Topic: Real Estate

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

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Videos

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

Here’s another SJI Lifestyle video from Merri Ann Simonson at Coldwell Banker…

Real Estate Notes

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with more Real Estate information… Shoreline Master Program – Does It Remove Uncertainty Or Increase It? As you may or may not be aware, the County Council has recently adopted updates to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with the new regulations effective on October 30, 2017. Although the new regulations  Continue Reading

Home Trust Ends One Year and Begins Another with Big Land Donations

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

>Editor’s note: The number of homes at the Soll property has been corrected to 30. The press release originally said 40 incorrectly… Last week on December 29th, the San Juan Community Home Trust received a donation of a parcel of land in Friday Harbor. The property, at the corner of Tucker and McDonald Streets, is  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Angela Anderson to “Come Home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea December 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead  Continue Reading

A Wrap-up for the San Juan Community Home Trust

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

As the San Juan Community Home Trust begins to draw the curtain on 2017, we take heart in reflecting on the progress and accomplishments the Trust has seen this year: We welcomed our new Executive Director, David Gow, on May 1st and our new Administrative Assistant, Nancy Stark, in August. The Trust fully repaid the  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Series

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back at it again with another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This time it’s all about making chutney…

Home Trust Press Release

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held its 16th annual meeting on Thursday, November 16th at the Grange. 50+ people who attended enjoyed hearty dishes, and were updated with the Home Trust’s progress to provide permanently affordable housing by David Gow, Executive Director and Sarah Crosby, president. A special presentation was made by Mallory Hagel  Continue Reading

Homes For Islanders Announces Future Plans

Written on November 15, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Justin Roche, Executive Director of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization, announced Homes for Islanders has purchased 16 lots in Foxhall to secure them for self-help homebuilding by 16 very low to low income individuals and families on San Juan Island. The constructed homes will range between 1,800 and 2,000 square feet and each house  Continue Reading