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UNDERSTANDING CONDENSATION IN YOUR HOME PAGE 3

MORTGAGES:

JUST TAKE IT BACK PAGE 4

EASY WAYS TO CLEAN UP IN A SNAP 1231 S. 10TH STREET, MOUNT VERNON

$619,000

Completely restored 1929 Mt. Vernon home on nearly one acre in-city lot with expansive views of Skagit River, tulip fields, mountains & islands beyond. A historic revival home with original Windermere Real Estate details – Honduras mahogany, Tudor interior with arched passageways, 1030 E. College Way Mount Vernon master suite with inspiring views. Fully-appointed kitchen has cherry cabinets, 360.424.4901 granite counters, commercial grade Viking stove and more. Landscaped 800.849.7939 Agent: www.SkagitRealtor.com exterior with old-growth Douglas firs makes this a unique and distinctive Jim Glackin estate property. MLS#319380. 360-428-2828

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WHAT DO HOUSEPLANTS, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable.

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WINDOW TO A SALE PAGE 9

CLASSIFIEDS PAGE 10-11

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Understanding Condensation in Your Home Pg. 3

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Mortgages: Just Take It Back

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Easy Ways to Clean Up in a Snap

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Q & A: Ask Our Broker

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Classifieds

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$104,950

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$380,000

Home on acreage w/2 shops. Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 4+ acres w/2 outbuildings. Custom built in 1994 w/ Victorian touches. Huge deck w/ gazebo. Fenced pasture for animals Over 2100 sq.ft. Must See!. Only 25 minutes from I-5. MLS #338877 Call Debbie, 708-8780

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Debbie Allen 708-8780

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Mike Welling 540-1341

Burlington

$410,000

14 acres prime agricultural land. 1570SF 2-story farmhouse; 3BR, 1.75 Baths. Possible M-I-L quarters. 2-car detached garage w/shop & barns. Close to I-5. MLS #85441 Call Charlie, 708-1415, Jeannie, 708-9645

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Burlington

$127,000

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$432,000

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$216,950

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 #320642 Call Amber, 969-4030 or Dan, (360) 348-6655

Mount Vernon

$329,000

Built in 1994 in the style of the yesteryear. 3 bd/2.5 ba 2185 sq. ft home. This home is adorned with classic dormers, cedar siding, river rock fireplace and solid oak floors/staircase. 24 x 38 3 car garage. MLS #308824 Call Ron, 333-1045

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Understanding Condensation in Your Home Kitchen activities, such as cooking and washing dishes, can add water vapor to the interior of the home.

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hat do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or leaking either inside or outside the home because they see moisture on the glass,” says Christopher Burk, technical product manager at Simonton Windows(R). “In reality, that’s simply not the case. While condensation may collect on the interior or exterior of energy-efficient windows, the units are really doing their job by helping serve as a barrier in the home.” Burk points out that windows do not cause condensation -- they simply prevent the moisture in the home from escaping to the outside. “If the inside glass surface on double- or triple-glazed windows show excessive moisture, you can be reasonably sure that the moisture is also collecting on your walls and ceilings,” says Burk. “This means you should take steps to reduce the humidity level in your home by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers.” Where Does Condensation Come From? You’d be surprised how much water vapor homeowners create themselves on a daily basis. A family of four can add a half pint of goskagit.com/reweekly

water vapor every hour to the home just through normal breathing and perspiration. And, if you take a five minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. Even the simple act of cooking dinner on a gas stove can produce two and a half pints of water vapor. “Invisible water vapor is everywhere in the home,” says Burk. “The key is for homeowners to monitor the levels of moisture in their homes and then take steps to manage the humidity levels.” What Can a Homeowner Do to Help Reduce Condensation? Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips: • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature. • If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier. • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves. • Open a window in the bathroom. • Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions. • Store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood can consist of up to 45 percent water, which cont. on pg. 7

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Just Take It Back... A reader just wanted to walk away from his loan. Other readers agreed. But our expert thinks otherwise.

