Uncategorized Biking the Skagit Valley During Tulip Season Biking Skagit Valley Tulips: Anita Johnston’s Skagit Valley Tulip Tour Welcome to Anita Johnston’s Skagit Valley Tulip Tour! In this video, we’ll take you on a colorful journey through the vibrant tulip fields of Skagit Valley. Our expert guide, Anita Johnston, will show you the best spots to view the tulips and provide some fascinating […]
Uncategorized Discovering the Hidden Gems of Washington Deception Pass State Park: A Fun Day Trip to Rosario Bay! Discovering the Hidden Gems of Washington Deception Pass State Park: A Fun Day Trip to Rosario Bay! Are you looking for a fun day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Look no further than Washington’s Deception Pass State Park! Not only is this park a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but it […]
First Time Home Buyer Tips To Reach Your Real Estate Goals On Whidbey Island in 2023  Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023 How do I reach my homebuying goals on Whidbey Island in 2023?? Some Highlights- Tips To Reach Your Whidbey Island Homebuying Goals in 2023  If you’re planning to buy a home in 2023, here are a few things to focus on. Work on your credit and save for a down payment. If […]
Home What materials to use in Pacific NW to get the deck of your dreams 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 […]
Uncategorized How House Insulation Works       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, […]
First Time Home Buyer Whidbey Island Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Winter To succeed as a buyer in Whidbey Island’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, says there are two factors every buyer should keep their eyes on: “Going forward, the conditions buyers face are […]
First Time Home Buyer Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home   Since the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of homeownership, including the feelings of security and stability and the financial benefits that come with rising home equity. At the same time, many current homeowners […]
Uncategorized Biking on Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island 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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First Time Home Buyer Staying Cool During The Summer Kayaking and Paddle Boarding 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 […]
Home Down Payment How Long Does it Take to Save For a Down Payment? 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 […]
Anita Johnston Langley 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 […]
Uncategorized Ebeys Landing 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 […]
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 […]