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.

Welcome, Ann Campbell!

We’d like to welcome Ann Campbell to the Oak Harbor office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Ann has extensive experience in all aspects of land title work including map and real estate, searching and examining, and specializing in subdivisions with developers, state and local agencies, attorneys, and the Department of Real Estate. You can contact Ann at 360-675-7200.

Spring Shred Event

Mark your calendars for May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm and get rid of old sensitive documents the easy way while supporting one of Island County’s non-profit organizations. The Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island is holding a ‘Spring Shred Event’ at the Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot at 18341 SR 525 in Freeland. Time to clean out your filing cabinets, garages & storage rooms. Securely dispose of your personal and financial records by a licensed and bonded secure shredding company. Minimum donation is $5 for banker’s box or grocery bag and $10 for an oversized box or bag.

Drug Take Back on Saturday

Law enforcement agencies are holding their 5th ‘Drug Take Back’, giving residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted medication safely. The goal is to prevent accidental poisoning, drug abuse, and drug-seeking burglaries.

Oak Harbor police will accept medications in the front lobby of the police department. The Coupeville marshal will accept medications at Town Hall. And the Island County sheriff will be at the South Precinct on East Harbor Road in Freeland. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at three island locations.

Sheriff Mark Brown said the emphasis of the program is on prescription pain pills, but that any type of unused or expired prescription medicine are accepted.

You can read more about the program on this Whidbey News-Times article.

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!

Looking for a few good men & women

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is looking for new or experienced agents for our Whidbey Island offices. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a four-week long high-intensity training session. This will be a great kick-start to a new career in real estate or a superb refresher course for seasoned agents. If you are interested in joining our team of experienced professionals, please give us a call at 360-331-6300.

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.

Whidbey Island Sales by Price Range

This is a graph of the last 12 months of sales on Whidbey Island. This is a great time to buy your dream home, purchase a home as a future residence or establish an investment portfolio of rental homes. Let your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker find the perfect property for you.

Sales by price range 12/11-11/12

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Bayview Office is Open!

The Bayview office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is open and staffed with several of our experienced brokers. We’ve remodeled and repainted for a fabulous new look. Come by and say ‘hi’ to Ron Admiral, Kim Kramer, Rita Nollette, Kathleen Philippsborn, Gail Pierce, and Lisa Rogers. You can reach them at 360.321.6400 with any of your real estate questions or needs. The Bayview office is located just outside the Goose Grocery in the Bayview area of Langley.

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.