Whidbey Island

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home this year this article gives a wealth of information on the how different demographic groups search to find a home and much more.

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COME LIVE THE WHIDBEY LIFE If you live here now, congratulations! This will remind you of some of the special things that we have here on this island. 1) ANNUAL FESTIVALS such as the Penn Cove Mussel Festival,The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade, and Langley’s Mystery weekend (which is coming up in late February) and […]

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SEVEN GREAT REASONS TO VISIT FIRST, and THEN COME LIVE THE WHIDBEY LIFE If you live here now, congratulations! This will remind you of some of the special things that we have here on this island. ANNUAL FESTIVALS such as the Penn Cove Mussel Festival, The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade, and Langley’s Mystery weekend […]

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lWhether you are staying home this year or visiting family, we want you, your family and your home to be safe. These tips will help ensure the safety of what matters most to you and allow you to enjoy your holidays wherever you may be, knowing that you have protected your home as best you […]

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FEMA flood zone maps are a subject of vital importance to every owner and resident of beach property on Whidbey Island. In April 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue new Flood Zone Maps for Whidbey Island. Those new maps may have a significant impact on you if you live in a beach […]

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2014 Home Sales – South & Central Whidbey 2014 showed a strong return of the real estate market on South & Central Whidbey Island. Below is a summary of home sales on South & Central Whidbey from 2011-2014, plus a tally of the YTD sales in 2015.  The total number of homes sold in 2014 […]

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Sand between your toes and the sound of water gently lapping on the rocks may make you want to jump into the deep end and grab your own little piece of paradise. Islands are the state of Washington’s middle name. What is the science behind our pleasure of the waterfront?

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A bountiful harvest is your reward for being on Whidbey Island this fall. Produce, fruit, cheese, beef, lamb, and chicken can all be part of your day and the bounty you take home. Map out these great farms for a wonderful way to spend a fall weekend.

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We all respond to sensory selling whether it be by our eyes, nose, ears, touch, or our memory. Using sensory effect is a subtle way to sell your home and may reward you with a higher price and quicker sale. Some examples of this might be a table in the family room with a monopoly […]

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Please watch this video prepared by the Wa State Association of Realtors regarding the National Flood Insurance program that is going to voted on in the US House of Representatives this coming Monday, Feb 24,2014. This issue has major impact on many homes in beach communities on Whidbey Island. Please help us get a 4 […]

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Posted October 2 2013, 2:18 PM PDT by Erik Hand, President, Windermere Mortgage Services There is much speculation on the impact that the current government shutdown will have on home buyers hoping to secure a mortgage. In the case of mortgage lending, the impact will depend on many things including the length of the shutdown, the […]

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This Report presents the most recent and relevant data that is available for the Districts of the 113th Congress as related to housing. The 2012 data should be published soon and we will have a comparable. I am looking forward to the 2013 data early next year because I am sure it is going to […]

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Is your FOR SALE sign now on your spring, fall, and winter cleaning list? Has the lockbox been on the door so long that you have painted around it? It sounds like there is a problem and it might be something you should fix NOW. Here are the most-common reasons why homes don’t sell and […]

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My Dad and Mom both sold real estate when I was young and lived at home. It was a very different business then. One page contracts, with short and to the point conditions written in agreements, such as;  “John Brown agrees to purchase Mary Blue’s home at xxxx Elm Street for $ 100,000 on or […]

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Gardner Report Q1 2013 Here is Matthew Gardner’s most recent report on the state of real estate in our area. He is optimistic, and the report brings forward many reasons why he doesn’t think this is just a “housing bubble”. Any thoughts you have on the report are welcome. As for me I am seeing […]

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In my recent blog post about the Whidbey Island Farm Tour, I mentioned how important it is to support our local farmers.   One way you can do that is to visit the new 3 Sisters Beef retail store located at the old Juan de Fuca fire station on Highway 20.  They just opened in early […]

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Mark your calendar now. Eighth Annual FREE Whidbey Island Farm Tour September 21 and 22, 2013 10:00am to 4:00pm So may years ago….. nine to be exact, Karen Krug of Spoiled Dog Winery and I had a discussion about how there were so many wonderful farms on Whidbey Island that people would love to know […]

