Captivating Custom Home on Quiet Anacortes Street

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1518 36th St. (MLS #1138389) is a captivating custom home located on a quiet dead end street in beautiful Anacortes.

Its spacious kitchen features unique and artistic counter tops, eating space and plenty of storage.

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The comfortable living room area has abundant natural light and tall ceilings and gorgeous chevron pattern hardwood floors flow throughout.

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Enjoy the sunshine on the multiple decks or on the HUGE leveled back yard, and the home’s large bonus/rec room can be used as a flex space!

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today to schedule a showing to view this home, and for all of your real estate needs! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

Do You Know How to Prep Your Home For Summer?

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While the Anacortes summertime is perfect for outdoor gatherings with friends and family, it can also be a dangerous, and inefficient, time for your home. That’s why it’s important to have a preparation strategy in place before the hotter months arrive. These quick tips will help you prep your home for summer, and ensure it stays safe and inviting all summer long.

Schedule an Air Conditioning Inspection

Having an AC professional look at your unit before summer officially arrives will address any potential problems before they become major headaches. You can also DIY some preliminary maintenance. Clearing saplings, grass and other underbrush away from your unit will improve airflow and help prevent clogs. Replacing the air filters in your home’s HVAC will also help your AC function at its peak efficiency.

Look for Insulation Leaks and Inefficiencies

Poor insulation will allow cooled air to escape, resulting in a hot home and enormous energy bills. Fortunately, spotting faulty insulation isn’t difficult. Begin by looking for deterioration around your doors and windows. Caulk, door sweeps and weather stripping should address the majority of your door- and window-related leaks. It’s also a good idea to have a professional perform an energy audit. Pros will be able to identify hard-to-spot inefficiencies in other parts of your home and HVAC system.

Prep for Pests

In addition to being an annoyance, some pests can actually damage your home — and even present health problems. Spraying insect barriers around the exterior of your home is a good beginning, but it’s also important to prep the interior of your home. Sealing all food sources and potential entry points like window frames and doors is an important part of finalizing your pest proofing.

Inspect Your Roof

Summer is mostly known for its beautiful weather, but it can also be a time of severe thunderstorms — or worse. This makes having a sturdy roof very important, especially during inclement summertime weather. Begin your inspection by looking for loose shingles, faulty flashing or other clear signs of damage. Your attic can also be home to leaks, rot and other problems not obvious from the outside of your home. Examining your attic insulation, walls and rafters for signs of moisture will help you prevent water damage and structural deterioration. If you notice signs of damage, it’s best to call a pro. Roof repair can be extensive and are rarely DIY-appropriate.

Reinvigorate Your Outdoor Spaces

Wintertime can take a toll on the appearance of your yard, patio and other outdoor living areas. Removing downed tree limbs, replanting dead flowers and power washing your patio and decking are simple ways to jumpstart your home’s summertime exterior. Your grill can also accumulate gunk during the colder months. Be sure to clean its interior and exterior before your first BBQ. Updating your tired outdoor furniture will also improve the looks and comfort of your entertainment areas. Wrap-around sofas, comfy love seats and luxurious hammocks are ideal additions to any outdoor space. You can perfect your entertainment areas with colorful throw pillows, planters, hanging candles and outdoor lighting.

1940s Old Town Anacortes Home Near Guemes Channel

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Conveniently located in Old Town Anacortes just blocks from the Guemes Channel, 2020 11th St. (MLS #1137281) is a charming 1940s home in a fantastic location.

Featuring main level living with a spacious living room area, eat-in kitchen, classic standing wood stove and tons of storage, this home is a canvas waiting to be painted!

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There is a large bonus room AND shop space in the lower level, a detached 1 car garage and a new water heater on a large corner lot with alley access. Make this classic home spectacular!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734, by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or visit us at our Old Town Anacortes office located at 809 7th St.

We look forward to working for you!

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making an Offer

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In competitive markets like Anacortes, making a strong offer that separates you from the rest can be difficult.  The team at Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is the Anacortes real estate experts and can assist with all of your buying and selling needs!

Here are 5 things that experienced brokers will advise its clients:

Delaying – Buyers need to be ready with their paperwork, including bank statements, a pre-approval letter and proof of funds from the beginning of their home search to ensure they can act fast when they find a house they’d like to purchase.

Making an offer for their approved amount – Buyers can prove financial strength by showing a pre-approval letter that does not have a set value on it. Having a pre-approval letter with the exact offer price on it when others are offering all cash can be a disadvantage.

Submitting a low offer – Submitting an offer that is too low and does not have data to support the numbers could offend the seller and turn them off from working with you to complete a deal.

Waiving inspection contingencies – If the inspection contingency is waived, you may lose your earnest money should you back out of the deal and having the home inspected before purchasing could save you money in the long run if there are any issues with the home.

Not presenting yourself well enough – Buyers need to take steps to ensure they look good in the eyes of the seller, so being nitpicky and pointing out every defect in the home could put you at a disadvantage if the home as multiple offers.

Team Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available daily for all of your real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or visit our office in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

What is Mold?

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Molds are a form of fungus. There are many different molds and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores, which are present in all indoor environments and cannot be removed from them – spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that otherwise prevent the normal mold growth.

Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments – easily created in the home. Molds are capable of growing on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper and wood.

Common indoor molds include:

  • Alternaria – found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
  • Aspergillus – often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials, such as drywall
  • Cladosporium – capable of growing in cool areas as well as warm ones. It is typically found on fabrics and wood surfaces
  • Penicillium – typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.

Molds take a variety of forms and textures, appearing as white, black, yellow, blue or green and often looking like a discoloration or stain to a surface. They can also have a velvety, fuzzy or rough appearance, depending on the type of mold and where it is growing.

Spores make their way into the home either through the air or after attaching to objects or people. Open windows, doorways and ventilation systems are all gateways through which spores can enter. Clothing, shoes and pets can all facilitate the arrival of mold within the home.

Mold can often be found in areas where leakages and flooding have occurred and near windows where condensation builds up. Wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth, including paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products. Wallpaper, insulation materials and upholstery are other typical launchpads for mold growth.

Mold allergies produce similar symptoms to other allergies to airborne substances affecting the upper respiratory tract, such as pollinosis. These include:

  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

When dealing with mold, it is best to consult with a professional to ensure the mold is properly removed.  For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC.  Located in Anacortes at 809 7th St., Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Hidden Gem Within Anacortes City Limits

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3703 J Ave. (MLS # 1135095) is a true hidden gem.  This .58+ acre level Anacortes property is located within the city limits and features beautiful views of majestic Mt. Baker, Fidalgo Bay, and the Islands in the distance.

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Held by the same family for decades, this home 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has old town charm with the original (seller thinks) wood stove for cooking, but don’t worry, it is supplemented by a modern day stove as well.

The lower level is unfinished for shop space or a mother-in-law suite and there is a possibility the property could be subdivided. 3703 J Ave. in Anacortes is ADA accessible and has RV Parking!

For information about this property or for any of your real estate needs, Team Groesbeck is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St. and are available daily at (360) 941-3734.

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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.