By PETER G. MILLER CTW FEATURES

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few weeks ago a writer wrote in describing a “strategic default” on his home: My house has a $320,000 mortgage, and the current value is about $190,000. I have not made a payment since January 2011. I have told the lender the house is theirs and to notify me when to move out. If they’re willing to give me a new mortgage based on the current appraised value, I will consider it. They refuse to deal with me. Any advice? In my response, I questioned the logic of the lender making a new loan. Based on the reader’s record, he might again walk away if property values continue to fall. Further, if borrowers can walk when home prices go down, then would it be unfair for a lender to unilaterally increase borrowers’ debt if property values increased? In closing, I added that given today’s mortgage rates it likely would have been better to make payments and refinance. Such a strategy would have allowed the reader to keep the property and substantially reduce costs. A number of readers disagreed with my response. Let’s look at their views: “The person with the mortgage can and if possible should walk away,” said a reader. “The asset value should be written down. The loan portfolio of the bank should take a charge. That’s how capitalism works, for the lender and the individual. The corporation does not make decisions on some perceived notions of fairness – and neither should the individual. After all, this is a contractual agreement. The response

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to the reader is wrong.” First, most likely the mortgage was originated by one lender, sold on the secondary market, packaged together with other loans to create a mortgage-backed security. Next, interests in the MBS were sold off to investors, such as insurance companies and mutual funds – maybe even a mutual fund you own. So, not paying typically hurts mortgage investors, not “banks” or the mortgage brokers or mortgage bankers who originated the loans. Second, a mortgage is a contract. The loan is supposed to be paid back even if the value of the asset falls. Think of a new car. You buy at the dealer, finance, and a month later the car is worth less than when first purchased. Do you stop making car payments? “How long should we continue to pay for negative equity knowing we stand a chance of losing the house at some point in the future?” asked another reader. Unlike investments like stocks or bonds, real estate has a “use” value. It’s shelter. In many markets rental rates are rising while home values are falling. You may be better off paying the loan and living in a nice house rather than being uprooted. “The owner with the $190,000 house really should be saving his monthly payment and wait until the eviction notice, or send the keys back to the lender and walk away. Hopefully he has saved the money that would have gone to the house payments,”

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said another email. Is the property in a jurisdiction that allows “deficiency” claims against homeowners? If yes, the borrower may be looking at years of litigation. What about bankruptcy? The socalled Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 did away with many protections for borrowers, and it created new federal protections for creditors. In any case, credit will be ruined for years, especially with recent lender guidelines to punish walkaway borrowers. “Obviously,” said one reader, “you are not on the homeowner’s side but catering to the real estate business. But then again there is not a single goskagit.com/reweekly

newspaper writer who will dare write on behalf of owners.” Many reporters have spoken out against toxic lending – and were largely ignored. For instance, in 2006 – when home prices were soaring – I gave a speech regarding “non-traditional” financing at a national meeting of state real estate commissioners, saying “looming in the background is the potential for financial disaster that will impact home values nationwide, spur foreclosure rates to new highs and devalue insurance funds, pension holdings and investor accounts. The value of your home, no matter how you financed, is at stake.” © CTW Features

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Easy Ways to Clean Up in a Snap

Dimming lights in the home can set a relaxing mood and hide any other things you may have missed while cleaning.

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t’s the season for spring cleaning, and homeowners no doubt have a slew of projects on tap in the weeks to come. Clothes will be sorted and donated and unnecessary items thrown in the trash. Sometimes, however, there’s little time for a thorough cleaning, so a quick tidying up is done when guests are coming to visit. There are many ways to tackle the clutter and get a home presentable in no time at all. When you’re short on time, consider these ways to give living spaces the appearance of cleanliness. Kitchen • Assess the kitchen sink and move all the dishes awaiting washing into the dishwasher. Wipe down the inside of the sink with a disinfecting wipe or a clean sponge. • Wipe down the countertops quickly with a wipe or sponge. Wet a paper

