4 DIY Projects for a “Greener” Home 

Going “green” is gaining popularity every year. A high percentage of home builders and contractors are already building “green” and energy-efficient homes and expect to continue to do so in the future. Making your home “green” may actually make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  Did you know that home buyers are not only continuously interested in energy-efficient homes, or homes with “green” features, but they are also willing to pay more for them? Even if you’re not ready to sell your home this year, going “green” is environmentally conscious and at the same time it may also help you save money on your monthly energy bills!

 

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1. Bamboo flooring

Thinking about putting in a hardwood floor?  Consider bamboo instead.  Because bamboo grows much more quickly than wood, bamboo is an ecologically friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  It is an affordable product that is still just as durable, natural, and beautiful as wood.  Furthermore, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than hardwood.

2.  Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators

It may be time to remodel your bathrooms.  If so, a low-flow toilet is more environmentally friendly than a traditional toilet, and is also a great money saver.  It can save up to four gallons of water per flush!  Want to cut your water use in half?  Aerators for your water faucets are another water-saving product.  They also happen to be affordable and very easy to install.

3.  Zero-VOC paint

Did you know that the paint in your home may contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, and that these toxic VOC chemicals evaporate over time into the air you breathe as you watch TV in the den, or cook meals in kitchen?  Replace the paint on the walls of your home with low or zero-VOC paints, which can be found at almost any paint or home improvement store.

4.  LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs

You may not know this, but incandescent light bulbs actually put out a lot more heat than they do light.  LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are an easy fix.  They fit into incandescent sockets, they’re much more energy efficient, and they last about ten times longer.

What will you do with all the money you save from implementing these “green” improvements to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

If you’re interested in more tips for making your home “green” before you sell, call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on selling your home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We’d love to talk with you.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

 

When is the RIGHT Time to Sell Your Home?

Have you been interested in selling your home, but still have hesitation on when is the best time to sell your home? If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your home, statistically, NOW is the right time to list your home for sale on the market. According to Zillow, mid-March to mid-April is the best time to start the process of selling your home.

Here are a few reasons why now is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes :

  1. 1. Supply and demand

According to National Realtors the level of unsold homes was 4.6 months in February. This means a home will sell in less than five months, a typical sale usually takes between five and seven months. If the housing market is low with inventory, it will benefit you as a seller in a sense that buyers are urged to move quickly on placing in an offer to buy your home.

  1. 2. Fewer cash buyers

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers the price growth in the housing market will make for a more stable and sustainable growth.

  1. 3. Increase in interest rates

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing now, while the rates still remain low.

  1. 4. Rising cost of rent

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest their rent towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now is the right time to sell your home, make sure you have your due diligence in order. Decide if a hiring a real estate agent is right for you (See tips for interviewing real estate agents here). Make sure you are ready to make the commitment in the process of listing your home for sale on the market.

If you are unsure of what the next step in listing your home for sale in Anacortes housing market, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on the value of your home, and information on making the process easier for you. We offer 5 Star Real Estate Services

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Ready to sell? How to make sure your price is competitive

If you are considering selling your home in Anacortes … how would you determine the right selling price?

Setting the right price from the start is one if the key steps toward successfully selling your home. After deciding which real estate agent will represent you, (see tips on interviewing agents here) an important tool that your real estate agent will use is the Comparative Market Analysis.

A real estate agent gathers information to produce a comparative market analysis, or CMA, to determine an approximate fair market value of your home. The CMA, also sometimes referred to as “comps”, helps determine the estimated value of your property by comparing similar properties to your own. Ideally, your real estate agent finds recently sold properties in your area of the same size and roughly same age and with the same number of bedrooms and baths. Price per square foot is also often used to account for differences in size between properties.

The CMA assists in establishing market value by comparing properties that have sold in the area usually within the past year, current listings, and pending sales. Your real estate agent then uses the comparable prices to figure out an estimate of the right selling price for your home. The asking price of your home will determine how many people will look at the property. The higher the price, the fewer potential buyers.

An experienced real estate agent will prepare a good CMA  that will tell you:

  • what homes like yours are actually selling for
  • how long it’s taking for them to sell
  • what the sale prices are in relation to the list prices

If you are wondering what the current real estate market is in your neighborhood, we can help bring you up to speed with a customized CMA report for your home. The data of a CMA will include: currently available comparable listings, pending sales, sales that occurred within the last 6 months to a year and expired listings.

A CMA is only good as its data, save yourself the trouble and time consuming efforts. Let us assist you with a CMA report for your home to insure the most accurate and fair pricing to sell your home in Anacortes this year.

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or for a FREE no obligation market analysis. We will be happy to help you determine what the fair market price is for your home in Anacortes,WA.

Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or  Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Interviewing Listing Agents: What Questions Should You Ask?

Jean Groesbeck - Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain

So you are ready to list your home for sale but are not sure what to do next?

Selling a home involves much more than just paperwork! The next step is to hire an agent to represent you and your home. Looking for the right real estate agent to sell your home can be a scary and daunting endeavor for many who are unsure of what to expect. Selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transaction you will experience in your life and as such, you should take special care when hiring a local real estate agent to represent you. Here are 5 helpful tips on what questions to ask when hiring a real estate agent:

1. What presence does your company have and how will it benefit me and my home?

You would want to find out how the agent is connected in the real estate market in and around your neighborhood. What areas outside of your neighborhood is the agent connected with? It is evident that agents take the time to connect with buyers outside of your surrounding neighborhood will grasp as many buyers to view your home as possible.

