How to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat WITHOUT Air Conditioning

The weather is really heating up this summer in the Pacific Northwest  and the temptation to flick the switch on that A/C unit to “on”, if you have one is very strong. Before using the air conditioner, consider this: home cooling accounts for 5 percent of the energy we consume in the U.S. each year. That’s about 140 million tons of CO2 emissions annually! Here are some ways to fight that urge by keeping your house cooler naturally.

1. Keep the shades drawn during the day. When sunlight streams through the windows, it creates a miniature greenhouse effect in your home and warming it throughout the day.

2. Reflect the heat. If you do want to open the windows, consider investing in some reflective window film to help keep the heat outside where you want it to be.

3. Let the cool evening air in. If temperatures are on the chilly side after the sun goes down, crack a few windows open to let a breeze come through and cool the house. Just be sure to close them in the morning before the temperature starts to rise again!

4. Insulate! You want to keep cool air inside, so grab that caulk gun and seal off anywhere that air might be escaping. Also check the bottoms of your doors for draft and fix as necessary.

5. Get rid of incandescent lights. Not only do those they use more energy, they generate a lot more heat than CFL or LED light bulbs.

6. Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter clockwise. Most modern fans will have a little switch on the side to reverse their direction. You want the fan to go clockwise in winter to push warm air down and reverse it in the summer to circulate cool air.

Alabama Hill Neighborhood Real Estate

Learn more about Bellingham’s Alabama Hill Neighborhood:

The Alabama Hill Neighborhood is located on the eastern side of the city of Bellingham near the north end of Lake Whatcom.  Houses throughout Alabama Hill are of mostly of contemporary design. Originally developed in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s the neighborhood offers many established homes and landscapes as well as newers homes built vacant lots throughout the years.  Many of  the homes in the neighborhood enjoy spectacular city and bay views. Most homes and yards are very well maintained and have large back yards. Broad curved streest, cul-de-sacs and sidewalks give the neighborhood an intimate and inviting feel.

View Homes For Sale in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood:

Alabama Hill Neighborhood Real Estate

Do you currently own a home in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood? The real estate market is hot and homes in the neighborhood are selling fast. Visit our website to learn how much your home might be worth in today’s real estate market.   Receive a FREE no obligation home value report courtesy of Johnson Team Real Estate.

For more information on the Alabama Hill Neighborhood or real estate in the area call us today at 360-303-2734 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

How Many Homes Have Offers on Them in Your Area?

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, July 25th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 35%. 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 35%

The Lynden pending ratio was 41%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 41%

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.

Sandy Point Waterfront Home For Sale!

Welcome to 4054 Saltspring Dr at Sunny Sandy Point. Listed for sale for $539,000.

This home features 3 large bedrooms (plus an office) & 2.75 baths and is over 2700 sq ft. The sunrise view of Mt. Baker is incredible, bird watching, not a better spot in the county. The grounds are immaculate, fenced and includes lawn which is rare at the point. There is interior boat or RV parking and some shop space too. The home is A-1 condition and move in ready. Sandy point amenities include golf, marina and sunsets galore!

Features

Wired for Generator, Built-In Vacuum, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Walk-in Closet, Cable TV, Deck, Fully Fenced, High Speed Internet, Patio, Propane

Additional Information

Taxes: $4,370
Waterfront: Salt Water, No Bank
View: Sound, Canal, Mountain
Lot Size: 0.19 Acre (8,276 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior” Cement Planked, Wood Products
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Ferndale
Elementary Eagleridge
Middle School: Horizon
High School: Ferndale

For more information on 4054 Saltspring Drive on Sandy Point, to view a virtual tour or schedule a showing visit our website or call 360-303-2734

Just Listed! Classic Home in Bellingham’s York Neighborhood

Welcome to 1465 Grant St. Just listed for sale for $280,000.

Classic home in a wonderful section of the York neighborhood has spacious rooms, large yard and off-alley parking. Full basement offers great storage. Currently rented through August 2016 to great family. Easy walking distance to shopping, downtown, Aquatics Center, Civic Field, & Nelson’s Market. Vacant lot next door is also available.

Additional Information:

Taxes: $2,466
View :Territorial
Lot Size: 0.10 Acre (4,356 SqFt)
Exterior: Metal/Vinyl
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air, High Efficiency
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham  School District
Elementary: Carl Cozier Elem
Middle School: Whatcom Middle School
High: Bellingham High

For more information on 1465 Grant St, to view a virtual tour, or schedule a showing visit our website or call us at 360-303-2734 today!

