Cozy Anacortes Home Near Downtown, Shops & Schools

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Built in 1920, this cozy home at 2517 17th St. (MLS 1179750) is located in a fantastic neighborhood near downtown Anacortes, local shops and acclaimed Anacortes schools.

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Priced at $265,000 with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and approximately 1,236 sf, the home has an ample living room with a gas fireplace, great sized eat-in kitchen, utility/mud room, large fenced yard with fruit trees and raised garden beds on the side patio. There is also a detached outbuilding/studio in back with electricity.

Zoned R2, there is also room for improvements to be made by a savvy investor or it could make an excellent starter home.

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Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available daily for all of your real estate needs.  Contact Team Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com today!

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Experience Stunning Anacortes Views at 5011 Channel View Lane

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5011 Channel View Lane (MLS 1173696) is a gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Anacortes, located just minutes from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal!

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This main-level living, 3,191 SF home is listed for $735,000 and features stunning views from the front and back sides of the home, a sprawling back deck, 2 car garage and no HOA.

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Experience Anacortes living daily in this completely remodeled and spacious home.  Easy care floors, huge kitchen island, large master and utility/laundry room with dog bath are just some of this home’s fine features.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs and can be contacted at (360) 941-3734, or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

 

 

 

5 Signs You Are Ready to Sell Your Home

On the corner of Buyers Rd. and Sellers Ln

If you have considered selling your home but feel that you are not yet ready or that now may not be the time, here is a list of five signs that you are ready to sell!

You have outgrown your home – Your “must haves” when you purchased the home are no longer your current needs. Maybe you need another bedroom, a separate office space, or more privacy from your neighbors.  If your home no longer fits your lifestyle, it is time to move on.

Your commute is wearing on you – Are the roads congested or the distance is just too far to conveniently get to work? If spending less time commuting to work would be better for you and your family, searching for homes in communities that eliminate these issues may be your next step.

Home repairs have begun – If you have made repairs and adjustments to your home such as updating fixtures to revamp the space, or even eliminating clutter and unneeded items, you are likely ready to find a new place to call home.

You know where you would like to live next – You may frequent a neighborhood where you can foresee yourself living next and making plans to store or eliminate belongings.

You have already spoken with a real estate agent – An agent can give you an idea of the value of your home and what it may sell for, in addition to helping you best navigate the home buying and selling process.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is happy to assist with any questions you may have about the process of home buying and selling.  With listings in Anacortes, La Conner, Skagit County and neighboring islands, contact us today to schedule a showing or to set up a comparative market analysis of your home at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Do The Bloom! 5k Color Run 2015

Looking for a healthy community event in Anacortes? Anacortes Art Festival presents its 1st annual Do The Bloom Run on Saturday April 18, 2015! The location of the run will start at the Anacortes Depot Art Center located at 611 R Ave. Street parking is available as well as parking at the Cap Sante Marina.

Running 5k Individuals $30 (all ages)

Kids 1 mile Color Run $10 (ages 4-12)

Color stations will be at every half mile mark and by the end of the run each runner will be decorated in fun spring colors and will resemble walking art! This is a fun, healthy event that we encourage runners from beginners to intermediate to participate to join the community in raising money for public art. We are happy to see that this event is pet and child friendly, please feel free to bring along your strollers and dogs on their leashes!

If you would like to pre-register or find out more information for the 5k Color Run or the Kids Mile Run, you can do so online! Hope to see you there!

For more community events information, please send us an email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2015

It’s that time of year here in Skagit County where the tulip fields are ready to display the beauty of Spring!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a premiere destination in the Pacific Northwest for many near and far! The breathtaking display of the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town show gardens are an explosion of color.

If you are interested in admiring these gorgeous gardens, visit the them soon. This year, tulips bloomed way earlier than expected and forced Tulip town to open last weekend. Yes, in mid March!

Events include wine-tasting, viewing of the tulip fields, music, street fairs, tours of local businesses that highlight local agricultural products, self-guided bicycle tours, a fly-in at the local airport, and more!

Tulip Town Events:

Location: 15002 Bradshaw Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-5pm daily – Now through April 30th

Art Gallery, Gift Shops, Kite Flying, Face Painting, Espresso and Snacks, Trolley Rides 10am-4pm (weather permitting)

Admission: $5/person Cash only- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

For more information visit: TulipTown.com

RoozenGaarde Events:

Location: 15867 Beaver Marsh Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-7pm daily

Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Food and Drinks, Great Photo Opportunities

Admission: $5/person- $4 with Military I.D.- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

Special Event: Meet Poster Artist- Teresa Saia and get your festival art work signed!

Sunday- 4/5, Saturday- 4/11, Sunday- 4/19, and Saturday- 4/25

From the RoozenGardee Website: As of March 26, 2015 “We have tulips in bloom! Our tulip field at RoozenGaarde (Field 1) is now showing some brilliant and bright colors! Field 2 and Field 3 have also been lit up and are displaying outstanding colors. These fields are nearly in full bloom and we expect the next two weeks or so to be some of the most colorful days of the spring. Plan to be early this year!”

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a great experience that includes beautiful photo opportunities as well as a place where you can order the best bulbs,cut flowers and mementos.

For more information on events please visit TulipFestival.org

We are excited to view the amazing display of flowers and to check out the many events in Skagit County, we will be enjoying all the beauty this weekend and we hope to see you there!

Interviewing Listing Agents: What Questions Should You Ask?

Jean Groesbeck - Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain

So you are ready to list your home for sale but are not sure what to do next?

