Lynden Open House today 1:00-3:00pm

Visit Mike Bredeson today, Saturday April 8th from 1:00-3:00pm as he hosts an open house at 1302 Eastwood Way in beautiful Lynden.

Open House Idea

Don’t miss your chance to tour this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath luxurious craftsman style home. Just listed for sale, this one won’t last long!

To learn more about 1302 Eastwood Way or to schedule a private showing visit our website today or call (360) 303-2734.

Just Listed Listed! Luxurious Lynden Craftsman Style Home

Welcome to 1302 Eastwood Way in Lynden, Washington.

  Just listed for $459,000!

Front of House

This luxurious craftsman style home on a large sunny lot comes with unparalleled quality of construction. The floor plan which flows naturally & logically makes it a hit for either everyday living or elaborate entertaining. You’ll enjoy the open spaces, the gourmet kitchen & large rooms will appeal to all. Outside, the sunny backyard is a great space for the green thumb or for just chilling out. There is even an irrigation system to keep the yard green & the planting lush!!

Details: Patio 4

4 bedrooms, 2. 5 bathrooms, 2,907 sq ft
Taxes $3,882
Lot Size 0.27 Acre (11,761 SqFt)
Garage Size 2 Car
Exterior Cement Planked
Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
Heating/Cooling Forced Air
Roof Composition Roof
Flooring Bamboo/Cork, Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

School Information:Dining Room

District: Lynden
Elementary :Vossbeck Elem
Junior High: Lynden Middle School
High: Lynden High School

For more information on 1302 Eastwood Way or to schedule a private showing call us today at (360) 303-2734 or visit our website!

 

Farmer’s Day Parade in Lynden this Saturday, June 4th!

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend the Lynden’s Farmers Day Parade is on Saturday June 4th starting at 10:30 am and usually concludes around 12noon! Get there early to get a good spot and don’t forget about all the shops that you can wander to after the parade. Lynden has lots of wonderful businesses both new and old including Lynden Dutch Bakery and The Mill.

Lynden is also celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a 125ft long strawberry shortcake built along Front Street. The shortcake will be available to sample to parade attendees. The Farmer’s Day Parade and the strawberry shortcake are a great way to celebrate Lynden’s history in agriculture.

If you have never been out to Lynden, you are sure to have a good time. It is obvious to a first time visitor that the early Lynden settlers must have had Dutch roots, because this charming town celebrates its history in everything from its architecture to its festivals. It is also obvious that people take pride in their town and their homes- I don’t believe that I have ever seen an unkempt Lynden yard. Lynden was founded by farmers and farming- particularly berries and dairies- still provide the basis for the town’s economy.

Lynden has also become a very popular retirement area as well as a place to live. Part of that can be explained by a golf course community called Homestead, which was well planned and executed across a broad spectrum of price ranges.  Lynden Real Estate  includes additional developments which have  maintained this quality and typically provided housing at a lower price range than comparable homes in Bellingham. Small wonder that Lynden has been the fastest growing city in Whatcom County since 1980.

Home to the Northwest Washington Fair and the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden stays close to its agricultural roots and well as its religious roots. Lynden Christian High School is nearly as large as its public counterpart and the majority of the businesses are closed on Sunday.

Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Lynden Named 10th Safest City in Washington

The Mill OutsdieLynden, Washington located in northeast of Bellingham has been named the 10th safest city in Washington according to Safewise. View the full list of Washington cities here

It is obvious to a first time visitor that the early Lynden settlers must have had Dutch roots, because this charming town celebrates its history in everything from its architecture to its festivals. It is also obvious that people take pride in their town and their homes. You would be hard pressed to find an unkempt Lynden yard.  Lynden was founded by farmers and farming, particularly berries and dairies, still provide the basis for the town’s economy.

Lynden has also become a very popular retirement area as well as a place to live. Part of that can be explained by a golf course community called Homestead, which was well planned and executed across a broad spectrum of price ranges. Additional developments have maintained this quality and typically provided housing at a lower price range than comparable homes in Bellingham. It is no small wonder that Lynden has been the fastest growing city in Whatcom County since 1980.

