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 of the Week: Sunsets and Sea Breezes in Anacortes, WA

4913 Portalis Wy Anacortes, WA 98221

A covered deck is perfect for entertaining in any type of weather!

Have you been wishing your home had a view? Well now is a perfect time to trade up to this spectacular townhome! With a huge upstairs deck and views of the Washington State ferry and Puget sound from most of the windows, you can entertain while watching the waves! The covered deck is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves sitting outside during the summer or maybe snuggling up on a lounge chair while drinking a cup of coffee on a cool winter morning. Frameless shower doors, exquisite interior features and a large two car garage make this house just that much more luxurious! If you have ever considered northern Washington, this house is definitely worth your time! Only 90 minutes from Seattle, you also have a boat launch, hiking, biking, the Guemes trail and the ferry to both the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. close by. This beauty is in a quiet neighborhood and because it is a townhome, no yardwork is required from the owner.

Never heard of Anacortes? Be prepared to fall in love! This townhome is in the heart of an amazing city known for its small town feel and very active citizens! To learn more about Anacortes, click here!

Still not convinced this home is for you? Take a virtual tour or come see it today!

This amazing kitchen has granite counter tops!

Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. Team Jean Groesbeck can help you find your perfect home without the stress or hassle.

Contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734 if you would like to see this home or another wonderful home for sale in the Skagit County area.

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

Choosing The Right Neighborhood

Location, location, location! This is what we hear most often when it comes to finding the right home. Location is a substantial part in finding your dream home. Choosing the right neighborhood is important…living in an area that best suits your life style will make living easier and more enjoyable.

Driving around and reviewing what surrounds neighborhoods is a must! Considering the properties next to or around a home is important too. Look to see if there are empty buildings or land that could potentially become new developments or businesses. Understanding zoning in a neighborhood will give you an idea of what types of possibilities for new construction.

Keeping in mind the neighborhood when searching for a new home is important. You can find the home of your dreams, but if you are not satisfied with the neighborhood…it can make for a less enjoyable stay. Research is KEY!

Are you having trouble finding the right neighborhood for you? We can help! Here in Anacortes and Skagit County there are many different neighborhoods that can fit your lifestyle. Contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck for more information on finding a neighborhood that fits your desires.

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5 Common Mistakes When Buying a New Home

When buying a new home it is easy to overlook pertinent information or important steps in the purchase of your new home. The excitement of purchasing a home can sometimes distract you from the important aspects of home buying process.We are here to assist you in making sure you make the best decisions for a smooth home purchase! Here are 5 common mistakes that are made by home buyers:

1. Making an offer on a home before prequalification.

Being prequalified will make the buying process and your life much easier when making an offer on the home of your dreams. Take the time to speak with a lender before you jump into an offer. Specific questions a lender will ask in regards to income, debt, lifestyle etc. will help determine the price range you are able to afford. It is best to talk with several different lenders to insure you are applying for the loan that is right for you.

2. Not having a home inspection.

We all want to save money today, but making the mistake of not having your dream home inspected now can cost you tomorrow. Qualified home inspections will detect issues that many buyers can overlook, especially when it is your first home. Ask your real estate agent for a referral if you are unsure of who to turn to for a proper home inspection.

3. Limiting your search to  the internet.

When searching for your dream home on the internet, many times homes have been sold or are under contract and the home listing information has not yet been updated. The best way to view active listings and up to date information is through a real estate agent. Real estate agents will have the most recent information and will help you find the home that suits you best. There can also be home listings that are not available to the general public; a local real estate agent is the best source to finding your dream home!

4. Choosing the wrong real estate agent.

Making the right connection with a real estate agent is crucial. It is important to interview different agents (Click here for tips on interviewing agents) to make sure you are hiring an agent that puts your needs before, during, and after the sale. Building a strong relationship with your real estate agent will make the process of buying a home easier for you, if they know what your needs and wants are, they will strive to fulfill!

5. Thinking there is only one dream home out there for you.

The process of buying a home is process of elimination, not selection. The market is growing daily, make sure to keep an open mind to new property listings throughout the buying process. Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a comparative market analysis (CMA) comparing recently sold homes or homes still on the market to the home you are interested in purchasing. (Click here to learn more about CMA) Keep in mind that every home might have a slight flaw and might not match up to your needs and want list, compromise is key, you may need to adjust your list to insure you have you needs met instead of all of your wants.

It is important to not make these most common mistakes when you feel you are ready to make an offer on your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County. We are committed to serving you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when making an offer on a home! Let us show you the difference that 5 star service can make in a real estate transaction!

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

To For-Sale-By-Owner or not? That is the question…

Before you decide to sell on your own, talk to a real estate agent for guidance

Selling a home is not a simple as sticking a sign in the yard and placing an ad on Craigslist. Many For Sale by Owner, or FSBO sellers don’t realize the amount of work and time it takes to sell a home. More often than not, FSBO sellers eventually turn to a real estate agent to sell their home.

When selling your own home you are responsible for all the marketing costs for flyers, signs and online listings. This can add up to hundreds of dollars depending on how much marketing you are willing to do.

Sellers often times forget that selling their own home is time consuming and as some say, time is money! Selling your own home requires long hours of research and marketing efforts not to mention hiring a professional to draw up a contract for you to avoid any liability.

Although it is possible, in our experience, home sellers who want to save the sales commission rarely do so. In most cases, when a professional real estate agent is involved in the sale, the sellers pocket more net cash typically as much as they wanted or more including the professional services.

Most home buyers use a real estate agent. The few who don’t are bargain hunter buyers seeking “For Sale by Owner” homes, expecting to save money. Buying for less is their main goal and this is typically reflected in low ball offers. Opportunistic speculators and investors usually offer less for a “For Sale by Owner” home. Without an agent to represent the owner’s interests, sellers may end up accepting an offer below the value of their home.

