Friday, June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

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This Friday, June 23, is the 19th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day! As a pet-friendly office, every day at Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions that dogs are and promote their adoptions.  Click here for more information: https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog

For all of your real estate needs throughout Anacortes, Skagit County, Island County and beyond, contact Team Groesbeck daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or visit us at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.

What does FHA look for with an Appraisal?

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Content from Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

When an FHA loan is being used, the appraiser has two objectives. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the appraiser to determine the current market value, as with any appraisal. But they also require a property inspection to make sure the home meets HUD’s minimum standards for health and safety.

Note that the appraiser does not replace your home inspection. The appraiser has a duty to report to your lender the comparable value of the home your buying as well as the overall condition of the home. Only a home inspector will do a thorough analysis of the condition of every aspect of your home.

HUD is mainly concerned that everything in the house functions properly and there are no health and safety issues. The basic concept of meeting FHA minimum requirements is that everything must work as it was designed to work.

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June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

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Help keep your pets safe during disasters and have a plan and the necessarily supplies they need.

  • Make sure your pet has a microchip and the contact information and photo of your pet are up to date.
  • Always have a collar and ID tag on your pet, and travel with a leash.
  • List additional phone numbers and email addresses to ensure someone is able to be contacted in the event your pet is lost.
  • Keep a list of important contacts for your pet, such as veterinarians and pet sitters.
  • Upload important medical documents for your pet and keep extra copies for yourself.
  • Keep vaccinations up to date.
  • Always make sure your pet has enough food and water. Storing canned pet food may be a good option as a standby.
  • If evacuation is necessary, never leave your pet behind! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

For more information about pet emergency planning, visit www.ready.gov/animals.

How to Make your Offer Stand Out with a Cover Letter

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Content provided by Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

Think of the difference. If you’re selling your home, and you’re reviewing several offers that you’ve received for your home, you’re seeing different factors such as closing date, down payment, loan program, addendums and exceptions, but what you really key in on is the bottom line to you – how much will you net from each different offer.

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Turn-key, Waterfront Custom Home in La Conner

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15646 SneeOosh Rd. in La Conner (MLS 1144459) is a custom built dream home built with only the finest materials, from the Australian Cypress Floors to the amazing staircase!

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Enjoy a stroll on the beach or launch your boat to crab and fish in your back yard! The master suite is spectacular with guest suites for luxury entertaining and the open floor plan allows a panoramic view from every room.

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Set on just shy of one acre, the lot provides privacy and serenity! Additional features include a partial fence, sprinkler system, disabled access, athletic court, jetted tub, security system and more!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today for additional information or to view this gorgeous property at (360) 941-3734 or (360) 899-5027, at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or stop by our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.  We look forward to working for you!

Tips for Traveling Safely with Pets

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Taking a trip with your pet this summer? Here are some things to consider to make sure everyone is ready!

1 – The most important animal-travel tip is to never leave your pet alone in a parked car. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), when the outside temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior of a parked car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes and 120 degrees within half an hour. And that’s even if you leave the windows cracked an inch or two. ASPCA also warns that the dangers are not limited to the warmer months: “In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing an animal to freeze to death.” Be your pet’s advocate and always remember their safety.

2 – Consult your veterinarian before embarking on a trip, especially if your pet hasn’t traveled before or if you have any health concerns. Before a long trip, take some shorter drives around town with your pet to see how they respond. Take longer and longer ones as you get nearer to your departure date. If your pet gets really anxious, consult your veterinarian to see what they suggest may to help.

3 – If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s vaccination record, especially rabies. Some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings and they are required if you travel into Canada!  Check in with your veterinarian to make sure your vaccinations and records are up to date.

4 – Always take breaks! Make sure to check that your pup is welcome everywhere you plan on stopping. Check in with bringfido.com while visiting new areas to find restaurants, parks, and fun activities that are dog friendly.

5 – Book pet-friendly hotels! GoPetFriendly.com is also great site to check for tons of information on traveling with pets.

6 – Always prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, water, bowls, a leash, plenty of potty bags, grooming supplies, any prescribed medications a pet-friendly first-aid kit, and any travel documents. Don’t forget your dog’s flea, tick and heart worm preventatives. If you need medication or supplies on the road, your veterinarian has an online store to shop from that can ship anywhere in the US!

7 – Put your leash somewhere accessible and put your dog’s leash on before you open the car door. Also make sure your pet wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. Some states also require that your dog wears a tag with his state dog license information.

8 – If you are camping or doing lots of outdoor activities like hiking, make sure to do nightly tick checks, and it doesn’t hurt to give your pup extra pets and treats while you’re at it!

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

 

Buying a Home Young

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Content provided by Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

In its February installment of the National Housing Survey, Fannie Mae saw surging Millennial confidence in the housing market, even with mortgage rates seemingly poised to rise, and home prices at near-record levels.

Along with more job security and increasing income, Millennial home buyers are increasingly married with children – all three legs of the home demand stool.

Nearly half (49 percent) of Millennial buyers reported at least one child – up from 45 percent last year and 43 percent two years ago.

As with every aspect of the marketplace, young buyers with children are the key to shaping the future of real estate.

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Bark in the Park 2017: Sat. June 17

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Join Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at the City of Anacortes‘ 13th Annual Bark in the Park event on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bark in the Park will take place at Storvik Park, located of 32nd St. in Anacortes.

During the event there will be pet adoptions, vendors, demonstrations, contests and more!

SCHEDULE of EVENTS
10 a.m. Welcome & Parade of All Dogs
10:30 a.m. Best Costume Contest
10:45 a.m. Cake Walk
11 a.m. Bark & Howl Contest
11:30 a.m. Cake Walk
11:40 a.m. Skagit County Sheriff K9 Demo
12 p.m. Adoptable Dog Parade
12:30 p.m. Dog & Owner Look Alike
12:45 p.m. Wackiest Dog Trick Contest
1 p.m. Cake Walk
1:30 p.m. Best Kisser Contest
1:40 p.m. Peanut Butter Eating Contest Small Dogs
Peanut Butter Eating Contest Medium Dogs
Peanut Butter Eating Contest Large Dogs
2 p.m.See you next year!

Be sure to visit the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC booth for prizes and to say hello to Team Groesbeck! See you there!

Captivating Custom Home on Quiet Anacortes Street

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1518 36th St. (MLS #1138389) is a captivating custom home located on a quiet dead end street in beautiful Anacortes.

Its spacious kitchen features unique and artistic counter tops, eating space and plenty of storage.

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The comfortable living room area has abundant natural light and tall ceilings and gorgeous chevron pattern hardwood floors flow throughout.

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Enjoy the sunshine on the multiple decks or on the HUGE leveled back yard, and the home’s large bonus/rec room can be used as a flex space!

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today to schedule a showing to view this home, and for all of your real estate needs! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.