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DIY PROJECTS 7759 F & S GRADE ROAD, SEDRO-WOOLLEY Windermere Real Estate 1030 E. College Wy Mount Vernon 360.424.4901 • 800.849.7939 Rita Ingram (360) 708-8338




This charming country home has been lovingly maintained in the same family for over 50 years. Formal living room, dining room and family room with beautiful stone fireplace on main floor. Upgraded kitchen plus attic “hide away” could be 4th bedroom, hobby room or guest room. Beautiful territorial views of the valley & mountains. Covered parking for 2 cars & large shed for garden tools and outdoor equipment. All this on 7+ acres of pristine Skagit Valley land. MLS# 243405



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THE 3 Ps Every home project begins with an idea and ends with the culmination of the job. In between, there are three main components of an improvement project that can mean the difference between success and frustration: planning, permits and protection. (cont. on pg 6)


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Home Renovation: The 3 P’s

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Picnic and Ponder your dream home plans from this incredible 2 ac view lot of Clear Lake. Private setting, dead end road, easy access and convenient location. MLS#202451 Call Mike (360)540-1341



Beautiful ground-floor condo w/2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Patio & deck backs to greenbelt. Handicap accessible. Jetted tub, lots of storage. Attached garage. MLS#220403 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800



3 bedroom, 1.5 bath traditional. Home, 1574 sq. ft. of living space +. Full basement with 2 Bonus rooms. Wood flooring, Many built-ins. Roomy, fenced backyard. Detached. Two car garage.. MLS#257235 Call Debbie, 708-8780

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Classic 4 bdrm/1.75 bath home. Well taken care of, 2004 SF. Oak hardwood floor, new kitchen and tasteful master suite. New insulated windows. Great MV hill location. MLS#219520 Call Lisa, 391-2232



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Country living in this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. 1383 sq. ft. Wrap around deck with incredible 180 degree views. 5 acre lot with plenty of privacy. Vaulted ceilings in living room with propane fireplace. Great shop. MLS#273705 Call Amber, 802-8087 or Dan, 348-6655


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Newer home on 1.61 acres. Views of the bay. Shy 1600 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 2 car garage w/ shop area and ¾ bath. Large RV bay, RV Dump and outbuilding. Trex decking, home wired for heat pump. MLS#271642 Call Charlie, 708-1415, Jeannie, 708-9645


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Samish Island high bank. Three bedroom rambler. Sweeping view of bay and mountains. Shared boat ramp and shared private beach access. MLS#261419 Call WIlma, 661-1631

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Spectacular view of Samish Island, Mt. Baker to coastal Range of B.C. 2200+ SF Rambler-style home with 3 BR’s & 2.75 Baths. Master suite with bath & large walk-in closets. 5+ acres, pasture, pond & shop w/ office. Private, dead-end, paved road. MLS#214930 Call Wilma, 661-1631

Debbie Allen 708-8780

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Craftsman beauty from 1929. Historic Barn, 2 shops. 7.56 organic acres, fenced for horses. Gardens, orchard, fountains. 5+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Mountain & Valley Views! MLS#217596 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800

Kirk Campbell 770-7470

Dan Soria 348-6655

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Charlie & Jeannie Boon 708-9645

Beautiful custom built home on 2nd fairway at Eaglemont. Nearly 5,000 Sq. Ft., 4 bedroom 3.5 bath. Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, Granite countertops, Awesome view of Mt. Baker and the course! MLS#258569 Call Jim, 708-1681

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Paint & Primer

Painting is a job that requires preparation and the right equipment. Oftentimes homeowners are unsure about whether they need to use primer before painting or if just paint will do the trick. Although there are no firm rules, there are certain cases where one or the other will be adequate.

on materials, such as metal or plastic, to help the colored paint stick to the surface of the item. If a room is only to be painted white or tinted slightly with color, then a primer alone can be used. Certain primers seal porous wall surfaces so they do not absorb paint, requiring more coats for coverage.

