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Ferndale is a thriving community surrounded by fertile farmland and is famous for its “Baker to Bay” views for the ridges west of town. It celebrates its history with Hovander Park (featuring a turn of the century Hovander Farm), the Scottish Highland Games and the Civil Way re-enactment. Ferndale’s location on the river also provides it with unique ecological features which the Whatcom County Park Department has made available to the public in the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center, Fragrance Garden and Lake Terrel Wildlife Refuge

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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

Just Listed! Ferndale Home with Mt. Baker Views

Just listed 2431 Pine Place in Ferndale, Washington. This 4 bedroom, 2.75 bath home is for sale for $299,999.

Ferndale Real Estate

Framed in your front windows is the majesty of Mt Baker, the Twin Sisters & the Cascade Mountain Range. The view is there for your pleasure 365 days of the year. Along with this world class mountain view, is a peaceful location at the end of a cul de sac, a large sunny lot of almost 1/4 acre and a spacious home with room for everyone & every activity. There could even be a separate living suite on the bottom level with a spacious kitchen & full bath.

Features:

2nd Kitchen, Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Skylights, Vaulted Ceilings, Deck, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, RV Parking

Details:Ferndale Real Estate

Taxes: $3,087
View: Mountain, Territorial
Lot Size: 0.26 Acre (11,326 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked, Wood
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling: Baseboard, Radiant, Radiator,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

For more information on 2431 Pine Place in Ferndale visit our website to view a virtual tour, schedule a showing and more!

Just Listed! Custom Ferndale Washington Home

Just listed for $429,500 is 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale, Washington. The setting of this quality Turner Construction home is incredible. The large lot backs onto a city park. This 4 bedroom 2.75 bath home is almost 4,000 sq ft with spaces for everyone. 3 car garage, main floor master, hardwood and slate floors, open plan, great deck and that’s just the upstairs. Down is a huge family room, set up for pool and games, a bedroom, storage & 3/4 bath + a theatre room complete with HI-DEF system & seating that stays for the new owner. Home is in A-1 condition.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet, Cable TV, Deck, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio

Additional Information

Taxes: $4,040
Lot Size: 0.22 Acre (9,583 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Cement Planked
Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
Flooring: Hardwood Floor, Slate Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa, Jetted Tub, Security System, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet

School Information

District: Ferndale
Elementary: Skyline Elem
Junior High: Vista Mid
High: Ferndale High

For more information on 6176 N Beulah Ave in Ferndale visit the home’s website or call 360-303-2734 to schedule a showing.

Welcome to 8050 Custer School Rd, JUST LISTED FOR SALE!

Welcome to 8050 Custer School Rd located in the heart of Custer, Washington. . This beautiful 1 level home has been remodeled with all the up to date features we have come to expect-including granite counters in the kitchen. The home is 2,200 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, family and living rooms. Outside: Covered bar-b-que area, hot-tub, detached-over-sized 2 car garage + shop and barn. The property is a dry 2 acres & is fenced for livestock. OH…and the flower beds? -Incredible!

Additional Information

  • Property Description: Barn, Cable TV, High Speed Internet, Outbuildings, Patio, RV Parking, Shop
  • Taxes: $2,891
  • View: Territorial
  • Lot Size: 2.00 Acres (87,120 SqFt)
  • Garage Size: 2 Car
  • Exterior Wood
  • Fireplaces: 2 Fireplaces
  • Heating/Cooling: Central Air, Forced Air, Heat Pump, High Efficiency,
  • Roof: Composition Roof
  • Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Wired for Generator, Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Hot Tub/Spa

School Information

    • District: Ferndale
    • Elementary: Custer
    • Middle: Vista Middle School
    • High: Ferndale High

For additional information on the home visit the home’s website or to schedule a private showing call (360) 303-2724 today!

Sandy Point Home For Sale!

Prevost Way in Sandy PointWelcome to 3682 Prevost Way located in Sandy Point just outside of Ferndale, Washington. Currently listed for sale for $174,900 This property is love at first site. The lot is just about 20,500 sq ft (2 lots combined) with gardens and privacy galore. There is access off the cul-de-sac in back to the shop. The shop is approx 50′ x 30′ and has a partially finished studio upstairs. The large door is over 11′ tall. This 3 bed 2 bath home was built in 1992 and is in A-1 condition. Some upgrades : roof, ext paint and triple pane windows. The setting is incredible and it comes with all the Sandy Point amenities.

