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CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE ON THE FLIP SIDE PAGE 3
PROTECT YOUR DECK NOW PAGE 4
HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS PAGE 5
Q&A GOLDEN VIEW AVENUE, LA CONNER Skagit Tradition Realty 3780 E. College Way Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-424-0300 Danya Wolf Listing Agent (360) 708-8294
Enjoy the amazing view of Saratoga Passage, islands, and incredible sunsets from this 0.435 acre (18,960 sq. ft.) lot featuring 82 feet of sandy beach waterfront. This sloped lot features Madrona trees. Water and electricity available. MLS#270671
ARE PENALTIES ALLOWED? PAGE 7
A DOWN-TOEARTH GUIDE TO HOME HEATING AND COOLING PAGE 8
FEATURED ARTICLE: CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE - ON THE FLIP SIDE: For his newest project, Jeff Lewis, Hollywood’s favorite flipper, turns around the business model that made him famous. The fifth season of Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out just ended and, interestingly, this season focused on frenetic...(cont. on pg. 3)
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Celebrity Real Estate
Protect Your Deck Now
Home Improvement Tips
Q&A: Are Penalties Allowed? A Down-To-Earth Guide to Home Heating and Cooling
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12180 Bayhill Drive, Burlington $299,950 Beautiful Burlington Bayhill Rambler shy 1900 sq. ft, 3 br, 2 baths, remodeled kitchen. Fully fenced shy 1/4 acre lot, RV parking. MLS #197512.
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-5, TAKE BURLINGTON/ANACORTES EXIT #230, GO WEST ON HWY 20, THEN GO NORTH ON AVON ALLEN RD., THEN GO WEST ON PETERSON RD., THEN GO SOUTH ON BAYHILL DR. TO HOME ON THE RIGHT.
Call Charlie, 708-1415, Jeannie, 708-9645 LAR GE FEN CED
12342 Bayhill Drive, Burlington
Built 2006, Approx. 1580 Sq. Ft. Nice open floor plan. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Large master suite. Large fully fenced backyard, 2 car garage. MLS#274185 Call Ivana, 770-3550
Wilma Louia Owner 661-1631
Debbie Allen 708-8780
Mike Welling 540-1341
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Picnic and Ponder your dream home plans from this incredible. 2.13 acre parcel. Watch the sunset over Clear Lake, listen to the geese flying overhead and enjoy all the Lake has to offer. Private setting, dead end road, easy access & convenient location. MLS#202451 Call Mike, (360) 540-1341
TON/ANACORTES EXIT #230. GO WEST ON HWY 20, THEN GO NORTH ON AVON ALLEN RD., THEN WEST ON PETERSON RD., THEN SOUTH ON BAYHILL DR.
Call Charlie, 708-1415, Jeannie, 708-9645
Terrific 2 story, 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths. Fenced backyard w/ a shed. Convenient location. Priced to sell! MLS #266535 Call Pete, 360-708-6500
Beautiful ground-floor condo. 2 bedroom, 2 baths. Patio & deck backs to greenbelt. Jetted tub, lots of storage. Attached garage. MLS #220403 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800
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Beautiful Burlington Bayhill Rambler shy 1800 sq. ft, 3 BR, 1 3/4 baths, large kitchen w/ generous storage, immaculately clean on shy 1/4 acre lot. MLS # 223100. DIRECTIONS: FROM I-5, TAKE BURLING-
Concrete Mount Vernon
Great country living on 1.19 acres of pasture and yard. Home has 2256 Sq. Ft with 4 bedrooms and 2.25 baths. Has been restored with new carpet, and paint. Newer double pain storm windows and siding. Huge family room and storage room . Pasture has plenty of room for a horse. MLS#267461 Call Jim, 708-1681
Ron Van Pelt 333-1045
Charlie & Jeannie Boon 708-9645
Mount Vernon, Historic Neighborhood $194,500
Beautiful Craftsman Style home. Completely updated & move in ready. Large kitchen, updated appliances. New windows, vinyl siding, gutters. Updated flooring throughout including tile & laminate. Great walk ability to schools, businesses & bus line. MLS# 236901 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800
Ivana Wood 770-3550
Dan Soria 348-6655
Jim Stransky 708-1681
Well built custom home. Open kitchen with stainless appliance & granite. 3 bdrms 2.5 baths, office and bonus room. 3 car garage for favorite vehicles & toys. Nestled in between 2 green belts. Backyard is very peaceful & serene. Enjoy Shelter Bay amenities like swimming pools, golf & marina. MLS# 252801 Call Wilma 661-1631
Lisa Davies 391-2232
Michelle Mitzel 630-4423
Elizabeth Detillion 708-8800
Country living on 1.38 acres w/ a new vineyard next door! Easy single level living plus fully finished basement. Desirable open concept floor plan w/ sky lit kitchen. Room to build a shop. MLS# 195914 Call Lisa, (360)391-2232
Amber Soria 969-4030
Kirk Campbell 770-7470
Pete McDougal Broker 708-6500
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Celebrity Real Estate
On the Flip Side By Lisa Iannucci CTW FEATURES The fifth season of Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out just ended and, interestingly, this season focused on frenetic house flipper Jeff Lewis converting his floundering flipping business into a successful interior design company. But why change what has made him a successful reality star? After all, he was discovered when Bravo was reviewing his assistant’s audition tape, and within 48 hours Lewis had a show of his own. But while he’s known for his brashness and over-the-top personality while hiring and firing friends along the way, his flipping business was no match for the country’s suffering economy. It was four years ago when market turned for Lewis and he faced the worst financial year of his life. “In 2008, everything turned and turned fast, and I was stuck holding several multi-million dollar homes. Fortunately, I was able to sell them and pay off my debts, but I did lose a lot of money,” he says. “I felt lucky, though, because some people lost everything. I wish I would have acted a little faster, but I was paralyzed for a couple of months because I just didn’t know what to do and I had to form a game plan.” Having a national reality show once helped Lewis to promote his flipping business, so he realized that he also could use it to launch
