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

Eat Fresh and Buy Local at the Anacortes Winter Farmers Market

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If you are new to Anacortes or  if you miss the Farmers Market and are looking for  something to do in  Anacortes this weekend, the Winter Farmers Market is a great experience for people of all ages.

Yes there is a farmers market in the winter! The Winter Indoor Market  is open every second Saturday of the Month from January through the month of April.

Stop by and check out what our local farmers and artisans have to offer and see what the Anacortes community is all about.

The Anacortes Farmer’s Market offers charitable and educational benefits to our community. What better way to support our community than by building traditions of economical advantage, healthy living, and educational outcomes.

Support local…Experience local!

The Winter Indoor Market is located at The Depot  on 611 R Ave (7th & R Ave). Come support your favorite local vendors . The market will be open this Saturday from 9am-2pm. See you there!

Click here for information and the history of Anacortes

Is Living with a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

Did you know 70% of residents living in a community with Home Owner’s Association (HOA) are satisfied living with its rules and regulations? ( source IBOPE Zogby International). The same survey showed 81% of association residents consider their association assessment as good or great and 76% say the dues enhance property value.

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the type of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. In reality, most buyers are missing the big picture of how HOA fees can benefit them.

One of the most attractive benefits to HOA fees are the amenities. Some communities offer  clubhouses, libraries,  gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks or other attractive amenities that are paid for through HOA fees. Residents have access to amenities without the hassle of maintenance, the HOA does it for you. Home owner dues can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and the specifics of what they cover.

The largest HOA in Anacortes is Skyline which is located on the west end of Fidalgo Island. Tug Boat Park, Skyline Beach Club, waterside cabana, tennis courts, and play areas are just some of the amenities of Skyline.

Skyline Marina is not part of the HOA, but is a great benefit as it allows you to launch your boat close by or  have it in the water in your backyard!

Here is an example of a current listed home in Skyline with its own private dock.

2013 Cove Place

Private double sided dock right on your back patio.

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK built 2008. 3 bedrooms plus den. Almost 3100 sf. MLS# 692599

We only mentioned basic benefits of an HOA, each neighborhood has unique coverage included in their fees and their own fee rates. Some communities may offer all of these benefits, while others may offer only a few. It is important when looking to purchase a home with HOA to consider what all is included in the fees. Ask your agent about the community and the fees, make sure the neighborhood is a right fit for you and your family.

If you would like more information about Anacortes Real Estate, Anacortes Homes for Sale or if you are wondering what your Anacortes home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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!

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!

Let Your Voice Be Heard for Anacortes

Anacortes Futures Project
December 9, 2010
05:00 PM – 07:00 PM


How will the next 15 years change Anacortes? 

Join your neighbors for the third community forum to discuss how to shape that change.  

The Anacortes Futures Project will outline a collective vision for the community and then design a strategy to implement that vision.

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For all of your Real Estates needs in Anacortes, please call one of our brokers to help you find what you are looking for.  Coldwell Banker Island Living is located at the corner of 32nd and Commercial in Anacortes and our telephone number is 360.293.4511.

Kick off Christmas Anacortes Style

Celebration of Trees
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Event Description
Free Community Day
Port Warehouse
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chamber First Friday Gallery Art Walk
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Event Description
First Friday Gallery Art Walk.  Come downtown and enjoy the art galleries!!

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 3, 2010
Time: 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Event Description
Come down the Chamber (819 Commercial Avenue) to celebrate the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.  The town crier, Santa Claus, students from Anacortes High School, Fidalgo and Island View will enrich this celebration with performances.  Free pictures with Santa after the lighting.  Hot cocoa and cookies from the American Red Cross.

Annual Lion’s Club Christmas Parade
Date: December 4, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Event Description
Come and enjoy the annual Lion’s Christmas Parade.  The new PET (Pet Emergency Team) van will be making its debut in the parade featuring Jingles, Coldwell Banker agents and their four legged friends along with Jingle’s dog park friends – come and join us.

Celebration of Trees – Reception and Auction
Date: December 4, 2010
Time: 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Event Description
Ticket Price $35 per person.  Make sure and come see the Coldwell Banker Island Living tree.

Emergency Preparedness Class Offered

 

Do you have an emergency kit that will sustain your family for at minimum 3 days?

Do you have an emergency action plan?

Does everyone in your family know what the plan is?

Having a plan and supplies put away will immensely add to the comfort of you and your loved ones should a natural or man-made disaster occur. Many disasters are so wide spread that emergency services cannot get to the entire affected population immediately.

This is where your plan comes in!

Host: Donna Smith, BSN, PHN, LERC, Skagit County MRC Manager
When: 6pm – 8pm November 23
Where: Skagit Valley Hospital, Cascade Conference Room
Contact: Bobby Kysela, MRC Volunteer Coordinator with questions.

