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320 S Burlington Blvd Burlington, WA 98233 (360) 755-9494

2025 Riverside Drive, Suite D Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 755-9596


OPEN HOUSE SAT. DEC. 3RD 1-3PM Burlington $249,950 Classic 1900’s Craftsman home. Completely renovated w/early century amenities intact. 2,200 SF, 6 BR, 1.75 BA. Country kitchen w/eating nook. Master bed on main floor w/walk in closet & full bath. Full basement w/garage door access. Loads of storage thru out. MLS #977654 Call Ron, 333-1045

Sedro-Woolley $257,500 Impeccably maintained 3 BR, 2 BA rambler in Glenhaven. Open floor plan. Spacious kitchen that flows into a large family room. Glenhaven amenities include community lake, boat launch, parks, fishing, swimming pool, tennis & clubhouse. Easy I-5 access. Too good to miss! MLS #1025580 Call Wilma, 661-1631



Mount Vernon $432,900 Amazing home just under 1/3 acre. 4 BR, 3 BA, 2,600 SF. Kitchen with granite counters & custom cabinets. Main floor master suite w/huge walk-in closet & bathroom. Grounds & garden must be seen to appreciate. Storage throughout. Terrific location. MLS #1052463 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800

Wilma Louia Designated Broker/Owner 661-1631


Charlie & Jeannie Boon 708-9645

Jim Stransky 708-1681

Mount Vernon


Beautiful log & rock exterior low maintenance home. Fabulous views. Cathedral ceilings, solid wood doors, wood wrapped windows & high end finishes everywhere. Cozy see thru gas fireplace. Lg kitchen w/gorgeous cabinets & more. Master bath w/jetted tub, rock & tile shower w/etched glass enclosure. Covered & uncovered patio areas. MLS #1017540

Call Ivana, 770-3550

Kirk Campbell 770-7470

Ron Van Pelt 333-1045



Come build your dream house! Desirable location! 14 acres with a minimum of 5 acres zoned. Possibly two building sites. There are 2 parcels. MLS #1052491


Two story home w/3 BR, 2.5 BA. Washer/dryer hookups. Covered front porch & deck off family room. New carpet throughout & new interior paint. Attached 2 car garage. Sewer & garbage paid. $1,600 security deposit plus $450 non-refundable carpet cleaning fee. 6-month lease required. Pet negotiable with non-refundable fee.

Call Wilma, 661-1631

Burlington $299,999 9.64 acres with a pond. Marketable cedar trees. Mostly level with a pie shaped portion up hill. Value in land, but no given value to existing home. 2 parcels. Adjoining 14+ acres also available. MLS #1054552 Call Wilma, 661-1631

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Bellingham $269,900 Dir: From Cain Lake Road, West on Sudden Valley Drive, North on Cascade. Amazing NW Contemporary log home. Maple Shaker style cabinets, maple flooring, slate entry. Tile flooring in kitchen & baths. Oversized master suite with vaulted ceilings. Radiant heat. Gas stove. MLS #1016392 Call Elizabeth, 708-8800

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Feature Home From cover: 22622 N. STARBIRD ROAD, MOUNT VERNON Windermere real estate/Skagit 1030 e. college Way mount vernon, Wa 360.424.4901


Jamie Yantis 360-540-5264

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Sat. December 3, 1-3 Pm Desirable Conway location... Gorgeous water views, 5 beds, 2800+ SF home, & monitor barn/shop all on 6+ acres. Watch spectacular sunsets from the porch swing, eat fruit from your orchard, & enjoy the peacefulness of country living. This custom home features hardwoods, SS appliances, river rock FP, double master (one up, one down), formal DR, & tons of storage. Barn with roll up doors on either end for pass thru, & loft with winch, asphalt driveway, outdoor fire pit, patio & deck. Equestrian potential. MLS #1041825

New home community designed exclusively for 55+ Starting from the high $300’s Large Homesites - some nearly ¼ acre in size! Yards maintained by the homeowners association Homes range from 1,682 – 3,291 square feet 3-car garages available on some home designs

1.877.769.8070 Contact Rebecca 360-982-8964 or Mary 360-708-6763. Sales office is open Wed-Sun, 12:00-5:00. Directions: I-5 to Mount Vernon; Exit 225, East on Anderson Road to 4 way stop. Proceed straight on LaVenture to E. Division Street. Right on East Division to Twin Brooks Dr.

