WAIF Volunteers

Deborah Jones from our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties-Freeland office and fellow WAIF supporters Ginger and Samantha volunteer at fundraising booth at the Goose Grocery Store in Bayview on Saturday Nov 24th, drumming up donations for WAIF’s new shelter fund.

The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1990 in an effort to help Whidbey Island’s homeless companion animals. WAIF is dedicated to provide food, shelter, veterinary care, and nurturing to displaced pets until loving homes can be found for them.

The Community Fund at Work

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Community FundGail Pierce presents a $500 Coldwell Banker Tara Community fund check to Frankie, the HUB manager and ‘Mugsy’.  The HUB has provided an after school drop-in center for South Whidbey Island teens for twenty years. They recently reinvented themselves when their grant funding evaporated and they must now rely on community support to provide this safe place for teens to gather after school with food, supervision, and activities. The HUB has been open 5 days a week since school started this fall!

The HUB is a ‘spooktacular’ place to hang out-they are really decked out for Halloween!  Drop in to see it if you’re in Langley about the time school lets out-they welcome volunteers and donations.

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Keys to your new homeLouis Muniz of Well Fargo Mortgage will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Workshop this Saturday, October 19, from 11am-12:30pm at the Wells Fargo in Freeland. Learn about finding, financing, and owning a home in today’s real estate market. Louis will explain the benefits and costs of home ownership; credit, debt, & mortgage guidelines; how different kinds of mortgages work; and how to choose a Realtor to help you choose your new home (big hint: Coldwell Banker Tara Properties can help you there).

If you’re interested, call Louis to reserve your seat. He can be reached at 360-331-5952 (office) or 360-969-1028 (cell). This is open to any member of the community whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new home buyer.

Drug Take Back Program

Island County’s Sheriff’s office is once again hosting a free Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. They will collecting any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs – no questions asked. This is a far better way to dispose of your prescription drugs than in your sewer or septic tank or throwing in the trash.

There are 3 stations in our community you can come to: Island County Sheriff’s Office in Freeland at 5521 E. Harbor Road, Coupeville Marshal’s Office at 4 N.E. Seventh St., and Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 S.E. Barrington Drive.

New Highlands Website

KingfisherCheck out the new Highlands at Langley website. A dramatic new look for this new development project just outside downtown Langley. You can view all of the new construction homes and pick your lot for your new dream home.

Welcome Karla Fredriksen

We’d like to welcome Karla Fredriksen to the Bayview office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Karla is a seasoned broker, listing and sell real estate on Whidbey Island for over 7 years. Her father, Al Fredriksen, originally built and started the Bayview office, so it’s like coming home to Karla. She’s active in Hearts and Hammers plus Time Together at the Senior Center in Bayview. She has 2 grown daughters and 2 granddaughters. Please call Karla with any of your real estate needs. You can reach her at 360-914-0124.

Whidbey This Weekend

Lots going on on Whidbey Island this weekend…

The Annual Whidbey Farm Tour, a FREE, self-guided tour of 14 different farms on Whidbey. There will be veggies, fruits, llamas, alpacas, chickens, goats, yarn, liqueur, flowers, honey, blueberries, herbs, teas, beef, and much more. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday (9/21 & 9/22) from 10am to 4pm. Click on the link, download the map and go visit. Note: Some of the farms are only open one day, so read the descriptions carefully.

Tour de WhidbeyThe Tour de Whidbey, happening on Saturday, 9/21, is an an annual bicycling event with 6 routes to choose from, measuring from 30 to 100 miles long. They even have a fairly flat family-friendly 10-mile run. Some are very challenging with varied terrain. All of them take in the beautiful scenery that is Whidbey Island. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will be maintaining one of the Hospitality Break Stations, offering refreshments and encouragement to riders along the way.

Just north of Whidbey, Anacortes will host the 2013 Oyster Run – the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. This free event will take place on Sunday (9/22), but riders will be arriving throughout the weekend. If you plan on attending, they recommend you get there early–”the place will be packed”.

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.

Computer Recycling

Scott Lincoln

On Wednesday, September 11, Lincoln Computers in Clinton will be hosting a free Computer Recycling event. Bring your desktops or laptops. They will remove or destroy the hard drive and then recycle the rest. A great way to keep these materials out of our landfills. Thanks, Scott.

Residential Sales

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