Birch Bay Tops The List of Tax Friendly Cities

Birch Bay Washington's Most Retirement Tax Friendly City! (1)

According to a recent survey from the financial technology company SmartAsset, Birch Bay tops the list of Washington’s most Retirement Tax Friendly cities!

SmartAsset takes a look at the tax policies for each city and the average retirement income. They then calculated the effective property tax rates, sales tax and fuel taxes for each area and create an index weighted capture the taxes that most effect retirees. Birch Bay had the highest Retirement Tax Friendliness Index, barely beating out East Port Orchard.

Are you contemplating relocating to Birch Bay? Take a look at some of the available real estate and give The Johnson Team a call today at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home | MyKCM

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many home buyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place.

To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep in mind if you are considering new construction:

1. Hire an Inspector

Despite the fact that builders must comply with town and city regulations, a home inspector will have your best interests in mind! When buying new construction, you will have between 1-3 inspections, depending on your preference (the foundation inspection, the pre-drywall inspection, and a final inspection).

These inspections are important because the inspector will often notice something that the builder missed. If possible, attend the inspection so that you can ask questions about your new home and make sure the builder fixes any problems found by the inspector.

2. Maintain good communication with your builder

Starting with the pre-construction meeting (where you will go over all the details of your home with your project manager), establish a line of communication. For example, will the builder email you every Friday with progress updates? If you are an out-of-state buyer, will you receive weekly pictures of the progress via email? Can you call the builder and if so, how often? How often can you visit the site?

3. Look for builder’s incentives

The good thing about buying a new home is that you can add the countertop you need, the mudroom you want, or an extra porch off the back of your home! However, there is always a price for such additions, and they add up quickly!

Some builders offer incentives that can help reduce the amount you spend on your home. Do your homework and see what sort of incentives the builders in your area are offering.

4. Schedule extra time into the process

There are many things that can impact the progress on your home. One of these things is the weather, especially if you are building in the fall and winter. Rain can delay the pouring of a foundation as well as other necessary steps at the beginning of construction, while snow can freeze pipes and slow your timeline.

Most builders already have a one-to-two-week buffer added into their timelines, but if you are also in the process of selling your current home, you must keep that in mind! Nobody wants to be between homes for a couple of weeks.

5. Visit the site often

As we mentioned earlier, be sure to schedule time with your project manager at least once a week to see the progress on your home. It’s easy for someone who is not there all the time to notice little details that the builder may have forgotten or overlooked. Additionally, don’t forget to take pictures! You might need them later to see exactly where that pipe is or where those electrical connections are once they’re covered up with drywall!

Bottom Line

Watching your home come to life is a wonderful experience that can sometimes come with hassles. To avoid some of these headaches, keep these tips in mind!

If you are ready to put your current home on the market and find out what new construction is available in your area, let’s get together to discuss your options! Give The Johnson Team a call today at (888) 713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com.

Just Listed 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home In Birch Bay!

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Just listed in Birch Bay, an amazing 1,529 sq foot rambler with new marbled and engineered hardwood flooring. This move in ready home is one you will enjoy for years!

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This immaculate one level home is located on a quiet side street. It has a nice floorplan with large open spaces & is waiting for you to enjoy. Inside you’ll appreciate the warmth of the in-floor radiant heat, the spacious kitchen & the huge master bedroom. Put your “Green Thumb” to good use in this large sunny fully fenced backyard. Whether it’s roses, Fido or croquet, it’s a yard you’ll enjoy for years. Within a short walk is a beach to roam and explore, who knows what treasures you’ll find.

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For more information, take a look at the virtual tour!

Birch Bay Home Values

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Don’t own a home in Birch Bay and curious about learning more about the area?

Nestled along the sandy beaches and salt water you find Birch Bay. Enjoy all that Birch Bay has to offer from the shallow warm waters to wade in, to the lovely views of the sunsets. Not matter what your adventure you are sure to love Birch Bay!

Teaming with life, especially in the summer months, you will find wonderful restaurants and shops along Birch Bay Drive. Birch Bay is a popular destination for visitors and tourists with cabins and condos available for short term rentals. In season be sure to take advantage of the great crabbing and clam digging opportunities.

There are many new building projects underway in the Birch Bay area, and it is currently the fastest growing community in Whatcom County. There are many small groceries and facilities in Birch Bay, but the schools and government services are located just 5 minutes north in Blaine.

