Upcoming Anacortes Events: Dec. 1

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On Friday, December 1, gather with the community at 6 p.m. at 819 Commercial Avenue for the Annual Chamber Tree Lighting ceremony.

The event features the town crier, Santa Claus and performances by students from Anacortes schools. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Salvation Army. Attendees can also get a free picture with Santa inside of the building.

Following the tree lighting, the public is invited to explore the downtown Chamber Holiday Art Walk to find locally crafted gifts.

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

Anacortes “Keep the Cheer Here” Campaign

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Keep the Cheer Here is the Anacortes Shop Local campaign to encourage our community to continue supporting local businesses and keep their dollars in town.

Pick up your card by shopping at participating stores (click here to view) between November 21, and December 24, and for every $10 you spend you earn one punch. Once you’ve spent $100 and filled the card, simply write in your information on the back of the card and leave it with the retailer who put the last punch on the card; they will turn it in for you. You will then be entered to win weekly and grand prize drawings worth over $1,000!

If you’ve won a prize, you will be contacted by the Anacortes Chamber using the information you’ve filled out on the back of the punch card.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean 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.

Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market Nov. 18-19

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The 11th Annual Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market will take place Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19.  Admission to the Holiday Farmers Market is free, and the event will take place indoors at the Port of Anacortes Event Center located at 100 Commercial Avenue, each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Market is a fabulous opportunity to get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift and win a door prize!

Click here for additional information and holiday events throughout Anacortes.

Located in at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes just steps from the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center, Jean 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.

First Friday Art Walk: Nov. 3

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The November First Friday Art Walk will take place in downtown Anacortes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 3.

A number of Anacortes businesses participate in this monthly event by featuring work by local artists, including ACME Creative Spaces, The Majestic Inn and Spa and The Depot.

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Located just steps from The Depot, the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC office is at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.  We are available daily for all of your real estate needs and can be reached any time at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families, but may be stressful for pets. Here are 10 ways to keep your pets safe from PetMD:

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed.

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

7. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. Shards of glass or plastic can cause lacerations anywhere on the body or, if swallowed, within the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that your pet needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Coates warns that pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

 9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go without a costume, although a festive bandana may be a good compromise.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

As a pet-friendly office, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, wants your pets to remain safe this Halloween!  Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., stop by our office or contact us for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  We proudly serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties.

Buying or Selling Soon?

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Are you going to be buying or selling a property soon? There are expenses that you may not have considered yet; such who’s responsible for paying which fees, what does a real estate professional do, or other common questions including:

What is the standard compensation structure for real estate professionals?
For the most part, real estate professionals are compensated by commission, based on a home’s selling price. Commission rates vary, as does how the sales commission will be divided between the agents on the selling and buying side of the transaction. When a seller signs a listing agreement, their contract is with a brokerage firm. All fees must pass through that brokerage firm. Typically, the seller’s representative—and your buyer’s rep—will be paid by the listing broker after the transaction closes.

What services can I expect to receive?
The terms vary from state to state, and each buyer’s representative can set their own guidelines within their state parameters and their brokerage practices. So you should clarify, preferably in writing, the services you are entitled to receive before you start viewing properties.  It’s also important to understand that if you do buy a property, your buyer’s rep will probably receive compensation through the listing broker.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Old Town Anacortes has a full-time team of brokers who are available daily to work for you, whether you are buying or selling. Not only do we negotiate pricing based on trends in similar homes or within the area, we market your home to sell using professional photography, advertisements and online marketing, in addition to hosting showings, open houses, tackling the paperwork, inspections and more.

Do you know that statistically homes sold using a real estate professional net more of a profit than those transactions that are for sale by owner? Team Groesbeck can address any questions you have about the buying and selling processes, as well as put you in touch with local lenders and more!

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain and can be reached at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

 

Remodeled One Level Home in Excellent Anacortes Location

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2918 M Ave. in Anacortes (MLS 1206280) is a remodeled one level home on a corner lot in an excellent location!

Enjoy views of Mt. Baker, Cap Sante, & the marina from your remodeled kitchen with granite counters, new appliances, new hood, new sink and faucet.

