Gorgeous 43 Acres in Mt. Baker Foothills!

LeanoardLocated on Leonard Lane in Maple Falls, Washington for sale for $225,000

This is a gorgeous estate property nestled in the foothills of Mt. Baker. A portion is a level grassy meadow with some trees and a creek meandering through on its way to Sprague Lake. The remainder of the property is heavily treed and fairly steep. The location is approximately 40 minutes from I-5 & only a short distance to the Mt Baker ski area. While there are some development possibilities here this certainly would be an ideal spot for an estate amongst the trees, wildlife, solitude and sun.

Additional Information

Taxes: $1,092
Waterfront: Creek
View: Mountain, Territorial
Lot Size : 43.00 Acres (1,873,080 SqFt)

School Information

Elementary:  Kendall Elem
Junior High:  Mount Baker Junior High
High: Mount Baker Senior High

For more information on this property or other properties in the area call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!

Curious the Value of Your Lake Samish Home?

Wondering how the active real estate has impacted the value of your home?

Enter your address below for a INSTANT and FREE home value report.Lake Samish Home Values

If you don’t already live on Lake Samish, learn more about the area here!

Located just South of the Bellingham city limits is the beautiful tree-lined Lake Samish area. Homes dot the shores of the pristine lake, while others perch high above on the surrounding hillsides all the while boasting breathtaking territorial views. These well-crafted homes provide lovely vantage spots to enjoy the local scenery and convenient access to the area’s recreational activities like canoeing, boating and water skiing.

Lake Samish is home to a county boat launch and also a county park  located at the North end of the lake. The park is home to a swimming area and a day lodge great for small family gatherings or business meetings.

If you would like to call the Lake Samish area home you can search for real estate available in the area on our Lake Samish Real Estate page on our website.

Silver Beach Home!

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Wow, what a location. Silver Beach 5 bedroom (or 4 with an office) 3.5 bath home on a level lot in a cul de sac. It just doesn’t get any better. Nice rec room with 2 bedrooms and a bath above the 3-car garage. Open kitchen with Granite counters looks onto the family room. Slider onto the patio, enjoy the sun filled, south facing, back yard. The lot is huge and the parking spot is there for the RV or Boat. Home is close to lake, in great condition and ready for new memories. All of this for $525,000.

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, High Speed Internet, Patio, RV Parking
  • Taxes $4,428
  • View Territorial
  • Lot Size 0.28 Acre (12,197 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 3 Car
  • Exterior Cement Planked
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Bamboo/Cork, Ceramic Tile Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

  • District BEL
  • Elementary Silver Beach Elem
  • High Squalicum High

For more information, visit our website!

Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year?

 

Should I Buy a Home Now? Or Wait Until Next Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]| MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 4.4% by next year.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices to appreciate by 5.0% over the next 12 months.
  • If you are ready and willing to buy your dream home, find out if you are able to! Give us a call at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

End of September Pending Ratios

Bellingham Real Estate

Happy Monday! The number of real estate signs you see in yards can be deceiving as to the number of homes 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 Friday, September, 29th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 37%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area by 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 34%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 36%

The Lynden pending ratio was 33%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 31%

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

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming

Thinking of Selling your Home? Competition is Coming | MyKCM
The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year.

How will this impact buyers?

More inventory means more options. Danielle Hale, Realtor.com’s Chief Economist, explained this is good news for the housing market – especially for those looking to buy:

“It’s not spectacular construction growth, but it’s slow and steady in the right direction. Eventually, the pickup in single-family home construction will mean [buyers] will have more options. Especially with the limited number of sales right now, more options are really needed.”

How will this impact sellers?

More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:

  1. A great price on their home as buyers outbid each other for it
  2. A quick sale as buyers have so little to choose from
  3. Fewer hassles as buyers don’t want to rock the boat” on the deal

With an increase in competition, the seller may not enjoy these same benefits. As Hale said:

“As new construction continues to increase, home shoppers will eventually have more [choices] and a bit more time to make purchase decisions compared to today’s quick-moving housing market.”

Bottom Line

If you are considering the sale of your home, it might make sense to beat this new construction competition to the market. If you have any questions, call us at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

Home Loan Rates

The current market rates are in! There are multiple financing options for home loans so take a glace at these rates and see what rate you could lock down today. These rates are as of September 28th, 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!

