Home Security Myths and Facts

Home Security The FBI reports there’s a burglary in the U.S. every 16 seconds. Ignore the myths and follow these tips on protecting your home.

Myth: We’re in a safe neighborhood. Fact: Some neighborhoods are safer than others, but break-ins occur everywhere.

Myth: If a burglar wants to get in, he’ll get in. Fact: There are simple things you can do to discourage burglars and make your home virtually burglarproof.

Myth: Our dog will protect our home. Fact: A dog is a deterrent, but could be quieted or neutralized.

Myth: I’m protected with home insurance. Fact: Insurance may cover most of the monetary value of stolen items, but not their sentimental value. And after a burglary, it’s hard to recover your sense of security.

Myth: Home security systems are expensive, complicated to install, are set off by pets, and defeated by burglars. Fact: None of these things are true anymore with today’s security systems.

Security Tip: Check your landscaping. Trim shrubbery around windows and doors where a thief could hide.

Security Tip: Keep your yard tidy. Remove tools, toys, and fallen tree branches a burglar could use to break in.

Security Tip: Fix your lighting. Install motion-sensor lights outside, especially around entry points. Inside, put lights on timers throughout the house.

Security Tip: Dial up your door defenses. Install solid wood or metal outside doors that fit tight to the frames, with inside hinges and deadbolt locks. Place a metal bar inside the floor track of sliding doors, so they can’t open if the lock is picked.

Security Tip: Change the locks. Do this when you move in and if you lose your key.

Security Tip: Install a home security system. Today’s wireless systems install easily with cell phone police notification that burglars can’t stop. The alarm alerts neighbors, some systems have smartphone control, and all come with a lawn sign the bad guys notice. Plus, you may get a discount on your insurance.

Security Tip: Don’t advertise your whereabouts. No notes on the door when you’re out. Don’t share vacation plans and experiences on Facebook or Twitter. Post all that after you come home.

Security Tip: Never look like you’re gone. Have the post office hold your mail, and ask a friend or neighbor to pick up any flyers or packages left by the door.

Security Tip: Always leave safely. Lock windows, doors, set the alarm. Always.

Thanks Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for all the great tips!

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Wanting to Appeal the Assessed Value of Your Property?

Do you feel the assessed value of your property is not correct?

Property TaxDid you know you CAN appeal the valuation of your property with the Whatcom County Assessors Office? All appeals must be done using the appeal petition form available here, a phone call or letter is not permitted.

 

Only a  property owner or “Taxpayer” may appeal a valuation and appeals must be submitted and received by the County Clerk on or before July 1st of the assessment year.
To learn more about the appeal process view the appeal forms and information here!

Stay Current on the Latest Real Estate Pending Ratios!

Sold HomeEvery 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, February 6th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 39%. 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 20%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 36%

The Lynden pending ratio was 23%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 46%

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.

Are you Taking Advantage of the Homeowner Energy Tax Credits?

Don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of energy tax credits, while reducing your home’s energy costs.

 

There are two homeowner’s energy tax credits that have been extended for homeowners wanting to reduce their energy costs. Learn more about the energy credits and how you could benefit from them below:
Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit – This credit Home tax creditprovides a credit for homeowners installing geothermal energy systems, wind energy systems and fuel cell systems.

 
VSH Certified Public accountants states, “The credit is generally 30% of the qualified property and installation costs, subject to some limitations for fuel cell and geothermal systems.”

 
Originally scheduled to expire in 2016, the credit has been extended to 2021. To learn more visit the IRS website.

 

Non-business Energy Credit – Also known as the Energy Saving Credit, this credit applies to improvements made to your home to make it more energy efficient. This credit was extended to include improvements made in the 2015 and 2016 tax year.

The credit generally applies to insulation, storm windows and doors, and certain types of energy-efficient roofing materials, air-conditioning and hot water systems.
The tax credit is 10% of the cost of the energy-saving items. Items that generally qualify are energy efficient hot water systems, roofing materials, air conditioning, storm windows and insulation. The credit has a lifetime maximum of $500.