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towel or rag and attack any errant spots on the stove and floor, which will become sticky and attract more dirt. • Fold or hang dish towels in a way that camouflages any stains. • Place a small pan of water on the stove with some nutmeg and cinnamon and bring to a simmer. This will disguise any smells lingering from last night’s dinner. • Take down magnets and notes stuck to the refrigerator and temporarily place them in a zipper-seal bag. • Use a static-charged sweeper sheet to grab any hairs, dust or pet fur from the floor. Living Room • Go to the sofa and turn the pillows to the side that is not often facing outward. Consider this the “company side” that may not have any stains or

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mars in the fabric. Fluff the pillows to clear out dust. • Use a handheld vacuum to clean up any crumbs or dirt on tables or in the sofa cushions. • Wipe down coffee tables with a damp cloth to clear away dust and fingerprints. • Wet the fingertips of rubber gloves and glide your hand over upholstery to rid furniture of pet hair. • Keep a basket handy to neatly store newspaper, magazines or books. • Gather and remove the most obvious clutter and relocate it elsewhere less noticeable. • Dim the lights and light candles. It’s harder to spot dirt in a dim room.

Condensation

adds water vapor to the home. Even well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20 to 25 percent moisture content. • Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows. Worrisome Windows Homeowners with the most cause for concern are those with older, less efficient windows. “Windows are just like any other major part of the home,” says Burk. “They wear out over time and need to be replaced. If your windows have air leaks, don’t close properly, or are failing to act as a solid barrier to the environment, then it’s time to consider replacing them with energyefficient windows.” Burk also recommends knowing Sedro Woolley

Bathroom • A premoistened wipe can quickly clean the sink and counters from dried-on contact solution or toothpaste. • The same wipe can be used to rid the mirror of errant spots of splatter. • Use the same cloth to wipe down the toilet seat and the rim underneath. Use the toilet brush to scrub inside the bowl to remove any rings. • Put new hand towels on racks or on the counter. • Glide a lint roller over the bath mat to remove hair and fuzz. Bedroom • If the children’s rooms are messes, close the doors and make those rooms off-limits. • Make your bed and fluff the pillows. • Take dirty clothes to the hamper and put away anything left out. If desperate, pile it into the closet to attend to later. • Neaten the night stands next to the bed, removing personal effects or storing it in the drawers. goskagit.com/reweekly

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$269,000

the difference between condensation on the glass and between the glass panes of the window. “If you are seeing moisture, fogging or cloudiness between the panes of glass in your window, this is a strong indication that the seal of your window has failed and it’s time to replace your window,” says Burk. “In operable window units, a failed seal can often be corrected by simply replacing the sash. However, seal failure reduces energy efficiency and the unit will not work as effectively to help you keep energy bills low and enjoy comfortable living in your home. While condensation on the interior or exterior of the glass is manageable, moisture between the glass needs swift attention by homeowners.” Conway

$189,000

Spacious rambler in a beautiful, established neighborhood. Home features 4 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, bamboo floors and wall to wall carpet upgrades. Remodeled, gourmet kitchen comes complete with upgraded appliances and a bonus room. Outdoors offers alarge, fenced yard with raised beds and separate RV Sandy Everett parking. MLS# 111942 360-202-3706

Charming home has 2 bedrooms and 1.75 baths and boasts new interior and exterior paint. The large patio allows all to enjoy the 1/2 acre lot. Vinyl windows and new attic and underfloor insulation keeps this home cozy. Home includes a detached garage and storage shed. It is in a great neighborhood, minutes from I-5. Ron Proctor MLS # 325678 (360) 333-0303

Lake Mc Murray

Burlington

$489,000

Beautifully appointed custom home offers an amazing view and includes a dock, boat launch and 75 ft. of lake waterfront. A unique “park like” approach leads to this 4 bedroom home featuring formal living and dining rooms, vaulted ceilings and a large kitchen with stunning views. The daylight basement offers a kitchenette and office/library and could easily be a separate living area for guests. Danya Wolf 360-708-8294 MLS # 236420

