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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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.

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Fall Preparation List

autumn-speed-bumpsHere in Anacortes the leaves are falling, and cool breezes are blowing as fall has arrived. Now is the perfect time for homeowners and sellers to get their homes prepped before winter to aid in avoiding issues in the coming months. On the following list are some suggestions that you can use to assist in protecting your home.

  • Seal and caulk around exterior doors and window frames. Check for gaps where pipes or wiring enter your home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape through these openings, but moisture can enter and cause mold or structural damage.
  • Check the roof for missing or flawed shingles. Water, wind, ice, and snow can cause serious damage to a susceptible roof, leading to a greater chance of damage to the home. It’s best to have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof if needed.
  • Clean out gutters and eaves of leaves, sticks, and any other debris. Using leaf guards can be a real time saver and can prevent damage from clogged gutters. Check the joints between sections of gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary repairs.
  • In regions where there is freezing weather, garden hoses should be drained and stored inside to safeguard them from the weather. Turn off outside faucets and be sure that exterior pipes are drained as well. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and break, causing leaks and serious water damage.
  • The furnace should be inspected to ensure that it’s safe and in good working order. Some utility companies will provide no cost inspections, but there can be a long waiting list in fall and winter. You should replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent ones according to the manufacturer’s instructions. By using a clean filter, you will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving money plus energy.
  • Homeowners can safely enjoy their fireplace on a chilly evening but be sure the firebox and chimney are professionally cleaned before use. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up and be at dangerous levels and cause a devastating chimney fire if not removed.

With these easy steps you can enjoy the comforts of your home all season long and know that you are protecting your investment too. Not a homeowner yet but are contemplating buying your dream home? Check out Anacortes homes for sale.

Do The Bloom! 5k Color Run 2015

Looking for a healthy community event in Anacortes? Anacortes Art Festival presents its 1st annual Do The Bloom Run on Saturday April 18, 2015! The location of the run will start at the Anacortes Depot Art Center located at 611 R Ave. Street parking is available as well as parking at the Cap Sante Marina.

Running 5k Individuals $30 (all ages)

Kids 1 mile Color Run $10 (ages 4-12)

Color stations will be at every half mile mark and by the end of the run each runner will be decorated in fun spring colors and will resemble walking art! This is a fun, healthy event that we encourage runners from beginners to intermediate to participate to join the community in raising money for public art. We are happy to see that this event is pet and child friendly, please feel free to bring along your strollers and dogs on their leashes!

If you would like to pre-register or find out more information for the 5k Color Run or the Kids Mile Run, you can do so online! Hope to see you there!

For more community events information, please send us an email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com

Eat Fresh and Buy Local at the Anacortes Winter Farmers Market

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If you are new to Anacortes or  if you miss the Farmers Market and are looking for  something to do in  Anacortes this weekend, the Winter Farmers Market is a great experience for people of all ages.

Yes there is a farmers market in the winter! The Winter Indoor Market  is open every second Saturday of the Month from January through the month of April.

Stop by and check out what our local farmers and artisans have to offer and see what the Anacortes community is all about.

The Anacortes Farmer’s Market offers charitable and educational benefits to our community. What better way to support our community than by building traditions of economical advantage, healthy living, and educational outcomes.

Support local…Experience local!

The Winter Indoor Market is located at The Depot  on 611 R Ave (7th & R Ave). Come support your favorite local vendors . The market will be open this Saturday from 9am-2pm. See you there!

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Is Living with a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

Did you know 70% of residents living in a community with Home Owner’s Association (HOA) are satisfied living with its rules and regulations? ( source IBOPE Zogby International). The same survey showed 81% of association residents consider their association assessment as good or great and 76% say the dues enhance property value.

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the type of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. In reality, most buyers are missing the big picture of how HOA fees can benefit them.

One of the most attractive benefits to HOA fees are the amenities. Some communities offer  clubhouses, libraries,  gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks or other attractive amenities that are paid for through HOA fees. Residents have access to amenities without the hassle of maintenance, the HOA does it for you. Home owner dues can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and the specifics of what they cover.

The largest HOA in Anacortes is Skyline which is located on the west end of Fidalgo Island. Tug Boat Park, Skyline Beach Club, waterside cabana, tennis courts, and play areas are just some of the amenities of Skyline.