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Brown McMillen Real Estate

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY… Come look at these views! Build your own dream home in a great neighborhood. Lots of potential. $145,000. #1054041

ZONED INDUSTRIAL… Older 4 bdrm home located on 1.41 acres. Good business location. $249,500. #1030907

MOUNT VERNON RAMBLER… 3 BD 1 BA home on Fir St. Just over 1,000 SF with 2 car garage. Great starter home! $209,500. #1054260

BEAUTIFUL SAMISH ISLAND… This 1 ½ story home has 3 bdrms, 2.5 bath & is just under 2800 SF. NEW family room w/views of beautiful Padilla Bay. $549,000. #891540 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME… Excellent 1/3 acre w/views of Big Lake & surrounding mtns., ready to build on. Close to golf course, just $75,000. #598013 READY TO BUILD... 22 Lots in Nookachamp Hills near Big Lake. Water, Sewer, Electric & Nat’l gas to each lot. Priced from $84,000-$145,000. #746424 -#746695 QUALITY CONSTRUCTION… 1 level home on 6th fairway of Skagit Country Club. 2 large BR, 3 BA open floor plan, & living rm w/tray ceiling. New roof, furnace, & much more! $349,500. #1024702

IS LOCATION IMPORTANT? 4 bed/ 1.75 bath in Vedere Terrace Burlington. Large fenced yard, fresh paint, & ready for new owner! $279,900. #1020406 CHUCKANUT HOME.. On 4+ acres…1 bedroom, 2 bathroom rambler with cedar trees in a much desired area! $409,900. #946376 CAPE COD STYLE.. 4 Bdrm home+ Den, located in Burlington on huge 33,515 SF lot that is fully fenced. Beautiful home! $319,900. #1040290 BREATHTAKING VIEW… 2800 SQFT 4bedroom home on 4 acres. Great mountain view, & has 2 large shops. $545,000. 1022437 CUSTOM BUILT… 4802 sf, 3 BR, 3 1/4 BA one level fully finished daylight basement. Kitchen w/granite & stainless. Large corner lot w/fenced backyard. $525,000. #1024839

OUTSTANDING CLEAR LAKE HOME... Come look, nearly 4,000. SF home, interior recently refinished. Incredible views, 2 bay shop. Detached garage, big yard, mature landscaping. $589,500. #1039790 HISTORIC LACONNER CHARMER... Remodeled 3 Bdrm., 1.75 Baths,+ den. Character, built-in & close to restaurants/shops! REDUCED...$277,500. #1012649 ONE OF A KIND… This gorgeous equestrian delight sits on 5 acres fenced. 2 master bdrms suites, 2 family rooms, chef’s kitchen, 5 baths, & so much more! $860,000. #978235 AFFORDABLE HOME... Contemporary 10 yr. old two story home in Sedro Woolley. 3 BD 2.5 BA & workable floor plan. 2 car garage, priced to sell. $198,000. #1040879

RARE 4 BDRM RAMBLER... Newly remodeled 4 BR 1 3/4 BA just under 2,000 SF home. 2 car garage with tons of room! Nicely located near Hillcrest Park. $267,000.

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GREAT STARTER… Or rental, lot could support a Duplex. 1,056 SQFT. 3 bedroom. $139,000. #956501


Top-of-the-Class Neighborhood Why it pays to purchase a home in a good school district


hey say there’s no substitute for a quality education. But the quality of an education will greatly depend on the caliber of the school, and typically the best public schools are located within the finest school districts. The lesson to be learned here? Purchase a home in a high-performing school district: it can not only give your child a leg up in learning, but it should also increase your home’s value over time, per the latest research. A new report by ATTOM Data Solutions reveals that homes in ZIP codes having a minimum of one good elementary school boast higher values and more robust home price appreciation over time compared to residences in ZIP codes minus good elementary schools. Consider that, in areas having at least one good school, the average estimated home value was 77 percent greater than abodes in locations lacking any quality schools. Additionally, homes within ZIP codes having a minimum of one good school have gained $74,760 in value, on average, since being bought – yielding a 32 percent return on investment. “These report findings fit with the conventional wisdom that good schools are tied to higher home values and faster home value gain over the longterm,” says Daren Blomquist, senior vice president for Irvine, Calif.-headquartered ATTOM Data Solutions. “This data shows that buying a home in a ZIP code with at least one good school is a wise financial decision, because that home is more likely to appreciate in value more quickly over time and hold its value better during a downturn.” 4

