Lummi Island Open House This Saturday

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Join The Johnson Team this Saturday from 12pm – 2pm for an open house at 1471 Seacrest Drive on Lummi Island. Don’t miss out on this amazing, private, one of a kind home!

Peace, quiet, total seclusion & an expansive view of water & mountains could be yours in this unique home & property. This custom designed & built home overlooks a private cove, Haro Strait, Mt Baker & Twin Sisters. The floor plan is open, airy, well lit & inviting with expansive windows keeping you in touch with the beauty around you. A private path provides access to either the beach of Sun-Rise Cove with your boat anchored in front or up secret trails to explore. This is a dream come true.

For more information, view the virtual tour!

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay?

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | MyKCM

Over the past few years, two trends have emerged in the housing market:

  • Home renovations have shot up
  • Inventory of homes available for sale on the market has dropped

A ‘normal’ housing market is defined by having a 6-month supply of homes for sale. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, we are currently at a 4.4-month supply.

This low inventory environment has many current homeowners worried that they would be unable to find a home to buy if they were to list and sell their current houses, which is causing many homeowners to instead renovate their homes in an attempt to fit their needs.

According to Home Advisorhomeowners spent an average of $6,649 on home improvements over the last 12 months. If that number seems high, it also includes homeowners who recently bought fixer-uppers.

A new study from Zillow asked the question,

“Given a choice between spending a fixed amount of money on a down payment for a new home or fixing up their current home, what would you do?”

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that they would rather renovate their current homes than move. The results are broken down by generation below.

 

Are Homeowners Renovating to Sell or to Stay? | MyKCM

More and more studies are coming out about the intention that many Americans have to ‘age in place’ (or retire in the area in which they live). Among retirees, 91% would prefer to renovate than spend their available funds on a down payment on a new home.

If their current house fits their needs as far as space and accessibility are concerned, then a renovation could make sense. But if renovations will end up changing the identity of the home and impacting resale value, then the renovations may end up costing them more in the long run.

With home prices increasing steadily for the last 6.5 years, homeowners have naturally gained equity that they may not even be aware of. Listing your house for sale in this low-competition environment could net you more money than your renovations otherwise would.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners who is thinking about remodeling instead of selling, let’s get together to help you make the right decision for you based on the demand for your house in today’s market.

Sunday Open House in Lynden At Remodeled Country Home With Designer Finishes

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Sunday from 10am – 2pm at 226 W King Tut Road in Lynden. Stop into this breathtaking home and see the high end touches that make you want to call this place home.

An iron entry gate, a winding blacktop driveway, a stable in the center of a green pasture with a white-railed fence, beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a delightful tunneled grape arbor walkway, several outdoor patios, a play area to include a life-sized dollhouse, a miniature “Red Barn” potting shed, a glorious Mt Baker & Twin Sister view & finally a completely remodeled Country Home with designer finishes throughout along with a huge wraparound deck & veranda is all waiting to be yours.

For more information, visit our virtual tour!

How to Honor a Veteran Today and Everyday

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One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we marked the end of the “war to end all wars.” That day, which was to be observed annually on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, became known as Armistice Day and then, later on, became Veterans Day.

But Veterans Day is not for veterans. They don’t serve for thanks or recognition. Veterans Day sets aside a day for those of us who haven’t worn the uniform to acknowledge those who have.

So today, we honor and remember.

If you ask a military family, ANY military family, how you can help them, they will respond without hesitation, “Make sure my service member is taken care of.”

If you ask a service member, ANY service member, how you can best honor them, they will respond without hesitation, “Take care of my family.”

Don’t know anyone who has served or is serving? More than likely, there are veterans in your midst. Each year, 260,000 military personnel relocate to new communities, and another 230,000 transition out of the military. In total, there are 22 million veterans among us in the world.

For those who relocate through a Permanent Change of Station (or PCS), it can be a pretty stressful time. There isn’t a lot of time to find a new place to live and the timeline is more accelerated for finding a place to call home.

MILLIE is an online community and digital marketplace that connects members of the military and their families with specialized knowledge and trusted resource providers to alleviate the stress of PCSing.

According to MILLIE, “70% of active duty families live off the installation and in the surrounding communities.” Wondering what you can do to help make a recently PCSed family feel welcome?

A recent survey of military families revealed that,

“When respondents described the support they most appreciate, family, friends, and faith-based communities rose to the top. When they described the support they needed, they called for more networking, communication, and support groups.

Families said that when leaving service, they feel as though they do not fit into the civilian world. Forging partnerships between military and civilian support systems will encourage pathways of understanding.”

If you find out that your new neighbor may have been PCSed, make an effort to share what you know about your community, from the best pizza place to where you can get your oil changed.

If you know that the service member of the family is actively deployed, helping out with tasks like mowing the lawn or bringing over a home-cooked meal are small gestures that will go a long way towards welcoming this family into their new home.

