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

Five Tips for Luxury on a Budget

Everyone loves the look of high-end furniture and custom designed room decor. Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget it can take to get these items. With these five tips, you can give your house a luxurious look without the expense.

A stencil is a great way to add a different design to your walls.

1. Paint your walls: An easy way to give a room a fresh look is changing the color of the walls. With all the different types of paint, finding one that suits you is as simple as going to the hardware store and picking out of few samples. A look that is sophisticated but also personalized is to use a neutral color and add an accent wall for extra emphasis.
2. Add Curtains: Another great option for making a room feel more expensive is the use of curtains. Curtains are very easy to make which can help cut down the cost. By hanging them higher than your window, you will give the illusion that your room is taller than it actually is.
3. Update old hardware: This is an easy way to update your space to give it more of a high end appearance. Crystal knobs or silver colored knobs will take your room to a look of luxury home.  This is often the most important upgrade you can do when putting your home on the market to sell.

Baskets are a great way to hide clutter!

4. Remove knick-knacks and clutter: The cheapest of all my tips is as simple as organizing your home. Matching containers such as baskets are a great way to hide items while giving a uniform look.

5. Define a focal point: When designing a room it is easy to get carried away with different elements and furniture. If you are on a budget, just focus on one focal point in the main room. This could be a couch or even a piece of artwork. Finding something you love and designing around it will give you inspiration and take the stress off of buying other expensive items.

Find your home today with Anacortes Living!

These are great tips not only for decorating a home but for staging a home to sell too! For more helpful staging tips visit my page on furniture and preparing your home for selling.

Luxury and waterfront home sales in Anacortes, La Conner and throughout the San Juan Islands are on the rise!  If you own a waterfront or water home in Skagit or San Juan County, this spring could be the best time to sell.  If you want to sell your home this spring, please contact us now.  There are things you can be doing now to insure  your home sells for top dollar!

Jean Groesbeck  (360) 941-3734   Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Newly Constructed Home in Anacortes! Amazing Territorial and Water Views

2814 Grady Lane Anacortes, WA

We have a wonderful newly constructed home for sale that has been artfully designed to take advantage of the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands to the North and the Skyline Marina and Burrows Bay to the South. You will notice an abundance of natural light throughout this open floor plan.

The exquisite craftsmanship and quality materials are found throughout this beautiful home in Anacortes. With a main level living, peaceful master suite, guest suite, dream kitchen, courtyard entrance, fenced level yard and lots of storage this home is a must see!

This home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and is only a few blocks away from Washington Park hiking trails, boat launch, and beach.

If you are interested in viewing the full listing of this gorgeous newly constructed home for sale in Anacortes, CLICK HERE

Call us today for a private showing! 360.941.3734 or send us an email at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Cabin Style Home in Anacortes!

15903 Yokeko Drive

Private, rustic, and charming are the best ways to describe this unique waterfront cabin style home for sale in Anacortes. This cozy home is tucked away, and surrounded by pine trees. The property is located at a dead end street that provides substantial privacy.

Views from the wrap around deck

This property is a fabulous place to make memories for years to come! If you enjoy fishing, this home has extensive space for fishing right off the wrap around deck! The platform off the property makes it easy for you to launch fishing boats or kayaks for you to enjoy Puget Sound.The ocean is your backyard with some of the best salmon fishing around!

Living Room

Inside the home you will find rustic vaulted ceilings in the living room with a wall of windows capturing the majestic ocean and territorial views. From the living room this home displays the best views of Deception Pass from Fidalgo Island. The irreplaceable knotting pine walls throughout make this cabin style home unique. Access to the sun room is right off the living room, creating an amazing space for entertaining or a comfy spot to read a book.

This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home features double pane windows, ceiling fans, a newer roof and septic, and is move in ready!

If you would like more information on this amazing waterfront cabin style home, CLICK HERE to see more details!

You can Contact Us, call 360-941-3734 Jean Groesbeck or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com to schedule a private showing today!

