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‚Äôs 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‚Äôre 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‚Äôre 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.

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.

Is Your Roof Being Cleaned Properly?

 

(6)Due to the weather in the Pacific Northwest, it is common for the roof of our homes to become stained over time, grow moss, algae and other harmful bacteria.

Likely the most expensive part of your home, a well-maintained roof should last approximately 30 years, which is why it is important to properly treat your roof to prevent bacteria from eating away at the shingles, causing cracks and holding in moisture, which leads to rot and mold.

When selecting a professional to properly treat your roof, ask them the following questions:

  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • How do they treat the roof? Is the treatment specific to the type of roof on your home?
  • Which chemicals will be used?

It is critical that your roof is NOT pressure washed! Simply blasting off the bacteria with high-pressure will damage your shingles! Roof damage is a very costly expense that can be easily avoided.

For information about reputable companies throughout the area and for all of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. seven days a week at (360) 941-3734.  We are happy to serve as a resource to you!

Oak Harbor Makes List of Wealthiest Small Towns in America

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Did you know that Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. proudly serves clients in Oak Harbor and also throughout Whidbey Island? Bloomberg recently reported that Oak Harbor ranks number 17 of 20 on its “Wealthiest Small Towns in America” list, based upon information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Click here to view the complete article.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.¬†Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982 (pictured above), is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest!

For additional information about the services Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. provides, or if you are considering buying or selling a property, please contact us today! Our team of full-time brokers is available daily for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 and Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our Anacortes office located in Old Town at 809 7th St. We look forward to working for you!

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

 

 

By Jean Groesbeck

 

Where have all the houses gone?
Buyers have picked them everyone… (Adaptation from Peter, Paul and Mary’s Where Have All The Flowers Gone)

 

The inventory of homes for sale is at record LOW levels! Today, if there is a buyer looking for a one level home between $350,000-$500,000 in Anacortes, there are ONLY 2 from which to select.  2!

 

As a listing broker, my job is to get my sellers the most amount of money within the time frame that works for them with good terms and conditions.  Therefore, I carefully check the inventory for competition, and most often than not, we can significantly bump the price up.  This might not be the case in Spring when we typically have a glut of both pre-owned homes and new construction for sale.

 

If you want top dollar for your home, this is an excellent time to sell.  Call today and we can show you the demand for your particular type of home and what is the most likely selling price.

 

Oh, when will we ever learn?

 

You can reach Jean at (360) 941.3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com 

2017 Real Estate Market Predictions

Our crystal ball was pretty clear last year!  Predictions for 2016 (written December 2015) for the real estate market were:

  • New home sales will increase as a percentage of sales. ¬†‚Üź We were right
  • ¬†Homes priced right will receive multiple offers. ‚ÜźWe were right
  • Sellers will hold off moving¬†until they find the home they want to purchase. ‚ÜźWe were right
  • More regulations will cause longer closing time frames . ‚ÜźUnfortunately, we were right

2017 is a little more challenging to predict as the impact of the new administration on the housing market is not fully understood.  However, we are willing to make a few predictions for the real estate market.

Feds will raise rates at least .5% by the end of 2017, perhaps more, in at least 2 increases. This will put more pressure on the first time home buyers.  If you plan to purchase using financing, this is time to buy! Contact a home mortgage lender to find out what you need.

The Puget Sound region will continue to outperform the National market. There will be a shift in living trends in the Seattle area – small units or shared housing will grow in popularity.
A second home in a relaxing environment such as Skagit, Island, or San Juan Counties will be increasingly desirable for those that can afford such a luxury.
Overall prices will increase. Those products that have a higher demand will increase at a higher percentage rate.
The value of pre-owned homes will be impacted by new construction in particular product niches.
The market was even stronger than we predicted.  The population of Skagit and Island Counties increased based on job creation and an exodus from Snohomish and King Counties for those looking for a better quality of life.  The military influx of additional squadrons at Whidbey NAS put pressure on entry level and mid range homes in both the Oak Harbor area and Anacortes.  The shortage of housing caused prices to increase at a higher rate than expected for home in those price ranges.

