2017 Christmas on the Docks in Anacortes

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The 2017 Christmas on the Docks event at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes will take place from 5 – 9 p.m. this weekend, Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Decorated Dinghy Parade will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.  Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard and join in! Decorated boats will be on display each night on “C” dock and the marina will offer free moorage Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 for participating decorated boats.

The 2017 Christmas on the Docks is free for all ages and open to the public.  Walk the decorated docks, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite decorated boat.

Additionally, unwrapped gifts will be accepted for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and canned goods will also be collected for the local Anacortes food bank.

For more information, please contact Greg Mustari at (360) 507-9999 or Kelly Libby at (425) 359-7078.

Located in Old Town AnacortesJean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following events and activities will take place throughout the day:

  • 5K Run along the flight line
  • Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G Growler, P3-C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, MH-60S Knighthawk, and the C-40A Clipper
  • Navy Band performance
  • Guided bus tours
  • Search and Rescue/K-9 Working Dog Demonstration
  • Fire Department Static Displays and Rescue Demonstrations
  • Explosive Ordinance Demonstration
  • Climbing wall
  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Aviation memorabilia

 

Dog Obedience Classes in Anacortes to Begin in April

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The City of Anacortes is offering a dog obedience class for beginners at Whitney Elementary.

Classes will begin April 12 and will run through May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.  The fee is $84 and classes will be taught by Marie Padovan.  Attendance at the first class is mandatory and dogs are not permitted for the first day only. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance!

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page at www.cityofanacortes.org.

When a Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. Broker Gets an Offer on Your Home

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Getting you the best price is critical, but there are other components of an offer that are important to consider before accepting an offer, including:

  • Is the offer subject to financing?  If so, what is the length of time and is the buyer prequalified?  What percentage are they going to put down?  What is the source of the down payment?  Are they asking you to pay any of their closing costs?  What kind of loan is it?  Is it a local lender, an out of the area lender, or an online lender?  It makes a difference!
  • Is the offer subject to the buyers obtaining insurance on the home?  If so, in what time frame?
  • Is the offer subject to inspection?  If so what do they intend to have inspected and in what time frame?  Do they want the septic inspection prior to or after the inspection contingency?
  • What is the closing date?  Does that work for you?
  • How much is the earnest money?  What is the remedy if the buyer defaults? When can it be disbursed?
  • Is the possession date the same as the closing date?  Do you know why it is not always in your best interested to have a possession date later than a closing date?
  • Are they asking for any personal property to be included?  Appliances?
  • Every offer and every transaction is as unique as each seller, so we will review every detail to make sure it is the BEST offer.  Then we will monitor every detail to make sure the transaction goes smoothly for you!

 

For all of your real estate needs in and around Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or (360) 941-3734.

Expediting the Sale of Your Home

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It is our goal to sell your home in the shortest amount of time; however there are some things that the seller will need to do to help make this process successful.  Our team of dedicated and full-time brokers is the number one sellers of pre-owned properties in Skagit County and we know what appeals to buyers!

Things we recommend to each seller:

  • Staging makes a home more appealing.  It does not need to be expensive, but may involve a little work.  If you want to get the highest price for your home, we recommend professionally staging the home.  Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC can provide guidance on economical ways to stage your home and we offer free staging consultations.
  • Call your insurance company to let them know your house is on the market.
  • Complete Form 17, the Seller’s Disclosure Form, and return it to our office as soon as possible.  Make sure that you answer each question to the best of your knowledge.  Marking most answers “I Don’t Know” is a red flag for potential buyers.
  • For your own safety, do not let anyone into your home for a “look around” who is not with a verifiable real estate agent.
  • Real estate agents must access your home by using the lock box.  This will allow us to have a record of who gained access to your home. Even if you let them in, have them “log in” to the lock box.
  • The buyer(s) may have requested a home inspection as part of the contract. They will schedule this on their own, however they will let us know the date and time. You should not be home when the inspection takes place, as the buyer(s) will feel more comfortable talking candidly with their inspector and agent.

