Are You Living In An Older Home?

The charms of living in an older home can be many – history, style, craftsmanship, quirks. But there’s no denying that living in such a home has its challenges. Maintenance can be tricky and expensive, especially if certain systems and features have been neglected over the years. Let’s take a look at some common situations found in many older homes:

  • Energy inefficiency is probably the number one issue with older homes. Most older homes were constructed with single-pane windows; if these windows are still in use, they likely don’t fit very well and may be in less than good condition. Replacement windows can be very expensive, but will contribute immensely to reduced energy use and heating and cooling costs. Replacement windows are available in different styles, so finding one that suits the look of an older home is easier than ever.
  • Like single-pane windows, inadequate insulation will also waste energy and money. The most important and easiest area of the home to insulate is the attic, but walls and floors above ventilated crawlspaces should be insulated as well if possible. The attic may already have insulation but it may be inadequate by current standards and should be upgraded.
  • If the home has older water pipes, they should be checked to identify the material and determine if they need to be replaced. Some older materials such as galvanized steel, iron, and even lead are still in use today even though new construction does not allow them. Replacement options include copper, PEX, and CPVC piping.
  • Outdated electrical systems can still sometimes be found in older homes and may not only be dangerous, they can make the house uninsurable. Even if no danger is present, we use so much more electricity in our homes now that the capacity of older systems may be inadequate. Only a qualified electrician should attempt any repairs or updates to a home’s electrical system.

If you own an older home and are dealing with some of the issues above give us a call, we can direct you towards professionals to help you get your home lovingly restored and efficient in no time.

Thank you to Pillar to Post Home Inspection Services for the great article!

Are Homes in Your Area Pending? 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, September 27th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 28%. 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 30%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 26%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 34%

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.

Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Update

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, September 21st 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 21%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 23%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 34%

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.

Bellingham and Ferndale Open Houses Today Sunday, Sept. 14th

Visit  2068 Ponderosa Ct in Bellingham,  listed for sale for $229,900 today from 2:30-4:30pm. Great location! This charming home has a private setting, but is within walking distance of shopping, trails & Whatcom Falls Park. The welcoming front porch leads into the primary living space, with interesting architectural detailing, skylights & gas fireplace. Quality laminate flooring gives the look of wood with easy care and durability. Kitchen appliances are newer and stay with the house. 3 spacious bedrooms are upstairs with a continental bath. It’s a buy!

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, Deck, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, High Speed Internet
  • Taxes $2,122
  • View Mountain, Territorial
  • Lot Size 0.07 Acre (3,049 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 1 Car
  • Exterior Wood Products
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights

School Information

  • District: Bellingham
  • Elementary: Carl Cozier
  • Junior High: Kulshan Mid
  • High: Sehome High

For more information on the home or to schedule a showing visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com/685678 or call 360-303-2734, we’d be happy to help!

Just listed for $429,500 and open today from 11:00-1:0opm  is 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale, Washington. The setting of this quality Turner Construction home is incredible. The large lot backs onto a city park. This 4 bedroom 2.75 bath home is almost 4,000 sq ft with spaces for everyone. 3 car garage, main floor master, hardwood and slate floors, open plan, great deck and that’s just the upstairs. Down is a huge family room, set up for pool and games, a bedroom, storage & 3/4 bath + a theatre room complete with HI-DEF system & seating that stays for the new owner. Home is in A-1 condition.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet, Cable TV, Deck, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio

Additional Information

Taxes: $4,040
Lot Size: 0.22 Acre (9,583 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Flooring: Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet

School Information

District: Ferndale
Elementary: Skyline Elem
Junior High: Vista Mid
High: Ferndale High

For more information on 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale visit the home’s website or call 360-303-2734 to schedule a showing.

Eldrdige Ave Open House in Bellingham Sunday before the game!

Headed out and about this Sunday? If so, you won’t want to miss this open house!

Visit Bri Westbury at 3116 Eldridge Ave, Bellingham from 10:30-12:30 this Sunday before the Hawks game. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Eldridge Ave home is listed at $369,500. Here you can enjoy the traditional look while also enjoying this newness & recent remodel. The accents with hardwood, tile & custom cabinetwork really make this home stand out from the rest. There is even a spa room opening to a gorgeous backyard all enclosed within a 6′ cedar fence making it totally private to the world around it. Whether you are a green thumb or not, this yard, splashed in color, will be a continuous source of pride. You are ideally located to shopping, parks, & beaches.

Features & Details:

Cabana/Gazebo, Cable TV, Fully Fenced, Hot Tub/Spa, RV Parking, Double Pane Storm Windows, Hot Tub/Spa

Taxes: $2,801

View: Bay

Lot Size: 0.20 Acre (8,712 SqFt)

Garage Size: 2 Car

Exterior: Metal/Vinyl, Wood

Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace

Heating/Cooling: Forced Air

Roof: Composition Roof

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

School Information

District: Bellingham

Elementary: Birchwood

Junior High: Shuksan

High: Squalicum High

You can also see more photos and information on our website or call (360) 303-2734 to schedule a showing.

