The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill an individual within minutes of contact. Carbon monoxide can quickly build to unsafe levels in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.

What Are Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, confusion and nausea. Low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can include symptoms similar to illnesses such as the flu.

As these may be difficult symptoms to diagnose, they could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning if:

  • Symptoms go away when you leave your home, and come back when you return.
  • Everyone in the home experiences similar symptoms at the same time.

 

What Should You Do if You Suspect a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home?

If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, gather your family outside in the fresh air and immediately call 911.

  • During power outages, never use charcoal or gas grills indoors or in enclosed spaces. Do not burn charcoal in a fireplace, as charcoal does not produce a draft strong enough to push the carbon monoxide outside.
  • Never use a generator inside your home, garage, carport, basement, or near an opening into your home while outside. Generators should be kept at least 20 feet from buildings in the hope that airflow will direct carbon monoxide flows away from the home.
  • Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home and do not sleep in a room using an unvented gas or kerosene heater.

 

OPEN HOUSE: 4713 Schooner Dr., Anacortes – March 18 & 19

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Join Team Groesbeck for an open house of 4713 Schooner Dr. in Anacortes‘ San Juan Passage community on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Listed for sale at $550,000, this open floor plan 3 bedroom (one on main level), 2 bathroom home features exquisite craftsmanship and Cape Cod architecture and upper-level views of the Guemes Channel and ferries. A main level gas fireplace, gorgeous hardwood floors, an elegant kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances and granite counters allow for a great entertaining space.  A neutral yet tasteful wall color palette, crown molding and high ceiling add to the elegance of this home.

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For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Home Maintenance Tasks for March

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To keep your home running smoothly all year, here are some things you can do before each Spring. For any suggestions of professionals to assist you throughout the Anacortes area, please contact us!

Clean the gutters – Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris that have accumulated over the winter so your gutter system is ready for spring showers. Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations.

Clean the air conditioning condenser – Remove dust and debris that have accumulated on the air conditioning condenser so that the AC works efficiently.

Prepare your yard – Remove branches and stones, and use your lawn mower with a catch bag to make short work of dead leaves and twigs. If any flower buds are diseased, bag and toss them in the trash to avoid spreading fungus and infestations.

Clean the siding – Remove dirt and grime that can cause mildew and shorten the life of your siding. Soap and water, a long-handled brush and a garden hose typically works great.

Clean and repair outdoor decks – Removing leaves and debris from between deck boards prevents staining the wood and reduces the chance of the wood rotting. Also check for any loose boards or protruding nails.

Caulk around windows and doors – Check the caulking around windows, doors and corners to prevent water infiltration and repair as necessary.

Inspect walkways and driveways – Freezing weather can break apart stone and concrete. Using a sealant on existing cracks will prevent the stone from breaking apart further.

Inspect the roofing – Check your roof for loose or missing shingles – starting from the ground with a pair of binoculars will help your to safely assess your roof.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in 2017, call Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. today at (360) 941-3734 or contact Jean via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. We are available daily for all of your real estate needs!

When is the Right Time to Sell Your Home?

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Have you been interested in selling your home, but still wonder when the best time will be?

Here are a few reasons why NOW is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes:

– SUPPLY AND DEMAND –

Inventory in Anacortes is low, but the demand remains high! Because of this, it is currently a sellers market. Homes listed for sale that are priced correctly are selling very quickly!

– FEWER CASH BUYERS – 

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers, the price growth in the housing market will make for more stable and sustainable growth.

– INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES –

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing sooner rather than later.

– RISING COST OF RENT –

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest rent money towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now the right time to sell your home is, contact Team Groesbeck to discuss your options. Our team of honest and experience brokers will guide you every step of the way, beginning with a no obligation comparative market analysis (CMA) of your property, in addition to a complimentary staging consultation for our clients.

To schedule an appointment with us or for more information, we are available daily at (360) 941-3734 or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. As the #1 seller of pre-owned properties in Skagit County, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. are market experts and can assist with all of your real estate needs, providing you 5 Star Real Estate Services since 2002!

Elegant Parkside Home in the Heart of Anacortes

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Located in the tranquil community of Parkside, 4609 Woodside Drive (MLS #1072797) is set in the heart of Anacortes and has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths among 4,269 SF.

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Some of the elegant features of this exceptional property include a large and luxurious master suite on the main level, both formal and casual dining areas and a huge bonus room allowing for a desirable flex space. Lots of natural light, kitchen prep and storage space, an oversized 3 car garage on an approximately half acre level lot that borders the Forest Lands, lakes and 2200 acres of hiking trails accessible from your private back yard, this home is a must-see!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today to schedule a showing of this home or for more information at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

When a Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. Broker Gets an Offer on Your Home

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Getting you the best price is critical, but there are other components of an offer that are important to consider before accepting an offer, including:

  • Is the offer subject to financing?  If so, what is the length of time and is the buyer prequalified?  What percentage are they going to put down?  What is the source of the down payment?  Are they asking you to pay any of their closing costs?  What kind of loan is it?  Is it a local lender, an out of the area lender, or an online lender?  It makes a difference!
  • Is the offer subject to the buyers obtaining insurance on the home?  If so, in what time frame?
  • Is the offer subject to inspection?  If so what do they intend to have inspected and in what time frame?  Do they want the septic inspection prior to or after the inspection contingency?
  • What is the closing date?  Does that work for you?
  • How much is the earnest money?  What is the remedy if the buyer defaults? When can it be disbursed?
  • Is the possession date the same as the closing date?  Do you know why it is not always in your best interested to have a possession date later than a closing date?
  • Are they asking for any personal property to be included?  Appliances?
  • Every offer and every transaction is as unique as each seller, so we will review every detail to make sure it is the BEST offer.  Then we will monitor every detail to make sure the transaction goes smoothly for you!