809 7th St-Anacortes, WA

Breathtaking View Lot in Anacortes!

Incredible Views

Are you tired of looking for your dream home?

Sometimes the market inventory in your desired area might not have the dream home you are looking for. The tight inventory for existing homes is driving many home buyers to build a brand new home to fit their needs.

Have you considered building your dream home? Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like. If you dream of designing a new home that takes full advantage of the unique geography and amazing island views in Anacortes, we have an amazing lot for you to set the foundation to your new dream home!

Enjoy breathtaking sunsets with panoramic views of the beautiful San Juan Islands from this spectacular .72+/- acre Rock Ridge neighborhood lot. Two lots were combined to accommodate plans for a Northwest Contemporary single-level home with separate exercise/pool house. There are home plans available or you could design your own dream home. The lot has been excavated, leveled, and is ready for building!

Antone Way-Anacortes, WA

The quiet newly developed neighborhood of Rock Ridge here in Anacortes is surrounded by 1,200 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. You can explore many hiking and biking trails right in your own backyard! Rock Ridge is also close to downtown, schools, and easy access to shopping and dining! You can have the best of both worlds here! The Rock Ridge Neighborhood is part of the Anacortes School District and only a short drive to parks, and exciting activities our community has to offer!

Entertaining on this property will sure create great memories with the stunning water views! The newly developed neighborhood has paved streets and sidewalks, this lot is in a cul-de sac making it more private and enjoyable!

When it comes to building a new home, buyers have two options: they can work with a home builder who will show them home plans to choose from, or they can do the research on their own, and hire a contractor to build it.

This lot offers a home floor plan already for you. This plan has optimized the property to the fullest, making the views of the home the spotlight! There are many options to create the perfect home for you!

To see the full listing and more details on this magnificent lot CLICK HERE

The possibilities of different home plans for this property are endless!

Would you like to know more about building your dream home here in Skagit County? Contact Us for more information, Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA

5 Common Mistakes When Buying a New Home

When buying a new home it is easy to overlook pertinent information or important steps in the purchase of your new home. The excitement of purchasing a home can sometimes distract you from the important aspects of home buying process.We are here to assist you in making sure you make the best decisions for a smooth home purchase! Here are 5 common mistakes that are made by home buyers:

1. Making an offer on a home before prequalification.

Being prequalified will make the buying process and your life much easier when making an offer on the home of your dreams. Take the time to speak with a lender before you jump into an offer. Specific questions a lender will ask in regards to income, debt, lifestyle etc. will help determine the price range you are able to afford. It is best to talk with several different lenders to insure you are applying for the loan that is right for you.

2. Not having a home inspection.

We all want to save money today, but making the mistake of not having your dream home inspected now can cost you tomorrow. Qualified home inspections will detect issues that many buyers can overlook, especially when it is your first home. Ask your real estate agent for a referral if you are unsure of who to turn to for a proper home inspection.

3. Limiting your search to  the internet.

When searching for your dream home on the internet, many times homes have been sold or are under contract and the home listing information has not yet been updated. The best way to view active listings and up to date information is through a real estate agent. Real estate agents will have the most recent information and will help you find the home that suits you best. There can also be home listings that are not available to the general public; a local real estate agent is the best source to finding your dream home!

4. Choosing the wrong real estate agent.

Making the right connection with a real estate agent is crucial. It is important to interview different agents (Click here for tips on interviewing agents) to make sure you are hiring an agent that puts your needs before, during, and after the sale. Building a strong relationship with your real estate agent will make the process of buying a home easier for you, if they know what your needs and wants are, they will strive to fulfill!

5. Thinking there is only one dream home out there for you.

The process of buying a home is process of elimination, not selection. The market is growing daily, make sure to keep an open mind to new property listings throughout the buying process. Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a comparative market analysis (CMA) comparing recently sold homes or homes still on the market to the home you are interested in purchasing. (Click here to learn more about CMA) Keep in mind that every home might have a slight flaw and might not match up to your needs and want list, compromise is key, you may need to adjust your list to insure you have you needs met instead of all of your wants.

