Spring Nest Cookies, Perfect for Easter!

These adorable nest shaped cookies are always a hit of any spring party or Easter gathering. The cookies are simple to make and even the kiddos like to get involved. One point to mention, they are pretty messy to make!

Ingredients:

· 1 (11-12oz) bag milk chocolate chips

· 1 (11-12oz) bag butterscotch chips

· 1 (10-12oz) bag chow mien noodles

· Small Egg shaped candies such as chocolate eggs or jelly beans

Directions:

Combine both packages of chips in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 60 seconds. Stir and repeat until all melted. Add bag of chow mien noodles and stir until noodles are coated.

Lay out wax paper and drop large tablespoonfuls of chocolate noodles onto wax paper. Mold into bird’s nest shape.

Place a few candy “eggs” on top of each nest. Let the nest harden and then enjoy!

The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home

The Importance of Using a Professional to Sell Your Home | MyKCM

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the percentage of buyers who used the internet in their home search increased to 94%.

However, the report also revealed that 96% of buyers who used the internet when searching for homes purchased their homes through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their homes directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (50%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (36%), or to help understand the process (61%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.” This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who have used agents to buy their homes has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process. Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com.

Just Listed! Elegant Edgemoor Neighborhood Home

Just Listed, 429 Viewcrest Rd in Bellingham! Elegant 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Edgmoor Neighborhood home.

Front of House 1

Don’t let this Edgemoor opportunity slip through your fingers. This 4 bedroom home is absolutely stunning with every surface, every space, every cabinet, being redone or replaced with a remodel straight out of House Beautiful. From the attic to the crawlspace, this home has been gone through with a fine tooth comb. The floor plan flows naturally & logically for either everyday living or elaborate entertaining. Outside, your guests will enjoy a huge deck surrounded by a private back yard.

Additional Information:

Taxes: $6,100Living Room 1
View: Territorial
Lot Size: 0.40 Acre (17,424 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School InformationKitchen 1

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

For more information on 329 Viewcrest Rd in Bellingham visit our website today!

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours?

15,014 Homes Sold Yesterday… Did Yours? | MyKCM

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly.

After all, 15,014 houses sold yesterday, 15,014 will sell today and 15,014 will sell tomorrow.

15,014!

That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country, according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR)  latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales are at an annual rate of 5.48 million. Divide that number by 365 (days in a year) and we can see that, on average, over 15,014 homes sell every day.

The report from NAR also revealed that there is currently only a 3.8-month supply of inventory available for sale, (6-months inventory is considered ‘historically normal’).

This means that there are not enough homes available for sale to satisfy the buyers who are out in the market now in record numbers.

Bottom Line

We realize that you want to get the fair market value for your home. However, if it hasn’t sold in today’s active real estate market, perhaps you should reconsider your current asking price. Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com.

Your Monday Bellingham Real Estate Update

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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 8th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 49%. 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 39%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 39%

The Lynden pending ratio was 46%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 51%

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

Why Millennials Choose to Buy

Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • At 93%, the top reason Millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space.
  • Many Millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day that they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they’d like, or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com.

Lynden Open House today 1:00-3:00pm

Visit Mike Bredeson today, Saturday April 8th from 1:00-3:00pm as he hosts an open house at 1302 Eastwood Way in beautiful Lynden.

Open House Idea

Don’t miss your chance to tour this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath luxurious craftsman style home. Just listed for sale, this one won’t last long!

To learn more about 1302 Eastwood Way or to schedule a private showing visit our website today or call (360) 303-2734.

Just Listed Listed! Luxurious Lynden Craftsman Style Home

Welcome to 1302 Eastwood Way in Lynden, Washington.

  Just listed for $459,000!

Front of House

This luxurious craftsman style home on a large sunny lot comes with unparalleled quality of construction. The floor plan which flows naturally & logically makes it a hit for either everyday living or elaborate entertaining. You’ll enjoy the open spaces, the gourmet kitchen & large rooms will appeal to all. Outside, the sunny backyard is a great space for the green thumb or for just chilling out. There is even an irrigation system to keep the yard green & the planting lush!!

