Whidbey Island Area Fair Winner!

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We had a great time at our booth at the Whidbey Island Area Fair this year. Lots of folks stopped by to chat or ask about the Island County real estate market. We had four days of fun and conversation with members of our community and visitors from off-island. This year we again gave out $50 gift certificates from local businesses to the winners of our daily drawings. Show here is Becky Brager, winner of a gift card to Sebos, and Joe Aernie, our broker in the Bayview office. We, at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties, offer congratulations to all of the winners!

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Increase Your Property Value

increase-property-valueHere are 5 simple and relatively inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home when you’re getting ready to sell. Increase the value of your home-Click here.

When you’re ready to sell, contact your favorite Coldwell Banker Tara Properties agent to give you a market analysis of your home.

Welcome, Jen Knox

Jen Knox

We’d like to announce that Jen Knox has joined Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in our Freeland office. Jen has lived on Whidbey Island for many years. She is knowledgeable in negotiating, market conditions, and staging. Please welcome Jen and feel free to contact her at 360-221-0176 or email her at jenknox@cbwhidbey.com. We’re happy to have her as part of the CBTP family.

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.

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.

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.

Inventory is Low But Sales are Happening!

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Sales on Whidbey Island

Our standard winter inventory is just waiting for all of those new spring listings. As you can see, inventory peaks in the summer months, but sales for last year were fairly consistent. We know there are a lot of new properties coming on the market soon. Give us a call and find out what’s new. Here’s a graph of the last 12 months worth of listing inventory and sales.

Five Musts Before You List Your Home

Getting ready to put your house on the market? Carla Hill, in an article in RealtyTimes, outlined 5 things to consider before you list. To summarize:

1 – Organize your paperwork for past repairs and upgrades and any home warranty info.

2 – Get ready to declutter. Sort through and get rid of things you don’t need now so you won’t be rushed later.

3 – Clean, clean and clean some more. Dirty homes are a buyer turn-off. Wash, paint, refresh.

4 – Get an inspection. Identify areas that will need repair.

5 – Make repairs or get estimates. Be prepared.