Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?

3 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t FSBO!

FSBO SignEver since the DIY fad took off, amateurs everywhere have attempted almost anything all on their own. It isn’t shocking that a few homeowners are wondering, “Do I really need a real estate agent to help sell my home when I can try to sell it myself?”

Sadly, you will see many DIY fails on projects that are way less complex than selling a home. While it may seem amusing when a soufflé falls you won’t be much laughter when FSBO errors cost you thousands of dollars and months of time.

Selling your home is your real estate agent’s job! Attempting to sell your home by yourself is difficult when you’ve got your own job.

Are you equipped to answer all phone calls and questions from buyers? Can you always arrange showings and keep your home pristine? Are you knowledgeable enough to evaluate offers, make counter offers, and negotiate all on your own behalf? Can you do all the above while keeping up with the demands of your regular work day?

The must do list of an FSBO seller is demanding and endless. Fortunately, a real estate agent’s regular work day consists of taking care of that list for you. While you’re tied up with work and prepping to move, your agent is busy working to coordinate with buyer’s agents and negotiating the best offer for your home.

Knowledgeable real estate agents devote countless hours to marketing, networking, and actively selling their listings. A frequent misunderstanding is thinking that a real estate agent just puts up a for sale sign and everything is done. FSBO sellers don’t understand that you’ve got to get prepare the home, market it, and much more.

Successful real estate agents will financially invest in marketing your home and will make sure that your home shows marvelously. They do this by paying for various things such as professional photography and quality staging. The amount of time and work it requires to sell a home FSBO is exactly why not many even try.

Now, let’s get down to the basics as to why utilizing a real estate agent is the logical choice.

#1 – A real estate agent is essential for prepping your house for sale.

RE AgentYou might take a glance at your home and feel that it’s in outstanding condition, but homes that are sold as-is will receive as-is offers, despite how excellent their condition is.

Real estate agents know that making modest investments in home improvements can increase the value of your home by 35%. Regrettably, some FSBO sellers will invest funds on upgrades that will not increase the home’s value enough to cover the money they have spent on those upgrades.

Just like each home is unique, so is each real estate market. Even if all the research you have accomplished is telling you that certain upgrades are guaranteed to increase your home’s value, that may not be true for your area.

A knowledgeable, experienced, and local real estate agent that has plenty of active listings will know what improvements or upgrades are going to be worth your investment to help your home sell.

#2 – A real estate agent will help you set the right listing price.

Listing PriceExperienced real estate agents know that listing a home at the right price is one of their most important tasks. If the price is set too high buyers will not come look at the home, which obviously means they won’t make any offers. If you lower the price too soon or too often, buyers and their agents will assume there may be something wrong with the home and only submit lowball offers, or no offers at all.

Regrettably, some FSBO sellers still believe that they will know how to price their home without assistance. Some sellers feel that they know the value of their home, but most often an FSBO home is priced incorrectly and as a result they get an even lower offer when it finally does sell.

Your real estate agent will examine numerous details to find your correct listing price, for example: regional and local market trends, nearby comps, days on market, upgrades, plus seller concessions (closing costs, home warranties, credits for repairs, etc.).

#3 – A real estate agent is your go-between.

FSBO sellers frequently feel hopeful enough to make improvements and listing price decisions without a real estate agent’s support. They often mistakenly think that pricing and prepping are the roughest part. Then they may pay a listing service to put their home on the MLS, believing that’s all they need to do to get their home sold.

ContractBut there are numerous more things that need to occur. Without a real estate agent, you won’t have anyone to advise you through the process. When you list your home with a real estate agent, they will be your go-between through the entire home sale process.

Your real estate agent will negotiate the sale and renegotiate after the inspection and appraisal occur. They will be working to find concessions that won’t cut into your bottom line.

Having a real estate agent to be your go-between isn’t just essential during the closing process, but you will need that buffer as soon as your home is listed. If you don’t have a real estate agent, then you won’t have anyone to arrange showings or even put a lockbox on your home. Rather, you will have to be present at every showing and you’ll won’t have any way to evaluate those buyers.

Are you as an FSBO seller willing to just open your home and let anyone who calls you walk through? That is one of the many reasons why you need a real estate agent. They provide privacy, protection, and facilitation of the transaction for a stress-free closing.

Buyer’s agents realize that FSBO sellers are emotionally involved in the selling process. When a FSBO seller plays hardball during the negotiation process, they may be labeled as a difficult seller who is not willing to be flexible and thus end up walking away from the deal.

When you list with a real estate agent, you will have them as a buffer between you and the buyer and you can prevent any emotional negotiation disagreements.

Are you still wanting to DIY with being a FSBO seller? Now at least you are aware the risks. But the bottom line is if you desire a uneventful sale that will bring you the best profit then you definitely need to hire a local and knowledgeable real estate agent.

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!

Don’t be scared when it comes to real estate in Anacortes. Click here for houses for sale in Anacortes.


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.

If you happen to also fall under the spell of Skagit Valley, click here to check out La Conner and Anacortes homes for sale.

