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

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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.

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.