4 Reasons to Meet Us At the Fair

CBTaraFairColdwell Banker Tara Properties is celebrating over 30 years at the Island County/Whidbey Island Fair. We’ve had a booth in the Turner Building EVERY YEAR! We chat with folks about the community, real estate, kids, weather–anything that comes up. Of course, we’re happy to help Buyers find new homes and Sellers make plans to sell their properties. This year we’re giving away Four $50 Gift Certificates to Island businesses–Glass Alley Cafe, Ace Hardware, Bayview Farm and Garden, and The Clyde Theater. Stop by and enter to win–there’s no obligation, and our agents would love to meet you and chat.

Adopt-A-Pet is Back

AdoptADogThe Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project, launched in 2015, brought the spirit of our “Home’s Best Friend” commercial to every office. In a nationwide effort, events and fundraisers held by Coldwell Banker companies and Adopt-a-Pet.com network shelters exceeded the very lofty goal of getting 20,000 dogs adopted!

This year we are continuing the relationship with Adopt-a-Pet.com, including another Homes for Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend! Stay tuned for the date.

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.

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.

Residential Sales

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

Nationwide Open House April 20 & 21

Mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2013—and join REALTORS® and associations throughout the U.S. and internationally for a weekend open house. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will join with other real estate companies on Whidbey Island to have a wide variety of homes available for viewing.

Please stop by one of our offices (Bayview, Freeland, Langley, and Oak Harbor) to pick up a map showing the location and times for our open houses. We look forward to seeing you!

Asphalt Roof Shingle Recycling? Yes!

If you plan to re-roof your home, check out this article on how to keep the old asphalt shingles out of the dump and contribute to the recycling program. The shingles are used to make roads. You can check out a recycler in your area by going to ShingleRecycling.org. There are several in the Seattle area. And, as a bonus, the recycling fee is often less expensive than dump fees.

Whidbey Island Home Inventory

Here is a chart of the active residential listing inventory on Whidbey Island for the past year. As you can see, the inventory is dropping – a usual happening during the winter months. But interest rates are really low now and it’s time to consider finding your new home while there are still choices available. Your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker can help you locate your perfect new home.

Make Your Whidbey Island Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Make Your Whidbey Island Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger!

These are some great tips courtesy of DIY Network, especially now that days are shorter and we’re staying in more with the chillier and wetter weather. Here are their suggestions:

Choose Sleek Appliances

There are many high-efficiency appliances that allow people with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as those with large kitchens.

Consolidate

Try to keep your cooktop and oven in the same area to save valuable counter space. Have microwaves built into the cabinetry and keep all small appliances stored in either an appliance garage or a pantry to maintain a clutter-free workspace.

Maintain a Mix of Natural and Ambient Lighting

A skylight will open the ceiling to more light and raise a portion of the ceiling, visually expanding the space. Bay and greenhouse windows create an open feel. Natural light should be complemented by ambient and task lighting to provide the same feeling during the night.

Keep the Personal Touches Small

Display simple items that don’t create a feel of clutter. Having too many displays will cause the kitchen to look much smaller, but the right amount can add to the warmth and provide an illusion of a larger space.

Lighten It Up

Too many cabinets, especially if they’re dark, will create the illusion that the room is much smaller than it is. Instead, use light-colored cabinets, open shelves and glass-front doors.

Is Your Fireplace Safe?

Here on Whidbey Island, many of us heat with either a wood or gas fireplace during the winter. It’s important to be sure your fireplace is ready to go now that the weather is colder. HouseLogic has some tips for ensuring your fireplace is safe whether it’s gas or wood.

1. An inspection outside to check the chimney and surrounding roof is critical. Check the chimney cap for obstructions and be sure it’s in good repair

2. From inside, check the flue damper to make sure it works and seals properly. Look for obstructions for any foreign objects or nests. You should be able to see daylight at the top.

3. Inspect the firebox for damage and, if applicable, the glass doors for cracks or latch issues.

4. On a gas fireplace, turn off the gas at the shut-off valve and check the igniter. Start the fire and check for clogged burner holes.

If you note any damage that you can’t repair yourself, be sure to contact a professional to take care of any problems BEFORE you need your fireplace. You can see the entire article here.