Darling Remodeled Anacortes Bugalow – 1115 11th St.

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1115 11th St. in Anacortes (MLS #1063568) is a darling remodeled bungalow just one block from town center listed for $225,000.

Move-in ready with plenty of room to add on, this home feels larger than its square footage due to the back covered porch and no space is wasted.

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Featuring a huge fenced backyard and alley access for RV or boat parking, building a garage could also be possible, or add a second story for a water view!

For additional information about this home or to schedule a showing, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for all of your real estate needs!

Deciding to Remodel or Move

 

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Do you need more space? Are you thinking about remodeling your home, or is it time to make a move? Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes to discuss your options!

For many people, this can be a difficult decision. Once you’ve been in a house for a few years, you can get attached to your home and your neighborhood. It’s where you know the stores, the parks, the theaters, and the best commute to work. If you have children, they may love their school. So what can you do?

Consider remodeling if you love your house and neighborhood, have the room and budget to expand on your existing property, and can potentially realize a profit on the remodel. For a major remodel, also consider that you may need to move out to avoid exposure to dust and construction chemicals.

Finally, remodeling almost always takes more time and costs more money than you may have estimated. So make sure you budget realistically.

If remodeling isn’t a good choice for your family, moving to a different neighborhood may have many advantages, including the opportunity to buy a larger or newer house, live closer to desirable schools or businesses, or shorten your commute time.

For a complimentary market analysis of your home, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Even if you are still unsure of whether to sell, we are happy to discuss your options with you!

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. is based in Old Town Anacortes and proudly serves the areas of Anacortes, Skagit County and San Juan County. We look forward to working for you!

5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

Now that spring is here many homeowners begin remodeling projects.  Everyone knows that is is a good idea to hire a professional remodeler, but it is also wise to consult with a REALTOR before you you start your plan.  Why?  It is always wise to remodel with an eye toward resale. Also make sure you stay in budget and do not over-improve your home for the neighborhood.

Here area few tips for planning a your home remodel:

1. Review your  list of home remodeling ideas with your REALTOR

2.  Set a budget and stick to it.  (This is the hard part)  Do the remodel in phases if necessary.

3. Get at least 2 and preferably three bides from professionals. 

4. Research the company!   Check the references, BBB, licensing  and background of the company you hire.
 

5. Agree on a contract.  Ask about warranties, time lines, what happens if the project is not finished on time, who pays for what and when, and will the person who are hiring be the one to do the work or someone else?  Ask to see the contract of all of the people you are interviewing.

 6. Research energy efficiency tax credits.  There are lots of great ones right now!

7.  Be patient!

If you want to know if you are making the right decision for the resale value of your home, please call one of our professional real estate agents to assist you!  Or visit us at www.CBIslandLiving.com

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Checklist for Hiring a Builder or Remodeler

Do your homework before having work done on your home.

Use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home.

  • Does the builder or remodeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers?

  • How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. Will they be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties?

  • Have you called your local Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any complaints.

  • Does the builder/remodeler have sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.

  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with names of previous customers? Ask them if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.

  • Have you seen the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress? Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

  • Are you able to communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with a complete and clearly written contract? The contract will benefit both of you. Review it carefully.

  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.

Call your local home builders’ association (Skagit Island County Builders Association) for the names of member builders and remodelers. Find contact information at www.nahb.org/findanhba. Information by National Association of Home Builders.  Supplied by Lang Custom Construction, Inc.

“Creating A Customer For Life” Please contact Lang Custom Concrete & Construction for home building, remodeling and all your concrete needs. 360-293-8654 or visit us at www.langcustom.com

Quiet & Private Single Story Creekside Home

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2103 Creekside Cr. (MLS #1106010) is located in Anacortes’ private and quiet Creekside community, the homes has 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, more than 1,800 SF, a 2 car attached garage and a 1-year-old furnace.

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Additionally, the kitchen has been remodeled with beautiful new cabinets, slab granite, Bosch appliances, a pantry with pull-outs, an alcove for a flat screen TV, large eating area and cork floors.

From the living room, enjoy creek views, built-in shelves, a gas fireplace and solid hardwood floors.

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In addition, the formal dining area makes for a great entertainment space!

For more information or to schedule a showing of this Anacortes property, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC., located in Old Town Anacortes, at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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.

