Should you sell your home now?

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Selling your home is a huge decision that often causes extra (and unwanted) stress.  Deciding when to sell your home is not always only about the money, but a lifestyle change.

Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is a team of experienced and professional real estate brokers who know the market in Anacortes, throughout Skagit County, and beyond.  Even if you are interested in seeing what your home is worth or interested in selling in a few months, contact us early to begin the process.  Allowing for ample time to get your home and finances in order will allow for a smoother process later.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC doesn’t just list homes, we sell them.  We utilize our resources online, social media, throughout the area to promote your property ensuring that we will get you an offer that is best for you – and we will guide the process along the way.

Our team of dedicated and full-time brokers is the number one sellers of pre-owned properties in Skagit County.  Don’t wait; call us today at (360) 941-3734.

We look forward to working for you.

New Year, New You?

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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. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, commit to having a healthy lunch and exercise two 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 okay! 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!

The team at Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC wishes you and your family a very happy and successful 2017!

Home Safety for Baby Boomers

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Have you stopped running up and down the stairs, or now want brighter light bulbs?  We aren’t getting any younger!

Most Baby Boomers prefer to age in place – if you or your parents are Baby Boomers, here are some safety tips to consider for your home:

  • Add handrails on both sides of stairs.
  • Add handrails next to the toilet and in the shower.
  • Remove clutter and open the floor space. Small objects like magazine racks can be a tripping hazard.
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher?  Have you checked it lately?  They should be checked annually.  Keep one under the kitchen sink, in the garage, and in the utility room.
  • Install pullouts for cabinets, especially lower ones.
  • Don’t climb on the ladder!  Hire someone to do it or ask a family member.
  • Install additional lighting or lamps.
  • Make sure your house number is very visible from the street.  You want medical personnel to quickly find you in case you need to call for help.
  • Take a CPR class.  Even if you know CPR take a class again, as they have changed the suggested procedures.

Are you wondering what your home is currently worth? Located in Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves Anacortes, Skagit County, the San Juan Islands and beyond.  Contact us today at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for a complimentary, no obligation market analysis.

Animal Services in Anacortes

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Anacortes and its surrounding area has a wide variety of local animal services, including pet sitters, obedience training and veterinarians.  Here is a list of some of the many places nearby for your pets’ needs.

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Pet Sitters

  • Happy at Home Pet Sitting – Anacortes, (360) 421-6153
  • The Pet Pal – Anacortes, (360) 293-1311
  • Colleen’s Cat Care – Anacortes, (360) 293-7688
  • There’s No Place Like Home – Anacortes, (360) 610-9600
  • Pacific North Wonderland – Anacortes, (360) 982-5184

 

Groomers

 

Pet Stores

 

Obedience Training

 

Animal Shelter & Relief Agencies

 

Veterinarians

 

Wildlife

 

For more information about animal services in and around Anacortes and Skagit County or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Simple Ways to Increase Your Home Value

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Great news! There are inexpensive ways you can increase the value of your home without renovations, and these fixes can go a long way with a buyer.

  • In the bathroom, replacing an old toilet seat can make the toilet look brand new.  Also, consider applying fresh caulk around the tub to make it look spotless!
  • Replace fixtures such as cabinet pulls or faucets can make a big impact for little cost, providing an appealing and updated look.
  • Remove clutter, such as stacks of mail or magazines, to make each room look even more inviting.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaner to revive its overall look.
  • Make the first impression count and make sure that the front door is clean.
  • A nicely mowed lawn and pruned trees will make your home more noticeable to someone trying to envision living there.
  • Do a last walk through of the home and replace light bulbs, repair leaks, clean walls and make sure the furnace and appliances are working correctly.  Investing in small repairs and maintenance ahead of time with not only add value to your home, but it can also allow the home to sell quicker later!

Contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. for any questions, a market analysis of your home or to buy or sell in Anacortes and throughout Skagit County at (360) 941-3734.

5 Things to Avoid When Applying for a Home Loan

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When applying for a home loan, many buyers are unaware that there are things they should avoid as to not impact their credit report.  Here are five things applicants should avoid:

 

  • Postpone purchasing major items such as a new vehicle, furniture, or appliances.  If the new purchases increase the amount of debt you owe each month, it is possible to be disqualified from the loan altogether or for available funding to be cut.  Your real estate agent can provide more information.
  • Avoid moving assets between bank accounts.  Transferring funds could complicate the application process and if something appears out of the ordinary, you must disclose and document the source of funds for each deposit.
  • Avoid changing jobs.  A new job may involve a probation period or a change in compensation, and most commissions or bonuses must be averaged over a two year period with the same employer to qualify.
  • Avoid consolidating bills before speaking with your lender.  The loan officer can advise you if this needs to be done, or if it is possible to consolidate simultaneously with the loan closing date.
  • Avoid packing or shipping information needed for the loan application.  Do not pack documents such as W-2 forms, tax returns, divorce decrees or anything you may need to finalize things with your lender as duplicates can take weeks to obtain, potentially stalling the closing date.

With all of your real estate needs in Anacortes, Skagit County and Island County, please call Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. at (360) 941-3734 or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Is a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

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

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and seek to avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the types of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. Many buyers miss the big picture of how HOA fees can be a benefit.

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 since the HOA handles that for you. Homeowner dues can vary greatly by 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 Skyline provides.

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.

These are only basic benefits of an HOA and 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 to ensure the neighborhood is the 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.

 

Great Anacortes Location with Views & Shop Space

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Located in Anacortes at 1019 26th St. conveniently located across from Island Hospital, this home would be ideal for a medical office or a five-plex.  Available for the first time in 43 years, the home is very well maintained, offers a two car garage plus a shop space and an RV garage with a 12’ door.  With gorgeous views, its fully fenced yard, new roof in 2010 and updated plumbing, electrical and sewer line, 1019 26th St. is a great find.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes today to view the property, or for any of your buying and selling needs throughout the areas of Anacortes, Skagit County, San Juan Islands and beyond.