Consider a room where the walls have been heavily stained, either by moisture infiltration, rust or another factor. Deep-set stains may bleed through regular paint, therefore a primer should be applied to help block and lock-in the stain. When a room had previously been painted in a very dark color, like red or purple, a primer can help cover the color quickly without the need for multiple applications of regular paint. There also are specialized primers that can be used in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms that often contain a lot of moisture. These primers inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on painted surfaces. Primers also may be used

Rooms that are being painted that are already white and free of stains or other surface abnormalities may be painted sufficiently with just a coat of regular paint. If skipping primer, look for a high-quality, thick paint that boasts good coverage in one or two coats. There are new products today that offer primer and paint all in one combination. The jury is still out on the efficacy of these new items, but homeowners can experiment with these paints to see if they work for them. Keep in mind that the cost of a combination product may be more than traditional paint and primer.

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The rapper turned remodeler has made a name for himself in the real estate world. Now he wants to teach you!

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In one conversation, Vanilla Ice energetically talks about remodeling, feng shui and reading real estate statistics, and he predicts when the economy will bounce back. Not quite what you expect from the guy who is mostly remembered for his pompadour and 1990 rap smash hit “Ice Ice Baby.” But then again this Vanilla Ice prefers to be called Rob - his name is Robert Van Winkle - and while music is still a huge part of his life, he’s making quite a name for himself in the real estate industry. Today, he’s the star of “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network, which follows his Palm Beach, Fla., house renovation (it was recently picked up for a second season) and his passion for real estate has pushed him to launch his own real estate website, He says he created to


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site to show others how to duplicate his success. “I made tons of money I didn’t know what to do with when I was 16, so I bought houses,” he says. “I never used them, so I sold them and made millions. So I bought some more.” With as much energy as former infomercial impresario Ron Popeil, Van Winkle’s website touts a music-video style of introduction, real estate guide, real estate rock star registration and a blog where the 44-year-old star discusses the housing market. Van Winkle has tried his hand at the stock market but ended up losing money. He wasn’t impressed. “I’m listening to this guy tell me the ups and

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downs of the market, and all I have is a piece of paper in a filing cabinet,” he says. So he stuck with what was working and soon purchased commercial spaces and rental buildings. But Van Winkle is sympathetic to the changes in today’s economy and how it isn’t the same as when he was a kid. “The economy has changed, but you have to evolve too,” he says. “You can purchase short sales or foreclosures. It’s all about location, location, location.”

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He even predicts that the current depressed economy will bounce back by the end of this year. “America needs goods and homes,” he says. “Tomorrow’s a mystery, yesterday’s history.” As for his real estate recommendations, Van Winkle suggests finding locations that were hit the hardest economically and researching the area. “Buy lower than the appraised value,” he says. “If you have a home appraised at $1 million and you get it for $500,000, you can still buy it at the appraised value and make money.” On his show he’s a hands-on guy, knocking down walls and getting his hands dirty. “I know what I’m doing, and I don’t want to let these guys have all the fun,” he says. “After, we look at it and think ‘wow look at how that home theater came out.’” If there’s one thing he’s learned through all of his superstar experiences, it’s to make sure you have the right team around you. He credits the book “The Platinum Rule” by Tony Alessandra and Michael J. O’Connor for teaching him the concepts that show you how to judge character. “The book shows you that there are four types of people - thinkers, relaters, socializers and directors,” he says. “If you have a team of all four of those people, you’re going to be successful. You can’t have too many of any one of them.”

“I made tons of money I didn’t know wh at to do with when I was 16, so I bought houses,” he say s. “I never used them, so I sold them and made milli ons. So I bought some m ore.”

