Anacortes Waterfront Festival May 21 & 22

Come celebrate the 22nd Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival May 21 & 22, 2011

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival runs from ¬†10:00am ‚Äď 6:00pm, admission to the Festival is free.

The Waterfront Festival has¬†something for everyone in every direction:¬† Beer garden, local artisan booths, food, local music on the main stage, kids‚Äô boat building & floating at the Rotary booth.¬† For the older crowd, there will be the 4th annual ‚ÄúQuick & Dirty‚ÄĚ boat building contest – watch with amusement as 8 teams take their limited resources, 6 hours and create a vessel that will need to float and finish the sailing course to win!¬†

There will be a boat show, a car show, farmers market, and complimentary boat rides leaving from Cap Sante Boat Haven.  Anacortes boasts fantastic shops with friendly faces and local bargains.

See you at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival!

If you would like to see some of the great homes we have for sale in Anacortes while you visit, please call one of our excellent Coldwell Banker Island Living Anacortes real estate agents at 360-293-4511.

"Value-Hunters" seizing opportunities to buy more affordable homes

Excerpts from Press Release from the NWMLS. 

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Sept. 3, 2010) ‚Äď Value is what‚Äôs selling in the current housing market, according to members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Commenting on the MLS report summarizing August activity, directors agree conditions continue to favor buyers, although one industry official cautioned a looming change in mortgage insurance premiums could erode purchasing power.Members reported 6,037 pending sales last month, the highest volume of mutually accepted offers since April when buyers scrambled to beat a tax incentive deadline. Last month‚Äôs volume was down nearly 20 percent from the same month a year ago when members reported 7,539 pending sales, but the total was up 8.4 percent from the number of transactions (5,571) notched during July.

Prices on last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) were down slightly (2.35 percent) from a year ago. The median sales price for last month’s 4,211 completed transactions across the 21 counties in the MLS system was $269,450. That compares to a year-ago median price of $275,945.Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 24,000 brokers and agents. The organization, based in Kirkland, currently serves 21 counties in Western and Central Washington around Western and Central Washington.

For single family homes (excluding condos) the median price was $275,000, down 3.5 percent from a year ago. Prices increased from 12 months ago in nine counties (Clark, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, and Thurston), led by San Juan (up 23.8 percent) and Mason (up 20.8 percent).

In King County, which accounted for more than one-third of last month’s closed sales of single family homes, the median price was $380,000, an increase of 1.3 percent from the year-ago figure of $375,000.

Along with lower prices and record low mortgage interest rates, buyers have abundant inventory to consider, further bolstering their bargaining position.

NWMLS members added 9,533 new listings to inventory last month. The mix included 8,172 single family homes and 1,361 condominiums. With these additions, the number of active listings at month end totaled 44,186, an increase of 6.4 percent from a year ago. Sixteen counties reported larger inventories than twelve months ago.

To see up to date real estate stats on ANACORTES,  CLICK HERE

To see up to date real estate stats stats on LA CONNER,  CLICK HERE

To see up to date real estate stats stats on OAK HARBOR OR WHIDBEY ISLAND,  CLICK HERE

To see up to date real estate stats stats on GUEMES ISLAND,  CLICK HERE

To see up to date real estate stats real estate stats on SKAGIT COUNTY,  CLICK HERE

To see up to date real estate stats real estate stats on SAMISH ISLAND,  CLICK HERE

 

27th Annual National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, neighborhoods throughout the US, Washington State, and Skagit County are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “27th Annual National Night Out” Crime/Drug Prevention Event.¬† In all, over 34 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

 National Night Out is designed to do the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations
  • Send a message to criminals letting then know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

 If you don’t live in Anacortes, La Conner, Samish Island, Guemes Island or one of the other very low crime cities in Skagit County, it is even more important that you participate.  Luckily in our Skagit County town neighbors look out for one another.  One more reason that this is a great place to live. 

 If you would like information on real estate for sale in Anacortes, Oak Harbor, La Conner, Samish Island, Guemes Island, or anywhere in the San Juan Islands, please visit our website at http:///www.CBIslandLiving.com.  If you would like we can set you up on listing alerts so you will be notified of new listings in your price range that meet your criteria.  Or call our office at 360-293-4511 and let one of our real estate brokers provide you with any information you need from who to go to for a home loan to what remodeling projects are the best investment for resale.

What is your dream of an island retreat?

What is your dream of an island retreat? 

You want to be able to get to it easily.¬† You want low maintenance so you don’t spend your weekends working.¬† You are used to nice things and you want quality but you don’t want to spend a fortune.¬† You want a home that is sensitive to the environment, and of course¬†an active¬†water view.¬† You don’t want a huge home to have to maintain, but you plan to entertain and have friends visit so maybe a big clubhouse on site with a full kitchen and patio for entaining a crowd.

You have just described The Isles in Anacortes, WA  just a short 90 minute drive from Seattle.