Features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Vaulted Ceilings

Sandy Point Home For SaleAdditional Information

  •  Cable TV, Deck, High Speed Internet, Outbuildings, RV Parking, Shop
  • Taxes: $1,667
  • Lot Size  0.47 Acre (20,473 SqFt)
  • Garage: Size 2 Car
  • Exterior: Wood Products
  • Heating/Cooling :Forced Air
  • Roof: Composition Roof
  • Flooring: Laminate, Vinyl Floor

Ferndale's Old Settler Picnic Today July 25th-28th

Ferndale Olde Settlers PicnicThis weekend the town of Ferndale will be buzzing with excitement and activity as they host the 118th Annual Old Settler’s Picnic centered in Ferndale’s Historic Pioneer Park. The Old Settler’s Day Picnic celebrates the history of the homesteaders and founders of the Ferndale area, their culture and their occupations.

At Pioneer Park you are greeted by members of the Old Settler’s Association and the Ferndale Heritage Society dresses in pioneer style clothing and ready to help guide you around the historical cabins, schools house and other community buildings in the park. The building’s aren’t all from Ferndale many are from other areas of the county as well that were moved to Pioneer Park to be preserved, celebrated and cared for.

If you are thinking about heading out to Ferndale to take in the events you want be lacking in things to do. Today Friday, July 26th festivities kicking off with tours of the cabins, a Jump Around Fun Zone for the kids, children’s activities, Junior parade, beer garden in the barn, petting zoo and more!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 27th kicks off a 9am with the Car Show at the Central School Grounds, the Old Settler 5K Run/Walk and the Grande Parade at 11am. For the full picnic agenda feel free to visit the Old Settler’s Website. If you are new to the area or are unsure where Pioneer Park is located directions are below:

Directions to Park From I-5 take exit 262, head west on Main street approximately 1 mile. Cross the Nooksack River and turn left on 1st Avenue. At the end of 1st Avenue is Pioneer Park. Alternate Directions to Park From I-5 take exit 260 and head west on Slater Road (SR-540) approximately 1.4 miles. Cross the Nooksack River and turn right on the Ferndale Road. Follow the Ferndale Road north approximately 1.8 miles to Cherry Street. Turn left onto Cherry Street. The main entrance into Pioneer Park is about 100ft ahead on the left.

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For Sale! Farmhouse on Acreage in Custer, Washington

7729 Ham Rd, Custer WashingtonWelcome to 7729 Ham Rd in Custer, Washington. This marvelous 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom turn of the century farm house with all the charm of yesteryear could be the dream home you have been looking for. A recent remodel make this a turn key with hardwood floors that sparkle, a kitchen that will delight the gourmet, updated bathrooms and living spaces drenched in natural light. A separate suite upstairs is perfect for MIL unit or visitors. Outside is space for gardens & fruit trees, a huge barn to accommodate 4 legged critters of all kinds & acreage to roam on.
Custer Washington Real EstateFeatures: 2nd Kitchen, Barn, Partially Fenced, High Speed Internet, Outbuildings, RV Parking
Taxes: $3,430
Waterfront: Creek
View: Territorial, Mountain
Lot Size: 8.82 Acres (384,199 SqFt)
Garage Size: 2 Car

To explore the home via virtual tour click here or to schedule a private showing feel free to call us at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Slow But Trending Upward… Bellingham Real Estate Market Update

Bellingham Real Estate MarketThe Whatcom County real estate market continues to improve. There is a bit of stuttering from one month to another and from one area to another, but the overall trend is up in both number of sales and pricing. Let’s look at some details.

For the most part, the number of units sold is higher than any time since 2007, whether we compare just the month of June or the first 6 months of the year. Pricing, on the other hand, is still going through the “two steps forward, one step back” process, as is demonstrated below by the fact that all prices were up a bit compared with the first half of last year, but primarily down a bit if we look only at June.

