Topic: Real Estate


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.