Military Families: Rent vs. Buy

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With the highly-mobile lifestyle that comes with being in the military, often times renting a home seems like an easier decision than buying a home, even though renting can be a drain on your funds.

In a market like Anacortes and Oak Harbor where demand is high, it is important to consider your options and what is best for you.

Here are some things to consider and discuss:

  • How long will you be living there? Short-term buying options only work out when you can sell the house right afterwards, and while in an ideal market that might be possible, it can take months or even years to sell a house after putting it up. Also make sure to check out the fine print on your mortgage. Many banks have a minimum amount of years before you can sell.
  • How close is it to friends and family? People rely on other people, especially their loved ones. While a house may seem like a good idea, if it’s too far away from your existing life, it could be a hindrance in the long run. Family can also be a great asset if you plan on renting your house out, since they can manage the property in your stead.
  • Is the property rent-able? Chances are, you might not be in your house forever. Renting it out to someone else can be a good way to make money while you’re not living in it, and help pay off any existing loans or mortgages in the meantime. Check to see if the house is fit for rental, and make sure you have someone who can handle calls and visits when you’re on-duty.

 

With any questions about the local real estate market throughout the greater Anacortes area and for all of your real estate needs, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available seven days a week. Contact Team Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our office in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival June 3-4

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The annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival will take place Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, at Cap Sante Marina, located at 1019 Q Avenue.

This year’s event will include an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, a wine and beer garden, and more.

The festival hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information about the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, click here.

Reverse Mortgage Checklist and Self-Evaluation

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Photo credit and blog content from Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

There are several important questions you need to ask yourself when considering a reverse mortgage.

The answers to these questions will help determine if a reverse mortgage is right for you, and how you should structure it. These questions also help prepare you for the time when you no longer need the reverse mortgage (you and your spouse pass away, you move out of the home, or you sell the home).

Click here to view Dean’s questions and the full article.

Watercraft Registration Expires June 30

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Content from Skagit County

If you own a boat or other watercraft, now’s the time to renew your registration in time for the Anacortes boating season!

All watercraft registration expires June 30, 2017. The Skagit County Auditor’s Office urges you not to wait to renew your registration as the lines may be long.

The vast majority of vessels registered in Washington have HIN numbers that comply with the new Coast Guard standards, but some vessels are required to have new HIN numbers assigned to meet the US Coast Guard standards.
The involved vessel owners have already been sent letters by DOL notifying them that they are required to get new HIN Numbers.

Standard watercraft renewal can be done in person and local licensing offices or online, at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/renewboat.html. You can choose to have decals mailed to you or you can pick them up locally – even if you register online.

For a list of local licensing offices, or to sign up for an annual online renewal reminder, visit the Skagit County Auditor’s Office licensing page: www.skagitcounty.net/AuditorLicensing.

If you are seeking an Anacortes boat slip, a waterfront, water view or another property, contact us today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Single-Level Living in Cedar Springs

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1806 Cedar Springs Lane (MLS # 1125548) in Anacortes’ Cedar Springs community is a duplex-style condominium built by Strandberg Construction that features single-level living!

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The home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a one car attached garage, lovely curb appeal and expansive landscaped grounds that are set back from the street with plenty of green space and privacy.

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Finish details throughout the home include vaulted ceilings, skylight, granite counter tops, hardwood and tile flooring, French doors to covered patio and custom window treatments–all in move-in condition!

For more information on this Anacortes property, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at 360-941-3734, at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or visit our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.

50th Anniversary Home & Boat Tour

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On Saturday, May 20, tour unique homes and boats throughout historic Anacortes between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The tour will feature five homes, including a tiny home from Seattle, as well as boats in the marina. The W.T. Preston snagboat and the Maritime Heritage Center will also be part of the tour.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the Visitor Information Center, 819 Commercial Ave., or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2714864. Tickets will also be available at the Farmers Market when it is open on Saturdays.

On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the Croatian Cultural Center, 805 5th St., or at each venue.

The event is sponsored by the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild of Anacortes, and all proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care.

Deer-Resistant Perennials for Your Home

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If you are thinking of adding new plants to your home garden, be aware the certain plants tend to attract animals like deer, rabbits or even specific insects. If you are trying to deter deer from your Anacortes or Skagit County property, below is a list of 10 perennials that are deer resistant:

  • Bee Balm
  • Catmint
  • Perennial Salvia
  • Lavender
  • Russian Sage
  • Perennial Ornamental Grasses
  • Ligularia
  • Spike Speedwell
  • False Indigo
  • Blue Star

For additional information about these plants, click here.

Report Coyote Issues Throughout Anacortes

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The Anacortes Police Department is recommending all domestic pets be kept indoors overnight or locked securely in a pen outdoors due to raccoon and coyote problems peaking.

Residents are asked to call local state Department of Fish and Wildlife agents for coyote issues at 360-902-2936.

Other licensed trappers in the area can be reached at: (360) 739-7101, (360) 854-7629 and (206) 323-5660.

More information: www.wdfw.wa.gov

Enjoy Views & Skyline Amenities at 2705 Dundee Pl.

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2705 Dundee Place (MLS #1122504) is located in Anacortes’ desirable Skyline community and backs up to the ballpark for an enormous play field as your back yard.

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Featuring all new windows for energy efficiency and a new washer and dryer, all appliances stay!

The spacious master ensuite has partial water views, and there is also an additional bedroom and baths for guests for a total of 2 bedrooms and 1.75 baths.

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Take in water views from the deck or garden in the spacious yard and enjoy all Skyline amenities for only $14 each month, including beaches, clubhouse, waterside cabana, parks and tennis courts.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today to schedule a showing of this lovely home!

Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., stop by our office or contact us daily at (360) 941-3734 or email to Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Why NOW is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

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Between there being little inventory available in Anacortes and its surrounding areas and rising prices and interest rates, buyers often waste little time looking and want to purchase a home fast.

A recent profile of home buyers and sellers by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates that homes are selling in about four weeks and for roughly 98% of the listing price, despite prices being about 6% higher.

If you are considering selling your house in the near future, contact us today for a complimentary and no-obligation market analysis of your property.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves the counties of Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan and Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.