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‚Äôve been growing but unsure where to go? Here is a local Anacortes event just for you! Go show off that ‚Äėstache 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‚Äôs 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 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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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.

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 

2017 Real Estate Market Predictions

Our crystal ball was pretty clear last year!  Predictions for 2016 (written December 2015) for the real estate market were:

  • New home sales will increase as a percentage of sales. ¬†‚Üź We were right
  • ¬†Homes priced right will receive multiple offers. ‚ÜźWe were right
  • Sellers will hold off moving¬†until they find the home they want to purchase. ‚ÜźWe were right
  • More regulations will cause longer closing time frames . ‚ÜźUnfortunately, we were right

2017 is a little more challenging to predict as the impact of the new administration on the housing market is not fully understood.  However, we are willing to make a few predictions for the real estate market.

Feds will raise rates at least .5% by the end of 2017, perhaps more, in at least 2 increases. This will put more pressure on the first time home buyers.  If you plan to purchase using financing, this is time to buy! Contact a home mortgage lender to find out what you need.

The Puget Sound region will continue to outperform the National market. There will be a shift in living trends in the Seattle area – small units or shared housing will grow in popularity.
A second home in a relaxing environment such as Skagit, Island, or San Juan Counties will be increasingly desirable for those that can afford such a luxury.
Overall prices will increase. Those products that have a higher demand will increase at a higher percentage rate.
The value of pre-owned homes will be impacted by new construction in particular product niches.
The market was even stronger than we predicted.  The population of Skagit and Island Counties increased based on job creation and an exodus from Snohomish and King Counties for those looking for a better quality of life.  The military influx of additional squadrons at Whidbey NAS put pressure on entry level and mid range homes in both the Oak Harbor area and Anacortes.  The shortage of housing caused prices to increase at a higher rate than expected for home in those price ranges.

Home trends that are expected to be popular next year include a continued desire for open floor plans, large garages, lots of storage/closet space, neutral colors and energy efficient homes.¬† What used to be a ‚Äúsmart home‚ÄĚ (i.e. the ability to control heating or lighting from your phone) is the norm for newer homes.¬† First floor master suites, always popular with baby boomers, are becoming more popular with Gen-X buyers. ¬†Formal dining space is not needed, but casual dining space must be large enough for entertaining.

If you would like to receive up to date local real estate market information, please contact us; call, text or email and we will gladly send you monthly information on any city in Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties.

info@jeangroesbeck.com

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com (360) 941-3734

Selling Your Home?

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Sometimes showings to sell your home can feel like a hassle, specially if you have an active lifestyle and/or children. Every showing counts and the better your home looks the higher are the chances to receive an offer. We understand it is a huge commitment to have your home show ready every day and we are here to help you the best way we can.

Here are 5 quick tips to have your house show ready everyday during the house selling process:

1. Make a checklist. It’s easy to forget things in the rush to get out the door.

2. Make your bed every morning. So you don’t have to worry about it on those last minute showing calls.

3. Hide laundry.¬†Conceal¬†dirty clothes in a “neat way” in a lidded hamper and have rooms¬†show ready all the time.

4. Simplify kid’s rooms. Pack as many toys as possible and store them in a box/container. The less they have, the faster it will be to pickup before a showing.

5. Check bathrooms. Replace used/wet towels with clean fluffy ones and give your bathroom an instant clean and fresh appearance.

Showings don’t have to be a hassle! With the right tools, you will be a pro in no time.

If you would like more tips, email us at: info@jeangroesbeck.com, we will gladly send you more information. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

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Home of the Week – 4416 Cutter Dr in Anacortes

 

4416-L2-deck-cornerYour dream home awaits!¬†This luxurious customized home in Anacortes, WA is everything you want in a view home. Spanning over 3000¬†SF, this one of a kind¬†water’s edge residence¬†is perfect¬†for indulging in¬†unobstructed¬†Guemes Channel views. Every detail was carefully selected to make this home truly unique. From the professional hardscape to the elegant interior finishes and fixtures, this stunning residence will captivate you from the moment you step¬†in.

The gracious entrance with a lovely sitting nook area welcomes you into an open floor layout made for entertaining. The double sided quartz fireplace is the focal point of the main level, accompanied by an elegant kitchen, French doors to the wrap around deck, and a den/office with gorgeous built-ins.4416-L2-bedroom-master

The bright master suite features French doors to the deck overlooking the water, and a stylish en-suite bath with a spacious glass shower. The lower level houses an ample family room with a wet bar, wine cooler and a dishwasher. Two guest bedrooms and a fabulous guest bath which includes dual vanities and a walk in glass shower PLUS a bathtub shower are also located on the lower level. Laundry is conveniently located on the main level adjacent to the over-sized 2 car garage with epoxy finished floors.

This stunning home has everything you want in a luxury home in Anacortes. Why build? Why wait? Move in and start enjoying the summer from the comfort of your new home.

Call or email us today for a private showing of this water’d edge home for sale in Anacortes.

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Home of the Week! 5384 Quiet Cove, Anacortes WA

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Stroll the beach, paddle board, enjoy Oysters & Clams for dinner, and watch a magnificent sunset from this south facing waterfront property on almost a full acre! Privately located along the shores of Fidalgo Island, 5384 Quiet Cove in Anacortes, is sure to make you feel like you are on vacation everyday!

entranceThis home for sale in Anacortes features SIP construction built on solid rock. Views of the water and Cornet Bay are stunning, yet, mature native trees offer privacy from surrounding properties. After viewing this incredible lot, step inside to lovely reclaimed wood floors, detailed trim and treads, recycled 5-panel doors, and a porthole window from a real vessel which brings together the true feel of a home in the Pacific Northwest.

New stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and a butcher block island overlook an exquisite deck area with a perfect view of the bay. One can easily relax in this serene natural setting any time of day!kitchen dining

In addition to three spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms, this three-level home boasts a finished and comfortable attic space, with room for a second sitting area, art studio, or even workout room. If you are looking for the ideal Pacific Northwest home in Anacortes, come visit this beautiful home for sale!

 

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