at Skagit Valley Senior VillageEvent Starts: 2 pm Location: 400 Gilkey Road-Burlington, WA
This event will feature a variety tea samplings and a photo booth with costumes, props, backgrounds, and a professional photographer. This event is open to the community!


Sunday May 11, 2015

Sunday Morning Jazz at North Cove Coffee- Event Starts: 10:30 am Location: 1130 S. Burlington Blvd-Burlington, WA

Join in on a morning full of Classic American Jazz music from the 40′s and 50′s performed by John Savage with Duane Melcher on the drums. Music includes sounds of Benny Goodman, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. A special breakfast item will be included! This is a FREE event!

Mother’s Day Concert at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens- Event Starts: 12 pm Location: 3531 Meerkerk Lane-Greenbank, WA

Harper Tasche will be performing his 22nd annual concert performing folk music using antique instruments and specializing in the harp. This event is $10 and FREE for ages 15 and under. Dogs are permitted on a leash!

Brunch and Musical at McIntyre Hall- Events Starts: 12:30 pm Location: 2501 E. College Way-Mt. Vernon, WA

The Mother’s Day brunch will kick off this event followed by a performance of “Shrek The Musical”. Brunch is $25 and the performance is $15-10

Take Mom on a Hike!

The State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a FREE admission to all State Parks! The discover pass will not be required, but will be required to access lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, especially all MOMS!

Hiring a Property Manager When Renting Out Your Investment

The real estate market is HOT here in Skagit County! If you are thinking of buying a home as an investment rental property, here are some tips for you :

Renting out a property, for the homeowner, means the homeowner is responsible for any issues that may occur.

A property manager’s job is to market the rental, establish communication with tenants, handle issues, and collect rent. A good property manager will give you peace of mind that your investment is being well taken care of and will help reduce your stress level by taking on these responsibilities.

Before you decide whether a property manager is right for your investment property, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you live far from your investment property?

Traveling back and forth to the property every time there may be an issue can be stressful.

2. Do you have the knowledge, skills, and ability?

If you do not have the time to learn the in’s and out’s of what it takes to manage a property, leave it to a professional.

3. Do you have the time for managing the property?

A busy schedule will make it difficult to keep up with your investment property and tenants.

4. Are you willing to work with contractors and other service aids?

Maintaining your investment property is extremely important.

5. Are you having trouble finding tenants?

Working with a property manager takes away the stress of getting your property seen by tenants. Another part of a property manager’s job is to interview tenants, this is a critical aspect of renting your property, finding the best tenant.

There is a lot to consider when renting out your investment property, it is crucial that you take the right steps when renting out your property and hiring a property manger will make it easier for you as a homeowner to make sure your property is well taken care of and most importantly keep its home value!

If you are interested in buying a home in Anacortes or Skagit County as an investment or would like to know what your home is worth please Contact Us!

Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Weeds Got You Down?

If you are like us, here in Anacortes our flower beds have sprouted many weeds that take away from the beauty of our garden beds, driveways, and walkways! As a homeowner it is important to keep up with the task of refreshing the outside of your homes, there are many different techniques to getting rid of the eye sores of weeds and unwanted grass on your property.

We have a non-toxic solution that has helped maintain your lush gardens, driveways, and walkways from being consumed by weeds, especially dandelions. Weeding your garden is labor intensive and is counterproductive; when you weed it brings seeds to the surface and germinates new growth.

We have taken the time to creatively design our flower gardens and would like to enjoy them without the eye sore of the dreadful weeds. Taking the extra time in spray the weeds will not ensure that they will not come back, it only kills them. If you want to help prevent the weeds from coming back in your garden mulch or wood chips will reduce the new growth of pesky weeds.

All you need is a container with a spray nozzle and these 3 ingredients to make your own pet and child friendly weed killer!

Non-toxic Weed Killer Recipe

½ Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ Cup Salt

½ Tsp Dawn Dish Soap

On a nice sunny day with no rain in the forecast for the next several hours, mix up these ingredients and spray each weed thoroughly. Make sure to completely cover the leaves and the central growing point of the weed. The dish soap will eliminate the protective oils on the weed and will allow the apple cider vinegar to work its magic!

