Buying 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or have purchased a home before, the same mistakes can rear their head at any point in the buying process. By working closely with your agent, you can identify these pitfalls ahead of time and adjust accordingly. Mistakes in the buying process can lead to higher costs, added stress, and even terminated contracts. […]
Buying Market Insights | September 2021 . SEPTEMBER 2021 insights sound a little bit like a broken record. The Stanwood and Camano Island markets continue to be driven by low-interest rates, pent-up Buyer demand, job and lifestyle changes, and inventory shortages. These all add up to a very active market..There were 92 new listings added in September in the 98282/98292 zip […]
DIY 5 DIY Home Renovation Ideas Getting tired of looking at the boring cupboards, basic light fixtures, and bare walls in your home? DIY projects are a great way of updating your space without spending a fortune. As a bonus, they’re also a lot of fun! Continue reading for five fun DIY renovation ideas that are sure to bring life back […]
DIY How to Winterize Your Waterfront Property After the long days of summer have come and gone and fall is ending, it’s time to begin preparations for winterizing your home. When temperatures begin to dip, your lakeside cabin, seaside cottage or mountain lodge will need some extra TLC to make it through the colder months until spring comes around again. Whether your […]
Community The History of Stanwood, Washington Do you know how Stanwood got its name? Do you know why this town exists in the first place? Keep reading to learn all about the history of this special town in the Pacific Northwest. . From Centerville to Stanwood Stanwood was originally known as Centerville, which was established as a trading post on the […]
DIY A Guide to Remodeling Your Bathroom There are a variety of reasons that a homeowner may decide to remodel their bathroom;  they could be looking to increase the value of their home for a future sale, they may have discovered repairs that need to be made, or perhaps they’re simply looking to maximize their enjoyment of the space. Whatever your motivation may […]
Community The Perfect Weekend on Camano Island For such a small place, Camano Island has a lot to offer. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway to this beautiful island or you just want to check it out as you’re passing by, keep reading to learn how to make your visit the best it can be. . Nature Reserves, State Parks, and Beaches一Oh […]
Buying Market Insights | August 2021 AUGUST 2021 statistics show the volume of new listings rose from both July (up 4%) and twelve months ago (up 24%). Total inventory for Stanwood and Camano Island fell 40% on Camano Island and 3% in Stanwood from a year ago but stayed even with July. . The average price on the 96 residential homes that […]
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Buying Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time Successfully selling a home and buying a home are significant accomplishments on their own, but when their timelines cross it can be difficult to manage both. If you’re thinking about doing both simultaneously, it’s equally important to understand the steps you can take to make the process go smoothly as it is to have a backup plan in case […]
Community The Seattle Seahawks KICKS4KIDS Fundraiser This back-to-school season we are joining forces with the Seattle Seahawks and their mascot Blitz to raise money for children in need.   What is Kicks4Kids? This charitable program is designed to provide kids heading back to school with a new pair of Nike shoes. Many school-age children in our community haven’t gotten the opportunity […]
Buying How Covid-19 Impacted the Real Estate Market Just like so many parts of life, the real estate market was greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. From mass unemployment and reduced listings to high demand for houses in contrast to low inventory, the real estate market is much different than it was two years ago. With high housing prices, low interest rates, fluctuating […]
Community How to Choose the Best Flooring Flooring is a key component of a home’s design and can often be the centerpiece of a renovation or remodel. Because it covers such a large surface area it will significantly impact the look and feel of your home, so choosing the right material can be stressful. Weigh your options before making a decision. Learn […]
Buying Market Insights | July 2021 JULY 2021 showed signs of relief for Buyers in the Stanwood/Camano Island market, but this may be short lived. Inventory increased as 128 residential listings were added in zip codes 98282 and 98292 in July. This is 28% more listings than were added in July of 2020, but slightly less than last month. . Prices […]
Community Dog-Friendly Activities in the Stanwood-Camano Island Area State Parks and Beaches If your dog loves to hike and walk along the water’s edge as much as you do, you’ll want to pay attention to these beautiful dog-friendly locations. Camano Island State Park is on the western side of Camano Island and is full of forest trails and shorelines for you and your […]
Community 5 Green Upgrades that Increase Your Home Value Selling a home begins with understanding how much it’s worth. After an initial assessment, you may want to make some updates to increase the value of your property. There are several ways to do that, including boosting your curb appeal or making renovations with significant ROI potential. As you research potential projects, keep in mind that making your […]
Community Local soap box derby racers win 3 events in Ohio By Evan Caldwell | July 26, 2021 Bella Siddle and Ronan Johnson just returned from Ohio with three first-place soap box derby trophies. “It’s crazy,” Siddle said Sunday, a day after winning the rally stock division at the 83rd All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. “It’s crazy because there’s a lot of really, really good […]
Community Best Hikes Close to Home Right in the Neighborhood Sometimes you want to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views that only a hike can offer, but there just isn’t enough time to make a day out of it. Fortunately for those in the Stanwood and Camano Island area, there are two great hikes just a few minutes down the […]
Buying Market Insights | June 2021 JUNE 2021 ended with 65 active listings in the Stanwood and Camano Island market, the highest level since October when Buyers could choose from 70 properties in our zip codes. The volume of new listings added in June was 135, an increase of 9% from a year ago. This is good news for Buyers, and the […]
Housing Trends 7 Vintage Design Elements That Are Still Popular Today Adding the right touch of vintage décor to your home is a matter of balance. It brings that decades-old, well-traveled quality that gives the spaces in your home a special character. A common concern with vintage décor is that it will make a home feel outdated. Fortunately, certain design elements and trends have stood the test […]
Community 3 Summer Weekend Trips in the Pacific Northwest If you have a travel bug this summer but need to stay close to home, a weekend trip is just the thing to satisfy. Here are three great locations that you can explore on a beautiful weekend in the Pacific Northwest:   Whidbey Island Whidbey Island is a gem waiting to be discovered. It is […]