To learn more about the Energy Saving credit and other homeowner’s tax credits visit the IRS website today!

Sandy Point Canal Lot with Dock!

Looking for an amazing saltwater front opportunity with the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound at your doorstep?

Look no further than 3993 Saltspring Drive located in Ferndale’s Sandy Point Community.

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Saltspring LotThis location at Sandy Point cannot be any better. The East Cove is the premier location for boaters with lots of room to maneuver your vessel. This lot comes with a water availability form (w/ Timelines) and sewer is stubbed to the lot. The 40 foot dock has water and power already installed- this dock will allow boats on both sides- WOW 80 feet of Moorage. Sunsets are incredible! Sandy Point Amenities- Golf, swimming, boat launch, boat storage, marina fuel and pump station, tennis & basketball.

For more information on this property or others in the area visit our website today!
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Prestigious Edgemoor Living

Visit Rich Johnson today, January 31st as he hosts an open house at 281 Briar Rd from 1:00-3:00pm in Bellingham’s Edgemoor Neighorhood.

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Welcome to 281 Briar Rd, this casually elegant 5 bedroom, 2.75 bath home is located in the peaceful beauty of Edgemoor, this home is the ideal setting for gatherings of all kinds.

Visit Rich Johnson today, January 31st as he hosts an open house at 281 Briar Rd from 1:00-300pm.

The open floor plan is centered on an incredible kitchen, with plenty of space for cooks and observers of the food preparation ritual. For less causal gatherings, a formal dining room with French doors opening to the patio and extensive gardens is perfect.  If casual elegance is your goal – you just found it!

Features

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, Skylights

Additional Information

  • Cable TV, Deck, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio, RV Parking
  • Taxes: $5,906
  • View: Territorial, Bay
  • Lot Size: 0.52 Acre (22,651 SqFt)
  • Garage Size: 2 Car
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Fireplaces: 2 Fireplaces
  • Heating/Cooling: Baseboard, Radiant, Radiator,
  • Roof: Composition Roof
  • Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

281 Briar Rd Elegant KitchenFeatures

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, Skylights

School Information

  • District: Bellingham School District
  • Elementary: Lowell Elementary
  • Junior High: Fairhaven Middle School
  • High School: Sehome High

For additional information on 281 Briar Rd or other homes in the Edgemoor Neighborhood visit our website or give us a call at 1-888-713-3056 to learn more!

Check Out Home Pending Ratios for Bellingham and Whatcom County!

Sold HomeEvery 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 23rd the pending ratio in Bellingham was 37%. 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 25%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 35%

The Lynden pending ratio was 27%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 51%

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.

Search NEW Real Estate Listings in Bellingham and Whatcom County!

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate markets are active and homes are often selling quickly. The Johnson Team is here to help you stay on top of the newest listing to hit the market with our new listing search. View the cities below to see new listings in each area of Whatcom County. This search will only display listing new on the market within the last 7 days.

New Bellingham Real Estate Listings

Bellingham has a small town feel with big town amenities. Located along Bellingham Bay and nestled in the shadow of Mt. Baker, it is easy to enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer here. The city is home to 23 very unique neighborhoods, all of which have their own amenities to offer their residents.

New Ferndale Real Estate Listings

Ferndale is a thriving community surrounded by fertile farmland and famous for its “Baker to Bay” views. Ferndale real estate varies from great little craftsman style homes in the heart of town, to farms and new developments.

New Lynden Real Estate Listings

A charming Dutch heritage town that celebrates it’s history and takes pride in ownership. Enjoy lush manicured lawns and tidy homes. A great array of housing types are offered in this area.


New Blaine & Birch Bay Real Estate Listings

Nestled along the beaches of Birch Bay and the waters of the Puget Sound you will find Blaine and Birch Bay. It is one of the fastest growing areas in Whatcom County and has much to offer its residents from sandy beaches to gated communities – come see for yourself!

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