Christmas Lighting Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Can you believe that Christmas is less than 10 days away? My how the time around the holidays flies by. If you are like many than you plan on decorating your home for the holidays. While decorating your home it’s important to take safety and not just “looks” into consideration. Hundreds of homes are damaged by holiday decoration electrical mishaps every year.

-Avoid using the larger seven-volt light bulbs. Sure, they are bigger and brighter, but they also burn much hotter than mini Christmas lights. One of the most common causes of holiday-time house fires results from these bulbs being too close to gutters filled with dried out leaves.

– Make sure that the strings of lights you are using outside have built-in fuses on the lines. Sometimes, these fuses are located in the actual plug.

– Make sure to use Christmas lights that are designated for outdoor use only. If you use indoor-rated lights, they may not be able to withstand the weather conditions which will cause them to break down much faster.

– You should only use Christmas lights and electric equipment that has been tested and verified by a reliable testing laboratory. Two reputable laboratories are UL and ETL. Any equipment or lights that have been tested safe will have one of their logos on the packaging. If it doesn’t have it, don’t use it!

– If you have a string of lights with a blown bulb, be sure to replace it with a bulb of the exact same wattage.

– Never tap into your home’s feeder line to power your outdoor Christmas lights or hang decorations on the line.

– Avoid using nails, tacks or metal staples to secure your outdoor Christmas lights. Use insulated hooks instead, and be sure your lights are strung tightly to avoid damage from the wind.

– Use only outdoor rated extension cords. Plus, avoid connecting more than three strings of lights to a single extension cord.

– All plugs should be plugged into a GFCI protected outlet when used outside.

– When it comes time to take your Christmas decorations and lights, never remove the strings of lights by pulling on the wires. This causes the wires to break free from the sockets and the bulbs to break.

Source: DoItyourself.com

What’s The Cost Of Waiting Till Next Year to Buy?

We recently shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 12.68% locally and approx 7% nationally. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.

As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% nationally over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 4.7% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple demonstration of the impact that an increase in interest rate would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

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Bottom Line

If buying a home is in your plan for 2018, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan.

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South Hill ViewSouth Hill is a lovely residential neighborhood located between Bellingham Bay and Western Washington University. The homes are a nice mix of craftsman style cottages and stately old mansions. Most homes overlook Bellingham Bay offering a unique viewing opportunity to enjoy sunsets, 4th of July fireworks over the Bay and Sunday sailboat races. Given its desirable views and location, homes here tend to have the highest relative prices to any neighborhood in Bellingham.

The lower section of South Hill is home to several condominium developments that line both State Street and the Boulevard. This area is the main route between Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven District and the downtown. Below the condos you will find Boulevard Park, a beautiful place to enjoy an evening picnic and water views. It is also a popular destination for bikers and trail runners

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Local Home Values on the Rise!

Real Estate values in Bellingham and Whatcom County are continuing to appreciate!

The Bellingham Herald reported, “Local home values rose 12.68 percent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, according to a home price index report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

Curious how the appreciation in values is impacting your homes’ value? Enter your address below for a free, no obligation home value report emailed your way in minutes!

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Have specific questions on the Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Market? We are here to answer all your questions email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealestate.com or call (360) 303-2734 today!

Are You a Veteran Wanting to Buy a Home?

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Veteran’s Day week is here and it’s time to honor our the Veterans around us.

As a Veteran you understand making big life decisions and you should have a real estate agent who understands the same.  Buying a home is likely to be one of the biggest purchases of your life and a trusted and experienced real estate agent to walk you through the process is crucial.  This is especially true if you are a Veteran and plan to use a VA loan for your purchase.

Johnson Team Real Estate, located in Bellingham, Washington is proud to have two Veterans on our real estate Team, Rich Johnson and Mike Bredeson. As former Marine’s and Veterans, both Rich and Mike are here for you to offer their first hand expertise on navigating the home buying process using a VA loan.

Meet and learn more about Johnson Team Real Estate’s Veteran Agents today!

Having the ability to use a VA mortgage comes with many benefits, but sometimes they can be a bit hard to understand as well. Johnson Team Real Estate is here to offer our experience to help guide you through purchasing a home or property using a VA Home Loan.

Established in 1944, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made buying a home more accessible via the VA Home loan program. As a Veteran, you and your family deserve the American dream of owning a home, and deserve to be able to do so with ease.

VA Home Loans Offer Many Benefits including:

  • No down payment requirement
  • Lower than average interest rates
  • Low Closing Costs
  • Less stringent Credit Requirements

Curious if you are eligible for a VA Home Loan?

