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 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

What We Can Learn From Black Friday


You most likely saw the thousands of shoppers lined up outside of stores to take advantage of advertised bargains on Black Friday.  Shoppers stormed the stores scooping up bargains and the frenzy generated excellent sales results (if we ignore the injuries that occurred again this year).
The consumers were so anxious to spend money on bargains, and the stores were so anxious for sales, Thanksgiving was transformed into Black Thursday for some retailers!
What does this have to do with real estate?¬† To me, it proves that consumers that have jobs and/or disposable income want to start buying again!¬† As one reporter said, ‚ÄúPeople have been shopping out of their closets for 3 years and they are not willing to keep to doing it.‚ÄĚ
It use to be that supply and demand controlled our economy, and although they factors still control pricing, the stimulus to purchase has changed dramatically.  Consumers are fearful of spending and we don’t see buyers purchase until the consumer’s individual demand exceeds the fear of parting with their money.  That is what we saw on Black Friday and what we see in real estate.
The pent of demand for those advertised bargains was obviously huge, as is the pent up demand for homes.  We have never seen so many people that WANT to move.  You probably know someone that says they want to downsize, move closer to family, or move to a better home.  What is stopping them?  Not the real estate market, but their fear of parting with their cash or the fear of taking on debt.  However when we see aggressive pricing of homes for sale, the type of pricing that occurred on Black Friday in the retail industry, we see multiple offers with stiff competition among buyers looking to scoop up bargains.
Retailers can get people to buy by announcing that prices are only in effect for a particular length of time.  Home sellers don’t have the exact same luxury, but savvy home buyers are well aware that interest rates have ticked up and even the slightest movement means tens of thousands of dollars of interest.
Home sellers need to pay heed to the lessons of Black Friday and realize that there are a lot of buyers out there and the buyers really want to buy.¬† But they will only buy if they feel that see a tremendous value that will not last‚Ķin others words the house has to be priced to the point where the buyer feels that they must jump up and buy it now before someone else does.¬† If they think this is the typical ‚Äúsale‚ÄĚ price, they will not see an incentive to act now and will wait to see if something better comes along even it means they wind up shopping the sales after Christmas when there is less inventory.
What can buyers learn?¬† When you see what you want at a good price you better jump in and buy it.¬† The ‚Äúsale‚ÄĚ prices will not last forever, and if you lined up outside of Best Buy for the TV steal of the century and didn‚Äôt get it, you also missed getting the great sales at all of the other retail outlets and will wind up paying more or settling for fewer features.¬† Prices in Anacortes are not going to increase next year, but interest rates most likely will.¬†
If you are looking for the Black Friday of real estate, it is today.  Inventory is good, interest rates are low, and prices are incredible.  Sellers-price to stimulate action out of buyers.  Buyers-when you see at a great price you should buy it because you could pay more and if interest rates go up, you will pay dearly.
Real estate agents….we add the incredible power of advertising, especially the internet.  A great price and wonderful features of a home need to be communicated in the appropriate way through broad local, regional, national, and international advertising.
If you like to see a pricing model for your home for a sale in 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days, along with the most comprehensive marketing program in NW designed to reach home buyers, then please give me a call at 360-941-3734 or email

Receipts for Raffle- Anacortes!

Friday November 25th – Sunday November 27th


Beginning on November 25th (Black Friday!) Anacortes merchants will open their doors to start of the holiday season right with Receipts for Raffle!

You can win $1000 in gift certificates just by shopping at the participating Anacortes retailers!   A raffle ticket will be provided to each customer upon purchasing merchandise and/or services at any participating merchant.  Upon purchase, customers will fill out his or her ticket with their information and submit it for entry into the grand prize drawing. Look for the big red bow on participating store fronts!

All raffle tickets will be collected on Monday November 28th and the drawing will take place on Tuesday, November 29th.   The prize will be awarded during the Anacortes Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd.

Participating Stores Include:

Alley Cat Antiques, Ana-Cross Stich Inc. , Buer’s Anacortes Floral & Gifts, Burton Inc. Jewelers, Calico Cupboard Old Town Bakery, Cameron’s Living Room Dining, Camwood Jeweler’s, Days Gone By Antique Mall, Donatello Flowers & Gifts, Earth Bound Used Books, Epicure… for the Passionate Cook, Johnny Picasso’s, Left Bank Antiques, Majestic Inn, Opulence Salon & Day Spa, Radio Shack, Read Me A Story, Scott Milo Gallery, Red Snapper, Sebo’s Hardware, Tracy’s Furniture, Upstage Boutique & Men’s Store, Walgreens Drug Store and Wee Cycle

Don’t forget to check out my new mobile website while you are driving to your favorite Anacortes shops this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving!

-The average person consumes over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day!

