Anita's Tidbits

Celebrating Pride this month and every month on Whidbey Island

By Anita Johnston | Jun 4, 2022

  Pride Month is an entire month dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ voices, celebration of LGBTQ culture and the support of LGBTQ rights. Throughout the month of June, nationwide, there have traditionally been parades, protests, drag performances, live theater and memorials and celebrations of life for members of the community who lost their lives […]

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With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act

By Anita Johnston | Jan 27, 2022

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years. If you’re thinking about buying a home, this news may have come as a bit of a shock. But the truth is, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Experts […]

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Anita Johnston, Realtor

SOLD! How I can sell your house quickly and for $$$ over list

By Anita Johnston | Jan 20, 2022

My clients needed to sell their house quickly and wanted to get the maximum return to purchase a house in another state.  I suggested we use my  tried and true process and price the home right the first time at or slightly below market value to get the most eyes on their property or, to […]

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Two Big Myths in the Homebuying Process | MyKCM

As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next?

By Anita Johnston | Jan 18, 2022

As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next?  As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers are wondering, what’s next? Will there be more homes available to buy? Will prices keep climbing? How high will mortgage rates go? For the answer to those questions and more, we turn to […]

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Anita Johnston realtor discussing favorite deck materials

What materials to use in Pacific NW to get the deck of your dreams

By Anita Johnston | Jan 18, 2022

After spending months at home on lockdown, I realized it was time my deck and front stairs could use some love.   When done right, decks and patios can extend your living space, bringing the indoors outside and the outside in.  Decking materials The most frequent question I get asked about decks is whether the […]

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There Won’t Be a Wave of Foreclosures in the Washington Housing Market

By Anita Johnston | Jan 17, 2022

When mortgage forbearance plans were first announced and the pandemic surged through the country in early 2020, many homeowners were allowed to pause their mortgage payments. Some analysts were concerned that once the forbearance program ended, the housing market would experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. […]

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Spray insulation being installed into a home renovation

How House Insulation Works

By Anita Johnston | Jan 6, 2022

      Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. How Insulation Works To understand how insulation works it helps to understand heat flow, which involves three basic mechanisms — conduction, convection, […]

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Avoid the Washington Rental Trap in 2022

By Anita Johnston | Jan 4, 2022

Avoid the Washington Rental Trap in 2022 Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another apartment, it’s important to understand the true costs of renting in 2022. As a renter, you should know rents have been […]

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7 Different Types of Home Heating Systems: Which Is Best for The Pacific Northwest?

By Anita Johnston | Jan 4, 2022

7 Different Types of Home Heating Systems: Which Is Best for The Pacific Northwest? There are several types of heating systems to choose from. Learn about the different types of home heating systems and the best options for your property in the Pacific Northwest. As temperatures drop, you may be cranking the thermostat to keep […]

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