For his newest project, Jeff Lewis, Hollywood’s favorite flipper, turns around the business model that made him famous
a new business. “There’s this notion out there that you don’t make money doing reality shows, and that’s not true,” he says. “As a businessman, I never would have done this if I wasn’t paid well. So for me, I looked at it as a nice income supplement for running my business and having them just watch.” Even with a national platform and a new game plan, Lewis still faced an uncertain future. “People were holding onto their money, because they didn’t know what was going to happen with the economy and they were reluctant to spend,” he says. “Everybody was scared, even truly wealthy people.” Lewis noticed that remodeling jobs were being done more out of necessity than pure want. For example, a homeowner needed to convert a garage to a home office because the home office needed to be a nursery. Another homeowner remodeled because of a fire. In 2009, Lewis says that pockets loosened up a bit and his customers felt that most of the damage was done.” “All of a sudden I was trying to reinvent myself with a brand-new design business in a bad economy, and the show was a multimillion dollar marketing campaign for my business,” he explains. “When the season started, within two hours I had 18 legitimate business inquiries, so the design business has definitely loosened up.” If the market improves even more, Lewis says he may start to flip (cont. on pg. 6)
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Protect Your Deck Now So You Can Enjoy It Later
Colder temperatures, snow, and ice can do some damage on the exterior of your home, especially to wooden decks. Harsh winter weather can deteriorate the wood, ruin the look, and depreciate the value of your deck. Take extra care of it now so that your deck is in tip-top shape for backyard BBQs in the spring. There are three steps to winterizing your deck: First, you should give your deck a good wash. There are a number of substances that can get on your deck during the summer that could cause problems during the winter. For example, mold and mildew can cause erosion on various types of wood. Cleaning the deck can also prevent dry rot, which is wood decay caused by fungi. Start by removing furniture and planters for storage. Moisture caught between the deck and planters or furniture can seep into the wood during the winter and stain the surface. Sweep off dirt and debris while making sure to clear the space between the planks for ventilation. A leaf blower can help you clear the surface quickly. Then wash your deck with deck soap - you can find specific formulas for each type of wood. After washing, give it a good rinse with the hose.
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The next thing you want to do is restore the deck by stripping and refinishing the wood. It is important to strip and refinish the deck before staining to ensure sealants adhere to the wood and cover evenly. Power washing the deck is recommended to remove old paint and stains. Make sure to maintain a consistent distance from the surface of the deck at all times to produce a smooth surface. The last and most important step is protecting the deck with water repellant stain. Stains or sealants prevent water, snow, etc., from penetrating the wood and causing decay. Ask your hardware or home improvement store about the best high-quality stain for your type of deck. Using a paint sprayer can make staining faster and provide a professional finish. A paint sprayer can also help you cover those hard to reach areas like railings, posts and underneath the deck. Spray on a non-windy day to prevent overspray, keep a consistent distance away from the surface, and maintain a steady speed while spraying. The deck is one of your homeâ€™s greatest assets. Prolong the life of your investment by winterizing it each year.
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Home Improvement Tips Air-tight insulation delivers big returns Household energy-efficiency is now more important than ever when selling a home. Purchasers are able to rate one residence against another, so if you want top dollar for your house some day, it’s worth investing along these lines with upgrades and renovations. If adding rooms or finishing the basement, for example, take a look at the most energy efficient materials and methods,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, a company that has spearheaded an advanced version of the insulated concrete form (ICF), as well as do-it-yourself materials. For both interior and exterior walls, use a shiplap system of expanded polystyrene (EPS), which allows large 4 X 8 foot sheets of this foam to be installed without any gaps for air leakage. It’s easy to cut, easy to install, and the performance value is up to R-14. Drywall can then be attached directly to the embedded fastening strip allowing the electrical wiring to be easily run.
Occupant comfort Residential enjoyment is also top-of-mind in our choice of renovation fixtures, features and materials. Superior insulation will reduce home heating costs and it will also prevent excessive noise, drafts, and unexpected cold spots from room to room. In response to energy conservation, environmental responsibility and consumer demand, construction practices have advanced significantly in North America over the past few years. Today, for example, people are building their homes with insulated concrete forms, not wood, and very recently, similar eco-efficiency possible for home renovations.
STAT Tightening Up
67% Percentage of Americans who approve raising the tax rate on incomes over $250,000 as a means of reducing national debt.
