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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38 Reasons to Call Us

Oak Harbor AgentsSouth Whidbey AgentsLocal Expertise with World-Wide Reach! Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ agents are well acquainted with Real Estate on Whidbey Island. Each one knows the ins-and-outs of island living. But, along with knowing their own neighborhoods, they have the ability to network with more than 85,000 fellow Coldwell Banker agents  in 3,000 offices around the world. Find out why Coldwell Banker is a leader in Sales and Listings. Contact your local Coldwell Banker Tara Properties real estate specialist today.

 

 

 

 

Vote for the Best of Whidbey

BestOfWhidbeyBe sure to vote for Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in the Best of Whidbey Awards. This link will get you to the services page. Scroll down to Real Estate Company and choose Coldwell Banker Tara Properties.

http://whidbey.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Whidbey-2016/Ballot/Services

And send the link to your friends and family and ask them vote, too. Voting ends on May 31.

3-D Property View

862268Check out our newest way to view real estate property listings. This is the first of many tours to come for Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Follow the instructions and use your mouse or direction keys to travel through every room just like you’re there! Click on the photo at the left or the following link to see the tour. 3-D Tour

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

Congratulations…..to us!

Erl Bangston, our founder

This month marks the 39th anniversary of the beginning of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Erl Bangston started Tara Properties way back in 1975 and we’ve been a successful real estate company on Whidbey Island ever since. Our experienced and knowledgeable agents have helped thousands of folks buy their dream homes and gotten them top dollar when they decided to sell. Through our Community Fund, we’ve helped non-profits, people in need, and provided scholarships for high school students on their way to college. Tara Properties became Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in 1995. By associating with this global company, we extended our reach to aid those buyers coming from afar and sellers relocating to a distant town.

We’re ready to start our next 39 years on Whidbey Island.

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.

New Whidbey Island Listings in 2014

This chart shows new residential real estate listings on Whidbey Island from January 1, 2014 to today. As you can see, the majority of listings fall in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. This is based on 115 new listings. Of this total, 67 were listed on the north part of the Island, 34 were in the south part of the island, and the balance of 14 in the center. Call your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to view any Whidbey Island listing.

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Keys to your new homeLouis Muniz of Well Fargo Mortgage will be hosting a Free Homebuyer Workshop this Saturday, October 19, from 11am-12:30pm at the Wells Fargo in Freeland. Learn about finding, financing, and owning a home in today’s real estate market. Louis will explain the benefits and costs of home ownership; credit, debt, & mortgage guidelines; how different kinds of mortgages work; and how to choose a Realtor to help you choose your new home (big hint: Coldwell Banker Tara Properties can help you there).

If you’re interested, call Louis to reserve your seat. He can be reached at 360-331-5952 (office) or 360-969-1028 (cell). This is open to any member of the community whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new home buyer.

Welcome Karla Fredriksen

We’d like to welcome Karla Fredriksen to the Bayview office of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Karla is a seasoned broker, listing and sell real estate on Whidbey Island for over 7 years. Her father, Al Fredriksen, originally built and started the Bayview office, so it’s like coming home to Karla. She’s active in Hearts and Hammers plus Time Together at the Senior Center in Bayview. She has 2 grown daughters and 2 granddaughters. Please call Karla with any of your real estate needs. You can reach her at 360-914-0124.