Just Listed 4575 El Dorado Way, Unit 212 in Bellingham!

Welcome to 4575 El Dorado Way, Unit 212 in Bellingham.

Just listed for $275,000


This immaculate top floor condo offers soaring ceilings, lovely balcony views and wonderful light. A flexible floor plan adapts to multiple lifestyle needs and lives even larger than the 1530 sq ft implies. Quality finishes include granite countertops and newer, top end appliances. Efficient radiant floor heat provides even temperatures, and the gas fireplace is great for a quick warm-up or evening ambiance. Additional benefits include optional garden space, guest quarters & security gates.

Additional Information

Taxes$2,045
HOA Dues$410
View Territorial
Exterior Metal/Vinyl
Fireplaces1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling Radiant
Roof Composition Roof
Flooring Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

For additional information on this lovely condo visit our website to view additional photos, a virtual tour or to schedule a showing! You may also reach us at 360-303-2734 or by email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Johnson Team Moving Truck Helps Local Non-Profit House 2 Home

Did you see mention of  the Johnson Team moving truck in the Bellingham Herald over the weekend?  House 2 Home , one of the Johnson Team’s featured moving truck users of the quarter was featured in their Volunteer View section.

Here’s what House 2 Home had to say about us to the Bellingham Herald:

“The Johnson Team sponsors House 2 Home and makes its moving truck available to community organizations and their clients. We borrowed the truck. Then there was manpower to assemble. Three volunteers were available, one is a retired gentleman, one man works full time and volunteers on his days off and the third is a full-time mom and volunteer. The trio met up with the House 2 Home coordinator and on that day served four grateful households with furniture. The donor, the volunteers, and the use of the truck were each critical to this job and our program.”  Source: The Bellingham Herald Read more here

Thank you to House 2 Home for all they are doing for our community. Remember, your real estate sales help us give back to the community in which we live. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Bellingham or Whatcom County give us a call at 360-303-2734 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com, we’d be happy to help!

Bellingham Voted One of the 10 Best Places to Retire!

Look’s like Bellingham’s secret is out. Bellingham was just voted one of the top ten places to move after retirement in the United States, and we couldn’t agree more!

Other cities on the list include, Boise, Idaho and Venice, Florida. Click the photos below to read EcomomyZoom.com’s full article.

Source: EconomyZoom.com

If you are considering making Bellingham, Washington your retirement destination visit our real estate search portal to let us help you start your retirement home search today! Feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com to learn more!

Rebound Whatcom County Non Profit of the Quarter

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!

Non Profit Moving Truck User of the Quarter:

Rebound Whatcom County

At Rebound kids and families get a second chance to experience the memories many of us take for granted…knowing they are loved and supported, building trusting mentoring relationships with caring adults, exploring and restoring the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of life while becoming complete and productive members of a caring community.

Working in partnership with local agencies, area churches, local businesses and several hundred volunteers, Rebound brings hope and healing through such services as a 7-week summer program, parent education, middle school groups, and support groups for elementary age kids and their parents.

Your real estate  referrals fund our truck and help us all  make a difference!

Barbeque Chicken Leg Recipe from the Kitchen of Fawn Morgan

Spring is here and the sun is shining. What better time to plan a barbeque than now? Check out this great barbequed chicken leg recipe from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan.

Brine

  • 4 cups water, 4 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Legs

  • Approx 8 cups brine
  • 4 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions

Bring 2 cups of water, salt, and vinegar to a boil in a large pot, then turn off the heat.  Stir until dissolved.  Add the remaining water and the ice cubes to cool down the brine solution. Bring to room temperature and add chicken legs.  Cover with a lid and refrigerate the chicken for at least 3-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove chicken legs from brine and pat dry with paper towel. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil greased w/ olive oil.  Place chicken legs in single layer on sheet. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake 40 minutes.

Baste chicken with BBQ sauce and place on  hot grill for 10 minutes to sear and enjoy!

Team Talk

Rich & Lylene just returned from Rich’s annual medical checkup in Virginia (all is good), and took advantage of the  proximity to all that history to visit sites from Civil War battlefields and the Smithsonian to the National Air & Space Museum.  Another big draw is always the Marine Corps Museum, where Rich added another Marine hat to his collection.  Their oldest son, Chandler, had flown in from Norway for a conference, so they were able to spend some time with him as well.

They missed the cherry blossoms on the Mall in Washington, DC; the winter lasted so long back there all the buds and blooms are really late.  It was great to come back and see all the green and bloom here.  Our early spring also brought the Mallard couple to Rich & Lylene’s pond ahead of their typical schedule, so the ducks and the deer family are sharing the cracked corn.

Graham has been training through the winter and is heading out for a 100 mile race in Zion over a long weekend.  His dog, Mia, trains with him, but Rich & Lylene get to puppy sit when race time comes, so they will be doing a fair amount of dog walking for a few days.

Mike, Kim & Lauren are getting ready for a new adventure. They will have a garden this year! Or at least a few raised beds. When their home was built in 2011, there was not a public water connection so they had a Water Catchment system. Well that all changed a couple years ago.  They are now connected and just last weekend the large tanks were removed. So there is a new flat area out front and Lauren can’t wait to get started.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Fawn, Casey and McKenna are ready for spring after a busy winter. McKenna completed her first  go kart racing season at the Northwest Flat Track series in Monroe. Her best finish for the year was 3rd and she had a blast. Fawn had so much fun down there she decided to get a kart and race next season.  Looks like Casey is going to have his hands full with a mother/daughter racing team.