OPEN HOUSES & SHOWCASES Starvation Ridge Road, Mount Vernon • $299,000
Perfect Location! Perfect View! Perfect ambiance! 2.5 acre parcel near Bayview sets nicely back from and above the bay to afford the maximum view of the water and mountains. Power, cable, PUD water, and phone lines to tract. MLS#270792
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Danya Wolf 360-708-8294
Kelleher Road, Burlington • $199,000
Affordable country living yet only minutes to town. This unique 3 bedroom farmhouse has had many upgrades including oak kitchen cabinets & tile counter tops. The 2nd floor master bedroom has loads of storage & a separate bonus room for office/den/hobbies. The detached 30x50’, 2-story shop offers plenty of work space & the 2nd floor can be used for M.I.L. Bldg also has attached carport for RV. This property is a rare find! Donna Kurras MLS#286030 360-770-7596
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houses again. “Being in the design business is a different kind of stress,” he says. “Flipping is like gambling. I probably wouldn’t do it to the extent I was doing it before - maybe just one or two at a time. There was a point where I was doing six homes at a time
and had $12 million in property out there. That was very, very scary.” With the show’s income, endorsements, speaking engagements, appearances and more, he says he’s making more money now than he was when he was flipping homes, but without all of the risk. “It’s spread out in several different streams of income, so it’s a little bit more recession-proof that way. I had all my eggs in one basket, and now I have my eggs in different baskets, and that’s important because I can never be in that situation again.” This year, Lewis signed an endorsement with Cornerstone, a quartz surface supplier, and with Johnson & Johnson. Bravo has also signed Lewis to a second series called “Interior Therapy.”
Now could be the time to sell a new home and earn a slice of the real estate pie. Record-low interest rates and record-low housing prices are renewing interest in the floundering housing market for many people. “When sellers are interviewing real estate agents to market their homes, their primary focus is usually on the advertising that the agent will offer them,” says Jessica Goodbody of Weichert Realtors. Let us help you meet your marketing goals by advertising your listings in Real Estate Weekly.
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Are Penalties Allowed?
What’s the story with prepayment penalties? Are they allowed or not?
Most mortgages come through federally regulated lenders, and federal rules have long allowed prepayment penalties except for FHA and VA loans. Now the situation has changed with passage of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under the law, prepayment penalties are allowed for “qualified residential mortgages.” QRMs generally include FHA, VA and conventional mortgages, in addition to loans lenders hold in portfolio - in total about 80 percent of all mortgages. Prepayment penalties are not allowed for loans that are not qualified residential mortgages. Effectively then, prepayment penalties are allowed for conventional and portfolio loans, while such fees remain banned for FHA and VA financing. Under Dodd-Frank, prepayment penalties are limited to three percent of the loan amount in the first year of the mortgage, two percent in year two and one percent in year three.
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Given the robo-signing scandal how do I know if my title has been correctly recorded?
The robo-signing scandal involves improperly foreclosed homes, properties where the paperwork is questionable, unclear or simply wrong. So, if your property has not been foreclosed in the past five or six years the odds are overwhelming that your title is fine. That said, when you bought did you get title insurance - both lender’s and owner’s coverage? Title insurance companies are plainly worried about claims regarding foreclosed properties. If there was an improper foreclosure, if the title is clouded, then who will pay? The title insurance company? The lender who foreclosed? The loan servicer? The attorneys who handled the foreclosure? The bigger problem may be in the future. Will title companies want to offer coverage for the purchase of foreclosed homes? If not, how can such homes be sold? A possible answer is that lenders will offer loans for foreclosed properties - but only with steeper interest rates and bigger down payments. For specifics, speak with a real estate attorney in your community.
900 CARRIAGE CT, SDW $47,474 Open, bright well maintained home with great floor plan, kitchen with dining area & island. All appliances stay. 1 car garage. Located in secure 55+ park with RV parking. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #236863 1710 SKYLINE WAY, #105, ANA $120,000 The park is your back yard! Nicely updated 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in Skyline. All new appliances, flooring & fixtures. Close to marina, parks, beach & ferry. Call Mel Foley at 770-3115. #253952 612 ALEXANDER ST., SDW $125,000 Affordable in town! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, offering 1344 square feet of open living. Huge level double lot with alley access. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #253549 14884 VALLEY VIEW DR, MV $213,500 Well-maintained split level on .29 acre on dead end with gorgeous views for the wrap-around deck. Vaulted ceiling living room with river rock fireplace & updated kitchen. Call Karen Beckner at 840-9455. #239322 455 KLICKITAT, LAC $235,000 Wonderful LaConner home featuring views over the marina, spacious rooms, open floor plan, two fireplaces, attached garage and great amenities abound. Call Sarah Minton at 7703076. #29136416 2028 FOWLER ST, MV $238,500 Great location, great floor plan at a great price! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, newer roof, new exterior paint & many interior upgrades. Covered back deck & fully fenced. Call Mel Foley at 770-3115. #236846
19682 ANDERSON RD, MV $244,900 Nice 3 bedroom rambler on over 1 acre with many upgrades. Garage/shop, playhouse/office, swim spa, fruit trees & a beautiful view of Little Mountain. More info. & photos at SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #287609
101 N. 30TH ST, MV $259,900 Large 4 bedroom Homestead home built in 2002. New interior paint & nearly new carpeting, 3 living areas, main floor master with separate entrance, fenced back yard with patio & beautiful landscaping, Pergo flooring & much more. Call Jim Glackin at 428-2828. #288360
