Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?

3 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t FSBO!

FSBO SignEver since the DIY fad took off, amateurs everywhere have attempted almost anything all on their own. It isn’t shocking that a few homeowners are wondering, “Do I really need a real estate agent to help sell my home when I can try to sell it myself?”

Sadly, you will see many DIY fails on projects that are way less complex than selling a home. While it may seem amusing when a soufflé falls you won’t be much laughter when FSBO errors cost you thousands of dollars and months of time.

Selling your home is your real estate agent’s job! Attempting to sell your home by yourself is difficult when you’ve got your own job.

Are you equipped to answer all phone calls and questions from buyers? Can you always arrange showings and keep your home pristine? Are you knowledgeable enough to evaluate offers, make counter offers, and negotiate all on your own behalf? Can you do all the above while keeping up with the demands of your regular work day?

The must do list of an FSBO seller is demanding and endless. Fortunately, a real estate agent’s regular work day consists of taking care of that list for you. While you’re tied up with work and prepping to move, your agent is busy working to coordinate with buyer’s agents and negotiating the best offer for your home.

Knowledgeable real estate agents devote countless hours to marketing, networking, and actively selling their listings. A frequent misunderstanding is thinking that a real estate agent just puts up a for sale sign and everything is done. FSBO sellers don’t understand that you’ve got to get prepare the home, market it, and much more.

Successful real estate agents will financially invest in marketing your home and will make sure that your home shows marvelously. They do this by paying for various things such as professional photography and quality staging. The amount of time and work it requires to sell a home FSBO is exactly why not many even try.

Now, let’s get down to the basics as to why utilizing a real estate agent is the logical choice.

#1 – A real estate agent is essential for prepping your house for sale.

RE AgentYou might take a glance at your home and feel that it’s in outstanding condition, but homes that are sold as-is will receive as-is offers, despite how excellent their condition is.

Real estate agents know that making modest investments in home improvements can increase the value of your home by 35%. Regrettably, some FSBO sellers will invest funds on upgrades that will not increase the home’s value enough to cover the money they have spent on those upgrades.

Just like each home is unique, so is each real estate market. Even if all the research you have accomplished is telling you that certain upgrades are guaranteed to increase your home’s value, that may not be true for your area.

A knowledgeable, experienced, and local real estate agent that has plenty of active listings will know what improvements or upgrades are going to be worth your investment to help your home sell.

#2 – A real estate agent will help you set the right listing price.

Listing PriceExperienced real estate agents know that listing a home at the right price is one of their most important tasks. If the price is set too high buyers will not come look at the home, which obviously means they won’t make any offers. If you lower the price too soon or too often, buyers and their agents will assume there may be something wrong with the home and only submit lowball offers, or no offers at all.

Regrettably, some FSBO sellers still believe that they will know how to price their home without assistance. Some sellers feel that they know the value of their home, but most often an FSBO home is priced incorrectly and as a result they get an even lower offer when it finally does sell.

Your real estate agent will examine numerous details to find your correct listing price, for example: regional and local market trends, nearby comps, days on market, upgrades, plus seller concessions (closing costs, home warranties, credits for repairs, etc.).

#3 – A real estate agent is your go-between.

FSBO sellers frequently feel hopeful enough to make improvements and listing price decisions without a real estate agent’s support. They often mistakenly think that pricing and prepping are the roughest part. Then they may pay a listing service to put their home on the MLS, believing that’s all they need to do to get their home sold.

ContractBut there are numerous more things that need to occur. Without a real estate agent, you won’t have anyone to advise you through the process. When you list your home with a real estate agent, they will be your go-between through the entire home sale process.

Your real estate agent will negotiate the sale and renegotiate after the inspection and appraisal occur. They will be working to find concessions that won’t cut into your bottom line.

Having a real estate agent to be your go-between isn’t just essential during the closing process, but you will need that buffer as soon as your home is listed. If you don’t have a real estate agent, then you won’t have anyone to arrange showings or even put a lockbox on your home. Rather, you will have to be present at every showing and you’ll won’t have any way to evaluate those buyers.

