Here you can read about our wonderful area, and also pick up quick tips about real estate, and the local market.

Adopt a Road, Adopt a Way of Life

February 21, 2024

Adopt a Road, Adopt a Way of Life I was raised to never throw litter out the window of a moving car.  The consequence would be that my Dad or Mom would slam on the breaks of our wood-paneled station wagon “Bessie”, and we would have to jump out and retrieve whatever we were too […]

The 2024 Northwest Glass Quest

February 8, 2024

The 2024 Northwest Glass Quest Written by Olivia Hanstad The Northwest Glass Quest is an annual event that takes place in the Stanwood and Camano Island area put on by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. What makes this event so special is its fusion of art and adventure, inviting participants on a treasure hunt […]

Buying an Equestrian Property: Prioritizing House vs Land

February 2, 2024

Buying an Equestrian Property: Prioritizing House vs Land Equestrian properties are unique. If you’re thinking about buying equestrian property, you have to weigh different aspects of a listing than you would for a typical single-family home purchase. As you look at properties, you will face the dilemma of whether to prioritize the property’s land or the […]

Camano Island Lending Libraries

January 24, 2024

Camano Island Lending Libraries One thing that makes Camano Island such a desirable place to live is the kind-hearted individuals who give back to their community. From a wave as you walk by to the incredible efforts by our local Stanwood-Camano Food Bank – we are fortunate to be surrounded by people who support one […]

Market Insights: December 2023

January 19, 2024

December 2023 Market Insights December 2023: December marked the lowest number of new listings for all of 2023 in both the Stanwood and Camano Island markets. As a result, active inventory is the lowest that it has been since April. Seasonal patterns typical of this time of year and low inventory resulted in the lowest […]

Pantone 2024 Color of the Year: How to Use Peach Fuzz in your Home

January 14, 2024

Pantone 2024 Color of the Year: How to Use Peach Fuzz in your Home Written By Meghan McGlynn The global color experts at Pantone have spoken, announcing the 2024 Color of the Year to be “Peach Fuzz.” Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute shared this explanation on the website, “in seeking a hue that echoes […]

How to Prepare for an Open House

January 7, 2024

How to Prepare for an Open House To successfully sell your home, you need to attract buyers. This is why open houses are an integral part of the selling process: they allow buyers to experience the property for themselves and envision what life will look like in their new home. To prepare for an open […]

What is Italianate Architecture?

December 22, 2023

What is Italianate Architecture? Italianate architecture has roots in Italy’s countryside villas, palaces, and overall romantic building aesthetic. Those ancient buildings inspired a new wave of home design that borrowed from the classic concepts found throughout a country beloved for its classic details and charm. Let’s dive into this special version of Mediterranean design to learn […]

Market Insights: November 2023

December 13, 2023

November 2023 Market Insights November 2023: The past weeks have seen gradual declines in interest rates. 30-year fixed mortgage rates have dropped over a point and a half over the past two months to just over 6.6% currently. Economists are predicting an additional drop in rates to 6% in the latter part of 2024. This […]

Multigenerational Home Buying Guide

December 1, 2023

Multigenerational Home Buying Guide For any family looking forward to multigenerational living, there’s much to consider when trying to find the right property. Whether you’re planning to welcome your parents or grandparents, provide a comfortable space for adult children, or simply want to create a home that accommodates your extended family, finding the right place […]

How to Stay Safe at Home During a Power Outage

November 22, 2023

How to Stay Safe at Home During a Power Outage A stormy night with the lights out can complicate things at home. But with the right preparation, you and your household can switch gears quickly and ride out the blackout period, however long it may last. Power outages can happen unexpectedly, so taking the necessary […]

Market Insights: October 2023

November 21, 2023

October 2023 Market Insights October 2023: In the past months, the purchasing power of potential home buyers has weakened further with rising interest rates and a continued lack of inventory, creating a slowdown in market activity. Active listings in our combined market have remained fairly steady over the past six months at just over 100 […]

Should I Tell Buyers My House is Haunted?

October 31, 2023

Should I Tell Buyers My House is Haunted? This time of year is full of spooky moments. If you’re selling a home that has a history of paranormal activity, it could scare buyers away, or intrigue them. Haunted houses are a great attraction for thrill seekers, but buying one is a completely different matter. There’s […]

Market Insights: September 2023

October 17, 2023

August 2023 Market Insights September 2023: Home values are still holding strong with Average Sales prices at over $700,000 for our two zip codes. Additional home price gains are more challenging in the short term due to continued mortgage rate increases that limit prospective buyers’ purchasing power. The result is a continued decline in transaction volume in our current […]

What Does DOM Mean in Real Estate?

September 22, 2023

What Does DOM Mean in Real Estate? As you start searching for homes, you’ll likely come across different terms that describe the status of different listings. One term, “Days on Market” (DOM), can play a role in your strategy for making an offer. Knowing what this term means will help to inform your discussions with your […]

Market Insights: August 2023

September 14, 2023

August 2023 Market Insights August 2023: Pending sales on homes during August in our two markets were both up year over year from 2022. We had 29 listings find a buyer on Camano Island and 34 in Stanwood, versus 25 and 31 respectively last year. Other key metrics for August activity showed year-over-year declines, including […]

What do I do after moving into a new home

September 8, 2023

What do I do after moving into a new home? Nothing beats the feeling of buying a new home. You’ve worked hard with your agent to find the right home for you, you’ve worked with the seller to finalize the deal, and you’ve signed all the paperwork to transfer ownership. Congratulations! Everything has led to securing […]

Market Insights: July 2023

August 17, 2023

July 2023 Market Insights July 2023: Economists are predicting that mortgage interest rates will adjust down over the next couple of quarters. Predictions are that we will see rates fall below 6% in the 2nd quarter of 2024. When this happens, the housing market will be poised to grow again. The hope is that many […]

Should I Sell My House Now?

August 10, 2023

Should I Sell My House Now? The selling process is an emotional one. Fortunately, you’ll have an agent by your side from list to closing to help you take things one step at a time. A real estate agent’s expertise ranges far and wide, but as you prepare to sell your home, it helps to […]

10 Important People in the Home Selling Process

July 25, 2023

10 Important People in the Home Selling Process Good news! Selling a home is not a solo endeavor. Your goal in selling your home is to get the best price in a timeframe that meets your needs. To do that, you’ll enlist a team of professionals. So, who are the parties involved in a real […]