Is Your Dog Royalty?

081316WagnWalkAdColdwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is proud to support the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (‘WAIF’). This year, WAIF’s Wag ‘n’ Walk festival will be held from 11am-3pm on Sunday, August 21 at the Greenbank Farm. Come out and enjoy the contests, costumes, and canine festivities. Enter your dog in the contest for King and Queen. Do you look like your dog? Enter the Owner and Dog look-alike contest. It’s fun for everyone whether you bring your dog or not. There’s even a beer & wine garden. And say ‘hello’ to Deborah Jones, a broker from our Freeland office volunteering at the event. This is a Whidbey Island tradition you don’t want to miss. You can get more details for this event at the WAIF site.

Whidbey Island Sales by Price Range

This is a graph of the last 12 months of sales on Whidbey Island. This is a great time to buy your dream home, purchase a home as a future residence or establish an investment portfolio of rental homes. Let your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker find the perfect property for you.

Sales by price range 12/11-11/12

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Bayview Office is Open!

The Bayview office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is open and staffed with several of our experienced brokers. We’ve remodeled and repainted for a fabulous new look. Come by and say ‘hi’ to Ron Admiral, Kim Kramer, Rita Nollette, Kathleen Philippsborn, Gail Pierce, and Lisa Rogers. You can reach them at 360.321.6400 with any of your real estate questions or needs. The Bayview office is located just outside the Goose Grocery in the Bayview area of Langley.

Whidbey Island Home Inventory

Here is a chart of the active residential listing inventory on Whidbey Island for the past year. As you can see, the inventory is dropping – a usual happening during the winter months. But interest rates are really low now and it’s time to consider finding your new home while there are still choices available. Your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker can help you locate your perfect new home.

Getting Ready for our Whidbey Island Winter

The mornings are chilly, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, the grass (finally!) doesn’t need to be mowed. Summer’s almost over and we’re heading into fall. Lots of us are starting to do a little bit of winterization in anticipation of a wet and, possibly, snowy winter. Stocking up on firewood, cleaning gutters, pressure washing the deck and steps, getting the last bits from our garden, and cleaning up the yard. House Logic has a great article on keeping your roof in ‘tip-top’ condition. Tasks include cleaning the gutter, removing leaves and moss from the roof, and trimming overhanging tree limbs. All good things to do before winter. Here’s the full article.

WAIF Support at the Loganberry Festival

Deborah at Loganberry 2012

Deborah Jones volunteers at WAIF booth

Deborah Jones, a broker at the Freeland office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties volunteered her time at the WAIF booth at the Loganberry Festival this year. Deborah gave out information about WAIF and offered details on WAIF programs throughout the day. WAIF dogs that were available for adoption were periodically at the booth looking for their forever home.

WAIF (Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation) is a non-profit organization on Whidbey Island that helps all companion animals in need find loving homes. WAIF’s greatest strength is the community’s passion, commitment, and generosity. People working together for the animals is the heart and soul of WAIF. If you want to know more about WAIF or volunteer for this much needed organization or find a companion dog or cat, see their website at http://www.waifanimals.org/

Whidbey Farms on Tour

On Saturday, 4/21, the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club is presenting the Third Annual Coop Tour. For $10 per car you can join this self-guided tour of unique and beautiful Chicken Coops on Whidbey Island. Eight farms display their coops along with baby chicks, turkeys, geese, miniature goats, poultry processing, sheep, cattle, Chicken Olympics, gardens, ducks, and more. Volunteers and farm owners will be at each location to answer questions and guide the tours. Tickets are available beginning April 1 at Bayview Farm & Garden and Skagit Farmer’s Supply in Freeland and Oak Harbor. For more information: rockndoodle@whidbey.com

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