Interviewing Listing Agents: What Questions Should You Ask?

Jean Groesbeck - Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain

So you are ready to list your home for sale but are not sure what to do next?

Selling a home involves much more than just paperwork! The next step is to hire an agent to represent you and your home. Looking for the right real estate agent to sell your home can be a scary and daunting endeavor for many who are unsure of what to expect. Selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transaction you will experience in your life and as such, you should take special care when hiring a local real estate agent to represent you. Here are 5 helpful tips on what questions to ask when hiring a real estate agent:

1. What presence does your company have and how will it benefit me and my home?

You would want to find out how the agent is connected in the real estate market in and around your neighborhood. What areas outside of your neighborhood is the agent connected with? It is evident that agents take the time to connect with buyers outside of your surrounding neighborhood will grasp as many buyers to view your home as possible.

2. What marketing strategies are used by your company to promote my home?

There are many ways to promote your home, now a days, the internet is the best option for many agents to list your home. The internet provides several different websites that include videos and professional pictures that are used to maximize the exposure of your home. MLS and local websites are typically used by real estate agents. Ask about other types of marketing like magazines, local papers, and even open houses.

3. How do you decide on a listing price?

Deciding the listing price takes time and research, a good agent will take the proper time to examine your home and all of its features to make sure the listing price is fair. It is important for you to let the agent see what sets your home apart from similar listings. The agent then will do a Current Market Analysis ( CMA) and inform you about the current market conditions in your area to decide what price is best to get more money for your investment.

4. How will your represent me during the transaction?

The agent will be your supporter throughout the listing and sale process. It is the agent’s job to keep you informed in the different stages of selling your home, from staging, getting it show ready, and to walk you through the contract details. When you have questions or concerns, ask them! You should feel free to address any issues that may occur.

5. How will we communicate throughout the process?

You should be specific in what is the best form of communication for you, the agent should provide different types of communication to help answer questions, inform you on important deadlines, and provide an update on what is happening in the process. Communication is extremely important from both you and the agent to insure the most successful outcome of selling your home.

Take the time to research real estate agents that best fit your needs and wants in the process of selling your home. You and your agent will spend A LOT of time together and building a good relationship will make the process of selling your home much easier!

If you are thinking about selling, call us for your complimentary no obligation market analysis. We will inform you on the current real estate market in your neighborhood, offer suggestions to attract more home buyers in order to achieve a higher price, share our unique and aggressive marketing program, and explain the home selling services we provide before , during, and after the sales process. We would love the opportunity to show you our unique and innovative marketing programs customized for your property!

Our 5 star real estate services start with a complimentary staging consultation by our Professional Stager, professional home photography, a team of full time professionals to answer your questions, professional marketing services with a proven track record of success, and continue through the closing process with our escrow partner that will come to your home or your place of work for you to sign closing documents. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

Call (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com us to find out more about Jean Groesbeck your local real estate agent in Anacortes, WA!

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

Eat Fresh and Buy Local at the Anacortes Winter Farmers Market

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If you are new to Anacortes or  if you miss the Farmers Market and are looking for  something to do in  Anacortes this weekend, the Winter Farmers Market is a great experience for people of all ages.

Yes there is a farmers market in the winter! The Winter Indoor Market  is open every second Saturday of the Month from January through the month of April.

Stop by and check out what our local farmers and artisans have to offer and see what the Anacortes community is all about.

The Anacortes Farmer’s Market offers charitable and educational benefits to our community. What better way to support our community than by building traditions of economical advantage, healthy living, and educational outcomes.

Support local…Experience local!

The Winter Indoor Market is located at The Depot  on 611 R Ave (7th & R Ave). Come support your favorite local vendors . The market will be open this Saturday from 9am-2pm. See you there!

Click here for information and the history of Anacortes

Is Living with a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

Did you know 70% of residents living in a community with Home Owner’s Association (HOA) are satisfied living with its rules and regulations? ( source IBOPE Zogby International). The same survey showed 81% of association residents consider their association assessment as good or great and 76% say the dues enhance property value.