In addition to his foray into real estate, die-hard Ice fans will be happy to know that he’s still working on music and has a role in the upcoming Adam Sandler upcoming flick “I Hate You, Dad.” (c) CTW Features

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15 ACRES of wooded paradise! High traffic area located on round about between Mount Vernon, Clear Lake & Big Lake. Great commercial potential (subject to county approval). This property is located across from Big Rock grocery store, gas station & espresso stand. House has been recently Danya Wolf remodeled. MLS#194737 (360) 708-8294

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Before starting any project, be sure to consider the 3 Ps

PLANNING • PERMITS • PROTECTION PLAnninG The initial stage of a renovation is the planning stage. Planning is when a homeowner works through the concept of the project and determines what is necessary to complete the task. Many people find it helpful to write out plans and draw up the concept on paper. This doesn’t require expensive architectural software. A simple piece of graph paper plotted with measurements and a sketch is often sufficient for small projects. If the job will be expansive and require an architect or engineer, he or she will often provide a technical drawing. If the project focuses more on decorating than building, some find it helpful to create a design board. This is where fabric swatches, paint color samples, pictures of furniture and accessories, and any other components of the room are put together. Having a design board enables the homeowner to go to the store with board in tow and match up items to things in the store. Another part of the planning stage is establishing a budget and determining the project’s financing. It can be helpful to make a list of all income and


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expenses and find out how much funding is left over for a project. When getting estimates on the work, whether it will be done by a contractor or a DIY project, the homeowner should then make a list of approximate costs (rounding up) and then compare it against the available funds.

PerMitS Many projects, especially those involving building, demolition, electrical work, or mold remediation, require permits issued by the town, province or city in which the work will be taking place. The purpose of permits and subsequent inspections is often questioned by homeowners looking to circumvent the system. However, building permits are required to ensure public safety, health and welfare as they are affected by building construction, structural strength, zoning, and code requirements. In essence, building permits are how the government regulates safety and protects both current and future residents of the property. In many cases, homeowners will need to visit the municipal building in their respective towns and

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apply for a permit. The permit may not immediately be issued. Oftentimes, there is a waiting period during which the project’s legality and safety is examined. Once the project is approved, the applicant will be able to file for the actual permit(s). There is usually a fee or fees for permit application, which covers any clerical work. Work should not begin until a permit is received, and then the permit generally has to be placed in plain sight, such as in a window of the building. Depending on building codes, inspections of the work may need to take place after all of the project is completed or during certain phases. For example, the building of a deck may require inspections after footings are installed and secured, and before the upper portions of the decking materials are attached. If an inspection takes place afterward, the inspector will be looking for key code issues to determine whether the work was completed successfully. If a contractor was used, he or she may have to be present at the time of the inspection. If the work passes, an approval will be given and put on record. If the work fails, applicable repairs will have to be made and a reinspection will be scheduled.

Should a home be put on the market, all permits may need to be on file or in the homeowners’ possession in order for a certificate of occupancy to be issued to the new buyer. Failure to have permits can hold up the process or result in fines.


nearby in the event of a mishap. • First aid kit: An abrasion or cut may occur, requiring prompt care. • Gloves: When the hands need to be protected or extra traction on surfaces is required, gloves can be a necessity. • Headphones: Safety headphones can protect the ears against loud, consistent noises from power equipment and tools.

Homeowners about to begin a project also need to emphasize safety. There are a number of things that can be on hand to make a work environment safer. These include:

• Locks: A locked cabinet can store tools, paints, chemicals, and other improvement supplies so that young children or pets won’t have access.

• Eye protection: This is especially important when working with flying debris, cutting items, mixing caustic chemicals, etc. • Respirator or face mask: Cover the nose or mouth when there is dust or debris in the air that can enter the lungs. When working with toxic fumes, such as when using spray paints or chemical lubricants, a respirator can offer clean air.

When homeowners take the time to plan, obtain permits, and secure the needed protection for a job, they help ensure a safer job that is done correctly.

