Cozy Anacortes Home Near Downtown, Shops & Schools

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Built in 1920, this cozy home at 2517 17th St. (MLS 1179750) is located in a fantastic neighborhood near downtown Anacortes, local shops and acclaimed Anacortes schools.

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Priced at $265,000 with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and approximately 1,236 sf, the home has an ample living room with a gas fireplace, great sized eat-in kitchen, utility/mud room, large fenced yard with fruit trees and raised garden beds on the side patio. There is also a detached outbuilding/studio in back with electricity.

Zoned R2, there is also room for improvements to be made by a savvy investor or it could make an excellent starter home.

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Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available daily for all of your real estate needs.  Contact Team Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com today!

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Homeownership: A savings lifeline

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Content from Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

With home prices rising to all-time highs, many potential buyers may imagine drowning in a sea of monthly payments stretching across many years.

Naysayers bob to the surface with harrowing tales of home-buying gone wrong. If the down payment doesn’t get you – well the property taxes, maintenance and insurance surely will!

These so-called “savvy” investors say renters who dutifully put all money not spent on housing into stable investments – like mutual funds – may get a greater rate of return.

Criticism of home ownership as an instrument of wealth-building has understandably become louder in the last decade, after a Housing Bust that put more than 10 million homeowners upside-down, and 4 million more into foreclosure.

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What is Mold?

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Molds are a form of fungus. There are many different molds and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores, which are present in all indoor environments and cannot be removed from them – spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that otherwise prevent the normal mold growth.

Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments – easily created in the home. Molds are capable of growing on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper and wood.

Common indoor molds include:

  • Alternaria – found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
  • Aspergillus – often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials, such as drywall
  • Cladosporium – capable of growing in cool areas as well as warm ones. It is typically found on fabrics and wood surfaces
  • Penicillium – typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.

Molds take a variety of forms and textures, appearing as white, black, yellow, blue or green and often looking like a discoloration or stain to a surface. They can also have a velvety, fuzzy or rough appearance, depending on the type of mold and where it is growing.

Spores make their way into the home either through the air or after attaching to objects or people. Open windows, doorways and ventilation systems are all gateways through which spores can enter. Clothing, shoes and pets can all facilitate the arrival of mold within the home.

Mold can often be found in areas where leakages and flooding have occurred and near windows where condensation builds up. Wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth, including paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products. Wallpaper, insulation materials and upholstery are other typical launchpads for mold growth.

Mold allergies produce similar symptoms to other allergies to airborne substances affecting the upper respiratory tract, such as pollinosis. These include:

  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

When dealing with mold, it is best to consult with a professional to ensure the mold is properly removed.  For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC.  Located in Anacortes at 809 7th St., Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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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!

Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

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There are some obvious checklist items that need to be taken care of when buying a home (i.e. getting loan pre-qualification and approval), however there are a few possibly less-obvious things that many new home buyers may not consider.

  • Don’t change or quit your current job while you are in the process of getting a loan or finalizing paper work.
  • Put off other large purchases (i.e. a new car) until after all is said, done, and signed with your new home.
  • Keep credit lines current and don’t miss payments on already existing credit cards or loans.
  • Maintain your savings account.
  • Identify all debt or lines of credit on your loan application.
  • Avoid having other inquiries on your credit before your loan has been approved and you have keys to your new home.
  • Don’t make any large, seemingly random cash deposits into your bank account.
  • Avoid co-signing loans for anyone else, as this will definitely affect your credit “worthiness” in the eyes of loan officers.

Ready to buy your first home?

Like any other life changing experience, buying a home for the first time can seem overwhelming. However, once you are able to organize your priorities, conduct research and interact with a real estate broker, your confusion will quickly turn into excitement!

As you begin to think about buying a new home, keep in mind some of the basic steps outlined below that can help pave the way to a successful home buying experience.

Prior to researching the real estate market in Skagit County and hunting for mortgages, setting your goals and priorities is crucial. Take some time to reflect and determine if it is the right time to purchase your first home. You may also want to ask yourself where you want to be in the next few years and consider how purchasing a home for the first time fits into your long-term goals.