For all of your real estate needs in and around Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or (360) 941-3734.

Top 10 Luxury Listings Sold by Team Groesbeck in 2016

As we look back on the success that the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. team saw in 2016, here are the top 10 luxury listings in Anacortes and surrounding areas that we proudly sold throughout the year:

Cutter Drive, Anacortes – $1,500,000

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Luxuriously customized and upgraded, this stunning Anacortes home features unobstructed views of the Guemes Channel, Cypress Island and ferry boats that can be seen from the wrap around deck, which houses a double-sided fireplace. The home also features an open floor plan with lovely interior and exterior finishes, such as a gated covered porch and flagstone walkway.

Samish Island Road, Bow – $1,500,000

Set on more than a 1/2 acre of waterfront property with private beach access, this home was built in 2003 using the finest natural materials.  Set on Padilla Bay, sunsets can be seen from the home year round, as well as Samish Bay sunrises and views of Mt. Ranier and Mt. Baker.

G Loop Road, Bow – $1,425,000

Boasting more than 5,000 square-feet, this waterfront home with beach access features a swimming pool, hot tub, media room, private elevator and a living room with 30-foot ceilings.

Peregrine Lane, Mount Vernon – $1,475,000

Stunning views from each extra large bedroom, hardwood floors, oak cabinets and a private lot with an entrance gate shared with one neighbor are some of the great features of this home.

S. Del Mar Drive, Anacortes – $1,100,000

This west-facing home in Anacortes overlooks the surrounding islands and can accommodate large gatherings from its spacious deck with its outdoor kitchen, fire pit and beautiful gardens.

Samish Island Road, Bow – $970,000

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Set on Samish Island, this gorgeous waterfront estate features views from every room, a chemical-free swimming pool and spacious sundeck.

Surfcrest Drive, Oak Harbor – $899,000

 

Located in the gated community of Surfcrest, this custom home is waterfront and boasts a viewing deck of the master suite in addition to a home library.

Washington Court, Anacortes – $880,000

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Featured in Home Accent Magazine, 180 degree views of the Olympic Mountains, Rosario Strait and shipping channel are some of the excellent components of this sophisticated home located near Washington Park.

Harbor View Place, Anacortes – $867,000

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Harbor View Place features a gorgeous curved stairway, green house, hot tub cabana, three car garage and stunning 180 degree views of the San Juan Islands and Guemes Channel.

Bay Place, Anacortes – $825,000

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With enough room on the double-sided dock to park a yacht, Bay Place features two luxurious master suites, a beautiful marina view, two car garage and a bay for a 40-foot motor home or boat, with additional exterior RV parking.

Team Groesbeck had a very productive year and we want to THANK all of our clients for helping make our success possible in 2016. Your partnership and friendship is really appreciated, and we are most grateful for your trust in our team to make your real estate goals a reality.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Anacortes or anywhere in Skagit, Island or San Juan Counties in 2017, please call us for a COMPLIMENTARY market analysis of your home and find out how much your home is worth!

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com and at (360) 941-3734.  Based in Anacortes, we proudly serve the greater Anacortes area, including Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.  We look forward to working for you!

Sharpes Corner/Hwy. 20 Roundabout to Begin Summer 2018

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More than 30,000 cars travel through the intersection at Sharpes Corner on Highway 20 in Anacortes every day, and there are about 14 accidents at the same intersection each year.  As the main route to and from Anacortes, the Washington State Ferries route to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. as well as the only land access point to Whidbey Island, traffic worsens during the summer and is often stalled, causing high-speed, rear-end collisions.

After a series of public forums, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) found that moving forward with a roundabout was the best option and will reduce all collisions by 40 percent.  Projected to begin summer 2018 for completion fall 2019, the roundabout will also allow for better traffic circulation and reduce travel time through the intersection by 80 percent.

For more information about the Sharpes Corner roundabout at Highway 20 in Anacortes, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr20/sharpescornerinterchange/.