• Boots: Proper footwear ensures protection should an item fall on the foot or when walking where nails or other sharp items are located. • Fire extinguisher: A fire extinguisher should be


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projects a recipe for saving money?


any homeowners or renters wrestle with the question of whether to tackle a project as a do-it-yourself venture to save some money or simply leave it to a professional. Each situation is unique, but there are certain factors that must be considered regardless of a homeowner’s particular situation. On the surface, a DIY task can seem a very good way to save some money. After all, a large percentage, sometimes as much as 50 percent, of the cost of hiring a contractor goes toward labor. For a DIY job with no such costs, the final financial tally can be substantially less. Although labor can be expensive, that cost is often justified. People who hire carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and the like are paying for the workers’ experience. They’re also paying with the expectation that the job will be done correctly. With jobs that require a building permit or must be done to specific code, the contractor often puts his reputation on the line and will be held accountable if the work doesn’t meet requirements. That isn’t to say an untrained individual can’t tackle a specific job around the house. There are some guidelines that may make such projects go more smoothly and, as a result, more affordable. • Read up and learn as much as you can about the particular work to be done. It’s easier to make mistakes if you do not know where to start. • Talk to others who have also done the work. They may have some tips or advice that can save you time and money. You may also want to ask if they can help and show you the ropes. • Be sure to obtain all necessary permits before starting any work. Don’t risk a fine for doing work without permits or having work inspected. • When applying for permits, find out if there is a list of code-specific


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requirements that you can follow -- a cheat-sheet of sorts. It may list rated materials required and any techniques. See if you can speak to an inspector who will be visiting your property later on to find out what he or she looks for specifically. • You must feel confident with the endeavor. If you are unsure about anything, you may risk injury or make a significant mistake and be forced to hire someone to clean up your mess. • Consider reputable sources for information. While it’s easy to go online and scour message boards for pointers on certain tasks, not all of the information is accurate. Trust only content from sources that are licensed or backed by certification in a certain area. These things being said, there are a number of DIY projects that regular people can try. Starting off small and building up as skills are developed are good ways to begin. For example: • Tile a small kitchen backsplash before tackling an entire bathroom shower enclosure or floor. • Build an outdoor potting stand before attempting furniture or cabinetry work in a main room of the house. • Change out a ceiling fan or lighting fixture before re-running electrical lines through the home. • Succeed in repairing a leaky drain pipe before taking on a more advanced plumbing issue. • Use regular painting techniques first before experimenting with a trendy faux finish or plaster application. There are many different things individuals can do themselves that stretch beyond routine home maintenance. From manicures to pool upkeep, the potential to save money when budgets are tight can be a powerful motivator.

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Quick fixes to a better credit score By Richard Johnson


id you know that it is possible to improve your credit score in just few weeks? There are a number of steps you can take to get your credit score back on track.

ystem is based s g n ri o c -s it d re of the c . your obligations y a p u yo ll e w w o on h ill do serious Late payments w ore very quickly. c s r u yo to e g a dam

First, remember the 65 percent rule. Thirty-five percent of the credit-scoring system is based on how well you pay your obligations. Late payments will do serious damage to your score very quickly. Thirty percent of the scoring module is based on credit utilization, meaning how much you owe on a credit card balance compared to your credit limit. You want to keep your balance below 50 percent of your credit limit. Those two elements account for 65 percent of how the FICO scoring system is measured. What are some quick fixes if you want to increase your credit score in short order? Here are some pointers that you can work on right now: Reduce your debt: Focus on any credit card balances that you have, and budget to pay them down. Target the highest interest rate account first, and pay it down to under 50 percent of your credit limit. If you have another highbalance account, budget for the same plan. Once this is achieved, target each account as your budget allows and reduce them to below 30 percent of your credit limit. Increase your credit limit: If your account is current and in good standing, your creditor may agree to increase your limit. Request the


increase, and after it is granted do not charge anything more on the account. You have just instantly improved your credit utilization on that account. Get some goodwill: Sometimes one of your accounts has a late payment by mistake. The statement was overlooked, you misplaced it among other papers, or the dog ate your bill. Whatever the excuse, if it was uncharacteristic and you paid it as soon as it came to your attention, you may be able to get the creditor to give you a break. Contact them, explain the circumstances, be polite, and they may just agree to remove the report of that late payment. Try to get it in writing if possible, and keep that in a file in case you need to appeal the late payment on your credit report. It is worth the effort, because one 30-day late payment can reduce your score by 50 points or more.

