Exclusive Edgemoor Open House, Sunday May 1st from 1:00-3:00pm

Looking for casual elegance and privacy in Bellingham’s Edgemoor Neighborhood?

Join Rich Johnson this Sunday, May 1st  from 1:00-3:00pm at 281 Briar Rd in Bellingham. Stop in to see this lovely home or to ask your local real estate and relocation questions.

Incredibly Private Edgemoor  Backyard

281 Briar Rd located in Bellingham’s premier Edgemoor Neighborhood. This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home encompasses an expansive 3,137 square feet and is the ideal setting for gatherings of all kinds. The open floor plan is centered on an incredible kitchen, with plenty of space for cooks and observers of the food preparation ritual. For less causal gatherings, a formal dining room with French doors opening to the patio and extensive gardens is perfect. . If casual elegance is your goal – you just found it!

For additional photos on the home a virtual tour or to schedule a showing visit our website.

Backyard entertaining and relaxation awaits in Edgemoor!

If you have additional real estate or relocation questions for Johnson Team Real Estate we are here to help! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or by email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com. We hope to see you today from 1:00-3:00pm at 281 Briar Rd in Bellingham.

Curious How Many Homes Already Have Offers On Them?

J Team SignDriving around seeing for sale signs and wondering if 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, April 23rd, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 49%. 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 31%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 49%

The Lynden pending ratio was 47%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

Just Listed! Mid-County Home on Acreage

Welcome to 6068 E Hemmi Lane in Bellingham

4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom, 4,457 sq ft, 3.34 acres. Listed for $850,000

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The moment you cross the threshold you will know this is home! Just built in 2009, this 4500+ sq ft 4 plus bedroom home has spaces for everyone. Inside: large open kitchen with all the upgrades, eating space with a gas fireplace, huge laundry room, main floor master, large bonus room and 2 more bedrooms upstairs. Very private pool space/w change room- and covered patio. What a place to entertain! On 3 over acres – one of the 2 huge shops has a guest area too.

Features:

Hemmi Kitchen2nd Kitchen, Wired for Generator, Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Skylights, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet, Cable TV, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Outbuildings, Patio, Propane, RV Parking, Shop, Sprinkler System

Additional Information:

Taxes: $7,985
Lot Size: 3.34 Acres (145,490 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Wood
Fireplaces: 2 Fireplaces
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air, Heat Pump,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information:

District: Mt Baker School District
Elementary: Harmony Elementary
Junior: High Mount Baker Junior High
High: Mount Baker Senior High School

If you would like to learn more about 6068 Hemmi Lane in Bellingham visit our website to schedule a showing or call (360) 303-2734.

 

Endangered American Pelicans Spotted on the Shores of Sandy Point

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Friends of Johnson Team Real Estate spotted these two lovely American Pelicans on he shores of Sandy Point on Tuesday.  A rare sight, American Pelicans are an endangered species in Washington State.   American Pelicans spend their summer months in breeding grounds in central Canada and winters in the Gulf of Mexico. Sandy Point is located along the northernmost end of Lummi Bay west of Ferndale and north of Bellingham, Washington.

American Pelicans

To learn more about American Pelicans visit the Audubon Society website today!

 

Learn What We Have Been Up To Outside The Office!

Team Talk, April 2016

Rich and Lylene arteam1be still working on their garage, but the door is finally on, so progress is being made.  The project has expanded to adding a shower in a half bath, and will probably continue to grow.  The Mallard duck couple has returned to the pond and the mama deer have been out of sight for a while, so fawns will be showing up in the near future.  The yard is exploding with color.  This is their favorite time of year.

Lylene is off to Arizona for a few days for a reunion with 4 best friends from high school, and a Skype  session to include a member of the group now living in Austria.  It is truly amazing how technology can keep people connected.

Fawn , Casey and McKenna are enjoying a busy spring! McKenna has started racing quarter midgets and just completed a 7 week training course in Monroe. She will spend this spring and summer racing on dirt at Skagit Speedway and on asphalt in Monroe. She sure keeps Fawn and Casey on their toes! Their family is looking forward to summer and spending some time outdoors camping and boating. Hard to believe McKenna’s   already almost ready to graduate from Kindergarten.

Mike , Kim & Lauren just did a great spring break trip. It’s not often that leaving town for several days is an option, but they took full advantage of The Johnson Team resources. For over a week they traveled the  Oregon Coast down to San Francisco. While in Oregon they rode the sand dunes in Florence & saw the breathtaking beauty of the rugged coastline. On the way east leaving San Francisco they stopped in at the Sequoia   National Forest and saw General Sherman, the largest single stem tree on earth. The size is incredible. Next stop was Las Vegas to see family and absorb a little vitamin D. On the way home some golf was played in Boise Idaho. A long trip, but great family time was spent.

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!

