Topic: Real Estate

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

Yes for Homes

Written on October 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

What is the “YES for Homes!” campaign? YES for Homes Coalition of SJC is a grassroots organization of volunteers who have come together in support of the creation of the San Juan County Home Fund for the development and preservation of affordable homes. Some volunteers work with local non-profits while others are simply citizens who  Continue Reading

Almost Everything You Want to Know About Septic Systems

Written on September 24, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson tells us… Almost Everything You Want to Know About Septic Systems As a Real Estate Agent, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients.  We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and  Continue Reading

Affordable Housing and Yes For Homes

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Steve Ulvi regarding affordable housing and Yes For Homes… The Yes for Homes Coalition of San Juan County is a grassroot, volunteer, non-partisan, county-wide group of affordable housing advocates laser-focused on passing this Home Fund initiative on November 6th. This proposed Home Fund  Continue Reading

Sale of IIMC Building

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 is pleased to announce that yesterday (9/11/18) it voted unanimously to accept a sales agreement with HWV Property LLC of Friday Harbor, WA, to sell the Inter Island Medical Center (IIMC). The agreed upon price is $875,000 with a 21 day feasibility study. If the sale is canceled  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another installment of her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video series. This one is about fishing; what goes on behind the scenes with the crew while fishing.

Home Trust Welcomes Bike ‘n Build

Written on August 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

For the third year in a row, the San Juan Community Home Trust is hosting Bike & Build, a national non-profit organization that engages young adults in service-oriented cycling trips to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. This particular group of 25 riders started their route in Portland, Oregon about 18 days  Continue Reading

LWV Affordable Housing Forum

Written on August 22, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

League of Women Voters hosts forum on affordable housing REET measure From noon-2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at the San Juan Island Grange, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans is presenting a discussion on the affordable housing initiative that will be on the November ballot. The proposal would establish a real estate  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

New Vacation Rental Permit Requirements I have reviewed the County’s new Vacation Rental Permit requirements and I found them most reasonable, I think they did a good job. As a REALTOR, working in the field, I only noted two areas that may be difficult for some property owners to adapt to. Management plan on file  Continue Reading

Join us at the Fair!

Written on August 10, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust will be at the Fair. We develop permanently affordable houses for islanders. Ours is the “ultimate recycling project”! We will have pictures of our homes and neighborhoods. Board members will be on hand to answer questions and to tell you about our future plans. AND we have a picnic  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes!

Written on August 9, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Good Morning! Just a quick “Hello” from the Yes for Homes campaign.  Now that we are past the primary, we are gearing up for the November election. We cannot do what we do without your support!  Thank you for being one of our champions. Did you know we have a Facebook page?  Over the next  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Video Series

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with this San Juan Island Lifestyle video that shares boating mishaps and issues that can occur while you are having fun boating…

Buying Property in the San Juans

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares some real estate buying tips with you… 1. Select an Agent to Represent You As you may be aware, all of the brokerage firms on San Juan Island are members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service; therefore, any of the agents can assist you with any of the properties listed with Coldwell  Continue Reading

HomeShare Program Seeking Pilot Program Participants

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Housing advocates across San Juan County are moving forward with a proposed HomeShare Program. After receiving feedback from 113 community members through an online survey, the proposed HomeShare program has generated enough interest to formulate a pilot program. The survey identified two groups of potential participants: Potential Home Providers, who own or stably rent a  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this report with you… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $56,399,689 with a total of 108 transactions. The numbers reflects a 18% decrease in  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Coldwell Banker is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month. Here’s more from the chamber… Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. is a family owned company, originally  started in 1960 by Sam and Barbara Buck, as San Juan Properties, Inc., a real estate sales and development company. Steve Buck joined  Continue Reading

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