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the type of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. In reality, most buyers are missing the big picture of how HOA fees can benefit them.

One of the most attractive benefits to HOA fees are the amenities. Some communities offer  clubhouses, libraries,  gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks or other attractive amenities that are paid for through HOA fees. Residents have access to amenities without the hassle of maintenance, the HOA does it for you. Home owner dues can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and the specifics of what they cover.

The largest HOA in Anacortes is Skyline which is located on the west end of Fidalgo Island. Tug Boat Park, Skyline Beach Club, waterside cabana, tennis courts, and play areas are just some of the amenities of Skyline.

Skyline Marina is not part of the HOA, but is a great benefit as it allows you to launch your boat close by or  have it in the water in your backyard!

Here is an example of a current listed home in Skyline with its own private dock.

2013 Cove Place

Private double sided dock right on your back patio.

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK built 2008. 3 bedrooms plus den. Almost 3100 sf. MLS# 692599

We only mentioned basic benefits of an HOA, each neighborhood has unique coverage included in their fees and their own fee rates. Some communities may offer all of these benefits, while others may offer only a few. It is important when looking to purchase a home with HOA to consider what all is included in the fees. Ask your agent about the community and the fees, make sure the neighborhood is a right fit for you and your family.

If you would like more information about Anacortes Real Estate, Anacortes Homes for Sale or if you are wondering what your Anacortes home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

10th Annual Bark in the Park – Anacortes

Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.

As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be  at the Storvik Park starting at 10am.  There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.

As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.

So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!

Anacortes Waterfront Festival 2014

25th Anniversary

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is celebrating its 25th year anniversary! Unlike the 2013 Anacortes Waterfront Festival, this year they added even more music and entertainment.

This fun filled weekend event will have activities for everyone including: car shows, art shows, community dance, boat shows, milk carton derby, boat building demonstration, remote controlled sail boats, guided walking tours, music, lots of food and FREE boat rides!

A Formation Flyover by the BlackJack Squadron will be included this year in honor of D-Day and the 25th Anniversary.

It is going to be a beautiful weekend in Anacortes so gather your friends and family and plan your day at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Skagit County.

See you there!

June 7 & 8, 2014
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Great Places to Hike in Anacortes!

Spring in Anacortes is just around the corner!

If you are looking for some new places to hike this spring, then you should check out some of these picturesque places in Anacortes!

The Tommy Thompson Trail This trail¬†isn’t¬†exactly a hike but it is a nice place to walk! Nice and flat, it is perfect for people who¬†aren’t¬†ready to tackle wooded trails. Located at the bottom of Anacortes, near Q Avenue, this trail is nicely paved and not surrounded by trees, so you can soak up all the sun you can in get in Washington. This trail leads to the newly re-built bridge that spans across Fidalgo Bay toward the refineries. ¬†Along this Anacortes trail, you will probably see a beautiful assortment of wildlife: seagulls, seals, crabs and even the occasional eagle!

Sharpe Park- The Sares Head trail, located in Anacortes’ 110 acre Sharpe Park is wonderful for those who¬†aren’t¬†afraid to get a little bit sweaty! This system of trails leads you up, down, and all around. The trail itself isn‚Äôt too long, less than 2.5 miles¬†round trip, with optional trails to make your walk even shorter. ¬†This trail features some of the best views on Fidalgo Island! Be sure to take your camera so you can get some great photos of the ¬†ocean beating against the rocks. Continue up the to the Sares Head view point and watch the beautiful sunset!

Rosario- Rosario Beach in Anacortes offers a spectacular system of trails that overlook the glorious ocean. There is also a wonderfully rocky beach covered in sea-bleached-driftwood-and logs,  a perfect place to walk your dog or have a picnic. And if you ever get tired of that, and the tide is right, take a short hike over to the tide pools and get a glimpse at life under the sea!