More serious derogatory reports on your credit score will take time and a focused plan to correct, which we will talk about in a future article. The four short steps above will result in improving your credit score in as little as 30 to 60 days.

Richard Johnson is the author of “Credit Scores and You: Understanding the Importance of a Great Credit Score,” www. His column appears regularly in the weekly Argus and Courier-Times, and the Skagit Valley Herald’s “Skagit Living” section.

Dust off an old card: Do you have an account that you have not used in a long time? Maybe a revolving credit account for a department store that you have not shopped at recently? Get that card out, go make a small purchase and put it away again. Pay it in full when the statement arrives. Now that account has some recent activity again. Your history of activity in the most recent 12 months has the most significant impact on your credit score.

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The Cedars 1046 Sinclair Way Burlington 2 bdrm, 1.75 baths, 1130 square feet – 2 car garage, 55+ plus community. $147,500. Move-in ready. Light, bright end unit. “Pack and move but leave the yard work behind!” Open House - Sunday, 1-3 pm Windermere Real Estate/Skagit Valley Jim Glackin 360-428-2828


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MLS# 269149 1301 Alpine View Dr., MV $429,000...OPEN HOUSE Fri, 9/16, 4PM - 6PM Located on the 12th green of the Eaglemont Golf course. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2629 square feet, & a .32 ac lot. Gourmet kitchen with Brazilian labradorite stone countertops, formal dining room, vaulted ceiling living room, and a main level master suite. Fruit trees, sprinkler system, 3 car garage & a nice deck. See for more info. & photos. Bill & Jannette Krieger (360)421-4446 WRE/Skagit Valley

OPEN HOUSE Sat., Sept.17th, 1:30-4pm 2028 FOWLER ST., MV $238,500 Super location & reduced price!! Easy commute to I-5 & just min. to 3 parks, several schools & the hospital. Int. upgrades: newer furnace, hot water heater, new floors in kitchen & util. rm. Ext: new paint & new roof in last 3 yrs. Great rm concept in kitchen/family rm area. Living rm w/vaulted ceilings, frplc & formal dining area. 3 bdrms, 2.5 ba in 1968 sq. ft. Huge covered back deck w/skylights. Nice private backyard w/ garden space. Fully fenced. Motivated!! MLS# 236846. Call Mel Foley at (360)7703115. WRE/Skagit Valley

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, SEPT. 18TH! Escape to waterfront living! Offered at $1,650,000. Telecommute from Seattle! 3 master suites, 4.25 baths, top floor chart room, multiple private decks, secure gated entry, 5-car garage parking, 2-room art studio with bath, 90+ feet of Samish Bay waterfront. 4824 G Loop Road, Samish Island, WA. George Roth, REALTOR Principal Managing Broker Coldwell Banker Bain 360-707-1431 More pics and information at!

Condo with view, not a drive by; take the time to admire the oak flooring, vaulted ceilings, master suite w/walk-in closet and bath with oversize shower; guest room & full bath, den/home office, features gas heat, hot water and fireplace. Kitchen has spacious pantry, gas range, and built-in microwave, laundry room with utility sink and cabinets, approx. 1368 sq. ft. Private covered deck, double car garage all on single level, attic storage. Community clubhouse, group activities, adjoining Haggen walking path. Close to shopping and medical facilities. Priced below market value at $174,500. Call Barbara for previewing appointment, 360-428-5617.