Note: This non-toxic weed killer not only kills weeds, it will kill grass as well, it is best not to use this on weeds that are in your lawn.

For more helpful gardening tips, please feel free to Contact Us, call Jean Groesbeck 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Should I talk to a lender Before Making an Offer?

The first step for many people looking to buy a home is searching what the current real estate market has to offer.

It is not the first step that new home buyers should take, especially first time buyers.  Getting pre-qualified and even pre-approved on a home loan is the best way to get started.

With the excitement of looking to buy the perfect home, forgetting to talk to a lender about a home loan is a common mistake for new buyers. The advantage of completing both of these steps, pre-qualification and pre-approval, before you start to look for a home is that you’ll know in advance how much you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage also enables you to move quickly once you find the perfect home.

Getting pre-qualified is the initial step in the mortgage process, and most of the time it is fairly simple. You supply a bank or lender with your overall financial picture, including your debt, income and assets. After evaluating this information, your lender can give you an idea of the mortgage amount for which you qualify. Having a pre-approved home loan provides the new buyer with the specific mortgage amount for which they are approved and how much payments would be on a certain loan amount. Also, a pre-approval will give real estate agents and home sellers the proof that a buyer has the ability to secure a mortgage.

The process of getting a pre-approved loan takes time and as a buyer it is the best place to start when searching for a new home. If you are a new home buyer or a first time buyer and would like more information on the home buying process, please click here.

Feel free to Contact Us to answer any questions you may have regarding getting pre-approved for a home loan! We are here to help!  Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3437 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Kick Off to Fishing and Boating Season

Boating and fishing season is upon us here in Skagit County! This is an exciting time of the year as more and more outdoor community events kick off in our area!

Get the kids geared up for some fishing and head to Northern State Pond in Sedro-Woolley for the Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 2. Children 14 and under will be able to bring their own bait and gear and go crazy fishing! Gates open at 7 a.m. with fishing starting at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Wildcate Steelhead Club, along with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and General Administration Department of North Cascades Gateway Center. If you aren’t familiar with the area and need directions, here you go..Take HWY 20 East from Fruitdale Road, Left on Fruitdale approximately 1 mile on right hand side, look for signs along the way leading to the gate into the pond.

If you are a boater, the Swinomish Yacht Club in La Conner is holding their 40th Anniversary Opening Day Boat Parade also on Saturday May 2 at 3 p.m beginning at the North Basin. The theme for the parade is celebrating the 70′s and Jaws. If you are interested in participating in the parade, registration is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Following the parade there will be a Potluck and an Awards Ceremony for prize winners. Music will be going all night long! This is event is located at 310 North 1st Street in La Conner.

We hope to see you all enjoying the wonderful events in our community this upcoming weekend!

Cabin Style Home in Anacortes!

15903 Yokeko Drive

Private, rustic, and charming are the best ways to describe this unique waterfront cabin style home for sale in Anacortes. This cozy home is tucked away, and surrounded by pine trees. The property is located at a dead end street that provides substantial privacy.

Views from the wrap around deck

This property is a fabulous place to make memories for years to come! If you enjoy fishing, this home has extensive space for fishing right off the wrap around deck! The platform off the property makes it easy for you to launch fishing boats or kayaks for you to enjoy Puget Sound.The ocean is your backyard with some of the best salmon fishing around!

Living Room

Inside the home you will find rustic vaulted ceilings in the living room with a wall of windows capturing the majestic ocean and territorial views. From the living room this home displays the best views of Deception Pass from Fidalgo Island. The irreplaceable knotting pine walls throughout make this cabin style home unique. Access to the sun room is right off the living room, creating an amazing space for entertaining or a comfy spot to read a book.

This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home features double pane windows, ceiling fans, a newer roof and septic, and is move in ready!

If you would like more information on this amazing waterfront cabin style home, CLICK HERE to see more details!

You can Contact Us, call 360-941-3734 Jean Groesbeck or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com to schedule a private showing today!

809 7th St-Anacortes, WA