Coming Soon With Your Help

RyanRyan’s House for Youth offers a safe, home-like environment for at-risk and homeless teens. With the help of caring mentors, youth find the tools to help heal and grow in their relationships, while giving them the opportunities to reach their highest potential.

Ryan’s House has the opportunity to purchase the former Countryside Inn located on the Highway across from Island Transit Station in Coupeville, which is comprised of 2 buildings totaling 7200 sq ft on approx. 7.8 acres of prairie at the entrance to Ebey’s Landing Reserve. This will take care of the immediate need for a Drop-In Center large enough to accommodate more kids.

Rick Chapman and Marchele Hatchner from Coldwell Banker Tara Properties are providing brokerage service on a pro bono basis. The seller, SaviBank, understands that a strong community is good business and are contributing $75,000. Some additional funds have already been raised. The remaining balance of $407,000 needs to be raised by the end of February. Matching funds are available and any donation will be greatly appreciated.

Contribute on the website www.ryanshouseforyouth.org
By text RHFY to 71777 or mail PO Box 551, Langley, WA 98260
Drop-in Center 1832 Scott Rd, Freeland or at the Big Red Event annual fundraiser February 13, 2016
Questions? 360-331-4575, 206-356-2405, ryanshouseforyouth@gmail.com

North Whidbey Help House

HelpHouseThe Community Fund of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is happy to support the North Whidbey Help House. Pictured is Jan McKinney from our Oak Harbor officer presenting a check to a Help House representative.

The Help House provides assistance to those in need in our community in an impartial and dignified manner and provides supplemental/emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouchers once a year, and telephone health and welfare checkups via their tele-care program. They work with other human service agencies in our community to ensure the best possible assistance possible and assist wherever possible in not only improving lifestyles, but striving towards independence from the need for assistance.

Tour de Whidbey – 2015

Hedgebrook Farm

Hedgebrook Farm

Another year for the Tour de Whidbey and Coldwell Banker brokers again volunteered to host the favorite break station at Hedgebrook Farm. Over 250 people came by for water and snacks. The home-made snacks were provided by our brokers and were enjoyed by all who stopped. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ brokers are proud to support Whidbey Island community activities and organizations. See you next year!

The Break Station

The Break Station

Happy Bikers

Happy Bikers

Congratulations…..to us!

Erl Bangston, our founder

This month marks the 39th anniversary of the beginning of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Erl Bangston started Tara Properties way back in 1975 and we’ve been a successful real estate company on Whidbey Island ever since. Our experienced and knowledgeable agents have helped thousands of folks buy their dream homes and gotten them top dollar when they decided to sell. Through our Community Fund, we’ve helped non-profits, people in need, and provided scholarships for high school students on their way to college. Tara Properties became Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in 1995. By associating with this global company, we extended our reach to aid those buyers coming from afar and sellers relocating to a distant town.

We’re ready to start our next 39 years on Whidbey Island.

Community Fund – 30 Years and Counting

To date, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents have contributed over $352,000 through the company’s “Community Fund” for people in need and for community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island. Many of our agents are personally involved with these worthwhile causes. Part of every commission is deposited into our Community Fund. Read about some of our recipients at http://www.cbwhidbey.com/community-fund-and-non-profit-org.

Community Fund Gives to Good Cheer Food Bank

Gail Pierce, on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund, presents a $500 check to Shawn Nowlin, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Good Cheer Food Bank. The Community fund contributed to all three Whidbey Island food banks in December as well as Helping Hand, the Senior Center, Readiness to Learn Foundation, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Island County among others.

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to scholarships, non-profit agencies, and families in need over the years. Part of every commission earned goes to finance the Community Fund which in turn is used to donate to worthy Whidbey Island groups and individuals.

Whidbey Island Polar Bear Plunge

BRRRR!! Be on hand at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland on January 1 to partake in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at 10:30 am and the jump is at noon. The cost is $15 (bring a can of food for Good Cheer and get $5 off). You’ll get coffee and an official event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the 4-H Teen Leaders Program. A great community event!

The Community Fund at Work

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Community FundGail Pierce presents a $500 Coldwell Banker Tara Community fund check to Frankie, the HUB manager and ‘Mugsy’.  The HUB has provided an after school drop-in center for South Whidbey Island teens for twenty years. They recently reinvented themselves when their grant funding evaporated and they must now rely on community support to provide this safe place for teens to gather after school with food, supervision, and activities. The HUB has been open 5 days a week since school started this fall!

The HUB is a ‘spooktacular’ place to hang out-they are really decked out for Halloween!  Drop in to see it if you’re in Langley about the time school lets out-they welcome volunteers and donations.

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Keys to your new homeLouis Muniz of Well Fargo Mortgage will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Workshop this Saturday, October 19, from 11am-12:30pm at the Wells Fargo in Freeland. Learn about finding, financing, and owning a home in today’s real estate market. Louis will explain the benefits and costs of home ownership; credit, debt, & mortgage guidelines; how different kinds of mortgages work; and how to choose a Realtor to help you choose your new home (big hint: Coldwell Banker Tara Properties can help you there).

If you’re interested, call Louis to reserve your seat. He can be reached at 360-331-5952 (office) or 360-969-1028 (cell). This is open to any member of the community whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new home buyer.

Drug Take Back Program

Island County’s Sheriff’s office is once again hosting a free Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. They will collecting any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs – no questions asked. This is a far better way to dispose of your prescription drugs than in your sewer or septic tank or throwing in the trash.

There are 3 stations in our community you can come to: Island County Sheriff’s Office in Freeland at 5521 E. Harbor Road, Coupeville Marshal’s Office at 4 N.E. Seventh St., and Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 S.E. Barrington Drive.