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$229,000

Wonderful home located on quiet cul-de-sac in Burlington Country Club. Plenty of room inside to spread out with just under 2000 sq ft. MLS # 338694 Open House on Saturday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Hwy 20 go North on Avon Allen Road, Left into Country Club, stay Left on Country Club Drive, go Right on Rainer, Left on Eagle Drive, Right on Donna Kurras Eleventh Tee, home on Right. 360-770-7596

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Window to a sale QUESTION: We are considering selling our home within the next two years. The existing double-hung windows need to be re-glazed and should really be replaced with energy-efficient windows. Knowing we will not be in this house long term, should we replace the windows now or let the next owner’s put in what they want?

ANSWER: The real answer has to do with other sellers.

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with the windows they have? Go to local open houses and see what the potential

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competition is like. And speak

approved for a mobile home

with local brokers. You’ll likely find three

mortgage – except for my low

strategic choices:

credit score. What can I do?

1. Do nothing because it will not impact your sale prospects.

ANSWER:

2. Get new windows because it will raise the

Don’t buy at this time. Even

value of your home, cut energy costs and make

if you were to somehow get a loan the interest

the property more competitive when you sell.

rate would be steep and a high monthly cost

3. Offer the home for sale as-is. If it does

would not be good for your financial situation.

not sell quickly then market it with a $5,000

The better alternative is to pay down bills, make

credit (or whatever the right number is) for new

sure all monthly payments are made in full and

windows.

on time, do not borrow more on credit cards

Speak with local brokers for specifics.

and build up your credit profile. You will then

What does it take to quickly market a home in your community for a good price? Are new

QUESTION:

be able to improve your credit and thus qualify

windows expected? Or do homes readily sell

I have a 572 credit score. I have been

for financing at a better rate.

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814 Cul De Sac Rd, Burlington Main house with an attached ADU/ mother-in-law apartment. Main house: 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, own septic & drain field, living room with gas fireplace, breakfast nook, dining room, bonus/rec room & small attached shop. Attached apartment: living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, own septic & drain field. Large fenced lot. Live in one side & rent out the other or invest & rent out both sides. Call Laura Bird 360-630-9692 MLS#: 285523 $144,000

2021 N Laventure Rd #307, Mount Vernon 2 bedroom 2 full bathroom condo conveniently located in an off-street area lending to seclusion from traffic & the surrounding area. End unit for outside pleasure that has sliding doors all the way across the large living room to patio. Master bedroom has walk-in bath and 2 large closets. Second brm. Kitchen with granite counter top & thru wall serving to living room. Call Jim Nicholas 360-708-9379 MLS#: 268662 $115,000

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ATTENTION INVESTORS! Trustees Sale 4/6/12 10AM, County Courthouse 700 South 2nd Street Mount Vernon, WA Lot and Mobile Home Located At: 217 South Street Hamilton, WA Feel free to drive by and view the property, but please do not disturb the tenants. Parcel #P73781 Tax Value: $22,900 Minimum Bid: $10,187

Clean singlewide with 2 decks. All necessary things to move it. $12,000. Take it with you. 70X14. 360-8264145

LUXURY INTERIOR Mt. Baker View

MV Large 2 & 3 bdrm, three floor plans. Private patio. W/S/G incl. All appliances. Lrg garage. Only: $925; $945; $995. Call 206-409-9317

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OPEN HOUSE SAT. 10-2 424 S. 10th St., MV

Directions: From 1-5, E. on Kincaid (exit 226), left on 10th St., two blocks to corner 10th and Kincaid. Huge price reduction on this classic 1940's home on the "Hill" in Mount Vernon. 4 bdrm, 2576 sq ft, Swedish finish hardwood floors & 2 fireplaces. Major remodel in 1985 & 2010. This is a great commuter home w/low maintenance, fully landscaped yard & easy access to I-5. 3 car covered parking, private patio & just a few blocks to Hillcrest park. #327293 $239,000. Bill Ketcheside 360-391-2033. Preview Properties Skagit