Home to the Northwest Washington Fair and the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden stays close to its agricultural roots and well as its religious roots. Lynden Christian High School is nearly as large as its public counterpart and the majority of the businesses are closed on Sunday.

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See a list of homes and property currently for sale in Lynden. Refine you search based upon your property needs and desires.

If you have questions about Lynden, Washington and real estate oppurtunities available there feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Lynden Lighted Parade Saturday Dec. 5th at 6pm

Lynden Lighted ParadeCome out to Lynden this Saturday and view one of Whatcom County’s greatest holiday celebrations the annual Lynden Lighted Parade. The parade starts at 6pm. The processional beings at Lynden’s Fairway Center and travels along Front St through downtown Lynden.
The Parade is made up of lighted parade floats, semi trucks, tractors and other farm equipment and is fun for the whole family. This year there will be a new  tradition, the lighting of the city Christmas tree sponsored by PSE. The ceremony will be held at Front & 4th Street immediately at the end of the parade as the last entry reaches 4th street.  In addition, don’t forget to take a tour of unique light displays & decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights  which runs until January!
If you have never been out to Lynden It is obvious to a first time visitor that the early Lynden settlers must have had Dutch roots, because this charming town celebrates its history in everything from its architecture to its festivals. It is also obvious that people take pride in their town and their homes- I don’t believe that I have ever seen an unkempt Lynden yard. Lynden was founded by farmers and farming- particularly berries and dairies- still provide the basis for the town’s economy.Lynden has also become a very popular retirement area as well as a place to live. Part of that can be explained by a golf course community called Homestead, which was well planned and executed across a broad spectrum of price ranges. Additional developments have maintained this quality and typically provided housing at a lower price range than comparable homes in Bellingham. Small wonder that Lynden has been the fastest growing city in Whatcom County since 1980.Home to the Northwest Washington Fair and the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden stays close to its agricultural roots and well as its religious roots. Lynden Christian High School is nearly as large as its public counterpart and the majority of the businesses are closed on Sunday.
For more information on Lynden, housing options in the area or relocation information email Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today!

It’s Fair Week in Lynden. The 2014 Northwest Washington Fair is Underway!

Case Tractor Machinery DisplayIt’s that time of year again, the time that Whatcom County locals call “Fair Week.”  The Northwest Washington Fair begins today in Lynden and  is going on until Saturday. Fair Gates open daily at 9am, vendors open 1oam, Carnival rides start at 11am and the fair closes daily at 11pm.

Gate admission to the fair is $10 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 62 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and ages 5 and under are free.  If you are looking to ride some of the carnival rides the rides start at $3 per ride or you can buy an all day pass for $30 and have unlimited rides all day.

A very tired 4-H member sleeping with her cow.

Whether it’s crafting displays, animals, amazing food, machinery, music, entertainment or talent displays you are sure to find something to fit your needs at the Northwest Washington Fair. One of my fair favorites happens to be all the kids 4-H animals. It’s so neat to so all the hard work and dedication that the youth of Whatcom County put into raising their animals to show at the fair and then in most cases auction off in the livestock auction Friday on the fairgrounds.  The kids put in countless hours of work at the fair. One little gal told me that she arrives on the grounds at 5:30am in the morning and does not leave until 10:30pm each day.  Each day the kids must wash and clean up after their animals and clean the fair’s barn and facilities in which their animals are housed, making for a long hard work for a lot of kids as noted by the picture I took at left of a little girl asleep in the barn cuddled up with her cow.

Come out to the fair and enjoy some of the fun rides and attractions Come out to the fair and enjoy some of the fun rides and attractions

For more information on the Northwest Washington Fair you can visit their website www.northwestwashingtonfair.org or call the Fair Office at (360) 354-4111.

