Bellingham, WA Real Estate News

By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
County coucil member  and mayoral candidate Dan McShane has proposed extending protection to the Lake Padden Watershed similar to that of Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. Just wondering what folks thought about this. I have mixed feelings at the moment. On the one hand I am certainly into protecting our lakes. On the other Lake Padden is not as critical as Lake Whatcom which isproviding drinking water to the citizens of Bellingham. If we remove the land in the Lake Padden Wateshed from development, then that seems to me like we will be eliminating a lot of potential homesites in the Yew Street Road area which is slated for urban growth. If not here, where? We want to avoid sprawl in the county, and we are trying to reduce the amount of land available for development close to the city. As t...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
More great Free entertainment in Bellingham happens every Thursday evening. All you need is a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy a free evening concert in Elizabeth Park! If you bring an appetite there are even a few favorite food vendors there to feed you.The Elizabeth Park Concerts are Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m through the end of August. The concert series is sponsored by The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation.The rest of the lineup is:July 12 - Amber Darland (local folk rock singer/songwriter)July 19 - The Wandering (indie alternative rock)July 26 - What the Chelm (local klezmer band)August 2 - Old Time Fiddlers August 9 - Matt Audette & The Circle of Friends (country)August 16 - Gypsy Lou Band (British rock band)August 23 - Maggie's Fury (Irish folk band)August...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
It was pretty hot today and while I was working, my family got to go out and play in the Nooksack River. It just got me to thinking about telling you about the Nugent's Corner Nooksack River access. Whatcom County has a 14 acre site near the Nugent's bridge near Deming. Take the first right past the bridge and follow the access road and you'll be there, free parking and all. A short walk down the river to close yourself off.
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Starting tonight and running or dancing through August 1, The Downtown Renaissance Network presents will be presenting Downtown Sounds, the concerts in the alley between Holly and Bay/Champoion streets.  It is the alley next to The Wild Buffalo House of Music. The shows run from 6-9 pm. They have a great line  up of musicians starting tonight with Flowmotion, followed next week by Bow Diddlers, after that Randy Oxford Band and finishing the season with one of my favorites, The Clumsy Lovers.  Blond Ambition a group of local Bellydancers will open each show.  
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By Denise Bunger
(BuyerTours Realty)
More and more, we're hearing about green homes and green building. What does this really mean? Personally, I want to install a 12 person hot tub on my property (kinda crazy, I know), but I don't want to contribute any further to the climate crisis. Professionally, I want to provide clients with good information on this topic.To more effectively answer the "green" question and to more accurately assess self-described "green" property listings, here are a couple of links that provide good definitions of "green" building practices, materials, products, vendors, etc...BuildingGreen.comU.S. Green Building Council
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
There are many types of loan packages available in Bellingham WA.  There are many companies that offer competitive rates and great financing options.  I have been a Realtor for a while, I came across Security First Mortgage.  I meet Mark Cross and sent him a few of my clients. I have been really happy with the way he and security first conducts business, they even have a escrow company that closes all the transactions.  Truly one stop shopping.Check out the links bellow these are some of the loans that Marck Cross specializes inMark Cross, Bellingham Mortgage Broker specializes in:100% Financing Refinance Debt Consolidation FHA LoansFirst Time Buyer Loans Construction Loans VA Home Loans
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham beaches are a perfect place to spend that summer afternoon.  Whether looking for a place to swim, sunbathe, jog, or picnic, at least one of these great Bellingham locations will suit your need. Several Bellingham beaches rest within the city limits.  Boulevard Park is a local favorite.   Accessible by road, trail, or kayak, the park draws visitors of every kind.  Boat watchers can stroll on the rocky, half-mile long Bellingham beach and enjoy weekend sailboat regattas.   Groups often spend the evening barbecuing, tossing frisbees, or playing volleyball, while others find solitude in combing the shore for shells.  The colorful sunsets are universally popular. Marine Park is just to south, huddled between the train tracks and the Fairhaven shipyards.  Despite its seemingly indu...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham summers are magnificent.  Both tourists and locals love the town's weather, activities, and exciting energy. Fun, weekly opportunities abound during the gorgeous Bellingham summer. Nearly every Thursday, for example, one hundred passengers pile onto a tour boat for the Bellingham Bay History Cruise.   The tour is guided by a curator from the Whatcom Museum of History and Art; the cruise's ongoing popularity suggests that the guide is not only knowledgeable, but also entertaining.   (Yes, Bellingham even has entertaining curators.)  In addition to learning local history, passengers get to see an incredible sunset, harbor seals, and the city from an exciting new perspective. The Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema is unique event.  Every Saturday, moviegoers take advantage of the Bellingh...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham festivals highlight the best aspects of the city - volunteers who make the events happen, unique cultural facets of the community, and residents who love to have fun. The most famous of all the Bellingham festivals is the annual Ski to Sea Race.  Hosted annually on Memorial Day Weekend, thousands of athletes from around the world participate in the unique event.   Ski to Sea originally focused solely on the race - a seven-person relay beginning with skiing on Mt. Baker and ending in a kayak on Bellingham Bay.  The event has since expanded to include a parade and lively gathering of vendors near the finish line.  This Bellingham festival is not only the largest and best-known; it's also a local favorite. Each Fourth of July, the city holds an exciting Independence Day Festival...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham florists know how to brighten up every occasion.  Whether you are looking for wedding decorations, a Valentine's Day gift, a sympathy bouquet, or anything else, these Bellingham florists can help you out. A Lot of Flowers, the cleverly named Fairhaven shop, is a local favorite.  This Bellingham florist's quaint atmosphere attracts many neighborhood shoppers, as well as plant-lovers that travel from around the city to explore the A Lot of Flowers garden.   In addition to "lots" of flowers, the shop sells garden decorations, candles, and other plants. (360.647.0728) Rebecca's Flower Shoppe, also located in Fairhaven, is one of the most unique Bellingham florists.  Employees do whatever it takes to create the perfect bouquet or decorations.   Last year, for example, they made ch...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Sudden Valley Resedential Real Estate is increasing at a pretty good pace compared to the rest of the nation. Here are the numbers for the first half of the year compared to last year.They had a 6% increase in average sales price and a 4% increase if you look at the median price.The number  of homes sold decreased by 14 and they have been sitting on the market quite a bit longer than last year.These statistics are from the NWMLS.If you would like any more information about Real Estate or Real Estate statistics visit my website at BellinghamProperty.com
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
In ongoing effort to create affordable housing in Bellingham, Whatcom County has received  grants and loans from Housing Trust Fund, which is administered by the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, totalling $2.6 million to be divide between the Bellingham Housing Authority, Kulshan Community Land Trust and Whatcom-Skagit Housing. This money will account for 64 new affordable homes and apartments in the county. The projects include the Bellingham Housing Authority's Meadow Wood Townhomes II, a 25-unit apartment complex,the second phase of Housing Authority development under way on Aldrich Road. Whatcom-Skagit Housing's Portal Commons in Ferndale and Kulshan Community Land Trust's Matthei Place in Fairhaven. You can read more about this in the Bellingham Herald.  