Mike’s “Reel Estate” Fishing Report

Get Ready To Fish the waters off of Bellingham, Sandy Point and the San Juan Islands!

The dates are out for the halibut and prawn season. Halibut will be open for total of 11 days in May. The dates Fish and Wildlife has chosen are: May 8,9,15,16,21-24,28-30. For Shrimp the dates are May 2nd , 13-16th, 20-23rd and May 27th-30th. Here’s an easy visual calendar of the season dates

Click to enlarge and print

We are all anxious to get out and fish this spring. The salmon season was expected to go until April but was cut short in February, leaving us all anxious to get out and fish while we have the chance.

Tight lines to all and if you need tips for any of the openings – give The Johnson Team Hotline a call – 360-303-2734. We are happy to help.

Just Listed for $225,000, Birch Bay Rambler

Welcome to 8295 Fawn Crescent. Come to Birch Bay and enjoy the amenities of this quiet seaside community. The single story home lives large with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, view of the bay/ Alaska Ferry from the dining and living spaces. The home is on the end of a cul-de-sac and the area is very peaceful. The deck, facing west is great for entertaining and bird watching. Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles frequent the neighboring trees. The roof is just 4 years old so future maintenance is years away.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Vaulted CeilingsCable TV, Deck, Disabled Access, High Speed Internet.

Additional Details:

Taxes: $2,200
View: Sound, Ocean, Bay
Lot Size: 0.46 Acre (20,172 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Stove/Free Stdg
Roof: Composition Roof

Schools:

Elementary:Blaine Elementary
Junior High: Blaine Middle School
High: Blaine High

For additional photos of 8295 Fawn Crescent in Birch Bay or to schedule a showing visit our website or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Whatcom County Home Prices Rise 8.3% in the First Quarter

The Whatcom County housing market experienced solid increases in median sales prices and number of homes sold in the first quarter of this year, with other data indicating an edge to sellers this summer.

The median price of first-quarter home sales in the county rose 8.3 percent in comparison to 2014 to $269,950. The Lynden area led the county with a median sales price increase of 23.7 percent to $297,950. Bellingham’s median price jumped up 15.9 percent to $310,500 and the Ferndale area’s median increased 10 percent to $275,000

While part of the price increases can be attributed to actual increases in value, the median is also influenced significantly by the increase in sales of homes in more expensive areas. The number of residences sold in the first quarter soared 17.2 percent to 537, due to huge increases in Lynden (73.7 percent), Ferndale (38.8 percent) and unincorporated areas. But the Bellingham market sold only 2 percent more homes than last year.

A sharp decline in the number of homes for sale in Bellingham is a major factor in both the higher median sales prices and the small change in homes sold in Bellingham. As of mid-March, only 213 Bellingham homes were listed for sale with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, down 30 percent from last year and the lowest monthly number in more than two years. However, pending sales in Bellingham were up 14 percent in March following a 16-percent increase in February.

During the first three months of 2015, inventory has been down substantially from 2014, while the number of pending sales has been up. If this continues, prices will rise, although the number of sales may decline due to lack of product. Basically, it looks as though we are going into a good summer selling season, with sellers in the strong position. If Bellingham inventory drops too low, it could drive more buyers other areas in the county.

First-quarter 2015 housing marketing statistics and comparisons to the first quarter of 2014 for individual communities:

Whatcom County – Median sales price, $269,950, up 8.3 percent; average sales price, $294,640, up 6.5 percent; total homes sold, 537, up 17.2 percent; average days on the market, 117, down 3.3 percent.

Bellingham – Median sales price, $310,500, up 15.9 percent; average sales price, $355,493, up 10.4 percent; total homes sold, 202, up 2.0 percent; average days on the market, 98, up 3.2 percent.

Blaine/Birch Bay – Median sales price, $246,000, up 8.6 percent; average sales price, $279,301, up 5.6 percent; total homes sold, 57, up 5.6 percent; average days on the market, 120, down 34.8 percent.

Ferndale – Median sales price, $275,000, up 10.0 percent; average sales price, $281,028, up 10.3 percent; total homes sold, 93, up 38.8 percent; average days on the market, 147, up 32.4 percent.

Lynden – Median sales price, $297,950, up 23.7 percent; average sales price, $312,066, up 23.3 percent; total homes sold, 66, up 73.7 percent; average days on the market, 120, up 44.6 percent.


Mount Baker –
Median sales price, $140,000, up 12.0 percent; average sales price, $160,621, down 10.5 percent; total homes sold, 35, up 12.9 percent; average days on the market, 159, down 5.4 percent.

Nooksack Valley – Median sales price, $201,500, down 5.8 percent; average sales price, $229,469, up 6.6 percent; total homes sold, 18, up 5.9 percent; average days on the market, 78, down 43.1 percent.

Sudden Valley – Median sales price, $180,000, down 8.8 percent; average sales price, $194,450, down 10.1 percent; total homes sold, 29, down 23.7 percent; average days on the market, 126, up 0.8 percent.

Our website is updated weekly with new market statistics. 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.

View Bellingham and Whatcom County Pending Ratios

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 4th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 43%. 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 27%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 38%

The Lynden pending ratio was 40%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 43%

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.