6751 WORLINE RD, BOW $279,000 Great home on .75 acres located in Bow and out of the 100 year flood plain! Many updates throughout including all new kitchen. Shop, deck, patio, RV parking with full hook-up. More photos & info at SkagitValleyHomes.com #282613 7110 STEELHEAD LN, BRL $279,000 Lovely 1 level home nestled along the Samish River with 73+/- ft of high-bank riverfront. 4 bedrooms, 2.25 baths. Many upgrades. New exterior paint. Covered patio & gazebo. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #243904 18307 PETER BURNS RD, MV $297,500 23 acre farmette close to Big Lake & ORV Park. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, detached 28’x48’4 bay shop, fenced pasture with 30’x36’ barn. Dog kennels & grooming room. Call Warren Bingham at 770-2421. #231367 2340 CROSBY DR, MV $299,900 4 bedrooms, 3 baths with over 3700 sq.ft. of living space. Western valley & sunset views. Call Elizabeth Miller at 4203607. #241764 1222 S. 11TH ST, MV $339,000 Charm & character abound in this 2900 sq.ft. Hillcrest area home. Hardwoods, coved ceiling, private master suite. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Fully finished basement. Call Megan O’Bryan at 708-5817. #238839 10943 MARY LN, BRL $348,000 Lovely 1 story home with 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths & nearly 2100 SF, large master suite, kitchen with eating bar & pantry. 2 car garage, 2 storage sheds & heated 24x48 shop/garage. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #243332 325 ROSE CT., MV $399,900 Exquisite Tudor in Hilltop. 2651 sq.ft. of captivating charm with 4 bedrooms & 2.5 baths on over 1/3 acre of blossoming mature landscape. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #253338 17361 OLYMPIC PL., MV $498,000 Top of Skyridge adjoining Little Mountain Park, this 4040 sq ft view home features gourmet kitchen w/granite counters & cherry cabinets. Puget Sound & mountain views. Call Jim Glackin at 428-2828. #244273 15314 COTTONWOOD LN, MV $595,000 Beautiful Equestrian Estate. Quality custom home surrounded by gorgeous landscape & western sunset views. Shop, barn, arena & 6 stalls. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #222486 23357 OAKLAND LN, BIG LAKE $655,000 Beautiful custom built waterfront home offering 2800+ sq.ft. of luxurious living space. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 fireplaces. Private dock, 3 car garage. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #220268 4626 EAGLEMONT DR., MV $875,000 Beautifully designed custom build home in Eaglemont. 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 4735 SF. All rooms grand in scale. More photos & info. at www.skagitvalleyhomes.com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #242416
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A better way to heat and cool is right under your feet
ncreasing energy costs have many homeowners looking for new ways to save money. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner pays about $1,900 a year on utilities, most of it going toward heating and cooling bills. Adding insulation and sealing ducts can help, but what can be done to make some significant, long-term savings? A growing number of homeowners are finding savings in their own back yards by utilizing the earth’s natural energy to heat and cool their homes. It’s called geothermal energy - and it can save you some green while you’re going green.
Geothermal systems - also known as ground source heat pump systems (GSHPS) or
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Horizontal ground loop systems are used where there is sufficient space.
Vertical ground loop systems are used where space is limited.
High-density polyethylene plastic pipes buried in the ground are filled with circulating fluid that absorbs the ground’s heat and brings it indoors.
geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) have been around for decades but are just now coming to the attention of many homeowners. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have both endorsed ground source heat pump systems as among the most energy-efficient and environ-
mentally friendly heating, cooling and water heating systems available.
How It Works
The temperature of the earth below the surface - from a few feet to hundreds of feet down - is moderate and fairly constant. In
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many places it stays in the mid- to upper-50s all year. Instead of burning fossil fuels, a geothermal heat pump absorbs the energy stored in the earth to heat a home in the winter. In the summertime a heat pump rejects the heat from the space and transfers it back into the earth - making it extremely efficient and costeffective. To make it work, you need three basic elements: an underground loop system, a geothermal heat pump, and an air-delivery system. • Loop System: This is a system of high-density polyethylene plastic pipes buried in the ground. They are filled with fluid, a mixture of water and antifreeze, that circulates throughout the pipes. Open-loop systems circulate water drawn from a well. • Geothermal Heat Pump: The geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the fluid within the loop using a vapor-compression
The EarthFriendly Choice • About a million geothermal systems have been installed in the U.S. since 1980. They save more than 14 million barrels of crude oil per year. • Current geothermal systems are eliminating more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide - the equivalent of taking 650,000 automobiles off the road. • Geothermal systems have no carbon dioxide emissions or any other negative effects on the environment.
refrigeration cycle. This heat is then sent into the home. In the summer, it extracts heat from the indoor air and transfers it to the fluid, which cools as it circulates through the loop. • Air-delivery System: Most geothermal pumps use an electrically driven fan to distribute the air through ducts in the home. A residential system can also be equipped to heat household water, as well. According to the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, a geothermal system has efficiencies 50 to 70 percent higher than other heating systems, and cooling efficiencies 20 to 40 percent higher than available air conditioners. That means direct savings on home utility bills.