John Lyons, broker/Realtor with Baird and Warner in Chicago, isn’t surprised by the aforementioned findings. “I recently sold a single-family home for $1.06 million within seven days in a great school district. Two months later, one block away but not in the same great school district, a very similar home by the same builder sold for $937,000 after 120 days – despite the fact that this home was more updated with much better finishes,” Lyons says. “The moral here is that property values in good school districts will be better insulated to the volatility of the market. Demand for homes in these good school districts will always be higher than those without, resulting in a safer investment.” Of course, the downside for buyers house hunting in a more preferred school district is that they can usually expect to pay a lot more. Which begs the question: is it worth it if you don’t have children now or in the future who will be attending those acclaimed learning institutions? “Even if you don’t have children, it pays to buy in a better school district for resale value. School quality, along with neighborhood amenities and access to major roads and schools, ranks among the top three criteria when it comes to choosing a location,” Eric Tovar, president of Churchill Classics, LLC, a Rockville, Md.-based home building firm, says. His advice for those on a budget? Buy a less-expensive fixer-upper that’s still within the boundaries of a desirable school district. “It will pay off in the end versus buying in a

lesser school district,” Tovar says. “You just need to find a reputable builder or remodeler to do the renovations.” John Schloz, branch manager for HomeSmart, a real estate brokerage in Scottsdale, Arizona, concurs. “Buying in the best district you can afford will perform better as an investment. You can always upgrade a home in the future, but you can’t upgrade the local school,” Schloz says. Be careful, however, that you don’t overvalue the reputation of a given school district. “A quality school area sometimes morphs into a status symbol, and the school is thought to be good but research actually shows it to be only mediocre,” says Schloz, who recommends doing your homework carefully. “Buyers should look at sites like the nonprofit, ask their agent for school district reports and test scores, talk to neighbors, and tour the schools. Buyers need to know how their local public school ranks compared to others throughout the city or area.” Avoid school district tunnel vision, too. “Focusing solely on school quality when shopping for a home could end up causing a buyer to make a bad financial decision,” Blomquist adds. “He or she may want so badly to buy near a good school that they end up purchasing a home that is not affordable and within a district with exceedingly high property taxes, which can cause financial and quality-of-life problems.”

December 2, 2016


North Homes Realty Inc. 360.424.2100 • 4.37 acres • 4 bdrm + den 2 car garage • Some updates needed MLS #1054072 • $350,000

Country Living • 3 bdrm, 2 bth Lg landscaped backyard • Picture perfect MLS #1018170 • $184,500

Spotless 3 bdrm • Nice corner lot Nice shop • All appliances MLS #1043038 • $215,950

Bay & mtn views • 2 full kitchens Over 5,300 sq. ft. • Income potential MLS #1045929 • $299,000



December 2, 2016

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Desirable area • Freeway close Views!! • Possible site development MLS #847744 • $150,000

5 RESIDENTIAL 9826 District Line Rd, Burl $299,999 Rambler in a country setting just minutes from I-5. 4 beds, 1.75 baths, 2,116 SF. 2 car garage and large shop on nearly .5 acre. Private backyard with views of farmland & Sterling Hill. Plumbing recently updated in home. Large remodeled rec room, living, laundry room, & kitchen with eating space highlight the interior. Home is located on a quiet street surrounded by established properties. Call Brett Johnson, 661-3825 MLS# 1041632 924 Alderwood Lane, SW $314,500 Spacious 4 bedroom home with an open floor plan offering vaulted ceilings, designer kitchen with a 9’ Island, walk in pantry, dining & access to a private covered patio for entertaining. Family room with .5 bath, separate laundry room. Invisible fencing installed, wired for hot tub. Over 2,260 SF, 2 car garage & RV parking. Call Linda Eastman, 202-4075 MLS# 1043095 607 Cedar Tree Drive, SW $319,000 Brickyard Creek community 3 bed, 2.75 bath rambler. Updated kitchen with granite, stainless appliances & stunning backsplash. Spacious floor plan with vaulted ceilings make this a great home for entertaining. New deck in front yard adds to curb appeal. Fully fenced backyard with deck, patio. Call Shelby Hagman, 982-0163 MLS# 1035937 1600 Alpine Crest Loop, MV $349,900 Beautifully finished Eaglemont cond. End unit features territorial & golf course views & large private deck. Beautiful stainless appliances, hardwood flooring, large master suite on main level. This view condo has 1,890 SF on main & upper levels - large unfinished lower level waiting for a custom build out - all electrical & plumbing in place for large rec room & 2 additional beds. Call Jim Glackin, 428-2828 MLS# 1039782 8601 218th Place NE, ARL $349,900 Fully remodeled 5 bed, 2.75 bath home in a fantastic neighborhood. Brand new grey oak floors, renovated kitchen with granite, SS appliances, led light fixtures, new interior & exterior paint. Great entertaining floor plan. The family room is anchored by a gas FP & has dramatic vaulted ceilings. Bill & Jannette Krieger 421-4446/Shawn & Tiffany Danley 360-298-4857 MLS# 1046657

