Watercraft Registration Expires June 30

Skyline Aerial View

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If you own a boat or other watercraft, now’s the time to renew your registration in time for the Anacortes boating season!

All watercraft registration expires June 30, 2017. The Skagit County Auditor’s Office urges you not to wait to renew your registration as the lines may be long.

The vast majority of vessels registered in Washington have HIN numbers that comply with the new Coast Guard standards, but some vessels are required to have new HIN numbers assigned to meet the US Coast Guard standards.
The involved vessel owners have already been sent letters by DOL notifying them that they are required to get new HIN Numbers.

Standard watercraft renewal can be done in person and local licensing offices or online, at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/renewboat.html. You can choose to have decals mailed to you or you can pick them up locally – even if you register online.

For a list of local licensing offices, or to sign up for an annual online renewal reminder, visit the Skagit County Auditor’s Office licensing page: www.skagitcounty.net/AuditorLicensing.

If you are seeking an Anacortes boat slip, a waterfront, water view or another property, contact us today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or 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.

 

Things to Clean Just Once a Year

THINGS TO CLEAN

Cleaning: some hate it, some love it. For those who are not huge fans, there is good news! Not everything in our homes needs to be cleaned daily, weekly, or even monthly. Here are a few things that (typically) only need to be cleaned once a year:

Upholstered Furniture
If you have pets, vacuuming your furniture at least weekly is a must. If your furniture sees a lot of wear and tear, call in a professional! Don’t be the home where guests are afraid to sit on the couch- give a furniture cleaner a call once during the spring and vacuum and spot clean the rest of the year!

Drapes and Curtains
We often underestimate the amount of dust in our home, and this can be evident if curtains or drapes are moved. Minimize this by taking them all down each spring and throwing them in the wash. It really is as easy as that. If you have curtains that can’t go in your regular washer and dryer, send them out to be dry cleaned! Your allergies will be happy you did.

Vents and Air ducts
Have you ever looked closely at the air ducts in your home? Try it. You are likely to find a buildup of dirt and dust on one side of the vent or the other. Just take a duster, slightly damp cloth, or vacuum wand and clean it off! It’s simple, and you won’t need to worry as much about dirt and dust being blown about your home.

Carpets
Just like furniture, carpets should be vacuumed regularly- especially if you have pets. But when was the last time your carpets were shampooed? If you have more than one furry friend, this should likely be done every six months. If not, once a year is sufficient to remove that layer of dirt that your vacuum just doesn’t reach. Don’t want to pay a pro? Rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself!

Clean Around Large Appliances
When we think about truly deep cleaning the kitchen, we often think of pulling out the refrigerator and cleaning behind it. This should also be done with the stove, as who knows what has made its way back there throughout the year.

When you think of large appliances, however, do your washer and dryer come to mind? If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned around these essential parts of your home, add it to your yearly list! The buildup of lint and dust around a dryer can be a huge fire hazard, and it builds up more than we know. Vacuum your lint tray, underneath the washer and dryer, and have your dryer vent cleaned every 12-18 months.

Last But Not Least: Purge
Purging can be therapeutic for many, and terrifying for many more. The fact remains however, that we all have things we don’t use. Once a year, go through your garage, closets, and other storage spaces and get rid of those things you haven’t used since you went through it the year before. You will find so much more room for the things you really love!

Sometime It’s Good to Borrow Less

SOMETIMES IT'S

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; buying a home can be daunting. It is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, and there are many factors that could affect the outcome. We are here to help minimize the potential for mistakes!

If you’re a first-time home buyer and looking ere on the safe side or mortgage payments, it is good to realize that it isn’t always a bad thing to borrow less than the amount for which you qualify. Here are a few ways this can be a benefit:

The Mortgage Payment Isn’t Your Only New Cost
Many buyers think “if I can afford this much in rent, I can afford this much in a mortgage payment”. While this may be true, don’t forget to factor in things like homeowners or property insurance, higher utilities costs, and property taxes (which can increase each year!). It is important to be comfortable with these costs for the foreseeable future, without anticipating a job change or salary increase.

