This Weekend’s Local Anacortes Music Events

seanbendicksonDo you have a passion for supporting local musicians? If this describes you these two local Anacortes events are sure to entertain!

On Friday, January 4th Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, located at 320 Commercial Avenue in the scenic waterfront town of Anacortes WA, will be presenting Sean Bendickson.

Sean was raised in Montana with his brothers. He started his musical career by playing the drums. Once he relocated to the Pacific Northwest and established himself into the music scene, he adopted his skills as a guitarist and songwriter with an original acoustic rock sound.

them80sOn Friday, January 4th and Saturday, January 5th starting at 9 pm both days, the Swinomish Casino and Lodge, located at 12885 Casino Drive in beautiful seaside Anacortes WA, is presenting The M80’s.

The M80’s are a local 80s music cover band playing everything from new wave to metal and in between in a high energy performance.

Have you fallen in love with Anacortes and the captivating beauty of Fidalgo Island? Would you like to make picturesque Skagit Valley your new home? Click here to start your home search today!

Winter Gardening Dos and Don’ts

Are you wondering if the winter freeze will hurt your plants? Luckily the answer is no! Plants have a sixth sense that detects changes in the weather, giving them time to adjust to the cold.

Here are some quick dos and don’ts for your winter garden:

DO protect your plants from the colder weather by using a commercially made cloth frost cover or an old sheet, especially container plants.

DON’T use plastic to cover your plants when the sun hits it will create a greenhouse effect, which will encourage plants to start growing prematurely.

DO add mulch and compost to your garden. Mulch will help keep roots at an optimal temperature and compost will deliver nutrients to the roots.

DON’T fertilize your garden. Winter is a time of rest for your plants, during the colder weather plants will go dormant. Fertilizing will encourage your plants to grow and freezing weather can harm new growth.

DO keep watering your plants regularly before the ground freezes. If the ground is frozen it will prevent the water from entering the roots.

DON’T skip regular watering. Once a week watering is nourishing for your plants, especially new ones.

DO Take this time of slow growth to plan and prep your spring garden. Make it easy by placing a thick layer of newspapers over the area you are planning to turn into a new garden bed, follow that with alternating layers of compost and organic materials. By springtime, the bed will be more than ready to plant in!

If you are thinking of selling your home in the Spring, right now is a great time to start prepping your garden for a fabulous curb appeal! Give us a call to learn what you can do NOW to get ready to sell in 2019. Contact Jean at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734 for a copy of the Prepping Your Home checklist. Proudly providing 5-star real estate services in Anacortes, Skagit Valley and beyond.

Merry Christmas!

All of us at Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy New Year!

Hosting for the Holidays?

The last stretch of the holiday season is upon us. If you are the lucky one who will be hosting family and/or friends this year, you might be starting to feel a little overwhelmed with preparations.

You have come to the right place. Have no fear, team Jean Groesbeck is here! We have selected the top 5 most useful tips to make hosting for the holidays stress-free. No stress=Fun time!

stressed santaMake a List – There is so much going on during this time of the year that the last thing you need is to forget something. Shopping lists and party checklists will be your best friends.

Plan Ahead – Cook and prep as much food as you can ahead of time. Clean your house a couple of days before the festivities, this will save time later.

Stock Up – By keeping a well stocked pantry you won’t risk running out of nibbles. No need to step out to run to the store for something you’ve run out of.

Don’t Stress – If you have a lot of guests buffet style may be a great option. This eliminates the need for a “Pinterest perfect” table, simply put everything out and let your guests help themselves.

Ask for Help – Hosting doesn’t mean that you have to do it all by yourself. Ask a couple of close friends or family that are coming to celebrate if they can come over beforehand to help.

Is buying or selling your home during the holiday season feeling overwhelming? Jean Groesbeck and Associates can help you have a stress-free real estate experience! Contact us at info@jeangroesbeck.com or (360) 899-5027.