7604 Grandview Rd, Arlington $390,000 Enjoy country living with easy access to I-5 & town. Charming home on 11.65 acres. This 3 bed, 1 bath home has bamboo flooring, new carpet, & upgraded kitchen. Light & bright home with stainless appliances, custom lighting, remodeled bathroom, & deck off the master. Paved driveway, outbuildings & basement for extra storage. Call David Mani, 425-319-7091 MLS# 1053086 18126 Mariposa Lane, MV $425,000 Secluded country living close to town in the desirable Big Lake community. Lovingly maintained Lindal style cedar home. Near Overlook golf course & the Big Lake boat launch. Features include a detached garage with possible MIL on 2nd story. Master bathroom remodel last year. Custom kitchen with Corian countertops. Expansive tongue & groove vaulted ceilings. RV parking, sports court. Call Nathan Loeb, 333-7197 MLS# 1025546 517 S. 38th Place, MV $439,000 Beautifully updated SummerRidge home with 4 beds plus office. Hardwoods throughout main floor. Kitchen with slab granite counters, opens to sunny informal dining area & living room w/stacked stone fireplace. Formal dining room. Office off entry. Master bedroom w/brand new tile/granite 5 piece bath. Finished basement has family/rec room, .5 bath, opens to patio & fenced yard. Attached garage. Call Megan O’Bryan, 708-5817 or Spencer Roozen, 708-0634 MLS# 1037585 21865 Swan Rd, MV $459,900 Tastefully renovated home & a 5-bay shop on a desirable 1+ acre. A welcoming design with a Craftsman inspired style throughout. The main floor holds the open kitchen/living/dining, den, master suite, guest bed & bath with 2 beds, bath & a rec room on the lower floor. Chef’s kitchen offers granite, subway glass back splash & SS appliances. Bill & Jannette Krieger 421-4446/Shawn & Tiffany Danley 360-298-4857 MLS# 1041701

2316 J Ave, ANA $489,000 Modern Craftsman on small in-city lot. 2,100 SF. home features master on main, kitchen w/eating area & formal dining room, laundry on each level, 2.5 baths, maple flooring, granite-tile counters, over-sized windows & skylights, build-ins, walk-in closets & a gas fireplace. Call Jim Glackin, 428-2828 #1016146

OPEN HOUSE Sat. December 3rd, 1-3 17721 Tiffany Way. MV $499,500 Custom built home on 1.5 acres. Lovely 4 bed, 3 bath home boasts formal living room with valley view, formal dining room, kitchen & family room surrounded with windows looking out over the 1,000 SF deck, new carpet, master suite with valley view, jetted tub, double vanity & French doors leading to a deck. Oversized 2 car garage. Call Sarah Minton, 770-3076 MLS# 955145 707 Lilac Dr, MV $499,999 Stately Hilltop home with beautiful views. 3,171 SF home on large .32 acre corner lot. 3 car garage with storage area. Huge deck area. Spacious rooms, including open concept kitchen/breakfast nook/great room with wall of view windows. Formal dining room, living room w/gas fireplace & vaulted ceiling. Office. Sweeping staircase leads to 3 large bedrooms upstairs. Call Megan O’Bryan, 708-5817 or Spencer Roozen, 708-0634 MLS# 1030882

