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OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, FEB. 16, 11:00-2:00 FEATURE HOME: 4704 MT. BAKER LOOP, MOUNT VERNON Jamie Yantis, Windermere Real Estate/Skagit Valley
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Beautiful waterfront lot. Enjoy all that Sunday Lake has to offer. 93’ lot located just minutes from I-5. Views, waterfront, park, clubhouse, playground & more. Build your dream home! MLS# 451898 Call Mike, 540-1341
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Ready to build your dream home? Bring your house plans to this 5.3+ acre parcel. Mostly flat and in a great location. Easy commute to Bellingham or Burlington. MLS #577590 Call Ivana, 770-3550
Samish Island highbank. Three bedroom rambler. Sweeping views of bay & mountains. Shared boat ramp. Private beach access. MLS# 592073 Call Wilma, 661-1631
Wilma Louia Designated Broker/Owner 661-1631
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Very nice home in great Burl. neighborhood. Updated kitchen w/ granite countertops & cabinets. 3 BD, 1.75 BA, 2071 sq. ft. Lg. partially covered deck & air conditioning. Huge garage/shop, .39 acre lot on a dead end street. MLS #591954 Call Jim, 708-1681
Jim Stransky 708-1681
Home on large corner lot. 4 BD, 1.75 BA. 1892 sq. ft. Country kitchen. Original wood floors. Detached 1 car garage. MLS #584344 Call Debbie, 708-8780
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Plus a $1550 deposit. Open & bright floor plan. 3 BD, 2 BA, + den/office. Large heated basement area. Fenced backyard. 2 car garage. One year lease required. Call Property Management, 755-5555
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RIDGEMONT NEIGHBORHOOD..3 BR, 1.75 BA, spacious WATERFRONT HOME..stunning architectural home on living rm, adjoining family rm w/wood f/place. On a cul-de- South facing low bank lot in Anacortes. Wonderful setting HOSTED BY: FRITZ & SHELAH INMAN. Country Club sac, close to schools & town. $279,000. #551945 and just $799,000. #588545 brick rambler. $379,000. #512936 GORGEOUS..3 BA, 2.5 BA rambler is on an acre with NEAR LAKE PADDEN.. Nice 3 BR, 2 BA mfg home lo- VERY NICE 21 ACRE ..Bldg site in rural area, close to a view to the west of mountain & bay. Beautiful lyptus cated in park within walking distance of Lk Padden. town. Lots of road frontage, could possibly be split into wood floors & cabinets, separate office, many extras. $68,500. #494657 multiple lots. Possible owner contract w/lg down pmt. $465,000. #588583 COMFORTABLE MFG HOME..2 BR, 1.75 BA, dining area. $124,500. #557913 15 ACRES..excellent bldg site, great location, minutes to Nice location on edge of town. Room to garden, shop, GREAT BUY!... This well kept 3 BR, 1 freeway & Bham. Shallow wells in area. Creek & valley covered deck & carport. $105,000. #541077 3/4 Ba home located on a quiet dead views. $180,000. #512840 NICE 20 ACRES..fronts on access road with great end street. Country kitchen, spacious rec GOOD MT. VERNON INVESTMENT..solid home w/3 mountain views. Has power & water available. $99,500. room. (JUST LISTED) & priced to sell at BR. Estate sale, a fixer upper but has promise. Level lot, #330544 $169,500. # 588455 walking distance to hospital, schools & shops. #575827 LARGE DUPLEX..each unit is over 2,000sf with 3 BR $99,500. + den. Great Burlington location and only 2 years old. NEAR KAYAK GOLF COURSE.. 13.77 acres in secluded $334,500. #556307 THANK YOU FOR VOTING US setting. Opportunity knocks, just $74,500. #554649 83 ACRES..beautiful pasture land, some wooded areas. BUSINESS LOCATION..3.53 acres in Burlington zoned 3 BR, 2 BA mfg home, 2 shops, horse barn, hay loft. Great Industrial and priced at just $3.87 per square foot. for cattle ranch, equestrian use. $465,000. #284837 BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE W I N E R $595,000. 3480718 N C
HOSTED BY:FRITZ & SHELAH INMAN. Country Club Rambler w/shop. New price! $479,000. #473037 SAMISH ISLAND..one level, 3 BR 1.75 BA, over 2700sf., natural light, kitchen w/ oak cabinets, breakfast rm surrounded by windows. Private backyard. $335,000. #459127 EAGLEMONT 2 STORY.. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, over 2500 sf, hardwood floors, kitchen w/granite, high end fixtures, high ceilings Spacious upstairs, bonus rm & den. $310,000. #574568 YOUR SLICE OF PARADISE..cozy Samish Island home featuring 3 BR, 2 BA, lg deck, garage with work shop. Near community park. $214,950. #589549 BUILDING LOT..shy half acre in Sedro-Woolley city limits. Utilities in street, some marketable trees. Lot line adjustment is all that is needed to turn parcel into 2 lots. $75,000. #576834