Skyline Marina is not part of the HOA, but is a great benefit as it allows you to launch your boat close by or  have it in the water in your backyard!

Here is an example of a current listed home in Skyline with its own private dock.

2013 Cove Place

Private double sided dock right on your back patio.

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK built 2008. 3 bedrooms plus den. Almost 3100 sf. MLS# 692599

We only mentioned basic benefits of an HOA, each neighborhood has unique coverage included in their fees and their own fee rates. Some communities may offer all of these benefits, while others may offer only a few. It is important when looking to purchase a home with HOA to consider what all is included in the fees. Ask your agent about the community and the fees, make sure the neighborhood is a right fit for you and your family.

If you would like more information about Anacortes Real Estate, Anacortes Homes for Sale or if you are wondering what your Anacortes home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Refresh Your Home with 5 Spring Cleaning Tips!

Spring came early this season and it is here in Anacortes! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and that means it is time to spruce up your home. During the winter months there are areas of our home that collect dust and harmful allergens. It is time for spring cleaning! If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, having a clean and clutter free home will help getting your home sold faster! Here are 5 helpful tips to freshen up your home and add value to your investment.

1. Dusting:

Baseboard Heaters, Vents, Light Fixtures and Fans, and Walls

Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution to cleaning out the dust that is collected throughout the year and especially through the winter months when they are most in use. Dust tends to build up on and in baseboard heaters, vents, light fixtures and fans. Walls tend to get sticky and can collect dust as well, washing your walls helps both with cleanliness and visual appeal. A combination of vinegar, dish soap, and water is a safe and effective solution to battling the collected dirt on walls throughout your home.

2. Windows:

Window tracks and Panes

Mold develops in the tracks of window tracks due to humidity, not only is this harmful to our health but is also a very bad eye sore. Light scrubbing with a combination of dish soap, water, and vinegar will allow for the best results in eliminating mold and mildew in your window tracks. Washing your windows will allow you to have a more bright and beautiful results when the sun starts to shine!

3. Kitchen:

Refrigerator, Oven, and Cabinets

Wiping out your refrigerator can help you eliminate clutter and purge out unwanted items. Crumbs are collected in refrigerators, ovens, and cabinets. Taking the time to clean these areas of your kitchen helps avoid unwanted house guests, such as insects and mice. Reduce clutter in your cabinets and evaluating the moisture under your sink can help reduce the build of mold.

4. Laundry Room:

Dryer Vents and Areas Around Your Washer and Dryer

Dust is collected when your dryer vents are not cleaned out properly, this dust can then travel throughout your home. Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution for collecting the unwanted debris that is unable to escape your vents. Pulling out your machines and cleaning the areas around your washer and dryer can again, eliminate extra debris.

5. Bedrooms:

Mattress and Under the Bed

Vacuuming your mattress and box spring will assist in eliminating dust mites in your bedroom. Dust and dander tends to collect under the bed, cleaning this area can make your room feel refreshed and inviting.

These helpful cleaning tips for the most forgotten areas of your home can help make for a more relaxing and refreshing start to your beautiful home this season! It will also keep your home in great shape for years to come. If you are planning on selling your home soon,these tips can also help add value to your home.

If you would like more tips on how to add value to your home or if you are wondering how much your home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or comment below!

Christmas Advice for the Online Shopper

Jingles Groesbeck

Buying on line leaves an electronic footprint

Account Killer

Most of us that use the internet know that more and more websites are requiring the user of the website or the shopper to create an account. Most websites keep this information confidentiial but there are some websites that share the information.

If you worry about personal data flying around on the Internet, you might consider getting rid of some online accounts. But that’s often easier said than done. For example, Skype doesn’t allow users to delete their account. That’s where AccountKiller comes into play. This site has a collection of direct links and instructions on how to easily delete your account with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Groupon, MSN Messenger and hundreds of other sites.

If a site won’t let you delete your account, AccountKiller will tell you how to hide your personal data, or provide you with the contact information needed to take additional steps. With AccountKiller’s color-coding system you can see at a glance if a site will be easy or hard to leave. It’s a good place to look before opening an account with a service. http://www.accountkiller.com/en/

We need to stay up with the latest technology to be able to market our Anacortes real estate and properties throughout Skagit County. Once in a awhile we find something that has broad appeal so we like to share it.

Of course, if you are thinking of selling or buying a home, we would love to hear from you!