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.

Competing with New Homes in Today’s Market

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If you are selling a home in Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit County, it is important to look at your competition. If your home is in a price range that has new homes listed, it is even more important that your home is move-in ready.

Beyond the updated kitchen and bathrooms, buyers want homes that will not need maintenance within the next five years. Other things to consider are that the roof and gutters need to be cleaned, the furnace serviced, appliances working, fresh paint, stain free and clean carpet, cupboards clean and organized and no mildew on decks and patios.

Even if you do not have new homes in your area, 70 percent of Skagit County buyers want move-in ready homes. They expect the homes on the market to have spotless kitchens, fresh caulking in bathrooms and perfect windows.

Of course we can sell homes that are not in excellent condition, but sellers do not get top-dollar. Some sellers value time more than money so they are willing to have a lower selling price rather than having work done.

For most of us, we want top dollar for any real estate we sell. When you allow Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC to market your home in Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties, you will receive professional and complimentary staging services.

If you are thinking of remodeling and want to consider resale value of your home in Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties, we are happy to discuss with you. Contact us at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com today!

2017 Kitchen Trends

 
by Eileen Hebert, broker, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes.

Kitchen design trends are constantly evolving–and these days, with digital media giving homeowners a constant stream of inspiration, it seems like new styles are coming and going at an even faster rate. If you’re planning to refresh your kitchen in 2017, make sure it’s cutting edge be incorporating what are sure to be the biggest kitchen design trends for 2017.

Tuxedo kitchen cabinets: Mix up a kitchen’s color palette with Tuxedo cabinets. Two-tone cabinetry means you don’t have to choose just one finish for your cabinets.  It’s all about the two-toned look, whether you paint the upper cabinetry one shade and the lower set another, or simply finish a kitchen island in a different finish.  You will never go wrong with classic black and white.

Hidden Appliances:  Hidden appliances are those that are made to look as if they are cabinets, with the same design in doors and hardware. The trend will be towards hidden appliances, even small appliances such coffee makers and microwaves, and certainly bigger items like refrigerators and dishwashers.

Nearly every appliance but the stove can be “hidden” and disguised as cabinetry and this creates a clean, uncluttered looking kitchen overall.

Quartz Countertops:  Quartz kitchen countertops, marble and wood are versatile modern kitchen trends for 2017. Concrete, stainless steel and glass add industrial style vibe to modern kitchens and offer the latest trends in contemporary kitchen design. Quarts kitchen countertops look like granite. Solid and practical, easy to clean and very attractive, quartz kitchen countertops are convenient and eco friendly solutions for modern kitchens.

Mixed hardware finishes:  Hardware is like the jewelry for your kitchen design and there are more options out there than ever before. Skip the standard nickel knobs and brass bar pulls from the big box store and opt for something special. Instead of going for a monochromatic stainless steel look, homeowners are choosing accessories with various finishes, such as gold, copper or pewter. Among the details seen on hardware: hammered finishes, leather trim, and even pulls made from slices of agate.

If you’re ready for a kitchen remodel in 2017, keep these trends in mind. Opt for natural materials for both your countertop and backsplash choices, utilizing bold colors wherever possible. You’ll have a kitchen update that’s perfect for your home.

If you would like more information on home trends, contact Eileen Hebert at (360) 770-7090 or email her at Eileen@JeanGroesbeck.com

Beautiful Panoramic Views from 4709 Kingsway in Anacortes

 

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If you are seeking an open floor plan that allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains, 4709 Kingsway is the home for you.

Located in Anacortes’ Skyline community, this sprawling 3,400 sf home boasts four bedrooms, 3.25 baths and is available for $525,000.  Featuring a huge wrap around deck, you can soak up a sunset and watch boat traffic from the privacy of your own home.

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The newly remodeled master suite can be your oasis; featuring quartz counter tops, marble, and designer fixtures, you will feel like you are in spa of your own. Wait until you see the huge waslk-in closet!

Other features of 4709 Kingsway in Anacortes include a second master bath, bamboo flooring, double pane storm windows, vaulted ceilings and a walk-in closet. The Skyline community has beaches, a clubhouse, tennis courts, ball field and waterside cabana.

To visit this home, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. at (360) 941-3734.

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