Real estate professionals are knowledgeable about the local market and know the highest price a home is likely to bring. A real estate professional can advise the seller on the right price for their home (see how to set the right price for your home here) to get the most money.

A real estate agent has experience and a large personal and professional network with other agents in and outside the local area. Client, agent and agency relationships will boost the marketing of your home and expose it to the largest number of potential buyers.

In contract negotiations, a real estate agent not only is trained to negotiate on your best interest but is also in a better position than an emotionally involved seller. The result will be in a more profitable contract for the seller.

Showing and marketing a home is a full time job and many FSBO sellers just don’t have the time. Are you really ready to put your life on hold for showings at all hours? Do you even know if the person interested is a “real” buyer? More importantly, will you be comfortable with showing your home to anyone who knocks on your door? If you answer “no”, you might want to reconsider selling your home without an agent. It will not only be time consuming and stressful but it can also lead to a potential dangerous situation.

Before you decide to sell your house on your own, contact a local real estate agent and see what they have to offer. (See what questions to ask a listing agent here)

Please contact us for a complimentary, no obligation, real estate market analysis and to learn the best time to sell your home in Anacortes for the best return on your investment.

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

The Point of Paradise

Welcome to 2420 Puget Way in Anacortes,The Point of Paradise!

This exquisite Anacortes waterfront home is nestled on a rocky outcropping with glorious sunsets, and panoramic views of the Sound, San Juan Islands, and Anacortes boat traffic!

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A gorgeous Anacortes home perched to capture the best of the stunning natural beauty of NW waterfront living. Two thirds of the 3,003± sf property is surrounded by water with blue heron, eagles, and seals as your neighbors. The only traffic is ferries, freighters, and pleasure yachts cruising by. Remodeled to capture stunning views from each room, one of the decks will always have sun. Magnificent great room, Eastern White Cedar exterior, tight knot fir, & Siberian Oak add distinction. Adjacent to Washington Park with boat ramp, camping, and beautiful beach.

If you are interested in learning more about this Anacortes property, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

My New Mobile Website!

My new mobile real estate website has been receiving a lot of great feedback from home buyers and sellers!  It lets you access the Northwest MLS’ database of homes for sale and open houses.  It also gives you information about recent sold properties.  

Want to try it out?  All you have to do is pull up next to one of the homes I have listed for sale, and using your smart phone’s location, you can view information about the property including the price, number of beds/baths, and square footage.  You can even scroll through interior and exterior photos of the homes for sale!

Try it out!  Simply scan the QR code below with your smart phone and you will be brought direcetly to my mobile website. 

See a property you like on my mobile website?  Please call me at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@ColdwellBanker.com for more information!

Coldwell Banker Bain Launches New Mobile Website!

Go mobile with me!!!

 

Coldwell Banker Bain is excited to announce the launch of it’s new mobile website.  The website provides full real estate search capabilities to home buyers with iPhone or Android smart phones.  The new mobile website accesses the Northwest MLS’ database of homes for sale and open houses, and also delivers information about recent sold properties.

Home Buyers using the mobile website are are able to pull up next to a For Sale property, and using their smart phone’s location, see details about the property including price, square footage, and number of beds/baths.  The website allows homebuyers to  look through the interior and exterior photos of the property as well.  This new site lets home buyers save their favorite properties and scan back through recently viewed properties, making it an easy, fast and fun experience.

Want to check it out?  Just hop in your car and using your very own smart phone, visit http://JeanGroesbeck.cbbain.com.  Take a drive around beautiful Anacortes to view all your favorite properties for sale!!!

Economic Impact of an Existing Home Purchase

How important is real estate to economy of Anacortes and all of Skagit County?

Home sales are vital to our local economy!

The National Association of Realtors® estimates that each home sale at the median price generates $30,792 of economic impact before the historical relationship between new and existing sales is considered and $58,529 of economic impact when that relationship is taken into account (2010).

Impact of Single Existing Home Purchase

Median Price $173,000

Real Estate Industries Related Industries(Furniture) Multiplier Subtotal
$15,570 + $5,235 + $9,987 = $30, 792

 

Subtotal New Housing
Construction
Inducement
Total
$30, 792 + $27,738 = $58, 529

 

Real Estate Industries

We assume that commissions, fees, and moving expenses, or income to real estate industries, associated directly with the purchase are about 9 percent of the median home price1.

Furniture

Furniture and remodeling expenses are a little more than $5,000 based on a Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies figure.2

Multiplier Effect

The multiplier effect accounts for the fact that income earned in other sectors of the economy as a result of a home sale is then re?circulated into the economy. The National Association of Realtors®’s macroeconomic modeling suggests that the multiplier is between 1.34 and 1.62 in the first year or two after an autonomous increase in spending. This means that each dollar increase in direct housing activity will increase the overall GDP by $1.34 to $1.62.

New Housing

Because existing home sales have historically been associated with new construction at a ratio of eight to one, we add in one?eighth of the new home price3 to approximate the value of this construction being added to GDP. The existing home price is not directly added to the economy because the home was produced or constructed in the past. Only the value?added service related to the sale of an existing home is included. When a new home is constructed, the entire price is added to the value of GDP because it is new production.

1 An annual price is used to avoid seasonal fluctuation in home prices. 2010 Median Home Price is $173,000.
2 Improving America’s Housing 2003. Measuring the Benefits of Home Remodeling. Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Report: R03?1
3 2010 Median New Home Price is $221,900 per the Census
Reprinted with permission National Association of REALTORS

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