Details: Patio 4

4 bedrooms, 2. 5 bathrooms, 2,907 sq ft
Taxes $3,882
Lot Size 0.27 Acre (11,761 SqFt)
Garage Size 2 Car
Exterior Cement Planked
Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling Forced Air
Roof Composition Roof
Flooring Bamboo/Cork, Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information:Dining Room

District: Lynden
Elementary :Vossbeck Elem
Junior High: Lynden Middle School
High: Lynden High School

For more information on 1302 Eastwood Way or to schedule a private showing call us today at (360) 303-2734 or visit our website!

 

Bellinham and Whatcom County Relocation Information

Are you or your family considering relocating to Bellingham or Whatcom County? The Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help! Our website offers an abundance of helpful information to help you become better acquainted to Bellingham and other communities in Whatcom County.

Making a move a move to another area is a big decision and we recognize that it involves more than just switching homes, you are switching communities.   The Johnson Team Real Estate website is here to offer support with your relocation and to help you be as informed as you can about our area before arriving.  Whether you are looking for information on school and education in Bellingham to the top employers in Whatcom County, you have your answers!

Below is a list of relocation pages on our website to help you learn more about what Bellingham, Washington and the Whatcom County area have to offer!
Bellingham Relocation Packages
Request a free relocation information package on Bellingham and the Whatcom County area.

 Real Estate Search

See what kind of homes and properties are for sale in Bellingham and the surrounding communities such as Ferndale, and Lynden. Use our interactive maps search or text search to narrow down properties based on your housing needs.
Whatcom County Communities
Whatcom County is a very diverse area in terms of the various communities that it encompasses. The cities range from Bellingham with a population of 67,171 to Lummi Islandwith a population of 813. Learn more about other Whatcom County communities like Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine.

 
Photos of Bellingham and Whatcom County
View photos of everything Whatcom County has to offer from the hills of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and everything in between.

Education
Bellingham and Whatcom County offer a wealth of educational opportunities to residents. The area is comprised of seven public school districts, many private schools and several colleges including Western Washington University.

 

Whatcom County Employment
Whatcom County is a hot spot for employment with its central location between Seattle and Vancouver BC. The area is home to many companies and corporate headquarters. The top employers in the county vary from Western Washington University to the City of Bellingham.

Recreational Opportunities in Whatcom County
With the waters of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker serving as borders, Whatcom County is sure to offer all kinds of recreational opportunities. You name it we’ve got it here from ocean kayaking to snow skiing you can do it all.

 
Arts and Entertainment
If you are looking for an area full of the Arts, then you have found the place. Bellingham and the surrounding areas are full of wonderful art venues. The Mount Baker Theatre brings in broadway performers and the Whatcom County Museum is full of lovely exhibits and artifacts. Whether you are coming to Bellingham on a visit or you live here, you are sure to find lots to do and see.

 


Moving Truck
Make your move easier with The Johnson Team Moving Truck. Available free to our clients and community organizations.

For more specialized information on Bellingham, Washington and surrounding areas feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today, we’d be happy to help!

Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!

Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW! | MyKCM

A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. There are two major misconceptions that we want to address today.

1. Down Payment

The survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 40% of consumers think a 20% down payment is always required. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less.

Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with new programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

2. FICO® Scores 

The survey also revealed that 62% of respondents believe they need excellent credit to buy a home, with 43% thinking a “good credit score” is over 780. In actuality, the average FICO® scores of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are much lower.

The average conventional loan closed in February had a credit score of 752, while FHA mortgages closed with a score of 686. The average across all loans closed in February was 720. The chart below shows the distribution of FICO® Scores for all loans approved in February.

Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW! | MyKCM

Bottom Line

If you are a prospective buyer who is ‘ready’ and ‘willing’ to act now, but are not sure if you are ‘able’ to, let’s sit down to help you understand your true options.  Call Johnson Team Real Estate today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at info@johnsonteamrealestate.com today!