Home Loan and Mortgage Rate Update

ave 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 March 26th, 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!

Bellingham Investment Properties and Rental Real Estate

The Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate market has many options for those looking to make a real estate investments from large commercial sites to apartment buildings and small rentals homes, there is something to fit your every need

If you are in the process of completing a 1031 exchange, have real estate investment questions or are trying to find a property with a good CAP rate we would be happy to help!

From large condominiums complexes in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven District to modest townhouses and apartment click here to search for multi family real estate in Bellingham and around Whatcom County. Bellingham is home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College making rentals highly sought after in the city.

Bellingham Single Family Investment and Rental Real Estate

Bellingham and Whatcom County is home to many college students and business executives seeking rental housing. Take advantage of a great real estate market and low interest rates and invest in a rental home. Search from our list to see what the Bellingham Real Estate market has to offer

For more information on investment real estate in Bellingham or Whatcom County feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com, we’d be happy to help!

See What’s Selling in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood

Curious what’s selling in your neighborhood?

Here’s a visual of home’s sold in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood in the past year.

The Johnson Team Real Estate is EVERYWHERE!

Thinking of buying or selling real estate in Bellingham or Whatcom County?

Johnson Team Real Estate has likely sold or listed a property near you!

For neighborhood real estate information visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com/Bellingham_Neighborhoods

The Johnson Team Real Estate would be happy to provide your with a real estate report for your neighborhood or community for  real estate results call us at 360.303.2734!

Green Spring Cleaning Mixtures and Tips for Your Home and Real Estate

Spring is here and with Spring often times comes the feeling to spruce things up around the house.   But, don’t rush out and buy all the kitchen and bathroom cleaning chemicals you can find. You might be surprised to learn that you have many ingredients you could use to clean already in your pantry. Below are some green cleaning solution mixtures to help you keep your home sparkling clean.

-  Floors: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate, leaving behind only the scent of the oil.

-  Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.

-  Counter tops and bathroom tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.

-  Wood furniture: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and olive and oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth, and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.

-  Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.

-  Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 cups hot water, and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.

-  Mold and mildew: Wipe with straight vinegar.

-  Air freshener: Sprinkle essential oil on a cotton ball, and stash it in a corner of the room. If you have kids, make sure it is out of their reach as essential oils are very strong and could irritate their skin. Lavender is a relaxing scent that is great for bedrooms, and cinnamon, clove, and citrus oils are great for the rest of the house. You can stash a few in the car too—try peppermint, which may help you to stay alert.

Happy First Day of Spring from the Johnson Team Real Estate!

Source:  Sparkpeople.com- Lisa Barnes

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Just Listed! Peacefully Elegant Bellingham Senior Condo

Welcome to 4563 El Dorado Way, Unit 224 in Bellingham. Just listed for $348,000 this 3 bedroom, 2.25 bathroom condo shares no walls with other units and is located in a private gated community.

Peaceful, elegant, simple…if this is your lifestyle, this is your home. An open floor plan, soaring ceilings & soft colors are calming & quiet is assured with no shared walls and a green space buffer off the back balcony. Enjoy the privacy of a top floor unit with choice of elevator or stair access. Hot water heat, 2 fireplaces, a great kitchen, formal & informal dining spaces & 2 garages are practical as well as beautiful. Other perks: gated entry, guest suites, greenhouse, lovely clubhouse.

Additional Information
Taxes: $2,812
HOA Dues: $574
View: Territorial
Exterior: Metal/Vinyl
Fireplaces: 2 Fireplaces
Heating/Cooling: Radiant
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring :Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

For more information, photos or to schedule a showing of 4563 El Dorado Way, unit 224 visit our website or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056.

Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate 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, March 14th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 41%. 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 26%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 43%

The Lynden pending ratio was 38%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 37%

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.

Two Bellingham Open Houses Today Hosted by Mike Bredeson!

