Just Listed! Amazingly Maintained Silver Beach Rambler

Welcome to 1476 Lahti Drive in Bellingham!

1476 Lahti Dr

This lovley 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath home was just listed for $349,000.

A super sweet Silver Beach rambler with all the extras just hit the market that you’ll want to check out. Mechanically, structurally and aesthetically this home is 5 star. A new 30 yr roof, an on demand hot water system & 92% efficient gas furnace and newer high insulate vinyl windows all add up to years of trouble free cost effective living. Added to the mix are gorgeous Brazilian wood floors, a stunning brick faced wood fireplace and a bright open kitchen – you’ll want to call it home.

  • Taxes $2,952
  • View Territorial
  • Lot Size 0.20 Acre (8,712 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 2 Car
  • Exterior Wood
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air,
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring : Brazilian Hardwood Floor, Laminate, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

  • District: Bellingham School District
  • Elementary: Silver Beach Elementary
  • Middle: Whatcom Middle School
  • High: Squalicum High

 

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For more information on 1476 Lahti Drive in Bellingham visit our website or call toll free at 1-88-713-3056 today!

Homes Are Pending Fast! See the Numbers Here…

Home SalesHave you noticed how active the real estate market is? Are you seeing new signs around your neighborhood and curious if any of those homes already have offers on them? We have your answers!

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, July 23rd, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 46%. 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 34%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 40%

The Lynden pending ratio was 39%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 57%

If you are thinking of selling your home or property, Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help! We are here to help you will all your real estate needs! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Just Listed! Cornwall Neighborhood Craftsman

Welcome to 908 W Illinois St in Bellingham!
This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home was just listed for $255,000

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Don’t let this immaculate starter home slip through your fingers. Three years ago the home was redone from top to bottom to include a remodeled kitchen and bath, new windows and doors, new carpet and vinyl, new paint, new appliances and new furnace and water heater. It just does not get better than this. Add to it an over sized garage for fun stuff, a large fenced back yard for the garden & a location close to shopping and parks. It all adds up to OPPORTUNITY. Act now to make it yours.

Additional Information

  • Taxes: $2,150
  • Lot Size: 0.21 Acre (9,148 SqFt)
  • Garage Size: 2 Car
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
  • Roof: Composition Roof
  • Flooring: Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

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

For more information on 908 W Illinois St in Bellingham call Johnson Team Real Estate toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s!

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s! | MyKCM

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that in 2016 the net worth gap will widen even further to 45 times greater.

The graph below demonstrates the results of the last two Federal Reserve studies and Yun’s prediction:

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s! | MyKCM

Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

Simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord’s net worth.

The latest National Housing Pulse Survey from NAR reveals that 85% of consumers believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. Yun comments:

“Though there will always be discussion about whether to buy or rent, or whether the stock market offers a bigger return than real estate, the reality is that homeowners steadily build wealth. The simplest math shouldn’t be overlooked.”

Bottom Line

If you are interested in finding out if you could put your housing cost to work for you by purchasing a home, let’s get together to discuss your next steps. Call Johnson Team Real Estate toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!

Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Update!

Bellingham Home ValuesHave you noticed how active the real estate market is? Are you seeing new signs around your neighborhood and curious if any of those homes already have offers on them? We have your answers!

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, July 16th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 46%. 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 34%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 40%

The Lynden pending ratio was 39%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 57%

If you are thinking of selling your home or property, Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help! We are here to help you will all your real estate needs! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Homeownership Builds Wealth & Offers Stability

Homeownership Builds Wealth & Offers Stability | MyKCM

The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home instead of renting are:

  1. They want the opportunity to build equity.
  2. They want a stable and safe environment.

 

Building Equity

John Taylor, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, explains that those who lack the opportunity to become homeowners have a weakened ability to reinvest their wealth:

“We traditionally have been huge supporters of homeownership. We see it as a way to provide stability for households but also as an asset-building strategy. If you continue to be a renter, locked out of the homeownership arena, increasingly those things are further and further out of reach. They’re joined at the hip. They perpetuate each other.” 

Family Stability

Does owning your home really create a more stable environment for your family?

survey of property managers conducted by rent.com disclosed two reasons tenants should feel less stable with their housing situation:

  • 68% of property managers predict that rental rates will continue to rise in the next year by an average of 8%.
  • 53% of property managers said that they were more likely to bring in a new tenant at a higher rate than negotiate and renew a lease with a current tenant they already know.

