Raspberry Oat Bars- From the Kitchen of Fawn Morgan

From Our Recipe Box To Yours

Raspberry Oat Bars from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan

“Raspberries are a local favorite and what ever way to enjoy them then in a sweet raspberry bar! These are one of our favorites around the Morgan house.” Fawn Morgan

Ingredients

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 fresh berries mashed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.

Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Rub in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

The Whatcom County Market is Active!

Pending Ratios Template (3)If you have been following the local real estate market you know it’s active and inventory is low. If you are thinking of selling now is the time!

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, August 16th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 48%. 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 30%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 41%

The Lynden pending ratio was 40%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 38%

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

Bellingham Neighborhood Real Estate Search

Searching for real estate in a specific Bellingham Neighborhood?

Johnson Team Real Estate offers an interactive visual real estate search showing all homes currently for sale in each neighborhood. On our search maps  you can click on the real estate sign to view specific listing information, view a virtual tour or schedule a showing. Click our sample map below to visit a specific neighborhood real estate search map.

The City of Bellingham is home to 23 different neighborhoods. All of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods are unique in character and design, click on the different Neighborhood links to learn more about what Bellingham’s Neighborhoods have to offer.

Click a neighborhood name below to see an interactive map of real estate currently available in the neighborhood as well as neighborhood information and links.

Alabama Hill Neighborhood
Birchwood Neighborhood
Bellingham’s Central Business District
Columbia Neighborhood
Cornwall Park Neighborhood
Edgemoor Neighborhood
Fairhaven Historic District
Guide Meridian Neighborhood
Happy Valley Neighborhood
Lettered Streets Neighborhood
Meridian Neighborhood
Mt Baker Neighborhood
Puget Neighborhood
Roosevelt Neighborhood
Samish Neighborhood
Sehome Neighborhood
Silver Beach Neighborhood
South Neighborhood
South Hill Neighborhood
Sunny Land Neighborhood
Whatcom Falls Neighborhood
WWU Neighborhood
York Neighborhood

The Fair is Here!

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Today is the first day of the Northwest Washington Fair! The fair, located in Lynden, runs from today through Saturday, August 17th.

“Six fun-filled days of carnival rides, great fair foods, awesome Grandstand entertainers, Demolition Derby, Rodeo, animal exhibits, quilts, canning, arts, photography, 4H and FFA exhibits……..we have it all! Whether this is your first time or your 50th, there is always something new to see or do.”

What is your favorite attraction at the fair? With so many things to see, it’s hard to choose! Without a doubt, there is something there for everybody!

For more information, visit the Fair’s website!

A Few Tips & Tricks to Turbocharge Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you want to turbocharge your home’s appeal before you put it on the market, there are several tips you need to remember.

First, when buyers pull up to your house to take a look at it, keep in mind that its first
impression has to be good. Whenever we host an open house, it’s disheartening for us agents
to watch a buyer pull up to the curb, linger for a minute, and then drive on. Whenever this
happens, you know something is wrong with the home’s curb appeal.
To prevent this from happening to you, look at your house from the curb and see if there’s any
area that needs to be spruced up. For example, make sure you have a clean entryway with a
nice welcome mat. Also, make sure your doorbell works.
Once people come inside, you want to create the impression that nobody wears shoes in your
home. We’d then advise taking it a step further by actually putting up a sign in the entryway that
asks buyers to remove their shoes and have a chair for them to sit on so they can do it.
Next, make sure all the lights are on inside and it’s as bright as possible. If you have a few
shady areas, install some higher-wattage bulbs near them—this really makes a big difference.
Additionally, your house has to be super clean. It’s amazing how many houses we go into that
makes us wonder whether the seller has spent any time at all preparing it for sale. We’ve never
seen a buyer not walk into a kitchen and open the stove to see if it’s clean inside. If it’s not, it
sends a message that you haven’t really taken care of the house. Just a little effort in this regard
can go a long way.
After that, make sure the house smells good. There are a couple ways you can do this, the
first of which we’ve already mentioned: cleaning. After that’s done, try stopping by your local
hardware store and picking up an ozone machine to set out. That will take care of any lingering
odors and make the place smell great.
As far as the home’s structure goes, there are a couple of mechanical things you can do that will
help your cause. If there’s moss on the roof, for instance, have that cleaned off. Unless you do
these types of things ahead of time, the inspector will notice them once they conduct their
inspection.
Lastly, declutter, declutter, declutter. The more stuff you take out of your house, the better it
will show. And remember—it’s an absolute necessity that you not be there during showings. If
you have pets, make sure they’re out of the house as well.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to showing your home in the best light
possible. If you want to take it a step further and hire a home stager, we have our own stage we
work with who we’d love to refer you to.
If you have any other questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach
out to us. We look forward to speaking with you. You can reach us at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Congrats to Lauren and The Whatcom Wolverines!

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We are sending a big congratulations to Mike Bredeson, his wife Kim, and daughter Lauren for Lauren’s part in her team winning a USSSA Tournament in Kent this weekend. Lauren’s team, the Whatcom Wolverines, are a group of girls that play in the 16 and under category. Great work Lauren!

Reel Estate Update – Mike Bredeson Visits Bellingham Connections

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Mike Bredeson visited Bellingham Connections as a guest speaker this week. He brought one of his famous fish filets of Chinook Salmon to raffle off and the lucky winner was Rick Joines with FSR wealth management. Mike said this one was quite the fighter too. Congrats Rick! And congrats on the big catch Mike!

Sunday Open House on Bellingham Lake Whatcom Waterfront

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Sunday, July 21st from 12pm – 2pm 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 $1,800,000.

Click here for the virtual tour.

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

Thinking of Buying, Selling, or Refinancing?

Thinking of buying, selling, or refinancing?  The mortgage rates are a must know! Interest rates are the rates at which money can be borrowed for a set period of time. The higher the rate, the more money a borrower must pay in the form of interest on the loan. When mortgage rates are lower, this makes the purchasing of a home more affordable. Although the cost of mortgages is closely tied to the interest rate, the price at which homes are sold does not always appear in direct correlation.

July 11th rates

Thank you Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Home Loan Center for the rates. If you have any mortgage questions you can reach her at 360-650-5365!