Use Less Energy in Your Home

Happy Memorial Day!

Whether or not you believe your home to be energy efficient, you can take steps on your own to conserve your energy footprint and shrink your bills!

Use our Home Energy checklist to see what you can do, and what you already might be doing to use less energy in your home in Anacortes.

Heating & Cooling:
• Install a ceiling fan, rather than running air conditioning.
• Replace air filters in air conditioners and heaters to prevent them from working harder than they need to.
• Take advantage of wood burning stoves if your home has one.
• In winter months, hang heavier curtains or put blankets or thick plastic around windows; this creates an extra barrier between your home and the cold temperatures.
• Be sure air is not escaping (or intruding) through cracks in windows or doors.

Lighting:
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs; these use up to 75% less energy that traditional incandescent bulbs.
• Take advantage of natural lighting; no need to turn lights on when we can use the good ol’ sun!

Electronics and Appliances
• Items such as computers or anything with a “power light” should be unplugged when not in use, as they are still using power even when turned off!
• Use a toaster oven or microwave for small baking items rather than using the large stove.
• Maximize your appliances’ potential; do full loads of dishes and laundry, and use appropriate temperature settings while doing so.
• Use power strips that can be turned off when not in use; a lot of energy is wasted through electronics plugged in.

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Let us know if you would like more energy saving tips! Text, call or email our real estate office in Anacortes today!

info@jeangroesbeck.com

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

(360) 899-5027

Planning Your Garden for Spring

PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

 

Enhancing curb appeal includes enhancing your garden! Time for fresh flower scents, new plants, and working outside. Many bulbs have already begun to bloom, however the good news is that you can buy flowers and plants that have already bloomed and your yard will instantly look great! This is also the time to consider any fall bulbs or crops you want to have around once the summer is over.

Our Favorite Ways to Begin Planning Your Garden

Make a Sketch of Your Yard
You don’t necessarily need accurate measurements to do this (although if you want a to-scale sketch of your yard, feel free!), but it is necessary to visualize where you want everything to go. Drawing it out will help you determine how your yard will look once everything is in place and allow you to better allocate your money.

Plant Trees First
As trees typically take up more space in yards and require a little more work, it is best to get them done first and plant smaller items around them.

Year-Round Plants and Upgrades
Some plants such as shrubs and bushes that don’t “bloom” can provide aesthetic appeal to your yard year-round. If you plan to implement any of these, plant them when you do your trees to again get bigger items out of the way. This is also the time to work on any yard enhancements such as new pathways or retaining walls that will add dimension to the yard as a whole.

Perennials, Bulbs, and Annuals
This is the time to have fun and add color to your yard! Many spring bulbs are available for purchase and already in full-bloom by May first. Determine what feel you want your yard to have and browse a couple of nurseries and garden centers. If you are unsure of how to care for the plants you are looking for, the individuals that work there will likely be happy to share their knowledge.

Having a well-planned garden always attracts the eyes of passersby, especially those eyes that are interested in purchasing your home.

Contact us for more tips on how to enhance your home and garden for the market! If you are looking to buy in Anacortes, WA or anywhere in Skagit County, we can be your guide in finding a great home in a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Understanding Real Estate CMA’s

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In Real Estate terms, CMA stands for comparative market analysis; in other words, the report provided by a realtor when they conduct an in-depth analysis of a home’s worth in your market. If you are considering selling your home in Anacortes, we can conduct an in-depth comparative market analysis and help you make the most of the information. Use our checklist below to make sure that you have an adequate understanding of real estate CMA’s.

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Before committing to anything, be sure you are working with a real estate agent you can trust. Our goal as your agent is to make the Anacortes home buying or selling process stress free and smooth. After all, we work for you! If you would like a complimentary market analysis of your home in Anacortes, please call, text or email us today! We will provide you with an up to date market value of your home in Anacortes.

 

 

 

 

The Best Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

You’re almost ready to move into your new home!

Moving day can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Our moving checklist will help you effectively pack up your belongings to make your move as easy as possible. We recommend printing it and keeping it on hand in a central location in the house so you can easily cross things off as you go.

Just click HERE to print out our full moving checklist!