It's Corn Maze Time in Lynden- A Favorite First Fall Activity

Lynden Corn MazeWhat better way to get ready for the start of the Fall Season than checking out the corn maze in Lynden. If you think that mazes are just puzzles for small kids, think again! Corn mazes are great fun for people of all ages. Corn mazes are carved into fields of cornstalks that are over 7 feet tall. People then have to walk through and try and find their way out. And it’s harder than it looks! Because you can’t see the whole picture, you just walk around and hope for the best. Many times you end up back where you were before because it is very difficult to distinguish between one wall of corn stalks and another!

Hours for the maze run from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays through September. A flashlight maze runs in the evenings Fridays and Saturdays.The Corn Maze is located just South on Lynden on the Hannegan Rd and is open 6pm to 10pm on Fridays, 2pm to 10pm on Saturdays and 2 to 6pm on Sundays.  Be sure and bring your flashlight if you are visiting after dark!

Admission is $6 for those in 7th grade on up and $4 for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Children 4 and under are free with a paying adult.  A family rate is also available $18 for two adults and three kids.  Proceeds from the maze go to the Lynden High School FFA.Quantcast

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Lynden Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Show

Puget Sound Antique Tractor ShowThis week is the start of the Puget South Antique Tractor and Machinery Show. Not only is the show a truly world class event, but so is the location the historical and beautiful Berthusen Park. The park is home to large old growth timber and gorgeous old barns and farming building. The show started yesterday and runs through Saturday.

For 36 yrs the Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Show has held the annual threshing bee and tractor show at Berthusen park just west of the town of Lynden just north of  Bellingham.  The show includes threshing demonstrations, an ample amount of antique tractors on display, an antique tractor and machinery parade,  steam powered saw mill demonstrations, tractor pulls and more. There is fun for the whole family with a great kids candy event and parade.

The older generation will have a great time observing the memories of old and the newer generations and children will have a blast learning out our history and the farming techniques of Whatcom County throughout the years.

Show hours are 8am to 8pm.  For the complete list of events view the Puget Sound Antique Tractor Show Program

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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.

If Your Are Waiting for the Bottom of the Bellingham Real Estate Market…You Missed It!

Indicators of an improving real estate market have been getting stronger over the past few months, and in looking at 2012 as a whole, it is obvious that the housing market in Whatcom County has come back.  For the first time since 2006, the number of homes sold, the average price at which they sold and the median price at which they sold over the course of 2012 are all higher than the prior year.

Whatcom County Residential Sales – Full Year
2011 2012 % Change
Units Sold 1841 2077 12.8%
Average Sale Price $272,642 $282,671 3.7%
Median Sale Price $242,310 $250,000 3.2%

This growth has been building throughout the year, and has been particularly strong in the last quarter, as shown below:

Whatcom County Residential Sales – 4th Quarter
2011 2012 % Change
Units Sold 445 542 21.8%
Average Sale Price $256,144 $290,242 13.3%
Median Sale Price $227,000 $259,500 14.3%

Another positive sign is that the number of days homes are on the market before selling has dropped.  When combined with continued low inventory and interest rates, 2013 may be a very good year for real estate in Whatcom County.

There are some individual areas where the numbers might raise questions, but for the most part, they do not raise a concern when considered more closely.  As examples,

While Lynden sales numbers were up by 24.6%, average and median prices were down around 2%, which has more to do with fewer sales over $400,000 than with overall declines in price.

Birch Bay/Blaine sales were down 9.5%, but average prices were up by 18.7% and the median increased by 11.9%.  These numbers reflected several factors which might actually indicate the market is much stronger there than it would appear at first glance.

Sales for more than $400,000 were up by 41%

Sales of bank owned properties were down by 5.3%

Short sales were down by 15%

Numbers are always interesting to me, and since they are measurements, they seem more reliable than opinions or stories from the street.  However, as we see in the Blaine numbers, unless one digs below the surface, the picture they give may be skewed.  From a purely anecdotal perspective, in the first 3 days of the New Year, we have been contacted by 5 new or returning clients who have decided it is time for them to buy.  While we certainly don’t expect that rate to continue, it is one more indicator of an uptick in the housing market. Continue Reading…..