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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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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, […]
Things to do on Whidbey Coupeville to Port Townsend via the Washington State Ferry system Saturday mornings I cherish heading to Coupeville to run onto the ferry to Port Townsend.  Why would I do this you might ask.  It’s all about the Farmer’s Market.  They have my favorite farmer’s market but it’s also about the experience.  The 20 minute ferry ride to Port Townsend is quite lovely.  You can easily […]
Uncategorized Me, Myself and Why. Supporting equality Me, Myself and  Why   I have had a lot of people ask “why the rainbows.”  My first response is always “why not!”  Why shouldn’t everyone be an advocate for equal rights?  I’m constantly confused as why one individual would have greater rights than another. I decided 2019 would be my year to come out […]
Uncategorized Staging your Home to Sell A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors® revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visual it as their own. That’s why here at Breakthrough Broker, we believe staging is not to be overlooked! Here are our top tips. Dress up your yard. […]
Uncategorized How to lose a house in 5 steps Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball offers: Going far below market value […]
Uncategorized Tuesday Tips- Roof Maintenance   How To: Remove Moss from the Roof A layer of green moss might look rustic atop your house, but it can drastically shorten your roof’s lifespan. Follow these three straightforward steps to clean off moss—and keep it from coming back A green, moss-covered roof may make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale, […]
Renovation Looking for ways to save money? Energy credits are available for 2018                                                 Looking for ways to save money? Energy credits are available to help you stay warm in winter, keep cool in summer Sealing and insulating your home helps contain your conditioned air […]
NAS Whidbey Island Oasis at 1585 West Beach on Whidbey Island Whidbey Island Oasis Getaway     Where else can you get 177′ of waterfront, island oasis and the feeling of complete privacy? This Whidbey Island home not only has a beautiful private beach but is also flanked by a green belt to the south. Located on West Beach Road, this house is removed from Oak […]
First Time Home Buyer Zero down loans offered by WA Housing Commission Some day it seems I’m the only one talking about zero down loan that’s not a  VA (Veteran Affairs) loan.  In the state of Washington we have some great programs to help first time home buyers buy their first home.  The Washington State Housing Finance Commission not only offers the zero down USDA loan but […]
Uncategorized Staging- want to sell faster and for more money? Clear everything from countertops except one or two decorative items, like a chopping block or bowl of fresh fruit. Pack up all the dishes except one attractive, matching set. Do the same with glassware, flatware, and cookware, and pare down all other cupboard and drawer items down to the minimum. Freshen up and modernize those cabinets with […]
First Time Home Buyer How to install laminate flooring How many times have you thought “I can install laminate flooring” or “I wish I could do that?”  Flooring is one of those renovation projects that allure newbies most often.  After mastering the skill of installing your own floor it can liberate the home owner which can be good and bad for a home. I […]