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Protecting Against the Rise New Federal Regulations Related to Flood Insurance Can Make Covering Your Home More Difficult and the Premiums More Pricey
looding is a nightmare for homeowners. A few inches of water can cause immense damage, and repair costs can be ghastly. Yet, insuring a home against such disasters is getting more difficult, due in part to new federal regulations related to flood insurance. Under old National Flood Insurance Program regulations, certain houses could receive federal subsidies that lowered homeowners’ insurance premiums. Yet in recent years, the NFIP has struggled to come up with sufficient revenue to meet claims and costs. Between 2003 and 2012, NFIP insurance-claim totals were an annual average of almost $4 billion. “The NFIP never fully priced in the cost of very large disastersthey never really priced in a Katrina-sized event or a Sandysized event,” says Lloyd Dixon, director of the RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation in Santa Monica, Calif. “So the possibility of that was never priced into the rates structure.” The 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act attempted to stabilize NFIP finances by phasing out federal subsidies for homeowners in high-risk flood zones. Increases
began in October 2013, and for some buyers and sellers they are already causing concern. According to a statement from Steve Brown, 2014 president of the National Association of Realtors, approximately 40,000 home sales were delayed or canceled because of the flood insurance changes. A 2013 RAND study found that homes in high-risk flood zones can see increases as high as 40 percent in their insurance premiums after being stripped of federal subsidies. Concerns over the act were enough to cause the Senate to pass a bill in January delaying the insurance increases. There also were calls for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study on the NFIP to determine the true impact of Biggert-Waters rules. John Sebree, senior vice president of public policy for Florida Realtors stresses the importance of improving both the NFIP and the private home insurance market, but believes that the government approach to disasters needs to be revisited. “Congress is so quick to provide post-disaster funding,” Sebree says. “Why don’t we start encouraging that pre-disaster?”
February 14, 2014
FEATURE HOME FROM COVER: 4704 MT. BAKER LOOP, MOUNT VERNON Windermere Real Estate/Skagit 1030 E. College Way Mount Vernon, WA 360.424.4901 www.MySkagitHomes.com
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rules from Washington require that lenders properly complete all forms. As an example, in one settlement, a line on the good faith estimate of closing costs had been left blank and the result was a surprise $1,200 We are selling our home and will move to another area before credit to the borrowers. Another thing that does not closing. To save a trip back to our change regardless of closing current community, can we do our house closing electronically? location is the paperwork. While there has been a movement toward electronic closings and the use of electronic signatures, the overwhelming majority of There have been huge closings continue to involve advances in closing patterns plain old paper. Paper is easy during the past few years. In to handle and signatures are many areas, it’s entirely common easy to confirm. No software to have a closing right in your or electronics are needed to dining room. decipher what paper says. However, the fact that closing That’s a big deal, because locations can be more flexible real estate documentation may need to be reviewed years if does not mean the process has not decades from now for tax evolved. and estate purposes. If kept in The party conducting the an electronic format, will that closing is generally seen as an agent of the settlement process. information been available in 10 That is, they do not represent the or 20 years? Just think of all the files kept on buyer, the seller or the lender. Instead, their job is to assure that 5.25-inch floppy disks common the closing process is completed in the 1980s, disks that most computers can no longer read. correctly. For most homeowners and Why is this important? borrowers, the easier and surer Closing is complex and option is to have everything on everyone benefits when the paper. paperwork is right. Also, new
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RESIDENTIAL 2610 E SECTION #24, MV