4403 Oakes Ave, Ana $624,900 Views of the Sound, ferry & boat traffic from all living areas! Larger lot with room for RV or boat. This is an older house that has been completely transformed - all is new, of very high quality. Gas fireplace, granite counters, stainless appliances, real hardwood flooring, master w/large walkin closet, Kohler fixtures, gas stubbed to decks for bbq, rounded corners, cathedral ceilings. Call Jim Glackin, 428-2828 MLS# 1032294 17389 Blodgett Rd, MV $724,900 Private gated estate. Property includes many amazing outdoor living & entertaining areas, guest cottage, 3-car garage w/apartment, garden studio, fully outfitted 4-car dream shop, deluxe outdoor kitchen & more. Lush gardens & manicured landscape. Inside enjoy a beautiful master suite, gourmet kitchen w/huge pantry, & family room with wet bar & fireplace. Bill & Jannette Krieger 421-4446/ Shawn & Tiffany Danley 360-298-4857 MLS# 1005017 18192 Peregrine Lane, MV $748,959 Stunning views from every room of this architecturallydesigned Cascade Ridge home. Main level living including master suite w/his & hers walk-in closets, built-in office area. Kitchen made for entertaining, w/direct access to the covered deck. The daylight basement is a mother-in-law unit or guest apartment w/its own kitchen & private patio. Call Megan O’Bryan, 708-5817 MLS# 931537 13278 Bay View Lane, Bayview $995,000 Bay View home situated on 2.5 acres. 3,800+ SF of luxurious living space. 2 master suites. Designer kitchen with stainless appliances, double ovens, granite counters, & spacious island. Media, bonus room with .5 bath. Outdoor living area. 44X32 attached RV garage. Call Linda Eastman, 202-4075 MLS# 1008047

OPEN HOUSE Sat. December 3rd, 1-3 22622 N Starbird Rd, MV $575,000 Desirable Conway location. Gorgeous water views, 5 bed 2800+ SF home, & monitor barn/shop all on 6+ acres. This custom home features hardwoods, SS appliances, river rock FP, double master, formal DR, & tons of storage. Barn w/roll up doors on either end for pass thru, & loft w/winch, asphalt driveway, outdoor fire pit, patio & deck. Equestrian potential. Call Jamie Yantis, 540-5264 MLS# 1041825

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235 Reed Bay Rd, Decatur Island $550,000 Two lovely homes for the price of one! Both have beautiful views of the water and islands and include a fully-encl in-ground pool and hot tub. Lower home has expansive decks, 2BR, 1 3/4BA, open floor plan and charming wood interior. The larger upper house was built in 1987 and is wheelchair accessible, has 2BR on the main, a generous well-equipped kitchen and finished daylight basement. Expansive windows overlook the deck and bay beyond. Perfect place for all ages to enjoy! Incl mooring buoy. Sarah Jones 360.333.2783 MLS# 974739


14341 Jura Dr, Anacortes $575,000 Wonderful, one level, 3 BD, 2 BA home with 90+ feet of low bank waterfront, including tidelands. Stunning views of Similk Bay, Mt. Baker and islands from almost every room. Protected waters for kayaking, sailing, and boating. Butter clams, steamers, crabs & fishing at your doorstep. Dead end road with little traffic. Great summer get-away or residence. Carport with enclosed storage space. Some of the wildlife includes otters, seals, eagles, herons, kingfishers, and ducks. Margi Houghton 360.202.0041 MLS# 1054462

2911 Meridian Ct, Anacortes $949,000 This is a FINE home. Quality built by Paulk Const. Main level living w/southerly views, open floor plan, den w/built in shelves, lg walk in pantry, great eating is in kit, hdwd floors, brazilian vltd ceilings & grand fp. A beautiful mst ste & a mst bath w/amazing touches. Lower level brings you 3 bdrms, family rm, media rm, & adtl lg finished rm for guests. Remarkable landscaping, tiered grdns, multi level patios, hot tub, & green house and a detached shop. We invite you in. Gina Davis 360.708.7794 MLS# 933364

1304 32nd St, Anacortes $399,000 Situated on a 12,000 SF lot, this turn of the century Anacortes landmark is waiting for a new owner to restore it to its original glory. Graceful curved decks & original fishtail siding detail. Second floor has an additional kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms & bath. Panoramic view from second story bedroom. Attic space plus basement for additional storage. 1 car garage, additional shop & carport. Rubber shake roof. Come take a look at this lovely piece of Anacortes history. Cynthia Aanestad 360.610.0120 MLS# 1029583

34 Rosario Ct, Decatur Island $215,000 Absolutely charming new “cottage in the woods” with covered porch, cathedral ceiling in “Great Room”, Vermont Castings wood stove, dining nook, custom carved mahogany door, tiled walk-in shower, hardwood floors, heated bathroom floor, Electrolux range, Fisher Paykel refrig, demand HW and lovely, private park-like location. Still time for buyer to choose final finishes and countertops. Detached 12x12 cedar shed could be a great bunkhouse for guests. DSL/WIFI, private dock, airstrip and beach. Sarah Jones 360.333.2783 MLS# 926888