How It Saves You Money
According to Bosch Thermotechnology North America: • Geothermal heat pumps have the lowest life cycle cost today - 25 to 50 percent less than a conventional system. • You can save up to 70 percent on your energy bill, depending on location and which GSHPS you use. • Although the upfront costs are often more than a conventional system, the cost can be recouped within a short period of time - as little as five to seven years. • Local and federal tax credits as well as rebates decrease installation costs. • Costs may be further reduced by special financing options offered by heat pump manufacturers, local utilities and lending institutions.
How You Can Get Tax Credits
Under the recent tax credit legislation, a taxpayer who installs a geothermal heat pump in a residence could be eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent of the installed cost of the system. The system must meet Energy Star requirements in effect at the time the system is
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Want to Learn More? • T here are state, local, utility and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Look up rebates, tax credits and financing options in your area at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency - www.dsireusa.org. •G eothermal is an attractive growth opportunity for HVAC and trade professionals working in landscaping, grading and well maintenance. Learn more at www. boschwaytogrow.com. •S ee how much you might be saving by using the Geothermal Savings Calculator at geosavings. bosch-climate.us. •G et tips for selecting and installing a geothermal heat pump system at www.energysavers.gov. • F ind a qualified contractor in your area - dealers.bosch-climate.us. completed. This credit is not limited to the primary residence, but may be used for any property a taxpayer owns. Equipment must be “placed in service” between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016. Learn more at www.bosch-climate.us. Whether you’re looking to build a new, more energy-efficient home, or want to cut back your utility bills on your current home, consider exploring ways you can use the energy Mother Nature has in your own yard. Learn more about how geothermal technology can benefit you at www.bosch-climate.us.
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BURL. Large country home, NO INDOOR PETS. 3 Bdrm, 2 Ba. Big yard to mow, and well to attend. 1St $1,100, last $1,100, dep. $900. Call (360) 202-9017.
Mount Vernon town home, 1650 sq. ft., 3 Bdrm, 2 Ba, newer, gas heat & frplc. $1195/mo. 360-220-6915
Burl. very nice 2 story, 1550 sq. ft. home, with carpet, frplc., granite countertops, 1 car garage, applcs. incl., $1,000 damage, $1300/mo. 1 bdrm in Burl. carport, natSedro-Woolley 1 bdrm, $600 Contact Mike (360) 202-4700 ural gas heat, utility room, $750/mo. W/S pd. $600/ + $400 dep. Cute & conve- after 5 p.m. damage. No pets. 856-6878 nient, no smoke. 856-6737 CHARMING - 3 BDRM, 2 Bdrm, 1 ½ Ba, gas heat, 1 1/2 BA Summerglen Apartments Lg living rm, lg family rm, W/D hook-up, garage, $795. NOW RENTING woodstove. Workshop and Avail. now. 1000-B Sterling Studio.....$609 garage. Fruit trees and St., S.W. 425-773-0573 1 Bedroom.....$644 yard. No pets/No smoking. 2 Bedroom.....$762 near Clear Lake. 2 bdrm, 1 ba, 1 car garage. 3 Bedroom.....$847 S.W. No smoke/pets. Refs 1st/last/dep. 360-661-0521 360.416.6000 req'd. $825. + $800 dep. 424Income limits apply. 9595 or 708-8664 La Conner 3 Bdrm, 3 ½ Ba, Equal Housing Opportunity 3 year old 1,950 sq. ft. home, 1630 N. 26th St., large 2 car carriage house MV 1 level 4 plex, 2 bdrm, 1 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 garage, water view. Seeking ba, W/D, carport. W/S/G pd. lease to purchase individuals. No pets/smoke. $700 + $700 Credit repair program avail- dep. Background chk. 610able. $1,750/mo. 1 year pro- 9860 9am-5pm gram. Amazing home plus spare lot across from beach 1 - 4 Bdrm Rentals. on leased land. Piazza Realty Property (360) 661-0002 Mgmt., Inc. 360-424-RENT (7368) www.prpmrentals.com
2 Bdrm, MV, W/S/G pd. College Way & 19th. $705/mo. 360-424-6757
1-3 bdrm apt/house in MV for $495-850. Nice area. 360-336-5412/ 425-347-2330
NO HIDDEN FEES! Fairhaven Manor 757-2149 Norris Place 757-3060 2 & 3 Bdrm Apts. Affordable. Section 8 okay.
2 bdrm, 1 ba, MV hill, fenced yard, view to the river. No smoke/pet. $995. + $1000 dep. 360-661-6173
Anac. 3 bdrm, 2 ba, no pets/ On Lake Samish studio apt. smoke, $1150/mo. 360-293Now-June 15th. Lrg. kitchen, 9460 or 360-661-3315 bath & living room/bdrm, closets, use of lawn, beach & Bow country living. 3 bdrm, dock. No smoke/pets. Refs. 2 ba, attached dbl carport, $1200/mo. 755-5555 $600/mo. 360-424-1695
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Houses & Apartments. See our listings at www.skagitrentals.com Remax Property Mgmt. 823 N. 4th, Mount Vernon 360-424-3198 TOP OF MV HILL Avail. Nov. 1. Handsome energy efficient 2 bdrm home, 3 yrs young, lrg living/dining room w/frplc, vaulted wood ceilings thruout, cooks IKEA gas kitchen w/pantry (wall patio). No smoke/pets. $985. 1 yr lease. 360-466-5244
OPEN HOUSE All New Luxury 2/3 bdrm
(Available now) MV large 2 & 3 bdrm duplexes with garage, private setting/yard/patio, beautiful interiors, all appliances & W/S/G incl. Only $875, $895 & $995/mo. Call 206409-9317 or 206-849-3334.
