NEW Whidbey Island Listing!

Charming home in the wonderful Cottage Glen neighborhood on Beautiful Whidbey Island. The cozy main floor has an open layout w/easy access to outdoor spaces. 2nd floor has a full bath & 2 bedrooms. Enjoy your large back yard where you can garden or simply relax. Additional storage built onto the back of the garage. Home sits close to the community park & sports court. Scatchet Head Beach Park is nearby too! Only 15 min. to the Clinton ferry. Come see your new home – this gem won’t last long!

 

Kirstin Cox

Meet Kirstin Cox, our newest Buyer’s Agent!

As a Buyer Broker Kirstin plays a key role fulfilling needs and wishes of our buyers. Kirstin came to the KG team with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In previous years she participated in the startup of three businesses, which she successfully managed before seeking the next challenge. Her most recent venture was into the field of residential real estate, where within the first year she brokered nine transactions. Her thirst for understanding and knowledge drove her to earn several brokerage specific designations at her previous firm, including a Buyer Certified and a Seller Certified designation. Outside of work Kirstin enjoys everything fitness, traveling and spending time with her wife and son exploring the beautiful PNW.

FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

  1. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization.
  2. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test a mattress for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.
  3. Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers.
  4. Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.
  5. Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night.

FIVE MONEY-SAVING GREEN UPGRADES

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.

  1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity.
  2. Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are relatively inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10% on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
  3. Insulation: There’s a good chance your insulation isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
  4. Rain barrels: Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.
  5. Geothermal system: OK, so the price tag is scary at first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or two, it’s a great investment.

Just Listed!

Just listed!

Beautiful West Side View Lot in a wonderful beach community. Property is situated at the top of the community on a quiet cul de sac you will love the great views of the shipping lanes, Olympic mountains and sparkling waters of the Puget Sound. Enjoy the neighborhood’s private beach and tennis courts. Glendon septic system is already in. Property is cleared, prepped and ready for your vision.

Priority Tasks for Your Move

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.



Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

Pending!

 

Our beautiful condo in Shoreline has gone pending! We received many offers on this home and got under contract in just 8 short days. We are even under contract over asking price! If you are looking to sell your home in this market please give us a call.

Stay Organized This Summer

With kids out of school for the summer it can be hard to stay in a routine. We have vacations, BBQs, parties, and summer camp so how are we supposed to stay organized?! The article below will help you organize all that summer clutter, finish those projects you thought you would accomplish, and figure out how to stay in a sleep routine.

https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-staying-organized-summer-202140/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emm_h_0518_hbuzzrssmay&utm_content=blogcta2

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