4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

home for saleGetting ready to sell your home? Here’s a quick article on things NOT to do. One thing you WANT to do, of course, is contact your local Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ broker to help you sell your Whidbey Island home. We have the island covered from Oak Harbor to Clinton.

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Getting The Most of Your New Neighborhood

couple walking townA new article from RisMedia’s Housecall Blog – – Now that the dust has settled and your belongings are put away (just kidding, we know the boxes are still piled high in the basement!), it’s time to get a lay of the land. Whether you moved a few houses down the street or across state lines, settling into a new location can be a fun adventure…so long as you’re ready to put in the work it takes to get acquainted with the area you now call home. Having trouble taking that first step? RisMedia has a few ideas to get you started. Investigating your new neighborhood

Home Improvements NOT to Make?

Outdoor kitchenThere are some upgrades to your home that you may wish you had but, if you’re interested in getting your money back out when you sell, you might want to read through this article, Home Upgrades You Shouldn’t Do.

Residential Sales

Here’s a graph of Residential Sales (275) on South Whidbey Island from July 2012 through June 2013. Information from NWMLS.

Inventory is Low But Sales are Happening!

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Sales on Whidbey Island

Our standard winter inventory is just waiting for all of those new spring listings. As you can see, inventory peaks in the summer months, but sales for last year were fairly consistent. We know there are a lot of new properties coming on the market soon. Give us a call and find out what’s new. Here’s a graph of the last 12 months worth of listing inventory and sales.

Asphalt Roof Shingle Recycling? Yes!

If you plan to re-roof your home, check out this article on how to keep the old asphalt shingles out of the dump and contribute to the recycling program. The shingles are used to make roads. You can check out a recycler in your area by going to ShingleRecycling.org. There are several in the Seattle area. And, as a bonus, the recycling fee is often less expensive than dump fees.

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.

Make Your Whidbey Island Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Make Your Whidbey Island Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger!

These are some great tips courtesy of DIY Network, especially now that days are shorter and we’re staying in more with the chillier and wetter weather. Here are their suggestions:

Choose Sleek Appliances

There are many high-efficiency appliances that allow people with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as those with large kitchens.

Consolidate

Try to keep your cooktop and oven in the same area to save valuable counter space. Have microwaves built into the cabinetry and keep all small appliances stored in either an appliance garage or a pantry to maintain a clutter-free workspace.

Maintain a Mix of Natural and Ambient Lighting

A skylight will open the ceiling to more light and raise a portion of the ceiling, visually expanding the space. Bay and greenhouse windows create an open feel. Natural light should be complemented by ambient and task lighting to provide the same feeling during the night.

Keep the Personal Touches Small

Display simple items that don’t create a feel of clutter. Having too many displays will cause the kitchen to look much smaller, but the right amount can add to the warmth and provide an illusion of a larger space.

Lighten It Up

Too many cabinets, especially if they’re dark, will create the illusion that the room is much smaller than it is. Instead, use light-colored cabinets, open shelves and glass-front doors.