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.

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!

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.

Getting Ready for our Whidbey Island Winter

The mornings are chilly, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, the grass (finally!) doesn’t need to be mowed. Summer’s almost over and we’re heading into fall. Lots of us are starting to do a little bit of winterization in anticipation of a wet and, possibly, snowy winter. Stocking up on firewood, cleaning gutters, pressure washing the deck and steps, getting the last bits from our garden, and cleaning up the yard. House Logic has a great article on keeping your roof in ‘tip-top’ condition. Tasks include cleaning the gutter, removing leaves and moss from the roof, and trimming overhanging tree limbs. All good things to do before winter. Here’s the full article.

Whidbey Farms on Tour

On Saturday, 4/21, the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club is presenting the Third Annual Coop Tour. For $10 per car you can join this self-guided tour of unique and beautiful Chicken Coops on Whidbey Island. Eight farms display their coops along with baby chicks, turkeys, geese, miniature goats, poultry processing, sheep, cattle, Chicken Olympics, gardens, ducks, and more. Volunteers and farm owners will be at each location to answer questions and guide the tours. Tickets are available beginning April 1 at Bayview Farm & Garden and Skagit Farmer’s Supply in Freeland and Oak Harbor. For more information: rockndoodle@whidbey.com

Learn the Basic Steps to Homeownership

Learn the basics steps to homeownership in this day-long class taught by Wayne Locke, certified housing counselor of the Homeownership Institute (and Broker at our Oak Harbor office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties).
–Explore whether you should buy or sell a home
–Know your investment through home inspections
–Create a workable budget
–Identify contract to closing issues
–Develop a pricing strategy
Advanced registration required. For everyone’s learning, please no children allowed at the class. The class will be held at the Oak harbor Library. Register by 11/21 at http://bit.ly/uDBeWG