Don’t Wait Until Spring to List Your Home

Don’t wait until spring to sell your home. Now is a perfect time to list your home on the market. Here are 5 great reasons not to delay!

#1 – Less Competition
Numerous home sellers think that spring may be the best time to put your home on the market for sale due to buyer demand traditionally increasing during the warmer months. If every seller is thinking the same thing, then the spring months potentially bring more competition for your home sale. A great reason to list your home now is there is less competition, thus giving your home more exposure.

#2 – Serious Buyers
During these colder months only buyers who are serious about purchasing a home are searching for one. This combined with less inventory could potentially help your home sell faster and for the best price.

#3 – Lower Interest Rates
There are still fabulously low interest rates available right now. Rates are expected to go up in 2019 making now an excellent time to sell your home as buyers can take advantage of the lower rates now. Also, VA loan limits have increased in Skagit County, making larger zero down loans available to buyers, in turn helping you sell your home quicker.

#4 – Job Relocations
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Most companies tend to relocate employees during the first quarter of the year, meaning possibly more potential serious buyers for your home. Some companies offer moving credits as well, helping home buyers get into their new home quicker so they can get back to work. Talk to your broker about how to market to such companies.

#5 – Utilize a Broker
Of course, the absolute best tip for selling your home during the winter, or anytime, is to use the services of a dedicated real estate broker. If you are contemplating whether or not to buy or sell and want to inquire about the market conditions in our area please don’t hesitate to contact Jean Groesbeck and Associates LLC at info@jeangroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734. Let us show you how 5-star real estate services can help you sell your home!

Skagit County Saturday Events

AnnieAre you pursuing something melodic to entertain your Saturday 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 Saturday, 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 theatrical event start at $15.

Would you like to pursue a new home in delightful Mount Vernon, WA? Click here to begin your Skagit Valley home search today!

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 Saturday, December 15th beginning at 2pm 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.

Are you still contemplating selling your Skagit Valley home this season? Click here to discover why this is a fantastic season to list your home!

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 enigmatic bewilderment. This program will keep you hypothesizing and entertained with messages of giving and compassion. Noel Noir will be held on Saturday, December 15th 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 date and time for this event is Thursday, December 20th from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Are you interested in relocating to charismatic seaside Anacortes, WA? Click here commence seeking your Fidalgo Island home!

SantaBkfstHave you experienced your official annual appointment with the cheerful man in red? Do you have a hankering for a satisfying and scrumptious breakfast? At this local Mount Vernon, WA even you can immerse yourself in both! Breakfast with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 9am to 1pm at the Fireweed Terrace, part of the Eaglemont Golf Course located at 4800 Eaglemont Drive in the scenic farmland town of Mount Vernon, WA. Cost for this local Skagit County breakfast event is $10 for 12 years and under, $12 per adult. Delight in a mouthwatering meal, compose your letter to the North Pole, craft an ornament to take home, decorate some cookies, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa!

Do you have a hankering for a satisfying 5-star real estate experience? Click here to compose your letter to Jean Groesbeck and Associates LLC to discuss selling or buying a home!

FrozenDo you feel like you can’t hold it back anymore? Are you ready to just let it go? At this local Skagit Valley function, you can! Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 12pm is your chance to meet Anna and Elsa from the hit movie Frozen. The cold doesn’t bother them anyways, so they will be visiting the La Conner Christmas Tree that is displayed in Gilkey Square located at 103 Morris St in the alluring waterfront town of La Conner, WA.

Are you ready to just let go of your house? Click here to find out how much your Skagit County home could be worth!

Are you positively enamored with where you live? Do you have a passion for indulging in all things local? At this local Fidalgo Island evening gathering you can commemorate the holiday season in the community that you love! RockinYuleThe Rockin’ Yule Bizarre will be on Saturday, December 15th from 7 to 11pm at the Anacortes Arts Depot located at the corner of 7th & R Ave in the lovely island town of Anacortes, WA. Everything is local at this winter celebration including music, food, treats, crafts, plus beer and wine. Admission to this all ages event is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under are free.

