Selling Your Home?

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Sometimes showings to sell your home can feel like a hassle, specially if you have an active lifestyle and/or children. Every showing counts and the better your home looks the higher are the chances to receive an offer. We understand it is a huge commitment to have your home show ready every day and we are here to help you the best way we can.

Here are 5 quick tips to have your house show ready everyday during the house selling process:

1. Make a checklist. It’s easy to forget things in the rush to get out the door.

2. Make your bed every morning. So you don’t have to worry about it on those last minute showing calls.

3. Hide laundry. Conceal dirty clothes in a “neat way” in a lidded hamper and have rooms show ready all the time.

4. Simplify kid’s rooms. Pack as many toys as possible and store them in a box/container. The less they have, the faster it will be to pickup before a showing.

5. Check bathrooms. Replace used/wet towels with clean fluffy ones and give your bathroom an instant clean and fresh appearance.

Showings don’t have to be a hassle! With the right tools, you will be a pro in no time.

If you would like more tips, email us at: info@jeangroesbeck.com, we will gladly send you more information. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

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Buying Out of State?

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So you are thinking about relocating and need to find an out-of-state real estate broker to help you find your dream home… but where do you start?

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is one of the main reasons people choose to move to Skagit County. Having the right real estate broker who understands the importance of staying up-to-date with the market and latest real estate trends can make the home buying experience enjoyable and stress free.

If you’re relocating to Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit County, choosing a reliable out-of-state real estate agent can seem a little bit overwhelming. You should always take your time researching the right real estate broker, and that involves interviewing a few before you make your final decision.

So how do you choose the right real estate broker for the job? Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice when searching for the right real estate broker in a market that you’re unfamiliar with.

  • Ask for referrals from family, friends, and even other real estate brokers that you know
  • Check and compare online presence of your potential real estate broker
  • Ask all candidates about their real estate experience and their familiarity with the area
  • Find a real estate broker who will communicate the same way that you do – text, email, fax?
  • Ask all candidates about their availability – full time, part time? 

 

It will be a little time consuming, but the right  real estate broker will help you find the perfect home even if you are miles apart!

If you or someone you know is moving to Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit County, give us a call! (360) 941.3734. Let us show you how our 5 star real estate service can help you find your dream home.

 

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

 

 

 

 

Home of the Week – 4416 Cutter Dr in Anacortes

 

4416-L2-deck-cornerYour dream home awaits! This luxurious customized home in Anacortes, WA is everything you want in a view home. Spanning over 3000 SF, this one of a kind water’s edge residence is perfect for indulging in unobstructed Guemes Channel views. Every detail was carefully selected to make this home truly unique. From the professional hardscape to the elegant interior finishes and fixtures, this stunning residence will captivate you from the moment you step in.

The gracious entrance with a lovely sitting nook area welcomes you into an open floor layout made for entertaining. The double sided quartz fireplace is the focal point of the main level, accompanied by an elegant kitchen, French doors to the wrap around deck, and a den/office with gorgeous built-ins.4416-L2-bedroom-master

The bright master suite features French doors to the deck overlooking the water, and a stylish en-suite bath with a spacious glass shower. The lower level houses an ample family room with a wet bar, wine cooler and a dishwasher. Two guest bedrooms and a fabulous guest bath which includes dual vanities and a walk in glass shower PLUS a bathtub shower are also located on the lower level. Laundry is conveniently located on the main level adjacent to the over-sized 2 car garage with epoxy finished floors.

This stunning home has everything you want in a luxury home in Anacortes. Why build? Why wait? Move in and start enjoying the summer from the comfort of your new home.

Call or email us today for a private showing of this water’d edge home for sale in Anacortes.

Click on the video for an exclusive 3D virtual tour of 4416 Cutter Dr. in Anacortes, WA.

The Jean Groesbeck & Associates Team at Coldwell Banker Bain has been named one of America’s …

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The Jean Groesbeck & Associates Team at Coldwell Banker Bain has been named one of America’s most productive Real Estate Teams as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

 

The Jean Groesbeck & Associates Team at Coldwell Banker Bain has been named one of America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. The list ranks the most productive agents by state and metropolitan area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume.

