Topic: Real Estate

Yes for Homes

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we find this letter to you from Steve Ulvi… Friends, Now that the County Council has adopted in principle the draft Housing Plan, approved by resolution that plan’s all-important Financial and Administrative appendices and placed the housing initiative real estate excise tax on the ballot for the November elections  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on June 15, 2018 at 10:29 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another San Juan Island Lifestyle video. This one offers Tips on Crabbing, Shrimping and Fishing…

Home Trust Tours

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust would like to take islanders on a tour! Our two newest homes were barged over from Victoria B.C. in March and are on-site in our Sun Rise II neighborhood. This “ultimate recycling” project is supported by islanders to provide permanently affordable homes for island workers and their families. We  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes

Written on May 26, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

“Yes for Homes” Coalition Hails Passage of Affordable Housing Ordinance, Announces Campaign Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis. On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of  Continue Reading

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Written on May 23, 2018 at 5:35 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in to share more Real Estate information with you… Home Inspections and Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Boat Buying Video

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos…

County Seeks Proposals for an Affordable Rental Housing Project on Lopez Island

Written on May 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Following a public hearing on April 24, 2018, San Juan County officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase .8083 acres of land situated in Lopez Village for the development of affordable housing rental units. San Juan County seeks an experienced developer(s) to purchase a parcel located on Fisherman Bay Road in Lopez Village.  Continue Reading

Eagle Home Mortgage has Moved

Written on May 3, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s a note from Tracy James at Eagle Home Mortgage… Eagle Home Mortgage has a new home!  We have moved from the interior of Sundries Court (the former Geri’s Mall) to a 1910 Sears Roebuck & Co catalog house at 555 Spring Street next to Uptown Coffee. As a subsidiary of the largest home builder  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Written on April 10, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another SJI Lifestyle Video. She says this one shows you some telltale signs to recognize an islander.

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on April 5, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares her Real Estate report… The first quarter results for San Juan Island were a puzzle to me and required extra analysis. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 28% as compared to the same quarter in 2017. In 2017 the dollar volume was a 31% increase  Continue Reading

Home Trust Awarded $200K

Written on April 4, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust has been awarded $200,000 by the Washington State Housing Trust Fund to partially fund the building of four affordable homes. The Washington State Department of Commerce announced the list of awardees March 22. The Home Trust is one of 13 home ownership organizations across the state to receive an award,  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on March 30, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this real estate information… IRS Section 1031 – Tax Deferred Exchange Another positive sign of real estate market recovery for our County is an increase in buyers and sellers utilizing a 1031 exchange. During the recession when appreciation was non-existent there were no gains for buyers and sellers to defer. Many  Continue Reading

Morning Arrival

Written on March 21, 2018 at 8:49 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo from early this morning. This is the barge arriving at Jackson’s Beach with 2 new homes for the SJ Community Home Trust. High tide at 5:00 AM was the best time for unloading. The homes are now on their way across the Lafarge Open Space (the old gravel pit) to  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on March 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another entry in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle Video Series. This one is about the San Juan Island Yacht Club Fishing Derby.

Letter from Deb Langhans

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s what’s in the SJ Update mailbag this morning… Greetings, Friends & Fellow Community Members, I’ve just learned about plans to rezone our old convalescent center into commercial property so pending buyers can replace it with a hotel. If you believe that providing for our local community’s needs–present & future—should take precedence over accommodating more  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Videos

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. This one is all about the pros and cons of living here.

Housing Town Hall

Written on March 3, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Coming up on Friday, March 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fairgrounds there will be a Housing Town Hall to explore the topic: Affordable housing in San Juan County This event is being coordinated by the San Juan Island Women’s Group, and sponsored by many local businesses, all listed on the attached flyer.  Continue Reading

Home Trust Fundraiser Postponed

Written on February 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Pizza Paddle Raise Postponed The San Juan Community Home Trust has postponed its “Have a Heart Pizza Paddle Raise” fundraiser, originally scheduled Saturday, February 10 at the San Juan Grange. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Raffle tickets for the fun child’s battery-powered Tesla will still be available for $50 each at the  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another of her videos… This San Juan Island lifestyle video shares the 2018 Roche Harbor Derby.  It offers tips on fishing and dancing.

Orientation for New Home Trust Board Members

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held an orientation session on Saturday, January 20 for new members of its Board of Directors. It was the second year the Home Trust has held the get together, which familiarizes recently elected board members with their legal responsibilities under Washington law, as well as the Home Trust’s programs,  Continue Reading

Postponed: Have A Heart Event

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

This event has been postponed – Announcement coming soon for a rescheduled date. The San Juan Community Home Trust continues to barge ahead with its goal of completing the Sun Rise II neighborhood. Two more reclaimed classic homes from the Victoria/Oak Bay areas on Vancouver Island will soon be on their way to San Juan  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with a year end market summary… In reviewing the year-end results for 2017, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $299,943,083 which reflects an increase in volume of 19.5% over 2016 when the volume was $251,020,953. The  Continue Reading

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