Bellingham, WA Real Estate News

By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The American Museum of Radio and Electricity, located at 1312 Bay Street in downtown Bellingham is a nique museum that houses a  collection of nationally recognized vintage radios and other electronic devices. All of the ancestors of the cell phone, high-speed internet and cable television. The museum is dedicated to the history of the scientific exploration of electricity,  and the the preservation of antique radios, the golden age of radio, and the dawning of the wireless age. It began in 1985 as "The Bellingham Antique Radio Museum" with Jonathan Winter as it's founder. It was his collection of over 800 vintage radios, dating from the early 20s. In 2001, pre-1920 wireless and electrical devices in the collection of  John Jenkins were added to the museum. The collection is organized b...
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By David Helm, Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
(Helm Home Inspections)
There are a number of magnificent trails in and around Bellingham, Washington.  They are all a part of the city's Greenways program.  Here is a list of five that Bellinghamsters use regularly.1.  Interurban Trail - This trail, for much of its distance, follows the old interurban rail line road bed that connected communities in Whatcom County to communities in Skagit County.  The trail starts on the Old Fairhaven Parkway, makes its way through some residential areas, old forest, Arroyo Park, open areas and ends up at Larrabee State Park.  It is seven miles one way and is well worth the effort.2.  Lake Padden Park Trails.  2.6 mile loop around the lake.  This is a popular walking and jogging trail.  It goes through heavily forested areas except for those areas on the East and Southeast la...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The Whatcom Museum of History & Art is one of the most interesting and unusual buildings in Bellingham. The red brick Victorian building is trimmed with Chuckanut sandstone. It houses some permanent exhibits of cultural and natural artifacts that trace Bellingham's early history as well as a vast collection of images of local historical value. Temporary exhibits vary widely from things of local significance and artists to international shows like the recent Rodin Exhibit.  The beautiful old building that is home to the museum was built in 1892 as the City Hall. By 1939, a new city hall was built and the  old building was declared outdated and scheduled to be demolished when some local preservationists had the foresight to put up a fight to keep the old beauty around for future generatio...
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By Anna Biondolillo
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON!  According to Bert Sperling in an article posted in the New York Times.   The number 3 spot went to Portland, Oregon, and the coveted number 1 spot went to: Gainesville, Florida. Anyone remember what happened to the town of Dante's Peak right after it was ranked number 2?  :)
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By Anna Biondolillo
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
Being young and in real estate brings with it its challenges.  Establishing your validity right out of the starting becomes routine as it virtually always expected.  I am often asked, "How old are you?" from skeptical prospective clients, and that's my cue to convince them that I may be young, but I'm not stupid.  Of course, I don't try to convince people of my competency by spouting off my resume, but by telling them what they want to know about real estate.  Staying continually informed on things like market stats has become invaluable, because people don't argue with numbers.  Dressing professionally has also become a necessity.  Even on "casual Friday" because you never know who you're going to be meeting.  And when you're young, there often really isn't such thing as a second impre...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The Sehome neighborhood is located northeast of Western Washington University, and the Arboretum on Sehome Hill which tops out at 650 feet above Bellingham Bay. It is one of Bellingham's older neighborhoods and it's history adds alot to Bellingham, it is once a town on its own and one of the 4 towns that combined to become Bellingham. Sehome became New Whatcom and joined Whatcom and later Fairhaven and Bellingham to be the city we know today .The Sehome Hill Arboretum is 165-acres of open space that is owned and managed jointly by Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham and includes walking trails and dramatic views of Bellingham Bay. I have fond memories of walking that trial to WWU when I lived on Key Street many years ago.The neighborhood has homes that have views of...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Ben Kinney | Home4Investment Real Estate Team - Keller Williams | 877-512-5773 13 Beaver Ridge Cir, Bellingham, WA Sudden Valley home with many upgrades in a beautiful, sunny, quiet setting. Great floor plan with lots of space. 4 Bdrm Single Family House offered at $314,000 Year Built 2005 Sq Footage 2,160 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 0.161 acres HOA/Maint $30 per month DESCRIPTION Sudden Valley home with many upgrades and lots of sunshine! House sits in a beautiful quiet setting with trees for privacy and lots of wildlife. The upgrades include: tile, slate, light fixtures, window coverings, large fireplace/bookshelf, wood wrapped windows, wood blinds throughout, all of the appliances, plus an extra freezer and BBQ grill. Great floor pla...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Ben Kinney | Home4Investment Real Estate Team - Keller Williams | 877-512-5773 18 Orchid Court, Bellingham, WA Amazing views of Lake Whatcom from all living spaces, a chef's dream kitchen, hot tub, and luxury amenities abound! 3 Bdrm Single Family House offered at $575,000 Year Built 2003 Sq Footage 2,300 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 6,000 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Amazing Lake Whatcom View Property! Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this quiet paradise includes sit-down lake views from all living spaces as well as the peninsula green of Sudden Valley's PGA golf course. The Chef's dream kitchen contains a large walk-in pantry and plenty of shelving for cookbooks. Three decks take full advantage of the natural beauty and m...
