What’s Happening Friday in Skagit Valley?

LautenwreckDo you absolutely adore holiday music? Are you interested in something exceptionally different this season? You may enjoy exploring A Lautenwerck Christmas!

This innovative concert full of holiday cheer will spotlight familiar carols paired together with the variance of newer music for the season featuring the unique sounds of the lautenwerck (lute-harpsicord).

Enjoy this extraordinary musical instrument on Friday, December 14th from 7 to 9pm at the Croatian Cultural Center located at 801 5th Street in the stunning littoral community of Anacortes, WA. Admission for this local Fidalgo Island musical event is $25, children 15 and under are free.

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AnnieAre you pursuing something melodic to entertain your Friday evening? Do you fancy musicals and just can’t get enough? This local Skagit Valley event may be just the activity that you desire!

The musical Annie will be presented on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theater located at 712 S 1st St in charming downtown riverside Mount Vernon, WA. Tickets for this local theatric event start at $15. Additional times for this experience are Thursday, December 13th and Saturday, December 15th, commencing at 7:30pm both days.

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NutcrackerDo you admire a classic, traditional holiday season? Do you appreciate dance and ballet? This local Mount Vernon soiree may just suit your definitive taste.

The Nutcracker will be performed on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm in McIntyre Hall located at 2501 E College Way in the splendid Skagit Valley town of Mount Vernon, WA. Tickets to this beloved and treasured local event start at $15. Additional dates for this occasion are Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th beginning at 2pm both days.

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NoelAre you craving a unique twist for the holidays? Do you enjoy something offbeat this time of year? This local Fidalgo Island performance may be just the unconventional happening to appease your desire.

Noel Noir is a Christmas hilarity intertwined with winter charisma and edgy conversation, abounding in enigmatical bewilderments. This program will keep you hypothesizing and entertained with messages of giving and compassion.

Noel Noir will be held on Friday, December 14th from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Anacortes Community Theatre located at 918 M Ave in Anacortes, WA. All seats are $20 each. Additional dates for this event are Thursday, December 13th, Saturday, December 15th, Sunday, December 16th, and Thursday, December 20th, all show times are 7:30 to 9:30pm.

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This Weekend’s Local Holiday Events in Skagit County

Visit With SantaYou better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to… Burlington! You can visit with Firefighter Santa on Friday, December 7th from 12-9pm and Sunday, December 9th from 12-7pm.

This local Skagit County free event will be at the Bay Ridge Station located at 16220 Peterson Rd in splendid Burlington, WA. This local Burlington event is hosted by Skagit County Fire District 6. Bring the family and your camera, you won’t want to miss your photo op with Santa. They will also be serving up some delicious cookies and hot apple cider.

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Winter Wonderland Childrens MuseumSleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a Winter Wonderland! The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is hosting a Winter Wonderland on Friday, December 7th from 12-8pm, Saturday December 8th from 10am-8pm, and Sunday, December 9th from 11am-5pm at The Outlet Shoppes located at 550 Cascade Mall Dr in charming Burlington, WA.

This free, annual, local Burlington event will feature numerous children’s activities such as real snow, bouncy inflatables, carnival games, crafts, face painting, and so much more! There will also be an elf and reindeer on site to meet, local food trucks to eat at, plus $5 gift shopping and wrapping for children and $10 Macy’s gift cards to the 1st 400 people.

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Anacortes Tree LightingOh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy… crab pots! The local, annual Anacortes Christmas Tree Lighting event will take place on Friday, December 7th from 5:15-7:15pm at the Chamber of Commerce located at 819 Commercial Ave in brilliant downtown Anacortes, WA.

This free, local, annual Anacortes community event will also feature music, carolers, hot chocolate, and the jolly man himself, Santa Claus.

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Boat ParadeHere comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right before the boat parade! Visit with the jolly man himself on Saturday, December 8th from 5-6pm at Gilkey Square located at 103 Morris St in the seaside town of La Conner, WA.

Afterwards, stay for the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade from 6-7pm. This local, annual La Conner tradition will feature festively decorated lighted boats sailing thru the Swinomish Channel.

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Lions Club ParadeHave a holly, jolly Christmas with the Anacortes Lions Club Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 8th from 10am-12pm.

This annual, local Anacortes, WA holiday parade will start on Commercial Ave heading south from 3rd St, then turning west on 10th St and will end at Causland Park.

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Gingerbread House PartyYou may not be able to catch the gingerbread man, but you can take home a gingerbread house on Saturday, December 8th or Sunday, December 9th from 1-4pm at the Quaker Cove Retreat located at 14694 Gibralter Rd in captivating Anacortes, WA.