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Langley, a beautiful village by the sea, is fortunate.  Because the people of Langley are passionate about their town they have organized to work together to preserve the wonderful downtown area that we all enjoy .  Langley Main Street is an organization dedicated to supporting all things that make Langley so special and to create a […]

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Whether you love Microsoft or not, there is no doubt that the mission that Bill and Melinda Gates are on is one to applaud. It is a mission of love and care about the bigger community. It is a sharing of wealth, and making a big difference. It makes me feel good that in some […]

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I am one of four lucky women  on South Whidbey who over a year ago had an idea to start a Salon. I think the idea originated with Susie Barnett (co- owner of Whidbey Home Watch ) The other three of us just knew it was something worth doing. Successful? Yes, beyond any of our […]

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On Jan. 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8, legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The bill will be signed shortly by President Barack Obama. Below is a summary of real estate related provisions in the bill: Real Estate Tax Extenders • Mortgage Cancellation Relief is extended for one year to Jan. 1, […]

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It’s no secret that finishing your basement will increase your home’s value. What you may not know is the money you spend on this type of so-called capital improvement could also help lower your tax bill when you sell your house. Tax rules let you add capital improvement expenses to the cost basis of your […]

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It is 2013 …….and this is the year you want to sell your home.  Here are some ways to improve the chances of selling your house that you can do before it is on the market . If you have a house on the market, it is not too late, read on for seven tips […]

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Many home owners, buyers, and sellers have been carefully watching the new federal finance package passed on January 1, 2013 by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. This is because it included automatic tax increases as well as federal spending cuts that involve real estate programs. Many important real estate programs were […]

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Welcome to the New Year! It is time for change, renewal, and celebration. The great thing about today is that yesterday is gone. You can’t go back and undo things you have done, but you can embrace today and look toward the future with hope. Build on yesterday’s success and learn from yesterday’s failures. Live […]

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  Remember the Jetsons? I do. They were on the television for about a year starting in 1962. I was fascinated by their home and lifestyle as I was soon to be a teen, and it seemed like their children had a great life. Judy,their teenage daughter seemed to be so cool.

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Sometimes the magic of moment can steal your breath away.  One such time was a couple of nights ago when the sky was clear and the moon almost full.  From my deck looking east was the most beautiful moon and reflection on the water.  It was one of those nights when you just felt like […]

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I met Karen and Jack Krug, the owners of the Spoiled Dog Winery, in September  2002.  They were visiting Whidbey Island, and were at that time living in Colorado.  They had spent vacations on Whidbey in the past, and felt it might be the place to make their permanent home.  A fortunate thing for me, […]

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I must disclose that I have known Susie Barnett and Helen Shields for a number of years. Helen was one of the best Realtors on Whidbey Island for years and working with her was a privilege. I have gotten to know Susie in just the past few years. She and I are part of a […]

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Top Ten Tips Before You Have a Home Inspection by All Island Home Inspections

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Visit Whidbey Island Farmers Markets for some of the best the island has to offer. Farmers Markets from Oak Harbor to Langley

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I am really proud to be a part of Windermere Real Estate.  Windermere was once again ranked the leading real estate company based on sales volume in the Puget Sound area.  If you study the information about sales in the top 5 real estate firms, you will find that not only does Windermere have significantly […]

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“As I pore through the data that is presented here, it is quite clear that after falling off the proverbial economic precipice in 2008, we have come out of the free fall and are starting up the long road to recovery on both the job front as well as in our real estate markets.”  Matthew […]

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I live on an island,  so of course there are lots of waterfront homes  Almost everyone thinks they want a ocean waterfront home, including surfers, executives, moms with kids, people with dogs, and many of my best friends. But sometimes a waterfront home is not the right answer, and it is certainly worth asking yourself […]

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Getting a home sold takes more planning and savvy today than in the past. It is more important than ever to find ways to make your home stand out and get the attention of serious buyers.  You may think a few worn out or broken things shouldn’t make a difference, but everything matters to a […]

