3 Simple DIY Projects to Tackle this Summer

Brick patio with table umbrella and chairs

Brick patio with table umbrella and chairs

Coldwell Banker has prepared a short project list that almost anyone can do to enable you to increase your enjoyment of summer. Briefly, the three projects involve painting, planting, and partying. You can get further details on their Blue Matter Blogpost. And if you want a great house to enjoy your summer (and all year ’round), contact your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker and view some of the Northwest’s finest properties on Whidbey Island.

Helping Help House

HelpHouse2018Each year, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents contribute a portion of their commissions through the company’s “Community Fund” to people in need and to community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island.

Pictured here is Ann Campbell (at left) of our Oak Harbor office delivering a check to Jean Weiman, Executive Director of the North Whidbey Help House. Help House provides assistance to those in need in our community in an impartial and dignified manner.

Old Dog, New Dog

OldDogNewDogCheck out Coldwell Banker’s newest video! Old Dog, New Dog! Coldwell Banker began telling the story of how dogs embody the joy and love of home, partnering with North American adoption network Adopt-A-Pet.com to create the Coldwell Banker Homes For Dogs Project. The continued success of this initiative has inspired another story about how dogs help to make a house a home.

Whidbey Island Marathon is Coming

marathonThe Whidbey Island Marathon will happen this year on April 22. The race is considered one of the Pacific Northwest’s hidden athletic gems and a must do destination race for running enthusiasts. Starting at the Deception Pass Bridge, the marathon course winds through ocean side roadways, farmland and more while featuring waterfront coastlines, snow-capped mountains and more. The race features a full marathon, half marathon, 10K Run/Walk, Family 5K and a Kids 1K Run. We are on track for 1,800+ participants this year with over 30% of participants traveling from off-island to participate.
Learn more and register at www.runwhidbey.com

Whidbey Island ComiCon

ComiconWhidbey Island is having its own Comicon on April 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Library.  This is from the Sno-Isle Library site:

From youngling to sith lord, kohai to senpai, muggle to wizard, average to Super, join the FREE geek-fest hosted by Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries. Family friendly and suitable for all ages.

All ages and fandoms will find something of interest with:

* Panels
* Workshops
* Geek Training Room to burn up some young energy
* Gaming Room for all levels of role playing experience
* Introvert’s Alley for a break whenever needed
* Scavenger hunt through the Oak Harbor Library
* Costume contest

Test out your newest cosplay, or just grab a red shirt and communicator (we hope you make it through the episode!).

An important note: because this event is taking place at both the Oak Harbor Library and Skagit Valley College campus, there is a strict no weapons policy (even fake ones). We’re sorry for any frustration this may cause, but safety is our priority!

Our 2017 Award Winners

awardYesterday, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ brokers and staff celebrated our 2017 Sales Award Winners at Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill. After a fabulous breakfast created by Gordon, we honored those agents that achieved excellence in sales during 2017. Here is the list of these outstanding brokers:

Diamond Society: Deborah Jones, Charlene Arnold, Rick Chapman, Kevin Johnson, Jennifer Pearson and Christina Parker.

Sterling Society: Lawrence Wallace, Victoria Buerger and Marchele Hatchner.

Bronze Society: Diana Lantz and Gary Ingram

Merit Society: Gail Pierce

Mountain Climber (those that exceeded 2016): Sharley Lewis, Daryl Hicks, Pam Mock, Diane Lantz, Marchele Hatchner, Charlene Arnold, Christina Parker, Jennifer Pearson and Deborah Jones.

Rookie of the Year: Gregory Young

Congratulations to all of these brokers.

Get Ready for Vacation Visitors

bathroomGot guests coming to stay with you? Coldwell Banker BlueMatter has some tips to help you spruce up your half-bath and be ready for your visitors. Simple changes or additions as well as thoughtful extras will make your visitors fell welcome in your home. For details, click here.

“Hoops” – The Newest Coldwell Banker Story

HoopsCheck out this latest heart-warming ad spot created by Coldwell Banker showing how Real Estate isn’t just about houses – it’s about families. See the ad here.

4 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in March

4TasksHouseLogic has a good (and quick) list of tasks to do in the spring. Depending on what you find, there may be some work or repairs involved, but it’s a place to start. You can find it here.

Do You Have a Home Inventory?

InventoryWhen moving into a new home, one of the most important things you should do is create a home inventory. In the event that somewhere down the road your valuables are lost or stolen, having visual evidence of your property is the best way for insurance adjusters to determine what they’re worth. Unfortunately, many people skip this task. Get more information on creating an inventory and what items need recording and which to leave out. This RisMedia “Housecall” article explains tips for creating your inventory.