BRIGHT & CHARMING CONDO Condo warehouse space. 18'x60'. All amenities. Security. Call Rick, 360-3197359 OPEN HOUSE Sept. 17 & 18; 2 - 5 PM 22571 LITTLE MOUNTAIN ROAD, MOUNT VERNON, WA 98274

OPEN HOUSE Fri., Sept. 16, 4 - 6PM Sat., Sept. 17, 1- 3PM 3905 Dogwood Pl., MV $299,900 2 story home located in the Eaglemont Golf community. 4 bedrooms with the master suite located on the main floor. Kitchen adjoins to the dining/family area with a gas fireplace and opens out to a greenbelt off the large entertaining deck. More features include: main floor laundry room, dining room, upstairs bonus room and a 3 car garage. $5,000 towards Buyers closing cost. MLS# 171430 Call Sherry Johansen 360-708-3636 WRE/Skagit Valley

BUILDABLE COUNTRY LOT W/EXISTING HOUSE TO TEAR DOWN Beautiful lot to build your home. Property is assessed as .79 acre. Existing home is in need of major repairs so the property is being sold as is with the value as a building lot. No CC&R's. Mobiles OK. Directions: East on Blackburn Road to Little Mountain Road, continue 2.8 miles property is on the left. ASKING PRICE: $128,000 CASH ONLY 360-4225371, 360-770-8298. For appt.

$26,000+ Below Assessed Value Well maintained 3 Bdrm, 1 ¾ Bath. New in 2009, Hardy Board siding, roof, insulated windows, Trex Sun Deck, Lennox furnace, water heater, carpet, laminate, & kitchen remodel. $121,900 523 No. 4th, Mount Vernon 360-757-2259 A two story farmhouse with a view of Padilla Bay, Olympics and Cascades. It has three bedrooms, 1830 sq. ft., some acreage, a barn and workshop. Now selling at market price of $365,400. Come see and make your offer. Call for preview at (360) 399-1097.

For Sale By Owner – Southern exposure and high ceilings bring lots of natural light into the great room living, dining, and kitchen area of this home with parklike exterior scene. Master suite features private bath with dual sinks, extended shower, enclosed commode and awesome closet; exceptional breakfast/lunch counter & great pantry enhance kitchen. Home has gas heat, gas range and custom gas fireplace; guest bedroom, bath and den/office plus garage with storage attic. Community has numerous activities, including monthly potlucks. Walking path available to Haggen Market. $179,000. Call Barbara at 360-4285617 for preview showing.

Contractor's Dream Project! Built in 1911 - still in the family! Needs TLC. Large corner lot at 1523 So. Third. All offers considered! Please call after 11AM (360) 595-2533 leave message.


Beautiful 23 park like acres with 2 bdrms, (could be 3), walk-in closet in master, 2 bath, bonus room, open loft/office. 2 car attached carport, 24'x32' shop, 11 ½' x 11 ½' and 9' x 8' doors, also work area. 2 full RV sites, one has separate power, used as MIL doublewide site. Kitchen has maple cabinets, oak flooring, Jenn-Aire gas range. Cathedral ceiling are open beam with T & G Canadian spruce. Full length covered front porch, large deck off dining room. Too much to list all, must see. Reduced from original price of $588,000 to $449,000. 22850 SR 534, Mount Vernon. 360-708-4849 or 360445-2188

9.4 acres, good pasture, large loafing shed, old barn, with pond for cattle, large RV garage + wood shed. Large shop with work pit. Mtn view. 3 bdrm, large living room, dining room, large kitchen. A must see for $250,975. Call 360-8561313. If no answer, call 360-636-5054; cell for 360430-8084 OPEN HOUSE SAT., SEPT. 17th, 11 - 2

729 John Liner Road MLS# 253734. Lovely 3 Bdrm, 2 Bath Efficient Gas Forced Air Heat Master w/walk-in closet and ¾ bath Mature landscaping & fully fenced back yard RV Parking - Close to Schools! Directions: Hwy 20 East to Reed Street. North on Reed to John Liner. Right on John Liner. Go past church, house on right side of road. Price: $198,000 - possible 0 Down Financing Agent: Dena Poling Preview Properties Skagit LLC (360) 848-8900


