See The Latest Home Mortgage Rates…

Courtesy of People’s Bank Home Loan Center, we have the current mortgage rates to pass along to you! Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or refinance, here are the current market rates. These are as of April 27, 2017.

 

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Thank you Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for the rates. If you have mortgage questions you can reach her at 360-650-5365!

 

Don’t Miss the Tulip Festival!

 

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It’s the last official weekend for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival just south of Bellingham.    Each particular field has it’s own set of activities and hours. Both the Roozen Garden and Tulip Town fields have beautiful displays ready for you to enjoy! There are many incredible photo opportunities and chances to sample and purchase local food and flowers. To learn more visit the Tulip Festival website today!

The tulip festival officially runs until April 30th, but some

fields are extending until May 7th, or as long as the flowers are still in bloom. Many other activities also surround the festival from the Tulip Run to Whale Watching Tours leaving near by Anacortes, it’s sure to be a great trip and day for everyone! For complete information on the Tulip Festival you can visit the event office at 311 Kincaid St in Mt. Vernon, WA or by telephone at 360-428-5959.

Your Tax Return: Bring it Home

Your Tax Return: Bring it Home | MyKCM

This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question – “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?”

The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money:

  • 41% – Put it into savings
  • 38% – Pay off debt
  • 11% – Go on a vacation
  • 5% – Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% – Splurge on a purchase

Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant challenge cited by many people who wish to purchase a home – saving for the down payment.

In a recent post in NAR’s Economists’ Outlook Blog, they explained:

“With a sizable tax refund, the average American would have a decent down payment depending on which region or market you live in.”

They went on to add:

“[A]pproximately 5 percent of all respondents indicated they would make a major purchase which does not seem like a lot. However, there is a bigger group 41 percent who see saving the tax return is best and that group could be potential homebuyers if they are not already.”

In other words, putting that money toward purchasing a home is a form of savings.

Bottom Line

When one considers that first-time home buyers in 2016 had an average down payment of 6%, a decent tax return could go a long way toward the necessary funds needed for a down payment on a house. Or perhaps, the down payment needed by a son or daughter to make their homeownership dream a reality. How are you going to spend your return? If you are thinking of putting it towards real estate Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help! Call us today at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com .

Regal Cinemas Summer Movies: $1 All Summer Long!

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Every summer, Regal Cinemas offers $1 kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

This summer is no exception! 2 movies play on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The lineup this summer looks awesome. There are 9 weeks of kids movies, rated either G or PG. If you would like to see the movies and dates offered this summer for just $1, click here! A portion of the proceeds even goes to the Will Rodgers Institute. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Stunning Contemporary Home Across the Street from Lake Whatcom

 Just Listed 19 Clear Lake Ct!

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in the lovely Sudden Valley!

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This stunning contemporary home sits on a hill directly across the street from N. Point Beach on Lake Whatcom. Enjoy a spectacular 180 degree view of the lake and sloping mountain range from the spacious decks & walls of gigantic windows on the main floor and upper level windows of this unique home. Soak in the never-ending summer sunsets, entertain on the deck or within a few steps of your front door, go kayaking, sailing or swimming. It’s a perfect setting to accommodate any lifestyle.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights, Solarium/Atrium, Vaulted Ceilings

Additional Information

  • Taxes: $3,107
  • View: Lake, Territorial
  • Lot Size: 0.19 Acre (8,276 SqFt)
  • Garage Size :2 Car
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
  • Roof: Flat Roof
  • Flooring: Hardwood Floor, See Remarks on Floors, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet
For more information on 19 Clear Lake Ct please visit our website or call us at (360) 303-2734 today!

Monday Real Estate Update for Bellingham & Whatcom County

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The number of real estate signs you see in yards can be deceiving as to the number of home actually for sale WITHOUT offers on them. If you are seeing new signs around your neighborhood and curious if any of those homes already have offers on them, 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, April 22nd, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 55%. 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.

