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!

Real Estate Market Activity 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, August 16th 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 25%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 28%

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.

Just Listed! Fairhaven Waterview Condominium

Enjoy Fairhaven’s finest at 721 10th Street, Unit A-1 in Bellingham just listed for $360,000.  This is a fantastic, totally remodeled, 1 level , 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath condo is located on quiet 10th Street. The studs down remodel was done in 2010- All rooms have Travertine Tile floors, there are 2 bedrooms and 1.75 baths. Granite in the kitchen, stainless appliances, gas fireplace and lots of storage. At just over 1200 sq ft, the home lives very large. The private deck has storage and a super view. 1 covered parking space plus lots of guest parking- and the complex has a common space for meetings.

Additional Information

Taxes: $2,937
HOA Dues: $318
View: Sound, City, Ocean, Bay
Exterior: Brick, Wood
Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
Roof: Built-up Roof, Flat Roof, Torch Down Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor

School Information

District: Bellingham
Elementary: Lowell Elem
Junior High: Fairhaven Mid
High:  Sehome High

For additional photos, questions or to schedule a showing on the condominium visit the property website or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056

Bellingham Real Estate Market Activity 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, August 16th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 26%. 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 20%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 29%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 28%

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.

Glenhaven Lakes Home For Sale!

Welcome to 378 Lakeside Drive this 3 bedrooms, 1 bath home is for sale for $164,000. Located in the Glenhaven Lakes community the single story home is a gem. Just a couple blocks from the local store and a short walk to the community swimming pool and clubhouse. The home is on a flat lot and is move-in ready. 3 bedroom 1 bath, vaulted ceilings, all appliances stay, 2 car garage and clean as a whistle. The back yard is fenced and quite large with a nice wood deck. Super home with a new roof and ready for a new owner! Oh’ and it has a rocking chair front porch. Very quiet location.

Features

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Vaulted Ceilings, Cable TV, Deck, Fully Fenced, High Speed Internet

Taxes: $1,483
View: Territorial
Lot Size: 0.15 Acre (6,663 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Wood
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Vaulted Ceilings

For more information on this home, photos or to schedule a showing visit the home’s website or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056.

Top Employers in Bellingham and Whatcom County

Bellingham, and Whatcom County as a whole, is blessed with a very diverse economy. Whatcom County’s economic strength is also based on a myriad of smaller businesses, many of whom sell their products far from our borders but have chosen to operate here due to the quality of life and quality of employees who live in Bellingham and around the smaller suburban and rural towns of Whatcom County.

Top Public Sector Employers in Bellingham and Whatcom County

The largest public sector employer in Whatcom Count is Western Washington University with 2,196 employees, to view the complete list click here.

Top Private Sector Employers in Bellingham and Whatcom County

The largest private sector employer in Whatcom Count is Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center with 2,751 employees, to view the complete list click here.

It’s Fair Week in Lynden. The 2014 Northwest Washington Fair is Underway!

Case Tractor Machinery DisplayIt’s that time of year again, the time that Whatcom County locals call “Fair Week.”  The Northwest Washington Fair begins today in Lynden and  is going on until Saturday. Fair Gates open daily at 9am, vendors open 1oam, Carnival rides start at 11am and the fair closes daily at 11pm.

Gate admission to the fair is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 62 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and ages 5 and under are free.  If you are looking to ride some of the carnival rides the rides start at $3 per ride or you can buy an all day pass for $30 and have unlimited rides all day.

A very tired 4-H member sleeping with her cow.

Whether it’s crafting displays, animals, amazing food, machinery, music, entertainment or talent displays you are sure to find something to fit your needs at the Northwest Washington Fair. One of my fair favorites happens to be all the kids 4-H animals. It’s so neat to so all the hard work and dedication that the youth of Whatcom County put into raising their animals to show at the fair and then in most cases auction off in the livestock auction Friday on the fairgrounds.  The kids put in countless hours of work at the fair. One little gal told me that she arrives on the grounds at 5:30am in the morning and does not leave until 10:30pm each day.  Each day the kids must wash and clean up after their animals and clean the fair’s barn and facilities in which their animals are housed, making for a long hard work for a lot of kids as noted by the picture I took at left of a little girl asleep in the barn cuddled up with her cow.

Come out to the fair and enjoy some of the fun rides and attractions Come out to the fair and enjoy some of the fun rides and attractions

For more information on the Northwest Washington Fair you can visit their website www.northwestwashingtonfair.org or call the Fair Office at (360) 354-4111.

Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Market Activity Report

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, August 9th 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 19%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 28%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 24%

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.

Home Loan and Mortgage Rate Update

Have you been staying up to speed on the latest in home loan and mortgage rates? The Johnson Team Real Estate can help you out. If you are in the market for a home loan below are the mortgage rates as of yesterday August 7th, courtesy of Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Barkley Branch here in Bellingham.

For more details, or a custom home loan quote, contact Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank, 360-676-4597 or sidney.stonecypher@peoplesbank-wa.com. Remember that many variables come into play in determining the rate a lender will give a borrower. If you are getting a rate quote from a lender who does not have all your information, that rate may not be real. What with the low rates, it is still a great time to buy a house!

Are Homes Getting Pending Offers On Them? Check out the data!

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, August 2nd the pending ratio in Bellingham was 26%. 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 17%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 26%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 25%

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.