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Birch Bay Open House, Sunday 12pm to 2pm

Open House Sunday from 12pm to 2pm at 4856 Lighthouse Drive in Birch Bay!

OPEN HOUSE

Visit Rich Johnson and Mike Bredeson as they host an open house at this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths on a 1/2 acre lot, just listed for $344,900

View a complete virtual tour here!

If you’re looking for a home with room & spaces for everyone, look no further. No gathering is to large for this floor plan. The kitchen flows into a large great room & will accommodate any occasion. There is even a formal dining room for those Extra Special days. To finish it off, you’ll enjoy a main floor master, 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs along with a HUGE bonus room for those ruckus events, a 3 bay garage & a fenced in 10,000+ sq ft back yard. Birch Bay beaches are only a short walk away.

For more information on the home call us today at (360) 303-2734!

Just Listed Wonderful Birch Bay Home!

New on the Market, 4856 Lighthouse Drive in Birch Bay!

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Lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths on a 1/2 acre lot, just listed for $344,900

View a complete virtual tour here!

If you’re looking for a home with room & spaces for everyone, look no further. No gathering is to large for this floor plan. The kitchen flows into a large great room & will accommodate any occasion. There is even a formal dining room for those Extra Special days. To finish it off, you’ll enjoy a main floor master, 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs along with a HUGE bonus room for those ruckus events, a 3 bay garage & a fenced in 10,000+ sq ft back yard. Birch Bay beaches are only a short walk away.

Additional Information:Family Room 2
Taxes: $2,721
View: Mountain, Bay
Lot Size: 0.25 Acre (10,890 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School InformationBack Yard 4

District: Blaine School District
Elementary: Blaine Elementary
Junior High: Blaine Middle School
High Blaine: High School

For more information on 4856 Lighthouse Drive in Birch Bay visit our website or call us today at (360) 303-2734 to schedule a private showing!

The First Pending Ratios of the Month!

Bellingham Real EstateThe 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 Saturday, May 6th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 51%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and 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 37%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 42%

The Lynden pending ratio was 50%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 48%

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

Birch Bay Kite Festival June 20 & 21

Looking for something fun to do for Father’s Day weekend? Come out to Birch Bay for the Kite Festival, June 20 & 21st from 10am to 3pm both days! Build a kite for $5, watch skim board demonstrations, enjoy hot dogs, kettle corn and more!

Just Listed for $225,000, Birch Bay Rambler

Welcome to 8295 Fawn Crescent. Come to Birch Bay and enjoy the amenities of this quiet seaside community. The single story home lives large with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, view of the bay/ Alaska Ferry from the dining and living spaces. The home is on the end of a cul-de-sac and the area is very peaceful. The deck, facing west is great for entertaining and bird watching. Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles frequent the neighboring trees. The roof is just 4 years old so future maintenance is years away.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Vaulted CeilingsCable TV, Deck, Disabled Access, High Speed Internet.

Additional Details:

Taxes: $2,200
View: Sound, Ocean, Bay
Lot Size: 0.46 Acre (20,172 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Stove/Free Stdg
Roof: Composition Roof

Schools:

Elementary:Blaine Elementary
Junior High: Blaine Middle School
High: Blaine High

For additional photos of 8295 Fawn Crescent in Birch Bay or to schedule a showing visit our website or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Blaine Duplex Open House Saturday March 7th from 1:00-3:00pm

Join Rich Johnson this Saturday,  March 7th from 1:00-3:00pm at he hosts an Open House at  344 B Street in Blaine, Washington. Built in 2005 this 2,365 square foot duplex just hit the market for sale for $339,000

This duplex is an excellent investment opportunity or would make a terrific owner occupied unit. The units are built with low maintenance & economy in mind. Both units are very spacious with 1182 sq ft of living space. The gas fireplaces are a nice touch particularly on crisp winter mornings & the gas forced air furnaces provide economic heat throughout the year. The units are conveniently located to I-5, Peace Arch park, down town or Blaine High School.

Additional Information

Taxes: $2,578
Lot Size: 0.21 Acre (9,198 SqFt)
Exterior: Metal/Vinyl
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Visit Rich tomorrow at 344 B Street from 1:00-3:00pm! For additional photos, a virtual tour or to schedule a private showing of 344 B Street in Blaine visit our website, call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com. We would be happy to help!