The Birch Bay Pending ratio was 41%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 40%

The Lynden pending ratio was 48%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 48%

If you are thinking of selling your home or property, Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help! We are here to help you will all your real estate needs! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Just Listed! Ground Floor Bellingham Condo

Just listed 4579 El Dorado Way, Unit #105 in Bellingham for just $199,000!

4579 El Dorado #105-18

Ground floor 1 bedroom unit in the coveted El Dorado gated community. Spacious kitchen with dining area and plenty of storage. The living room with gas fireplace is a delight, slider goes right out onto the private patio. The full bath includes a washer and dryer. Unit includes an oversized single car garage (#88). El Dorado also has a large clubhouse and a couple apartments that rent nightly for guests. Complex is a 1 of a kind. Even has a dog run and is close to a great walking trail.

Additional Information

Taxes: $1,6234579 El Dorado #105-5
HOA Dues: $221
Exterior: Metal/Vinyl
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Radiator
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Laminate, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District:  Meridian
Elementary Irene Reither Primary School
Junior High:  Meridian Middle School
High: Meridian High

For more information on 4579 El Dorado Way, Unit 105 in Bellingham call us today at (360) 303-2734 or visit our website today!

Thinking of Selling? Now Is The Time To Act

Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act | MyKCM

If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, revealed in a recent article that:

“The biggest challenge to buyers this spring will be simply finding a home to buy and getting it successfully under contract. That’s because the supply of homes for sale is at an all-time low, and yet demand is strong and getting stronger.”

Smoke goes on to say:

“We started the year with the lowest inventory of homes available for sale that we’ve ever seen on realtor.com. While we did see inventory grow 2% in February, total inventory was down 11% over last year.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas. Give us a call at (360) 303-2734 or email is at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

Just Listed! Cordata Neighborhood 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bath home!

Welcome to 352 Tremont Ave in Bellingham!

Just listed for $309,000

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Enjoy easy living in this 3 bed/2.5 bath Cordata Neighborhood Home! Open living area with gas fireplace leads into the dining area and kitchen complete with an eating bar and ample cupboard space. Convenient half bath in between living levels is perfect for guests. Head upstairs to the spacious 3 bedrooms. Expansive master suite complete with attached bath and walk in closet. Level, fully fenced backyard and 2 car garage with alley access. Fantastic location inside the Meridian School District.

Additional Details:

Taxes:$2,870
Lot Size: 0.08 Acre (3,485 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car with alley access
Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
Roof :Composition Roof
Flooring: Laminate, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Meridian School District
Elementary: Irene Reither Primary School
Junior High:  Meridian Middle School
High Meridian High School

For more information on 352 Tremont Ave or to schedule a private showing please visit our website,  call (360) 303-2734 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!

Open House Saturday 1:00-3:00pm

Open House Saturday 1:00-3:0opm at  5836 Crystal Springs Lane, in Belingham!

Incredible 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3,238 sq foot home in the Meridian School District.

Incredible mid county 1 level in impeccable condition. Entering the private gate in Crystal Springs, veer right down the asphalt drive to the stunning 3400+ sq ft home. Open floor plan, hardwood floors and a kitchen that is an entertainers dream. Double doors onto the covered patio with seating for many and an exterior in wall fireplace. The irrigated grounds are pristine and the view of Mt. Baker is the icing on the cake. Fresh Exterior paint and extensive landscaping, what a home.

Additional Information:5836 Crystal Springs LIving
Taxes: $6,174
View: Mountain, Territorial
Lot Size: 1.54 Acres (67,082 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked, Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling:  Central Air, Forced Air, Heat Pump, High Efficiency,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information5826 Crystal Springs View

District: Meridian School District
Elementary:Irene Reither Primary School
Junior High:  Meridian Middle School
High: Meridian High School

For more information on 5836 Crystal Springs Lane in Bellingham visit our website or call (360) 303-2734 today!