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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Selling? 5 Dirt-Cheap Staging Ideas

HousepaintIf you’re about to put your home on the market, first consider these 5 VERY inexpensive ways to get your property ready to sell. You can always do more, but these tips will get you going. 5 Dirt-Cheap Staging Ideas.

Next, contact your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to help you achieve your goal of selling for the highest price in the shortest time. Our brokers have the local expertise on Whidbey Island that you need for a successful transaction. And, if you’re moving off of the island, we have a network of brokers around the world to help in your relocation.

Congratulations to Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson has been awarded Top Rated Real Estate Agent in Oak Harbor.

Kevin Johnson has been selected as one of the Top Rated Real Estate Agents in Oak Harbor to be featured on TV Top Real Estate on Xfinity On Demand available on Comcast. TV Top Rated Real Estate features videos of Top Rated Real Estate Agents and their homes listed for sale which will allow consumers to select the best Real Estate Agent when buying or selling their home. As a top rated agent, Kevin Johnson is able to offer his clients the opportunity to showcase their homes for sale on television 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Kevin Johnson has also been honored on top real estate shows as an award-winning Real Estate Agent. You can read further details at Kevin Johnson-Top Agent

Ready to Buy?

A recent blogpost of Keeping Current Matters has 3 questions you should ask yourself if you think you’re ready to buy. You can see the post here. And when you’ve made the decision to buy, contact your knowledgeable Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to help you find the perfect property for you.

Welcome, Alicia Alverson

Alicia Alverson

We are proud to announce the addition of Alicia Alverson to our Bayview office. Alicia is an experienced broker and brings with her a knowledge of real estate on Whidbey Island. You can reach her at 360-331-0120 or alicia@cbwhidbey.com. We pride ourselves at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in having the most knowledgeable and helpful brokers on Whidbey Island. Please join us in welcoming Alicia to our CBTP family.

Coldwell Banker Broker Supporting WAIF

Coldwell Banker brokers help and volunteer in so many ways! You’ll spot them every where.

Deborah Jones, long-time volunteer for Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF), takes to the seas to help spread the word about the plans for the new animal shelter and the continued need for funds.

“It’s Happening” with ground breaking scheduled for this September.

Welcome To Our Newest Brokers

We’d like to welcome 2 brokers to our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties family. Kevin Johnson is in our Oak Harbor office and Dennis Allen is our newest broker with an office in our Freeland location. Either of these brokers would be happy to assist you in any of your Whidbey Island real estate needs. You can reach Kevin at 360-929-2400 or Dennis at 206-817-3507. We’re happy to have them with us!

Kevin Johnson

Dennis Allen

Welcome Tim Smith

Another new face in our Oak Harbor office lately is Tim Smith. You can reach Tim at 360-639-8138 or email him at tim@cbwhidbey.com. We’re happy to have him at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties.

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

We just enjoyed our 2012 Awards Breakfast yesterday at Gordon’s Restaurant in Freeland. A fabulous meal and almost all of our brokers and staff attended plus we had two guests from the Coldwell Banker corporate world as well as our two recent retirees.

Our award winners are:

Diamond Society: Rick Chapman

Sterling Society: Ron Admiral

Merit Society: Charlene Arnold, Christina Parker, Deborah Jones, Gary Ingram, Joe Supsinskas, Marchele Hatchner, Steve O’Sullivan and Victoria Buerger

Honorable Mention: Bob Blakley, Cathy Wilson, Gail Pierce, Kathleen Philippsborn, Lawrence Wallace, Lisa Rogers, Ronald Macdonald, Sheila Davies, Tom White, and Wayne Locke.

Congratulations to all of our award winners. We expect to have many more at our 2013 Awards celebration next year.