Topic: Real Estate

HomeTrust’s Sunrise II Neighborhood Finished

Written on July 25, 2020 at 7:06 am, by

The San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Home Trust is pleased to announce the com­ple­tion of its twelfth and final house in the Sun Rise II neigh­bor­hood. This home, known as “Stew­art,” is the only one of the hous­es not barged over from Vic­to­ria, B.C.. Instead, the house was donat­ed by the DuPar fam­i­ly from Decatur Island and  Con­tin­ue Reading

New Rental Spaces in Town

Written on July 18, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

By Louise Dus­trude Two liv­ing spaces intend­ed as vaca­tion rentals have become year-round res­i­dences instead because of Covid 19, and two oth­ers have become com­mer­cial spaces, accord­ing to Lynn Dana­her, the own­er. Ryan Ben­nett, Lynn’s son and co-own­er, has been remod­el­ing and upgrad­ing the four units at the cor­ner of Argyle Avenue and Web Street, for­mer­ly  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Real Estate Market Summary

Written on July 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son checks in with a Sec­ond Quar­ter Real Estate sum­ma­ry… The sec­ond quar­ter results, which com­plete the first half of the year, in San Juan Coun­ty were extreme­ly good when con­sid­er­ing the virus impact.   Per the NWMLS, the dol­lar vol­ume in San Juan Coun­ty was $118,381,567 with a total of 201 trans­ac­tions. The  Con­tin­ue Reading

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on July 1, 2020 at 7:24 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son has a new entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video series. This one is about San Juan Island Real Estate and COVID

San Juan County Announces 2020 Funding Round for Home Fund Program

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:06 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices wish­es to announce to eli­gi­ble orga­ni­za­tions the County’s inten­tion to release a Notice of Funds Avail­able (NOFA) for a 2020 fund­ing round for the Home Fund pro­gram. The Coun­ty intends to release this NOFA on July 1, 2020 with respons­es being accept­ed through August 5, 2020. Appli­ca­tions will be  Con­tin­ue Reading

Self Directed Retirement Accounts For Real Estate

Written on June 16, 2020 at 9:51 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son checks in with anoth­er Real Estate tips col­umn… Do you real­ize that you may use all or a por­tion of your retire­ment funds to invest in real estate?   Retire­ment accounts are basi­cal­ly Trust accounts for your ben­e­fit when you retire.  In the 1970s, the IRS approved real estate as an invest­ment option  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJCHT Says Thanks!

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm, by

San Juan islanders, you are the best! The Board and Staff of the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Home Trust want to thank you for your great response to our recent Appeal. This was made in order to set up an Emer­gency Fund for our home own­ers, who have had hours cut back or have lost jobs  Con­tin­ue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Information Source Video

Written on June 3, 2020 at 11:38 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son is back with anoth­er San Juan Island infor­ma­tion source video. This one pro­vides you with a quick real estate mar­ket update.


Written on June 2, 2020 at 7:37 pm, by

Response to the dis­cus­sion about the Land Bank and Afford­able Hous­ing REETs. Tues­day, June 2, 2020 Edi­tor, I am writ­ing as Board Pres­i­dent of the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Home Trust, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion on San Juan Island. Our mis­sion is to build and sell per­ma­nent­ly afford­able hous­ing for own­er­ship, to low and mod­er­ate income-qual­i­­fied islanders. We are  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 2, 2020 at 8:35 am, by

Response by Ron Whalen/Sponsor of San Juan Coun­ty Ini­tia­tive 2020-10 I request the fol­low­ing be post­ed to San Juan Update as a response to the let­ter post­ed by Alice Hurd on June 1st. Not true…..Neither the ini­tia­tive or the peti­tion says any­thing about end­ing or elim­i­nat­ing the Land Bank (LB) and afford­able hous­ing. THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm, by

In the SJ Update Mail­bag today we have this let­ter from Alice Hurd, For­mer Trustee of the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust… I am writ­ing to share my con­cern about an ini­tia­tive peti­tion being cir­cu­lat­ed in San Juan Coun­ty for the pur­pose of putting a mea­sure on the Novem­ber bal­lot to close down the San Juan Coun­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Real Estate News

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son checks in again, this time with infor­ma­tion on inter­net avail­abil­i­ty on the island… Update to Our Inter­net Con­nec­tion Rock Island has been busy for the last 5 years installing the base struc­ture for our fiber and oth­er inter­net con­nec­tion options through­out the Coun­ty. As a REALTOR, I can state that inter­net reli­a­bil­i­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County COVID-19 Property Tax Relief

Written on April 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm, by

In response to the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, San Juan Coun­ty Trea­sur­er, Rhon­da Ped­er­son, has encour­aged those who are able, to pay the full year in April to off­set those who will have dif­fi­cul­ty mak­ing the first half pay­ment.  If you have been finan­cial­ly impact­ed by this pan­dem­ic and find your­self in need of a pay­ment plan  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Council Allocates Funds for Emergency Rental Assistance

Written on April 2, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

At their March 31, 2020 meet­ing the San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil direct­ed staff to make avail­able as soon as pos­si­ble funds for rental assis­tance to assist those in our com­mu­ni­ty strug­gling to make ends meet dur­ing the COVID-19 out­break. If you or some­one you know are expe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with your rent or mort­gage pay­ments dur­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son checks in with anoth­er in her video series, this one cel­e­brates Fish­ing Der­by Sea­son.  She says “I might have to keep my day job as I am a bet­ter REALTOR than a fish­ing person.”

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son is back with anoth­er San Juan Island Lifestyle Video. Here’s what she has to say about this one… This video is about local Real Estate. As Real Estate Agents, we are prob­lem solvers.