Walkway Construction

pl1pl2Construction is ongoing to complete the ‘Freeland Trail’ section of the Whidbey Island public walkway in front of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Freeland office. This is part of the ‘Bridge to Boat Trail’, eventually extending from Deception Pass Bridge down to the Clinton Ferry. The workers are doing an excellent job and trying to keep maximum access to the parking lot. Not an easy task for all that they’re doing. We understand that paving will be early next week. It should be a wonderful section of the walkway.

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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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Community Fund Food Bank Donation

goodcheerfoodbankEvery year, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Agents contribute a portion of their commissions through the company’s “Community Fund” to people in need and to community agencies and schools on Whidbey Island.

Pictured here is Gail Pierce, a broker in our Bayview office, delivering a check to the Good Cheer Food Bank to help them meet the needs of our community.

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Welcome, Joe Aernie!

Joe Aernie200Join us in welcoming broker Joe Aernie, the newest member of our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ family. Joe has lived on Whidbey Island for 40 years and enjoyed a great career at Boeing for 36 years. He’s also a Navy veteran. He volunteered many years teaching basketball at the high school and parks & rec. Joe supports Work Opportunities, an organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities. You can find Joe at our Bayview office at 2869 E. Howard Road in Langley, on State Route 525. His direct phone is 360-221-0162 and his email is jaernie@cbwhidbey.com.

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4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

home for saleGetting ready to sell your home? Here’s a quick article on things NOT to do. One thing you WANT to do, of course, is contact your local Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ broker to help you sell your Whidbey Island home. We have the island covered from Oak Harbor to Clinton.

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Our Community Fund Helps “Help House”

Help House Oak HarborColdwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is proud to be able to give needed funds to Help House Food Bank in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Help House provides assistance to those in need including supplemental and emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouchers and telephone health and welfare check-ups. Pictured is Maria Hulett (right), a broker in our Oak Harbor office, presenting a check to Jean Weiman.

When you work with Coldwell Banker Tara Properties, you invest in your community.

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Drug Take-Back Day – October 22

pillsLocal law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up once again for a prescription drug take back event.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, law enforcement agencies on Whidbey Island will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused and unwanted medication.

People can take their drugs to the Oak Harbor Police Department on Barrington Drive, the Coupeville Marshal’s Office on Northeast Seventh Street and the Island County Sheriff’s Office precinct office at 5521 East Harbor Road in Freeland.

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And the Winner Is…..

Aran Zontine

Aran Zontine

Here’s a photo of one of the 4 winners in our Whidbey Island Fair drawing. Aran Zontine visited the fair on Sunday and his drawing slip was chosen out of the many submitted. Aran won a $50 gift certificate to Bayview Farm and Garden. Other winners were Bobby Lehman ($50 in Clyde Theater tickets), George Johnson ($50 to Ace Hardware), and Charlotte Jenson ($50 plus dessert at the Glass Alley Cafe). Congratulations to all and thanks for stopping by our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties booth at the fair.

Selling? 5 Dirt-Cheap Staging Ideas

HousepaintIf you’re about to put your home on the market, first consider these 5 VERY inexpensive ways to get your property ready to sell. You can always do more, but these tips will get you going. 5 Dirt-Cheap Staging Ideas.

Next, contact your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to help you achieve your goal of selling for the highest price in the shortest time. Our brokers have the local expertise on Whidbey Island that you need for a successful transaction. And, if you’re moving off of the island, we have a network of brokers around the world to help in your relocation.

Is Your Dog Royalty?

081316WagnWalkAdColdwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is proud to support the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (‘WAIF’). This year, WAIF’s Wag ‘n’ Walk festival will be held from 11am-3pm on Sunday, August 21 at the Greenbank Farm. Come out and enjoy the contests, costumes, and canine festivities. Enter your dog in the contest for King and Queen. Do you look like your dog? Enter the Owner and Dog look-alike contest. It’s fun for everyone whether you bring your dog or not. There’s even a beer & wine garden. And say ‘hello’ to Deborah Jones, a broker from our Freeland office volunteering at the event. This is a Whidbey Island tradition you don’t want to miss. You can get more details for this event at the WAIF site.