Waterfront Real Estate Oppurtunities in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Whatcom County is a majestic place where the beauty of the surrounding nature, in particular Bellingham Bay, have inspired much of the architectural design there. The county hugs the saltwater from the Southwest along Chuckanut Drive to the Northwest border at Blaine’s Drayton Harbor. Waterfront properties are in abundance along this coastline and offer an array of locations to work the body and nourish the soul. Select from one of the communities listed below to learn more about the area and real estate available there. Search for all Waterfront Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County on our website here, sign up to receive new listings via email or search from the list below:

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Eliza Island Waterfront Real Estate
This private island escape is just a boat or plane ride from Bellingham. Tranquil and serene, Eliza Island is a is tranquil, Eliza Island is ideal for a weekend getaway or a permanent escape from city dwelling.

Lummi Island Waterfront Real Estate
A short ferry ride from Gooseberry Point will take you to Lummi Island. This wooded, rural island offers unspoiled natural beauty and is a favorite weekend escape among Whatcom County locals. Beachfront homes here boast spectacular views of Hales Passage, Mt. Baker and the City of Bellingham.

Sandy Point Waterfront Real Estate
This lovely waterfront community is breathtaking. Views of Mt. Baker and The Twin Sisters dominate the skyline to the east, while westward facing homes look out toward the Straight of Georgia and the San Juan Islands.

Birch Bay Village Waterfront Real Estate
Birch Bay Village is nestled between the rustic and charming cities of Blaine and Birch Bay. This gated community is truly an urban retreat, complete with private marina, golf course, club house, pool and other convenient amenities.

Drayton Harbor Waterfront Real Estate
This picturesque village is located just South of the Canadian Border and north of Semiahmoo. Characteristic of its neighboring communities, Drayton Harbor’s residents share unprecedented views and an uncommon proximity to the surrounding nature and wildlife.

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If you have specific questions about waterfront communities around Bellingham feel free to give us a call toll free at 1-888-713-3056

Put The Johnson Team’s Experience to Work For You Today!

Wow, what an exciting week it has been? Listings are pending almost as quickly as we can get them listed and on the market. Here’s a peak a couple Bellingham homes that pended just days after becoming active.

Pending Harris

Are you considering selling your home, but not sure how to get started?

Call us today at (360) 303-2734 and put our experience to work for you today!

Pending Elizabeth

Not ready to sell but just curious of your home’s value? 

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Just Listed! Columbia Neighborhood Bungalow!

Just Listed! Bellingham Bungalow

Looking for a great place in one of Bellingham’s most highly sought after neighborhood where the little ones can walk to school or to beautiful parks to enjoy, then this cozy bungalow in the Columbia District is for you. This simple & functional home has been tastefully redone from top to bottom to include the roof, siding, AC heat pump, paint, windows & that’s just part of the list – it’s all new. Beautiful Elizabeth Park – well it’s as if it’s your own backyard as it’s only minutes away.

Join Rich Johnson for Open House this weekend Saturday, 12pm to 2pm and Sunday 1pm to 3pm.

Can’t make the Open Houses? Call today for a private tour at (360) 303-2734.

You may also view a virtual tour of the home here!

Classic Craftsman in Bellingham’s Happy Valley Neighborhood!

Brand new on the market is 2314 Harris St located in the heart of Bellingham’s Happy Valley Neighborhood!

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Welcome to 2314 Harris Ave, a Happy Valley Craftsman that, for in excess of 100 yrs, has been well loved & cared for. It’s Happy Valley classic for sure with a floorplan sure to fit a variety of needs. Whether it’s the spacious kitchen with sun-drenched breakfast nook, the large living area or the upstairs mezzanine, there is a fun-filled space packed into this home. Outside you’ll enjoy a huge deck for entertaining, a completely fenced in backyard for Fido or fun & a huge double car garage.

Join Rich Johnson this weekend for open houses on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm or call (360) 303-2734 to schedule a private showing!

Details:

4 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms
Taxes $3,916
Lot Size 0.25 Acre (10,890 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior :Wood
Heating/Cooling :Forced Air
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Hardwood Floor, Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information

District: Bellingham
Happy Valley Elementary
Fairhaven Middle School
Sehome High School

For more information on the home call 1-888-713-3056 or visit the home’s website today!

Build Your Dream Home!

Brand new on the market you won’t want to miss this  1/3 of an acre saltwater view lot located at  2931 Leeward Way in Bellingham!

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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.

View a complete virtual tour and learn more here!

View the Tour

For immediate information call us today at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

 

Are We Feeling the Shockwaves of Seattle’s Market?

The headline on the front page of The Seattle Times this morning is “Home Prices Jump in South Seattle”.  The article goes on to say the City’s median house price is now nearly $820,000. We feel the shock waves of the Seattle market here in Whatcom County as more Seattleites search up & down the I-5 corridor to find an affordable home.