Mount Erie- This trail is a bit more difficult! The road up to Mount Erie can either be walked or driven up. ¬† It consists of over 1000 feet of turns and hills! But however you decide to get to the top, whether it is by car or by foot, you won‚Äôt be disappointed! Many viewpoints dot the top of this mountain; each one has a spectacular view. The best one, in most opinion, shows a striking view all of Anacortes’ Campbell Lake and extends to Skagit Bay, and not to mention that south Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island are also visible!

Sugarloaf- If you are a hardcore hiker and you really want to get down and dirty, do not omit a trip to Sugarloaf Mountain! Although the length of this trail is not super notable, only 1 mile, the hike is nothing to scoff at! This is one steep mile, and it leads to some rewarding views of the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Mountains, and Whidbey Island!

Heart Lake- The trails at Heart Lake are something to be admired. The trails will take you all around this beloved swimming and fishing spot! This trail is not incredibly hilly and is a relatively easy walk.  It is the perfect way to pass some time between a picnic and a superb dip in the lake come summertime in Anacortes.

Whistle LakeIf you really want to have some fun on a summer day check out Whistle Lake in Anacortes.   Since it is about a mile from the closest parking lot, there is hike thrown in there as well, not to mention the trail that goes all the way around the lake.  As soon as you make is to the water you might not ever want to leave! This lake is the purest around; it was once a water source for Anacortes.  One might also want to experience the thrill, enjoyed by all the locals, of jumping of the small cliffs into the water. This jump is safer than it sounds, but it definitely gets your adrenaline pumping.

Cranberry Lake- Most people who live in Anacortes know about Cranberry Lake. It’s really lovable because the beautiful trails can be accessed from a myriad of places all over town. Each trail is a new experience, but they all lead to the same place, the lake. Most of the trail runners enjoy a quick dip (during summer in Skagit County) before returning to the trails for their jog home.  If that’s not your style, Cranberry Lake is the perfect place just to swim! It is small enough that you can easily swim from one side to another and back.  It’s also a great place to explore!,

Cap SanteThis piece of historic Anacortes waterfront is another perfect place to hike around, take breathtaking pictures of the Cap Sante marina, and make unforgettable memories! This trail is located just shy of the top of the hill, which most locals believe has the best view in all of Anacortes!  It is easy to have a blast hiking and exploring this stunning spot.

The Anacortes Arts Festival!

Anacortes Arts Festival !

August 3rd-5th
10am-6pm (Friday & Saturday), 10-5 (Sunday)

The Anacortes Arts Festival is celebrating its 51st year!

The Anacortes Arts Festival has grown over the past 50 years to include 250 talented street artisans spanning across¬† Anacortes’¬† historic downtown, all the way from 4th Street to 10th Street! Artisans will feature paintings, jewelry, basketry, candles, food products, sculpture, wearable art, furniture and much more.

You can also enjoy over 30 different food vendors offering many great selections to choose from.  The  Beer Garden will be located on 3rd Street and a new additions this year will be the Wine Garden at 8th Street.

The Anacortes Arts Festival is fun for all ages!  Check out the Youth Discovery Area which combines activities for kids at the Interactive Tent where kids can interface with artists through music, dance, magic, drumming, juggling and theater works!

Make sure to stick around to see some of the performing arts that will be featured on one of three different stages during the day.

Don’t miss the famous Anacortes Arts Festival this weekend!

Shipwreck Day in Anacortes!

Shipwreck Day in downtown Anacortes!
Saturday July 14th – 8am- 4pm

There will be lots of people visiting downtown Anacortes this weekend for this spectacularly large garage sale!

Shipwreck day is filled with lots of Anacortes residents and visitors from the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Skagit County and beyond,  all looking for the best finds! There promises to be over 756 booths to peruse filled with wonderful antiques, treasures, trinkets, artwork, crafts, furniture and clothing all for sale at outstanding bargain prices.   Food vendors will also be selling delicious  treats, so you can really enjoy your treasure hunting!

