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San Juan Island is a well preserved community tucked between Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and Victoria B.C. It’s a year-round destination, accessible only by ferry or seaplane. Nestled in the center of a “rain shadow” cast by the Olympic Mountains, San Juan Island enjoys nearly 250 days of sunshine each year and only half the annual rainfall of Seattle, making it a place where kayaking, biking and walking are as common as driving. With a natural grandeur that combines salty breezes, vibrant blue water, pebbled beaches and fragrant woods, San Juan Island is a rare, unspoiled retreat where many from the mainland come to “de-caffeinate”. Visitors can easily get around on foot in the historic seaside village of Friday Harbor, on the sunrise side of the Island. Though only 1 square mile in size, its authentic downtown streetscape is a perfect place to indulge in the eclectic collection of art galleries, coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries.

April 4th, 2016

Why should you use a Realtor?

Why should you use a Realtor?

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold. In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real …

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December 9th, 2015

Home Prices: Past, Present & Future

Home Prices: Past, Present & Future

CoreLogic released their most current Home Price Index last week. In the report, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month and projected over the next twelve months. Here are state maps for each category: The Past – home appreciation over the …

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November 16th, 2015

BRAVO!

BRAVO!

Monica and Jacoba are a great team who clearly understand the real estate world and are willing to go that extra mile. They helped us find a great house, negotiate a great price and were able to explain to us things that we weren't clear on in the buying process. While in the purchasing process the team helped us find the …

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November 4th, 2015

House Hasn’t Sold Yet? Take Another Look at the Price

House Hasn’t Sold Yet? Take Another Look at the Price

The San Juan Island residential real estate housing market has been seasonally good this year. While home sales have been fewer in number from last year, the sales prices have trended higher. At first glance, it seems as if a “seller’s market” is around the corner, but a closer look reveals something different. Many …

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October 27th, 2015

Applying For A Mortgage for San Juan Island Real Estate: Why So Much Paperwork?

Applying For A Mortgage for San Juan Island Real Estate: Why So Much Paperwork?

Our Windermere Brokers are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form. Many buyers are being …

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