Buying Out of State?

moving

 

So you are thinking about relocating and need to find an out-of-state real estate broker to help you find your dream home… but where do you start?

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is one of the main reasons people choose to move to Skagit County. Having the right real estate broker who understands the importance of staying up-to-date with the market and latest real estate trends can make the home buying experience enjoyable and stress free.

If you’re relocating to Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit County, choosing a reliable out-of-state real estate agent can seem a little bit overwhelming. You should always take your time researching the right real estate broker, and that involves interviewing a few before you make your final decision.

So how do you choose the right real estate broker for the job? Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice when searching for the right real estate broker in a market that you’re unfamiliar with.

  • Ask for referrals from family, friends, and even other real estate brokers that you know
  • Check and compare online presence of your potential real estate broker
  • Ask all candidates about their real estate experience and their familiarity with the area
  • Find a real estate broker who will communicate the same way that you do – text, email, fax?
  • Ask all candidates about their availability – full time, part time? 

 

It will be a little time consuming, but the right  real estate broker will help you find the perfect home even if you are miles apart!

If you or someone you know is moving to Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit County, give us a call! (360) 941.3734. Let us show you how our 5 star real estate service can help you find your dream home.

 

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

 

 

 

 

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.

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

Refresh Your Home with 5 Spring Cleaning Tips!

Spring came early this season and it is here in Anacortes! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and that means it is time to spruce up your home. During the winter months there are areas of our home that collect dust and harmful allergens. It is time for spring cleaning! If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, having a clean and clutter free home will help getting your home sold faster! Here are 5 helpful tips to freshen up your home and add value to your investment.

1. Dusting:

Baseboard Heaters, Vents, Light Fixtures and Fans, and Walls

Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution to cleaning out the dust that is collected throughout the year and especially through the winter months when they are most in use. Dust tends to build up on and in baseboard heaters, vents, light fixtures and fans. Walls tend to get sticky and can collect dust as well, washing your walls helps both with cleanliness and visual appeal. A combination of vinegar, dish soap, and water is a safe and effective solution to battling the collected dirt on walls throughout your home.

2. Windows:

Window tracks and Panes

Mold develops in the tracks of window tracks due to humidity, not only is this harmful to our health but is also a very bad eye sore. Light scrubbing with a combination of dish soap, water, and vinegar will allow for the best results in eliminating mold and mildew in your window tracks. Washing your windows will allow you to have a more bright and beautiful results when the sun starts to shine!

3. Kitchen:

Refrigerator, Oven, and Cabinets

Wiping out your refrigerator can help you eliminate clutter and purge out unwanted items. Crumbs are collected in refrigerators, ovens, and cabinets. Taking the time to clean these areas of your kitchen helps avoid unwanted house guests, such as insects and mice. Reduce clutter in your cabinets and evaluating the moisture under your sink can help reduce the build of mold.

4. Laundry Room:

Dryer Vents and Areas Around Your Washer and Dryer

Dust is collected when your dryer vents are not cleaned out properly, this dust can then travel throughout your home. Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution for collecting the unwanted debris that is unable to escape your vents. Pulling out your machines and cleaning the areas around your washer and dryer can again, eliminate extra debris.

5. Bedrooms:

Mattress and Under the Bed

Vacuuming your mattress and box spring will assist in eliminating dust mites in your bedroom. Dust and dander tends to collect under the bed, cleaning this area can make your room feel refreshed and inviting.

These helpful cleaning tips for the most forgotten areas of your home can help make for a more relaxing and refreshing start to your beautiful home this season! It will also keep your home in great shape for years to come. If you are planning on selling your home soon,these tips can also help add value to your home.

If you would like more tips on how to add value to your home or if you are wondering how much your home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or comment below!

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, February 5th from 11-2 pm

 

816 37th St., Anacortes

EASY access to Highway. nicely remodeled 2 story. Master Bd on main level 3 additional bd upstairs. additional office space on main level.

Nice tiled bathroom with soaking tub. Close to neighborhood Deli store. Garage in back alley access. Large deck Room to park RV or boat Additional 336 ft in basement

DIRECTIONS: Take Commercial Ave to 37th: curve left and go past The Store Deli, home is on the left

Mona Myers
360-391-0681
Coldwell Banker Island Living
3110 Commercial Ave #101
Anacortes, WA 98221
Mona.Myers@ColdwellBanker.com

Coldwell Banker On LocationSM Surpasses 2 Million Views!