Fully Updated Rambler #29157098 • $179,000

Samish Island Home #217345 • $785,000

#217864 • $2,650

Huge fenced lot with 2 car garage, detached shop ,RV Parking, covered boat storage, large concrete patio, fruit trees, dog kennels and garden shed. Inside you will be greeted by bamboo floors, open living and modern earth tones. Huge kitchen features corian counters, stainless steel appliances. Separate laundry room. Private office. Main bath redone with slate and double sink vanity. This short sale has far too much to mention. Not in FLOOD ZONE!

Gorgeous 2 story home custom built on 2 acres on Samish Island. This home 3400+sqft home features 3brm 2.5bth and was designed for entertaining. Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen & huge living space overlook Padilla bay, Olympic Mountains, and features cement counters and rock fireplace. Huge Trex Deck runs full length of the house!

6600sqft free standing Prime Light Industrial building. 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!

Motivated Seller!! #158625 • $49,000

High quality 3br 2 bth move in ready home. Bright and sunny kitchen with new microwave, eating bar and family room. Utility room w/ entry into garage. Lg mstr suite with lg closet and slider to deck. Liv rm and formal dining rm. Attached storage/hobby room behind garage, cvrd deck and covered patio. Gated and features a putting green indoor pool and clubhouse! Fresh Exterior, Patio Paint & Deck Staining Come enjoy the sun!

#264986 • $439,000

Desirable W Mount Vernon home. This 1996 3bd/2bth home features and open floor plan, free standing gas fireplace, main floor master with full bath. Fenced back yard is a wonderful private setting for your next BBQ! Property also features a detached 2 car garage/shop and covered carport.

Well appointed view home in one of Mount Vernon’s finest neighborhoods. This 3000 SF 4BD 3.5BA home features main floor master suite with 2 way gas fpl, lg master BA and private view deck. Open floor plan with chefs kitchen open to the living room and main deck with views across the valley to the bay. Formal living and dining rooms will make events and holidays all the more memorable. This home has it all and is a must see!

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• 2000+ sq ft condo • Adult community $135,000 MLS#270819 • 2 car garage • Huge kitchen • Large lot • 3 bedroom • Walking distance to most • Great price


• 3 bdrms, 2.75 bths • Fam Rm + Office/den • Huge Corner Lot


• Small town • 4 bedrooms • Lots to offer • Close to river



• Corner lot • Fully fenced • Large backyard • 3 bedrooms


$429,500 MLS#126345 MLS#254180 • Shy 3,000 sf • Huge master suite

• Waterfront • Cabin • 40’ low bank • Big Lake


• 4 bdrm rambler • Under const. • 1 acre lot • Gated community

MLS#220567 $242,500

• All new appls • 2 BD • Great rental or 1st time buyer • Not a short sale Anita Kohl 961-7795 Cleaver Sanders 941-3482 Dawn Hardman 540-0058 DJ Jacobs 941-5279 Duane Gish 770-9299 Dominic Pettruzzelli 333-5210


• Over 2000 ft • Huge deck • Glenhaven amenities • Newer 3 bdrm

George Herner 840-3743 Jackie Lindeman 770-9080 Karl Morse 395-5405 Margie Ernst 708-3198 Marlene Deasy 661-6720 Megan Daly 206-383-4407

2010 SANDALWOOD, MV $244,900 Great rental history duplex sits on large lot. Each unit offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, washer/dryer, fireplace & 1-car garage. Lower unit A with a partially fenced yard. Call Sherry Johansen at 708-3636. #60925 3905 DOGWOOD PL, MV $299,900 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths & approx. 2344 SF located in Eaglemont. Kitchen opens to dinning & family area. Master on main, upstairs bonus room, large deck & 3 car garage. Call Sherry Johansen at 708-3636. #171430

