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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Scholarship Recipients

OH2017ScholarshipsCongratulations to this year’s Community Fund Scholarship recipients. Oak Harbor recipients are Juliann Rose Jansen, Shainna Araucto, Adam Nelson, and Aelizah Espiritu (all shown here with Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Oak Harbor broker Daryl Hicks). South Whidbey recipients are Lauren Damerau, Spencer Fee, Tyler Heggenes, and Aria Ludtke. From Coupeville, the recipients are Kaela Rae Hollrigel and Charlotte Langille. We are happy to provide college assistance to these fine high school graduates.

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.

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Walkway Construction

pl1pl2Construction is ongoing to complete the ‘Freeland Trail’ section of the Whidbey Island public walkway in front of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Freeland office. This is part of the ‘Bridge to Boat Trail’, eventually extending from Deception Pass Bridge down to the Clinton Ferry. The workers are doing an excellent job and trying to keep maximum access to the parking lot. Not an easy task for all that they’re doing. We understand that paving will be early next week. It should be a wonderful section of the walkway.

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Get Ready for Vacation

beachatsunsetA great article from RISMedia about preparing your home for your vacation. Briefly–

–Clean up – empty the frig, take out the trash, do laundry, run the garbage disposal

–Close out – weatherize, unplug small appliances, check smoke detectors, leave closet doors open

–Secure – collect spare keys from around the home, hold mail & newspapers, close blinds, ask a neighbor to check your house occasionally.

For a full list of ‘to-do’s and further details, go to How To Prepare Your Home Before Going on Vacation.

And, if you’re vacationing on Whidbey Island and find that you really want to live here, stop by the local Coldwell Banker Tara Properties office and talk to one of our Real Estate Brokers. We’re happy to help.

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Welcome, Joe Aernie!

Joe Aernie200Join us in welcoming broker Joe Aernie, the newest member of our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ family. Joe has lived on Whidbey Island for 40 years and enjoyed a great career at Boeing for 36 years. He’s also a Navy veteran. He volunteered many years teaching basketball at the high school and parks & rec. Joe supports Work Opportunities, an organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities. You can find Joe at our Bayview office at 2869 E. Howard Road in Langley, on State Route 525. His direct phone is 360-221-0162 and his email is jaernie@cbwhidbey.com.

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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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Our Community Fund Helps “Help House”

Help House Oak HarborColdwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is proud to be able to give needed funds to Help House Food Bank in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Help House provides assistance to those in need including supplemental and emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouchers and telephone health and welfare check-ups. Pictured is Maria Hulett (right), a broker in our Oak Harbor office, presenting a check to Jean Weiman.

When you work with Coldwell Banker Tara Properties, you invest in your community.

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