Topic: Real Estate

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

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…