We’re a big fan of social media – it provides us with a way to instantly reach out to anyone that is interested in what’s going on here on Whidbey Island, and it also provides us with a way to let prospective buyers know about new listings in the Whidbey Island real estate market.
Are you a fan of ours? If not, you should be! Stop by our Windermere Whidbey Facebook page and ‘Like’ us.
You’ll see posts on new listings, interesting posts about houses, decorating, landscaping, etc., and posts about fun things to do on Whidbey Island.
See you soon on Facebook!
Visit Whidbey Island’s charming towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley and Freeland and do a bit of shopping while you’re there.You’ll find all sorts of fun gifts – from home decor to artwork, to flowers, plants and gardening tools … perhaps your Mom can find something in each town to remember her trip by.
You’ll also find a kinds of wonderful restaurants to try, whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch, an afternoon ice cream cone or dinner. Or, start with brunch at one end of the island, have ice cream mid-island, and have dinner at the other end of the island!
If Mom is a history buff or outdoors enthusiast, there are all sorts of interesting stops to make – from Greenbank Farms to Fort Casey, to Deception Pass Bridge and State Park.
Here are links to several Chamber/Tourism websites that will have ideas as well:
If Whidbey is a new adventure for you, we bet you’re like a lot of folks who visit … the thinking cap goes on and you start imagining yourself living the island lifestyle in this stunningly beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest. Because we’re in close proximity to the metro areas of Seattle and Vancouver B.C., it’s easy to become a full-time, part-time, or even just weekend resident. From cabins to ramblers to waterfront estates, Whidbey Island real estate has something for every buyer, whether you fall in love with Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley or Freeland.
Come see us in May – and celebrate Mother’s Day on Whidbey Island!
Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,
Thanks to you and the wonderful support the Windermere Foundation has received so far this year, we have disbursed $357,000 to qualifying social service organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.
Our amazing agents, brokers, staff and owners, along with public supporters, continue to contribute generously to the Foundation, making these disbursements possible.
Wellspring Family Services shared a letter of thanks for the support they recently received from three Seattle offices: Capitol Hill, Eastlake, and West Seattle.
“No child should be homeless. And all children should have what they need to thrive.
That sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? But at Wellspring Family Services we see many children who don’t know where they will sleep tonight. Children who have never experienced the routine of bath and bed time; never invited a school friend home to play because they have no home. Children being robbed of their childhood.
It brings me great joy to know that this path can be changed and will change for 700 children in our community this year. Thanks to you, they will have a home.
Your support affirms the work we are doing and will benefit our entire community today and for generations to come.”
-Wellspring Family Services
“I would like to make a plug for two of our Property Managers, Jennifer Shepperd and Cassie Walker Johnson.
Within this past year, they both attended an event hosted by Youthcare in downtown Seattle to learn about the organization’s mission and the types of people that they serve to assist. They heard some heartbreaking stories about the situations that these kids are in, and felt compelled to help make a difference. Throughout 2012, these two agents of ours have spearheaded the effort to donate thousands of our Foundation dollars to Youthcare, coordinate a clothing drive, and this holiday season our brokerage will be granting the gift wishes of 10 Youthcare children.”
-Cory Brewer, Operations Manager
Windermere Property Management/Lori Gill & Associates
“Cary Perkins’ middle name is “FOUNDATION”. Being unique and uber enthusiastic is just the way Cary is, and it shows in her support and creativity when it comes to the Foundation. She is always looking for the next way to raise some money...ideas just seem to bubble inside her.
Cary found a new level of participation for the Johnson office when she became our rep. Many agents are involved in community activities and she has inspired them to think, ‘Oh, can we get that to benefit the Foundation…’
The fun factor is never far from the top of the list in the projects, fundraising, or auctions she puts together. She truly is an inspiration and the money the Johnson office has raised during her tenure speaks volumes about her dedication.”
-Lynne Murphy, Managing Principal Broker
Windermere Cronin Caplan Realty Group, Inc.
Please remember to read the Windermere Blog for more in-depth stories about what offices are doing throughout the year. Facebook is also a great resource for upcoming events, and shorter posts about office involvement in the community.
How’s the market doing?
Are we out of the woods?
Is it a good time to sell or buy?
While we’ll never have access to a real-life crystal ball, we do have access to a lot of Whidbey Island real estate data. And, the data we are seeing these days points to a much-improved real estate market and an exciting future for buyers and sellers.
One piece of data that we look at regularly is the list-to-sale price ratios; this information helps us guide sellers in pricing their property accurately from the beginning so that their home sells quickly and doesn’t become market-worn, and allows us to assist buyers in understanding the current market so that when they’re ready to buy, they have insight into structuring an offer that is more likely of being accepted by a seller.
Below you’ll find our March report. If you’d like more information on either selling or buying a home, give one of our offices a call (Freeland, Coupeville, Oak Harbor, Langley) to find out how you can take advantage of our Spring and Summer real estate market. It’s great time to buy or sell a home on Whidbey Island!
The aptly named festival, which pays homage to Oak Harbor’s Dutch heritage, will take place April 26 through 28, and will feature a carnival, street fair, international entertainment stage, klompen canal race and much more. Full size klompen (wooden shoes) can be purchased at the street fair, commemorative ceramic tiles will be available for collectors and there will also be tulips, T-shirts and sweatshirts for purchase.
One of the main events, the People’s Bank grand parade, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 and will follow a route along Pioneer Way, Bayshore Drive and back to Pioneer Way. Live entertainment begins at noon Saturday on the Whidbey Seatac Shuttle International Stage and will continue until 7 p.m. that evening and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The street fair on Pioneer Way, sponsored by Homeplace, will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Another attraction Sunday is the ever popular Klompen Canal Race at 2 p.m. This year’s race is sponsored by Toppins and Deception Pass Tours and features decorated mini klompen racing down a waterway to the finish line. Mini klompen, tiles, T-shirts, sweatshirts and carnival tickets are currently available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 32630 SR 20, in Oak Harbor. Call 360-675-3755 for information.
This is a great way for you to be able to see a wide variety of Whidbey Island homes for sale – whether you’re ready to start looking for a new home, have been looking but haven’t found the perfect home yet, or are thinking about putting your home on the market.
According to Eric Mitten, owner of Windermere’s Oak Harbor and Coupeville offices, and Joe Mosolino, owner of the Langley and Freeland offices, “This is a fantastic opportunity for folks interested in homeownership to connect with one of our Brokers- who can offer expert guidance and advice on the home buying and selling process. During the open house event, our Brokers will be on hand to answer questions about the local housing market and provide insights into the benefits of homeownership.”
Adds Mosolino, “Open houses are also a great way for potential buyers and sellers to get a feel for Whidbey Island’s current market trends.”
While these days most people start their search online, and use extensive photo galleries and mapping features to search for homes in Whidbey neighborhoods, 45 percent of all buyers also use open houses as a source in their home-search process. (Source: NAR 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers)
To view homes that will be open during open house weekend, click on the Search/Open House tab on our website. Be sure to check the dates and times, as not all homes currently on the market will be open, and some areas of Whidbey will only be open on Saturday.
If you’d like more information on open house weekend, or would like to find out more about our current market conditions, feel free to contact any one of our experienced and knowledgeable Brokers.