Jean Groesbeck & Associates is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked number 20 for the state of Washington.

“We are honored to be named on this ranking of the country’s top residential real estate brokers.” said Ms. Groesbeck, Managing Broker for Jean Groesbeck & Associates. “It represents the time and effort that we put into each client that we serve, and years of dedication to customer service, education, and professional achievements.  We are very grateful to our clients for our success.”

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks more than 12,000 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2015. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. This group of real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States.

The real estate professionals are ranked in four categories:
Individual agent — Sales volume
Individual agent — Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: the buy side and the selling side)
Agent team — Sales volume
Agent team — Transaction sides

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2015. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

“With today’s release of the 2016 America’s Best Real Estate Agents list, an elite group of real estate agents across the country are receiving well-deserved recognition. These sales associates are far above average and have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field,” said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends.  “To say that Jean Groesbeck & Associates is an exceptional real estate team is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”

“Less than 1 percent of the agents and teams in America account for 5 percent of all sales,” said Murray. “It is amazing to think about how hard they have worked and how focused they are on their clients. They have to be in order to be listed on this report.  We are pleased to congratulate this year’s members of Americas Best Real Estate Agents.”

Click on www.AmericasBestRE.com to see the 2016 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list. The 2016 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list is sponsored by Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on the Web and mobile.

 

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REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents honors America’s finest real estate agents and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends.The rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 1,600 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.

 

ABOUT REAL Trends

REAL Trends is a privately-held publishing, consulting and communications company specializing in the residential brokerage and housing industries.  REAL Trends provides a wide range of advisory services to a clientele of local, regional, national and international real estate organizations.  REAL Trends’ areas of expertise include operational analysis, valuations, merger and acquisition advisory services, technology consulting, consumer and business research and strategic planning.  Visit REAL Trends at www.realtrends.com.

 

Zillow is a registered trademark of Zillow, Inc. Trulia is a registered trademark of Trulia, LLC. These marks are used with permission.

Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online athttp://www.americasbestre.com.

 

 

Things to Clean Just Once a Year

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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

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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.

Home Safety

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Safety and security are part of the comforts of home, however there are many things that can easily become hazardous without our even realizing. Fortunately there are some simple steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe:

 

  • Throughout your home, check that handrails and banisters are in good repair and that they will not give way to children or elderly individuals that may live in or visit your home. Look at areas both indoors and outdoors that may need handrails or other support installed and evaluate whether or not they would be beneficial to your family.
  • Replace burned-out bulbs throughout your home, especially in areas such as stairways that may be difficult to get to or overlooked. Unknown to many, burned-out bulbs can be a fire hazard as dust will build on the bulbs and they are likely to spark when a switch gets turned off and on regularly.
  • Replace faulty wiring immediately upon discovering it.
  • Install smoke alarms and check batteries twice each year.
  • Secure your home with quality door and window locks.
  • Trim shrubs and trees close to the house so you can easily see into your yard from windows.
  • Avoid an unoccupied look when you go away for extended periods of time by leaving a light or radio on. This can even be done with an automatic timing device.
  • Pause deliveries of mail and newspapers by phoning your local post office and newspaper carrier.
  • Have a trusted neighbor or friend keep an eye on your home. In some areas, you can ask your local police station about “vacation house checks” so the police will keep an eye on your home while you are away.

We are never too busy to assist you with your real estate needs! If you are looking for more ways to keep your home safe, give us a call! We would be happy to provide you with any information you need, or at least point you in the right direction!

What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

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Both the appraisal and inspection processes can be intimidating from both buyer and seller perspectives. Both take a very nit-picky look at your home, and both can affect the final negotiated price. Take a look at a few appraisal-related questions that we’ve answered for you:

How do inspections and appraisals differ?
Inspectors come to a property to gauge any concerns that may cause issues after the deal is done, while appraisers come specifically to assess the value of a property.