The Gingerbread House Party is a local, Skagit County family event. For only $5 you can decorate a homemade gingerbread house with candy and icing included. While you decorate you can enjoy some complimentary hot chocolate or apple cider, fresh popcorn, and more!

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Celebrate the SeasonCelebrate the season at the Port of Anacortes Event Center located at 100 Commercial Ave in lovely downtown Anacortes, WA on Saturday, December 8th or Sunday, December 9th from 12-4pm.

The free, annual, local, Family Holiday Fair will feature local entertainment, games, crafts, gingerbread house decorating, and of course, hot chocolate. Be sure to stop and visit Santa Claus who will be accompanied by the Grinch, don’t forget your camera! This is a hometown holiday experience that you won’t want to miss.

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7 Reasons to List your Home During the Holidays

Each year around this time there are numerous sellers who make the decision to postpone listing their house until after the holidays, while other sellers who already have their house listed make a decision to temporarily take the listing off the market during the holidays.

Here are 7 great reasons NOT to delay!

1. Buyers are still relocating. A great number of companies are hiring through the holiday season and are requiring new employees to start their new positions without delay.

2. Buyers who are home shopping during the holiday season are committed and eager to purchase right away.

3. You are able to restrict showing times on your home during the times you may be busy with guests or family during the holiday season, you stay in control of showing times.

4. Homes that are decorated for the holiday season show better.

5. Home inventory historically slows down in the fall and winter seasons meaning there is limited competition as a seller during the holiday season.

6. The urge to buy a home doesn’t go away just because the holidays have arrived. Home buyers who did not find their ideal home during the busy seasons of spring and summer are still house hunting.

7. Home inventory can grow after the holiday which may decrease the interest in your home during the beginning of 2019.

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What’s Happening in Skagit County this Weekend?

childsplayThe Lincon Theatre presents Childsplay. A local musical evening event highlighting over two dozen musicians from the United States and Europe. For over 20 years Childsplay has been performing different styles of fiddle music, both traditional and contemporary.

This event will be held on November 17th at 8pm, located at 712 S. 1st Street in Mount Vernon prices range from $25 to $40 each.

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Skagit Wine and Beer FestDo you enjoy a glass of wine in the evening? Like a nice cold beer on a hot day? Then, you should check out the Skagit Wine and Beer Festival on November 17th from 4 to 6pm at 4800 Eaglemont Drive in Mount Vernon.

During this evening you will enjoy local microbrews, spirits, and wines from Washington state, including Skagit Valley local wineries. There will also be appetizers and chocolates made locally in the Skagit Valley.

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MovemberWanting to show off that Movemeber moustache and beard that you’ve been growing but unsure where to go? Here is a local Anacortes event just for you! Go show off that ‘stache on November 17th from 6:30 to 10pm at Bastion Brewing in Anacortes located at 12529 Christianson Road.

Join the local Anacortes Firefighters as they raise money for the Movember Foundation and the Washington State Firefighter Cancer Network. Local music performances by Whiskey Fever and Snohomish County Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

This event is both free and kid friendly. Take the whole family down to hang out with local Anacortes Firefighters while being entertained by local Anacortes musicians. Want to be local to Anacortes too? Click here to see Anacortes home prices in our new real estate market.

Holiday Farmers MarketIt’s almost time for the Anacortes Farmers Market’s largest and most outstanding event of the year! Join the Holiday at the Port on November 17th and 18th from 10am to 4pm at the Port Transit Shed in Anacortes located at 100 Commercial Avenue.

Two full days of shopping, food, and music…all indoors! Visit your preferred vendors to grab some produce and sweets for your Thanksgiving celebration, also enjoy holiday gift shopping. Don’t forget to sign up to win some great door prizes. Reminder: Please leave your pets at home for this event, pets will not be allowed in the building.

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chorus lineThe local Skagit Valley College Music and Drama departments presents: A Chorus Line. This local Mount Vernon performance tells the story of the ups and downs of a group of actors auditioning and hoping to make it into a performance in the Big Apple.

This performance will be held on November 16th and November 17th at 7:30pm; November 18th at 2pm at the McIntyre Performing Arts and Conference Center 2501 E. College Way in Mount Vernon.

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concertThe local Anacortes Arts Foundation Early Music Concert Series presents an evening of chamber music on November 16th from 7-9pm at the local Anacortes Croation Cultural Center located at 801 5th Street in Anacortes. Tickets are $25 each for this event, children and students are free.

This evening concert features Reginald Mobley, an internationally known countertenor, along with some local Pacific Northwest musicians. This concert will consist of Handel cantatas and Scarlatti sonatas.

