Mystery Weekend in Langley

Don’t forget that the last weekend in February is Mystery Weekend in Langley (Feb. 22/23). This is the event’s 30th anniversary and the theme is the “Deadly Deed”. From the South Whidbey Record: “After a handsome stranger visits town to claim his inheritance and is found dead, the people of Langley search to find who has committed the deadly deed. The story unfolds and many characters are revealed to have an interest in the stranger’s inheritance.” To find out more about the story and how you can get involved in solving the mystery, check out the Record’s article at http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/entertainment/245603701.html

New Whidbey Island Listings in 2014

This chart shows new residential real estate listings on Whidbey Island from January 1, 2014 to today. As you can see, the majority of listings fall in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. This is based on 115 new listings. Of this total, 67 were listed on the north part of the Island, 34 were in the south part of the island, and the balance of 14 in the center. Call your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to view any Whidbey Island listing.

Community Fund Gives to Good Cheer Food Bank

Gail Pierce, on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund, presents a $500 check to Shawn Nowlin, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Good Cheer Food Bank. The Community fund contributed to all three Whidbey Island food banks in December as well as Helping Hand, the Senior Center, Readiness to Learn Foundation, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Island County among others.

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to scholarships, non-profit agencies, and families in need over the years. Part of every commission earned goes to finance the Community Fund which in turn is used to donate to worthy Whidbey Island groups and individuals.

Whidbey Island Polar Bear Plunge

BRRRR!! Be on hand at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland on January 1 to partake in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at 10:30 am and the jump is at noon. The cost is $15 (bring a can of food for Good Cheer and get $5 off). You’ll get coffee and an official event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the 4-H Teen Leaders Program. A great community event!

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.