55+, popular park location! 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage. Open floor plan, large family room, formal living & dining rooms, tons of built-ins & storage! Private backyard with garden space. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #571511
8276 LUSK RD, CNC
608 CEDAR TREE DR, SDW
Beautiful home on 6.5+ acres. 3,579 SF., 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Fruit trees, green house, Koi pond & super cool chicken coop. 44’x22’RV garage with 14’ door. Call Jake Koetje at 466-8045. #552986
Stand-alone office building. Approx. 1272 SF with reception area, several offices, on-site parking & street frontage. Call Dave Patterson at 708-5030. #548662
Beautiful 4 bedroom Big Lake home w/100ft of waterfront & dock. Spacious kitchen, open living area w/commanding views of lake & mountains. Detached garage, plus lots of parking space. Call Megan O’Bryan at 708-5817. #526799
Commercial lot in area of prof.offices. Purchase lot or will build to suite. Call Warren Bingham at 770-2421. #27209053
Super cute & clean 3 bedroom home on 1.44 acres on Fir Island. Home has been lifted above flood zone. All new flooring/paint. New roof 2009, new siding 2008. Views of Baker, Rainier, Olympics. Call Megan O’Bryan at 708-5817. #525759
This 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home has hardwoods throughout for low maintenance. Large yard & deck for entertaining. Home needs some TLC. Must see! This is a Fannie Mae HomePath. Call Karine Anderson at 421-1189 or Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082. #566441
4704 MT. BAKER LP, MV
4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths & den in 2743 SF. 3 car garage, slab granite kitchen counters, SS apps, laminate wood floors, all backing to greenbelt on 7000+ SF lots. Call Jamie Yantis at 540-5264. #574190
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Great opportunity for the handyman, home sits on 1.12 acres in the Lake McMurray area. It is not on the lake, 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom. Call Karine Anderson at 421-1189 or Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082. #555721
6010 WORLINE, BOW
Fannie Mae owned home, great Bow location. Boasting 3 bedrooms & 1.75 baths. New stove & hood, fresh interior paint. Must see this home! Call Karine Anderson at 421-1189 or Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082. #560889
24494 POLTE RD., SDW
Updated farm-style home on 1/2 acre. Newer flooring, freestanding gas stove, 3 bedrooms & approx. 1100 SF. Covered front porch, garden space, studio outbuilding. Greenhouse & outbuildings. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #547152
2901 IROQUOIS, MV
Spacious daylight rambler on .3 acre lot in Thunderbird. Main level has 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Nice sized family room on lower level. Home is in need of some TLC. Call Lee Ann Dean 421-3082 or Karine Anderson 421-1189. #573517
2025 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, MV $1,458/NNN
Just completed! Beautiful 4 bdrm, 3 bath, 3170 SF home. Hardwood floors, fireplace & SS appls. Enjoy the view from your full length deck. 1 acre lot. More info. at SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #585533
15673 FIR ISLAND RD, MV
22054 STATE ROUTE 9, MV
Custom 4 bedroom home with beautiful detail throughout. Coffered ceilings, main floor master suite with jetted tub & shower. Large gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry. 3 upstairs bedrooms & huge rec room & wet bar. Call Donna Rowell at 708-7984. #528255
Country rambler featuring 2 bedrooms & 1.5 baths on 1 acre. Several large outbuildings, some fencing & room for all your toys. Bring your imagination. Call Karine Anderson at 421-1189 or Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082. #538386
4353 CHILDRENS AVE, OH
1312 N 43RD ST, MV
1 level home on large fenced lot, garden space & 2 car garage. Vaulted ceilings give a spacious feel to the open floor plan with 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths. Newer roof, RV parking, 2 decks and all appliances included! Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #556261
15175 DESCHUTES CT, MV
12899 WAYWARD WAY, CL
18689 W. BIG LAKE BLVD, MV $499,999
17304 OLYMPIC PL, MV
Beautifully remodeled this well-designed, spacious home boasts westerly views framed by lovely mature landscaping. Gourmet kitchen, elegant master suite & much more. Great location in Skyridge neighborhood. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #579939
Warehouse spaces with offices, several sizes, in a quality business park. Three-county access. Call Jim & Balisa Koetje at 421-4111.
