Salmon Fishery for the San Juan Island Region Closing Early

Did you hear the news? The Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department announced that Marine Catch Area 7 (The San Juan Island Island region) will be closing the salmon fishery starting this Thursday, January 29th. The season will then reopen for the weekends of January 30th-February 1st and February 6th-February 8th. The fishery was supposed to be a five month season ending on April 30th.

After the closure there is expected to be an announcement from Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department informing the public if additional days will be opened after February 8th.

Are you registered for any of the upcoming tournaments? You might want to check your dates. The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic falls within the reopen dates of of February 6th-8th and is still a go. However, the Anacortes Salmon Derby March 21-22 is in jeopardy with the closure.

Here’s to crossing our fingers that the numbers look good after the closure review and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will open up more fishery dates. In the meantime, happy fishing!

For more information and details visit the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Bellingham and Whatcom County 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, January 24th, 2015 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 22%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 35%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 31%

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.

Set Your Listing Apart By Using Aerial Drone Photography

The Johnson Team is excited to announce we are now using the aerial drone photography in marketing our listings for sale. Do you own a unique property where a conventional still photo just doesn’t capture the home’s features or location? Drone technology allows us to capture full aerial views of homes, property and the views that surround them.   Here’s a couple of shots taken last week of our listing at 1481 Island View Drive in Bellingham.

As you can see, on  a clear day, you can see forever & when it’s stormy, you can see the elements at their most exciting. This incredible home is tucked away in one of Bellingham’s best kept secrets, sitting directly above the confluence of Bellingham Bay & Nooksack. Built with love by master craftsmen, it is a work of art, with awesome woodwork & tile detailing from the tower aerie to the fabulous kitchen, mater bath & basement family room.

Aerial drone photography allowed us to capture the raw beauty that this property has to offer in a way that was not available to use in the past. Do you have a property that you are interested in selling? Contact the Johnson Team Real Estate to learn how we can put Aerial drone photography to work in marketing your home or property. Email today at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056, we’d be happy to help!

Sledding at Mt. Baker. Get out and enjoy the snow.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does!

Lots of people head up the Mt. Baker Highway for great sledding just below the ski area.  While there is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area there is still lots of places to get in some great sledding!

Unofficially, you can go just  outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out.   That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Directions:

Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.

Be sure to back lots of warm clothes, water and snacks. Restrooms are available a shoMt Baker Sledding Maprt walk back up the hill in the upper lodge.  Also, traction tires are required and it’s advised to carry chains in  your vehicle. Just make sure you and your family are prepared for all weather conditions.

Affordable Everson Home

Welcome to 707 Chestnut in quiet Everson.  Just listed for $169,000, this 3 bedroom 1 bath home sits in a wonderful part of the Sable Terrace development. The lot is flat and mostly fenced. The home is 1 level and has a newer roof. The Elementary school is just down the road and there are a couple parks close by. Drive a little and save a lot. Your creative touches could really make this home shine.

Property Details:

Taxes: $1,466
Lot Size: 0.24 Acre (10,454 SqFt)
Garage Size: 1 Car
Exterior: Wood
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Nooksack Valley School District
Elementary Everson Elementary
Middle School: Nooksack Valley Midde School
High School:  Nooksack Valley High

For more information on 707 Chestnut Street in Everson or to schedule a showing visit the home’s website or call us directly at 360-303-2734.

Pending Ratios for Bellingham and Whatcom County

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, January 10th, 2015 pending ratio in Bellingham was 28%. 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 30%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 33%

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.

Bellingham Ranked #2 Most Fitness Friendly City!

SmartAsset just ranked Bellingham the #2 most fitness friendly city in the nation. It shouldn’t come as a suprise to residents of Bellingham. Bellingham offers a small town feel with all the delightful amenities of a larger city. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Bellingham’s stunning natural beauty from the waters of Bellingham Bay to the snow covered slopes of Mt. Baker there is truly something for everyone.

SmartAsset used the following methodology to rank cities.