Shipwreck Day is a favorite  Anacortes community event, so be sure to check it out this Saturday, July 14th.

Dakota Creek To Start $140 million project

Dakota Creek Industries ¬†Inc. located in Anacortes, WA, one of the Pacific Northwest’s larger shipyards, will start construction in July of two large oceanographic vessels that will keep workers busy through 2015.

The shipyard currently employs about 230 workers at its Anacortes site, and that will rise to about 300 as the work on the ships ramps up, said Dakota Creek Vice President Mike Nelson.

The 238-foot ships, when done, will be operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, Mass.

The two ships will be among the larger contracts Dakota Creek has done, following a multiyear contract to build three oil-rig maintenance ships for Louisiana-based Otto Candies LLC and three large tugboats for Crowley Maritime, based in Florida.  Dakota Creek won the contract, for about $140 million, from the U.S. Navy.

The two ships will include sonar equipment able to map the ocean floor and underlying layers of sediment, as well as acoustic equipment that can measure many layers of ocean currents.They will be equipped with Siemens Industry Inc.   diesel-electric drives and will operate with a crew of 20, and up to 24 scientists, according to a Siemens release.

This announcement  is great news for the community of Anacortes, as it will help create more jobs  and support for local businesses in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County.

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival!

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival will celebrate its 23rd year on June 2nd and 3rd from 10am-6pm!

Anacortes Waterfront

Everyone loves the Anacortes Waterfront Festival!

Come enjoy this marine inspired arts-and-crafts fair in Anacortes with live musical entertainment, a great food court, a variety of family events, and FREE admission. ¬†The Anacortes Waterfront festival includes a community “big-top” tent to educate Anacortes Waterfront Festival visitors and others about Anacortes’ long marine history.

This event will also feature a “quick and dirty” boat building competition/race and a kayaking competition. ¬†A Waterfront Festival kickoff dinner is always held the Friday night prior to festival weekend. ¬†Tickets are vailable from the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce for $50.

The hours of the Festival are

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 5:00 p.m.

See you at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival

Jean Groesbeck  Р Anacortes Real Estate Broker-

P.S. The list of events during the Waterfront Festival are as follows

Events

  • All Corvette Car Show
    Contact: 299.9303
    View the flyer
  • Anacortes Paddlefest
    Event Page
  • Boat Show
    In-water and trailered boats will be on display. Contact the chamber to get involved.
  • Check out
    Educational displays – learn about boats, the waterfront and so much more.
  • Children’s Area
    Free activities for children and pay-for-play features.

    • Build a boat with Fidalgo Island Rotary
    • Play Games
    • Write Stories
    • and Much Much More!
  • Custom Classic Car Show
    Open Class Car show. Contact the Majestic Glass Corvette Club: 299.9303
    View the flyer
  • First Annual Milk Carton Derby
    Download Forms & Flyer
  • FREE BOAT RIDES
    brought to you by the Anacortes Yacht Club, located on D Dock.
  • HERITAGE HOUSE
    Local historians will share information on the Anacortes Waterfront’s historical past peoples and industry.
  • High Tide Ride
    A Fundraising Event For Cyclists
    Event Page | Website
  • Model Boat Show
    Hosted by Skagit R/C Ship Modelers.
  • Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration
    Teams build boats out of limited material and then demonstrate the floatability. Saturday all day. Watch a video of the demonstration >
  • Radio-Controlled Sail Boat Regatta
    11:00 – 2:00 pm at the Northwest corner of the marina.
  • Swap Meet
    Swap Meet – Saturday 7 am – corner of 9th and Q in gravel lot.
    Marine Swap Meet & Small Used Boats. (small charge for setting out your stuff)
  • Walking Tour of a Working Waterfront
    Come and learn about the Anacortes Waterfront on this self-guided tour.
  • Waterfront Festival Kick-off Dinner
    Please contact the Port of Anacortes for details 360-293-3134.
  • Water Safety Demonstration