It is important to not make these most common mistakes when you feel you are ready to make an offer on your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County. We are committed to serving you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when making an offer on a home! Let us show you the difference that 5 star service can make in a real estate transaction!

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

When is the RIGHT Time to Sell Your Home?

Have you been interested in selling your home, but still have hesitation on when is the best time to sell your home? If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your home, statistically, NOW is the right time to list your home for sale on the market. According to Zillow, mid-March to mid-April is the best time to start the process of selling your home.

Here are a few reasons why now is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes :

  1. 1. Supply and demand

According to National Realtors the level of unsold homes was 4.6 months in February. This means a home will sell in less than five months, a typical sale usually takes between five and seven months. If the housing market is low with inventory, it will benefit you as a seller in a sense that buyers are urged to move quickly on placing in an offer to buy your home.

  1. 2. Fewer cash buyers

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers the price growth in the housing market will make for a more stable and sustainable growth.

  1. 3. Increase in interest rates

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing now, while the rates still remain low.

  1. 4. Rising cost of rent

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest their rent towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now is the right time to sell your home, make sure you have your due diligence in order. Decide if a hiring a real estate agent is right for you (See tips for interviewing real estate agents here). Make sure you are ready to make the commitment in the process of listing your home for sale on the market.

If you are unsure of what the next step in listing your home for sale in Anacortes housing market, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on the value of your home, and information on making the process easier for you. We offer 5 Star Real Estate Services

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

Ready to sell? How to make sure your price is competitive

If you are considering¬†selling your home in Anacortes … how would you¬†determine the right selling price?

Setting the right price from the start is one if the key steps toward successfully selling your home. After deciding which real estate agent will represent you, (see tips on interviewing agents here) an important tool that your real estate agent will use is the Comparative Market Analysis.

A real estate agent gathers information to produce a comparative market analysis, or CMA, to determine an approximate fair market value of your home. The CMA, also sometimes referred to as ‚Äúcomps‚ÄĚ,¬†helps determine the estimated value of your property by comparing similar properties to your own.¬†Ideally, your real estate agent finds recently sold properties in your area of the same size and roughly same age and with the same number of bedrooms and baths. Price per square foot is also often used to account for differences in size between properties.

The CMA assists in establishing market value by comparing properties that have sold in the area usually within the past year, current listings, and pending sales. Your real estate agent then uses the comparable prices to figure out an estimate of the right selling price for your home. The asking price of your home will determine how many people will look at the property. The higher the price, the fewer potential buyers.

An experienced real estate agent will prepare a good CMA  that will tell you:

  • what homes like yours are actually selling for
  • how long it‚Äôs taking for them to sell
  • what the sale prices are in relation to the list prices

If you are wondering what the current real estate market is in your neighborhood, we can help bring you up to speed with a customized CMA report for your home. The data of a CMA will include: currently available comparable listings, pending sales, sales that occurred within the last 6 months to a year and expired listings.

A CMA is only good as its data, save yourself the trouble and time consuming efforts. Let us assist you with a CMA report for your home to insure the most accurate and fair pricing to sell your home in Anacortes this year.

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or for a FREE no obligation market analysis. We will be happy to help you determine what the fair market price is for your home in Anacortes,WA.

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

Christmas Advice for the Online Shopper

Jingles Groesbeck

Buying on line leaves an electronic footprint

Account Killer

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!

Anacortes City-Wide Open House

Anacortes city-wide open house this weekend!

If you are interested in Anacortes Real Estate and want to view some Anacortes homes for sale, make sure you take advantage of the Anacortes city-wide open house this weekend!

For an updated list of all Anacortes open houses, click here.

Coldwell Banker Island Living brokers will have open houses as well as other real estate firms in the area.

Mona Myers will be holding 15396 Rosario View Lane Anacortes open on June 11, 2011 1:00PM Р4:00PM

If these times do not work for you, call Mona Myers and she can show you property at a time that works for you.

Mona Myers:  360-391-0681