4-PLEX in Stanwood. 3 bdrm, 1 ba, w/tile and hardwood floors, $900; 2 bdrm, 1 ba, top floor, $675; 1 bdrm, w/new carpet & vinyl, $650; 2 room studio w/laminate floors, $485. All with views. 425-478-0848
FOR RENT $900 & up
Highland Greens II
(Village Ct @ 3200 30th St.) S.W. 3 bdrm, 2.5 ba, garage, fenced yard, S/G pd. $975. No smoke/pets. 708-0362
Salem Village II
(Hoag & Laventure) Seniors 61+ Mount Vernon Call 360-540-1438 Water, garbage, cable incl. Universal Design-No Steps
ANAC. Doublewide, 3 bdrm, 2 ba, gas furnace, $825 + dep. 360-856-4225
Move in Special. Big Lake waterview RV space. $300. No dogs. (206) 778-8147
Nice, well maintained house in Burlington. Close to soccer fields, shopping, easy freeway access and bus line. Quiet neighborhood. You will have your own bedroom and share a bathroom. Rent includes access to laundry room, shared kitchen, large fenced backyard. Street parking in front of the house. House has dogs and cats so no additional pets please. Serious inquiries only. Room available immediately. $450/mo. + share utilities. Please call for more information. 360757-3885
MV RV PARK. Affordable monthly living. Nicest park in town. (360) 428-8787
Mobile Home in beautiful Park Village, Mount Vernon. 1248 sq. ft. 3 bdrm, 2 ba, open floor plan, large bedrooms, storage shed, many upgrades. $26,750. 360-319-4274
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3 bdrm, 1 ba home in Skyline for sale, $96,000. Owner financing available. Call for details, 360-202-9518 2205 Dublin Pl.
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Nookachamps â€“ Big Lake 17201 Bulltrout Lane 3150 sq. ft. $348,000 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, granite countertops, cherry cabinets, hardwood and carpet flooring, full kitchen appliance package. Agent Jones Atterberry 360-708-8935 John L. Scott See online at e www.jonesatterberry.com .
Condo warehouse space. 18'x60'. All amenities. Security. Call Rick, 360-3197359
PRICE REDUCED TO $159,500 Looking for a great deal? Priced well below assessed value. This 3 bdrm, 1 3/4 bath home on the hill could be yours. Come take a look, 807 S 25th. 360-4212797
NEW MOUNT VERNON HOME
2300 S. 19TH STREET New Construction Pricing $325,000 2000 sq. ft. rambler on 10,000 sq. ft. lot Very quiet, secluded, S. Mount Vernon area 3 bdrm + den/4th bdrm, 2 Â˝ baths Granite countertops, stainless appliances Open floor plan Master suite features soaking tub, double vanities, double shower Close to schools, shopping, easy I-5 access Avail. Feb. 2012, act now to pick colors. Call Builder Direct Legacy Home Builders Charlie Ash 360-770-7678
HOME FOR SALE $29,900 600 N Reed st. #50 Sedro Woolley. Manufactured home in a quiet neighborhood park. 1800 Square feet. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms. Vaulted ceilings, wood stove, and an open floor plan. Home sits on a corner lot with a large yard, storage shed, and mountain views. Newly remodeled and move in ready. Only 10% down for a qualified bank loan, making the lot rent and loan a total of $750 per month, with garbage and sewer included. Call 360622-6204 for an appointment.
OPEN HOUSE SAT. OCT. 29, 11-1PM 1145 Sharon Ave. Burlington $329,900
This is the perfect floor plan! Quality construction with 50 year composition roofing, cedar siding with stone accent, enclosed pine soffits, gas fireplace, 4 bedrooms and computer room or den/5th bedroom. Open floor plan, detailed wood work. Large 2 car attached garage. MLS# 213598. Call Linda Eastman, (360)202-4075 WRE/Skagit Valley
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Brown McMillen Real Estate 360.757.6013 1.800.869.7084 235 W. Rio Vista Avenue, Burlington
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RARE BOW RAMBLER... Country living at its finest! 3 Br, 2 Ba home on a large 1 acre lot. Begging for a shop to be built. $194,500. #283695 HUGE VIEW HOME... 12,574 sf home with 6 Br & 6 Baths on 2 ac. W/spectcular views overlooking Big Lake. $985,000. #251689 NEW LISTING... BUSINESS FOR SALE..well established landscape supply business. Net income $108,000. this year. Owner retiring, just $129,500. #283979 ALGER AND OLD 99… Corner of high traffic area (Alger Tavern) Rambler with lots of possibilities! $179,000. #27109409 DOWNTOWN BUNGALOW... totally updated w/2 BR + Den. 1910 classic home is convenient to all amenities in Mt Vernon. $119,500. #286658 JUST REDUCED... 5 ac parcel. Brl Schools, West of I-5, close to Mt Vernon & Bham. Power & Driveway in. Bldg site, for your home plans. $100,000. #29129150 Dick Best 770-1491 Phil Hurtig 770-0787 Holly Brown-Hilts 661-5538 Galen Kindred 770-7083 Terri Heyntsen 391-0938
North Homes Realty Inc.
