Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following events and activities will take place throughout the day:

  • 5K Run along the flight line
  • Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G Growler, P3-C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, MH-60S Knighthawk, and the C-40A Clipper
  • Navy Band performance
  • Guided bus tours
  • Search and Rescue/K-9 Working Dog Demonstration
  • Fire Department Static Displays and Rescue Demonstrations
  • Explosive Ordinance Demonstration
  • Climbing wall
  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Aviation memorabilia

 

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!

Community Profile: Whidbey Island

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Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, 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.

With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is the largest island in Washington State, sitting between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Whidbey is home to the cities and towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton, and Bayview; all of which fit snugly into Island County.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Named for the Garry Oak trees which grace its skyline, the city’s growth coincided with two major events: the building of Deception Pass Bridge on July 31, 1935, and the completion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942.

Whidbey Island’s popularity stems from the amazing views of Puget Sound and the plethora of tourist activities available. Explore the waters of Puget Sound on a scuba diving adventure, glide across the sea in silence on a kayak trip to visit the orca and gray whales, sea lions and seals, starfish and crab, and eagles and the porpoises!

For thousands of years, the only people who occupied Whidbey Island were the four Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes. In the spring of 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the area and named every mountain, island, and waterway he could find. Whidbey Island was named on June 10, 1792 after Joseph Whidbey who proved it was an island when he discovered Deception Pass.

Aside from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the island has a strong military history. In 1890, the construction of Fort Casey began. The three-fort defense system was built by the US Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with this fort, Fort Flagler and Fort Worden, which are located on the Olympic Peninsula, make up the “Triangle of Fire.” Twenty years after Fort Casey was built, it became the fourth largest military post and was no doubt the most beautiful. Fort Casey is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, walk along bluff-side bunkers, and through the dark tunnels of the past.

Whidbey Island Marathon – Sunday April 15th!

Want to run a gorgeous scenic course on country back roads and along waterfront coastline? See snow-capped mountains, Deception Pass Bridge, and beaches & wildlife? You can this weekend on Sunday, April 15th!

Whidbey Island is the perfect island weekend getaway where you can leave the city behind.¬† Just north of Seattle, nestled up in Washington State’s Puget Sound is Whidbey Island.¬† As a destination vacation playground for many, the island provides a vehicle accessible getaway from the busier mainland; providing picturesque ocean views and tranquil farmland, the full marathon and half marathon courses of the Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon promise to be as scenic and challenging as ever.

As a participant of the event, on top of a well-needed vacation, you will receive plenty of goods and services to help celebrate your accomplishments.¬† Both the full marathon and half marathon courses will have plenty of on-course water and aid stations and finishers of both events will receive a custom designed technical fabric shirt, and a unique one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal. Sign up now and start planning your 2012 spring getaway! Find out more information at¬†http://www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com/

If you are interested in learning more about Whidbey Island or homes for sale on Whidbey Island, contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Take a hike!

If you like to hike, Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands have enough trails and hikes to fill every weekend of the year!  Here is one that was suggested.

South Fidalgo trails and rural roads to Whidbey (click on link)

The Deception Pass Bridge Joins Anacortes on Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island

The Deception Pass Bridge Joins Anacortes on Fidalgo Island with Whidbey Island

The beautiful parks in Skagit and Island County contribute to making Anacortes, La Conner, Samish Island, and Oak Harbor great communities!

Dean Piper Speaks About Your Chimney!

CHIMNEY SWEEPS & STOVE TECHNICIANS ‚Äď
NOT ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL
Every month we receive several calls from folks who are shopping for service for their gas or wood stoves and fireplaces. The truth is they are price shopping.
While it certainly makes great sense to save money whenever possible, choosing your medical specialist by how much they charge is probably not in the best interest of your long term health. So, think of the Chimney Sweep or Gas Service Technician as your doctor for your fireplace or stove. The more education and training we receive, the better we are to ensure the safety of your equipment and your home.
Becoming Chimney Safety Institute of America and National Fire Institute certified and maintaining those certifications requires classroom training, testing on a National level and continuing education. It allows us to belong to organizations that ensure we are kept up to date with all current code and safety regulations both at the National and State levels. We adhere to standards of what must be included in each level of inspection and parameters for what level of inspection must be completed in each situation.
A proper cleaning and inspection is a lot more than pushing a brush (hopefully one that is the proper shape and size for your chimney) up and down the chimney. The Certified Sweep will clean and inspect the fireplace or stove and venting system inside and out to ensure it is mechanically sound and safe to operate. They will discuss all findings with the homeowner and leave a written report, which will delineate any further inspection or work that must be completed immediately or in the future. They provide consumer education on proper burning and home maintenance. For the Certified Sweep, this is more than a job; it is his or her PROFESSION.

