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.

Non-Profit Moving Truck Featured User: Whatcom Human Society

Your referrals let us provide help to  Whatcom county non-profit organizations who benefit our community. Please think of us when a friend or relative talks about moving and tell your favorite non-profit to give us a call when they need a truck!

The Whatcom Humane Society believes that all animals, as sentient beings, have value beyond economic measurements and are entitled to legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection.

The Whatcom Humane society advocates for  animals, educates the community to promote humane treatment and respect as well as well as provide for abandoned, injured, abused or neglected animals.

For over 110 years, Whatcom Humane  Society has been sheltering abandoned  animals, fighting animal cruelty and  neglect and working to build a caring, compassionate and humane community.

Our work is made possible by the generosity of people like you

Your real estate  referrals fund our truck and help us all  make a difference!

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

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!

Just Listed! Move In Ready Home in Nooksack!

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Just listed by Mike Bredeson! Wonderful home in Nooksack. This home is 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms a living room and family room. Open concept living, with the kitchen, dining and family room open to each other. Large kitchen, with stainless appliances. Upstairs has a private master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and master bath, 3 large bedrooms, the laundry room, as well as a 2nd full bathroom. Large flat, fully fenced lot. Great southern exposure. Plus a nice sized 2 car garage. Move in ready.

For more information, visit our 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!

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!

4 Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Interior Designer

Whether you’re styling a new room, renovating an existing one, or simply hoping to bring some fresh style to your home, putting together an aesthetically pleasing space can be a challenge. That’s when some people will start to consider hiring a professional to help them out. If you’re looking at working with an interior designer, here are four questions to ask yourself first to make sure it’s the right decision for you.

 

4 Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Interior Designer

 

What’s your style? Do you want a Scandinavian style? Industrial? Shabby chic? Mid-century modern? Your interior designer can provide guidance if you’re not sure what kind of look you’re going for, but knowing what styles you like and dislike can offer some important guidelines to make sure you end up with a finished product you’re happy with. Here are 10 interior design style quizzes to help you narrow down what you like!

What do you need help with? You can do it yourself or you can hire a full-service interior designer who will handle every step from concept to execution, but most people need something in between. Each designer has their strengths and specialties, so it’s important to know what skills you’ll need before choosing the designer. Check out these questions before you hire a designer to make sure they are the best fit for you and your project.

Are you ready to give input? It might sound appealing to hand off a room or a home to a designer and then come back to a finished space, but in actuality, you will be answering a lot of questions and making a lot of decisions. If you aren’t ready to be decisive, it might be better to DIY your decor, so you have as much time as you need to experiment.

What’s your budget? Interior designers, like most professionals, can tailor their offering to your budget — as long as you know what it is. Make sure you’re prepared with a number or range, because many designers ask for the amount in a lump sum. Need some tips on how to determine your budget? Here’s a guide that will walk you through how to maximize your decorating budget, and tips on how to stick to it.

If you’ve answered all these questions, you probably have a good idea not just of whether or not you should hire an interior designer, but of what sort of designer you should be looking for. No matter which direction you take, best of luck putting together a home or room with a look you love!

Thank you to Sydney Stonecypher of People’s Bank for the great article!