0 WILLIAM WAY, MV
Some of the last undeveloped building lots in this area of Mount Vernon. Other prof offices nearby. Call Jim Glackin at 428-2828. #431726
1331 S. 3RD ST, MV
0 PARKER WAY, MV
512 S. 1ST ST, LAC
Waterfront commercial building in the heart of bustling La Conner. Call Dick Nord at 661-6529. #514550
110 S. 5th, MV
Immaculate Conception Church, built in 1912. Approx. 4,732 SF, seats 325. Included on the adjacent lot is a parsonage. Contact Balisa or Jim Koetje 421-4111.
1000 E. COLLEGE WAY, MV
320 ELEANOR LN., MV $196,000 - $1,210,000
Spacious & elegant Eaglemont rambler! Open floor plan w/great room, high ceilings, stamped concrete patio - all tastefully appointed. Stucco exterior, quiet dead-end street, backed by greenbelt, large 2 car garage w/shop area. Call Jim Glackin at 428-2828. #589853
7544 MERGANSER LN, BOW $589,950 OPEN HOUSE SAT. FEB. 15TH, 12:00-2:00
Contemporary home in good condition. 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths. Metal roof, slate/tile flooring throughout. Bay & mountain views, waterfront access to community shared beach & shop. Call Karine Anderson at 421-1189 or Lee Ann Dean at 421-3082. #565768
4935 PRAIRIE LN, SDW
QUANTUM LN., ANACORTES
Commercial property on College Way. Former Skagit Valley Herald Bldg.,approx. 9,700 SF of office & 9,300 SF of warehouse. Contact Jim or Balisa Koetje 421-4111.
3810 LAUREL CT, MV $354,900 OPEN HOUSE SAT. FEB. 15TH, 11:00-1:00
4900 RONEY RD, BOW
2 office/retail suites with tremendous exposure. One plumbed for hair salon. Both spaces are approx. 1,450 SF. Contact Balisa or Jim Koetje 421-4111.
7 lots available in the commercial industrial plat in S. MV. Sizes from approx. 28,000 SF - 249,000 SF. Contact Jim or Balisa Koetje 202-2500.
Enjoy glistening sunsets & watching the eagles soar. Superb acreage residence in Sunset Creek offers over 3000 SF of light filled living. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #555909
Gaze at the stars & take in the wonders of nature. Stunning 5 acre homestead wrapped in a picturesque private setting. Barn, shops & more! Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #588891
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RARE 10 secluded acres near Whistle Lake, w/ streams, waterfalls, & abundance of marketable timber. Public water, electric power, phone & cable. Minutes from HWY 20 & downtown Anacortes. Single wide mobile home on site. Paul Necco 360-770-5989 MLS#585448
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3743 BIZ POINT RD, ANA
Beautiful 1-acre lot on Fidalgo Island’s west side. Desirable neighborhood, panoramic views, Alexander Beach rights, day use at dock. Water & power at street. 10-min. from Anacortes. Margi Houghton 360-202-0041 MLS#589869
LOTS 22-24 SOUTH SHORE RD, ANA $35,000 This beautiful, level, wooded lot is not far from the Guemes ferry dock and Anderson store. Lot certification is completed. Great vacation getaway. Margi Houghton 360-202-0041 MLS#534089
NSN 18TH ST, MV
Dynamic updated view home on .5+ acre in The Pointe. Formal design, elegant kitchen, vaulted ceilings, panoramic views. Fully landscaped. Attached 3-car garage & shop. Del Mar Beach rights. Colleen Sargent 360-202-2155 MLS#588135 NE
Beautiful 3 BD, 2.75 BA home in desirable Orchards neighborhood. Stunning Mt Baker & Padilla Bay views. Main level living, gourmet kitchen w/ island/bar & stainless appliances. 2 decks, 3-car garage. Mature landscaping. Close to the AFL trails. Margi Houghton 360-202-0041 MLS#590776
11583 POINTE PLACE, ANA
19,000 SF level building lot. Zoning for Professional Building. Will build to suit. Will look at a trade. Rick Bennett 360-202-2630 or Buzz Ely 360-202-4626 MLS#584818
3805 VIEW RIDGE, ANA
