Topic: Real Estate

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

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on October 10, 2017 at 9:27 am, by

Here’s an update from Merri Ann Simonson on the local real estate market… The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the market recovery we have enjoyed over the last few years. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $102,639,659 with a total of 198  Continue Reading

Zylstra Lake Update

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

From the San Juan Preservation Trust, here’s an update on the Zylstra Lake purchase… Legislative Impasse Puts Major Funding Source in Limbo When the state legislature adjourned in July without passing a Capital Construction Budget, all funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) was put on hold—including a grant that would have allowed  Continue Reading

Public Comment Invited on DRAFT Stewardship and Management Plan

Written on September 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Westside Conservation Corridor Public Meeting Tuesday, October 3 5:30pm @ Brickworks The Land Bank is inviting public comment on the DRAFT Westside Conservation Corridor Stewardship and Management Plan, an updated and combined plan for the Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Preserves. The existing management plans, while still relevant, were in need of update to ensure  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Tips

Written on September 20, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with more real estate tips… San Juan County Waterfront Parcels If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.   Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations,  Continue Reading

Letter About Affordable Housing

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham of the Home Trust… We continually hear of the acute need for permanently affordable housing on our islands. Not necessarily housing for seasonal workers or those who wish to have a vacation home. We are talking about our islanders who are  Continue Reading

Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Understanding The Valuation Process For Your Real Estate The definition of “market value” is rather boring sounding when you take into consideration that you are addressing one of the highest value assets that a property owner may have or the most expensive item that a buyer may purchase in their lifetime. Emotions run high when  Continue Reading

Non-Profit Affordable Housing?

Written on August 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

By David S. Gow, Executive Director, San Juan Community Home Trust The housing market in San Juan County is broken. The geographic isolation that makes our archipelago highly prized for its quality of life, and as a tourist destination, also restricts the movement of people, goods, and capital. So while the internet, mail and parcel  Continue Reading

Bike and Build

Written on August 23, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

This was the third year that Bike ’n Build has come to help the Home Trust project and neighborhoods. Bike ‘n Build is an organization of young professionals – some of them out in the work world and some still working on their degrees, or advanced degrees. They give up their vacation time to do  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s San Juans Lifestyle Video Series

Written on August 16, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her SJI Lifestyle video series. This time it’s tips on crabbing: Catching Cleaning and Eating… Yum!

Thank you!

Written on July 22, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Dear Editor: The San Juan Community Home Trust held its fifth annual, signature fundraiser, Fiesta San Juan on Sunday, July 16th… a wonderful opportunity to support this organization’s goal: to deliver permanently affordable housing to those who are the fabric of our island community. Nothing of this venture can be done without the unflagging work  Continue Reading

Almost Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems

Written on June 27, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares some information on septic systems… As Real Estate Agents, 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 their functions. The real estate industry  Continue Reading


Written on June 12, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust invites you to join us at the Brickworks for our 5th annual Fiesta San Juan, Sunday, July 16th from 4:30pm to 9pm. We are serving up Margaritas, Food, and Music for your enjoyment, Dancing for some fun and exercise, and Live and “Chance” Auction items to satisfy your wish  Continue Reading

One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer

Written on June 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Unlike liquor, your water source in San Juan County is not guaranteed and must be acquired and cared for. When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. The days of clients purchasing land without the water source determined are long gone. Further, if  Continue Reading

We are the Hottest Luxury Real Estate Market in the Country

Written on May 31, 2017 at 11:29 am, by

Check out this article by Nancy Keates on the Wall Street Journal website… The San Juan Islands, long cherished for remoteness and simplicity, is now the hottest luxury real-estate market in the country. The priciest 10% of the area’s real-estate market rose faster last year than any other U.S. county, according to The median  Continue Reading

Docks – Fun Facts to Know and Tell

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this interesting information on docks… During the real estate boom years of 2005 through 2007, waterfront homes on San Juan Island appreciated around 8-10% per year and homes with docks appreciated around 13%. Docks have always been a coveted property amenity as they truly allow easy access to boating; the reason  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Tips

Written on May 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares an article on Real Estate tips with you… Buying Property in the San Juans 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  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:09 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson has another San Juan Island lifestyle video.  This one offers tips on the various types of boats that are suitable for our waters and one that is not recommended.

Open House at Sun Rise II

Written on March 29, 2017 at 5:27 am, by

All are welcome to an Open House at Sun Rise II, the newest San Juan Community Home Trust neighborhood, on Sunday, April 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Sun Rise II is the third Home Trust neighborhood of permanently affordable homes, preceded by the Salal neighborhood on Carter Avenue (2006) and the Sun Rise I neighborhood  Continue Reading

Flood Insurance in the San Juans

Written on March 21, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson… Most of the waterfront home owners in the County went through the process of determining if flood insurance is a necessity for their property when they purchased or refinanced. As you may be aware, the majority of our waterfront properties are designated as being in the flood plain as determined by  Continue Reading