Selling a home involves much more than just paperwork! The next step is to hire an agent to represent you and your home. Looking for the right real estate agent to sell your home can be a scary and daunting endeavor for many who are unsure of what to expect. Selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transaction you will experience in your life and as such, you should take special care when hiring a local real estate agent to represent you. Here are 5 helpful tips on what questions to ask when hiring a real estate agent:

1. What presence does your company have and how will it benefit me and my home?

You would want to find out how the agent is connected in the real estate market in and around your neighborhood. What areas outside of your neighborhood is the agent connected with? It is evident that agents take the time to connect with buyers outside of your surrounding neighborhood will grasp as many buyers to view your home as possible.

2. What marketing strategies are used by your company to promote my home?

There are many ways to promote your home, now a days, the internet is the best option for many agents to list your home. The internet provides several different websites that include videos and professional pictures that are used to maximize the exposure of your home. MLS and local websites are typically used by real estate agents. Ask about other types of marketing like magazines, local papers, and even open houses.

3. How do you decide on a listing price?

Deciding the listing price takes time and research, a good agent will take the proper time to examine your home and all of its features to make sure the listing price is fair. It is important for you to let the agent see what sets your home apart from similar listings. The agent then will do a Current Market Analysis ( CMA) and inform you about the current market conditions in your area to decide what price is best to get more money for your investment.

4. How will your represent me during the transaction?

The agent will be your supporter throughout the listing and sale process. It is the agent’s job to keep you informed in the different stages of selling your home, from staging, getting it show ready, and to walk you through the contract details. When you have questions or concerns, ask them! You should feel free to address any issues that may occur.

5. How will we communicate throughout the process?

You should be specific in what is the best form of communication for you, the agent should provide different types of communication to help answer questions, inform you on important deadlines, and provide an update on what is happening in the process. Communication is extremely important from both you and the agent to insure the most successful outcome of selling your home.

Take the time to research real estate agents that best fit your needs and wants in the process of selling your home. You and your agent will spend A LOT of time together and building a good relationship will make the process of selling your home much easier!

If you are thinking about selling, call us for your complimentary no obligation market analysis. We will inform you on the current real estate market in your neighborhood, offer suggestions to attract more home buyers in order to achieve a higher price, share our unique and aggressive marketing program, and explain the home selling services we provide before , during, and after the sales process. We would love the opportunity to show you our unique and innovative marketing programs customized for your property!

Our 5 star real estate services start with a complimentary staging consultation by our Professional Stager, professional home photography, a team of full time professionals to answer your questions, professional marketing services with a proven track record of success, and continue through the closing process with our escrow partner that will come to your home or your place of work for you to sign closing documents. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

Call (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com us to find out more about Jean Groesbeck your local real estate agent in Anacortes, WA!

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

Enhance Curb Appeal- Planning Your Garden

Would you like to add value to your home without spending thousands of dollars?

Having a good landscape will add curb appeal, improve the overall look of the outside of your home and add value to your investment . Right now is the time of year to start working on your home garden to enhance the curb appeal. If you are thinking of selling this year, having a great curb appeal can get you more money for your investment and will help sell your home faster. A garden can help contribute to the overall landscaping and curb appeal of your home increasing the interest of future buyers, impress your neighbors, or make you feel cheerful to see a beautiful landscape as you pull into your driveway.

If you are unsure where to start, here are a few steps to get you headed in the right direction:

1. Planning- Sketch out your existing yard. Include the intended planting areas, decks, trees, slopes, fences, walkways, etc. Make sure you have the actual dimensions to help you make the right choices when picking out trees, shrubs, and flowers. Note bloom times, color, and varieties to ensure an appealing garden year round.

2. Start with trees- Trees create a focal point that will help you layout the rest of your garden. Trees provide shade and colorful foliage in the fall and elegant flowering trees in the spring and summer.

3. Shrubs come next- Large bushes and shrubs create beautiful garden art, help develop pathways, and make for great privacy walls.

4. Incorporating flowering shrubs and grasses- Flowering shrubs and grasses can be used to screen plain garages and help create attractive accents to frame your garden.

5. Finish with perennials, bulbs, and annuals- Perennials offer shape to your garden, bulbs create colorful arrangements in the early spring, and annuals provide as later spring and summer accents.

Size, color, and bloom span are all important aspects when creating a garden, make sure to research which trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and annuals will best fit your garden. Keep in mind the mature size of each part of your garden; try not to go by the current size of each plant. Maintenance is the key to help keep your garden beautiful throughout the years to come. Developing a watering routine and removing all dead, broken, diseased, or problem limbs will promote new growth.

Most important of all is to have fun gardening! The outcome of your hard work can make the outside of your home more appealing if you are thinking about selling and why not… impress your neighbors!

If you would like to learn how to add value to your home or if you are thinking about selling, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Christmas Advice for the Online Shopper

Jingles Groesbeck

Buying on line leaves an electronic footprint

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Most of us that use the internet know that more and more websites are requiring the user of the website or the shopper to create an account. Most websites keep this information confidentiial but there are some websites that share the information.

If you worry about personal data flying around on the Internet, you might consider getting rid of some online accounts. But that’s often easier said than done. For example, Skype doesn’t allow users to delete their account. That’s where AccountKiller comes into play. This site has a collection of direct links and instructions on how to easily delete your account with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Groupon, MSN Messenger and hundreds of other sites.

If a site won’t let you delete your account, AccountKiller will tell you how to hide your personal data, or provide you with the contact information needed to take additional steps. With AccountKiller’s color-coding system you can see at a glance if a site will be easy or hard to leave. It’s a good place to look before opening an account with a service. http://www.accountkiller.com/en/

We need to stay up with the latest technology to be able to market our Anacortes real estate and properties throughout Skagit County. Once in a awhile we find something that has broad appeal so we like to share it.

Of course, if you are thinking of selling or buying a home, we would love to hear from you!