Topic: Real Estate

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…

Buying Property in the San Juans

Written on July 28, 2018 at 9:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares some real estate buying tips with you… 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 Coldwell  Continue Reading

HomeShare Program Seeking Pilot Program Participants

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Housing advocates across San Juan County are moving forward with a proposed HomeShare Program. After receiving feedback from 113 community members through an online survey, the proposed HomeShare program has generated enough interest to formulate a pilot program. The survey identified two groups of potential participants: Potential Home Providers, who own or stably rent a  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this report with you… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $56,399,689 with a total of 108 transactions. The numbers reflects a 18% decrease in  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Coldwell Banker is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month. Here’s more from the chamber… Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. is a family owned company, originally  started in 1960 by Sam and Barbara Buck, as San Juan Properties, Inc., a real estate sales and development company. Steve Buck joined  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we find this letter to you from Steve Ulvi… Friends, Now that the County Council has adopted in principle the draft Housing Plan, approved by resolution that plan’s all-important Financial and Administrative appendices and placed the housing initiative real estate excise tax on the ballot for the November elections  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on June 15, 2018 at 10:29 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another San Juan Island Lifestyle video. This one offers Tips on Crabbing, Shrimping and Fishing…

Home Trust Tours

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust would like to take islanders on a tour! Our two newest homes were barged over from Victoria B.C. in March and are on-site in our Sun Rise II neighborhood. This “ultimate recycling” project is supported by islanders to provide permanently affordable homes for island workers and their families. We  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes

Written on May 26, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

“Yes for Homes” Coalition Hails Passage of Affordable Housing Ordinance, Announces Campaign Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis. On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of  Continue Reading

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Written on May 23, 2018 at 5:35 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in to share more Real Estate information with you… Home Inspections and Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Boat Buying Video

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos…

County Seeks Proposals for an Affordable Rental Housing Project on Lopez Island

Written on May 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Following a public hearing on April 24, 2018, San Juan County officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase .8083 acres of land situated in Lopez Village for the development of affordable housing rental units. San Juan County seeks an experienced developer(s) to purchase a parcel located on Fisherman Bay Road in Lopez Village.  Continue Reading

Eagle Home Mortgage has Moved

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

Here’s a note from Tracy James at Eagle Home Mortgage… Eagle Home Mortgage has a new home!  We have moved from the interior of Sundries Court (the former Geri’s Mall) to a 1910 Sears Roebuck & Co catalog house at 555 Spring Street next to Uptown Coffee. As a subsidiary of the largest home builder  Continue Reading

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.