Are you not local to the sublime seaside town of Anacortes, WA and wish to be? Click here to get your Fidalgo Island home search underway!

CascadiacsDo you enjoy flaunting your dance moves? Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree? This local Skagit County show may be just the thing you’re looking for! The Cascadiacs will be rocking in Big Lake on Saturday, December 15th from 8:30 to 11:30pm at the Big Lake Bar and Grill located at 18247 State Route 9 in the delightful riverfront town of Mount Vernon, WA. Have a good time boogying to classic radio dance music from the 1950s to 2018. Unwind, enjoy fun and entertainment at this free event!

Are you ready to rock and roll with a home purchase but not sure what moves to make? Click here to kick off your Mount Vernon, WA home search today!

BowmanBayDo you take pleasure in indulging with a delightful cup of hot chocolate? Do you find it near impossible to resist enticing holiday time baked goods? This local Deception Pass experience will be difficult to avoid! Bowman Bay Holiday will be held at Deception Pass State Park, located off Bowman Bay Rd, just north of Deception Pass bridge on Saturday, December 15th from 4 to 8pm.

During this 4th annual family friendly holiday event you will be able to savor the hot chocolate and baked goods that you crave. There will also be opportunities to take photographs with Santa Claus, make fun crafts, sing along with carolers, and write encouraging letters to our service members who are overseas during this time. The Bowman Bay cabins will be festively decorated with sparkling lights. Suggested donation for this event is $5 per car.

Are you finding it near impossible to resist the enticing allure of Fidalgo Island? Click here to make a start on your endeavor for your sparkling Anacortes home today!

 

Whidbey Island: Washington’s Largest Island

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Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest.

With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is the largest island in Washington State, sitting between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Whidbey is home to the cities and towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton, and Bayview; all of which fit snugly into Island County.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Named for the Garry Oak trees which grace its skyline, the city’s growth coincided with two major events: the building of Deception Pass Bridge on July 31, 1935, and the completion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942.

Whidbey Island’s popularity stems from the amazing views of Puget Sound and the plethora of tourist activities available. Explore the waters of Puget Sound on a scuba diving adventure, glide across the sea in silence on a kayak trip to visit the orca and gray whales, sea lions and seals, starfish and crab, and eagles and the porpoises!

For thousands of years, the only people who occupied Whidbey Island were the four Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes. In the spring of 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the area and named every mountain, island, and waterway he could find. Whidbey Island was named on June 10, 1792 after Joseph Whidbey who proved it was an island when he discovered Deception Pass.

Aside from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the island has a strong military history. In 1890, the construction of Fort Casey began. The three-fort defense system was built by the US Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with this fort, Fort Flagler and Fort Worden, which are located on the Olympic Peninsula, make up the “Triangle of Fire.” Twenty years after Fort Casey was built, it became the fourth largest military post and was no doubt the most beautiful. Fort Casey is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, walk along bluff-side bunkers, and through the dark tunnels of the past.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is happy to assist with all of your real estate needs throughout Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. Please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

6 Home Inspection Myths

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Many real estate deals are dependent on a home inspection, so it is common that inspections cause a lot of anxiety for a buyer.  Here are some of the top myths surrounding home inspections that may help buyers adjust their expectations:

Having a license ensures a good home inspection – NOT TRUE

Not all states require home inspectors to be licensed, so make sure to check on the requirements in your state, in addition to other components of the inspector’s credentials, such as past clients, years of experience and customer reviews.

You can use a home inspection to identify problems that might be used as a tool to negotiate purchase price – NOT SO TRUE

While this is not the primary objective of a home inspection and the inspector is an unbiased, third party opinion, they inform buyers and sellers with an understanding of the physical condition of the home so the best decision can be made.