1600 5th St #D-162, Anacortes $135,000 Old Towns, Anchor Cove Marina near Guemes Island Ferry, restaurants & shopping. 55 x 15.5 (approx) slip 7’8” Max Stick out. Marina amenities; tender storage area, small boat moorage on dock, head pump out cart, wood shop, recycling for oil, fuel & anti freeze, laundry room, library, restrooms with showers, crab cooking station, BBQ’s. Full parameter fence, elec security gate & harbormaster lives on site. Live aboard allowed for owners. Owner financing available terms can resemble rental costs. Kathy Rogers 360.941.4400 MLS# 886608

364 Airport Perimeter Wy, Decatur Island $299,000 Taxi home... Airstrip property with a gorgeous view of the water, islands and Olympic Mtns. Home is set up for sleeping at least 8 people and the large kitchen, dining room and outside deck make feeding them all a “breeze”. Each level of the home has a full bath and the large unfinished basement is great for storing all the toys needed for island fun. Fully furnished with queen, twin and king size beds and tables and chairs for indoor and outdoor dining. Great location for pilots or boaters. DSL Sarah Jones 360.333.2783 MLS# 1002589

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406 Nooksack Pl, La Conner $194,500 Almost New! Single level home nicely situated on a dead end street, lot backs up to large greenbelt. Lots of windows and open floor plan. Lovely tile floor at entry, hall, & baths. Bamboo flooring in living room & kitchen. Wood burning stove to warm cool evenings, heat pump doubles as air conditioner, & on demand hot water. Three bedrooms, two baths. Two-car carport + one car garage. Enjoy Shelter Bay marina, 9 hole/3par golf, tennis, swimming pools, parks & beach, moorage available. Jackie Stone 360.661.2247 MLS# 1030295

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4214 Tyler Wy, Anacortes $549,000 Home is situated within your own park setting. NW contemporary home offers privacy, natural light & lots of living space. Featuring 4 bdrms, 3 1/2 bths, formal dining, office, large updated kitchen w/ outside deck access & family room below. Home includes the extra lot next door providing a great yard & elbow room. The Skyline community amenities are beach club, Tug Boat Park, basketball courts & beaches. Close to the Anacortes Forestlands & trails. This isn’t a drive by, it’s a must see inside. Gina Davis 360.708.7794 MLS# 960472 5307 Doon Wy, Anacortes $848,000 Beautiful, single level, 2,394 SF waterfront home with a 42’ dock. 3 BD, 2.5 BA plus office. Great room with gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and an expanse of windows to enjoy the views of Burrows Island and Skyline Marina. Chef’s kitchen with island. Family room and living room. Master suite. Large patio for outdoor entertaining. 2 car garage and RV parking. All Skyline amenities: Beach cabana, tennis courts, clubhouse and a couple of nice parks. Close to WA Park. Margi Houghton 360.202.0041 MLS# 980659

LAND 4 Centerview Dr, Decatur Island $47,900 Very pretty Decatur Shores lot is ready to build. Possibility of a lovely water view from 2nd story in this park-like setting. Underground utilities are in the road including lines to community drainfield, for possible hookup. Located in a quiet picturesque area at the south end of the island, property has easy access to private airstrip, dock and 10 acre waterfront park. Bring your own boat or plane or use the convenient water taxi from Anacortes. Daily mail & DSL available. Sarah Jones 360.333.2783 MLS# 916108 3708 Leeward Ln, Anacortes $479,000 Part of the unrivaled collection of 10 custom-contemporary water’s edge lots to be built on by Strandberg Construction. Perched above the Guemes Channel Trail with access just a moment away, enjoy panoramic views of the dynamic boating activity & the surrounding San Juan Islands. Lush landscaping, a fenced buffer & a private gated entry create this delightful neighborhood. Colleen Craig 360.770.9638 MLS# 867546 128 Lummi Cir, La Conner $169,000 Desirable waterfront level lot with one side of 40’ dock that will accommodate up to a 44’ boat! Well situated on a quiet street that circles around a small park. Underground utilities with water, electricity & sewer at lot. Enjoy Shelter Bay Community yacht club, marina, 9 hole par 3 golf, swimming pools, tennis courts, & two community beaches. Located in a beautiful community just across the Rainbow bridge near the picturesque waterfront town of La Conner. Jackie Stone 360.661.2247 MLS# 917254 NSN 18th St, Mount Vernon $299,000 19,000 SF level building lot. Zoning for Professional Building. Will build to suit..Will look at a trade. Rick Bennett 202.2630/Buzz Ely 202.4626 MLS# 584818