You Never Know What is Going to Pop Up
New homes can come with unexpected expenses, regardless of how well the inspection turned out. Being able to pay for the unexpected things in life (new water heaters, car maintenance, etc.) is a comfort that one shouldn’t give up in favor of a larger monthly mortgage payment.

You NEVER Want to Miss a Payment!
Again, you never know what will happen in the future and you do not want to take on a 20-30 year loan with any uncertainty. Opt for a monthly amount that you know you are comfortable with. If you get lucky, some lenders will allow you to pay more than your monthly payment with the goal of paying it down more quickly, and you can always look into refinancing options when the time comes.

Buying a home doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful! Give us a call for more information on how to make the process an enjoyable one.

Waterfront Oasis in Burrows Bay

Anacortes , WA – Enjoy the best of Northwest living in your beautiful architectural waterfront home. Situated on a private Âľ acre setting, this amazing property features cathedral living room windows that frame beautiful sunsets over Burrows Bay and breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands. The extensive use of natural materials provides casual luxury; 2 master suites plus 3rd bedroom and flex space makes entertaining easy. Private stairs to the beach, a community dock down the street, and only 70 miles from Seattle make this home the perfect island getaway yet no ferry lines to contend with! I invite you to watch this fabulous property video by clicking the link below, you won’t be disappointed.

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10th Annual Bark in the Park – Anacortes

Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.

As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be  at the Storvik Park starting at 10am.  There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.

As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.

So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!

Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2014

25th Anniversary

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is celebrating its 25th year anniversary! Unlike the 2013 Anacortes Waterfront Festival, this year they added even more music and entertainment.

This fun filled weekend event will have activities for everyone including: car shows, art shows, community dance, boat shows, milk carton derby, boat building demonstration, remote controlled sail boats, guided walking tours, music, lots of food and FREE boat rides!

A Formation Flyover by the BlackJack Squadron will be included this year in honor of D-Day and the 25th Anniversary.

It is going to be a beautiful weekend in Anacortes so gather your friends and family and plan your day at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Skagit County.

See you there!

June 7 & 8, 2014
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

A Slice of Paradise!

A Special Beach Cottage in Anacortes, WA

This slice of Paradise is the perfect waterfront beach cottage in the San Juan Islands but is located in Anacortes with NO ferry commute! Launch a kayak or sit on driftwood and watch the Blue Heron fish while the Bay washes your cares away. An open floor plan allows for view enjoyment of the serene sunrises and tranquil sunsets and a large wrap around deck makes it perfect for entertaining friends. Just a couple of blocks from Golf Course. This magical well maintained bungalow by the bay is move-in ready.

For more details on the Anacortes home please click here

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Housing Market and Economic Outlook

This is great information that was present by Lawrence Yun at the National Association of Realtors Convention in November 2013

Please click on the link below to see the slide show:

For information on Skagit County Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Anacortes Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on La Conner Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Samish Island Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Guemes Island Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Whidbey Island and Oak Harbor Real Estate Trends click HERE

If you would like to shop homes for sale click HERE. You can shop for a wide variety of properties using your criteria from starter homes in Anacortes to luxury real estate around the world.

If you are wondering what your home is worth in this improving real estate market, call (360) 941-3734 or click HERE.

Girts Rekevics Memorial Fund 4th Annual “The Haunted Warehouse” Fundraiser

Its that time of year again!

We are about a week away from our big event! This years Haunted Warehouse promises to be full of spooktackular suprises!
Midlife Crisis and the Alimony Horns will be there for our entertainment! Avenue Catering is Donating the food and their wonderful catering services! Door prizes, costume contest, raffles and more!
Tickets can be purchased at the Anacortes pizza factory, Donatello, Cameo Hair Care, and Sassy Frass Company! $40 Per person or $280 for a table of 8. You can contact Judy Rekevics at judyrek@aol.com and she will take your table reservaton. Tickets can also be purchased at the door…..but I wouldn’t wait!
All Proceeds of this event will go to the Anacortes Cancer Care/Infusion clinic for patient comforts. The GIrts Rekevics Memorial Fund is now a 501c3 organization!

I hope to see everyone in costume and having a great time!