Just Listed! Immaculate Home in Breathtaking Country Location in Everson

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Take a look at The Johnson Team’s newest listing in Everson. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on 5.3 acres is more than just picturesque, it is functional and move in ready.

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From the moment you drive onto the property, you will be surrounded by privacy, silence, and stunning views of the valley and hills lying before you. The owners have maintained this home with the same love and attention to detail with which they built it in 2006. Whether a cold winter’s evening or a warm summer night, there could be no better spot than sitting in the hot tub overlooking your surroundings.

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Learn more and see a virtual tour here today.

Tips for Keeping your Pets Safe and Secure This Fourth of July!

Keeping pets safeIf you are anything like me then your pets are an important part of your family.  The 4th of July is an exciting fun time for us, but is can be a huge  source of anxiety and fear for our pets.  Many dogs become startled and run off during the holiday. This 4th of July weekend take a minute and think about the tips below to help keep your pets happy and safe this 4th of July.

–  Dig out some recent photos of your pet or pick up your digital camera and snap a shot. Nothing would be worse than not being able to give people a visual of your pet in the even that they should become lost.

– Make sure your pet is micro chipped and has proper identification tags on their collar in the event that they should become lost and then found.

–  Secure your pets in a safe area whether you decide on a kennel or a crate so you are confident they will not become startled and run off.

– If you plan on having house guest over inform that guests on your wishes to keep you pet safe. If you animals are indoor pets only make them aware of your wishes to not have them let outside.

– Many pets do not like loud and noisy environments so consider keeping the noise away from your pet or playing a calm music in their area to help ease their anxiety with all the commotion going on around them.

– In the event that your pet may become lost you can contact the Whatcom County Humane Society to see if they have found your pet you can visit them online at http://www.whatcomhumane.org/

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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End of June Rates!

Thinking of buying, selling or refinancing? People’s Bank Home Loan Center passed along today’s rates to us. Below is a chart showing the rates as of yesterday, June 28th.

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

Bellinham and Whatcom County Relocation Information

Are you or your family considering relocating to Bellingham or Whatcom County? The Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help! Our website offers an abundance of helpful information to help you become better acquainted to Bellingham and other communities in Whatcom County.

Making a move a move to another area is a big decision and we recognize that it involves more than just switching homes, you are switching communities.   The Johnson Team Real Estate website is here to offer support with your relocation and to help you be as informed as you can about our area before arriving.  Whether you are looking for information on school and education in Bellingham to the top employers in Whatcom County, you have your answers!

Below is a list of relocation pages on our website to help you learn more about what Bellingham, Washington and the Whatcom County area have to offer!
Bellingham Relocation Packages
Request a free relocation information package on Bellingham and the Whatcom County area.

 

 Real Estate Search

See what kind of homes and properties are for sale in Bellingham and the surrounding communities such as Ferndale, and Lynden. Use our interactive maps search or text search to narrow down properties based on your housing needs.
Whatcom County Communities
Whatcom County is a very diverse area in terms of the various communities that it encompasses. The cities range from Bellingham with a population of 67,171 to Lummi Island with a population of 813. Learn more about other Whatcom County communities like Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine.

 
Photos of Bellingham and Whatcom County
View photos of everything Whatcom County has to offer from the hills of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and everything in between.

Education
Bellingham and Whatcom County offer a wealth of educational opportunities to residents. The area is comprised of seven public school districts, many private schools and several colleges including Western Washington University.

 

Whatcom County Employment
Whatcom County is a hot spot for employment with its central location between Seattle and Vancouver BC. The area is home to many companies and corporate headquarters. The top employers in the county vary from Western Washington University to the City of Bellingham.

Recreational Opportunities in Whatcom County
With the waters of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker serving as borders, Whatcom County is sure to offer all kinds of recreational opportunities. You name it we’ve got it here from ocean kayaking to snow skiing you can do it all.

 
Arts and Entertainment
If you are looking for an area full of the Arts, then you have found the place. Bellingham and the surrounding areas are full of wonderful art venues. The Mount Baker Theatre brings in broadway performers and the Whatcom County Museum is full of lovely exhibits and artifacts. Whether you are coming to Bellingham on a visit or you live here, you are sure to find lots to do and see.

 


Moving Truck
Make your move easier with The Johnson Team Moving Truck. Available free to our clients and community organizations.

For more specialized information on Bellingham, Washington and surrounding areas feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today, we’d be happy to help!

Are We Feeling the Shockwaves of Seattle’s Market?

The headline on the front page of The Seattle Times this morning is “Home Prices Jump in South Seattle”.  The article goes on to say the City’s median house price is now nearly $820,000. We feel the shock waves of the Seattle market here in Whatcom County as more Seattleites search up & down the I-5 corridor to find an affordable home.

More often than not, one hears “how can local folks afford to buy a home here”? Many times the buyers are people displaced by the high prices of the Seattle market & searching out a place for their family. Terms we are hearing now include “Pressure Cooker Market”, “Surging Prices”, “Instant Response Market” rather than a “Quick Action Market”.  No matter what terms you prefer to use, know that our local real estate market will continue to rise, inventory will be in short supply & while interest rates will continue to rise, it’s doubtful to me that it will do much to slow things down.