Professional, medical, dental office space for lease or sale, 1500 sq. ft., near Island Hospital in Ancortes. (360) 293-6998

MLS #115774 963 Hillcrest Drive, Burl. Priced Well at $359,000

Seller open house this Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8th 1-4pm Rare 1 level home on beautiful Burlington Hill. Situated on a 0.46 acre lot w/outstanding views to the East & South. This elegant home features a gourmet kitchen w/Cherrywood cabinets & granite counters, hardwood floors accented in inlay, a warm & cozy gas fireplace, all presented in a spacious & open floor plan flooded w/natural light. Enjoy the oversize master bedroom w/sitting area, a luxurious master bath w/soaking tub & a generous size travertine shower, secure 2 car garage w/good size storage. RON VAN PELT 360-333-1045 RE/MAX TERRITORY

Rent to own – MV 3 Bdrm, 2 ½ Ba, plus bonus room, large kitchen, fireplace, 2 car garage, fenced & landscaped yard. $1,550 per mo. www.skagitsolutions.com 360-422-5708

BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME 2281 S. 19th Street 2000 sq. ft. rambler on 9950 sq. ft. lot Very quiet & secluded S. Mount Vernon area 4 bdrm, 2 ½ baths Granite countertops, stainless appliances Open floor plan with high ceilings thru-out Master suite features soaking tub, double vanities, double shower Close to schools, shopping, easy I-5 access Now 100% complete Open Sat., Noon–3 $319,500. Brown McMillen Real Est Jeff Ingman 360-202-2859 email: ingmanjeff@aol.com

Rent to own or for sale by owner. Owner could possibly carry contract. 5 bdrm, 3 ba home, 3,000 sq. ft. in Sedro-Woolley, near schools. Large kitchen, master suite on main floor. $1450/mo. 360-661-5375

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Brown McMillen Real Estate 360.757.6013 1.800.869.7084 w w w. b r o w n m c m i l l e n . c o m

Evening Phone Calls Welcome Tod LeHecka Mary Jo Reitsma Phil Hurtig Tim Reichert Jan Scally

333-1032 770-6013 770-0787 391-5587 421-5160

A LOT fOR A LITTLE… 4 Br., 2.5 Ba home, appliances incl., spacious deck & patio. Fenced backyard, close to walking/biking trails. $189,950. #279134 PERfECT 10 ACRES… secluded yet only one mile from freeway in Bow Hill area with year round stream & public water. $209,500. #310712 RAMBLER W/DAYLIGHT BASEMENT… 3 Br, 2.5 Ba, hardwoods, French doors opens to deck, vaulted ceilings, soaking tub & more. $275,000. #28187196 A BIT Of PARADISE… pasture land w/newer 2 Br, 2 Ba mobile. 11+ acres on S. Skagit Hwy. Frontage on Finney Creek. $149,900. #266577 DEWEY BEACH WATERfRONT… home, boathouse, 100’ low bank w/ front. Newer deck & septic. Well blt home, vaulted wood ceiling, many windows. 2 Br, 1.75 Ba. $895,000. #271985

Terri Heyntsen Dick Best Ron Wortham

391-0938 770-1491 661-1500

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North Homes Realty Inc. 360.424.2100 • www.century21northhomes.com

$224,900

MLS#283607

• Inground pool • Nice location • 4 poss. Bdrms • Needs some TLC

$310,000

#200253

$159,500

MLS#226063

$119,000

MLS#256370

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

• Panoramic views • Over 2600 sf. • Madrona Beach area • Custom built

• 1 level condo • Roomy 2bd • Huge $125,000 MLS#293288 open kitchen• Indoor pool close by • Dream cabin • Private, RV parking • Pine floors • LG view deck $229,950 MLS#229784 $184,500 MLS#323156 • Desirable area • 3 bdrms, 2.5 bths • Updated rambler • Lg fenced yard • Shy 1600 sf • Like new • Newer floor coverings $189,000 MLS#205974 • Edge of town • Water view • 2 bdrms, lg rec rm $350,000 • Gated community • Private • 3100 sf • 13.66 acres • Fantastic views •Large family/bonus rm REAL ESTATE CLASSES