Why are appraisals necessary?
Lenders will not loan funds when a home has not been appraised; they want as much information as possible so they can loan the appropriate amount. For example, the lender does not want to “over-loan” on a property in the event that it is foreclosed and they are left with a home they cannot sell for the loan amount.

Who pays for the appraisal; the seller or the buyer?
Typically, the seller pays for the appraisal during closing the closing process.

How does the appraiser determine the property value?
Appraisals take into account key features of the home, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and overall condition. Another huge factor is information about other comparable properties close to yours; property values surrounding you can have great impact on your home’s appraised price.

Is there anything the homeowner can do to improve the appraisal?
Save a copy of your seller’s disclosure form when initially so you can make note of any changes or improvements you’ve made to the home. Once the appraisal appointment has been made, speak to your Realtor about the possibility of him/her being present during the appraisal so they can point out any unseen and possibly value-increasing features.

The Importance of Home Inspections

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Many wonder why such an emphasis is placed on home inspections when they are not mandatory in the home buying or selling process.

The bottom line is: buying a home is already an expensive process- it is best to have a third party check for potential (unseen) problems before you are fully committed, rather than signing without knowing what you could be getting into.

One of the biggest indicators that the home inspection is important is that it can be used as a contingency in your purchase offer. This means that it can be used to back out the deal if certain significant defects are revealed by an inspection.

 

While inspectors may vary in thoroughness, there are certain key elements they should look at:

  • Whether or not the problems they find are safety issues, or major/minor defects.
  • Which items require replacement or servicing.
  • Which items should be monitored closely for possible repair/replacement in the future.

 

As a general rule, some of the items an inspector might look at include:

  • Foundation
  • Exterior Walls
  • Pest Problems
  • Roof Damage
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Water Heater
  • Kitchen Appliances (provided any are staying with the home)
  • Laundry Room (proper ventilation)
  • Potential Fire Hazards
  • Bathrooms (proper ventilation, mold issues, water damage, etc.)

 

Potential safety concerns that should absolutely be addressed in the inspection are:

  • Radon
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Mold

 

Inspections may not always identify everything wrong with a property, but they can point you in the right direction if something appears amiss and if anything, you will have the opinion of an “expert” to back you up.

If you have any questions about home inspections (how to schedule, why they are important, etc.) give us a call! We would be happy to walk you through everything you need to know about buying or selling your home.

What is the Seller’s Disclosure Form?

The seller’s disclosure form is one that must be completed by everyone selling a home; it is a document that will ask you questions about your home that you may not have considered since you purchased the property yourself.

As it is one of the documents that the buyer will most closely look at, all questions need to be answered to the best of your knowledge. If they are not, it may delay the closing process and prompt even further questions from the buyer.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to put your mind at ease while completing this very detailed, legally-binding document!

Research your home. If you have recently moved into your home then you likely have much of the necessary information accessible, as it was made available to you when you purchased the home. If it has been a decade or so, you may have to do some digging through old paperwork to find information such as the make, model, and age of various components of your home (HVAC system, water heater, etc.). Buyers will want to note this information to see what kind of money, if any, will need to be spent upon moving in.

Be as accurate as possible. You hopefully had an inspection done when you moved into the home, which should be able to give you information on the roof, plumbing, electrical, etc. While doing your research, try to be as accurate as possible rather than guessing when something may have been installed or replaced.

Honesty is the best policy. Really, answer all questions to the best of your ability. If there is information to which you do not have access or a question is not applicable to your property, note that in the seller’s disclosure form. You do not want to appear ill-informed about your home and want to offer up as much information to the buyer as possible, so as to avoid any delays or issues with closing.

Remember, the seller’s disclosure form is a legally binding document that is required of all home sellers. There isn’t, however, any reason to be intimidated by it! Just make sure you are aware of what has been done in your home and which things potential buyers may take issue with. This will help both the home selling and buying process go smoother than you can imagine!

Call us today for more information on what to take into consideration when buying or selling your home!