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Moving with pets? Check out the rest of our blog for other great moving tips!

Ready for a change in 2016?

All About You

Happy New Year!

Are you ready to make a change in 2016? Perhaps you found your dream home for sale in Anacortes or Skagit County and you are ready to move up. It could be that you are thinking of retirement and decided that downsizing your home is the best option for you. Whatever the case might be, 2016 is YOUR year and we are here to make it happen!

We believe that real estate transactions should be all about YOU! After all, it is a life changing event and comes with great commitment. We want to make sure that YOU are happy and satisfied with your decision. Selling or buying a home in Anacortes and Skagit County should be fun as you start on a new adventure!

Our team of full time licensed real estate brokers in Anacortes, Skagit County and the surrounding areas is available 7 days a week to answer questions for you.

If you want us to text you, we will. Prefer a phone call? No Problem! Is email communication more convenient? Just let us know! Are evenings the best time to talk for you? Just give us a call! We are here for you every step of the way.

Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can. Let us show you the difference that 5 star service can make in a real estate transaction.

Call, text or email us today!

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

Visit us online: www.AnacortesLiving.com

Have You Thought about Your Garden Lately?

This house in Mt. Vernon is a great example of an amazing landscaping!

Winter is here and with it comes the cold planting season. We love Washington for the multitude of plants that can grow here, we have so many options! Plants are a great way to improve your home’s exterior and a well-done garden, such as the backyard of this gorgeous home in Mount Vernon, WA ,  can even help to boost the value of your home. While it isn’t a good time for flowers just yet, December is the perfect time to grow a vegetable garden! Many veggies do very well in the crisp winter air and are a great way to add something special to your front or backyard.

Winter is a great time to harvest veggies and plant new ones!

Don’t know what to plant? Consider a small herb garden or possibly some larger vegetables such as garlic or onions! November through April is also the best time to plant fruit and nut trees, the earlier you plant, the better. Winter is a great time to clean out an older garden too, weeds can peek through at anytime and keeping up with it over the wintertime is a must! Here is an non-toxic and easy way to protect your garden from unwanted plants.

It can be difficult to keep up a garden during the winter, if planting isn’t your forte then try some decorative seating and lawn ornaments. Decks are another wonderful way to keep your yard looking wonderful all year round. They are great for entertaining as well as a place for potted plants. Decks are easy to take care of and relatively inexpensive to furnish. Adding color to your backyard is great for all seasons.

Have you thought about your winter yard lately? Or maybe you’re wishing you had a garden! Anacortes, Washington is filled with gorgeous houses and phenomenal landscaped yards! If you’re looking to move and get a great new home or condo, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC.

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734

Home of the Week: Sunsets and Sea Breezes in Anacortes, WA

4913 Portalis Wy Anacortes, WA 98221

A covered deck is perfect for entertaining in any type of weather!

Have you been wishing your home had a view? Well now is a perfect time to trade up to this spectacular townhome! With a huge upstairs deck and views of the Washington State ferry and Puget sound from most of the windows, you can entertain while watching the waves! The covered deck is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves sitting outside during the summer or maybe snuggling up on a lounge chair while drinking a cup of coffee on a cool winter morning. Frameless shower doors, exquisite interior features and a large two car garage make this house just that much more luxurious! If you have ever considered northern Washington, this house is definitely worth your time! Only 90 minutes from Seattle, you also have a boat launch, hiking, biking, the Guemes trail and the ferry to both the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. close by. This beauty is in a quiet neighborhood and because it is a townhome, no yardwork is required from the owner.

Never heard of Anacortes? Be prepared to fall in love! This townhome is in the heart of an amazing city known for its small town feel and very active citizens! To learn more about Anacortes, click here!

Still not convinced this home is for you? Take a virtual tour or come see it today!

This amazing kitchen has granite counter tops!

Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. Team Jean Groesbeck can help you find your perfect home without the stress or hassle.

Contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734 if you would like to see this home or another wonderful home for sale in the Skagit County area.

The Dos and Don’ts of Selling your Home in the Winter

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful dinner with their loved ones tonight! I for one am excited for the upcoming holiday season in our lovely city of Anacortes. But, with all that excitement comes the stress of preparing one’s house—especially, if you’re considering putting your home on the market during this hectic time of year. One of the most common questions I receive is when to buy a home or when to sell a home.