Additional Information

Taxes: $1,245
HOA Dues: $258 a month
Heating/Cooling: Radiant,
Flooring :Ceramic Tile Floor, Laminate, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham
Elementary Larrabee Elementary
Junior High Fairhaven Middle School
High Sehome High

For additional information on this home, other homes in the area or a current home you own feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or visit our website at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Just Listed! Custom Ferndale Washington Home

Just listed for $429,500 is 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale, Washington. The setting of this quality Turner Construction home is incredible. The large lot backs onto a city park. This 4 bedroom 2.75 bath home is almost 4,000 sq ft with spaces for everyone. 3 car garage, main floor master, hardwood and slate floors, open plan, great deck and that’s just the upstairs. Down is a huge family room, set up for pool and games, a bedroom, storage & 3/4 bath + a theatre room complete with HI-DEF system & seating that stays for the new owner. Home is in A-1 condition.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet, Cable TV, Deck, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio

Additional Information

Taxes: $4,040
Lot Size: 0.22 Acre (9,583 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Flooring: Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet

School Information

District: Ferndale
Elementary: Skyline Elem
Junior High: Vista Mid
High: Ferndale High

For more information on 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale visit the home’s website or call 360-303-2734 to schedule a showing.

Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Update

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, September 6th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 23%. 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 19%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 29%

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.

Open House August 31st from 1:00-3:00 at 2068 Ponderosa Ct in Bellingham!

Welcome to 2068 Ponderosa Ct in Bellingham, just listed for sale for $240,000. Great location! This charming home has a private setting, but is within walking distance of shopping, trails & Whatcom Falls Park. The welcoming front porch leads into the primary living space, with interesting architectural detailing, skylights & gas fireplace. Quality laminate flooring gives the look of wood with easy care and durability. Kitchen appliances are newer and stay with the house. 3 spacious bedrooms are upstairs with a continental bath. It’s a buy!  Come see for yourself tomorrow, August 31st, from 1:00-3:00 or call 360-303-2734 to schedule a showing at a time that works better for you.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, Deck, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, High Speed Internet
  • Taxes $2,122
  • View Mountain, Territorial
  • Lot Size 0.07 Acre (3,049 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 1 Car
  • Exterior Wood Products
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights

School Information

  • District: Bellingham
  • Elementary: Carl Cozier
  • Junior High: Kulshan Mid
  • High: Sehome High

For more information on the home or to schedule a showing visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com/685678 or call 360-303-2734, we’d be happy to help!

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center- Bellingham Employer Spotlight

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical CenterPeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center is located in Bellingham, Washington and is one of Bellingham’s largest employers with over 2,600 employees and 253 hospital beds for patients.

The PeaceHealth facility boasts new state of the art cardiovascular facility, a cancer center and an award winning childbirth facility. St. Joseph hospital is a major hub for all medical services in Bellingham and around Whatcom County.

Employees of  PeaceHealth are offered competitive industry wages and generous benefit packages, and are provided with a safe and secure workplace. If you would like to see a list of current positions open at PeaceHealth in Bellingham visit their career openings page. PeaceHealth careers include surgeons, doctors, administrative support, nurses and more.

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If you are seeking employment at St. Joseph Hospital or any of Bellingham’s PeaceHealth medical facilities, we would be happy to provide you with an information and relocation package on the communities around PeacHealth St. Joseph Hospital.

Request your FREE Personalized Bellingham and Whatcom County Relocation Package
Courtesy of The Johnson Team Real Estate.

In your personalized relocation package you will learn about the city of Bellingham, statistics on area schools, art and cultural events, and local community and neighborhood information. If while waiting for your package to arrive you would like to further explore Whatcom County, feel free to visit the community virtual tours we offer on our website that give you a front seat tour around the sites and events of Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Bellingham is home to over 20 neighborhoods and provides a vast array of real estate options from luxury and waterfront real estate, to more modest subdivisions and historical neighborhoods: there is something for everyone in the area.  To get an idea of real estate available in the area visit the PeaceHealth and St. Joseph Medical Center Real Estate Page to search for homes or property specific to your needs.

Time to get the kids ready to head back to school!

Back to SchoolIt’s hard to imagine that summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin for Whatcom County School Districts but ,yes it is that time of the year again.

Even though school might not be starting until next week or this week after for some districts in Whatcom County  it’s still a great time to start getting ready.  A good night’s sleep is more important that ever for your young scholars.  It’s a good idea to start getting used to the school sleep schedule now so they are fully rested and awake when they start their first day of class.  Some suggestions for getting a good night’s sleep are to set a scheduled bed time , set clothes out the night before and set the backed pack back by the door. By making the most of your evenings before bed time and organizing your things for your morning getting ready will take less time and allow for more sleep.

It you opt to start changing your sleeping plan early take full advantage of the getting up early and plan some fun end of summer day trips with your family before school starts.  Take a trip to the birch bay water slides, walk the beaches of Semiahmoo Spit or go swimming at Lake Whatcom, as school is just around the corner!

Remember if you are search for homes or our site there is a quick and easy “Schools” button located on every listing detail page to help you learn more about the schools and school districts in a home’s area. Visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com to learn more!