Turn-key, Waterfront Custom Home in La Conner

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15646 SneeOosh Rd. in La Conner (MLS 1144459) is a custom built dream home built with only the finest materials, from the Australian Cypress Floors to the amazing staircase!

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Enjoy a stroll on the beach or launch your boat to crab and fish in your back yard! The master suite is spectacular with guest suites for luxury entertaining and the open floor plan allows a panoramic view from every room.

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Set on just shy of one acre, the lot provides privacy and serenity! Additional features include a partial fence, sprinkler system, disabled access, athletic court, jetted tub, security system and more!

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Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today for additional information or to view this gorgeous property at (360) 941-3734 or (360) 899-5027, at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or stop by our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.  We look forward to working for you!

Beautiful La Conner View Home

16735 Chilberg Avenue  La Conner
$424,500

Enjoy stunning sunsets over Skagit Bay & the Islands on one of your decks from this remodeled move-in ready 4 bedroom home!

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Minutes to historic La Conner & Shelter Bay & a half hour to Everett, this exceptional .39± acre oasis has lots of garden space, sport court, garden shed & and beautiful trees. A like-new home with bamboo floors, radiant heat, new kitchen/baths, luxurious carpet & 2676± sf open floor plan for flexible living with the latest in design features. Oversized garages have lots of room for shops.

For more information on La Conner real estate or homes/lots for sale in La Conner, please visit LaConnerLiving.com, or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Housing Market and Economic Outlook

This is great information that was present by Lawrence Yun at the National Association of Realtors Convention in November 2013

Please click on the link below to see the slide show:

For information on Skagit County Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Anacortes Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on La Conner Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Samish Island Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Guemes Island Real Estate Trends click HERE

For information on Whidbey Island and Oak Harbor Real Estate Trends click HERE

If you would like to shop homes for sale click HERE. You can shop for a wide variety of properties using your criteria from starter homes in Anacortes to luxury real estate around the world.

If you are wondering what your home is worth in this improving real estate market, call (360) 941-3734 or click HERE.

Open House in Shelter Bay! 9/21

OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday September 21st 12-3
878 Shoshone Drive  – Shelter Bay, La Conner

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This stunning Shelter Bay beauty would make a lovely home for you and your family! You will be living a vacation everyday with your boat on a 45’± rebuilt dock in your backyard!  Not to mention the wonderful Shelter Bay community amenities which include a par 3 golf course, many private beaches, swimming pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts, and parks all in gated community.

This beautifully remodeled 3,416± sf main level living, waterfront home has 2 master suites, 1000’± sf deck, and a two car garage plus drive through garage for easy dockside access or RV parking or a shop. This La Conner home was built using allergy free natural luxury products for casual elegance, such as, hardwood, fossilized limestone, wool carpet, and travertine tile. This home has many luxurious features such as a wine cellar, skylights, vaulted ceilings, private courtyard with a gated entry, and huge finished basement. It is a must see!

Shelter Bay is a lovely place to live! It has a small coastal town feel. Located along the Swinomish Channel, with lovely views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the beautiful Rainbow Bridge, Shelter Bay is only an hour away from Seattle. The gated community of Shelter Bay is in prime location for boat enthusiasts, located at the southern end of the island, there is easy access to Anacortes, the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. This close-knit community hosts many exciting all-community events that are sure to keep your time comfortably busy.

Driving Directions: Enter Shelter Bay. Left on Shoshone Drive. The home will be on your left.

For more information on this Shelter Bay home, or Shelter Bay homes for sale, contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

“Skagit Sets Sail” in La Conner!

Interested in learning more about Skagit County’s maritime history?

Check out the opening reception for the new featured exhibit “Skagit Sets Sail” in La Conner on January 31st at 7 pm! This exhibit will feature the maritime history of Skagit County, focusing on the Skagit River all the way to Puget Sound. You can see photos, artifacts and multi-media presentations that bring to life the maritime history of beautiful Skagit County.

And if you love boating, don’t forget to visit the Seattle Boat Show – January 25th-February 3rd! It is the west coast’s largest boat show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and the latest accessories indoors at Century Link Field!

If you interested in moorage or homes  for sale with a dock, call Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Real Estate Provisions in “Fiscal Cliff” Bill

Real Estate Provisions in “Fiscal Cliff” Bill

To read the article by the National Association of Realtors please click here

To view statistics on the Anacortes real estate market click here
To view statistics on the Skagit County real estate market click here
To view statistics on the La Conner real estate market click here
To view statistics on the Samish Island real estate market click here
To view statistics on the Whidbey Island and Oak Harbor real estate market click here

To find out what your home is worth in today’s real restate market click here or contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734.

Skagit County Real Estate Market Update

The Bow, La Conner, and Anacortes Real Estate markets follow the Seattle Real Estate Market by about 6 months.  The real estate market has been very strong in the last 6 months in Skagit County, and as you will see in our January newsletter, sales of Anacortes luxury homes finished the year especially strong.

If you would like real estate statistics emailed to you, just send us an email or call and we would be happy to send you charts for any real estate market in Western Washington.  We can even send you the home sales statistics by price range.