-Americans eat over 530 million pounds of Turkey on Thanksgiving, while more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten on that day

-Ripe cranberries of good quality will always bounce (Remember to wash before eating if you try this!)

-The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days

-Thanksgiving was not declared a National Holiday by Congress until 1941

-Abraham Lincoln chose the last Thursday in November for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in Anacortes, La Conner, Guemes and throughout all of Skagit County! 
Wishing you a wonderful day with your family and friends!

Candle Safety During the Holidays!

Rick Bunzel, CRI of Pacific Crest Inspections gives Anacortes home owners some tips on candle safety throughout the holiday season!

Candles are very popular during the holidays.  Candles are very pretty and often smell good, but they can cause serious home fires.

More than 15,000 candle fires are reported annually. December is the peak month for candle fires; Christmas is the peak day. According to fire experts, the bulk of candle-fire incidents are due to consumer inattention to basic fire safety or to the misuse of candles.

We recently purchased some LED candles and they look just like the real thing without the fire threat. Some models even have remote controls for easy use. We highly recommend them and they can be useful if the power ever goes out!

Rick Bunzel, CRI
Pacific Crest Inspections

For more information on choosing a home inspector, visit his website at!

To read more of Rick Buzel’s tips for Anacortes home owners, please click here!

The Anacortes Holiday Farmer’s Market!

Anacortes Holiday Farmer’s Market-
November 19th & November 20th, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Port of Anacortes-Transit Shed Event Center 


Support the local Anacortes market this holiday season!

Stop by the Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market with your family and friends this weekend and get all of your holiday shopping done.  There will be a great selection of  local Skagit County produce, cheese, honey, bread, scones, pies, fudge, jams and mustards, granola, local meats, and many more delicious holiday treats to choose from.  The market will also have a large selection of goods that would make great holiday gifts such as jewelry, clothing, fabric art, wood carvings, home decor, handcrafted soap, pottery, mosaics, knitted hats, scarves, socks and more.

There will be door prizes and live music all day so stop by for some holiday cheer!

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My New Mobile Website!

My new mobile real estate website has been receiving a lot of great feedback from home buyers and sellers!¬† It lets¬†you access the Northwest MLS’ database of homes for sale and open houses.¬† It also gives you information about recent sold properties.¬†¬†

Want to try it out? ¬†All you have to do is pull up next to one of the homes I have listed for sale, and using your smart phone’s location, you can view¬†information about the property including the¬†price, number of beds/baths, and square footage.¬† You can even scroll through interior and exterior photos of the homes for sale!

Try it out!  Simply scan the QR code below with your smart phone and you will be brought direcetly to my mobile website. 

See a property you like on my mobile website?  Please call me at (360) 941-3734 or email for more information!

Low Bank Waterfront on Samish Island!

10907 Samish Beach Lane РBow 

Great Value on Samish Island just recently reduced to $898,000! 

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Two homes! This rare property has two residences (grandfathered). ¬†The 2,268¬Ī SF waterfront residence has been an exclusive vacation rental commanding $450/night during peak season.¬† The road side home has commanding views and lots of space to entertain. ¬†Low bank waterfront with fabulous crabbing, clamming, a wonderful beach and dramatic sunsets!¬† Great for shared investment or compound living.¬†

Samish Island is accessible by car and only 70 miles north of Seattle or south of Vancouver!

Driving Directions:  From Anacortes take Hwy 20E, turn left on La Conner Whitney Road, continue onto La Conner and Samish Road/ Whitney Bayview Road, keep left at fork and continue onto Bayview Edison Road, left on to Samish Island Road, right on Roney Road, 3rd left on Halloran Road, take 3rd right on Mercer Road, slight right on N. Beach Road, left on Samish Beach Lane.

For more information on this property, email me at or call me at (360) 941-3734!

The History of Anacortes

Here is a comprehensive video on the colorful history of Anacortes, WA.  If you are thinking of moving to Anacortes or if you have lived here all of your life, you will enjoy it!   Anacortes is as beautiful now as it was when it was founded which is why the Anacortes real estate market has held up stronger than other areas.

Please stop by the Coldwell Banker Bain office and see me for an Anacortes neighborhood map!

Fall Back this Weekend!

Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m. this Sunday November 6th, so it’s time to set all the clocks in your home back one hour-and gain another hour of sleep!¬† Make sure to do it this Saturday night before you go to bed!

Don’t forget to check all those items with built in clock such as computers, cell phones, cameras, thermostats, etc.  to make sure they were updated too.  The Anacortes Fire Deparment suggests this is a good time to check the batteries in smoke detectors and turn on carbon monoxide detectors.

If you are  wondering what your home is worth, give me a call or email me.  I would be happy to provide you with a free no cost market analysis!