Updated condo at “The Ridge.” Duplex style, main-level living. Association maintained ext. & landscaping. Hardwood flrs, kitchen w/ quartz counters, stainless appliances. Fidalgo Bay and Mt. Baker views. 2-car garage w/storage. Colleen Sargent 360-202-2155 MLS#588000
21865 SWAN RD, MV
Country home on 1.16 acres, close to town & amenities! 5BR, 1.75BA, 3000 SF rambler w/ MIL potential on lower level. Territorial & foothill views. 5-car garage w/ shop space. RV parking. Leigh Zwicker 360-333-9975 MLS#588909
7337 MILLER RD, ANA
LOT 20 HIGHLAND DR, ANA
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Pioneer Trails RV Resort: features 150 condo RV sites & 5 cabins. Repeat clientele plus off season refinery shut down creates consistent income each year; 40% Canadian guests. Quiet, wooded setting. Easy access to Seattle, BC, & San Juans. John Prosser 360-202-3891 MLS#589085
RICK BENNETT: As a full-time, licensed broker, I have worked successfully in Anacortes for over a decade, gaining an extensive knowledge of the Fidalgo Island and surrounding real estate markets. It is exciting to be affiliated with Windermere Real Estate as I continue my commitment to high quality, professional services for my clients and to exceeding their expectations. BUZZ ELY: Managing Broker; Active in Anacortes Real Estate for the past 16 years. Previously practiced medicine as a physician at Island Hospital. Longtime member of the community with a particular interest in commercial real estate and special projects. Married with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. RITA GRANT: A highly successful Salesperson for a new homebuilder in Southern California for the past 10 years, Rita has just relocated to Anacortes. She brings with her a strong work ethic and a desire to give every Client superior customer service. Rita has many hours of specialized training and a great foundation in understanding her clients and their needs. Number one in that foundation being, “Every successful and great relationship begins with ‘liking’.” JESSICA NOTARO: I was born and raised in Skagit Valley and am proud to call Anacortes my home for the past 18 years. I’ve been a licensed Realtor for the past 14 years and am excited to be part of the Windermere team. My enthusiasm for Anacortes and real estate continues to grow with each client that I have the opportunity to work with. LEIGH ZWICKER: A Quality Service Certified Professional, I have been serving Anacortes and Skagit County for the past 11 years. It is my goal to provide my clients with excellence in the real estate partnership.
Spectacular panoramic view lot in Skyline. Cleared, ready to build, utilities at street. Beach Club amenities include. WA Park, Ferry, & boat launch nearby. Margi Houghton 360-202-0041 MLS#589804
127 HAIDAH, CENTER ISLAND $55,000 Perfect for pilots! Fly in to this very pretty, readyto-build lot, w/watr, power on site, tie-down area prepared. Dock & beach access. Sarah Jones 360375-6142 MLS# 494571
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The Finest Lot left in Mount Vernon’s Most Gorgeous Neighborhood!! Lot 11 on Quail Drive boasts over 2 acres looking directly west over the picturesque farmlands all the way to the San Juans and Beyond. Spectacular Sunsets await your dream home on this fully cleared ready to build property.
Two beautiful side by side landscaped lots w/3 bdrm septic, water, electric & cable. Loads of rock & fill material have been brought in to raise and level the 2 RV parking sites! Over 2/3 acre total lot size. Land has been cleared for better exposure! View of river too! HOD include water & park maintenance.
Wonderful Large Country home with guest quarters. Small barn for horses, wrap around covered porch, 20 ft ceilings. 6 bedrooms 2.75 baths, game room and office. Open kitchen lots windows look out to forest. Private dead end street last house on street. RV and Boat parking.