3710 Leeward Ln, Anacortes $519,000 Part of the unrivaled collection of 10 custom-contemporary water’s edge lot to be built on by Strandberg Construction. Perched above the Guemes Channel Trail with access just a moment away, enjoy panoramic views of the dynamic boating activity & the surrounding San Juan Islands. Lots can accommodate an additional guest house, RV/Boat garage, shop space or an infinite number of possibilities. Lush landscaping & a fenced buffer with private gated entry. Colleen Craig 360.770.9638 MLS# 867542 12830 Summit Trail Ln, Anacortes $175,000 Stunning views of Mt. Baker, Padilla Bay and the Cascade Mountains from this one acre property. Soil tests available and water and power at the lot. Only a five minute drive to downtown Anacortes. Margi Houghton 360.202.0041 MLS# 1022784 3804 Marine Heights Wy, Anacortes $345,000 Embrace the light & beauty of the sparkling waters, San Juan Islands & dynamic boat traffic from this easy-to-build 25,000+ SF view lot in the private Castilleja Bluff neighborhood. This small community of high-end custom view homes is positioned to appear as if nature itself had nestled them amongst the natural surrounding landscape. Poised against a lush backdrop of protected (ACFL) forestland on two sides, this home site offers the rare combination of privacy & views. Ready to build. Colleen Craig 360.770.9638 MLS# 944613 6393 Mountain Vw Ln, Anacortes $225,000 Campbell Lake waterfront with access off Lunz Road. Enjoy great sunshine for get togethers, fishing, swimmingand boating. Lot certification PL_00_0306 file 2005. Linda Macy 360.708.8284 MLS# 943819 2517 Oregon Ave, Anacortes $250,000 Spectacular sunsets and broad west/northwesterly views from this Rock Ridge lot. Enjoy the privacy this lot affords on the dead end street bordered by Anacortes Community Forestlands. This beautiful lot has all utilities available. Debbie Macy 360.391.2422 MLS# 959835 4219 Cedarcrest Ln, Anacortes $750,000 Spectacular, panoramic, western views of the Olympic Mtns, San Juan Islands & Burrows Bay from this 10 acres gated property. An unbelievable opportunity awaits to create your ultimate retreat. Underground utilities at the lot for water & power. Del Mar private beach access & day use privileges of the community dock included. This area is zoned for 10-acre minimum parcels creating a serene natural setting with rocky knolls, natural meadows & conifers. 90 min. to Seattle and 45 min to Bellingham. Margi Houghton 360.202.0041 MLS# 770482 16 Decatur Shores I, Decatur Island $65,000 Great price for this large, sunny Decatur Shores lot with installed septic and direct airstrip access. Build on the back of the property and enjoy a possible water view from the 2nd story of your home. Property is almost an acre and has lots of room for gardening, creating a small orchard or adding a shop or hangar. Community amenities include a deep-water dock and 4000’ of waterfront. Seller Financing avail. Island is an easy water taxi ride to/from Anacortes. DSL and daily mail svc. Sarah Jones 360.333.2783 MLS# 819331

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Time to Sell? Question:

We’re thinking of selling our home but are very concerned about timing. We know that large numbers of home sales take place in the summer, but does it matter if we sell at other times of the year when there might be fewer competing homes on the market?


In many markets summer is the time when home sales soar, in large measure because parents

want to get their children established in a new neighborhood before the start of the next school year. That said, large numbers of sales take place year-round but there is evidence that selling in slow seasons can cost owners big money. Prices generally are highest in summer, fall in autumn, are at their lowest in the winter and begin to rise in the spring. The differences can be substantial: A study of 50 cities by NerdWallet found that “home listing prices don’t fall dramatically once summer ends -- they only

decrease less than half a percent in the fall. But sale prices take a noticeable dip. In the 50 metro areas, home sale prices dropped 2.96 percent on average – that’s a drop of $8,300 on the median home – from summer (June through August) to fall (September through November).” Why? First, home listing prices and home selling prices are different. Buyers are more likely to have their way during periods when sale volumes slow even though asking prices are fairly level. Second, sellers can benefit by timing their sales and marketing. However, such general trends may not apply everywhere. If the local tourist season is in the dead of winter because you live in a ski resort then home prices might peak during toward the end of the year. Ditto for southern shores when weary and cold northerners come to town seeking warmth. Third, the NerdWallet study involved 50 cities but it is possible that result might be different in other locations. If we accept that the price for one house can vary depending on when the home is offered it follows that owners should try to engineer their marketing to produce the best possible result. For instance, complete repairs and improvements before the home is placed on the market.