More often than not, one hears “how can local folks afford to buy a home here”? Many times the buyers are people displaced by the high prices of the Seattle market & searching out a place for their family. Terms we are hearing now include “Pressure Cooker Market”, “Surging Prices”, “Instant Response Market” rather than a “Quick Action Market”.  No matter what terms you prefer to use, know that our local real estate market will continue to rise, inventory will be in short supply & while interest rates will continue to rise, it’s doubtful to me that it will do much to slow things down.

Here’s a great visual on the number of homes available overtime:

April 2018 Snap Shot

If you or your friends or family have questions about the market, Mike & I would be more than  happy to help you make some sense out of it.  Give us a call at 360 303 2734.

 

Spring is Here! Is your lawn ready?

Hand LawnSpring is officially here! Even though the sun is not shining today, warmer and brighter days are ahead.

Now is the time to attend to our lawns and get ahead of the curve to achieve a vibrant and healthy turf! Winter can change soil pH, compact the soil and create hospitable environments for weeds and disease.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

1. Give your yard a good raking now. This helps with thatch build up and leaf removal left over from last season. This will remove any dead grass blades and give you a fresh start. Also, if you find any “matted patches” from winter, a light raking will help you to avoid a disease called “snow mold”. It’s best to start this step after all the snow is gone for the season… Watch for uneven areas. Low spots cause poor drainage and high spots can get scalped by the lawn mower. A shovel can help you even out the ground…cut back raised areas and fill in the depressed ones. For very large lawns, you can rent a de-thatcher.

 

2. Check for compaction. Compaction happens when there is high foot traffic. Grass can’t take root when there is compaction and weeds can flourish. Moss can signify compaction (among other things). The remedy is lawn aeration. Aeration is best performed in late Spring, in our area of the country. How do you know if your lawn is compacted? Try this trick: stick a garden fork into the ground. If the tines fail to penetrate 2 inches (5.08 centimeters), your soil is compacted and should be loosened with an aerator designed to remove small plugs of soil from your lawn.

 

3. Moss also signals acidity. Grass likes it neutral, so lime is a good idea to help this situation, although it’s a slow fix. ONLY lime if there is truly an acidity issue, otherwise, you can go backwards as your lawn may become alkaline, which is not helpful either. Consider having your lawn tested to identify its condition. Also, consider an iron application which is usually in spray form. Within days, the turf should respond to the iron applications and turn darker green in color.

 

4. You may need to overseed if you have dog spots, heavy traffic or neglect *(bare, brown spots). A slow release nitrogen fertilizer should be applied while overseeding. Five weeks later, after the grass germinates, apply a quick release nitrogen fertilizer.

 

Special thanks to our friends at Corion Landscape Management for the great article. If you need professional help with getting our lawn ready for spring, Corion Landscape Management is here to help. Corion offers exceptional landscaping installation and maintenance services for Bellingham, Ferndale, Mt. Vernon, Burilington and all of Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties.

Green Spring Cleaning Solutions

Natural Cleaning Ideas

The sun is shining and Spring is almost here!  With Spring often times comes the feeling to spruce things up around the house. But, don’t rush out and buy all the kitchen and bathroom cleaning chemicals you can find. You might be surprised to learn that you have many ingredients you could use to clean already in your pantry. Below are some green cleaning solution mixtures to help you keep your home sparkling clean.

 Floors: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate, leaving behind only the scent of the oil.

Glass: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.

Counter tops and bathroom tile: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.

Wood furniture: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and olive and oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth, and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.

– Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.

– Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 cups hot water, and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.

– Mold and mildew: Wipe with straight vinegar.

– Air freshener: Sprinkle essential oil on a cotton ball, and stash it in a corner of the room. If you have kids, make sure it is out of their reach as essential oils are very strong and could irritate their skin. Lavender is a relaxing scent that is great for bedrooms, and cinnamon, clove, and citrus oils are great for the rest of the house. You can stash a few in the car too—try peppermint, which may help you to stay alert.

Source: Sparkpeople.com- Lisa Barnes

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Is Now a Good Time to Rent?

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People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 fourth quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

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As you can see, rents have steadily increased and are showing no signs of slowing down. If you are faced with making the decision of whether or not you should renew your lease, you might be pleasantly surprised at your ability to buy a home of your own instead.
Bottom Line

One way to protect yourself from rising rents is to lock in your housing expense by buying a home. If you are ready and willing to buy. The first step is to contact a lender. We have  a great database of experienced local lenders to choose from. Call us today for a lender reference and to get the ball rolling at 1-888-713-3056.

Your Monday Morning Real Estate Update!

Bellingham HomesThe 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, February 23rd, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 53%. 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 41%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 40%

The Lynden pending ratio was 40%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

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