Are you as an FSBO seller willing to just open your home and let anyone who calls you walk through? That is one of the many reasons why you need a real estate agent. They provide privacy, protection, and facilitation of the transaction for a stress-free closing.

Buyer’s agents realize that FSBO sellers are emotionally involved in the selling process. When a FSBO seller plays hardball during the negotiation process, they may be labeled as a difficult seller who is not willing to be flexible and thus end up walking away from the deal.

When you list with a real estate agent, you will have them as a buffer between you and the buyer and you can prevent any emotional negotiation disagreements.

Are you still wanting to DIY with being a FSBO seller? Now at least you are aware the risks. But the bottom line is if you desire a uneventful sale that will bring you the best profit then you definitely need to hire a local and knowledgeable real estate agent.

Local Skagit Valley Events

Holiday Gift ShowAre you ready for the holidays? Do you need some ideas to get you started? This week you can visit a unique and elegant holiday gift show to get the inspiration you need.

The 24th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Gift Show will be held on November 8th thru 10th from 9am to 7pm and November 11th from 10am to 4pm located 611 R Avenue in Anacortes. This free event features handmade gifts, décor, crafts, and unique treasures.

Are you enjoying the charm of Anacortes and want to stay awhile? Find your new home here!

 

Apple TastingDo you enjoy season local Anacortes produce? Are you looking for fruit that is grown free of chemicals? If you answered YES to either one of these questions, then you are sure to enjoy an apple tasting.

The Farm on 41st Street and Mount Erie Gardens is hosting an apple tasting on November 10th from 1 to 3pm at 1119 41st Street in Anacortes.

At this tasting you can sample over 25 varieties of apples! All apples are grown locally on Fidalgo Island without sprays or chemical fertilizers. Apple gift boxes will be available for purchase as well as special pricing on all varieties of bulk apples.

Is Fidalgo Island the apple of your eye? Are you considering moving to Anacortes? Check out the local Anacortes real estate market here.

 

Johnson ManorHave you started your holiday shopping yet? It’s never too early to start!

Join the 1st annual open house at The Johnson Manor on November 10th from 10am to 6pm at 702 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. They will have exclusive sales to start your holiday shopping plus complimentary gift bags, food, and beverages.

It’s also never too early to start shopping for your new home! Click here to start your search.

 

Skagit Rock & GemAre you a rock or gem collector? Do you love to make jewelry? Join the Skagit Rock and Gem Club at their show!

The Skagit Rock & Gem Club Show will be on November 10th from 9am to 5pm and November 11th from 10am to 4pm at the Community Center located at 703 Pacific Street in Sedro Woolley.

This is a free admission event that includes raffles, hourly door prizes, demonstrations, and children’s activities.

Is your favorite “gem” Skagit Valley? Click here to search for Skagit Valley houses for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

Skagit Veterans Parade MTVVeterans DayLooking for a way to express gratitude for our Veterans? On this Veterans Day let us remember the service of our Veterans. Join us as we honor all who have served.

Honoring the sacrifices many have made is the foundation of Veterans Day. There are two local Skagit Valley events to celebrate our Veterans.

The Skagit County Veterans Day Parade and Heritage Plane Flyover will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 11am. The parade route is along Fairhaven Avenue in Burlington. This local Burlington event features activities before the parade including a pancake breakfast plus military and art displays.

The Anacortes Veterans Day Celebration is on Monday, November 12th at 11am and will be located at 100 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. This local Anacortes event highlights EMCEE Dan Worra while music will be provided by Skagit Swing. Light refreshments will be served.

Are you active duty or retired and looking to use your VA loan benefit that you’ve earned? Click here to see properties for sale in Anacortes or Burlington.

 

Fall Gardening Tips

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Fall garden planning is key to a fabulous garden come the spring season. this is the perfect the time to clean up beds, manage soils and plant spring-blooming bulbs. Here are some tips for prepping your garden during the fall:

Water all your plants thoroughly, in particular, your trees. Their roots need an abundance of precipitation to endure the approaching months.