Home trends that are expected to be popular next year include a continued desire for open floor plans, large garages, lots of storage/closet space, neutral colors and energy efficient homes.¬† What used to be a ‚Äúsmart home‚ÄĚ (i.e. the ability to control heating or lighting from your phone) is the norm for newer homes.¬† First floor master suites, always popular with baby boomers, are becoming more popular with Gen-X buyers. ¬†Formal dining space is not needed, but casual dining space must be large enough for entertaining.

If you would like to receive up to date local real estate market information, please contact us; call, text or email and we will gladly send you monthly information on any city in Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties.

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Spring 2016 – Real Estate Newsletter

Every quarter, Jean Groesbeck & Associates brings you a Real Estate Newsletter with the latest news and trends in our current Real Estate market in Anacortes and the surrounding areas.

Here is our Spring Real Estate Newsletter. Feel free to share with your friends and family!

Home of the Week! 2412 Washington Court in Anacortes

2412 Washington Ct.

Looking for a new home in Anacortes, Washington?  Look no further, because we have the perfect home complete with privacy, spectacular views, and comfortable décor.

With a wall of windows stretching from the kitchen through the living room all the way to the master bedroom, you will never miss a view in this luxurious open floor plan home. High ceilings in the living area and a BOSE surround sound system add elements of both comfort and style to a spacious setting.

This home was built in 2006 with convenience and security in mind. The main-level master bedroom boasts a large sleeping area, with an attached office space as well as a double-vanity bathroom. The many windows are equipped with a UV coating that allows the homeowner to take advantage of gorgeous territorial and water views, while keeping the temperature inside the home at a comfortable level. ofiice

The lower level living area features two bedrooms and a full bathroom. In addition to a large recreational room currently used as a hot tub room, you will find a spacious family room complete with a gas stove and dry bar with a mini fridge. Enjoy access to the gorgeous garden area with a covered patio right off of the lower-level family room.

Aside from the truly stunning views and interior comforts, the exterior of this home offers a three-tiered custom waterfall with pond that is sure to keep you relaxed during the day. A natural stone retaining wall adds a charming classic feel to the already picturesque landscape. patio and garden

If you haven’t found your perfect home in Anacortes, come tour 2412 Washington Court in Anacortes and fall in love with beautiful landscaping, amazing views, and stunning interior décor.

If you would like a private tour of this home, please give us a call or send us an email. One of our full time real estate brokers will be happy to give you a tour and let you know about the great additional features 2412 Washington Ct has to offer.

Baby Boomers in Anacortes

It seems that nowadays, most of the luxury buyers in Anacortes want durability and low maintenance in a home. Retirees or part-time home owners not only want move-in ready homes, but also low maintenance landscaping, and durable and easy to maintain interiors. Many home owners are replacing carpet with tile or vinyl… YES VINYL! New vinyl flooring that looks so much like real tile or wood that you can not tell the difference unless you touch it and it is a breeze to clean. Engineered wood flooring is also being favored over real hardwood because it is more durable, easier to maintain and it also is Eco-friendly!

Because the luxury market in Anacortes is dominated by baby boomers (born 1946-1964), we see an increase in the demand for main level living homes with views. Jacuzzi tubs are no longer in vogue, and boomers opt for easily accessible showers with multiple shower heads and/or steam. In two level homes, we see buyers prefer a master suite on the main level and a second suite in the upper level where they can enjoy more of a view with the idea that as they age, they can use the suite on the main level to avoid stairs. Another trend is homes built with closets aligned on each level to accommodate an elevator in the future.

Even if you are not old enough to be a baby boomer, you might want to consider these trends so that you are able to enjoy your home for a long time and age in place or even make your home more appealing when you list your home for sale in Anacortes.

If you would like more tips on how to make your home more appealing to the current luxury buyer’s market in Anacortes or if you would like to make improvements to age in you current home with ease, please let us know! We are here to help.

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(360) 941-3734

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

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

2015 was a Home Run year for Skagit County

2015 was a great year for real estate in Skagit County.

Take a look at our 2016 Winter edition of Real News! We will tell you why 2015 was a “Home Run” year for our market and we will discuss if the real estate market in Skagit County will continue to improve in 2016.

Interested in market statistics for your area? Let us know! we will gladly share the information with you. Call, text or email us today!

 

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

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