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In keeping with the spirit of the holidays and the winter solstice, the National Association of Realtors issued a news release yesterday announcing a continuing rise in the sale of existing homes in November 2011. We can all hope that the housing market may at long last be moving in a positive direction. Challenges lie […]

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For the past year, I have been the happy recipient of the weekly Grange Food News email from Chris Williams, who is an officer of the Deer Lagoon Grange. Chris’ official title is Pomona, and like her Roman Goddess namesake, she dispenses tantalizing tidbits of information about the gardens, fruits, vegetables and local foods of […]

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If you are allergic to data, don’t read this, because it has a lot..:-) Here’s a snapshot of the past 15 months of real estate activity for the Whidbey Island real estate market from Coupeville to Clinton. It excludes Oak Harbor and Camano Island which are very different markets compared the southern half of Whidbey […]

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Attached is the latest Gardner Report covering the third quarter of 2011. According to Matthew’s analysis, the economy continues at a tortoise-like pace with slow, plodding improvements. Compared to the first six months of the year, Island County’s unemployment rate fell to (8.8%) from last quarter, but still a slight increase over this time period […]

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Recently Whidbey Island Realtors received an email from the Whidbey Island Board of Realtors alerting us to a new ordinance regarding Ebey’s Reserve. Here’s an excerpt from a letter from Island County, the Town of Coupeville and the Manager of Ebey’s Reserve that was addressed to all “Whidbey Island Real Estate Professionals.” On 10/3/2011 the […]

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by Linda

in Whidbey Island

  As we move into the fall, my favorite time of year, there is nothing like a long walk on a crisp, sunny day, or curling up beside the fire listening to the rain on the roof. Pause for a few moments and read about real estate, island living, or just my wandering thoughts as […]

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The above chart shows the last 15 months of real estate activity for South and Central Whidbey. See discussion below: The summer finished with a total of 103 homes being sold in July-Sep 2011 compared to 83 for the same period last year which is an increase of 24% more homes sold. This high sales […]

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Why does Windermere sell more property than any other brokerage on Whidbey Island? I can tell you… it is because we are the most professional, we strive to be the best educated about our market and we do the very best job possible for our clients. Be sure you talk to a Whidbey Island Windermere […]

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Mark your calendar for 11 great things to do on Whidbey in 2011. All are very different and lots of fun. 1. Langley starts it off with Mystery Weekend, Feb. 26 & 27. A Prescription for Murder. The town has hundreds of ‘would be Whidbey sleuths” looking for the clues to solve the mystery. Fun […]

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Why look for a realtor who is a runner when you are ready to sell or buy property? More times than not that person has great self discipline, is highly motivated, has an excellent self image, and is organized. Runners use their time on the road or track to work out problems. Sometimes that is […]

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The Whidbey Island Affordable Vacation Home Tour was a great success! If you were not able to make it to this tour you will be happy to know there will be another tour in early spring 2011. Everyone enjoyed the diverse selection of affordable homes toured, from brand new condos in Langley, to some of […]

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It has been a while since I have had time to analyze the active listing and closed sales real estate data for Whidbey Island, so I thought it would be good to give everyone an update. The data presented below is through the end of September, just as we are headed into what has traditionally […]

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It is not unusual in my business for a client to make a political comment to me during a conversation, especially in the heated political environment we are in today. Over the years I have decided that it is best to not acknowledge in any way these comments beyond a smile. Even that can be […]

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Djangofest is a big part of WICA‘s line up every year, and locals and visitors are lucky for that. Did you know that you can actually attend classes with some of these amazing artists? ALFONSO PONTICELL does a class where you can learn to play flamenco. For a full line up of the bands that […]

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I have always felt it was important to be associated with the best company in any market segment. So when I got out of college I went to work for one of the best restaurant chains in the west. After that I sold incredibly good food service products to those fine restaurants with Carnation, the […]

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You are the source. What does this mean? It means that your knowledge, your emotions, your photos are what create the personality of the home you have lived in and are selling. Sharing these brings your home to life. So tell me your story. We have the time, and it does make a difference. All […]

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If you live on Whidbey Island you really have it good when it comes to garden fresh produce from Spring through fall. Think baked bread, herbs, free range chicken, eggs, and so many other things you just can’t get enough of. Which is the reason why you REALLY have it good. From one end to […]

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Most of us today are concerned about our environment, and recycle paper products with enthusiasm. We try to not use paper products when we can avoid it, and we read our magazines and newspapers and then recycle them too. That is why it is a mystery to me why some sellers insist on having a […]

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Enjoy walking on the trails of the old growth forest on Whidbey Island, learn how Islanders are working to buy the Trillium property which has more old growth forest.