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Exquisite Estate Home #457118 • $759,000
Enjoy beautiful sunset, island & expansive water views. Home offers west-facing views of Olympics & San Juan Islands. Guest space down w/lg 2nd mstr ste, kitchen, laundry, living rm and sunroom. Upstairs has bdrm & bonus rm w/great views, outside deck & covered patio. RV & BOAT PARKNG.
Gated “Ocean View Estates” features this 4500 sq ft home on 2 1/2 acres w/views of Olympics, the Sound & San Juan Islands. AC, High-end finishes of Granite, Slate, Stone & Hardwood. Radiant floor heat, 4 Fpls & 6 car Garage. Outside offers two Slate Patios & a Tram to a Private Waterside Deck!
Wonderful views of Big Lake! Rare home offers amazing amenities incl carved brick art work, eucalyptus flooring, chef’s kitch with S/S & granite counter tops, 4.77 acs of pristine landscaping, heated shop w/car lift & 5 bays, greenhouse, ponds, the list is endless. This is a MUST SEE HOUSE!
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February 14, 2014
What Today’s Buyers Want
Depending on Who’s Looking, Your Home May Have Just the Thing that Today’s Homebuyers’ Desires. Here are the Features that Buyers Must Have to Close the Deal — and They Might be Right Inside Your Home
company, says he’s selling houses with four- to six-car garages. However, he said those same buyers want a smaller lot. “They don’t want the maintenance,” he said. The same holds true in Lake County, Illinois. Leslie McDonnell, team leader of the Leslie McDonnell Team at RE/MAX Suburban in Libertyville, Ill., says her buyers are searching for zero-lot-line homes similar to those found in retirement communities, even though they are well under retirement age. “They want a garden, but they want to simplify,” she says. They’re gravitating away from the McMansions because they’re tired of paying those taxes.” On a $450,000 house in Vernon Hills, a village in Lake County, typical property taxes would just shy of $10,000 per year, she says. Today’s buyers are very tax-sensitive. “They would rather spend a little less to get a smaller house and still be able to go to Disney World if they want to,” McDonnell adds. Geography and demographics also dictate housing preferences. Southerners tend to buy newer homes with central air conditioning very homebuyer is different, but each purchase provides valuable information that forms trends. Today’s real estate buyers while Northeastern buyers preferred houses with hardwood floors. are savvy, cost-conscious married couples looking to downsize and Older buyers placed a high importance on a first-floor bedroom while middle-aged buyers gave a laundry room high priority. In save. fact, the rooms that buyers were willing to pay the most for were a According to a recent survey by the National Association of basement and an in-law suite, to care for aging parents or to house Realtors, 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, a majority of children returning home from college. According to the survey, buyers, 66 percent, were married couples purchasing a detached buyers said they would be willing to pay around $3,200 more for a single family home with a 10-percent down payment. The typical house with a basement. homebuyer, according to NAR, searched for three months and Joffee specializes in the luxury home market — houses at the viewed 10 houses in person. The most desired homes had three $2 million dollar price point and higher. For that buyer, he says, a bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage and a basement. finished basement with a temperature controlled wine cellar and “I always say, wives buy the kitchen and husbands buy the garage,” says Mary Jo Quay, a real estate agent with the Minnesota tasting bar is in demand. Also generating top dollar, he says, are houses with “separate toilet areas.” One master bathroom in which Real Estate Team in Minneapolis. “Everybody has a wish list much the couple shares the shower, bathtub and dual vanities, but has more extensive than their pocketbook.” dual toilets and a urinal, said Joffee. But as prices rise — more than 11 percent in 2013 — buyers First time homebuyers cannot be so picky. Quay in Minnesota are voting on features that get the deal closed. For instance, 57 says her buyers are happy to just find a house. With bitter percent of buyers between 2010 and 2012 purchased a singlefamily home with a fireplace, according to the 2013 Home Features temperatures below the freezing mark, she said she expects the spring will be a very competitive market. “March will start to pop,” Survey by the NAR. A whopping 78 percent chose a house with a garage. Robert Joffee of The Joffee Group, an Arizona-based realty she said from all the pent up demand.