The next important step in the home buying process may seem obvious but is often overlooked during the excitement of purchasing a first home. Very simply, you need to determine what you can afford. Too often, buyers underestimate or simply miscalculate the costs of owning a home.

Before searching for your first home, ask yourself if your income is both adequate and reliable enough to afford mortgage payments. There are also upfront costs to consider when buying a home. Though the amount required to cover a down payment and possible closing costs will vary, there are usually some out of pocket expenses to incur when closing on your first home.

Though following the previous steps can help a home buyer find the right home, buyers never need to go it alone. After conducting your own research, it is a good idea to find a real estate broker you can trust. Besides being able to assist you when searching for the right home, a reliable real estate broker can help guide you through the home buying process.

Feel free to call, text or email us at any time! We can help you search for YOUR dream home.

(360) 941-3734

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

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Anacortes, WA 98221

Are You Ready To Own Your First Home? (Part 2)

 

 

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Last week we shared with you Part 1 of : “What to consider when buying a home”. We went over the first steps to take before looking for your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County.  So now you found your dream home for sale and are ready to make an offer. Now what? Here is Part 2…

Making and Submitting an Offer

Once you’ve found your dream home for sale, your Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC  real estate broker will  complete a purchase and sale agreement to make an offer to buy your perfect home.  We will walk you through financing, insurance, title and escrow companies, and all that goes into making an offer. Your real estate broker will then present the offer to the listing agent or directly with the seller in person if possible.  Once your offer is accepted, the purchase and loan process begins.

Escrow

A lot is involved in this step, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you!  This is when financing, home appraisal, inspections, and possible further negotiations occur.  You usually will sign closing documents prior to the day of closing at the escrow company of your choice. As closing day gets near, you will have begin to plan your move with ample time.

Moving

Moving is a process that often takes much longer than people expect.  Will you move yourself, or hire movers?  Will you be bringing every piece of furniture you own?  Make sure it will fit in the new spaces.  Consider having a yard sale!  Your real estate broker will give you moving tips and if available a checklist for moving. This will make moving so much easier and stress free!

Closing

On the day of closing you usually get the keys by 9 PM  unless something different is specified in purchase and sale agreement. This day you are officially a home owner and now it’s time to move into your new dream home!

We will do everything we can to make the home buying process as easy as possible. We want to make your home buying experience enjoyable and the transaction flawless!  We believe that purchasing a new home should be fun and you deserve to have the best local real estate broker that can make this happen.

Call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on buying a new home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We are here to help!

(360) 941-3734

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809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Are you ready to own your first home?

 

 

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Here are a few things you will want to consider when looking to buy a new home in Anacortes or Skagit County:

First Things First

Contact your Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. full time real estate broker so that we can guide you in buying a home every step of the way.  We’ll help you with decisions like whether a condo or a house with a yard is the best choice for you.  We’ll talk you through what’s involved in owning a home, like property taxes, maintenance, and home owner dues.  If you are ready, you will find a lot of joy in owning your own home.

Next, Get Pre-Qualified

When we find the right house and you want to make an offer, you will need to disclose if you are going to finance your purchase and if so, provide a pre-approval letter so we suggest getting this step out of the way. Our team can help you find find a good lender to find out how much you can afford for your new home or property in Anacortes, Skagit County or Oak Harbor.

Searching For Your Dream Home

The search for your dream home is one of the funnest parts of buying a new home.  However there are some things to remember during this process. For example, it can be tempting to see homes that are listed way above your pre-approval amount. Stay within the price range you have been qualified for, this will save you a lot of time. Also, think about your neighborhood preference.  Do you want to live in Skyline, Spinnaker Cove, Parkside, Seaview, Marine Heights, Old Town…. Do you want the ease of living within the city limits, or will your home be out in gorgeous Skagit County?

If you are buying a home, there are several of us available to you at any time so that you don’t have to adjust your schedule. We will make sure you get in the new listings right away! We will listen to your needs and show you homes that you might not otherwise see. We will help you select the perfect home for you.

Stay tuned next week for further steps in buying your first home in beautiful Anacortes, Skagit County, or Oak Harbor.

We can’t wait to help you get started! Call, text or email us today!

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

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