We can see from these survey results that renting will provide anything but a stable environment in the near future. 

Bottom Line

Homeowners enjoy a more stable environment and at the same time are given the opportunity to build their family’s net worth.

If you are interested in building wealth and stability for you family call Johnson Team Real Estate today at 1-888-713-3056 or email Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

New Bellingham Real Estate Listings

Source: Keeping Matters Current

“REEL” ESTATE Fishing Report

The opFishener did happen for the July Chinook Fishery in area 7 (San Juans).  There was a 2 hatchery Chi
nook limit and fishing has been really spotty. There was worry there wouldn’t be a season with the lack of fish projected for the area. Several fisherman reported dismal catches for the latest fishing derby. The winning fish was in the 22lb range and the number of weighed fish had to be down from years past.

Point Thompson on the north side of Orcas all the way down to Racoon Pt did hold some fish but they were all in the 8-10 lb range.

Oh and don’t forget the limit for Spot Prawns is 160 per person in area 7 west. ( Be sure and check current regulations)

If you need a current report- Just give The Johnson Team fishing hotline a call at 360-303-2734

 

Team Talk!

White houseThe 2nd quarter of the year has been extremely busy for the Johnson Team, but we have managed to have some family fun along the way.  Rich & Lylene’s younger son, Graham, made the trip from Montana to cook Mother’s Day breakfast and came back in June to drop off his dog before he headed to Bristol Bay.  The end of June, Rich & Lylene headed east and connected with elder son, Chandler, in Washington, DC for a few days.  They have been there before, but there is always something new to visit.  They followed up with a couple of days at West Point (beautiful country) and a couple more in NYC, including a performance of Jersey Boys, which was   phenomenal!  It was great fun, but it’s good to be home.

 

Mike Kim & Lauren have had a busy first part of the summer. Lauren is heavy into Fast Pitch. She is taking lessons at the local facility called Inside Pitch. The lessons have really helped as this is year 1 for her learning the sport. The genetics do run in the family though. Kim’s Sister and niece are excellent players. The Bredeson’s are excited for the 7th grade season.

 

Kim’s been helping in the office and managing the household. Summer is busy at Sandy Point with lots of comings and goings. The Kayaks are getting some use and the sunsets are spectacular. Mike has been busy at work with the low inventory, its really a free for all when something hits the market. Staying by the phone is crucial to getting our buyers in a home. There have been a few fishing days, and fresh salmon has been cooked.

 

McKenna 5.15Fawn, Casey and McKenna have had a jam packed summer! McKenna has really taken to her quarter midget racing and has already won three main events this season including Skagit Speedway’s  Mini Dirt Cup. Not too bad for just turning six years old!  They have also been working on their 1956 nomad they got to Casey’s Father and getting it ready for a trip to Winthrop for a car show in September.  Although work has been keeping them close to home this summer they are planning a trip to Sun Lake in August and really looking forward to it!

 

We love hearing your stories…so don’t hesitate to send us an email or give a call to bring us up to date on your family!

 

Summer Corn Salad Recipe from the Kitchen of Fawn Morgan

Summer is here and with that comes outdoor barbecues and picnics. Fawn’s Summer Corn Salad is the perfect addition to any event. Try the recipe below to see for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cans sweet corn
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Mayo
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chili Cheese Frittos if desired

Directions:

In large bowl mix drained corn, chopped bell peppers, chopped red onion, mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese.

Refrigerate and let the flavors blend, making it the night     before works great , but is not required.

When ready to serve fold in crushed up chili cheese chips for added crunch and enjoy!

 

Moving Truck User of the Quarter, Northwest Recreation

Your referrals let us provide help to Whatcom County non-profit organizations who benefit our community. Please think of us when a friend or relative talks about moving – and tell your favorite non-profit to give us a call when they need a truck!

Local Non Profit Moving Truck User of the Quarter is Northwest Recreation

Recreation NOrthwest

This mission of Recreation Northwest is to promote outdoor recreation and bring people  together to enjoy,  preserve and  improve the places where we play.

“Recreation Northwest facilitates collaboration between outdoor enthusiasts, local governments, businesses and individual landowners to improve local trails, maintain local parks and develop a sense of pride and ownership in these outdoor places that make our community unique.”

Your real estate referrals fund our truck and help us all make a difference. Call us today for all your real estate needs at 1-888-713-3056 today!