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The open floor plan allows you to enjoy the warmth of the fireplace insert throughout!

One of the doors of the attached 2 car garage is 10′ high, plus there is an additional detached garage/shop with WC, a concrete pad for RV, the patio is wired for hot tub, lovely fruit trees and lots of room for toy storage.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, DAILY at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for all of your real estate needs.  Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

Stunning Contemporary NW Architecture in Anacortes

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4302 Marine Heights Way (MLS 1201903) in Anacortes is a stunning Northwest contemporary home featuring gorgeous panoramic views of the San Juan Islands, Burrows Bay and the Olympic Mountains and is listed for $1,350,000.

Built in 2011, the home offers a lovely open floor plan among 2,531 SF with 3 beds and 2.25 baths.  The master bedroom is large and has a luxurious and spa-like master en suite.

Additionally, the home has a huge modern kitchen with Liebherr fridge and multiple chefs’ stations and a large slider to the patio leads to outdoor living areas including a fireplace, swim spa and stone built-in bars; the home also features steel & glass softened with wood beams, wood wrapped windows and gorgeous built-ins.

For additional information about this must-see Anacortes property or for any of your real estate needs throughout Skagit County and beyond, Team Groesbeck is available daily to work for you.

Located at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain and can be reached at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Move-In Ready, Single Level Home in Skagit County

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1803 E Fox Hill St. (MLS 1204699) in Mt. Vernon is a move-in ready and spotless one level home located on a quiet cul-de-sac, listed at $250,000.

Featuring 3 total bedrooms including a spacious master suite and 1.5 total baths, the home’s fully fenced yard has a shed for additional storage, as well as raised flower beds, compost box, patio, dog kennel on a concrete slab with dog house and plenty of room for an RV!

The attic was also configured to provide additional storage space.

1803 E Fox Hill St. is located just two blocks to College Way, which makes for easy access to I-5 and travel about Skagit County.

For additional information about this property or to schedule a showing, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.  Team Groesbeck can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Fall Safety Tips for Your Pets

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Keep your pets safe all year long! Here are some things to consider now that Fall is underway throughout Skagit County and Anacortes:

  1. Beware of anti-freeze! Ingesting antifreeze is lethal. Make sure to check your car for leaks and make sure all bottles are stored far away from your pets as its sweet taste may be tempting to an animal.

 

  1. Don’t leave your pets outside for prolonged periods of time. It doesn’t have to be Winter for it to get cold–especially for puppies, senior pets and smaller animals.

 

  1. Beware of ticks. It’s still tick season and playing in the cool autumn leaves is one of the many ways your pet could get them. Consider using a natural tick repellent to help protect your pet.

 

  1. Let them have their fur coat. If you have a dog that you shave during the summer, let him start growing his coat back in the fall. Just like you need your Fall/Winter coat, he’ll needs his too.

 

  1. Check your pet ID tags and microchip. Take the time to make sure all your pet’s information is up to date and in proper order.

 

  1. Make holiday arrangements with your dog walker, pet sitter or doggy day care early. As the holidays approach, most of us will get busier and possibly have to travel. Take time out and plan ahead so you can make the holidays easier on your pets.

 

  1. Visitors for celebrations. Fall holidays and events such as Thanksgiving and Halloween often mean people coming over to visit your home. If you have a pet that has special needs or is wary of new people, be sure to tell your guests about your pet before they come over.

 

  1. Make sure your pets can’t escape through the main entrance of your home. This is especially important if you plan on having several guests in and out of the house this holiday season. It may be worth investing in a baby gate or creating some kind of barrier between the door and your pet, especially if you have pet that’s known for bolting.

 

  1. Be careful with holiday treats. Aside from known hazards such as chocolate, items such as cooked bones, raw bread dough and many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets.

 

  1. Be careful with decorations. Many shiny new decorations look like really fun toys to your pets. Make sure decorations are out of reach because many of them contain toxic metals and can become choking hazards.

For additional information or for all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Old Town Anacortes.  Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

 

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