Shop for Bulbs
Browse catalogs or frequent garden shops early for the perfect assortment.

BONUS TIP: If deer, rabbits, or other wildlife are a nuisance to your garden, you can choose pest-resistant bulbs like Siberian squill, fritillaria, and daffodils.

Clear Debris Away from Roses
Decaying rose foliage provides disease a haven over winter and can cause complications in your garden next year.

Plant Evergreens and Shrubs
Prompt planting in fall provides young plants ample time to establish their roots by winter.

Amend Your Soil
Prepare the ground so it is primed for next year’s beds and fall bulbs by tilling the soil and adding compost.

Plant Fall Annuals
Flower Bulbs
Increase color in your garden by planting fall annuals, for example pansies, mums, and ornamental kale.

Lower Your Lawn Mower Height
Grass grows slower in fall, but it will still need to be trimmed to make ready for winter. A shorter cut assists the soil in drying out more briskly in spring.

Feed the Birds
Keep in mind your feathered friends; their food supply becomes meager in fall.

Cut Back and Separate Perennials
At the same time that you’re digging them up to separate them, rearrange plants that haven’t been doing well in their existing location.

BONUS TIP: Delay separating chrysanthemums, asters, and other fall-blooming perennials. It’s better to separate them in spring.

Forced BulbsDig Up Summer Bulbs
Do you love how your esteemed summer bulbs bloomed this year? Put them aside for a repeat next year! Dig up and store cannas, callas, dahlias, caladiums, and other delicate bulbs in peat moss or sand. Put them in a cool, frost-free spot for the winter.

BONUS TIP: If you reside in a region where your bulbs are hardy, you can go ahead and leave them alone. Digging up and storing summer bulbs is only crucial if they can’t handle the winter cold that your region encounters.

Rake and Mulch
If left neglected, fallen leaves may smother your yard. Shred them and utilize them as mulch.

Get Bulbs in the Ground
Now is the time to plant your best-loved bulbs.

BONUS TIP: You can pull off procrastinating on planting bulbs until the soil freezes hard enough that you can’t get a shovel into it.

Force Bulbs for Winter Color
Get a head start on spring by planting bulbs indoors in January or February. Bulbs such as hyacinth and narcissus will do exceptionally well if you plant them in fall and keep them cool until you’re set to delight in the colored blooms.

Feed Your Yard
Don’t allow your grass to start winter without the essential nutrients it needs to combat the winter weather.

Bring Sensitive Container Plants Inside
Remove any deceased foliage and break apart any hard soil before transporting your treasured tropical plants inside for the winter.

BONUS TIP: Be on the lookout for pests. Before escorting plants indoors, spray them to keep harmful insects out of your home.

Garden HoseEmpty Hoses, Fountains, and Drip-Irrigation Systems
Confirm that all standing water is drained from your watering apparatuses and store these items in a dry place.

Clean Up the Vegetable Garden
Pull any weeds
and remove any debris so pests are discouraged from making your vegetable garden their winter home.

Dig Up Annuals
Exhausted and deceased, your summer annuals can now cultivate and nourish your compost pile.

Protect Cold-Sensitive Plants
Roses, perennials, and shrubs that might capitulate to cold weather should be sheltered with mulch or another cladding.

Contact us for more tips on how to optimize your garden and enhance your home’s curb appeal for the real estate market! If you are looking to buy in Anacortes or elsewhere in Skagit County, we can guide you to finding a great home in this beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Local Anacortes Events Happening this Weekend

Farmers MarketAre you craving seasonal, fresh, Skagit County local produce? The fall weather in Anacortes is delightful and the Anacortes Farmers Market has what you desire! This is the last weekend to shop at the Anacortes Farmers Market this Saturday from 9am to 2pm. This local Anacortes event is located at the Anacortes Historic Depot on the corner of 7th St. and R Ave.