We are very excited about¬†the newest home at the Isles, “Catala” which is a new floor plan based on the feed back provided by¬†Anacortes real estate agents¬†as to what home buyers want in today’s market.¬†

” As a builder, my goal is to provide¬†Anacortes home buyers¬†with product that is right for¬†Anacortes at a price that is right for the times.”¬† states¬†Pete Peterson, developer and builder of¬†The Isles.¬† “I look forward to¬†building more homes¬†in Anacortes to fulfill the dream of building a highly interactive, cottage community. Salmon bakes at the clubhouse, family gatherings, and other fun activities are picking up at the clubhouse. Our neighbors who have invested as vacation rentals/second homes are coming into town regularly to enjoy ‘their cabin’.” ¬†¬† These are the things¬†the current home owners¬†love about living in The Isles.


 
Prices start at $429,000. If you would like a tour of The Isles, please call Connie Moulaison 360-391-5561 or call the Coldwell Banker Island Living Anacortesreal estate office
at 360-293-4511.

OPEN HOUSE – 4440 Sharpe Rd – Sat, June 26th

Everyone Welcome!!!

Priced to SELL!!!! Bring all offers!!!

Country charm & warmth – Private setting located on 2.5 acres, this wonderful home has hardwood floors & vaulted clear cedar ceilings plus a floor to ceiling stone FP in living room. Spacious kitchen, pantry and cabinetry. Extra large deck off dining room. Large spa and game room downstairs in addition to family room w/gas log fireplace and wet bar. Custom climate controlled greenhouse. Extra large two-car garage. Equestrian, Shop and MIL quarters potential.
MLS# 77774

     

6 Backyard Improvement Ideas to Add More Value to Your Home

If you’re like most homeowners, there is never a shortage of options when it comes to projects around the house. But studies have shown that some of the highest return on household improvements can come from those on the outside, not the inside.

A primary reason is that outside investments can produce curb appeal, which is especially important if you are planning to sell your home. Those same improvements can enhance the enjoyment factor if you and your family plan to stay in your home. [Read more…]

Moving This Summer? Check Out These Tips

This month, the kids will be out of school and for a lot of families relocating, it is time to pack up and move. Moving brings on an entire new set of stresses and tasks for the family.

Here are some tips for moving, courtesy of Move.com. It might just help save you a bit of time, stress and headache for the move ahead.

4 weeks from move date: Get organized and start notifying the right people and companies that you’ll be moving soon and give them a date to forward or terminate service. Start looking for licensed and professional moving companies, moving guides and relevant coupons.

Tip:
If using a professional mover, get quotes from multiple moving companies to get the best deal that is right for you and your needs. Ask plenty of questions like whether or not they give binding quotes and what kind of insurance is included. Be sure to talk with them about the different options available with full-service moves such as packing and unpacking services and providing boxes and packing supplies.

Tip: Important documents such as your child’s school records may need to be accessible during your transition. Make sure to put these items aside and make copies of any records for yourself, in case you forget what box they’re packed in.

3 weeks from move date: Once you’ve selected a mover, begin by taking inventory of your belongings and their worth and decide what will be coming with you to your next home.

Tip: Start cleaning out closets, drawers and storage areas of your home and divide things into categories: “pack,” “recycle” and “give to friend.” You can always have a garage sale or donate old items to charity. This will make packing day a lot easier and you may reduce the total weight you’ll be paying for to move.

Tip: If you’re moving yourself or contracting for a self-service move, pack the items you know you won’t need until 30 days after the move. It will feel great to get started early.

Tip: If possible, take pictures of rooms and areas inside the home or apartment you’ll be moving into so you can start thinking about placement of furniture, artwork and other items. This will help save time, headaches…and money…on moving day.

2 weeks from move date: If you choose not to take advantage of full service mover packing services, or are planning to do it yourself and rent a truck, start packing things into boxes. Figure out the logistics of the move, travel plans and if other specialized plans need to be made.

Tip: If you are using a professional mover find out what items are on their “non-allowables” list and discard those items or find a way to transport them separately.

Tip: Instead of stacking plates, pack them vertically; they will travel safer this way.

Tip: If you are moving long distance, remember travel arrangements for your pets. There are pet-exclusive airlines available such as Pet Airways but regular airlines have travel options for pets as well.

Tip: If you have young children, you may want to make childcare arrangements so you can be 100% focused on moving day and your little ones remain safe and busy with fun activities.

Tip: Schedule “move out” cleaning service, carpet cleaners and heavy appliance disposal if necessary for once you’ll be out of the home you’re vacating. Even if you’re selling your current home, it’s a nice welcome for the buyers to move into a clean and tidy home.

1 week from move date: Set aside valuable items and keep those with you. Clean before moving and leave your house or apartment as clean as it was when you moved in.