$169,900

SOLD

#244622 $250,000

• Must see fixer • Large rooms • Shop + carport • Extra lg view lot Anita Kohl 961-7795 Dawn Hardman 540-0058 Duane Gish 770-9299 Dominic Pettruzzelli 333-5210 George Herner 840-3743 Jackie Lindeman 770-9080

MLS#324442

• Lg level lot • Beautiful views • Excellent location • One level home

Jared Storrs 853-6895 Jeff Dowrey 661-2161 Karl Morse 395-5405 Lorie Groth 425-422-7145 Margie Ernst 708-3198 Marlene Deasy 661-6720

Windermere Real Estate/ Skagit Valley 1030 East College Way • Mount Vernon (360) 424-4901 • 1-800-849-7939

235 W. Rio Vista Avenue, Burlington

5 ACRES WITH SHOP… nice fin- NEW PRICE...SHARP OPEN CONished apt. upstairs. Cleared pasture DO... w/vaulted ceiling, 3 skylights, surrounded by trees in Alger Area. gas f/place & covered deck. 2 Br, 2 Ba, den french doors. Spacious liv$209,500. #324540 BURLINGTON BUILDING LOT… level ing/dining rm. $199,900. #308800 lot in convenient Burlington location. BACUS HILL 20 ACRES… secluded Nice neighborhood close to all ser- property you’ve been looking for! Wiseman creek crosses corner of vices. $59,500. #328176 SHY ACRE.… permitted building lot property. $179,000. #297233 near Big Lake with great valley & ZONED BURLINGTON… general ofmountain views and public water fice & misc. services allows many different uses. Check w/city. Put your available. $149,500. #331392 WONDERfUL COUNTRY HOME… with business here in this great bldg. Over dramatic 2 story cupula. 2300 sf 2000 sf. $224,500. #277005 home with 1440 sf shop building on GREAT OPPORTUNITY… located east of Burl. Blvd! 2 bdrm, 1449 sf home 5 acres. $369,500. #310015 56 WOODED ACRES… with paved + attached 572 sf shop. Lots of posroad frontage & just across the street sibilities. $299,500. #103775 from the Skagit River. Beautiful views. PRIME ELK COUNTRY… 20 acres has a rough access road to it & $168,000. #331124 COUNTY ASSESSOR SAYS… this backs up to 100 acres of State Land. nice 20 acre view property is worth $49,500. #330365 $301,400. Owner says SELL! $99,500. #330670 Holly Brown-Hilts 661-5538 Galen Kindred 770-7083 Shelah Inman 661-0145 Fritz Inman 661-0147 Jeff Ingman 202-2859

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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

2610 E. SECTION ST., #106, MV $39,500 Gated serene retirement community with lovely 2 bedrooms, 2 bath home. Spacious floor plan with carport & storage shed plus nice patio & private park-like back yard. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #299022

3319 E. SECTION ST., MV $284,990 Spacious & sunny home with a great floor plan. Nice kitchen/ family room combo with a fireplace. Main floor master suite plus a bonus room upstairs & 3 more bedrooms. Big 3-car garage. Call Robin Luif 420-2026. #271177

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

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

807 W. HAZEL, MV $79,500 Loads of potential in this fixer. Large kitchen with tons of cabinets, large living room, potential for upstairs master suite. Large lot, covered patio, fenced back yard. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #266500 512 WARNER ST., SDW $124,840 Charming 2 bedroom home in town. Within blocks of schools & downtown. Ready to move in, all appliances included. Almost new forced air gas furnace & hot water tank. 1 car garage with a storage shed. Call George Bellos at 708-9762. #332906