A home inspection tells you what your home is worth – NOT TRUE

An appraisal is intended to do this, not an inspection.

All home inspection certifications and professional education are created equal – NOT TRUE

Some programs are online certifications only without ever stepping into a home to conduct a real inspection.  The best certification offers both in-class and hands-on training, in addition to exam requirements.

Home inspections are not needed for newly built homes or condos – NOT TRUE

No home is perfectly built and its best to have an inspector pinpoint potential issues or future repairs.  Most inspectors can also give inspections during each construction “phase” of the property during development.

Home inspections are solely used on the buyer’s side – NOT TRUE

Although most inspections are performed for buyers, there are many advantages to a pre-listing inspection for sellers – including knowing about major issues before the house is listed for sale, which increases negotiating power to get the best sale price.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.  We proudly serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island, San Juan counties and beyond and are available daily to assist with all of your real estate needs.  Whether buying or selling, please contact at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes Community Profile

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Anacortes has the enviable reputation as the playground of the Pacific Northwest. Despite its miles of waterfront and forested trails, mountaintop vistas, festivals, charming shops and restaurants, a welcoming community and easy access to adventure beyond, Anacortes remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

Anacortes lies equidistant between Seattle, Washington, to the south, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to the north—each about 80 miles away. Located on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes hosts the Washington State Ferries terminal, making it easy to get away for an afternoon or an extended stay to the San Juan Islands or Victoria, B.C.  Although Anacortes boasts all the assets of an island community, residents enjoy the ease and convenience of being connected to the mainland and neighboring Whidbey Island by three picturesque bridges—including the famed Deception Pass Bridge.

Natural attractions include pristine lakes, world class waterways, great scenic vistas, tide pools and beaches, abundant wildlife, and more than 2,800 acres of public forestland. There are also seven local marinas making Anacortes the boating capital of the Pacific Northwest.  Many Anacortes home buyers are first attracted to Anacortes because of the natural beauty of Fidalgo Island, and as they spend more time here they decide they want to purchase Anacortes real estate and make Anacortes their home.

Abundant recreational activities for all ages include boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking, golf, biking, beach combing, and much more.

Local culture can be found at Anacortes art galleries, language clubs, numerous daily music venues, a three-screen movie theatre, delightful restaurants, and more.

Several major events mark Fidalgo Island community’s annual activities calendar: Waterfront Festival (May), Fourth of July Parade (July), Anacortes Arts Festival (August), Jazz Festival (September), and the Holiday Boat Parade (December). Each, in its own way, reminds us that, while very much connected to the present, Anacortes remains an appealing connection to a slower, simpler way of living.

Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC knows Anacortes! Contact us today for more information and for all of your real estate needs. We can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

New Year’s Resolutions for Home Owners

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Not necessarily planning to move in 2018 but need to change things up? Here are some ways you can make your home feel a little bit newer and easy to maintain:

Make an extra mortgage payment – If you want to own your home faster and save money in the process, make just one extra mortgage payment each year and you’ll shave years off the term of your loan and save thousands of dollars in interest.

Refinance your mortgage – Even though interest rates vary, sometimes refinancing may be in your best interest to lower your monthly payment.

Draft a home maintenance plan – To ensure your house gets the love it deserves, draw up a list of the annual maintenance chores your home requires then come up with a plan to handle one or two each month.

Make your home safe – Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test their batteries regularly, in addition to checking your home for radon (a colorless and odorless gas) and be sure your home has proper ventilation.

Clear the clutter – Overwhelmed with all the stuff in your home? Getting organized and donating items you no longer use will go a long way in giving you and your home a fresh start in the new year.

For all of your real estate needs or with any questions, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is available daily and can be reached at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  The Team Groesbeck office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St. and we proudly serve Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, and the counties of Skagit, Island, San Juan, Whatcom and beyond.  We look forward to working for you in 2018!