Anacortes Spring Wine Festival

It is that time of the year again! The annual Spring Wine Festival will be this Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The festival will feature 32 wineries from across Washington State and 6 local restaurants that will provide tasty bites to pair with the delicious wine. If you enjoy good wine this is the place to be! If you are not a wine connoisseur, this is the perfect opportunity to try and explore the different wines that Washington State has to offer.

The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival will be at the Port Warehouse Event Center this Saturday April 11, 2015 from 12noon to 4:30pm. Must be 21 or older to attend and no children or pets are allowed. Tickets at the door will be $45 general admission and $25 for designated drivers. General admission tickets include tasting glass, unlimited wine tasting, bites from restaurants, chocolate and cheese tastings!

Rain or shine, the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival has been a local favorite for 7 years! Come and enjoy great wine, food, music and entertainment.

Port Warehouse Event Center – 1st Street and Commercial Ave

Anacortes, WA 98221

Saturday April 11, 2015

12 noon to 4:30pm

Moving with Pets?

What will my new home be like?

Once you purchase your new home you will most likely be busy packing, changing utilities, maybe holding a garage sale…. and this often means less time with your pet.  Whether you are  buying a new home or selling your home, moving can add stress to your life and believe it or not, your pets will pick up on your stress level.

Here are some tips to make moving less stressful for “Fido” or “Garfield”:

1. Keep updated vaccinations/medical records with you in case of emergency.

2. Carry a copy of your veterinarian’s business card or phone number.

3. Check with your vet about things to be aware of at your new location.  In Anacortes we don’t have to worry about heartworm, but if you are moving to an area that has heartworm, you will want to consider starting preventative medication prior to going to your new location.

4. Make sure your pet’s collar has updated I.D. information.

5. Have a leash and harness easily accessible.  Keep your pet confined to just part of the house until they are used to your new location.

6. Consider giving your pet bottled water at the new location so that his/her system is not shocked.

7. Have an adequate supply of pet food in a watertight container.  Do not make any changes in your pet’s diet during this time!

8. If driving to to your new location, don’t leave your pet in the car during sunny weather.

9. Look for pet friendly hotels and call ahead to make reservations.

10. If you are traveling with a cat, bring a litter box and supply of litter.

11.  Have your pet’s bed and favorite toys available.

Remember, if you are anxious or stressed it goes down the leash to your pet. Try researching for local pet services as soon as you are settled in your new home. Most importantly,take time to play with your pet and it will relieve stress for both of you!

If you would like more tips on moving with pets or selling your home with pets, please contact us at (360) 941-3734 or send us an email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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

Dreaming of a Waterfront Home?

Sunset in Anacortes, WA

Many of us dream of having the perfect home by the water either by a lake, river or ocean. Luckily, Skagit County has everything to offer; beautiful beach front, waterfront with private docks, lakefront, and even riverfront properties. Waterfront properties are amazing, but there are many considerations that need to be taken to make sure you get the right property for you. Here are some questions you need to answer before considering making a real estate offer for a waterfront home in Skagit County.

  1. How do you want to use your property?

Start by thinking which activities you enjoy most. This will determine which waterfront property you will want to look at. You will want to choose a home that allows you to enjoy all your favorite activities. Whether it is boating, fishing, crabbing or kayaking that you enjoy, the focus on the right property is crucial.

  1. Location?

Today, it is easy to look at a home online and even fall in love with it. But, as with any other real estate purchase, location is the most important consideration to make. It is very important that you visit the area and the neighborhood to make sure it is the right fit for you. As much as you love the home, the neighborhood plays an important role in your decision. After all, you want to make sure you are comfortable in your new home.

  1. Are they all the same?

Not all waterfronts are the same. The first thing to consider is the description of the type of waterfront. The 2 most common are beach front and waterfront. Beach front is a property with easy access to a beach. Waterfront is access to a water source like river, lake or ocean. Each can be a great choice depending on your needs and activities.

Here are some examples of different waterfront homes:

18005 Bow Lake Ln, Bow, WA

For sale: $2,900,000

18005 Bow Lake Ln

Create a lifetime of memories on your secluded 76± acre gated campus which includes: a private lake designed for competitive water-skiing/wakeboarding.

2420 Puget Wy, Anacortes, WA

For sale: $1,995,000

2420 Puget Way

Feel like you are boating from your living room! Surrounded by water on three sides, this home is situated to capture stunning views of ferries, freighters, yachts & stunning sunsets

2013 Cove Place, Anacortes, WA

For sale: $1,700,000

2013 Cove Place

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK

818 Shoshone Dr, La Conner, WA

For sale: $450,000

818 Shoshone Dr

Enjoy a boat parade everyday! Situated on Swinomish Channel, this well maintained one level home is designed for easy living & entertaining.