83 ACRES… beautiful pasture land, some wooded areas. 3 Br, Ba Mfg home, 2 shops, 7 stall horse barn w/hay loft. Great property for cattle ranch or equestrian use. $637,500. #284837 BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME!… located in a quiet cul-de-sac. Gorgeous Timborana wood floors. Granite counters, tile accents, wide moldings & trim. $319,500. #29145114 BOW HOME... with 36X48 shop. Beautifully remodeled 2640 sf house on 8 acres, gorgeous sunsets & views of Mt. Baker. Impressive property. $579,999. #250045 BURLINGTON BUILDING LOT... zoned general commercial. Perfect site for clinic or any professional use, lot has sewer & water. Survey & elevations complete. $415,000. #178973 MOUNT BAKER VIEW...from this wonderful full acre building site. Public water & perk approved. $159,500. #235491
DELI & HAIR SALON… great business location in Brl. Bldg only 4 yrs old,includes 2 BR apt. $375,000. #286418 RARE BAYVIEW WATER VIEW LOT..new listing, 1.25 ac on Marihugh Rd. Build your dream home, fabulous sunsets. $169,850. #136538 AFFORDABLE COUNTRY HOME... on 1/2 ac.. Living rm has free standing woodstove, adjoining kitchen & dining. 3 bdrms + den/hobby rm. 1 3/4 baths. 2 outbuildings. Convenient to schools. $195,000. #233664 NEW PARK MODEL HOME... views of Padilla Bay . Covered front porch, blt-in hutch, blinds thruout. Lots of light . 55+ park. $47,500. #61691 MT VERNON HILL...cozy one level, good sized backyard, alley access, garden space. Updated, dble pane vinyl windows, 3 Br, 1.5 Ba. $159,950. #277024
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44209 DALLES RD., (GRASSMERE) CONCRETE $187,500
• ENJOY SKAGIT RIVER VIEWS, W/PRIVATE ACCESS, WOODED .79 ACRES • ROOMY 2 STORY HOME W/2072 SQ. FT., 3 BD., 1.5 BA.,W/FAMILY RM., BONUS RM. ON MAIN. COZY WOOD STV., LG. VIEW DECK, BIG GAR/SHOP
24497 OLD DAY CREEK RD., SEDRO WOOLLEY $644,500
4111 JASPER WAY, ANACORTES $325,000
30595 WALBERG ROAD, (DAY CREEK) SEDRO WOOLLEY $748,900 P RI ST R-
For Sale & Priced to Sell! #120868 • $425,000
The Finest in Mount Vernon #28169648 • $449,000
Large corner lot on Commercial Avenue. Place your business on the ‘Gateway to the San Juan Islands’. Turn key classic Victorian building on beautiful landscaped corner of Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. 1st Floor show room & offices, 2nd floor 3 offices, detached storage, ample parking.
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 once in a lifetime property.
Business Opportunity #217607 • $700,000
1 acre of flat paved, security fenced & gated yard with a 4900 sqft Shop building with offices in the city limits with water and sewer connected. Shop features roll up doors propane heat and high ceilings, 2 main floor offices, bathroom upper level with kitchen 3rd office and storage. All this right off I-5 and Highway 99. This is a rare find. For sale or lease at $4000/month + NNN.
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2788 E College Way Mount Vernon, WA 360-416-6500 • adrskagit.com
North Homes Realty Inc. 360.424.2100 • www.century21northhomes.com
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 1-4
20468 Penne Ln, Burlington
• All new appls • 2 BD • Great rental or 1st time buyer • Not a short sale
• 4 bdrm rambler • Under const. • 1 acre lot • Gated community
• 2000+ sq ft condo • Adult community • 2 car garage • Huge kitchen
• Large lot • 3 bedroom • Walking distance to most • Great price
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• OUTSTANDING PRIVATE 1700 FT. LONG “FAA & COUNTY APPROVED” LANDING, 38+ ACRES TOTAL! • JUST 9 MILES TO TOWN, SECLUDED ACREAGE W/ PASTURE, LOVELY MTN. VIEWS “SURROUNDING” • NEWER 3+ BD., 2 BA. “TRIPLE-WIDE” HOME W/HUGE FAMILY RM., BONUS RM., + SOLID BARN/SHOP
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• FABULOUS END OF PRIVATE RD. 1.83 ACRE SETTING, W/ GREENBELT & FOREST LANDS ADJOINING • DESIRABLE CONWAY SCHOOL AREA, CONVENIENT TO I-5, LOVELY PRIVATE BEACH/DOCK ON LK. 16! • CUSTOM 4 BD., 2.5 BA., LG. MASTER ON MAIN, HUGE BONUS RM. UP, FIN. 3-CAR GAR., PARKLIKE++!
• SPACIOUS “END UNIT” W/LG. LIVING/DINING RM. W/ GAS FPL. INSERT, LOVELY BAY WINDOW • OPEN PLAN OAK KITCHEN/FAMILY RM. W/SLIDERS TO PRIVATE DECK, GREENBELT VIEWS • 2 BD., 2 BA., JETTED TUB, CLUBHOUSE W/POOL.