Heading out today? Don’t miss your chance to tour two Bellingham homes for sale.

Join Mike Bredeson today as he hosts two open house in Bellingham.   From 11:30-1:30pm visit Mike and have your chance to tour 1495 Hillspring Rd in Bellingham. With 3 bedrooms, a nice sized living room & a family room-this home has it all. The condition throughout is A-1. You would not need to do a thing, just move right in. All the appliances stay with the home to make a buyers transition easy. The yard is large, fenced and comes with a nice storage shed. The 2 car garage is over-sized with great storage space. The deck faces south and gets drenched with sunshine all day. Listed for $275,000 this wonderful home is sure not to disappoint!

For 2:00-4:00pm visit Mike at  4579 El Dorado Way in Bellingham. This 1 level condo is in an adult complex at the northern end of Cordata. The 2 bedroom 1.75 bath unit is clean as a whistle. The kitchen has granite counters & stainless appliances, the interior paint is custom and the lighting fixtures/ ceiling fans have all been upgraded. Shows beautifully. The deck faces east for autumn views of Mt Baker. The unit comes with a garage and the complex has a clubhouse with guest apartments. Great walking with a park next door!

For additional information on either of these homes visit our webiste at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056, we’d be happy to help!

Just Listed 1495 Hillspring Rd in Bellingham!

Welcome to 1495 Hillspring Rd in Bellingham, just listed for $275,000.

What a wonderful place to call home. With 3 bedrooms, a nice sized living room and an additional family room, this home has it all. The home’s condition is A+ with pride in ownership radiating throughout the property. You would not need to do a thing, just move right in. All the appliances stay with the home to make a buyers transition easy. The yard is large, fenced and comes with a nice storage shed. The 2 car garage is over-sized with great storage space. The deck faces south and gets drenched with sunshine all day.

Additional Information

Taxes: $2,838
Lot Size: 0.20 Acre (8,712 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Wood
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Laminate, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham
Elementary: Northern Heights
Junior High: Whatcom Middle School
High:  Squalicum High

The Johnson Team’s Mike Bredeson will be hosting an Open House at the home this Sunday, March 15th from 11:30-1:00pm if you would like to stop by and take a look at this wonderful home. For more information on 1495 Hillspring Rd or to schedule at showing visit the homes website at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com/755116 or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056, we’d be happy to help!

Bellingham Landlords Required to Register With The City

Do you own a rental property in Bellingham? Bellingham is home to approximately 14,000 rental properties. A new ordinance was approved by Bellingham City Council that will now require all rental property owners to register their property with the city of Bellingham. Registration will include an annual fee as well as an inspection of the property. Inspections will be required every three years.

Beginning on July 1, 2015 rental property owners will be able to register with the City Permit a Center online or in person at the Bellingham City Hall.

The goal of the program is to alleviate potential strains between landlords and tenants brought forward by safety concerns at rental properties, as well as establish better housing standards. Inspections will begin in early 2016. Inspectors will provide recommended property improvements for the landlord. Failure to comply to the recommendations will result in penalties and fees.

If you have additional questions on the Bellingham Rental Registration visit: www.cob.org/rentals, call (360) 778-8361, or email rentals@cob.org

Moving Truck Available FREE to Non-Profits and Our Clients

Have you seen the Johnson Team Moving Truck around town?  Did you know that your referrals let us provide help to Whatcom County non-profit organizations who benefit our community? The Moving Truck is available FREE of charge to local Whatcom County non-profit organizations for moves, fundraisers and more!

Please think of us when a friend of relative talks about moving- and tell your favorite non-profit to give us a call when they need a truck.

To schedule the truck call 360-303-2734 or contact us via email at Info@JohhnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Here’s a sampling of non-profit organizations who have used our truck:

Bellingham Festival of Music
Bellingham Central Lions Club
Neighborhood Theater
The Sean Humphrey House
Spark Electricity  Museum
Bellingham Ski to Sea