People. Are there people in this city who will help you meet your physical fitness goals? Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics , we calculated the ratio of fitness professionals to the total workforce. The jobs we considered included fitness trainers, recreational therapists, dietitians, dancers and sports coaches.

Places. Are there businesses in this city that can help you meet your fitness goals? Using data from the US Census Bureau, we calculated the ratio of fitness-friendly employers to the total number of employers in the city. This included fitness and recreational centers, sporting goods stores and sports and recreation instruction.

Fast Food. How available are unhealthy eating options? Using US Census Bureau data, we calculated the ratio of “limited-service restaurants” to total employers in the metro area. A limited service restaurant does not offer table service; instead one orders from a counter or drive-through window.”
Source: Nick Wallace, Smart Asset, Jan. 6th, 2015   If you want to see where other cities rank in terms of being fitness friendly visit SmartAsset to see the full list!

Also named one of the top 100 adventure towns in the nation by National Geographic Magazine, Bellingham is sure not to disappoint in fitness or recreation. You are sure to find what ever your heart desires to keep you busy here.

During the warm summer months residents and visitors of the area can enjoy a swim or watersports in one of the many Whatcom County lakes, the largest of which is Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom. If saltwater is more your style you can beach comb and soak your toes in the warms waters of shallow Birch Bay. The area is also home to several world class golf courses from the Bellingham Golf and County Club Course to Loomis Trail and Sudden Valley Golf Courses.

Not only are the Summer months abound with activities, so are the Fall and Winter months. One of Whatcom County’s claim to fame is the world famous Mt. Baker with it’s fresh powder and one of the world’s only natural half pipes for skiing and snowboarding. The Mt. Baker National Forest is also lush with snowshoeing trails, snowmobiling opportunities and incredible view points of Mount Baker and the twin sister mountains.

For more information on Bellingham visit our website www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056

Non-Profit Moving Truck User of the Quarter

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!

The Whatcom Humane Society believes that all animals, as sentient beings, have value beyond economic measurements and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection.

The Whatcom Humane society advocates for  animals, educates the community to promote humane treatment and respect as well as well as provide for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals.

For over 110 years, Whatcom Humane  Society has been sheltering abandoned  animals, fighting animal cruelty and      neglect and working to build a caring, compassionate and humane community.

Our work is made possible by the generosity of people like you

Your real estate  referrals fund our truck and help us all  make a difference!

Comfort Quiche- From Our Kitchen to Yours

Nothing is better than a warm comfort food on a cold winter day. Here’s a great recipe for comfort quiche from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan.

Ingredients

  • 1 single pie crust, you can use your favorite recipe or pre-made crust from the store
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup cooked ham or sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese,   cheddar, sharp or monterey jack
  • 1 Tablespoon floor
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional veggies of your choice such a mushrooms or tomatoes

Directions

Bake pie crust in over at 450 degrees for  7-10 minutes or until golden brown

Add foil around the edges of your crust to prevent over browning. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.

In large bowl combine beaten eggs, milk, onions, salt, pepper, meat and veggies. Toss together shredded cheese and flour and stir into egg mixture.  Pour into your hot pastry shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on how many additional veggies you add.

“Reel” Estate Fishing Report for the San Juan Islands

Fishing in the San Juan Islands has been nothing short of phenomenal. And it is really nice having to go only a short distance. The bite has been consistent at Point Thompson and at Sucia. The fish haven’t been real big, but they are good fighters. In a 2 hour tide change you can expect between 3-8 fish. Native stock needs to go back but the hatchery fish can be retained, and it’s a 2 fish limit.

The hot bait has been this orange, green and white glow spoon in 3 inch. If there is a fish in the area, they will eat it. John Lootens (pictured) couldn’t believe the quality of the fishing, and he had this 16-18# er to show for it.  Things change and cut-bait really starts to get the big fish in February…stay tuned. If you need a current report for the San Juan Islands – just give the fishing hotline a call. 360-303-2734