Sunday Open Houses

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Join Mike Bredeson on Sunday from 1pm – 3pm for an open house at 3704 Connecticut Street in Bellingham.

Wow what a location. Silver Beach 5 bedroom (or 4 with an office) 3.5 bath home on a level lot in a cul de sac. It just doesn’t get any better. Nice rec room with 2 bedrooms and a bath above the 3-car garage. Open kitchen with Granite counters looks onto the family room. Slider onto the patio, enjoy the sun filled, south facing, back yard. The lot is huge and the parking spot is there for the RV or Boat. Home is close to lake, in great condition and ready for new memories.

For more information, visit our website – http://johnsonteamrealestate.com/WA/Bellingham/3704-E-Connecticut/1183852/direct

 

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house on Sunday from 1pm – 3pm at 1306 E Victor Street in Bellingham.

Opportunity beckons in this classic vintage home in the Columbia District. It’s a 1920’s charmer in original condition that is just waiting for your touch and ideas. The basics include 1636 sq ft of living space, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, some interesting living areas and lots of opportunities for a new owner. Outside, there is plenty of room for gardens, play & parking of boats or RV’s. There is even a 616 sq ft shop for cars or projects!

For more information, visit our website – http://johnsonteamrealestate.com/WA/Bellingham/1306-E-Victor-St/1199268/direct

 

Saturday Open Houses!

We have 3 amazing open houses going on this weekend! Check them out below and stop by and see us!

 

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On Saturday from 12pm- 2pm, join Mike Bredeson for an open house at 1802 Fairview Court in Lynden.

Wonderful Property in a super walk-able part of Lynden. The home features 3 bedrooms and 1.75 baths. Move in ready at the back of the cul-de-sac. This 1 level home has a full unfinished basement ready for your finishing touches to double the size. A newer furnace, roof and a brand new hot water tank make maintenance years down the road. Plus, it is clad with Hardi Plank siding a new yard is being installed. There is even a space in the back for a nice garden.

For more information, visit our website – http://johnsonteamrealestate.com/WA/Lynden/1802-Fairview-Ct/1190497/direct

 

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Join Milo Steimle for an open house at 1306 E Victor Street on Saturday from 1pm – 3pm.

Opportunity beckons in this classic vintage home in the Columbia District. It’s a 1920’s charmer in original condition that is just waiting for your touch and ideas. The basics include 1636 sq ft of living space, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, some interesting living areas and lots of opportunities for a new owner. Outside, there is plenty of room for gardens, play & parking of boats or RV’s. There is even a 616 sq ft shop for cars or projects!

For more information, visit our website. http://johnsonteamrealestate.com/WA/Bellingham/1306-E-Victor-St/1199268/direct

 

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Join Rich Johnson at an open house on Saturday from 1pm – 3pm at 27 Inglewood Place in Bellingham.

27 Inglewood Pl is a lovely 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home with large spaces for everyone & every activity. There are vaulted ceilings, skylights & huge windows which flood the interior with natural light. Two decks overlook a large private backyard that borders a lovely green space. It’s a great spot to play or just sit back & watch the world go by. Nearby, you can enjoy the 18 hole golf course, launch your kayak or try your luck at hooking a native cutthroat trout. It’s what dreams are made of.

For more information, visit our website – http://johnsonteamrealestate.com/WA/Bellingham/27-Inglewood-Place/1184378/direct.

 

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs

 

More Than Half of All Buyers Are Surprised by Closing Costs | MyKCM

According to a survey conducted by ClosingCorp, over half of all homebuyers are surprised by the closing costs required to obtain their mortgage.

After surveying 1,000 first-time and repeat homebuyers, the results revealed that 17% of homebuyers were surprised that closing costs were required at all, while another 35% were stunned by how much higher the fees were than expected.

Homebuyers reported being most surprised by mortgage insurance, followed by bank fees and points, taxes, title insurance and appraisal fees.”

Bankrate.com gathered closing cost data from lenders in every state and Washington, D.C. in order to share the average costs in each state. The map below was created using the closing costs on a $200,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment.

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Keep in mind that if you are in the market for a home above this price range, your costs could be significantly greater. According to Freddie Mac,

Closing costs are typically between 2 and 5% of your purchase price.”

Bottom Line

Speak with your lender and agent early and often to determine how much you’ll be responsible for at closing. Finding out that you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to. If you have any questions, give us a call toll free at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.