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
More than 400 entries from Whatcom County were received for this years "Essence of Bellingham" Photo Competition. 29 local photographers will receive recognition for their entries The top 100 entries will be viewing available for viewing in the Rotunda room of the Whatcom Museum of History & Art Downtown  7-10 p.m. Friday July 6, which coincides with the Downtown Gallery Walk,. All of the entries are posted on the City of Bellingham website at www.cob.org/eob.  The winners will be recognized by Mayor Tim Douglas at the July 16 Bellingham City Council meeting. Entries will also be shown on BTV10 and added to the Whatcom Museum's photographic collection. Mayor TIm Douglas said the photo competition is expected to continue as an annual event, and he invites local shutterbugs to start snapp...
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For most of us, our homes are our innermost sanctums and must reflect who we are both inwardly and outwardly. I'd like to think all banks and lenders have your best interests at heart, but I've heard it said far too many times that a fool is soon parted with their money! I propose to First Time Homebuyers to first of all--get informed! Invest some time up front before you start looking at houses. For example, you can get your free consumer credit report over a 3 month period (request one report per month from each of the 3 Bureaus) and see if you need to make improvements in your credit at least 3 months before you go for a loan. https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp  With so many great resources, it's hard to pick just one source, which is why I compile my blogs (no ads just...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Here are the sales statistics for Bellingham Condos for the first half of the year.Not quite as rosy a picture as for residential real estate in Bellingham. There was a 6% decrease in condo sales price for the average price and a 1% decrease in median value.If you would like any more information about Real Estate or Real Estate statistics visit my website at BellinghamProperty.com
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The numbers are in! Here is the graph for the first quarter sales statistics for Bellingham.Unlike most of the country we have seen a rise in sales price here in Bellingham - 4% so far this year if you look at average, or median price increase, We have had 25 more sales this year, with a longer number of days on the market. If you would like any more information about Real Estate or Real Estate statistics visit my website at BellinghamProperty.com
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Another interesting graph, The condo market had a slight price decline from last year of 1%. But the market is significantly down from May of 06 and yet up 13% from last month on the averagae price while up only 2% for the mean sales price.I will have more data on first half of the year statistics coming soon.If you would like any more information about Real Estate or Real Estate statistics visit my website at BellinghamProperty.com
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Interesting graph this month, the average sales price went over $400,000and took a good leap over 2006 and last month. The increase for the average price is 7.2%. The median price rose as well quite a bit over 2006 - 8.9%, but a slightly lower rise compared to last month.So Bellinghm prices continue to climb. We live in a beautiful place and the Real Estate values are showing it to be a desirable place to live as well as the press.If you would like any more information about Real Estate or Real Estate statistics visit my website at BellinghamProperty.com
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham WA condominiums Bellingham condominiums are popping up throughout the city, for good reason. From studios to 4-bedrooms, waterfront to cul-de-sac, buyers can any Bellingham condominium they are looking for. Cheaper than houses of comparable size, condos are always a great deal. Bellingham condominiums are no exception. Built consistently throughout the last few decades, buyers have a plethora of styles to choose from. As jobs and services become readily available in different areas of town, condominium construction is following, thus enabling buyers to find a low-cost, high-benefit home wherever they look in Bellingham. Near Western Washington University, condominiums are quite popular. Savvy students, recent graduates, and university faculty are realizing the benefits of pu...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham waterfront land Undeveloped Bellingham waterfront land has many uses. The state and city governments are careful to protect much waterfront property for parks and wildlife restoration, thus providing locals with access to beautiful Larrabee State Park, Boulevard Park, Zuanich Park, and Marine Park, just to name a few. Additionally, other equally gorgeous areas are available to make private waterfront property. Zoned almost entirely for low-density, single-family homes, undeveloped Bellingham waterfront properties are the perfect place to live your dream. Whether building that custom log cabin for your fishing weekends or designing that solar powered, self-sustainable house, starting from undeveloped waterfront property allows you the freedom to make your fantasy a reality. A...
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