Halloween Safety Tips for Your Home

Halloween is tomorrow  With this spooky holiday can come a few spooky hazards as well. Below are some tips to help keep your home and family safe this Halloween:

- Be careful when placing candles in your carved jack-o-lanterns and keep them far away from any furnishings, drapes or Halloween decor that may be flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

- Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or movable decorative objects.

- Be sure and take time to check around our porch or sidewalk for any garden hoses, low lying tree limbs or decorations that might prove to be a tripping hazard for young children trick or treating at your home.

- If you are not participating in trick or treating be sure and turn off your porch light or other lights around  you home as to not attract trick or treaters.

- If you have pets who maybe stressed by the visitors are costumes consider crating them or placing them in a safe room in your home with some of their favorite treats until the night is over.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Just Listed! 2812 Plymouth Drive in Bellingham

Welcome to 2812 Plymouth Drive in Bellingham just listed for sale for $264,750!

This Tidy mid-century 3 bedroom bungalow has just had a face lift and is ready for new owners. Updated kitchen and bath (both with skylights), new tile, laminate floors & refinished hardwood floors, new paint & crown molding. Detached garage/shop is heated & has 3/4 bath and laundry hookups plus additional off street parking for RV. Wonderful location – walk to Cornwall Park or Haggen. Easy access to hospital and freeway.

Features:

Cable TV, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Outbuildings, Patio, RV Parking, Shop, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights

Taxes: $2,208
Lot Size: 0.16 Acre (6,970 SqFt)
Garage Size: 1 Car
Exterior: Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air, Insert
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Laminate

School Information

District: Bellingham School District
Elementary:  Parkview Elementary
Junior High Whatcom Middle School
High:  Bellingham High

To view a virtual tour or to schedule a private showing visit our website or call 1-888-713-3056

Carpet Care. Help Your Carpet Last Forever

A clean nice carpet can make your home appealing and cozy.  With these simple suggestions, you could make your carpet last seemingly forever.

1. Get rid of pet hair. Put on a rubber glove and run your hand over the carpet – pet hairs should magically cling to the glove.

2. Vacuum this way. To get rid of deep down dirt move the vacuum in several directions.

3. Remove dents. Place an ice cube in the dent and let it melt, then blot the wet spot. Use a spoon to re-fluff the fibers.

4. Protect it from the sun. For carpet in a sunny area, close the drapes to prevent fading.

5. Put on socks. The oils on your feet stick to the carpet and attract dirt and grime that harm the fibers.

6. Fight odors. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and let it sit for an hour. Then vacuum away for a smell-free room.

Thank you to Pillar to Post Home Inspection Service for the great tips!

Mount Baker Water Association Issues Boil-Water Advisory

A boil-water advisory has been issued for the Mount Baker Water Association in Whatcom County after E. coli was detected in the water following a routine water quality test.

The Mount Baker Water Association services approximately 220 homes in the area of Smith, Kelly, Sand and Nelson Roads.

If you have questions as to whether or not your home is affected your can contact the Mount Baker Water Association at 360-592-5137

How’s the Real Estate Marketing In Your Price Range?

Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Saturday, October 18th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 24%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

Birch Bay has a pending ratio of 21%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 22%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

If you would like to search for Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County that is currently for sale visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com where you can search for homes for sale in Bellingham and real estate around Whatcom County.

Silver Beach Estate Open House today from 1:00-3:00pm

Welcome to 5205 Silver Beach Ave in Bellingham, Washington. This 4 bedroom, 4.75 bath home is listed for sale for $629,000. Looking for that perfect setting? Look no further than this spacious custom home on an estate setting of 2.39 private acres with peaceful views of the surrounding mountains. Add to it a living room/atrium with 18′ ceilings, dramatic loft walk ways, patios for outdoor entertaining, a sunny yard to delight anyone with a Green Thumb, a 3 car garage/shop that even has radiant floor heating, a completely self-contained apartment for friends & relatives and you have a dream come true. Visit Rich Johnson there today from 1:00-3:00pm.

Taxes: $8,036

View: Lake, Territorial

Lot Size: 2.39 Acres (104,108 SqFt)

Garage Size: 5 Car

Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Stone

Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace

Heating/Cooling: Radiant

Roof :Composition Roof

Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Laminate, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham School District

Elementary Carl Cozier

Junior High Kulshan Middle School

High Sehome High

For additional information, photos and a virtual tour of 5205 Silver Beach Ave visit our website. We are also available by phone toll free at 1-888-713-3056.

Open house today 1:00-3:00pm at an affordable cordata condo

Visit Rich Johnson today at 4142 Wintergreen Circle, Unit 167 in Bellingham today from 1:00-3:00pm. This  1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo is so energy efficient, and conveniently located. Very privately situated overlooking the greenbelt. All appliances stay and the storage area in the unit would make a great office, workout room, craft room or whatever you would like. It is easily shown and priced to sell. Within walking distance to the Community College, medical facilities, the Co-op, walking trails and so much more.

Additional Information

  • Taxes $676
  • HOA Dues $139
  • View Territorial
  • Exterior Wood Products
  • Heating/Cooling Wall
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

  • District: Bellingham
  • Elementary Alderwood
  • Junior High Shuksan Middle School
  • High Squalicum High

View photos, a virtual tour or schedule a private showing on our website!

For more information on this condo or other homes in the Bellingham area feel free to contact us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com, we’d be happy to help!

Just Listed! 2528 Undine St in Bellingham

Just listed! Welcome to 2528 Undine Street in Bellingham, Washington. New on the market for sale for $229,000/ If you are looking for a charming starter home with all the basics new or upgraded, then you’ll want to put 2528 Undine on your for sure to see list. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has the traditional charm of the late 1910′s but the convenience and efficiencies of the 2000′s. You’ll benefit from the new roof, wiring, plumbing, electrical and upgrades along with a recent cosmetic lift. You’ll enjoy the quiet dead end street as well as the fully fenced sunny backyard.

Taxes: $2,256
Lot Size: 0.14 Acre (6,098 SqFt)
Exterior: Cement Planked, Wood
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School District:
Elementary: Sunnyland Elementary
Middle School: Shuksan Middle School
High: Squalicum High

If you would like more information on this home visit the homes website to view additional photos, a virtual tour or to schedule a showing. You may also reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 for all your Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate needs.

Learn How Many Homes Are Pending in Your Area

Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Saturday, October 11th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 25%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

Birch Bay has a pending ratio of 22%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 24%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 35%

If you would like to search for Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County that is currently for sale visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com where you can search for homes for sale in Bellingham and real estate around Whatcom County.

Mortgage Rate Update

Have you been staying up to speed on the latest in home loan and mortgage rates? The Johnson Team Real Estate can help you out. If you are in the market for a home loan below are the mortgage rates as of yesterday October 9th, courtesy of Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Barkley Branch here in Bellingham.

For more details, or a custom home loan quote, contact Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank, 360-676-4597 or sidney.stonecypher@peoplesbank-wa.com. Remember that many variables come into play in determining the rate a lender will give a borrower. If you are getting a rate quote from a lender who does not have all your information, that rate may not be real. What with the low rates, it is still a great time to buy a house!