Earlier this week we discussed the perks of buying a home during the winter season but did you know this is also a great time to put your house on the market? Home buyers during this season have a greater sense of urgency to find a home than home buyers during the spring and summer. Did you know that the average home seller that sells their home in December through March ends up receiving more than their asking price? So what are you waiting for?

Here are the dos and don’ts of selling a home during the holiday season.

A great example on how to decorate your home for the season while keeping it simple.

1. Staging: Who doesn’t love to decorate their house for the holidays? Unfortunately, it’s easy to get carried away with the decorations and hide some of the best features of your home. You want to accent what you have to offer and not overwhelm those who are coming to view the house. Keep decorating to a minimum but don’t be afraid to use some of those decorations to emphasize the best features. Having an inviting and cozy home is a great way to help a potential home buyer view what they could be purchasing.

2. Pricing: This is very important when listing your home. During the wintertime, home prices play a huge roll in whether people will look at your home. You want to stay away from pricing your home too high because your house may stay on the market for too long. You also don’t want to price it too low as you may lose out on potential gain, although it might trigger multiple offers and allow you select from several offers to purchase your home . To price correctly, not only reference similar houses and their closing prices, but also the prices of homes for sale currently on the real estate market that have similar features. Here is a great form to figure out that perfect selling price.

3. Schedule a home tune-up: Bring in a home inspector or specific professionals to check-up on your furnace, chimney, and roof. These are especially important during the wintertime as many people will be thinking about heating costs. If you know there may be problems, consider inexpensive upgrades such as adding insulation to your attic.

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass

4. Curb Appeal: Don’t ignore your yard! Just because the grass and flowers may be turning brown doesn’t mean that you can’t make your yard look good! Some of my favorite winter garden upgrades are pulling out the dead plants, planting winter pansies and placing mulch in the flower beds. While nothing will be growing, it adds a little bit of a natural color and can give your yard a clean look. Give your trees a nice trim, especially those evergreens.

5. Maximize your lighting: Everyone in Washington knows it gets dark early during winter days. It’s very important to make sure both the exterior and interior of your home are well lit. Since natural light isn’t going to have much to offer during this time, a nicely lit room with lighting that isn’t too harsh is a great way to warm up a home.  Holiday lighting on the outside of your house can also make it look more inviting.

This living room combines natural light with cozy ceiling lights.

I hope these tips inspire you to think about listing your home in the winter months!  If you’re considering buying a home in Skagit County, Oak Harbor, or Anacortes, WA, a great place to start is our website. If you are looking to put your house on the market in the coming months or just want to entertain the option of how much your house is worth, talk to your realtor: Jean Groesbeck today!

Jean Groesbeck:  Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  360-941-3734.

Why Should You Wait? Winter can be the Best Season to Buy.

Did you know that in many cases it is actually less expensive to own a house rather than rent one?

In Skagit County, the average price of a home is around $247,250 while the average cost to rent a house is $1,463. Initially, the upfront costs of buying a house can seem like a lot more. Plus, thinking about a mortgage can be intimidating but with rent prices increasing and mortgages at an all-time low, now is the perfect time to consider buying that home you’ve dreamed of.

If you qualify for a mortgage, have the funds for a down payment, and intend to live in a home long enough to cover the transaction costs—you will be better off financially if you buy as soon as you can. After all, if you’re already tired of the house you’ve been in, that feeling is just going to grow!

Typically, summer is thought to be the best time to buy a house; the weather and school calendar make this a convenient season. Because most people consider that time as the right time, hidden gems that go up for sale in the winter are often overlooked.

So, if you are ready, consider looking for a home now instead of early spring. You will have more choices and less competition, and you can lock in today’s rates rather than risk rates increasing. Click here for wonderful winter options!

Skagit County Washington and Anacortes, Washington are great places to buy a home and with the market growing, now is a wonderful time to buy or sell! If you’re interested in finding out whether you can afford a home, contact Jean Groesbeck , Anacortes Living. If you would like more information on buying versus renting,read more about it here.

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at http://anacortesliving.com/