 

For all of your real estate needs in and around Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or (360) 941-3734.

Ways to SAVE During Tax Season

It’s that dreaded time of year when your taxes need to be done.  But this year you might have something to look forward to.  Did you know that if you purchased a home in 2016, you could be eligible to get some tax breaks?  Whether you paid cash for your home or financed it through a mortgage, read on to find out how you could benefit from your home purchase last year.

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DEDUCTING MORTGAGE INTEREST

Great news!  All that interest you paid on your mortgage over the year could be tax-deductible.  For some homeowners, interest paid can yield a significant tax-break, and even more so in the early years of paying toward your loan.  This applies whether you pay interest on a condo, boat, mobile home, or RV used as a residence with sleeping, cooking and toilet facilities. Talk to an expert to see if you meet the requirements.

REAL ESTATE TAXES

You can also deduct taxes based on the assessed value of your home and property.  These taxes can usually be deducted in the year in which they are paid.  Does your lender currently escrow your taxes and insurance?  If so, they will send a statement to you that you will file with your tax returns.  Ask an expert for help in determining if you qualify.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

If you make any improvements to your home (or made any last year), including home renovations, fencing, or new roofing, save all your receipts and records of this.  While you can’t deduct these expenses this year, you could deduct them when you sell your home in the future.

Want to discuss buying or selling a home in 2017?  We are at your service! Call, text, or email us any time.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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2017 Home Design Trends

As the #1 selling brokers of pre-owned properties in Skagit County, Team Groesbeck knows real estate and the following are highly sought after among our buyers. We would be happy to discuss any of your real estate needs or renovation thoughts with you to ensure you get top dollar when it is time to sell!

The following list is from Realtor Mag, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS:

Community Gathering Spaces – Clubhouses, fitness centers and outdoors spaces are often desirable perks for families and individuals when seeking a new home.

Taupe in the New Gray – A flexible and warm neutral shade, Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its 2017 Color of the Year.1216_AC_trends2

More Playful Homes – Space in the yard for a putting green or a game of boccie ball appeal to many for outdoor activities, or perhaps an indoor bonus room for the kids to play or a place to enjoy a pool table.

Naturally Renewable, Warmer Surfaces – Renewable materials like cork, harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, has become a favorite material as it is resistant to mold, mildew, water, termites, fire, cracking and abrasions.

Surface-Deep Energy Conservation – As energy costs rise, energy-wise appliances and more efficient HVAC systems appeal to homeowners looking to save on their utility bills.

More Authentic, Personalized Use of Space – Making every space within the home count is a very popular need for many home buyers. Being mindful of the home’s layout, storage space, bonus space, garage, room to entertain, etc. are things buyers would like designated areas for today.1216_AC_trends6

The Walkable Suburb – The convenience of being able to walk or bike to shops and dining and cutting commute times are often top priorities for home buyers.

Healthier Homes – Consumers are more aware now than ever of hazardous indoor environments and are actively seeking out healthy water supplies such as purifiers, HVAC systems, such as nontoxic plants and adhesives. A newer element to this trend in 2017 will include enhanced environmental testing.

Shifting Hearths – The traditional log-burning fireplace has lost some appeal as homeowners realize it is less energy-efficient, however there are various options today including gas fireplaces or even new ventless alcohol-burning, as well as outdoor fireplaces.

Counter Options – Much like granite did, quartz and quartzite are predicted to be kitchen favorites until another material comes along. But other green laminate options are gaining in popularity, and they’re no longer just for the budget-minded consumer.

The Transforming Office – Regular work-from-home time among the non–self-employed population has grown by 103 percent since 2005. Having a designated work space at home is becoming more of a necessity for many than just a desire.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC knows real estate throughout Anacortes, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties and can assist with all of your real estate needs! Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a complimentary, no obligation market analysis of your home. We can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. We look forward to working for you!

4111 Kingsway For Sale in Anacortes’ Skyline Community

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4111 Kingsway (MLS #1067373) is an enchanting rambler home located in the highly sought after Skyline community in Anacortes. Built in 1985, this spacious and bright home features an electric fireplace in the large living room. The functional kitchen has granite counter tops with plenty of cabinets and prep space.

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In addition to the three bedrooms, including a master with en suite, the home offers 1.75 baths, a large utility/storage space and a partially fenced yard. Skyline amenities include a clubhouse, cabana, tennis courts, parks and more.

Contact Jean Groesbeck and Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 today to view this home and in unbeatable location!

Should you sell your home now?

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Selling your home is a huge decision that often causes extra (and unwanted) stress.  Deciding when to sell your home is not always only about the money, but a lifestyle change.

Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is a team of experienced and professional real estate brokers who know the market in Anacortes, throughout Skagit County, and beyond.  Even if you are interested in seeing what your home is worth or interested in selling in a few months, contact us early to begin the process.  Allowing for ample time to get your home and finances in order will allow for a smoother process later.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC doesn’t just list homes, we sell them.  We utilize our resources online, social media, throughout the area to promote your property ensuring that we will get you an offer that is best for you – and we will guide the process along the way.

Our team of dedicated and full-time brokers is the number one sellers of pre-owned properties in Skagit County.  Don’t wait; call us today at (360) 941-3734.

We look forward to working for you.