Here’s a great visual on the number of homes available overtime:

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If you or your friends or family have questions about the market, Mike & I would be more than  happy to help you make some sense out of it.  Give us a call at 360 303 2734.

 

Spring is Here! Is your lawn ready?

Hand LawnSpring is officially here! Even though the sun is not shining today, warmer and brighter days are ahead.

Now is the time to attend to our lawns and get ahead of the curve to achieve a vibrant and healthy turf! Winter can change soil pH, compact the soil and create hospitable environments for weeds and disease.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

1. Give your yard a good raking now. This helps with thatch build up and leaf removal left over from last season. This will remove any dead grass blades and give you a fresh start. Also, if you find any “matted patches” from winter, a light raking will help you to avoid a disease called “snow mold”. It’s best to start this step after all the snow is gone for the season… Watch for uneven areas. Low spots cause poor drainage and high spots can get scalped by the lawn mower. A shovel can help you even out the ground…cut back raised areas and fill in the depressed ones. For very large lawns, you can rent a de-thatcher.

 

2. Check for compaction. Compaction happens when there is high foot traffic. Grass can’t take root when there is compaction and weeds can flourish. Moss can signify compaction (among other things). The remedy is lawn aeration. Aeration is best performed in late Spring, in our area of the country. How do you know if your lawn is compacted? Try this trick: stick a garden fork into the ground. If the tines fail to penetrate 2 inches (5.08 centimeters), your soil is compacted and should be loosened with an aerator designed to remove small plugs of soil from your lawn.

 

3. Moss also signals acidity. Grass likes it neutral, so lime is a good idea to help this situation, although it’s a slow fix. ONLY lime if there is truly an acidity issue, otherwise, you can go backwards as your lawn may become alkaline, which is not helpful either. Consider having your lawn tested to identify its condition. Also, consider an iron application which is usually in spray form. Within days, the turf should respond to the iron applications and turn darker green in color.

 

4. You may need to overseed if you have dog spots, heavy traffic or neglect *(bare, brown spots). A slow release nitrogen fertilizer should be applied while overseeding. Five weeks later, after the grass germinates, apply a quick release nitrogen fertilizer.

 

Special thanks to our friends at Corion Landscape Management for the great article. If you need professional help with getting our lawn ready for spring, Corion Landscape Management is here to help. Corion offers exceptional landscaping installation and maintenance services for Bellingham, Ferndale, Mt. Vernon, Burilington and all of Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties.

Buying, Selling, or Refinancing? Check the Mortgage Rates!

If you are buying, selling, or refinancing, the current mortgage rates are very important. Make sure you stay updated on the latest rates. You can see below what the current rates are as of today, March 15th.

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

Let it Snow! Winter Driving Tips

SnowDrivingIt’s officially here!  Snow is currently lightly falling at the office with more expected throughout the day. The tips below are courtesy of AAA.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Stay warm and safe!

Burrrrrrr! How to Weather The Winter in an Older Home

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Burrrrrrrrrr! It’s cold outside today in Bellingham and around Western Washington!

Many Bellingham and Whatcom County were homes built  in the early 1900 and even late 1800’s. Weathering the cold and dark winter months is a challenge for anyone, but can be especially difficult if you live in an older home. Older homes carry a lot of appeal but older homes also come with problems and a lot of them are brought to light in cold winters. These are common issues that should be addressed and corrected so that your focus is on friends, family and holidays, and not with home repairs.

Many older homes come with beautiful glass work but unfortunately, these drafty, single-pane windows allow heat to escape, wasting energy and money. Replacement windows can be expensive but they are often the most effective way to increase energy efficiency and comfort.

Insulation overall can be a problem in older homes, and inadequate insulation should be supplemented with additional insulation, particularly in attics. In order to ascertain how much insulation you need, check with local sources to determine if minimum insulation ratings (R-values) are required in your area for new homes and then meet or exceed those levels in your older home if you can.

Outdated water pipes can cause huge problems if cold temperatures cause them to freeze or burst. Older pipes made of galvanized steel, iron, or lead may need to be replaced if they are not in good condition. Good replacement options include copper or CPVC.
Early sunsets can make the winter seem dreary and long, so simple steps to brighten the interior of your home can go a long way to lifting those winter blues. Add bright color to any room with pillow covers, flowers, or indoor plants. Likewise, giving a small space like a powder or laundry room a fresh coat of paint in a cheerful color can help brighten an indoor space without becoming a major project. If you’ve got a green thumb, you can also take this time to plan out your spring garden, reminding yourself of sunnier, longer days to come.

Thanks you to Jefferson Livingston with Pillar to Post Home Inspections for sharing this great information with us!  Stay warm everyone!

New Pending Ratios!

Homes by EmailThe 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, February 2nd, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 50%. 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 42%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 32%

The Lynden pending ratio was 42%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 61%

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