Learn Your Home’s Value

Curious what the value of your home is in today’s real estate market?

Johnson Team Real Estate is happy to provide you with a FREE no obligation home value analysis delivered directly to your email inbox. Your home value report will be completed by one of your highly experienced real estate agents specializing in Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate.

Click here to receive your home value report!

If you have specific questions you can reach Johnson Team Real Estate via email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056.

Non-Profit Moving Truck User of the Quarter, ReSources

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! Our non-profit moving truck user of  this quarter is ReSources.

We promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action. Our vision is to see people living satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on – generation after generation

“RE Sources stands ready to take action on issues that threaten our community or that advance its sustainability. By maintaining integrity and trust, RE Sources can stand ready to respond to unforeseen threats to our community, or opportunities to advance its sustainability, “
Re Sources

For more information on the moving truck please visit our website or call 1-888-713-3056 to learn more!

Raspberry Season is Here! Bake a Raspberry Pie.

It’s raspberry season in Whatcom County and what better way to enjoy it than with pie?  Here’s a great Raspberry Pie recipe from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan.
Pie Crust
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups shortening (cold), cut into small chunks
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 oz very cold water

Pie Filling

  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten with 1 tbsp warm water

Mix flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the cold shortening, mix with hands until it’s a sand-like texture. Add water and mix until a dough forms. Wrap and store in freezer until ready to use.

Mix raspberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla in bowl. To assemble the pie, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take dough out of freezer and slice in half. Place other half back in the freezer. Divide that half into half again and roll out half on a lightly floured surface. Place pie dish on top and cut around dish (leaving an inch extra).

Place dough in pie dish and prick all over with a fork. Fill with filling, be sure not to overfill. Now, take the rest of the dough and roll out thin again. Cut long one-inch wide strips of dough and weave onto the pie.

Seal edges of pie and brush beaten egg yolk all over to give shine.

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 30 min.

Mike’s Reel Estate Fishing Report for Marine Area 7

Yeah, it’s July! The Chinook fishery for Marine area 7 is open. The season has started with a bang too.

Look at these large fish caught on Dick & Diane’s Trophy on opening day. We landed 4 fish, 2 at Pt Lawrence and 2 on the east side of Blakely Island. The fishing was so good we even had a chance to go in for lunch at the Blakely Marina. Since the 1st the tides have been pretty steep so mid month the great fishing should be back.

Crabbing is going on down south and that season starts in Bellingham mid July and out around Sandy Point and Birch Bay in August. Happy fishing to all and if you need the current report- Just give The Johnson Team fishing hotline a call. 360-303-2734

Team Talk

The past two months have been busy for Rich & Lylene. Rich practiced intensely for his appearances in the Dance Studio recitals June 26th & 27th, and it paid off. He did a great job (as usual) and had a lot of fun as well. Son Graham showed up to cheer him on, which really made it a special time.

Lylene & Graham also had a special time when they went to the Yakima Valley to help their family with cherry harvest in mid June. Harvest is a great time to be on a farm; it’s intense, hard work, but it is also the culmination of a year’s labor and everyone is excited. In some ways, it is like the closing of a complex property sale – there is a feeling of completion and work well done. Speaking of property closings, the second quarter was also a very busy time in our real estate business, in large part thanks to many of you.

Graham is now off on a road trip including lots of mountains and 3 – 100 mile races. He is slated to land in Bozeman, Montana in August to start working toward his MS & PhD in mechanical engineering.

The dry weather and summer activities have made plans for the Mike, Kim and Lauren’s garden go to the back burner. We are sure Lauren will have it all designed come next spring.  Looks like 2016 will be a better year. The 4th of July activities were still incredible at Sandy Point despite the dry conditions, so that was fun for all the kids. Huge shows continued well past midnight. Kim is busy making plans for “Elvis at the Point” – this event is free & family friendly. It happens August 8th at the end of Sucia Dr.  If you are in the area, it’s a great place to stop in– the performers are incredible.

Fawn , Casey and McKenna have been having a fantastic summer!  McKenna wrapped up preschool and is now heading into Kindergarten next year. Wow, does time ever fly by! They got a new 5th Wheel Toy Hauler for camping and to be able to haul McKenna’s racing kart.  They have been getting in some fun camping trips to Baker Lake and other local spots and are really enjoying having more space while camping. The family is looking forward to a trip to Sun Lakes at the end of August and is really enjoying being outside in all this amazing weather we have been having.

We also enjoy hearing about special times in your life, so drop us a line now and then to bring us up to date!