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24227 Nookachamp Hills Dr - Mt Vernon MLS#501581. $418,900 WOW! $133 per Sq Ft for these Amazing Finishes! New, quality unsurpassed! Spacious home & with lower level including bedrm, bath & lrg rec room. Enjoy great outdoors & city amenities. Incredible water & mtn views. Many lots available to build your own dream home! Soria Real Estate (360) 755-0888
OPEN HOUSE SAT. FEB. 15th, 11:00-1:00 Spacious & elegant rambler in one of NW Washington's premier golf course communities! Open floor plan w/great room, high ceilings, gas fireplace, jetted tub in master, beautiful ceramic tile, stamped concrete patio & much more. Stucco exterior for ease of maintenance - corner lot on a quiet dead-end street & backed by a greenbelt. 2 car garage w/shop area provides ample storage. Jim Glackin, (360)428-2828 WRE/Skagit Valley
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Newly remodeled Duplex 2 bdrm, 2 ba, no smoke/pets, $900/mo. 360-708-0316 or 360-856-4172
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A Valentine heart throb! This very well cared for craftsman home with almost 4400 sq. ft. will make you scream “BE MINE!” The great view of water and islands makes this a sweetheart of a home. $699,900 Jacki Mayo 360-770-1670 JackiMayo@cbbain.com COLDWELL BANKER BAIN
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1201 Nelson Street Sedro Woolley $209,500 Rambler on 1/2 + acre lot. Well built 1950's home, large living room, updated kitchen, 3 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths, great rec room. Nice garden shop and room for outdoor activities and gardens.
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1814 Aemmer Place Mount Vernon (South end of 19th St.)
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WHO WE ARE… Skagit Tradition Realty, a family owned and operated real estate firm, has been serving the Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties for more than 70 years. We are a full service real estate office highly proficient in a variety of fields, which include residential, commercial, property management, international transactions, first time home buyers and other real estate investments.
17706 RAY PAUL LANE, LA CONNER
3619 TRUMPETER PLACE, MOUNT VERNON $315,000
Danya Wolf, Designated Broker .......... 360-708-8294 Jessie Cavazos, Hablo Espanol ............ 360-770-5623 Celia Miller........................................... 360-391-6065 Suzanne Jenkins................................... 360-941-2983 Brett Tacke........................................... 360-840-7931 Sandy Everett ...................................... 360-202-3706 JoAnn Boudreau .................................. 360-391-0746 Richard Dickman .................................. 360-420-3155 Elva Hunter .......................................... 360-202-3086 John Hunter ......................................... 360-202-3854 Donna Kurras ....................................... 360-770-7596 Chris Miller........................................... 360-333-1868 Russ Lanker .......................................... 360-708-1117 Dayna Telidetzki................................... 360-708-8452 Linda Dietrick....................................... 360-840-6771 Patricia Box, Office Manager ............... 360-424-0300
1806 BAKERVIEW CT., EAGLEMONT
1087 DIGBY RD, MOUNT VERNON
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Spacious, circular drive to patio, level entry. Quality built & designed w/ vaulted ceilings, Elva Hunter covered deck. Main master w/ 360-202-3086 dbl closet/BA & 2 BR/2 BA + office. Down 2 BR/BA, lg fam. rm, could be MIL. Prof. landscaped. RV prkg. Close to Golf, Medical, shy 1 acre. MLS# 524620
512 TALBOTT ST, LA CONNER
Great 2980 sq.ft. home w/ large wrap around deck. 4 bdrm and 3 bath. Bright and sunny Elva Hunter kitchen has beautiful cabinets 360-202-3086 and granite tile counter, lg dining rm. Huge family room downstairs, bedroom, bath & utility. Huge garage w/ work/shop area. Great neighborhood,close to School & College! MLS# 564724
$1,450/MO 415 SHANTEL ST., MOUNT VERNON