Tip: Make sure the details for paying the moving company are taken care of. Some will require money orders or cashier’s checks upon delivery; know their policy in advance to avoid stress on moving day.

Tip: Start eating all the frozen foods you have, or give them to a neighbor or friend. This way you won’t have to throw them away on moving day, or worry about packing an ice chest.

Tip: Also think about necessities for managing moving day like confining your pets and anticipating the amount of time you will need.

Tip: Place necessities such as toiletries, toilet paper, rags, “must-have” cooking supplies and organize them in boxes marked “open first” so it’s easy to find the initial items you’ll want handy on those first few days of being in your next home. Don’t forget the flashlight!

Tip: If possible, take one last tour of the new location and identify water and gas shut off locations, as well as the electrical breaker box just in case something happens in the first few days so you’re prepared. Might be smart to drop off a fresh box of light bulbs too!

Moving day and beyond: Take one last walk through and make sure nothing has been forgotten or overlooked. Also, make sure all doors and windows are locked and switches turned off, then you are on your way to your new house or apartment.

Tip: Go back to the photos you took when you began to pack up. Now you can show the movers or those helping you unpack exactly where everything goes with photos.

Tip: Unpack one room at a time according to basic needs starting with the kitchen and at least one bathroom…and don’t forget to make a bed as early in the day as possible if you’ll be sleeping in your home that evening! Remember, you don’t have to unpack everything in one day, or even in one week.

Tip: After you’ve settled in a bit, introduce yourself to some neighbors, ask for advice on the best places to eat, grocery shop, etc. This way you will feel like part of the community and can get some great local tips. Don’t forget, you can contact Coldwell Banker Island Living for any information you may need to find a new home & for relocation information. You can call any of our professional agents or email us at islandliving@coldwellbanker.com

OPTIMISM REGINS

Many Americans are optimistic that the 2010s will be much better than the  past decade, according to Pew Research Center. Nearly half of those surveyed have a negative impression of the past 10 years, while 27 percent have a positive view.  But 59 percent of Americans say they are optimistic that the next decade will be better for the country, while 32 percent say things will be worse.

At Coldwell Banker Island Living we share that optimistic outlook! From our professional REALTORS to our helpful staff, we look forward to making your Anacortes Real Estate experience as plesant & happy as it can be!

Like the song says … “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

What Do You Want & Need in a Home?

Finding a new home can be exciting. But deciding what you truly want and need Рand can afford Рcan be challenging. Making these decisions begins with setting priorities among many different preferences. 

Here are many of the considerations you’ll want to discuss with your buyer’s rep:

Basic Home Features
What type of property?
Desired number of bedrooms & bathrooms
Preferences regarding layout
High priority home features
Other types of rooms needed
Storage
Need for garage or shop?
Other home preferences include levels, age & style … are green home features important?

Neighborhood/Location
Commuting, proximity to desirable features – hospital, schools, etc, views – how important is it to find your ideal view?

Lot Characteristics
Size & shape
Landscaping considerations – need for play areas, privacy, deck, etc
Home orientation – is it important for your home to face a particular direction?

Life at Home
Will you be sharing your home with pets? children? live-in parents? Now or in the future
Proximity to nieghbors

Related Costs
Homeowner association fees
Property taxes

Trade-Offs
How much do you want to invest in a home beyond the purchase price, either financially or in terms of sweat equity, if you can’t find exactly what you want?
Are you willing to consider other neighborhoods that provide better affordability?

Resale
How long do you plan to live in this home? How does this impact they type of home you will buy. how much you’ll spend and your choice of location?

Most homebuyers invariably face trade-offs.¬† Your buyer’s representative can play a key role in helping you sort out your options. He or she can also offer important insights specific to your local market. Call any of our professional agents for answers to all your home buying questions. (360) 293-4511 or visit CBIslandLiving.com

5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

Now that spring is here many homeowners begin remodeling projects.  Everyone knows that is is a good idea to hire a professional remodeler, but it is also wise to consult with a REALTOR before you you start your plan.  Why?  It is always wise to remodel with an eye toward resale. Also make sure you stay in budget and do not over-improve your home for the neighborhood.

Here area few tips for planning a your home remodel:

1. Review your  list of home remodeling ideas with your REALTOR

2.  Set a budget and stick to it.  (This is the hard part)  Do the remodel in phases if necessary.

3. Get at least 2 and preferably three bides from professionals. 

4. Research the company!   Check the references, BBB, licensing  and background of the company you hire.
 

5. Agree on a contract.  Ask about warranties, time lines, what happens if the project is not finished on time, who pays for what and when, and will the person who are hiring be the one to do the work or someone else?  Ask to see the contract of all of the people you are interviewing.

 6. Research energy efficiency tax credits.  There are lots of great ones right now!

7.  Be patient!

If you want to know if you are making the right decision for the resale value of your home, please call one of our professional real estate agents to assist you!  Or visit us at www.CBIslandLiving.com

(360) 293-4511