Don’t fall victim to wire fraud // Buyers and sellers: Beware of this common real estate scam


Wire fraud has suddenly become a massive problem in our marketplace. Whether you’re a
buyer or seller, there will come a point when you need to either send or receive money via your
title company. And in today’s busy world, many people opt to transfer these funds digitally. This
is all well and good, but it does pose some major security risks, namely: wire fraud.

So what is wire fraud, and how can you avoid it?
In short, wire fraud is a scam during which someone will hack your title company’s email
address and send you faulty instructions from that account, effectively tricking you into sending
your funds to the wrong account. Unfortunately, there is no way to get your money back once
this happens.

This is why, to avoid wire fraud, you must only ever follow the instructions sent to you
from your title company in the mail or in an encrypted email. If you have any questions or
ever have reason to doubt that the instructions you’ve received are legitimate, don’t hesitate to
call the title company directly using contact information from their website or from your Realtor.
The instructions you initially receive from your title company will never change. Anyone who tells
you otherwise is trying to scam you.

As always, if you would like to learn more about this or any other real estate-related topic, feel
free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Wooded Vacant Land on Chuckanut Mountain Road With Views

Pending!

Having trouble finding a wooded property with good sun exposure or a level building site with a water view?

Look no futher than this private retreat close to town and I-5! Twenty forested acres on a dead-end driveway in a gated Chuckanut community. Lots of space for your home & garden, with shady woods, a fern-fringed creek and a boulder you can summit. Power hookup & well in place. Build your dream home, then sit and watch the eagles and sailboats go by.

Close to parks & trails, a short drive to I-5 south.

Rich Johnson 360.303.2734
The Johnson Team
The Muljat Group Real Estate

Call Us If You Need a Moving Truck

If you’re moving soon, we want to remind you that we at Johnson Team Real Estate offer
moving truck services to our past and present clients.

In addition to our clients, our moving truck
is also available to local nonprofits and community organizations. In fact, it’s recently been used
by the Max Higbee Center, the Whatcom County Humane Society, the Brigid Collins Family
Support Center, and many more. We’re more than happy to offer this truck to you, so don’t
hesitate to reach out to us if you need it. To find out more, watch this short video.

Lake Whatcom Waterfront Open House Saturday 1pm to 3pm!

Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Saturday, May 25th from 1pm – 3pm at 1502 Northshore Drive in Bellingham.

Live your dream with 132′ of Lake Whatcom west-facing waterfront property. Savor the quiet mornings on your enormous deck; stunning sunsets and starry nights on your secluded beach. Dock your boat and make that tough decision: lake or hot tub? Delight in your friends’ enjoyment of the lakeside guest house. Artfully landscaped fenced yard and a gazebo give privacy to remodeled 4 BR+office main house. Sport court, 3 car garage, and abundant storage allow for all of your toys. Welcome to Paradise! Listed at just $1,995,000.

Click here for the virtual tour.

Correll Park One Level Condo For Sale in Ferndale!

Just Listed by Mike Bredeson in Ferndale – 2215 Winterberry Street.

2215 Winterberry St is in the community of Correll Park. This home features 2 bedrooms and is all on 1 level. Open kitchen to the dining area looking onto the back patio. This is a great place for walks as the streets are tree lined and easy with no hills. Just a small stroll to the city center. The property feels private and the east side faces the community club house. This is available for residents with a pool table, kitchen and gathering area. A great place to meet new friends.

For more information text Winterberry to 360.303.2734 today or  click to visit our website. 

Saturday Waterfront Open House in Bellingham

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Saturday, May 25th from 1pm – 3pm at 1502 Northshore Drive in Bellingham.

Live your dream with 132′ of Lake Whatcom west-facing waterfront property. Savor the quiet mornings on your enormous deck; stunning sunsets and starry nights on your secluded beach. Dock your boat and make that tough decision: lake or hot tub? Delight in your friends’ enjoyment of the lakeside guest house. Artfully landscaped fenced yard and a gazebo give privacy to remodeled 4 BR+office main house. Sport court, 3 car garage, and abundant storage allow for all of your toys. Welcome to Paradise! Listed at just $1,995,000.

Click here for the virtual tour.

Level Lot Overlooking San Juans and Gulf Islands – Just Reduced

Level Lot Overlooking San Juans and Gulf Islands

Build the house of your dreams on this level view lot overlooking the San Juan & Gulf Islands. If gorgeous sunsets, evening strolls on the beach, the overwhelming sound of “Quiet” & the joy of clean fresh air are what you are hoping to find, then look no further than 2931 Leeward Way. The lot is 13,000+ sq ft & has about 83′ of high bank waterfront. The community maintains a walkway to the Beach for your evening strolls or agate searches.

For more information, give The Johnson Team a call at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

A Wide-Ranging Market Update

Today we’re excited to give you a closer look at each level of our real estate market. We’ll start
with the national market and drill the numbers down to the region, state, county, city, and even
neighborhood markets in our area.

Here’s an outline of our update, with timestamps so that you can skip ahead to the
section(s) that interest you most:
0:15- A quick look at interest rates
1:00- The year-over-year price change both nationally and by region
1:27- Home price changes by state
2:15- The National Association of Realtors’ predictions for home appreciation through 2022
2:45- Some quarterly stats for Whatcom County
3:15- Active listings versus home sales for Bellingham from 2014 to 2019
4:05- What pending ratios tell us about our market
5:17- Active listings versus pending sales for the Columbia District
6:00- Market activity for the last six months on Eldridge Avenue
6:35- Some final thoughts about the future of our market and how you can benefit from it

If you have a nonprofit organization and you’re interested in using our moving truck,
don’t hesitate to reach out. Also, if you’re interested in getting in shape, reach out to us
about a free $50 gift card from Fitness Gear and Training.

If you have any other questions about the market or about real estate in general, don’t hesitate
to give us a call or send us an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

360-303-1327 Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

New Retailers Are Calling the Granary Building Home!

It’s just been announced the Bellingham’s Granary building will be home to several new tenants!

According to the Bellingham Herald, ” Holly Bevan-Bumford has announced plans to open a Good To Go Meat Pies eatery in the building, which is in Bellingham’s Waterfront District near Waypoint Park. She’s planning to have the place ready by mid-June, just in time for summer park-goers.

A new meadery called Artizem also is making plans to lease space on the ground floor and basement.”

If you have questions about other Bellingham happenings don’t hesitate to give the Johnson Team Real Estate a call today at 360.303.2734, we would love to fill you in!

Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!

Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner! | MyKCM

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate professional.

Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation while, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.

Here is a list of just some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to For Sale by Owner (FSBO):

  • The buyer, who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent, who solely represents the best interests of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The termite company, if there are challenges
  • The buyer’s lender, if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
  • The appraiser, if there is a question of value
  • The title company, if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
  • The town or municipality, if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
  • The buyer’s buyer, in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling

Bottom Line

The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together to discuss all that we can do to make the process of selling your house easier for you.