With all these considerations in place, we recommend having a real estate agent that specializes in waterfront properties. Your agent can help you better understand the different waterfront descriptions and can guide you in the right direction when looking for the perfect waterfront home for you!

For more information on waterfront homes or if you are wondering how much your waterfront home is worth, please call or email Jean Groesbeck – (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Looking For a Luxury Home with Views in Anacortes?

Look no further! If you know Anacortes, you know that the island living is all about the amazing views!

This estate quality home is situated on shy 2 acres on top of Summit Park Neighborhood in Anacortes to take advantage of water and mountain views! This main level living luxury home in Anacortes is for sale and has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and includes formal / informal living and dining areas with amazing views.

aerial photo

8547 Southridge Place Anacortes, WA

The large master suite features a double sided fireplace, walk-in glass block shower and a jetted tub to relax after a long day. The large bonus room in the upper level includes a full bathroom and has potential for a game room or media room.
Did I mention there is a chef’s dream kitchen? Yes, this home has it all! Open eat-in kitchen with top of the line appliances has multiple skylights that flood the room with natural light.

The Kitchen

Dream Chef's Kitchen

This property for sale also features a tennis/basketball court in the extensive backyard area. Professional landscape includes colorful native vegetation, Rhody garden, a pond and a custom made waterfall.

Summit Park neighborhood in Anacortes features private hiking trails and beach access for residents only. Enjoy a stroll by the beach or watch bald eagles fly above the trails all in your neighborhood.

Click here for more photos of this home for sale in Anacortes – 8547 Southridge Place Anacortes, WA  MLS#514576

If you would like to know more about this property, please call or email Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Is clutter making your home look messy and chaotic?

Opppss?

Living in a cluttered home is not only overwhelming but it can also impact you and your family’s quality of life. Clutter and chaos can contribute to an atmosphere of stress and anxiety in your home. Here are some tips to help declutter your home, simplify your life and re-gain control!

1. Slow Down: Don’t try to organize your entire home in a day! You will more likely become frustrated as the day goes by. Try to spend one hour a day organizing a room. You can even break it down further and spend a few minutes organizing a small space like a cluttered desk or counter. By completing one task a time you will have a visible progress and feel motivated to do more!

2. Designate & File: Correspondence & papers are the most common causes of clutter in a home because we place them everywhere – kitchen counters, desks and dressers. Designate a spot for them in your home. Create some folders with labels and file your bills & other important papers. This way you will always find them when you need them. Recycle what you don’t need! In a few weeks you will see the big difference this will make.

3. Get rid of things: Once you have decided what area to “attack” first, grab a couple of boxes or containers and keep them next to you. As you are clearing the area, throw in the box anything that you don’t need. Use one box for trash and the other for donations. If you have a sweater that you have not worn in 3 years, it is time to donate it. If you have a pile of magazines you haven’t flipped through since 2001, recycle them.

4. Avoid Distractions: Set aside a specific day and time to start working and commit to your task. TV is your biggest enemy, turn it off.

By following these steps, your home will not only be safer but healthier as well. A clean and clutter-free environment can help eliminate stress, falling risks and significantly reduce allergies in your home. So what are you waiting for? It is time to take control of your home.

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New Year… New You!

January 1st is a day of new beginnings… The beginning of the New Year is a time most of us make resolutions on what we want to change or improve in our lives for the coming year. Unfortunately, it is very common to get side tracked and forget about our resolutions as the year goes by. Here are some tips to help you actually keep those goals for this year.

  • Think small: Contrary to popular belief, smaller goals will give you a greater chance of success. If your goal is to lose weight, commit to having a healthy lunch and exercise 2 days a week. Achieving smaller goals will get you closer to your big goal.
  • Have a plan: Write down what it will take to achieve your goals. Specify what needs to be done and when. This plan will be the “map” to follow to achieve success.
  • List the pros and the cons: Make a list of pros and cons for each goal and keep it somewhere visible. Whenever you need help, this list will get you motivated to keep going.
  • Track your progress: Keep a calendar to track your progress. It is easier to stay motivated when you see your progress. Don’t forget to celebrate each milestone!
  • Don’t be shy: Share your goals with your family and friends. This way, you will have the support from others who will hold you accountable if you get side tracked.
  • Be nice to yourself: Don’t panic if you fail on a particular day, it’s OK! Simply re-evaluate your plan and get back on track the next day.