• QUALITY UPGRADES W/NEWER MAPLE CABINETRY, ALL APPLIANCES, NEWER FLOORCOVERINGS! • “NO STAIRS” RAMBLER STYLE UNIT W/GAS HEAT, LOVELY GAS FPL., 2 BD., 2 BA. + DEN/OFFICE • BIG DOUBLE GARAGE, GORGEOUS SUNSET & CITY VIEWS, AFFORDABLE $150 MO. CONDO DUES!!
• Over 2000 ft • Huge deck • Glenhaven amenities • Newer 3 bdrm • Small town • 4 bedrooms • Lots to offer • Close to river
1405 MALLARD VIEW DRIVE, #5, MT. VERNON $219,000 CIT YV
• Shy 1 acre • River view • 2000+ sf home • 2 car shop
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2631 CLUB COURT #308, (NORTHRIDGE) MT. VERNON $159,500
This well-maintained one-owner rambler with open floor plan offers tons of natural light, mud room with laundry tub, free-standing natural gas fireplace, and new vinyl/carpet throughout. The large corner lot has a fully fenced back yard for privacy, large detached garage/shop and 2-car carport with ample RV storage. Feel like you’re out in the country but only minutes from town.
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• PRIVACY +, PEACEFUL 5 ACRE SETTING, “HALF” WOODED, HUGE SHOP/GARAGE • LIKE NEW (2008) UPGRADED “TRIPLEWIDE” BEAUTY W/HICKORY CABINETRY,1974 SQ. FT. • 3 BD., 2 BA., SEP. LG. MASTER SUITE, GAS FPL., SPACIOUS FAMILY RM./KITCHEN/NOOK!
21397 EGRET PLACE, (CONWAY) MT. VERNON $465,000
Great 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Sedro-Woolley and huge lot. This home features tile roof, vinyl siding, huge detached 2 car garage with shop and storage, covered patio fireplace RV parking and much more. Don’t miss this great home!
For Lease- 6600sqft. Property is just of I-5 at Anderson Rd. Approximately 2200 sqft feet of air conditioned finished office, storage & bath. Wired for phone system and Internet service, T-1 available also. Ware house features 8 roll up doors (4 drive through) and 1 dock high door as well as office space and rest room. Ample parking and great location!
Sandi Riley 770-8670
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• QUALITY BY “IRIVING CONST.”, OPEN/VAULTED DESIGN W/ENG. MAPLE FLOORS, GRANITE TOPS • SPACIOUS, OPEN KITCHEN W/MAPLE CABINETRY, HUGE DINING/LIVING RM. W/ GAS FPL., GAS HEAT • 3 BD., 2.75 BA., BIG FAMILY RM., W/LG. DECK, EXTRA GUEST/R.V. PARKING
Desirable in Mount Vernon #260764 • $259,950
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• ONE OF A KIND PRIVACY ON 11+ ACRES, PART. PASTURED FOR ANIMALS • CUSTOM RAMBLER W/OPEN PLAN, “GOURMET” KITCHEN/FAMILY RM., OVER 3100 SQ. FT. • 3 BD., 2.5 BA., MASSIVE RIVER ROCK FPL., GAS FPL. IN VIEW MASTER, HUGE SHOP, LAKE & MTN. VIEWS!
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• QUIET CUL-DE-SAC, “NOT IN THE FLOOD PLAIN”,TREX DECKING + PARKLIKE PRIVACY • ROOMY 2 BD., 1.5 BA. + HUGE VAULTED FAMILY RM.,HARDWOOD FLOORS,2 GAS FPL. • UPDATED & SPACIOUS (1716 SQ. FT..) W/FULLY FENCED YD., BIG GAR. + R.V. PARKING!
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#217864 • $2,650/Month
1202 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA 360-588-1515 • adrhomes.net
21178 WILDWOOD PLACE, SEDRO WOOLLEY $283,900
Great Sedro-Woolley Home #272824 • $209,000
SANDI RILEY 770-8670
20468 PENNE LANE, BURLINGTON $212,500
AMERICAN DREAM REAL ESTATE SERVICES, INC.
• Large family rm • Updated in & out, • Town & country • Privacy Anita Kohl 961-7795 Cleaver Sanders 941-3482 Dawn Hardman 540-0058 DJ Jacobs 941-5279 Duane Gish 770-9299 Dominic Pettruzzelli 333-5210
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George Herner 840-3743 Jackie Lindeman 770-9080 Jared Storrs 853-6895 Karl Morse 395-5405 Lorie Groth 425-422-7145 Margie Ernst 708-3198
• 3 bdrms, 2.75 bths • Fam Rm + Office/den • Huge Corner Lot
REAL ESTATE CLASSES STARTING NOW! CALL SCOTT 360-540-2121
Marlene Deasy 661-6720 Megan Daly 206-383-4407 Mike Newman 708-1419 Noli Goode 630-6527 Paula Margerum 220-0681 Rick Kiesser 770-1195
Sandi Hocking 708-1523 Sandi Riley 770-8670 Sharon Stokes 661-6164 Shaunna Harris 206-715-1623 Traci Cypher 708-9481 Veronica Lopez 420-0696