Bottom Line

Today, we honor and remember those who have served for our country. Everyone always asks what they can do to help, sometimes the simplest answer is the best one.

More about MILLIE:

MILLIE is an online community and digital marketplace that connects members of the military and their families with specialized knowledge and trusted resource providers to alleviate the stress of PCS’ing. Check out MILLIE’s Installation Guides, their network of Veteran and military spouse real estate agents, and MILLIE Scouts, their on-demand task service comprised of military spouses.

Do You Know About Your VA Benefits for Home Loans?

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As a Veteran you understand making big life decisions and you should have a real estate agent who understands the same. Buying a home is likely to be one of the biggest purchases of your life and a trusted and experienced real estate agent to walk you through the process is crucial. This is especially true if you are a Veteran and plan to use a VA loan for your purchase.

Johnson Team Real Estate, located in Bellingham, Washington is proud to have two Veterans on our real estate Team, Rich Johnson and Mike Bredeson. As former Marine’s and Veterans, both Rich and Mike are here for you to offer their first hand expertise on navigating the home buying process using a VA loan.

Meet and learn more about Johnson Team Real Estate’s Veteran Agents today!

Having the ability to use a VA mortgage comes with many benefits, but sometimes they can be a bit hard to understand as well. Johnson Team Real Estate is here to offer our experience to help guide you through purchasing a home or property using a VA Home Loan.

Established in 1944, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made buying a home more accessible via the VA Home loan program. As a Veteran, you and your family deserve the American dream of owning a home, and deserve to be able to do so with ease.

VA Home Loans Offer Many Benefits including:

  • No down payment requirement
  • Lower than average interest rates
  • Low Closing Costs
  • Less stringent Credit Requirements

Curious if you are eligible for a VA Home Loan?

Typically, Veterans and active-duty service members are eligible for a VA home loan if they have met one of the following:

  • 90 consecutive days on active duty during wartime
  • 181 consecutive days on active duty during peacetime
  • 6 or more years in the National Guard or Reserves

Some spouses of military members who died in the line of duty or of a service-related disability may also be eligible for a VA loan. There are many factors that affect the terms of Veteran’s VA qualifications so speaking with a qualified VA Home Loan Specialist for a personalized qualification is crucial. Call Johnson Team Real Estate at 1-888-713-3056 to learn more today.

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The Johnson Team’s Veteran Real Estate Agents are passionate about helping those who have served and are excited to help serve you in finding you a home or property.

Whether you are a retired Veteran or currently serving in the US Military we understand that life is busy. The Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate market is very active and inventory is moving quickly. Johnson Team Real Estate offers a “Homes by Email” service to instantly email you when a home or property that fits you criteria comes on the market. Click the image below to learn more and sign up today!

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If you or your family are new to the area or possibly being transferred to Bellingham or Whatcom County our website has a wealth of relocation information to include neighborhood information, education information and generMap Searchal community information to make your move easier!

You may also search for real estate using our interactive map search to help you better understand areas geographical layout while exploring our real estate options.

Feel free to visit our relocation page on our website to call 1-888-713-3056. Johnson Team Real Estate thanks you for your service to our great country and we would be honored to help serve you and help you with your real estate needs!

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Meet the Johnson Team’s Veteran Agents!

Veteran’s Day is almost upon us! The Johnson Team Real Estate, is proud to have two Veterans on our real estate Team, Rich Johnson and Mike Bredeson. As former Marine’s and Veterans, both Rich and Mike are here for you to offer their first hand expertise on navigating the home buying process using a VA loan.

 

Having the ability to use a VA mortgage comes with many benefits, but sometimes they can be a bit hard to understand as well. Johnson Team Real Estate is here to offer our experience to help guide you through purchasing a home or property using a VA Home Loan. Learn more about VA loans and the process here!

Rich served 3 years in the US Marine Corps after graduation from high school. Upon discharge from the Corps, he attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1969 with a degree in International Business.

 

Meet Mike Bredeson

Mike grew up in Ferndale, Washington and graduated from Ferndale High School. He served in the US Marine Corps as an engineer for 4 years after high school. He has been a licensed realtor since 1992.

 

The Johnson Team’s Veteran Real Estate Agents are passionate about helping those who have served and are excited to help serve you in finding you a home or property.

 

 

Zillow REviews

To see what our clients have to say about us visit our Zillow Reviews to learn more about the level of service and knowledge you will experience working with Johnson Team Real Estate!

4 Ways To Create A Welcoming Front Entry

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You put a lot of work into making sure the inside of your house looks lovely — but what about the outside? A welcoming front porch can set a positive tone for anyone who comes to your door and can serve as a great introduction to your home. Here are a few quick, budget-friendly ways to give your front door a makeover.

