Topic: Real Estate

Real Estate News

Written on June 12, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares more Real Estate tips… Update to Our Internet Connection Rock Island has been busy for the last 4 years installing the base structure for our fiber and other internet connection options throughout the County. I decided to write this article as a layperson so that the options for our Internet service  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video Series. She says shrimping season has opened, so if you are looking for some tips, this San Juan Island lifestyle video should help.

Rental Property Options

Written on May 16, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another Real Estate column… San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County. The information below is meant for informational purposes only and does not incorporate all the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about  Continue Reading

Home Trust Outreach Ornaments and 11th Grade Community Projects

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust member Charlene (Chary) Caren was brainstorming what to do for this year’s home trust outreach when she hit upon the idea of little wooden ornaments in the shapes of their houses – 12 different ones based on real homes in their 3 neighborhoods: Sun Rise I, Sun Rise II and  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on April 18, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. Here’s what she has to say about this one… This lifetsyle video is about how much humor is involved in real estate sales. Our profession can be very interesting and challenging.

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Written on April 12, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another real estate article… San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary The first quarter results for San Juan Island were very similar to the first quarter results last year. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 12.5% as compared to the same quarter in  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on March 31, 2019 at 9:58 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another San Juan Island Lifestyle video. This one shares winning the big pot in the St. Patrick’s Day San Juan Island Yacht Club sponsored derby…

Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Written on March 29, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares some more real estate info with you… Wells on the Shoreline in San Juan County Even though I have been in this business for 24 years, on almost every transaction I learn something new. During 2018, I learned how difficult it is to develop a residential home on waterfront lot that  Continue Reading

2019 ADU LOTTERY WINNERS

Written on March 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) held a lottery for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits on March 5, 2019. The results of the lottery are now available on the SJC Website. Additional Info…

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on March 4, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. This one, she says, shares fishing in the Friday Harbor Classic Derby; freezing temperatures, wind, the rough water – so much fun!

Green Tips to Help You Find an Eco-Friendlier New Home

Written on February 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm, by

This guest post was written by Neil Stawski… If you are looking to live a greener life, there’s no better place to start than your home. This is why it’s important for home buyers to be on the lookout for features that can help lessen their impact on the environment. Not sure what those features  Continue Reading

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Written on February 21, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Are You Considering Selling Your Property? You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information. This list is to prepare sellers in San Juan County  Continue Reading

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

Written on February 16, 2019 at 5:31 am, by

Selling your property? Here’s advice from a pro… Thinking about selling your property?  You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information.  This list is  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 23, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another SJI Lifestyle video… This San Juan Island Lifestyle video shares how much we enjoyed fishing in the 2019 Roche Harbor Salmon Derby:

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary In reviewing the year-end results for 2018, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $305,674,278 which reflects a tiny increase in volume of 1.5% over 2017 when the volume was $300,622,909. The percentage of growth  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another video from her SJI Lifestyle series. Here she is with more… This San Juan Island Lifestyle video shares the holiday month on San Juan Island; from Chardonnay Shopping to New Year’s Eve, we had a blast.

General Costs To Buy, Sell Or Build

Written on January 3, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another real estate article… Cost of construction, selling and buying real estate in the islands has continued to increase based the requirements to meet the current regulations and overall material and service cost increases. One could say that it costs more and takes longer to comply with the various regulations that  Continue Reading

Home Trust Does It Again

Written on December 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Gay Graham… The San Juan Community Home Trust has done it again, and with a special bit of flourish! A few weeks ago, the 11th and 12th houses were barged into Jackson’s Beach and trucked to their permanent lots in the affordable housing project,  Continue Reading

REET Goes Into Effect Dec 27

Written on December 4, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Adopts Real Estate Excise Tax for Affordable Housing In the November election, San Juan County voters approved a new 0.5% real estate excise tax (REET) to support the development of affordable housing options within the county. The tax will be assessed on the purchase and sale of real property within the county,  Continue Reading

Home Trust is Barging Ahead

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

CORRECTION: The SJ Update has just been informed that arrival of the 2nd house has been changed to Friday at 9:30 am… The San Juan Community Home Trust is “Barging Ahead” with our last two houses for our Sun Rise II neighborhood, which we call the “ultimate recycling” project. Both houses will be brought ashore  Continue Reading

Real Estate Market And Your Tax Assessment

Written on October 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with more Real Estate information… All of us Island property owners received our tax assessment notices from the County recently. As real estate agents we have been fielding many questions about the statements and new assessments. As you may recall, the State has mandated that our Assessor’s office convert to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Third quarter real estate report from Merri Ann Simonson at Coldwell Banker… The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results.   Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5%  Continue Reading