Typically, Veterans and active-duty service members are eligible for a VA home loan if they have met one of the following:

  • 90 consecutive days on active duty during wartime
  • 181 consecutive days on active duty during peacetime
  • 6 or more years in the National Guard or Reserves

Some spouses of military members who died in the line of duty or of a service-related disability may also be eligible for a VA loan. There are many factors that affect the terms of Veteran’s VA qualifications so speaking with a qualified VA Home Loan Specialist for a personalized qualification is crucial. Call Johnson Team Real Estate at 1-888-713-3056 to learn more today.

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The Johnson Team’s Veteran Real Estate Agents are passionate about helping those who have served and are excited to help serve you in finding you a home or property.

Whether you are a retired Veteran or currently serving in the US Military we understand that life is busy.  The Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate market is very active and inventory is moving quickly.  Johnson Team Real Estate offers a “Homes by Email” service to instantly email you when a home or property that fits you criteria comes on the market.  Click the image below to learn more and sign up today!

New Bellingham Real Estate Listings

If you or your family are new to the area or possibly being transferred to Bellingham or Whatcom County our website has a wealth of relocation information to include neighborhood information, education information and generMap Searchal community information to make your move easier!

You may also search for real estate using our interactive map search to help you better understand areas geographical layout while exploring our real estate options.

Feel free to visit our relocation page on our website to call 1-888-713-3056. Johnson Team Real Estate thanks you for your service to our great country and we would be honored to help serve you and help you with your real estate needs!

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Just Listed! South Hill View Condo

Just Listed! Highly sought after view condo on Bellingham’s South Hill.
600 S State St, Unit 211 in Bellingham.  Listed for $395,000

South Hill View3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, 945 sq ft

Astounding, Spectacular, Stunning, Grand – these words don’t adequately describe the views or lifestyle you could have living in this lovely South Hill Condo. Located just to the South of Boulevard Park, you’ll have unobstructed views of the Bay, Islands, Canadian Mountain Range & the most breathtaking sunsets that Whatcom County has to offer. Imagine every morning taking a stroll on Taylor St dock to The Park, a quick stop at Woods for a hot cup of coffee & sitting on the beach to take it all.

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To learn more about this spectacular condo or to schedule a showing visit our website or call us today at (360) 303-2734.

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Bellingham, Washington has a small town feeling 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. Cultural opportunities are broad, with an internationally recognized Festival of Music, Whatcom County Symphony Orchestra, several community theatre groups and the Mt. Baker Theater to provide a world class venue for shows and performers.

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Bellingham Neighborhoods

Bellingham is home to 23 very unique neighborhoods, all individual in character and design. Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District is teaming with history with historical brick buildings and newer condominium complexes all in tune with preserving the neighborhoods historical architecture. Bellingham’s Mt. Baker neighborhood on the other hand is a great mix of new and old, the newer urban village of Barkley Village finds it’s home here and is lush with life from the local Haggen Grocery Store to a mix of residential and commercial buildings.

Bellingham Schools and Employment

Bellingham has excellent public schools, as well as a broad spectrum of private schools, and there are extensive options for additional education from Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and the highly regarded Western Washington University. Businesses in Bellingham and Whatcom County are diversified, from heavy industry to high tech. While the major employers such as WWU, and the refineries are the most visible, there is a strong base of small to medium sized companies and more are locating here every year so that owners and employees can take advantage of the area’s lifestyle.

For more information on Bellingham or real estate in the area don’t hesitate to contact The Johnson Team toll free @ 1-888-713-3056.

Halloween Home Saftey Tips

Bellingham HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us fast and so are some potential dangers to your home as a result of the fun holiday.  Below are some tips to help keep your home and family safe this Halloween:

– Be careful when placing candles in your carved jack-o-lanterns and keep them far away from any furnishings, drapes or Halloween decor that may be flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

– Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or movable decorative objects.

– Be sure and take time to check around our porch or sidewalk for any garden hoses, low lying tree limbs or decorations that might prove to be a tripping hazard for young children trick or treating at your home.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

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

 

Just Listed in The Columbia Neighborhood!

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Opportunity beckons in this classic vintage home in the Columbia District. You can own a piece of this amazing neighborhood for just $393,000. It’s a 1920’s charmer in original condition that is just waiting for your touch and ideas. The basics include 1636 square feet 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 square foot shop for cars or projects!

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, Partially Fenced, RV Parking, Shop
  • Taxes $3,174
  • Lot Size 0.28 Acre (12,197 SqFt)
  • Garage Size 2 Car
  • Exterior Wood
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Fir / Softwood Floor, Vinyl Floor

School Information

  • District BEL
  • Elementary Parkview Elem
  • Junior High Whatcom Mid
  • High Bellingham High

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