125 N. 6TH ST., MV $364,500 Built in 1923. Traditional 4 bedroom, 3000 sq.ft. home featuring hardwood floors, 10’ceilings, beautifully remodeled kitchen, many custom & gracious touches throughout. Very large yard, private & beautifully landscaped. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #285329 14836 AVON ALLEN RD., MV $415,000 Beautiful Turn-of-the-Century home with barn & granary, surrounded by the bountiful Skagit farmlands. Over 2900 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms, 1/5 baths on 1.2 acres. Call Elizabeth Miller at 420-3607. #316903

8047 AVERY LANE, SDW $144,900 Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1344 sq ft, 1998 manufactured home on level & cleared 1.1 acres. Rural area but close to amenities. Photos at SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #264108

1301 ALPINE VIEW DR., MV $429,000 Beautiful Eaglemont home on the 12th green offers: 4 bedrooms, 2629 SF, 3 car garage & main floor master. Brazilian Labradorite stone c’tops & all new hardwood. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #269149

1110 3RD ST., SDW $209,000 Lovely 2 story home with 2350 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths & den, large master & living room. Home with character, upgrades of Brazilian Cherry floors, light fixtures & front door. Charming separate mother-in-law studio. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791. #273557

14307 ROADRUNNER LN, BRL $429,500 Beautiful 1-level home on 1 acre in Bay Meadows. A great floor plan with a grand entrance, high ceilings & upper-end finishes throughout. More info. & photos at SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #304877

1220 E. SKAGIT ST, MV $214,900 Vintage Hillcrest 3 bedroom home, remodeled kitchen & bath. All newer systems. Charm abounds with wood floors & large picture windows. 2 car garage. Close to Hillcrest Park! Call Cindy Sullivan at 941-9443. #318417

15002 CHANNEL LN, LAC $435,000 Waterfront home at a great price. 1-story home with wonderful floor plan with spacious rooms & spectacular water views. Large level lot, 2 car garage. Close to LaConner. Call Sarah Minton at 770-3076. #249568

17999 W. BIG LAKE BLVD., MV $449,000 Adorable updated 2 bedroom home LIKE NEW, beautiful 15241 SUNSET LN, MV $219,900 hickory cabinets, fireplace, tankless hot water, 1.75 baths. One-level west MV home with many upgrades. 3 bedrooms, 3 Front deck to enjoy gorgeous lake & mountain views. 100’ of baths, 1680 SF, .35 ac lot. Great home for USDA zero down loan no bank waterfront. Call Alice Hanson at 770-8791 or Linda program. More info. & photos at SkagitValleyHomes.com. Call Eastman at 202-4075. #317967 Bill & Jannette Krieger at 421-4446. #315145 13576 BISQUET RIDGE LN, BOW $550,000 18653 BLACKBERRY LN, MV $239,900 5 gorgeous level acres & the most amazing north valley views, Enjoy beautiful views of Big Lake from a private covered deck Mt Baker & the Cascades! 2286 sq.ft., 3 bedroom, 3 bath or from the picture windows that surround this gorgeous rambler. Huge shop with heated office & RV bay. Call Elizabeth 1760 sq.ft. home. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Fully Miller at 420-3607. #326269 finished lower level. Call Linda Eastman at 202-4075. #275165 24116 N. WESTVIEW RD, BIG LAKE $749,385 9318 PROSPECT ST., SDW $259,000 Beautiful custom waterfront home, approx. 80’ frontage, Well maintained 3 bedroom rambler with 1.75 baths, family unobstructed views of lake, 2900+/- SF. Large family room room with bar, gas heating & fireplace. Approx. 1/2 lot with with gas stove. 4 bedrooms & 4+ bathrooms. 1000 ft. of deck detached heated shop & in-ground swimming pool. Call Linda overlooking huge dock with new floats & boat lift. Call George Eastman at 202-4075. #314822 Bellos at 708-9762. #285378

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