Open House this Friday in Anacortes, WA!

3907 Isle Way at The Isles in Anacortes, WA

Our amazing Eileen Hebert will be hosting an open house in Anacortes, WA tomorrow, Friday June 26 from 2pm to 5pm .

Come and see what The Isles is all about! Eco-friendly luxury living in the heart of Anacortes, Washington.

Nestled among the great evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, this neighborhood of 17 eco-friendly homes is designed to be both luxurious and convenient. The hand selected craftsman details allow you to enjoy your own island oasis. Stunning views of the Guemes Channel and San Juan Islands abound at The Isles.

Windows encased in naturally finished hemlock accentuate and showcase the gorgeous views from each room of these finely finished homes. Custom cabinets of Alder wood, hemlock wainscoting, Brazilian Cherry floors, slab granite, ductless heat pump, surround sound, designer carpet & fixtures provide casual elegance. Clubhouse, waterfall, outdoor living area, & lush grounds maintained for you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful eco-friendly home in Anacortes for sale!

Stunning Views of the Guemes Channel & San Juan Islands

Where: 3907 Isle Way  Anacortes, WA

When: Friday June 26, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For more information on this gorgeous home for sale in Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Happy Father’s Day – Weekend


We hope that everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend!

Did you know …Father’s Day officially began in 1910 in Spokane, Washington? Yes! in our very own state. Sonora Smart Dodd proposed it as a way to honor her dad; the man who raised  6 children on his own. It is said that Dodd was thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day. She decided it should be celebrated in June – her dad’s birth month.

The first father’s day was celebrated in June 19, 1910 in Spokane, WA but it wouldn’t be until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day.Six years later, President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday.

Of course we don’t need Father’s Day to remind us that Dad will always be a girl’s first crush and a boy’s first hero but it is good to make it a little bit extra special once a year…right?

Newly Constructed Home in Anacortes! Amazing Territorial and Water Views

2814 Grady Lane Anacortes, WA

We have a wonderful newly constructed home for sale that has been artfully designed to take advantage of the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands to the North and the Skyline Marina and Burrows Bay to the South. You will notice an abundance of natural light throughout this open floor plan.

The exquisite craftsmanship and quality materials are found throughout this beautiful home in Anacortes. With a main level living, peaceful master suite, guest suite, dream kitchen, courtyard entrance, fenced level yard and lots of storage this home is a must see!

This home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and is only a few blocks away from Washington Park hiking trails, boat launch, and beach.

If you are interested in viewing the full listing of this gorgeous newly constructed home for sale in Anacortes, CLICK HERE

Call us today for a private showing! 360.941.3734 or send us an email at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Having Trouble Selling Your Home?

Some homes will sit on the real estate market for longer periods of time compared to others, there are many different reasons why this may occur.

Here are some reasons why your home is still on the market:

PRICE- This is considered to be the number one reason why a home won’t sell. Buyers are looking for a practical investment, knowing what the value of your home is before selling will help make sure you are not overpricing your home on the market.

Timing- the real estate market fluctuates and timing is everything. Listing your home on the market is a commitment and ensuring you are prepared before you list your home will assist in the right sale.

Personalized- staging your home for wide variety of buyers is a helpful part in selling your home, neutral colors are best for buyers wanting to imagine themselves in a new home. De-cluttering your home will also ensure the buyers are able to imagine themselves moving in!

Flexibility- having a flexible schedule for your real estate agent to show your home during the selling process is vital! If your home is not available for a showing, it is likely it will stay on the market longer compared to a home that is readily available for a showing.

TLC- first impressions are everything! Making small repairs, painting, deodorizing, and landscaping are some quick fixes to get the right impression from the start. Buyers are typically looking for move-in ready homes!

If your home is listed ask your agent for honest feedback and be willing to listen to what he or she tells you.  It might not want to be what you hear, but if you want to move you need to know.

If you are thinking of selling your home but don’t know where to start? CLICK HERE for information on why hiring a real estate agent will benefit you in the process of selling your home!

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  (360) 941-3734

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

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!