Workshop about Shoreline Property

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Living with the Coast Workshop: A workshop for shoreline property owners concerned about erosion.

Saturday, April 4, 2015; 10:00am-3:00pm

South Whidbey High School

5675 Maxwelton Rd

Langley, WA 98260

 

Shoreline landowners in Island County are invited to attend a FREE workshop on coastal process and shoreline erosion management. Learn how you can protect and maintain your shoreline property and its value whether you are considering removing or repairing shoreline armor and/or installing softshore options. Workshop topics include:

• Coastal and beach processes

• Erosion management

• Armor removal and soft shore protection options

• Enhancing property values

• Native vegetation for slope stability & habitat

A limited number of free site visits by coastal erosion specialists will also be offered to qualifying property owners. During the site visit, qualifying property owners will be provided with specific recommendations regarding management of their shoreline properties.

Who should attend? 

Consider attending this workshop and apply for a free site visit if you:

– Live on a bluff and have experienced erosion, drainage, or vegetation issues and want to find ways to reduce impacts to your property.

– Have a broad beach or low bank and want tips on how to protect your property while promoting healthy marine ecosystems.

– Are considering removing or repairing hard armoring on your shoreline.

The workshops will consist of a two hour classroom presentation and a beach walk/field trip afterward nearby. Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather and sturdy shoes for the field trip.

This outreach effort is a project of the Northwest Straits Foundation in partnership with the Island County Marine Resources Committee. Funding is provided by the Puget Sound Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources and US Environmental Protection Agency.

If you have questions about the workshop or the site visit opportunity, please contact Lisa Kaufman at the Northwest Straits Foundation at (360) 733-1725 or email

kaufman@nwstraits.org or visit our website at www.nwstraitsfoundation.org

 


Posted on March 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm
Amy Rudometkin | Posted in Langley, Ocean front property, Real Estate, Shoreline Property, Whidbey Island | Tagged , , , ,

Market Looking Up in 2015!

Market Looking Up in 2015!

 

Things are optimistic for the housing market in 2015 – If you're thinking about selling, 2015 could be the right time!

Check out these stats: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2014/11/update-2015-housing-forecasts.html?m=1

 

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm
Amy Rudometkin | Posted in Uncategorized |

Downsizing Might Make Sense

Downsizing Might Make Sense

 

 

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With roughly 12.5% of the population over 65 years of age, it is understandable that some of them are thinking of downsizing because they may not need the amount of space they did in the past.  There is something to be said for the freedom acquired by divesting yourself of “things” that have been accumulated over the years but are no longer needed.

 

Moving to a less expensive home, could provide cash that could be invested for additional income or savings for unanticipated expenditures.

Savings can also be recognized in the lower utility costs associated with a smaller home, not to mention, the lower premiums for insurance and property taxes.

Going from the home where you reared your family to one of the new tiny homes may be a bit extreme but downsizing to 2/3 or 50% of your current home may certainly be reasonable.  In some situations, your interests may have changed so that a different area or city might be a possibility.

At one time, IRS had a once-in-a-lifetime exclusion of $125,000 of gain from a principal residence but it was changed so that homeowner’s are eligible for an exclusion of $250,000 of gain for single taxpayers and up to $500,000 for married taxpayers who have owned and used their home two out of the last five years and haven’t taken the exclusion in the previous 24 months.

Homeowners should consult their tax professionals to see how this may apply to their individual situation.

 

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm
Amy Rudometkin | Posted in Uncategorized |