Wonderful open fl plan, w/ lg master suite on main level, walk-in closet, lg kitchen granite counters/gas fireplaces, sliding doors to covered deck Elva Hunter to outdoor entertaining! Den/ 360-202-3086 office w/ French doors. Downstairs 2 bedrooms, full bath, large rec room & plenty of storage. 2 plans to choose from or work with builder for your special design features! MLS# 475304 8191 MAPLE AVE, LYMAN
Beautiful Condo 2 bd. plus a den. 2 ba. rooms, Granite JoAnn Boudreau 360-391-0746 counter tops, vaulted ceilings, large tile master shower, Great floor plan. All on one floor w/ no steps. 2 car garage wi/ auto opener. MLS# 394504
15068 NOOKACHAMPS RD
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Completely remodeled cabin with beautiful mahogany deck. Marble countertop. One of a kind bathroom shower has view of Olympics. Slate tile and Suzanne Jenkins hardwood floors. 12x12 newer 360-941-2983 outbuilding plus 10x10 outbuilding. $9000 lease. 50ft waterfront. MLS# 560216
1508 LINDSAY LOOP #105, MOUNT VERNON$210,000
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 2, 14PM 36493 CAPE HORN RD, SEDRO WOOLLEY
One of a kind home in our community with extensive custom features. Craftsman home features include: 14’ vaulted ceilings in living room; 10’ ceilings throughout; hardwood floors; granite counters;maple cabinets; stainless appliances;custom millwork; custom blinds within view windows on south side of home;fabulous p.a. system; fully landscaped;20+ fruit trees, blueberries, grapes, roses, fencing; shop on one acre over looking Danya Wolf duck pond. MLS#589312 360-708-8294 404/406 E. FAIRHAVEN AVE., BURLINGTON $389,000 W NE
New hardwood, wall-to-wall & a gas fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has all new stainless appliances & an island. Spacious rooms have an open floor plan with a private deck in the backyard off the master. Both baths include full size tubs. Landscaping is easy and La Conner Sandy Everett businesses are within walking distance. 360-202-3706 Application fee applies to all applicants over 18. OERTEL DR., BLAINE
1601 N. WAUGH RD, MOUNT VERNON , Y1 BU
Beautiful low bank 53’ waterfront lot. Spectacular sunsets and views of the Straits Suzanne Jenkins of Georgia and White Rock. 360-941-2983 Great crabbing and clamming. Just the place for your dream home on Semiahmoo Bay. MLS# 440315
Beautifully kept home in a quality neighborhood. Close to services and shopping. Better than new with upgrades throughout. A small pet may be approved with a non-refund able deposit. $45.00 application fee req. for all adults 18 yo +(credit & background)
Nicely remodeled home w/ new sheet rock, wiring, plumbing, insulation, windows, hot water Donna Kurras heater, Pergo flooring, vinyl 360-770-7596 siding and a 24 x 24 shop/garage. Also an attached 12 x 24 carport Stainless appliances included in sale. This is a really sweet home located on a quiet dead-end street. MLS# 578151 SHANNON LAKE RD, CONCRETE $130,000
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Fourplex tract(s) for $160,000 (Tract 6) and $170,000 (Tract 5); and one five plex tract Danya Wolf (Tract 4) for $180,000.00 360-708-8294 Building permit ready for thirteen (13) units. Or,administrative conditional use potential for professional/ medical offices. MLS# 574059
Spacious living, all on 1 level! Plenty of space (1ac) comes with this lovely home at the end of a long driveway. Large rooms Sandy Everett complete with nice carpeting are 360-202-3706 found throughout. Home is right across the street from the River and property has great garden potential. MLS# 447728
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Great central location downtown. Two retail/ office spaces! Appx. 2800 sf. Danya Wolf Both w/ current long term 360-708-8294 tenants. One side dance studio & offers small kitchenette & ½ BA, laminate floors. Other side Optometrist office also w/ ½ BA. MLS# 535417
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Spectacular views of Sauk Mountain, Cascades, Skagit River Richard Dickman 360-420-3155 & valley below close to Everett & Shannon lakes for fishing. Enjoy privacy in a park like atmosphere w/panoramic views. Nice hiking through forest w/cedar groves. Close to town MLS# 175569.
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