Topic: Real Estate

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on October 15, 2019 at 8:09 am, by

Here’s a San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary from Merri Ann Simonson… 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 $84,048,800 with a total of 135 transactions. This reflects a  Continue Reading

Home Trust Awarded 2K Grant

Written on October 5, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust has been awarded a $2000 Grant for its Operations! Jamie Cier, Branch Manager of Washington Federal Bank (soon to be known as WaFD) on Orcas, notified Home Trust Executive Director, David Gow of the award in late September. Coincidentally, Jamie was on San Juan Island on the date of  Continue Reading

Thank you, SJI Community Foundation!

Written on September 14, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

The Matching Grant opportunity at the Fair was a real boon to the San Juan Community Home Trust as we plan for our next project on Price Street in Friday Harbor. Our permanently affordable homes are critical to the health of our island community. As we wrap up our third neighborhood, Sun Rise II, we  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on August 22, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another article covering real estate news… Excise Tax Increase, Decrease and Shift There will be a major change in real estate excise tax taking effect January 1, 2020 for the State of Washington.  I have provided a link below to the Senate Bill which created this change to a  Continue Reading

Considering Buying an Investment Property?

Written on August 13, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with real estate news and tips… Vacation Rental Versus Long Term Rental Now would be a good time to purchase property held for investment and due to market conditions, a rental home in the San Juans would be the best investment. We are not like the metropolitan areas nearby  Continue Reading

Come See Us At The Fair!

Written on August 3, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Once again the San Juan Community Home Trust will have a booth in the main exhibition hall at the East Entrance of the building. We will have news about the completion of our latest neighborhood, and can tell you about plans for our next projects. Board members, staff and new homeowners will be on hand  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on July 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video series. This time, she’s throwing herself under the bus…

Work Party for Home Trust

Written on July 25, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

On July 18th, thirteen regional and district managers of Wells Fargo Bank from around the state of Washington, descended on San Juan Island for a day of volunteering at the San Juan Community Home Trust’s Sun Rise II neighborhood. All wearing red Wells Fargo T Shirts, the group came ready to help wherever needed. The  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Update

Written on July 13, 2019 at 7:07 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with her 2nd Quarter, 2019 Real Estate Report… 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 $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers  Continue Reading

New Homeowner for the Home Trust

Written on July 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Home Trust has a new Homeowner! Debbie Lawson, a long-time San Juan Islander purchased a home in the Sun Rise neighborhood this month. Saying that it has been quite a while since she had a proper kitchen, she now looks forward to her granddaughter being able to walk to “Nana’s” so that they may  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on July 9, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another video in her San Juan Island Lifestyle series. This one is about how to celebrate the 4th of July

Sen. Lovelett Visits Home Trust

Written on June 26, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

At the invitation of David Gow, Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Senator Liz Lovelett, 40th LD, and her Legislative Aide, Jordan Kronen visited Home Trust properties on June 14, 2019. They discussed various hurdles in our state which impede rapid development of affordable housing and possible remedies to those hurdles. The  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

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

Merri Ann Simonson shares the most recent video in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle video series. This one has tips on holding a garage sale.

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…