Anita's Tidbits

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

By Anita Johnston | Dec 16, 2021

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?   If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a professional evaluation of the market value of the home you’d like to buy. In most cases, an appraisal is ordered by the lender to confirm or verify the value of […]

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Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

By Anita Johnston | Dec 16, 2021

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality   If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from Freddie Mac shows 28% of all households (36.1 million) are sole-person, and that number is growing. Over the past […]

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Biking on Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island

By Anita Johnston | Nov 10, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Riding Bikes on Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands Whether you are a serious road cyclist; an avid mountain biker or just someone who enjoys a scenic bike ride every now and then, Whidbey Island has got you covered. Not only are we home to miles and miles of gorgeous; low-traffic […]

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Staying Cool During The Summer Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

By Anita Johnston | Nov 10, 2021

Staying Cool This Summer Water activities are something particularly special to Whidbey Island. After all, we are completely surrounded by water. With the sun making more and more guest appearances in the sky you can place a good bet on the expectation of increased activity on the waves. Between kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and more; Whidbey […]

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Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Bowman Bay

By Anita Johnston | Oct 27, 2021

                             Bowman Bay     This is absolutely one of my favorite places to hike and paddle.  The winds are typically calm in this area, the bay is a somewhat protected area making it a haven for paddlers in the summer. Don’t […]

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How Long Does it Take to Save For a Down Payment?

By Anita Johnston | Oct 27, 2021

How Long Does it Take to Save For a Down Payment? by Windermere Whidbey Island Saving enough money for a down payment on your first home can be one of the biggest obstacles to homeownership. Depending on your circumstance you might need anywhere from 3% – 20%. Speaking with a reputable local lender will help you find […]

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Langley

By Anita Johnston | Oct 27, 2021

Downtown Langley by Windermere Whidbey Island On the southern side of Whidbey Island along the Saratoga Passage lies the lovely little town of Langley. With a population of just over 1,000, this quaint town is home to a creative culture and endless entertainment. Established in 1891, Langley served as South Whidbey’s trading center for all […]

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Ebeys Landing

By Anita Johnston | Oct 26, 2021

Ebeys Landing In 1850, local history was made on the shores of Whidbey Island when Isaac Ebey landed on a rocky westside beach and became the first official white settler on the island. With an entire island to choose from, Ebey couldn’t have done much better than the pristine pastureland of what is now known […]

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Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?

By Anita Johnston | Apr 20, 2021

Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?   In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often considered prime homebuying years when many people begin to form their own households and invest in […]

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