The Dos and Don’ts of Selling your Home in the Winter

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful dinner with their loved ones tonight! I for one am excited for the upcoming holiday season in our lovely city of Anacortes. But, with all that excitement comes the stress of preparing one’s house—especially, if you’re considering putting yours on the market during this hectic time of year. One of the most common questions I receive is when to buy a home or when to sell a home. Earlier this week we discussed the perks of buying a home during the winter season but did you know this is also a great time to put your house on the market? Buyers during this season have a greater sense of urgency to find a home than those during the spring and summer. A study by Redfin Research Center even found that the average seller in December through March ended up receiving more than their asking price. So what are you waiting for?

Here are the dos and don’ts of selling a home during the holiday season.

A great example on how to decorate your home for the season while keeping it simple.

1. Staging: Who doesn’t love to decorate their house for the holidays? Unfortunately, it’s easy to get carried away with the decorations and hide some of the best features of your home. You want to accent what you have to offer and not overwhelm those who are coming to view the house. Keep decorating to a minimum but don’t be afraid to use some of those decorations to emphasize the best features. Having an inviting and cozy home is a great way to help a potential buyer view what they could be purchasing.

2. Pricing: This is very important when listing. During the wintertime, price plays a huge roll in whether people will look at your home. You want to stay away from pricing too high because your house may stay on the market for too long. You also don’t want to price it too low as you may lose out on potential gain. To do this correctly, reference similar houses and their closing prices. Here is a great form to figure out that perfect selling price.

3. Schedule a home tune-up: Bring in a professional to check-up on your furnace, chimney, and roof. These are especially important during the wintertime as many people will be thinking about heating costs. If you know there may be problems, consider inexpensive upgrades such as adding insulation to your attic.

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass

4. Curb Appeal: Don’t ignore your yard! Just because the grass and flowers may be turning brown doesn’t mean that you can’t make your yard look good! Some of my favorite winter garden upgrades are pulling out the dead plants and placing mulch in the flower beds. While nothing will be growing, it adds a little bit of a natural color and can give your yard a clean look. Give your trees a nice trim, especially those evergreens. If you do decide your front yard needs a little greenery, Island Horticulture is a great local business that I love for finding plants that will do well in our Pacific Northwest environment.

5. Maximize your lighting: Everyone in Washington knows how dark it can get during winter days. It’s very important to make sure both the exterior and interior are well lit. Since natural light isn’t going to have much to offer during this time, a nicely lit room with lighting that isn’t too harsh is a great way to warm up a home.

This living room combines natural light with cozy ceiling lights.

I hope these tips inspire you to think about listing in the winter months! If you’re considering buying a home in Skagit County or Anacortes, Washington, a great place to start is our website. If you are looking to put your house on the market in the coming months or just want to entertain the option of how much your house is worth, talk to your realtor: Jean Groesbeck today!

Jean Groesbeck: or  360-899-5027.

Why Should You Wait? Winter can be the Best Season to Buy.

Did you know that in many cases it is actually less expensive to own a house rather than rent one?

In Skagit County, the average price of a home is around $247,250 while the average cost to rent a house is $1,463. Initially, the upfront costs of buying a house can seem like a lot more. Plus, thinking about a mortgage can be intimidating but with rent prices increasing and mortgages at an all-time low, now is the perfect time to consider buying that home you’ve dreamed of.

If you qualify for a mortgage, have the funds for a down payment, and intend to live in a home long enough to cover the transaction costs—you will be better off financially if you buy as soon as you can. After all, if you’re already tired of the house you’ve been in, that feeling is just going to grow!

Typically, summer is thought to be the best time to buy a house; the weather and school calendar make this a convenient season. Because most people consider that time as the right time, hidden gems that go up for sale in the winter are often overlooked.

So, if you are ready, consider looking for a home now instead of early spring. You will have more choices and less competition, and you can lock in today’s rates rather than risk rates increasing. Click here for wonderful winter options!

Skagit County Washington and Anacortes, Washington are great places to buy a home and with the market growing, now is a wonderful time to buy or sell! If you’re interested in finding out whether you can afford a home, contact Jean Groesbeck , Anacortes Living. If you would like more information on buying versus renting,read more about it here.

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at

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

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

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! 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 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