 
Add Some Color – Does your doorway leave something to be desired? Painting your front door can bring a bold pop of color to your entryway! It’s easy to do yourself: Just remove or tape over the hardware, sand the surface, and put down a few coats of a fun color.

Go Greener- Nothing energizes a space like plants! Whether you favor more traditional planters on either side of the door, hanging plants, or even potted flowers on a table or stand, try bringing some greenery to your porch. It’s a good idea to think about how these plants will complement or contrast with your landscaping in the yard too.

Upgrade Your Doormat – Not only does a doormat protect the interior of your home from the wet or dirty feet of your guests, it can also lend some personality to your door. A “welcome” mat is classic, but there are plenty of funny, sweet, and creative mats you can choose to show your visitors what kind of home they’re about to enter.

Furnish It- Even if you don’t have a full porch, a little furniture in the front can make your home appear more welcoming, and of course, it can encourage you to spend some time out there! A rocking chair or bench can fit on or beside even the smallest of porches, whereas a larger porch might benefit from a table and chairs, or maybe a porch swing. Don’t forget to dress up that furniture with some outdoor throw pillows, citronella candles (ambient and mosquito-repellent!), and maybe even some twinkle lights to brighten up evening relaxation.

Looking to find a new front porch to decorate? Give The Johnson Team a call today and let us help you reach your real estate goals! (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

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The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many home buyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place.

To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep in mind if you are considering new construction:

1. Hire an Inspector

Despite the fact that builders must comply with town and city regulations, a home inspector will have your best interests in mind! When buying new construction, you will have between 1-3 inspections, depending on your preference (the foundation inspection, the pre-drywall inspection, and a final inspection).

These inspections are important because the inspector will often notice something that the builder missed. If possible, attend the inspection so that you can ask questions about your new home and make sure the builder fixes any problems found by the inspector.

2. Maintain good communication with your builder

Starting with the pre-construction meeting (where you will go over all the details of your home with your project manager), establish a line of communication. For example, will the builder email you every Friday with progress updates? If you are an out-of-state buyer, will you receive weekly pictures of the progress via email? Can you call the builder and if so, how often? How often can you visit the site?

3. Look for builder’s incentives

The good thing about buying a new home is that you can add the countertop you need, the mudroom you want, or an extra porch off the back of your home! However, there is always a price for such additions, and they add up quickly!

Some builders offer incentives that can help reduce the amount you spend on your home. Do your homework and see what sort of incentives the builders in your area are offering.

4. Schedule extra time into the process

There are many things that can impact the progress on your home. One of these things is the weather, especially if you are building in the fall and winter. Rain can delay the pouring of a foundation as well as other necessary steps at the beginning of construction, while snow can freeze pipes and slow your timeline.

Most builders already have a one-to-two-week buffer added into their timelines, but if you are also in the process of selling your current home, you must keep that in mind! Nobody wants to be between homes for a couple of weeks.

5. Visit the site often

As we mentioned earlier, be sure to schedule time with your project manager at least once a week to see the progress on your home. It’s easy for someone who is not there all the time to notice little details that the builder may have forgotten or overlooked. Additionally, don’t forget to take pictures! You might need them later to see exactly where that pipe is or where those electrical connections are once they’re covered up with drywall!

Bottom Line

Watching your home come to life is a wonderful experience that can sometimes come with hassles. To avoid some of these headaches, keep these tips in mind!

If you are ready to put your current home on the market and find out what new construction is available in your area, let’s get together to discuss your options! Give The Johnson Team a call today at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

Sunday Open House in Bellingham With Amazing Views!

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Sunday November 11th from 1pm – 3pm for an open house at 4660 Raptor Lane in Bellingham!

Bellingham Bay, the Islands, Chuckanut Mtn, Lookout Mtns & everything in between, it’s there from the windows & deck of 4660 Raptor Ln. Add some fog, a bit of mist, a setting sun & you then have the lifestyle everyone dreams about but too often slips by. Inside is a gorgeous custom home with beautiful hardwood floors, a kitchen to inspire cook & guests alike & a large master bedroom with elegant bath. Outside is a gardeners dream with sun, plantings, water feature, secret paths & privacy.

For more information, take a look at our virtual tour. 

Lynden Open House This Saturday

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Saturday from 1pm – 3pm at 226 W King Tut Road in Lynden. Stop into this breathtaking home and see the high end touches that make you want to call this place home.

An iron entry gate, a winding blacktop driveway, a stable in the center of a green pasture with a white-railed fence, beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a delightful tunneled grape arbor walkway, several outdoor patios, a play area to include a life-sized dollhouse, a miniature “Red Barn” potting shed, a glorious Mt Baker & Twin Sister view & finally a completely remodeled Country Home with designer finishes throughout along with a huge wraparound deck & veranda is all waiting to be yours.

For more information, visit our virtual tour!