Some selections of available fresh, local produce this fall season includes apples, pears, artichokes, beets, Brussels sprouts, celery, eggplant, garlic, grapes, kohlrabi, onions, potatoes, peppers, pumpkins, squash, shallots, turnips, and rutabaga.

The local Anacortes Farmers Market will also be hosting an Anacortes Holiday Market and an Anacortes Winter Market. Stay tuned for updates on dates, times, and locations of these local Anacortes events! Speaking of market, if you’re curious as to what your home is worth in this new real estate market click here.


Ghouls and Gears GalaAre you in need of an evening out with some drinks and dancing? Looking for a way to support local youth programs in Anacortes but are unsure where to start? Come join an entertaining evening of celebration, elegance, and possibly a bit of terror as funds are raised for the Anacortes FIRST Robotics teams.

You will be welcomed with a signature drink and are encouraged to socialize, network and scan through the silent auction. Activities will consist of a 50/50 Raffle, Wine Grab, Balloon Pop, Dessert Dash, and more! This local Anacortes event is being held at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr. Tickets available here.

On October 27, dinner will be provided at 7pm with a live auction followed up by dessert. We’ll end our evening by learning the Thriller dance and delight in additional dancing with music by Power Team DJs. Please note this is a 21+ event. Costumes are encouraged!

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SCBIs fall your favorite time of year? Enjoy falling leaves and fresh crisp air? This local Skagit Valley event is made just for you. Fall for the magic of the Skagit Community Band as they present songs, theatrical sound tracks and dances that celebrate this season.

The Skagit Community Band opens the concert season with Incantations and Dance to be held on October 26th at La Conner Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, and also on October 28th at Anacortes Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 9th St.

Works include “Sorcery Suite”, “Creatures of Dreams”, and much more! Admission to either the La Conner even or the Anacortes event is free.

If you happen to also fall under the spell of Skagit Valley, click here to check out La Conner and Anacortes homes for sale.

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!

Restored & Rebuilt 1930s Mt. Vernon Barn Home

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12636 Chilberg Rd. in Mt. Vernon (MLS #1108498) is a completely renovated and rebuilt 1930s barn that has been transformed into a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home on approximately 3 acres with sweeping 360° views of tulip farms and mountains.
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Comprised of more than 8,300 square-feet, the home features vaulted ceilings with soaring windows, a dream kitchen, multiple decks, a mother-in-law apartment, huge outbuilding, RV parking and private pond.

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12636 Childberg Rd. is listed for sale for $1.2 million and is located within the La Conner School District

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For additional information about this property, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. Team Groesbeck is available daily to assist its clients with all of their real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734.

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Community Profile: La Conner

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The intersection of pioneers, fishermen, native tribes, farmers, and entrepreneurs, picturesque La Conner is Skagit County’s oldest community and one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations.

Located just over Rainbow Bridge from Fidalgo Island, the town is bordered by the Swinomish Slough to the west and the agricultural-rich Skagit Valley to the east. A Victorian downtown waterfront offers views of fishing and pleasure boats, as well as log rafts moored in the Swinomish Channel alongside Main Street’s quaint shops, galleries, art, history and quilt museums, cozy inns, and valley-fresh restaurant offerings.

La Conner and the surrounding area have long been home to nationally known artists, many of them celebrated in the collections of the city’s world-class Museum of Northwest Art.

Annual community events throughout the year reflect the town’s natural bounties and handmade heritage including the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Opening Day Boat Parade, Pioneer Picnic, Art’s Alive and the Christmas Boat Parade, to name just a few.

For more information about happenings in La Conner, visit www.lovelaconner.com.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves the counties of Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan.  As the #1 seller of pre-owned properties, we can help you with all of your real estate needs.  Contact us today at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

108 Lummi Dr. – Main-Level, Waterfront Living!

 

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108 Lummi Dr., in the La Conner community of Shelter Bay, (MLS #1074975) offers main-level, waterfront living. This custom home features an open floor plan, beautiful custom finishes with concave ceilings in the foyer and living room, as well as 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

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The formal dining area has a wet bar to entertain with ease, and the gorgeous Craftsman dream eat-in kitchen boasts Granite counter tops with plenty of prep space, cabinet space, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, breakfast bar, water views and is open to the living area.