2. What marketing strategies are used by your company to promote my home?

There are many ways to promote your home, now a days, the internet is the best option for many agents to list your home. The internet provides several different websites that include videos and professional pictures that are used to maximize the exposure of your home. MLS and local websites are typically used by real estate agents. Ask about other types of marketing like magazines, local papers, and even open houses.

3. How do you decide on a listing price?

Deciding the listing price takes time and research, a good agent will take the proper time to examine your home and all of its features to make sure the listing price is fair. It is important for you to let the agent see what sets your home apart from similar listings. The agent then will do a Current Market Analysis ( CMA) and inform you about the current market conditions in your area to decide what price is best to get more money for your investment.

4. How will your represent me during the transaction?

The agent will be your supporter throughout the listing and sale process. It is the agent’s job to keep you informed in the different stages of selling your home, from staging, getting it show ready, and to walk you through the contract details. When you have questions or concerns, ask them! You should feel free to address any issues that may occur.

5. How will we communicate throughout the process?

You should be specific in what is the best form of communication for you, the agent should provide different types of communication to help answer questions, inform you on important deadlines, and provide an update on what is happening in the process. Communication is extremely important from both you and the agent to insure the most successful outcome of selling your home.

Take the time to research real estate agents that best fit your needs and wants in the process of selling your home. You and your agent will spend A LOT of time together and building a good relationship will make the process of selling your home much easier!

If you are thinking about selling, call us for your complimentary no obligation market analysis. We will inform you on the current real estate market in your neighborhood, offer suggestions to attract more home buyers in order to achieve a higher price, share our unique and aggressive marketing program, and explain the home selling services we provide before , during, and after the sales process. We would love the opportunity to show you our unique and innovative marketing programs customized for your property!

Our 5 star real estate services start with a complimentary staging consultation by our Professional Stager, professional home photography, a team of full time professionals to answer your questions, professional marketing services with a proven track record of success, and continue through the closing process with our escrow partner that will come to your home or your place of work for you to sign closing documents. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

Call (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com us to find out more about Jean Groesbeck your local real estate agent in Anacortes, WA!

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Happy Holidays Anacortes!

Happy Holidays Anacortes!!!

May there be lots  of Christmas cheer in your home as you celebrate this merry holiday season!  Wishing you the joy of family, the gift of friends, and the best of everything for the New Year!

If you are thinking of buying or selling in 2013, please contact us now so we have time to help you with all of your Anacortes real estate needs!

Facts on the 3.8% Health Care Tax

A 3.8 percent levy on certain investment income was included in healthcare legislation two years ago, and now misinformation about the tax’s application to home sales is being passed along over the Internet and e-mail, throwing some prospective home sellers into a panic. In actuality, very few owners will be affected by the new tax taking effect in 2013.

The tax will only be on investment income of upper income taxpayers. Included in the definition of investment income is capital gains from home sales above a certain amount and for households whose income is above a certain amount. This means individuals who make $200,000 a year or more, or married couples who earn at least $250,000 a year are affected. Additionally, the tax is only applied to home sales if the proceeds exceed $250,000 for an individual, or $500,000 for married couples. And there still are other income and tax particulars that are considered before the 3.8 percent tax is triggered.

The National Association of REALTORS® has published a brochure on how the tax works.  If you would like a copy of the tax brochure please email, call or text and we would be happy to send a copy to you. To determine how the tax affects you, we suggest you contact a tax professional.

For accurate real estate information for Anacortes, La Conner, Bow, or anywhere in Skagit County, sign up for our blog on our website www.AnacortesLiving.com

If you would like to have graphs on real estate statistics emailed to you including real estate sales this year vs. last year, pending home sales this year vs. last year, average price of homes sold and more for Anacortes, La Conner, Bow, Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro Woolley, or any other city in Western Washington, just send us an email and we would be happy to send you charts monthly, no cost or obligation of course!

Tips For Selling Your Home!

Are you thinking of Selling your home?

The real estate market in Anacortes and through Skagit County is picking up!

In a perfect world you would have 2 days lead time for showing appointments, but that seldom happens. Here are 10 tips to get ready for a home buyer that wants to come with their real estate agent in just 10 minutes to see your home for sale!

1. Put dirty dishes inside the dishwasher (or quickly wash them).

2. Make the beds and hide the clutter.

3. Wipe the counters, appliances, and kitchen sink.

4. Empty the garbage.

5. Hide dirty clothes in the washing machine.

6. Wipe bathroom counter, sink and faucets. Hide toiletries and valuables.

7. Turn on all the lights and lamps.

8. Check the clock, if time, run the vacuum.

9. Check the front porch for cobwebs, papers….

10. Go get a cup of coffee and relax! You did it!

If would like to receive real estate market statistic graphs , please call me at 360-941-3734 or email me at Jean@ColdwellBanker.com. I can provide real estate statistics on homes sold, current listings, average or median sales prices on properties sold or properties listed for sale, in any area in Western WA for any price range!

If you are wondering the value of your home, I would be happy to provide a free no obligation market analysis.  Just call me at 360-941-3734