Have you visited our mobile site?

Are you searching for real estate from your mobile device? The Johnson Team is excited to announce the launch for our new, stealthy mobile site!

Visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com to search for real estate while on the go from your cell phone, ipad or other tablet device.

Take advantage of our new “Nearby Function”  that automatically loads the nearest listing to your location directly to the home page. Take the guess work out of searching for a listing you ran across on a drive or a neighborhood walk. Easily and quickly obtain up to 25 additional listing photos as well as virtual tours and request a showing.

Let us know what you think of the new site, we would love your feedback!

Bellingham 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, December 13th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 27%. 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 22%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 32%

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.

Mortage 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 today December 12th, 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!

Holiday Home Safety Tips

Our Christmas tree this year

Our Christmas tree this year

The holiday season is well upon us and no matter what holiday or tradition your celebrate it’s always important to remember some helpful safety tips. Fire is a common concern during the holidays and the two most common culprits of holiday fires or lighting and the Christmas tree.

Below are some tips from local home inspector Jefferson Livingston with Pillar to Post Home Inspection Services on keeping your Christmas Tree and Holiday lighting safe this season.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

  • If you’re buying a live Christmas tree, buy a freshly cut one that is not already dried out.
  • Place tree away from ignition sources like fire places, heaters, candles, radiators and combustible materials.
  • Water your tree regularly to keep it fresh.
  • Buy fire resistant tree. Remember that fire resistance does not mean that the tree won’t catch fire, it only means that the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
  • Avoid lead-based materials when cutting or decorating your tree – they are hazardous when ingested by children.
  • Avoid sharp objects when decorating your tree.
  • Avoid tree decorations that may break.

Lighting Safety Tips:

  • Check the label when buying lights to make sure that it conforms to safety standards.
  • Don’t put electric lights on a metallic surface/object – it may charge the object and electrocute those who touch it.
  • If putting lights outdoors, make sure that the light is certified for outdoor use.
  • Avoid potential shock by plugging all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Always have smoke alarms.

Holidays from The Johnson Team Real Estate

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, December 6th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 29%. 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 24%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 34%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

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.

Lynden Lighted Parade Saturday Dec. 6th at 6pm

Lynden Lighted ParadeCome out to Lynden this Saturday and view one of Whatcom County’s greatest holiday celebrations the annual Lynden Lighted Parade. The parade starts at 6pm. The processional beings at Lynden’s Fairway Center and travels along Front St through downtown Lynden.
The Parade is made up of lighted parade floats, semi trucks, tractors and other farm equipment and is fun for the whole family. This year there will be a new  tradition, the lighting of the city Christmas tree sponsored by PSE. The ceremony will be held at Front & 4th Street immediately at the end of the parade as the last entry reaches 4th street.  In addition, don’t forget to take a tour of unique light displays & decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights  which runs until January!
If you have never been out to Lynden It is obvious to a first time visitor that the early Lynden settlers must have had Dutch roots, because this charming town celebrates its history in everything from its architecture to its festivals. It is also obvious that people take pride in their town and their homes- I don’t believe that I have ever seen an unkempt Lynden yard. Lynden was founded by farmers and farming- particularly berries and dairies- still provide the basis for the town’s economy.Lynden has also become a very popular retirement area as well as a place to live. Part of that can be explained by a golf course community called Homestead, which was well planned and executed across a broad spectrum of price ranges. Additional developments have maintained this quality and typically provided housing at a lower price range than comparable homes in Bellingham. Small wonder that Lynden has been the fastest growing city in Whatcom County since 1980.Home to the Northwest Washington Fair and the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden stays close to its agricultural roots and well as its religious roots. Lynden Christian High School is nearly as large as its public counterpart and the majority of the businesses are closed on Sunday.

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, November 29th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 29%. 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 23%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 30%

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.

The Holiday Season is here! It’s Wassail time!

WassailNo matter what holiday you embrace and choose to celebrate there always is some sort of tradition that symbolizes the holiday season to you. For The Johnson Team the holiday tradition Lylene making her famous “wassail those that do not know what Wassail is it is a wonderful holiday drink that is a combination of fruit juices and spiced that will keep you home smelling like the holidays and provide a cup of cheer for all ages.

If you would like to try making Wassail for yourself or your next holiday party follow the recipe below:

  • 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 can orange/pineapple juice concentrate
  • 3 1/2 cans water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10-12 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Make in a pot on the stove, a crock pot or a coffee maker used soley for wassail. Enjoy!

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Home

Fuel-powered devices can provide wonderful benefits in your home when used properly. But they also underscore an important necessity in the home: the need for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or cars left running in garages. At its worst, carbon monoxide can cause severe side effects or even death.

Below are some tips to help you avoid accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in your home”

• Have your heating systems serviced every year by a qualified technician.

• Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected every year.

• Install at least one CO detector in your home and replace the batteries twice per year.

• Open the garage door prior to starting your car; drive the car out promptly. Do not leave it idling in the garage. Do not use a remote car starter when the car is in the garage.

• Do not use a charcoal or propane barbeque in the home

Stay safe and warm this holiday season!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Bread I absolutely love this pumpkin bread recipe and it’s always a hit with my family. The recipe was passed along to me from Lylene and was a recipe taught to her by her late Mother.  I have some baking in the oven right now filling our home with wonderful Fall scent.  Below is the famous recipe for you to try at home as well.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups pumpkin

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Combine remaining ingredients blending into dry mixture until moistened.  Pour into three greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Cool slightly before removing from pans.