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If it’s spring, it is the beginning of salmon season in the Pacific NW. Wild salmon is an iconic symbol of our region, and every spring we are reminded about how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy this wonderful fish. It is a symbol of the the natural beauty and bounty of the […]

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What makes a good Windermere Realtor? It is a person who can cheerfully sort huge piles of miscellaneous clothing in different sizes, price them, and ready them for sale. He is a person who can work all day in rain or hot sun in a big garden without complaining. She is a person who can […]

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Pricing your home right in the beginning can make the difference between a long time on the market and a short time. How do we price right?

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You must price it right when when your home 1st goes on the market. You have about 21 days to be “new”. After that you are just another home in the ever increasing inventory that we are all seeing now. I can show you comparatives, we can review the numbers, the days on market etc, […]

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It is a good time to buy on Whidbey Island. Interest rates are low, and there is excellent inventory.

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No, I am not talking about grouchy people. Whidbey Island has many popular crabbing spots, but many crabbers like to keep their special spots secret. One of the best spots is off of Bells Beach, along Saratoga Passage, and the location of one of my great beachfront listings. Row your boat out to your crab […]

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Bank of America announced a new program for their mortgage holders who are upside down in value on their current mortgages with B of A. Borrowers must demonstrate a hardship in making current payments, and be at least 60 days delinquent on the loans and owe at least 120% of the current home value.   Borrowers […]

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What do buyers really want? What I have found is that most people want to know what makes this town, this community, this street, this house – special and different. I live on an island, so many of the people who come here to buy a home are new to island living. Interspersed with looking […]

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I am a foodie. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to share that passion. Doesn’t it just make you feel welcome when you walk into a house and there are wonderful food aromas coming from the kitchen? One of the older “tricks of the trade” in real estate is to […]

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If you love gardening you won’t want to miss the Whidbey Gardening Workshop in Coupeville on March 20. It is an all day affair with an amazing group of workshops, and a keynote address by Valerie Easton. Valerie writes about gardens and houses for Garden Design, Metropolitan Home and the Seattle Times,and lives and gardens […]

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The 21st annual Penn Cove Coupeville Mussel Festival is being held over the weekend of March 5-7 2010  on the waterfront. Come enjoy briny mussels fresh from the sea in chowder and off the grill. This is a fitting place to hold an event like this, as the famous Penn Cove mussels are farmed here. […]

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Try to sneak a quick trip to an island grocery store without meeting someone you know.  No way. You are stranded, and out of gas on the road. Not for long.  Someone will stop and help you in a matter of minutes. Guaranteed.

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Rain doesn’t bother me one drop.  I love the sound on the roof and watching the way the earth, sky and the “ in-between” interact.  But my personality doesn’t let me spend too much time in contemplation.  I start looking for ways to enjoy the rain experience on the islands when I have a day […]

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When you think about winery wine tasting, I’ll bet you think California, Oregon or Eastern Washington. On South Whidbey Island, there are a number of local wineries making some pretty darn good northwest wine.  It is an eclectic mix of wineries, some offering wines made from locally grown grapes and/or wines made from grapes grown […]

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You get up in the morning to the quiet of island life, waves lapping on the shore, birds and eagles flying overhead, deer and other wild life framing the landscape of your life.  But every once and a while, you just need to go to the city and feel the pulse and excitement of Pike […]

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I am often asked by those who come to the islands and are thinking about making it their home, “What do you love best about living on an island?” From the well of who I have become living here, comes these thoughts: eagles soaring above in the bright sun, Madrona red sunsets, black nights with […]

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