Topic: Real Estate

Six Steps To Purchasing A San Juans Home

Written on January 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Mer­ri Ann Simon­son, Man­ag­ing Bro­ker, Cold­well Banker San Juan Islands Inc 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  Con­tin­ue Reading

Library Plans Move to Former Life Care Site

Written on December 24, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Library The San Juan Island Library Dis­trict has com­plet­ed the pur­chase of 660 Spring St. in Fri­day Har­bor for the future library build­ing site. The site is the loca­tion of the for­mer Life Care Cen­ter. The dis­trict con­sid­ered alter­na­tive loca­tions for a library for sev­er­al years giv­en the lim­i­ta­tions of the  Con­tin­ue Reading

County Tax Assessments: Purpose, Market Value Comparisons, Effect On Taxes

Written on November 23, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

High­er Tax Assess­ments Don’t Always Lead To Pay­ing More Tax­es By Mer­ri Ann Simon­son, Man­ag­ing Bro­ker, Cold­well Banker San Juan Islands Inc All of us island prop­er­ty own­ers received our tax assess­ment notices from San Juan Coun­ty recent­ly. As real estate agents, we have been field­ing many ques­tions about the state­ments and new assess­ments. As you  Con­tin­ue Reading

What To Consider Before Remodeling

Written on November 5, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Mer­ri Ann Simon­son, Man­ag­ing Bro­ker, Cold­well Banker San Juan Islands Inc While show­ing prop­er­ty, I am often asked, if the home could be ren­o­vat­ed or increased in size as the lot is per­fect but the home is too small or too dat­ed for the prospec­tive buy­er. As I have said numer­ous times, it is still  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hometrust: It’s Annual Meeting Time!

Written on November 2, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Please join us for a cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ple­tion of the Sun Rise II neigh­bor­hood, to review the past year, to elect new board mem­bers, AND to pre­view the next devel­op­ment of per­ma­nent­ly afford­able homes, Hol­li­Walk. Date: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19th  Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm Place: Vir­tu­al meet­ing via Zoom Alas, no piz­za this year, nor Lori’s won­der­ful  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Real Estate Market Reaches All-Time High

Written on October 23, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Mer­ri Ann Simon­son, Cold­well Banker San Juan Islands The third-quar­ter results for San Juan Island and San Juan Coun­ty were con­sis­tent with the first quar­ter results; very robust. The sec­ond quar­ter was in COVID shock but that gave way to a strong third quar­ter. Per the NWMLS, the dol­lar vol­ume year-to-date on San Juan  Con­tin­ue Reading

Merri Ann’s San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Written on September 14, 2020 at 9:30 am, by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son shares anoth­er episode in her video series and says, Local San Juan fish­ing der­bies, they are the best!

Corner Stakes and Purchasing Property

Written on August 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm, by

We hear from Mer­ri Ann Simon­son…   Cor­ner stakes are one of the most impor­tant com­po­nents of pur­chas­ing real estate, I have learned this over 25 years of sell­ing real estate on San Juan. For the prop­er­ties that trans­act­ed years ago, cor­ner stakes were not a big issue; of course, nor was a water source,  Con­tin­ue Reading