Is Whidbey Changing?

TomT120618 copyThis is the question being discussed next Thursday (12/6/18) at 6:30 pm at the Langley Library by Tom Trimbath, a broker in our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Bayview office. Per Tom, “Growth versus preservation has always been a balancing act, and is amplified by Seattle’s record setting real estate market. The island is more complex and so is the housing market, the local economy, and our culture(s).” Come by and join in the discussion with Tom and members of our community.

Another Winner!

ColeGCAnother winner from our Whidbey Island Area Fair booth drawing. Shown here is Steve Cole (left), the proud new owner of a Bayview Farm and Garden gift certificate. Presenting the card is Tom Trimbath of our Bayview office. Be sure to stop by our booth NEXT year and sign up to win. In the meantime, if you have any questions about real estate on Whidbey Island (or the real estate market in general), feel free to call any of our experienced Coldwell Banker Tara Properties brokers.

Our Winners!

MillerGCVargasGCShown here are Marchele Hatchner (left), a broker from our Freeland office, presenting a Sebos gift certificate to Tereese Miller and Joe Aernie (right), a broker from our Bayview office, presenting another Sebos gift certificate to Dianne Vars. Dianne was the Friday drawing winner from our Whidbey Island Area Fair booth and Tereese was Sunday’s winner. We really enjoyed talking with people as they stopped by our booth, whether it was about real estate, our beautiful island, the economy, the community, or a variety of other topics. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties has a booth every year in the Commercial Building at the Fair. Plan to stop by next year for some stimulating conversation and a chance to win your own gift certificate.

Community Fund Support

Gail and Scott

“Gail and Scott”

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties has selected Good Cheer Food Bank to be a recipient of part of our Community Fund. Shown here is Gail Pierce of our Bayview office presenting a check to Scott, the Good Cheer Food Bank manager.

Every year, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents contribute a portion of their commissions through the company’s “Community Fund” to people in need and to community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island.

Dunk one of our Brokers

RyansHouseDunkTankRyan’s House for Youth is hosting a dunk tank this year at the Whidbey Island Area Fair in Langley. Marchele Hatchner, one of our Freeland office brokers, volunteers for that organization and she has agreed to be dunked on Friday to help raise money for this non-profit. Come on out to the fair and dunk Marchele (the weather is supposed to be pretty warm, anyway). And, when you’re at the fair, stop by our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties booth in the Turner Commercial Building and chat with our experienced brokers. We’re having a drawing every day for $50 gift cards.

3 Simple DIY Projects to Tackle this Summer

Brick patio with table umbrella and chairs

Brick patio with table umbrella and chairs

Coldwell Banker has prepared a short project list that almost anyone can do to enable you to increase your enjoyment of summer. Briefly, the three projects involve painting, planting, and partying. You can get further details on their Blue Matter Blogpost. And if you want a great house to enjoy your summer (and all year ’round), contact your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker and view some of the Northwest’s finest properties on Whidbey Island.

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!

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.

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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