 Coldwell Banker proudly makes history once again. We’re excited to let you know On Location, our YouTube® channel, now has surpassed the two million channel views mark!

On Location continues to pave the way for video use in real estate. But make no mistake, the continued success of On Location channel is because of the thousands of Coldwell Banker sales professionals who continue to add more videos to the site on a daily basis. In fact, the channel experienced its highest rate of growth over this past year alone.

City Wide Open House Event – HUGE Success!!!

In a combined effort, Anacortes Real Estate offices held a city wide open house event this past Sat from 1-4.  The event was such a huge success, there is another one planned for October 16th!  Coldwell Banker’s own Terry O’Reilly, as seen in the Skagit Valley Herald holding open The Garden’s & The Crest in Sunset Cove, was one of over 50 agents who had a steady stream of people. Many of the agents report staying open way past the 4pm cut off time because of the flow of people wanting to see the homes. 

Not only did Coldwell Banker have the entire office participate in this event, every Coldwell Banker agent is offering a free one year home warranty through American Home Shield on any home purchased from a CBIL Broker or one listed by a CBIL.  Home must be under contract by Oct. 31, 2010 and must close by Dec. 31, 2010.

The next Anacortes City Wide Open House Event will be Oct 16th from 1-4pm.  What better time to get out there and find your dream home or if you are thinking of selling your home, this is a perfect time to contact a Coldwell Banker Agent to get it listed and on tour for the next Open House Event!

Are you a renter? Make sure you have renters insurance!

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, those who rent an apartment are 50% more likely to experience theft than those who own homes.  Despite the statistics, most people who live in apartments are still living without renters insurance.  A recent survey by Apartments.com of nearly 1,400 people hunting for apartments says that 67% of people do not have renters insurance.  The main reason why people claim they do not have renters insurance is because they think it is too expensive, or they never knew that kind of insurance existed.  Many people believe that renters insurance is too costly for their budget, but the average premium is under $200 a year, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  The majority of respondents from Apartments.com who choose to protect themselves with renters insurance said they pay an average of $12.50 a month or less.  The most common components of renters insurance include protection against theft and destruction to personal belongings, including televisions and computers and liability, which defends renters from judgments that go against them in the event that someone is injured on their property.  33% of survey respondents are covered by renters insurance, their reasons for doing so…

1.Theft- 79%

2. Fire/Lightning- 70.7%

3. Water Damage- 52.3%

4. Weather(hail/windstorm)- 40.5%

5. Smoke Damage- 40.6%

It is also valuable for the management and landlord to have their tenants insured with renters insurance, 20% of the survey respondents say that it is mandatory to have renters insurance in their apartment community.

If you are a renter in Anacortes, don’t jump to conclusions thinking that renters insurance is too expensive.  The monthly cost is small, and it can be a great value to you and your home if anything happens to go wrong.

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please contact us at (360)-293-4511 or visit out website @ http://www.cbislandliving.com/ We would love to help you with your real esate needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

New Flood Maps for Skagit County

FEMA has released the new flood maps for Skagit County. We are now a few days into a 90 day public review/comment period. As most of you know, and as so aptly described by one of our members, this is an octopus of an issue with many, many agencies, public and private, weighing in over many many years. There have been multiple and conflicting engineering studies that have been reviewed, rehashed and redigested.

What should or can we as an Association do about this issue?

There are many potential ramifications with the new maps – not just affecting individual residential property owners – but commercial and municiple property uses as well. Over the next few weeks, Washington Realtors and I feel it is important to really nail down the most serious impact points and express our support to those agencies that need it. I will be taking the temperature of the affected interests to determine who – if anyone – we as Realtors should stand behind. The county commissioners have made it clear that Skagit County as an entity will not take legal action against FEMA – and none of the government agencies nor the Realtor Association has the resources to take on a huge legal fight to have the maps changed.

In the meantime, you can help by reviewing the maps on the link at the end of the email, informing your clients, both residential and commercial, that the maps are available and encouraging them to participate in the public hearings. Also – please let me know how you and your clients will be impacted and in what way so that we can garner as much information as possible for an appropriate response from NPSAR. Regardless of our what our official response will be in the end, we and our clients will be dealing with this and the most valuable thing we can do for them is keep them informed.

Please feel free to call or email us if you have questions or comments about this issue .
360-293-4511 or islandliving@coldwellbanker.com

Here is the link to the maps as posted on the City of Mount Vernon website.