This is your year, and like they say, it is easier to start a new habit than break an old one. What are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating and start the year with a positive attitude!

We wish you and your family a very happy and successful 2015!

Jean Groesbeck & Associates

Veterans Day -Thank You!

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to the men and women who serve or have served our great Nation. Thank You for the sacrifice, Thank You for being brave and most of all Thank You for protecting our freedom.

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th and it pays tribute to all American veterans who served our Nation honorably. The brave men and women who protect our country come from all aspects of life; they are family members, friends, neighbors and active community members.

Here are some interesting facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

Did you know?

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).

(Information courtesy of History.com)

The Port of Anacortes will be having a Veteran’s Day Ceremony tomorrow, November 11, 2014 starting at 10:45am at the Transit Shed. Enjoy local music, light refreshments and local Veteran speakers.

Don’t forget to say Thank You to all those brave men and women who serve our country.

Boost the Value of Your Home

Thinking of selling soon? Right now is the perfect time to start looking for ways to increase your home value. We are not talking about major renovations, those are expensive! Did you know that small tweaks here and there can help boost the value of your home? Choosing which improvements to make is not always an easy task and a lot of times homeowners believe that a huge remodeling project is the way to go. The truth is small and inexpensive fixes throughout your home can go a long way.

Buyers always picture themselves living in the home they are looking at, so make the first impression count. Buyers start making up their minds even before they go through the front door so make sure your front door is clean. Sometimes a simple wipe can dramatically change the look of the door. If the door knob looks worn out, replace it with a new one.

Dirty carpets will give the impression that the home is not well maintained. Consider investing in a professional carpet cleaner to instantly revive your home overall look. Look around your home for clutter! Cluttered areas can make a room look small and uninviting.  Get rid of the clutter and open up some space in your home.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and buyers usually spend more time there. It is still considered the most important room in the house so make sure it looks clean. Remove clutter on the counters for extra space. Also, easy fixes like replacing the sink faucet or replacing the cabinet and drawer handles can give your kitchen and instant updated look.

Bathrooms are the second most important rooms in a home. If your toilet is looking old, replacing the seat can make your toilet look brand new. Also, consider applying fresh caulk around the tub, it will instantly make it look spotless.

Although it may sound obvious, many homeowners forget about curb appeal. A nicely mowed lawn will quickly make your home more noticeable. Remove unwanted weeds and trim trees and shrubs to open the views and make the home brighter.

Finally do an overall home walk through. Any leaks? Any light bulbs that need to be replaced? Are the walls clean? Gutters in good condition? Furnace working properly? Buyers want ready to move-in homes that are in good condition. Investing in small repairs and maintenance now will not only add value to your home but it can also help to sell your home faster when the time comes.

The real estate market has improved and home buyers are back! Are you are wondering what your home is worth? If you are thinking of selling, please contact us for a complimentary market analysis in our service areas.

What is Halloween Without a Pumpkin?

Paulina is having a great time choosing the perfect pumpkin!!!

Halloween is just around the corner and there are still a lot of pumpkins in Anacortes and surrounding areas waiting to be transformed into art! Here are some tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin:

  • First and foremost…Please avoid accidents when working with children; you can never be too careful! They should be supervised at all times and more so when handling sharp objects.
  • Choose a big pumpkin! The bigger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve, especially when carving with little ones.  Stay away from pumpkins with bruises or mold as they will spoil quickly. Bonus Tip: Lighter colored pumpkins tend to be easier to carve.
  • Draw or print the pattern of choice on a piece of paper. This will help you visualize the final product and make changes before its too late. Use small scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving. This site has great templates! Click here
  • Start carving! A serrated knife works best for carving pumpkins. Store bought pumpkin carving knifes are the best, but any serrated knife will work. It’s easier to carve the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top, plus it’s safer to place the pumpkin over a light source rather than lowering the light (like a candle) into the pumpkin. Cut off any bumps so the pumpkin will sit evenly.
  • Remove the seeds. An ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Don’t throw them away! Toss the seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 min at 300 degrees. VoilĂ ! Roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Prevent mold and dehydration. Cover the carved areas and interior of pumpkin with petroleum jelly. Another thing you can do is add a table spoon of bleach to a regular size (24oz-32oz) spray bottle filled with water. Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture.

A carved pumpkin will only last for a week at the most, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin a few days before Halloween. Have fun decorating your home and have a safe and happy Halloween!