Having an emergency plan is especially important for those of us that live on Fidalgo Island, Guemes Island, Whidbey Island, and any of the San Juan Islands.  The need for us to be self reliant is greater, so make sure you have everything that you and your family need including your four legged friends!

RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated. rkysela@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-419-7645

SAVING PEOPLE BY SAVING PETS

(Anacortes, WA, Nov 1, 2010) –  The Islands Red Cross and Coldwell Banker Island Living announced a joint venture to save pets when disaster strikes.

When Katrina hit the gulf coast in 2005 evacuation shelters did not have a plan in place to take care of family pets.  Rescuers had to tell people in order to go to a shelter, they needed to leave their pets behind to fend for themselves. As a result hundreds of people opted to stay with their pets.  Approximately 1835 people died during Katrina, it is estimated that one third of those, over 600 people, chose to stay behind with their pets rather than go to a shelter without them.  It is believed that those people would have survived had there been a shelter plan in place to accept pets. 

The residents of Fidalgo Island, Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands will not be faced with that decision if there is a disaster. In October 2006, the federal PETS Act was signed into law, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide for individuals and their household pets and service animals in a major disaster; however no funding was earmarked for the project.

The Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross now has resources to provide shelter for pets if a disaster were to occur, so that people would readily go to a safe Red Cross Shelter.

Brain Geer, Executive Director of the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Jean Groesbeck owner of Coldwell Banker Island Living and avid animal lover, have been working on what was first termed the “PET” (Pet Emergency Team) project for 2+ years.  The effort culminated this week with the unveiling of the Island Chapter Pet Disaster Shelter Van. 

The van was donated by John and Terri Rains (The Rains Clan). It ran great but needed some work to be Red Cross Ready, so Coldwell Banker Island Living sponsored the needed work which also included having the van painted.  However, the project goes beyond a van.

“The ‘PET’ project will allow us to do a better job of meeting a widespread disaster.” said Brian Geer.  “If it is necessary to evacuate people to shelters, we will not have to turn someone away because they have their pet.  The Red Cross will provide shelter for people and the PET volunteers will shelter domesticated animals. ”

The goal of the project is to ensure that when disaster strikes people don’t have to choose between leaving their pets or staying in harm’s way. Pets will be sheltered in a separate location adjacent to the Red Cross shelter location and the pet shelter will be managed by volunteers. Jean Groesbeck became passionate about this project after seeing a news story on Katrina where a man would not leave his house because the rescuers could not take his dog.  It is believed this man died.

“Half of 3,185 adults surveyed nationwide in 2005 shortly after Katrina said that they would refuse to evacuate ahead of a disaster if they could not bring their pets”, according to a Zogby International Poll Groesbeck stated.  “The percentage is probably much higher in our area, highlighting the need for this project.  There were also over a half a million pets that either died or were never reunited with their families because of Katrina.  It added so much additional heartbreak to the crises”. 

Marie Padovan of the City of Anacortes Police Department will also assist in response planning as well as County Disaster Response personnel.

Chris Terrell and Vicki Armstrong (Sunnyhill Kennels), Amy Terhune, and other volunteers have worked hard raising money and acquiring the needed supplies for the van which include crates, leashes, bowls, and vet supplies.  They have established the Charlie Randall PET fund” in memory of Charlie Randall, an Anacortes resident who was instrumental in establishing the Anacortes dog park and helping with Bark in the Park Festival. “Since our dog park is nearly complete, we were looking for something to do in Charlie’s name to help our local dogs (and other critters). When we learned that Jean & Brian were working on this PET Project, it seemed the perfect place to put our energies in Charlie’s memory,” said Terhune. The funds from their annual Santa Paws photo with Santa will go towards this project. Acquisition of the PET van will enable the project to move forward in a huge way.

Volunteers are needed to help with ongoing fund raising efforts, to assist with response drills and to be “on call” to donate their time in case of a disaster.

The PET Project is a collaborative effort of the Red Cross & The Charlie Randall PET Fund. The goal of the project is is to ensure that when disaster strikes people don’t have to choose between leaving their pet or staying in harm’s way to protect your pet.  If you would like to become involved with the pet shelter project contact Brian Geer at 360-293-2911, Jean Groesbeck at 293-4511 or Amy Terhune 708-9324.  If you have items you would like to donate please call Chris Terrell at 588-8225.  If you would like to donate funds to this project visit www.charlierandallfund.org

Your local American Red Cross and the local projects it supports do not receive funding from the federal government, but are 100% funded by the generous donations you provide.  Red Cross services are free to victims of disaster.  For more information on how you can help the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross call 360-293-2911 or go to www.theislandsredcross.org.

The Nutcracker Holiday Gift Show

Come find unique gifts for those special people in your life!  A fabulous event and it is FREE!!