Skagit Among Washington’s Top 10 Healthiest Counties

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Skagit County is the 9th healthiest county in Washington state, up from 13th healthiest in 2016.

A recently completed needs assessment and countywide action plan will help the county, medical providers and community organizations improve health outcomes for local residents.

As a result of the new community health rankings, and the Population Health Trust Community Assessment, the county intends to work with community partners to focus on child and maternal health in 2017, with the goal of improving health outcomes countywide.

Find more information about Skagit County’s Population Health Trust, visit www.skagitcountytrends.com.

Watercraft Registration Expires June 30

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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.

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.

Community Profile: Mt. Vernon

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Mount Vernon, is a vibrant city nestled in the picturesque Skagit Valley.  Located just 1 ½ hours from the hectic lifestyle of Seattle and Tacoma, Mount Vernon feels worlds away, and that is what the residents strive to preserve.

Mount Vernon’s quirky residents create world-renown art and music while preserving culture and its island time lifestyle. First incorporated in 1889, Mount Vernon was rated the number one small town in America by the “New rating guide to life in America’s small cities”. Its neighborhoods are small, quaint and family-centric.

Located on the Skagit River, it has excellent public transportation systems connecting residents to Everett, Seattle, Camano Island, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. In downtown Mount Vernon, The Skagit Station is the first multi-transportation hub for Public and Private Transportation. There you can get on the SKAT buses, Greyhound, the Amtrak Cascades, and private taxis.

Downtown Mount Vernon offers many shopping options, from toy stores, local cafes, art galleries, jewelry shops, clothing stores and a co-op. Every Saturday there is a Farmers market that sells art and food products made from local organic sources.

For more information, visit www.MountVernonWA.gov.

Home of the Week! 4122 San Juan Blvd Anacortes, WA

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This custom-built, 4,446 square-foot home is located at 4133 San Juan Blvd in Anacortes, WA and offers some of the best views one can find on Fidalgo Island. Not only does it bast great entertaining opportunities with the large living and dining areas, it also includes a beautifully landscaped patio in the back and a small indoor pool that can be enjoyed for leisure or exercise.

The home offers a vast entryway that opens directly to a welcoming open-concept layout that features the living and dining room, as well as the kitchen. The office just off the front door houses beautiful wood built-ins and high windows to the front yard.971873_10_Yxr1qGp2

The kitchen features a gas range, ample storage space, double ovens, and even more beautiful views. You will certainly not tire of spending time in this dream kitchen!

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With three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, each space offers views one would fight for. The spacious master suite is complete with private balcony doors, fireplace, and immaculate double-vanity bathroom. You will not want to miss the chance to pamper yourself in this spa-like suite and take advantage of the immense walk-in closet!

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The lower-level of the home houses the second and third bedrooms, additional family room, and kitchenette- if you are looking for the perfect home in Anacortes to entertain family and friends, we’ve found it! To visit this property, call, text, or email us any time to schedule a private showing. 971873_17_Wk9J7itg

You may also click here for further details of this San Juan Blvd home, and view the full photo gallery. No registration required!

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

April Events in Anacortes

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Spring is the perfect time to experience Anacortes, Washington! Among other local treasures, Skagit County is the home of the Skagit Tulip Festival which offers fun events and beautiful scenery for all ages.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit County- various venues)
April 1st through 30th

Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows, and more.
www.TulipFestival.org

Burlington Downtown Artwalk (Burlington)
April 1st through 30th

Local art will be displayed in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Spring Garage Sale: Antiques & More (Mount Vernon)
April 8th-9th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$3 per person
$3 onsite parking

Join more than 140 vendors at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon and search for antiques while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors.
www.SkagitCounty.net

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 9th
Noon – 5:00 PM

Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants.
www.Anacortes.org

Tulip Frolic and Parade (La Conner)
April 9th
2:00 PM

Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots, and fun for the whole family!
www.TulipFestival.org

Tulip Festival Street Fair (Mount Vernon)
April 15th-17th
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

www.MountVernonDowntown.org

Art in Bloom (Anacortes)
April 15th though 23rd

Works from regional artists will be displayed at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show to take place at the Depot Arts Center. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts.
www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com

These are great events that demonstrate the true community feeling of Anacortes and Skagit County as a whole. If you are considering moving to the area, these events are sure to entice you to embrace the beautiful Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

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

 

 

Hiring a Property Manager When Renting Out Your Investment

The real estate market is HOT here in Skagit County! If you are thinking of buying a home as an investment rental property, here are some tips for you :

Renting out a property, for the homeowner, means the homeowner is responsible for any issues that may occur.

A property manager’s job is to market the rental, establish communication with tenants, handle issues, and collect rent. A good property manager will give you peace of mind that your investment is being well taken care of and will help reduce your stress level by taking on these responsibilities.

Before you decide whether a property manager is right for your investment property, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you live far from your investment property?

Traveling back and forth to the property every time there may be an issue can be stressful.

2. Do you have the knowledge, skills, and ability?

If you do not have the time to learn the in’s and out’s of what it takes to manage a property, leave it to a professional.

3. Do you have the time for managing the property?

A busy schedule will make it difficult to keep up with your investment property and tenants.

4. Are you willing to work with contractors and other service aids?

Maintaining your investment property is extremely important.

5. Are you having trouble finding tenants?

Working with a property manager takes away the stress of getting your property seen by tenants. Another part of a property manager’s job is to interview tenants, this is a critical aspect of renting your property, finding the best tenant.

There is a lot to consider when renting out your investment property, it is crucial that you take the right steps when renting out your property and hiring a property manger will make it easier for you as a homeowner to make sure your property is well taken care of and most importantly keep its home value!

If you are interested in buying a home in Anacortes or Skagit County as an investment or would like to know what your home is worth please Contact Us!

Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Kick Off to Fishing and Boating Season

Boating and fishing season is upon us here in Skagit County! This is an exciting time of the year as more and more outdoor community events kick off in our area!

Get the kids geared up for some fishing and head to Northern State Pond in Sedro-Woolley for the Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 2. Children 14 and under will be able to bring their own bait and gear and go crazy fishing! Gates open at 7 a.m. with fishing starting at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Wildcate Steelhead Club, along with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and General Administration Department of North Cascades Gateway Center. If you aren’t familiar with the area and need directions, here you go..Take HWY 20 East from Fruitdale Road, Left on Fruitdale approximately 1 mile on right hand side, look for signs along the way leading to the gate into the pond.

If you are a boater, the Swinomish Yacht Club in La Conner is holding their 40th Anniversary Opening Day Boat Parade also on Saturday May 2 at 3 p.m beginning at the North Basin. The theme for the parade is celebrating the 70’s and Jaws. If you are interested in participating in the parade, registration is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Following the parade there will be a Potluck and an Awards Ceremony for prize winners. Music will be going all night long! This is event is located at 310 North 1st Street in La Conner.

We hope to see you all enjoying the wonderful events in our community this upcoming weekend!