1100 3RD ST., SDW $121,950 Cute, affordable 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. Gas heat & fireplace. Greenhouse, storage shed & corner lot. Close to town. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #272362 738 FIDALGO ST., SDW $134,900 Beautifully restored vintage log home, full of character & charm. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Large lot. Great in town location close to all amenities. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #202574 1068 SINCLAIR WAY, BRL $149,000 Well maintained 1 level condo located in 55+ “The Cedars”. User friendly kitchen with island & pantry, window coverings, 2 bedrooms with walk-in closets. Call Warren Bingham at 7702421. #29162691 2409 MOODY ST., MV $157,500 Great starter home…cute, clean & move-in ready! 3 bedroom rambler on quiet cul-de-sac. Garage. Forced air furnace & all appliances stay. Fenced back yard with deck. Call Megan O’Bryan at 708-5817. #132024 1615 N. 43RD PL, MV $193,000 Immaculate 1550+ sq.ft. rambler in move-in condition with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings & gas fireplace. Gorgeous territorial views. Call Karen Beckner at 840-9455. #139997 20571 ENGLISH RD, CONWAY $199,000 Charming home in Conway area. 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, updated with new paint, vinyl windows & large patio. Plus detached garage & shed all on over .5 acre lot. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #131411 304 W. STATE ST., SDW $199,500 REDUCED $50,000! Lovely updated 4 bedroom, 2 bath home, large eating kitchen & bar. Fully fenced, low maintenance yard. Attached 2 car garage. Close to town. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #149139 14937 RAWLINS RD, MV $234,500 Lovely Conway mini-farm on 1.56 acres, updated home, 24x36 heated shop with additional living space, 2 fenced pastures, gorgeous pond & patio. Very well maintained property. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #199506 455 KLICKITAT, LAC $235,000 Wonderful La Conner 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 17970 PAMELA ST., MV $235,900 Charming home in established S. MV neighborhood on 1+ acre with no thru road. 3+ bedrooms, 2 full baths. Detached garage. Room for summer BBQ’s plus westerly sunset views. Call Karen Beckner at 840-9455. #119103

16419 BIRDIE LN, BRL $339,000 Rambler on 7th fairway of Skagit Country Club. 3 bedrooms, vaulted ceiling living room, natural gas heat & fireplace, & a great deck. More info & photos at Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #269502 425 S. 39TH PL, MV $339,500 Beautifully maintained 1 level home. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2200+ SF, French doors to covered deck & westerly views. 3 car garage, sprinkler system & low maintenance yard. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #211543

4859 BLANK RD., SDW $379,000 Beautiful NW craftsman home on nearly 1 acre; very private location. 10’ ceilings, extensive use of clear fir, Brazilian marble, concrete floors & artist designed stained glass windows & lights. More info at Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #271395 21077 TYEE RD, MV $439,000 Custom built one-level home on 7 level acres of equestrian property. 3 bedroom, 2260 SF, built in 1995. 3 bay, 2 stall barn & shop. Conway SD. See Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #204957 6792 F & S GRADE RD., SDW $495,900 Car Collector’s Dream: garage space for 12 cars! Approx.2238 SF, 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths. Pond, 6+ acres, lower property w/ approx. 740’of Samish River frontage. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #90077 14360 ROADRUNNER LN, BRL $525,000 Chaffey resale in Bay Meadows development in Bayview area. 1+ acre lot with a gourmet kitchen. Granite, stainless app., built-in refrig. & butler’s pantry. Call Danielle Hester at 4206807. #117276


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400 WIDNOR, MV $87,500 Dramatic price reduction for this MV Hill manufactured home on its own land-NOT a park. Cute 2 bedrooms, 1 bath on deadend street. Updated kitchen. Private back yard. Call Karen Beckner at 840-9455. #130536

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