Uncategorized Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home? 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 […]
Retiring Seniors Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum Multigenerational Housing Is Gaining Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC]   Some Highlights If your house is feeling a little cramped with the addition of adult children or aging parents, it might be time to consider a move-up into a multigenerational home that better suits your changing needs. With benefits that include a combined homebuying budget and shared caregiving duties, an […]
Things to do on Whidbey Dog Parks on Whidbey If you have been out exploring Whidbey recently, you might have noticed an abundance of furry four-legged creatures. It’s not much of a secret that Whidbey Islanders LOVE their dogs. As self-proclaimed “outdoorsy” people say, they are the perfect pet to have with you when hiking trails, swimming at the beach, and exploring places like […]
Uncategorized Drinking Water on Whidbey Island Where Does Your Drinking Water on Whidbey Island Come From? WATER IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY As Whidbey’s premier real estate brokerage, I get asked about our Island’s drinking water A LOT! Why? Water is a precious commodity, and one of the essentials of life. Knowing where your water comes from should be a primary concern […]
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Home Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures? Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures? With all of the havoc being caused by COVID-19, many are concerned we may see a new wave of foreclosures. Restaurants, airlines, hotels, and many other industries are furloughing workers or dramatically cutting their hours. Without a job, many homeowners are wondering how they’ll be […]
First Time Home Buyer 5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time 5 Simple Graphs Proving This Is NOT Like the Last Time With all of the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some are concerned we may be headed for another housing crash like the one we experienced from 2006-2008. The feeling is understandable. Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at the real […]
First Time Home Buyer Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis Three Reasons Why This Is Not a Housing Crisis In times of uncertainty, one of the best things we can do to ease our fears is to educate ourselves with research, facts, and data. Digging into past experiences by reviewing historical trends and understanding the peaks and valleys of what’s come before us is one […]
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Things to do on Whidbey Whidbey Made on Whidbey Island Have you heard the buzz that we have another new business downtown Oak Harbor?  Whidbey Made has definitely made a splash and made their presence known on Whidbey Island.   Whidbey Made, owned and operated by Brian Noel, is a small shop on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.   They are selling all things made on […]
First Time Home Buyer 2020 Homebuying Checklist 2020 Homebuying Checklist https://youtu.be/eSqLyv5VNws Some Highlights: If you’re thinking of buying a home, plan ahead and stay on the right track, starting with pre-approval. Being proactive about the homebuying process will help set you up for success in each step. Make sure to work with a trusted real estate professional along the way, to help guide you through the homebuying […]
Selling Your Home 12 Tips – What to Do Before Listing Your House Find a great real estate agent. …Your real estate agent should be someone you feel comfortable working with, whom you trust to sell your house for top dollar. Don’t be afraid to talk to a few real estate agents before picking one. Consider your curb appeal. …Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. […]
Uncategorized Selling A House on Whidbey Island Selling A House on Whidbey Island You are thinking of selling your home on Whidbey Island?  You should consider having your home inspected before you list it. In doing this, you will learn if there are any major repairs needed and can address them before the house goes on the market. This also shows the […]
Uncategorized Moving to Whidbey Island You are contemplating or have definitely decided to move to Whidbey Island.  What’s next?  Where to start? The first place to start is housing!  Are you going to rent or buy a home?  I have a lot of clients that rent for several months to a year.  This gives themselves time to decide exactly where […]
Home Inspection Getting Your Home from Just Listed To Sold Just Listed To Sold You’ve been thinking that now might be the time to sell you house.  Or possibly you just got unexpected orders and you need to list your house ASAP!  Where do you start?Your home may be your single biggest investment and one of the largest financial transactions you’ll ever make. So when […]
Home Inspection Home Inspections Home Inspections During the home inspection, properties are examined top to bottom, with emphasis placed on evaluating the roof, walls, foundation, plumbing system, electrical system, and HVAC system. Inspectors will also check for the operational ability of installed systems, such as garbage disposals and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as for leaks, wood decay, and […]
Uncategorized Thinking of selling your house in the spring? You need to get it ready this winter. Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter Thinking of selling your house in the spring? You need to get it ready this winter. Some Highlights Winter is a great time to list a house, since inventory is traditionally low, and most sellers are holding off until spring to put their homes on the market. […]
First Time Home Buyer What Are Closing Costs and Have You Budgeted Enough Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs? Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When […]
Renovation Thinking About Buying an Older Home Buying an older home quite often feels romantic, but…………. Buying an older home can be quite the commitment,  especially if it hasn’t been renovated in 100 years.  If it has been renovated then “awesome” but do you know who it was renovated by?  Where they licensed, did they have a permit for the projects?  Depending […]
Uncategorized Have You Outgrown Your Home? Have You Outgrown Your Home? It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home. The good news is, it’s okay to admit if your house no longer fits […]
Uncategorized PFLAG at the Coupeville Greening Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting PFLAG Whidbey Island at the Coupeville Greening Holiday Parade This year our PFLAG Whidbey Island  (PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, […]