Dean Piper-YOHS LLC, Your Stove Shop

Dean Piper, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, CSIA-C-DET Certified Dryer Vent Technician, NFI Certified Master Hearth Specialist in Gas, Wood and Pellet products.
YHOS, LLC – Your Stove Shop
438 NE O’Leary Street
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 682-5317
Please take the time to protect your Skagit County real estate!
If you are interested in homes for sale in the area, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@ColdwellBanker.com

Lock Closure- Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

There will be an 8 hour lock closure on Wednesday, July 13th 2011, and a possible 2 hour lock closure on Thursday, July 14th, 2011.

Both the large lock and small lock will be closed from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, for an inspection of the Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure. There will be divers in the water during this time period, preventing lock operations. The only exception will be for emergency vessels on an emergency call.

After 1:00 PM on July 13th, only the large lock will be closed to do a repair near the middle gates.  If the repair  is not completed by 4:00 PM, the large lock will re-open,  and repairs will be finished early on the morning of July 14th.

The Small Lock will be operating as normal by 1:00 PM, on the 13th and throughout the 14th.

Any questions should be referred to David Carpenter, Navigation Supervisor 206-789-2622 ext.202/ Cell 206-399-0159, or the Lockmaster on duty, 206-783-7000.

To learn more about the Anacortes marinas and boating facilities, or perhaps, a home with a dock, contact one of the experienced REALTORS at Coldwell Banker Island Living  in Anacortes.

Pending Home Sales Exceed Expectations!

Pending homes sales are up according to the National Association of REALTORS as home buyers take advantage of great home values. May statistics for home sales were up higher than anticipated.

You can view home sales statistics on our website for Skagit County, La Conner, Oak Harbor, Guemes Island, Samish Island, and even Seattle on our website.http://www.cbislandliving.com/index.cfm/page/57494/Real_Estate_Market_Trends.html

Deception Pass Park Foundation

Deception Pass State Park is a gem of the Washington State Parks system.  They provide recreational and educational opportunities for many visitors.  From the Rosario Tide Pools to the summit of Goose Rock and the old growth of Hoypus Hill, the park encompasses over 4,000 breathtaking acres.  With over 2.5 million visitors each year, protecting the legacy as a premier park is a challenge.  Please help us in preserving this special place for future generations.  There are many renovation projects that the Deception Pass Park Foundation is dedicated to completing.  Wondering how you can personally contribute to the Foundation?  Make a donation to this non-profit organization to help enhance the future of this amazing  park.  Visit www.deceptionpassfoundation.org for more information or call 360-675-3767 ext. 26

If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a home in the Deception Pass area, contact one of our agents at 360-293-4511, we are open 7 days a week.

Military? You Might Be Eligible For The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

The 2010 home buyer tax credit it still available for some eligible military and certain other federal employees serving outside the United States.  You still have time to take advantage of this great home buying opportunity. 

If you’re a member of the military, foreign service or intelligence community¬†and ¬†served overseas for at least 90 days between Dec. 31, 2008, and May 1, 2010, you might be eligible for thousands of dollars in tax credits!¬† With the low interest rates now¬†is the¬†time to purchase¬†a first home or upgrade to another house.¬†

You don’t have a lot of time so you need to shop for your new home now.¬† April 30, 2011, is the last day you can put a house under contract, and June 30, 2011, is the final day to close on the home in order to get the home buyer tax credit.¬†

Do you qualify for a first time home buyer tax credit?

Here are some of the things about the home buying tax credit that you need to be aware of:

1. There isn’t much time left

One of the primary benefits of the tax credit is the deadline extension. April 30, 2011, is the last day¬†to get a signed around contract on a house, and June 30, 2011, is the final day to close on the home so shop now for your dream home! For more details- “IRS article First-Time Homebuyer Credit: Members of the Military and Certain Other Federal Employees“.¬†

2. When you need to buy your home

The incentive program requires that the home be your primary residence for at least three years. If you move or sell the house before then, the credit will have to be repaid. That requirement could be waived if you recieve government orders to move so make sure ou talk with a tax consultant before you make a home buying decision. 

3. An Exception to the Rule

The IRS allows an exception for someone who is forced to return to the United States for medical reasons before completing 90 days of qualified official extended duty…again talk to your tax consultant before you make a purchase.¬†¬†¬†

4. Eligibility for Repeat Buyers

First-time home-buyers might qualify for up to $8,000 in tax credits, but home buyers moving up might also quality as well.  A credit of $6,500 is available to taxpayers who have lived in the same principal residence for five consecutive years during the eight-year period that ends when the new house is purchased. 

5. Income Limitations

Singles who earn a maximum of $125,000 and couples with joint incomes of up to $225,000 qualify for the full credit. Single people with incomes not exceeding $145,000 and couples with joint incomes of up to $245,000 may receive partial credit. 

6. Some Finer Points

  • Only primary residences are eligible.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • The purchase price of the home can’t be more than¬†$800,000.
  • A first-time homebuyer is considered someone who has not owned a primary residence during the three years up to the date of the purchase.

If you already purchased a home, check with you tax professional about whether or not you qualify for the home buyer tax credit.