20+ Acres of Waterfront Privacy & Serenity on Guemes Island

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4142 Clark Point Rd. offers serenity and privacy on more than 20 acres of build-ready waterfront property, with 800 feet of sandy shoreline!  Just a 5 minute Ferry ride from Anacortes, this home is unmatched.

Enter this gorgeous property through an electric gate with a phone system, then drive down the long and winding driveway that provides your home with privacy while you take in the fabulously landscaped grounds and park you vehicles in the spacious three car garage.

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The property’s improvements include a heated swimming pool with an electric cover, surrounded with Pennsylvania Bluestone pool decks; outdoor living area with hot tub and fireplace, built-in BBQ, party cabana and pool equipment building.

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Walk the trail to the beach, enjoy the barn/shop space, newly resurfaced and fenced tennis court, 2 ponds, circular drive, native gardens, meadows, majestic trees, sounds of lapping waves, spectacular views, abundant wildlife and more!  All utilities are onsite and there is a septic with two drain fields, in addition to a private fire hydrant.

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For additional information and to schedule an appointment to see this one of a kind property in person, contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC 7 days a week at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Homeownership: A savings lifeline

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With home prices rising to all-time highs, many potential buyers may imagine drowning in a sea of monthly payments stretching across many years.

Naysayers bob to the surface with harrowing tales of home-buying gone wrong. If the down payment doesn’t get you – well the property taxes, maintenance and insurance surely will!

These so-called “savvy” investors say renters who dutifully put all money not spent on housing into stable investments – like mutual funds – may get a greater rate of return.

Criticism of home ownership as an instrument of wealth-building has understandably become louder in the last decade, after a Housing Bust that put more than 10 million homeowners upside-down, and 4 million more into foreclosure.

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Stunning Views & One-Level Living at 2015 Creekside Cr.

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Enjoy stunning views of majestic Mt. Baker and the Anacortes Harbor from your living room at 2015 Creekside Circle in Anacortes (MLS #1150683).

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This spacious one-level living home features 3 bedrooms total, including a large master suite, and 2 total baths with an attached 2 car garage.

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Tall ceilings and an open floor plan let light flood throughout this home, strategically located to maximize privacy and view, or enjoy the outdoors from your private deck!

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For more information about this property, contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC.  Team Groesbeck is available daily for your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

June 2: First Friday Artwalk

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To bring the Anacortes community together, two local events, Open Streets and First Friday Artwalks, are joining forces to create a “Street Plaza” setting on Commercial Avenue between 4th Street and 6th Street. Commercial Avenue will be open to foot traffic only for an evening of fun June 2, from 6-9 p.m.

Visitors will be able to shop late with merchants, dine and socialize in an outdoor setting and listen to live music. Music will be set up in the center of the 5th Street intersection to provide an opportunity to enjoy the talent of local musicians. Restaurants in the “Street Plaza” area will be offering special sidewalk seating during the event.

Participating merchants in the “Street Plaza” zone include Scott Milo Gallery, Adrift, Gere A Deli, El Jinete, Johnny Picasso’s, The Majestic Inn and Spa, A-Town Bistro, Frida’s Gourmet Restaurant, The Brown Lantern and Pita J’s.

This event will reoccur July 7 and September 1.

Visit AnacortesArt.com for more information.

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Friday, June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

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This Friday, June 23, is the 19th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day! As a pet-friendly office, every day at Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions that dogs are and promote their adoptions.  Click here for more information: https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog

For all of your real estate needs throughout Anacortes, Skagit County, Island County and beyond, contact Team Groesbeck daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or visit us at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.

What does FHA look for with an Appraisal?

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When an FHA loan is being used, the appraiser has two objectives. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the appraiser to determine the current market value, as with any appraisal. But they also require a property inspection to make sure the home meets HUD’s minimum standards for health and safety.

Note that the appraiser does not replace your home inspection. The appraiser has a duty to report to your lender the comparable value of the home your buying as well as the overall condition of the home. Only a home inspector will do a thorough analysis of the condition of every aspect of your home.

HUD is mainly concerned that everything in the house functions properly and there are no health and safety issues. The basic concept of meeting FHA minimum requirements is that everything must work as it was designed to work.

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June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

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Help keep your pets safe during disasters and have a plan and the necessarily supplies they need.

  • Make sure your pet has a microchip and the contact information and photo of your pet are up to date.
  • Always have a collar and ID tag on your pet, and travel with a leash.
  • List additional phone numbers and email addresses to ensure someone is able to be contacted in the event your pet is lost.
  • Keep a list of important contacts for your pet, such as veterinarians and pet sitters.
  • Upload important medical documents for your pet and keep extra copies for yourself.
  • Keep vaccinations up to date.
  • Always make sure your pet has enough food and water. Storing canned pet food may be a good option as a standby.
  • If evacuation is necessary, never leave your pet behind! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

For more information about pet emergency planning, visit www.ready.gov/animals.

How to Make your Offer Stand Out with a Cover Letter

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Think of the difference. If you’re selling your home, and you’re reviewing several offers that you’ve received for your home, you’re seeing different factors such as closing date, down payment, loan program, addendums and exceptions, but what you really key in on is the bottom line to you – how much will you net from each different offer.

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Turn-key, Waterfront Custom Home in La Conner

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15646 SneeOosh Rd. in La Conner (MLS 1144459) is a custom built dream home built with only the finest materials, from the Australian Cypress Floors to the amazing staircase!

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Enjoy a stroll on the beach or launch your boat to crab and fish in your back yard! The master suite is spectacular with guest suites for luxury entertaining and the open floor plan allows a panoramic view from every room.

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Set on just shy of one acre, the lot provides privacy and serenity! Additional features include a partial fence, sprinkler system, disabled access, athletic court, jetted tub, security system and more!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today for additional information or to view this gorgeous property at (360) 941-3734 or (360) 899-5027, at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or stop by our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.  We look forward to working for you!