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.

If you are planning to sell your home or are in search of a new home in 2019 please contact Jean Groesbeck and Associates for 5 star real estate services!

Deception Pass Park Foundation

Deception Pass State Park is a gem of the Washington State Parks system.  They provide recreational and educational opportunities for many visitors.  From the Rosario Tide Pools to the summit of Goose Rock and the old growth of Hoypus Hill, the park encompasses over 4,000 breathtaking acres.  With over 2.5 million visitors each year, protecting the legacy as a premier park is a challenge.  Please help us in preserving this special place for future generations.  There are many renovation projects that the Deception Pass Park Foundation is dedicated to completing.  Wondering how you can personally contribute to the Foundation?  Make a donation to this non-profit organization to help enhance the future of this amazing  park.  Visit www.deceptionpassfoundation.org for more information or call 360-675-3767 ext. 26

If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a home in the Deception Pass area, contact one of our agents at 360-293-4511, we are open 7 days a week.

U.S. extends Fannie, Freddie conforming loan limits

Higher maximum conforming mortgage loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be extended through September 2011, the housing finance entities’ regulator said on Friday.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said the maximum for the conforming loans ‚Äď generally $417,000 for a single-family home but up to $729,750 in certain high cost areas — will remain unchanged in the first nine months of next year compared with 2010 levels.

The conforming, 30-year fixed loans must meet certain underwriting standards for loan-to-value and borrower credit scores and are put into Fannie’s and Freddie’s pools of guaranteed mortgage-backed securities.

The extension was dictated by a recently enacted Congressional resolution. The limits for high cost areas, generally on the east and west coasts, had been increased in a housing recovery bill passed in July 2008.      WASHINGTON (Reuters)

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"Value-Hunters" seizing opportunities to buy more affordable homes

Excerpts from Press Release from the NWMLS. 

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Sept. 3, 2010) ‚Äď Value is what‚Äôs selling in the current housing market, according to members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Commenting on the MLS report summarizing August activity, directors agree conditions continue to favor buyers, although one industry official cautioned a looming change in mortgage insurance premiums could erode purchasing power.Members reported 6,037 pending sales last month, the highest volume of mutually accepted offers since April when buyers scrambled to beat a tax incentive deadline. Last month‚Äôs volume was down nearly 20 percent from the same month a year ago when members reported 7,539 pending sales, but the total was up 8.4 percent from the number of transactions (5,571) notched during July.

Prices on last month’s closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) were down slightly (2.35 percent) from a year ago. The median sales price for last month’s 4,211 completed transactions across the 21 counties in the MLS system was $269,450. That compares to a year-ago median price of $275,945.Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 24,000 brokers and agents. The organization, based in Kirkland, currently serves 21 counties in Western and Central Washington around Western and Central Washington.

For single family homes (excluding condos) the median price was $275,000, down 3.5 percent from a year ago. Prices increased from 12 months ago in nine counties (Clark, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, and Thurston), led by San Juan (up 23.8 percent) and Mason (up 20.8 percent).

In King County, which accounted for more than one-third of last month’s closed sales of single family homes, the median price was $380,000, an increase of 1.3 percent from the year-ago figure of $375,000.

Along with lower prices and record low mortgage interest rates, buyers have abundant inventory to consider, further bolstering their bargaining position.

NWMLS members added 9,533 new listings to inventory last month. The mix included 8,172 single family homes and 1,361 condominiums. With these additions, the number of active listings at month end totaled 44,186, an increase of 6.4 percent from a year ago. Sixteen counties reported larger inventories than twelve months ago.

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Whidbey Island Waterfront Properties – Market Update

Here is an update of the WHIDBEY ISLAND real estate market  through October 2008.  If you would like to know more specific information on your neighborhood or your home, please call or email.






WHIDBEY ISLAND real estate market  through October 2008.  If you would like to know more specific information on your neighborhood or your home, please call or email.