 

Whatcom County Disclosure Requirements for Landlords & Sellers

Sold HomeOver the years, a number of Washington State counties, Whatcom County among them, have adopted ordinances requiring landlords or sellers of real property to provide information to a buyer or tenant pertaining to the subject property or the surrounding area.  During the most recent session of the Washington State Legislature, a Resolution was passed which required counties to publish such ordinances on a public website or lose the opportunity to enforce them.

The ordinances posted by Whatcom County date from as long ago as 1992 and apply to sellers and/or landlords within both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County.  To read summaries of the ordinances, go to http://mrsc.org/Home/Stay-Informed/Disclosure-Requirements-Imposed-on-Landlords-and-S.aspx and scroll down to Whatcom County.

There are 4 primary types of potential use in an area which must be disclosed:

  1. Public Use Airports
  2. Right to Farm
  3. Right to Practice Forestry
  4. Right to Mining Related Activities

These disclosures must be recorded with the deed when property ownership is transferred.

In addition, an ordinance requires Sellers to provide Buyers with a current report of septic system status for the property and such report must be on file with the Whatcom County health department.

For additional information, you can contact The Johnson Team at 360-303-2734.

Your Monday Bellingham Housing Market Update!

J Team SignDriving around seeing for sale signs and wondering if 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, April 16th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 49%. 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 31%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 49%

The Lynden pending ratio was 47%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

Just Listed! Lovely Traditional Home in Bellingham’s Puget Neighborhood.

Welcome to 814 W Pacificview Drive in Bellingham! Just listed for $420,000.

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Lovely traditional home has been gently used and greatly loved. Features include hardwood floors, master suite on each level, soaking tub, wonderful light, private yard which backs to a green space, air conditioning for warm summer days, oversized garage and restful views from the upstairs balconies. The roof was replaced in 2012 and fence in 2015, with consistent good maintenance of the entire property. If you are looking for a special home, you need to look here.

Property Description:

Taxes: $3,544
View: City, Partial, Mountain, Bay
Lot Size: 0.24 Acre (10,601 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Wood Products
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Central Air, Forced Air, Heat Pump, High Efficiency
Roof: Composition Roof, New in 2012
Flooring: Hardwood Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham School District
Elementary: Carl Cozier Elementary
Middle: Kulshan Middle School
High: Sehome High School

If you would like to learn more about this home call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

FREE No Obligation Bellingham Home Value Report

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FREE No Obligation Home Value Report for your Bellingham or Whatcom County Home

Have you noticed sale pending and sold signs on homes in your neighborhood? Does all this activity in the Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate markets have you curious what your home might be worth?

The Bellingham real estate market is active and can sometimes be hard to keep up with . That’s why we are here to help. The Johnson Team is pleased to offer a FREE no obligation online home value report  to help you learn you home’s value.

Visit our real estate value estimator tool, fill out information about your home or real estate and have a detailed home value report emailed directly to you within 24 hours.  If you have immediate question about real estate don’t hesitate to contact us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or via email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Demand Outpaces Supply in Bellingham Real Estate

Craftsman 2The number of homes for sale in Bellingham has dropped steadily over the past 10 years.  In spite of that, as the “Great Recession” has gradually receded, the number of homes sold overall has increased…until now.  The number of homes sold the first quarter of 2016 was down in every area of the county except Sudden Valley (from 10 in 2015 to 14 in 2016) and Mt. Baker (from 15 in 2015 to 32 in 2016).  At the same time, prices keep inching up.

 

The results of these shifts in the Bellingham market can be seen in the table below.  The short inventory and rising prices have created what I will call “category creep”.  Note the % of market held by sales below $300,000 in 2015 compared to 2016.  Now compare the actual number of homes sold in each of those categories.

1st Quarter Stats

This shift may be pushing more homebuyers out of Bellingham.  At this time, the percentage of total Whatcom County home sales occurring in Bellingham is 35% – the lowest since I have been tracking them.  The area with the 2nd highest percentage of sales in the first quarter is Ferndale, with 18% of the market, and Birch Bay/Blaine, with 11%.

 

The lack of inventory has also created a circle which perpetuates itself:  sellers don’t want to sell unless they are sure they have a place to move, so potential listings aren’t coming on the market because the owners can’t find a house they want to buy.

 

Depending on one’s perspective, whether seller or buyer, the real estate market in Whatcom County is good or bad.  If you are a seller, and you price your home realistically (note the bold print) you can expect top dollar and a quick sale.

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On the other hand, if you don’t price it realistically, you could still be living in it 6 months from now.  If you are a buyer, you have my sympathy.  Have your financing ready to go, be ready to look at a property and offer quickly, and accept the fact that you may be in a competitive bidding situation.  It can be very frustrating, but if you are realistic in your approach to the market, you can make it happen.

New Bellingham Real Estate Listings

For details, charts and tables of numbers on all the Whatcom County market areas, go to www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com. We update the site weekly with everything from interest rates to market conditions. Also, feel free to call us at (360) 303-2734 or e-mail Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com if you want to know more about a specific portion of the market – we track a lot more than we have space to report.