May & June 2013

June 2012 & June 2013

January – June  2012 & January – June 2013

Sold

May

2013

June

2013


%
Change

June 2012

June

 2013

%
Change

YTD 6/30/2012

YTD 6/30/13

%
Change

Bellingham
Units

110

113

2.7%

90

113

25.6%

394

497

26.1%

Avg

$363,183

$336,380

-7.4%

$362,766

$336,380

-7.3%

$322,396

$330,214

2.4%

Median

$299,950

$300,000

0.0%

$294,950

$300,000

1.7%

$275,000

$285,000

3.6%

Total Whatcom County
Units

229

239

4.4%

213

239

12.2%

929

1077

15.9%

Avg

$297,641

$299,630

0.7%

$304,847

$299,630

-1.7%

$285,077

$293,713

3%

Median

$258,500

$272,000

5.2%

$275,000

$272,000

-1.1%

$245,750

$255,000

3.8%

If we go back to 2007, the last year prices didn’t fall overall in Whatcom County, we find that the average sale price today is 14.7% below 2007 and the median sale price is down 13%. At the rate we are going, it will take a few years to get back to those values, but at that point they should be “real” rather than “bubble” prices.

While the recent rise in interest rates may be a cloud on the horizon, it is also possible it will stimulate more buyers to enter the market due to fears that they may go even higher. Inventory is still very tight in many price ranges, with overall residential inventory in Bellingham down about 8% from the same week last year, while pending sales are up almost 29% over a year ago. There are major disparities in price ranges, however, so one number, as usual, doesn’t tell the whole story. The most active price range as of June 29th was from $200,000 to $300,000, in which 49% of all the signs in yards at that price range were pending. Note: 171 signs in yards; 84 under contact. On the other hand, in the $600,000 to $650,000 range, 38% were pending, but there were only 13 homes for sale, and 5 of them were pending. The only price range with nothing under contract at this point is from $900,000 to $999,999, with just 10 homes listed for sale.

The number of short sales available has been declining steadily and is now about half what it was in 2011. On the other hand, the number of bank owned properties has stayed fairly consistent. The number of all distressed home sales in June was 14.2% of the Bellingham market, down considerably from the 29% in January, but considerably higher than last summer’s single digit market shares.

The downsides of 3 months ago are still with us. Appraisals are much tougher. For the first time in years, I have had appraisers ask for inspection reports because underwriters want them. Underwriters are also requiring documentation for the source of the down payment money and sometimes requiring financial reserve amounts of the borrower. Buyers are getting frustrated because of the competition for homes of certain types. Sellers are getting frustrated because they may still have to bring money to the table to sell. And there are still homes that go off the market unsold, or sit on the market for months, because the price is too high for the product.

My overall feeling about the market right now is good. There are still a lot of people hurting from the recession and the housing bubble, but the market is moving. It is quite stable, lenders are doing their job of qualifying both the buyer and the property, people are moving here from other areas, additional jobs are available, and Whatcom County is a great place to live.

Salmon Fishing is Hot! Roche Harbor Salmon Derby this Weekend!

Salmon fishing has been great lately! Just a quick 10 minute boat ride out of Sandy Point in Ferndale in Marine Area 7 North we have been landing the fish. Chad Lindsey pictures here was all smiles with his salmon caught last weekend.

If you are a into fishing or have a love of marine life and waterfront living Sandy Point is a wonderful area to live. Sandy Point is a waterfront community located on a peninsula. With incredible views of the San Juan Islands, and the Straight of Georgia to the West and even Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters to the East, its difficult not to want to call this lovely community home.

Approximately 600 homes are located in the Sandy Point community and amenities include a 9 hole golf course and club house, tennis court, swimming pool and wonderful community center with a variety of planned activities.

Many homes are located right along the canal waters and include private docks or mooring slips, creating a welcoming vibe for avid boaters. To search for real estate for sale in Sandy Point click here.

This weekend the Johnson Team’s 2009 Trophy the, “Reel Estate” is taking place in the 10th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Derby February 8-th. We are hoping to land some fish and take home some of the over $25,000 in cash prizes.

Spoons seem to be getting the fish on the hook as of late. If you need a current fishing report feel free to give me a call I would be happy to help! (360) 303-2734.

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