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.

Whidbey Island Marathon – Sunday April 15th!

Want to run a gorgeous scenic course on country back roads and along waterfront coastline? See snow-capped mountains, Deception Pass Bridge, and beaches & wildlife? You can this weekend on Sunday, April 15th!

Whidbey Island is the perfect island weekend getaway where you can leave the city behind.  Just north of Seattle, nestled up in Washington State’s Puget Sound is Whidbey Island.  As a destination vacation playground for many, the island provides a vehicle accessible getaway from the busier mainland; providing picturesque ocean views and tranquil farmland, the full marathon and half marathon courses of the Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon promise to be as scenic and challenging as ever.

As a participant of the event, on top of a well-needed vacation, you will receive plenty of goods and services to help celebrate your accomplishments.  Both the full marathon and half marathon courses will have plenty of on-course water and aid stations and finishers of both events will receive a custom designed technical fabric shirt, and a unique one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal. Sign up now and start planning your 2012 spring getaway! Find out more information at

If you are interested in learning more about Whidbey Island or homes for sale on Whidbey Island, contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email

Improving Your Home’s Value!

Anacortes House Values

Improving the value of your home

Spending Money on Your Home Might Not Increase the Value of your Home!

Spring is here, and that often spurs home improvement projects.

Property values have historically risen and real estate will continue to be one of the best long term investments most people make. If you are thinking of making any modifications to your Skagit County home however, you may want to consider how those changes will affect your home’s equity.  Not all remodels add value to a home, and in fact some can actually hurt resale value such as converting a single car garage to a family room.

Remodeling kitchen and bathrooms is one of the best ways to add value.  Adding a deck also tend to be one of the best payoffs in areas with water views such as Anacortes. Shelter Bay,  Bayview, homes around Eaglemont…you get the idea.  Landscaping will help your home sell faster, but may not add value.  If the landscaping is very high maintenance it may actually decrease the value in markets such as Anacortes and La Conner where the average age of a home buyer is higher.

If you are considering making changes to your home, feel free to call us and we will be happy to discuss how those changes might affect your home’s value.

If you would like to keep informed of the real estate market we post market trends and statistics monthly on our website for Anacortes, Bow, La Conner, Oak Harbor, San Juan Islands, and Skagit County.  We can break this information down by price range, waterfront, view homes etc. for each city and automatically email it to you each month if you would like.  We can provide this information free anywhere in Western Washington, just give us a call or send an email!

Please also remember we are always looking for referral business so remember to call us or email us if your friends or family are contemplating a real estate transaction.  If it is an area we do not serve, we can recommend an excellent real estate agent to you!

Contact Jean Groesbeck: (360) 941-3734 or

Contact Linda Harris: (360) 202-8888 or

More Good News on The Real Estate Market!

To search homes for sale in Anacortes, Oak Harbor, or anywhere is Skagit County call Coldwell Banker Island Living at 360-293-4511.  If you would like to find out what your home is worth in today’s real estate market, call for a complimentary no obligation market analysis.