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The luxurious master with en-suite features Travertine tile floors, counters and walk-in shower.

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Enjoy views of Rainbow Bridge and boats from your large back patio. This home also includes a heated storage basement, 2 car garage and plenty of driveway parking for a boat, RV or extra vehicles. 108 Lummi Dr. was built in 1994 and is approx. 2,494 SF.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to view this home, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

5 Signs You Are Ready to Sell Your Home

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If you have considered selling your home but feel that you are not yet ready or that now may not be the time, here is a list of five signs that you are ready to sell!

You have outgrown your home – Your “must haves” when you purchased the home are no longer your current needs. Maybe you need another bedroom, a separate office space, or more privacy from your neighbors.  If your home no longer fits your lifestyle, it is time to move on.

Your commute is wearing on you – Are the roads congested or the distance is just too far to conveniently get to work? If spending less time commuting to work would be better for you and your family, searching for homes in communities that eliminate these issues may be your next step.

Home repairs have begun – If you have made repairs and adjustments to your home such as updating fixtures to revamp the space, or even eliminating clutter and unneeded items, you are likely ready to find a new place to call home.

You know where you would like to live next – You may frequent a neighborhood where you can foresee yourself living next and making plans to store or eliminate belongings.

You have already spoken with a real estate agent – An agent can give you an idea of the value of your home and what it may sell for, in addition to helping you best navigate the home buying and selling process.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is happy to assist with any questions you may have about the process of home buying and selling.  With listings in Anacortes, La Conner, Skagit County and neighboring islands, contact us today to schedule a showing or to set up a comparative market analysis of your home at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

June Events in Anacortes, WA

 

June Events
Anacortes and the Skagit Valley are home to some amazing events in the spring and summer months. Use our list of Anacortes area events to see how you can keep yourself and your family entertained over the coming months!

Tulip Country Bike Tours
These guided bike tours offer an up-close experience through the best areas in Skagit County! Country Cycling offers a variety of summer tours through areas otherwise likely unseen, however you can also request a custom tour that is tailored to your groups’ interests!
Visit www.CountryCycling.com for more info.

Anacortes Farmers Market
The Anacortes Farmers Market is “a Saturday tradition featuring locally grown food and locally produced products”. Visit the market any Saturday at The Depot (7th & R Avenue, Anacortes, WA) between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Visit www.AnacortesFarmersMarket.org for more info.

Saturday June 4th – Kids Fishing Derby
Open to children 13 years of age and younger, the Kids Fishing Derby will be taking place at Heart Lake in Anacortes, WA from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. There is no cost; just bring your fishing gear and have fun! Registration will take place the morning of the event.
Visit www.GoAnacortes.com for more information.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th – Anacortes Waterfront Festival
“The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water”.

Located at the beautiful Cap Sante Marina (1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA), the Waterfront Festival is a chance to take advantage of what makes Anacortes special!

Some of the events at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival include:
• Free Boat Rides: The first boat heads out at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, with sign-ups beginning at 9:45 AM. Drop by the gazebo by the Marina office for details!
• Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration: teams work on Saturday to build boats out of limited materials then compete by demonstrating floatability. Registration details are on the festival website!
• Milk Carton Derby: Awards will be given for Most Creative Derby Vessel, First Crew Across the Finish Line, Most Creative, and It Floats!
• Trail Tales: self-guided walking tours of the waterfront.
• Model Boat Show
• All Corvette Car Show
Visit www.Anacortes.org for more details, registration information, and even more great events!

Bark in the Park
Bark in the Park is the best Anacortes event for dog lovers! Bring your dogs to Storvik Park on June 18th and give them a chance to walk in the parade with other dogs, participate in the peanut butter eating contest, watch the Agility Demonstration and more!
Visit www.CityOfAnacortes.com for details and event schedules!