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Landscape so the property shows best during the hottest selling period. Work with a local broker to time your listing. Of course, for buyers the view is different. Maybe you really want to buy in the off-season. If you have children in school, perhaps buy in the spring but delay closing as much as possible, say 60 days instead of 45. If your area is about to be hit with a blizzard, great – as safety permits that might be a terrific time to see houses. Don’t forget the market is always in flux and there are always exceptions to the general rules. If you have to sell against the local calendar try to off-set a slower market by offering more buyer inducements such as a credit toward closing costs to reduce buyer cash needs. And if you have a truly unique house, the one everyone wants, then maybe timing won’t matter, you’ll have purchasers fighting for the property regardless of when you want to sell.

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Shocking facts facing first-time home buyers

Purchasing a home isn’t just about French doors and big backyards


or anyone planning to plunge into the world of home buying, there are a few truths you’ve probably heard about: Spend as much as you can on a down payment to lower your monthly mortgage payment and carefully compare mortgage rates. But there are some things essential to the process that may surprise you. We’ve outlined the most jarring below.

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1. Make-or-break credit If that missed credit card payment was reported to a credit bureau, it’ll lower your credit score, one of the tools mortgage lenders use to decide whether or not to loan you money and at what rate. “Your credit rating tells the mortgage company if a person is capable of paying off his monthly obligations,” says Ruth Henegan, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker, in Coral Springs, Fla. If you have a credit score of 740 or higher, most lenders will offer their best interest rates; if it’s less than 620, it’ll be much more difficult to obtain a mortgage.

or largest home in a community,” Henegan says. “Being somewhere in the middle will increase your value by the square foot because you’re surrounded by homes of greater value.”

2. Before buying, think about selling Resale value is important even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon. Focus your search on properties near well-regarded schools, close to shopping, and surrounded by homes of equal value or more. Buying a home in a struggling community or congested neighborhood, or one that has many rental properties, will likely devalue it. “You also don’t want to be the smallest

4. You’ll get emotional Maybe a house with a third bedroom was at the top of your list, but your real-estate agent takes you to a twobedroom with a wraparound porch, and you instantly fall in love. Before long, you’ve talked yourself out of the extra bedroom because you can’t stop thinking about the porch. “I had a client who I showed a house on a lake to, and it reminded her of where she

3. Be wish-list flexible The longer the list, the less likely all those needs will be met. Prioritizing is a realistic way of getting the two or three features – like a swimming pool or a double-car garage – that are most important to you. “The amount you can afford will determine how many things on your wish list will be met,” Henegan says.

grew up,” Henegan says. The buyer bought the house because it gave her a good feeling even though it didn’t have hardwood floors, her top priority. 5. Convoluted contracts Words and phrases like “escrow,” “title insurance” and “earnest money deposit” aren’t in most people’s everyday vocabulary, but the contract you sign for a house will be full of such baffling terms. “If something isn’t clear, the buyer should ask his agent or mortgage processor to explain,” Henegan says. 6. Fees, fees, fees Once a seller agrees to sell you his house, you’ll need a home inspection, which typically ranges from $300 to $500, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Closing costs also don’t come cheap – typically, they’re 2 to 5 percent of the home’s purchase price, notes Zillow, the online real-estate marketplace.


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Mount Baker view from one of the premier large lots (10,972 Sq. Ft.) in beautiful Eaglemont! Builder/ Owner will build for you or bring your own builder! All utilities are in and ready for you to build. Complete set of plans for a beautiful John Hunter home on this lot is negotiable. 360-202-3854 Builder completed 1806 and 1808 Bakerview Ct. MLS #848246

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$259,500 Horse haven! Air conditioning! 1 plus acre, fenced; small barn, 3 BR home w/ductless heater; country kitchen; new carpet in living room; hdwd floors; & linoleum. Remodeled BA w/ granite & tile. Double carport storage. Fruit trees! View of eagle’s nest; 1.2 acres less road.

5 Bedroom older Williamsburg Style Colonial

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$950,000 Waterfront home with 75 ft of lake frontage with private dock! Custom Spanish Style home w/ sweeping staircase up to luxurious master suite. Kitchen with granite and sub-zero refrigerator; radiant heat; skylights; vaulted ceilings; surround sound; built in vac; rec room and bonus/storage room. Fantastic views from choice of 3 decks!.


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