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.

What You Need to Know About Smart Homes

SmartHome Control

Check out this new article in RisMedia’s “Housecall”. What you need to know about purchasing a Smart Home or changing your home into a Smart Home–what to look for, initial and ongoing costs, and maintenance. If you’re ready to search for a new Whidbey Island home with Smart Home technology, contact your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker–they’ll be happy to help in your search.

Staging Your Home for a Successful Sale

Staging your home for a successful sale

Staging your home for a successful sale

Good tips in this article from RISMedia about staging your home – what to feature, what to remove, and what rooms are the important ones to highlight. Contact your favorite Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker for information about selling your home and an analysis of a comparable prices.

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Whidbey Island Area Fair Winner!

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We had a great time at our booth at the Whidbey Island Area Fair this year. Lots of folks stopped by to chat or ask about the Island County real estate market. We had four days of fun and conversation with members of our community and visitors from off-island. This year we again gave out $50 gift certificates from local businesses to the winners of our daily drawings. Show here is Becky Brager, winner of a gift card to Sebos, and Joe Aernie, our broker in the Bayview office. We, at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties, offer congratulations to all of the winners!

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