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Skagit Valley Friday Night Local Events

chorus lineThe local Skagit Valley College Music and Drama departments presents: A Chorus Line. This local Mount Vernon performance tells the story of the ups and downs of a group of actors auditioning and hoping to make it into a performance in the Big Apple. This performance will be held on November 16th and November 17th at 7:30pm; November 18th at 2pm at the McIntyre Performing Arts and Conference Center 2501 E. College Way in Mount Vernon.

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concertThe local Anacortes Arts Foundation Early Music Concert Series presentas an evening of chamber music on November 16th from 7-9pm at the local Anacortes Croation Cultural Center located at 801 5th Street in Anacortes. Tickets are $25 each for this event, children and students are free. This evening concert features Reginald Mobley, an internationally known countertenor, along with some local Pacific Northwest musicians. This concert will consist of Handel cantatas and Scarlatti sonatas.

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Local Weekend Events

BrewgrassEnjoy bluegrass music? Love a good local microbrew? 2018 commemorates 15 years of Brewgrass!

Brewgrass! 2018 presents a blend of classical and current bluegrass bands. A local Anacortes event in downtown Anacortes featuring two clubs and four bands.

The Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., and the Brown Lantern Ale House, 412 Commercial Ave., will both spotlight some incredible bluegrass bands on November 2nd and 3rd at 8pm to midnight. Both locations are in Anacortes and admission is free to both.

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SkagitValleyGardensLogoAre you anxious to get a start on the holiday season? Do you find yourself decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving? Don’t miss this charming evening event, make it a new family tradition.

Celebrate 21 years of the Holiday Open House on November 2nd from 5 to 8pm at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd. in Mount Vernon. This local Mount Vernon event is free and open to the public.

This is an indoor event, so it will be cozy and warm. They will be presenting elegantly decorated themed Christmas trees, fashionable ornaments, exclusive gifts, stocking stuffers, refreshments, and a live quartet.

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Friends of the ForestDo you enjoy the outdoors? Are you an avid hiker? Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit will be on November 3rd from 5 to 11pm at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse, 100 Commercial Avenue located in Anacortes.

Savor drinks, dinner by Gere-a-Deli, and music by Fidalgo Swing. There will also be silent plus live auctions highlighting artwork, day trips, goods, and services. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

This Anacortes event provides essential support for the Forest Education and Stewardship Program, which furnish a wide variety of educational programs in the ACFL advocating a higher understanding of our extraordinary public gem.

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What does FHA look for with an Appraisal?

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Content from Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

When an FHA loan is being used, the appraiser has two objectives. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the appraiser to determine the current market value, as with any appraisal. But they also require a property inspection to make sure the home meets HUD’s minimum standards for health and safety.

Note that the appraiser does not replace your home inspection. The appraiser has a duty to report to your lender the comparable value of the home your buying as well as the overall condition of the home. Only a home inspector will do a thorough analysis of the condition of every aspect of your home.

HUD is mainly concerned that everything in the house functions properly and there are no health and safety issues. The basic concept of meeting FHA minimum requirements is that everything must work as it was designed to work.

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Buying a Home Young

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Content provided by Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

In its February installment of the National Housing Survey, Fannie Mae saw surging Millennial confidence in the housing market, even with mortgage rates seemingly poised to rise, and home prices at near-record levels.

Along with more job security and increasing income, Millennial home buyers are increasingly married with children – all three legs of the home demand stool.

Nearly half (49 percent) of Millennial buyers reported at least one child – up from 45 percent last year and 43 percent two years ago.

As with every aspect of the marketplace, young buyers with children are the key to shaping the future of real estate.

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Why NOW is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

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Between there being little inventory available in Anacortes and its surrounding areas and rising prices and interest rates, buyers often waste little time looking and want to purchase a home fast.

A recent profile of home buyers and sellers by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates that homes are selling in about four weeks and for roughly 98% of the listing price, despite prices being about 6% higher.

If you are considering selling your house in the near future, contact us today for a complimentary and no-obligation market analysis of your property.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves the counties of Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan and Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

 

 

By Jean Groesbeck

 

Where have all the houses gone?
Buyers have picked them everyone… (Adaptation from Peter, Paul and Mary’s Where Have All The Flowers Gone)

 

The inventory of homes for sale is at record LOW levels! Today, if there is a buyer looking for a one level home between $350,000-$500,000 in Anacortes, there are ONLY 2 from which to select.  2!

 

As a listing broker, my job is to get my sellers the most amount of money within the time frame that works for them with good terms and conditions.  Therefore, I carefully check the inventory for competition, and most often than not, we can significantly bump the price up.  This might not be the case in Spring when we typically have a glut of both pre-owned homes and new construction for sale.

 

If you want top dollar for your home, this is an excellent time to sell.  Call today and we can show you the demand for your particular type of home and what is the most likely selling price.

 

Oh, when will we ever learn?

 

You can reach Jean at (360) 941.3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com