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By David Helm, Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
(Helm Home Inspections)
This outdoor art blog, the third in a series, features art found in Downtown Bellingham, Washington.  The sculptures on the back lawn of the Bellingham Public Library, are part of a revolving display.  Pieces are kept for a period of time, then replaced by others.  Some of the downtown Bellingham pieces have been in place for some time.I hope these pieces are enjoyed by all who look.  There will be one more part in this series.  Hopefully I'll have that one up later this week.Thanks for lookingDavid Helmwww.helmhomeinspections.com
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By Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector
(King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.)
One of the parks that is in Bellingham, and would probably not immediately come to mind, is Memorial Park. It is in the Sunnyland neighborhood, right behind Sunnyland Elementary School (where I went to school for one week in the 1950's before they redistricted me elsewhere.) This park is at King streets and East Maryland. It is a very pretty park, the only negative I was aware of was the freeway noise, as it borders on the freeway at the east side. This park goes back to WWI, when it was put in to commemorate the local war dead from "The Great War." Since that time, they have added memorials for all US wars. I had a rather odd experience. While looking at the WWII memorial, I remembered clear back to my childhood. There was a lady in the neighborhood, who's son had perished during a bom...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham Assisted living options Bellingham has been repeatedly ranked among the top cities in the country for being a desirable place for retirees to call home. With its numerous activities and events, friendly community, moderate climate, and close proximity to all the excitement and beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it's no wonder active seniors are retiring in Bellingham. This remarkable city is also home to several retirement communities and assisited living facilities. These aren't your typical retirement places - they provide custom care for seniors who need a little extra help, while still allowing their residents to enjoy the comfort and freedom of independent living. Here you will find the resources you need to settle down in Bellingham and enjoy the golden years of retiremen...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Bellingham Airport The Bellingham International Airport provides the region with commercial, general aviation, and corporate air transportation needs. The Bellingham airport is located 90 miles north of Seattle which allows for a quick commuter trip to the Seattle-Tacoma International airport in a mere 39 minutes. The airport is situated on the north side of the city and is 30 minutes south of the U.S.-Canadian border, 40 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. But the Bellingham airport is not just any ordinary airport. Many travelers praise Bellingham's airport for a professional but laidback atmosphere. Travelers feel refreshed to step onto solid ground and breathe a sigh of relief when welcomed into Bellingham. It is a great change from the usual pandemonium of a larger airport...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
    Bellingham Restaurant information One of the wonderful things about Bellingham is the variety of restaurants offered throughout the city. As you walk through Fairhaven or downtown Bellingham you might notice an array of locally owned, colorful restaurants each with their own unique character, lining the streets. Fairhaven Restaurants: Fairhaven is the famed historic district on the south side of town which overlooks the bay. The southern portion of Bellingham with its towering brick buildings make home for popular restaurants such as the Colophon Café, the Harris Avenue Café, Avenue Bread, Skylarks, Mambo Italiano, Win's Drive-in, A.W. Asian Bistro, Dirty Dan Harris, Dos Padres, Coppa Mediterranean Bistro, the Flats, and Fino, among local favorites.  Centrally located in Fairhaven, ...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
Market Trends for Whatcom County & Bellingham Whatcom Listed Sold Pend/STI/Cont. Canc/Expired Month of April 735 311 275 295 Month of May 822 371 404 372 April 9 - 16 180 62 81 43 April 30 - May 7 232 72 106 146 May 7 - 14 176 57 105 50 May 14-21 180 68 100 93 May 21-28 226 79 116 66 May 28 - June 4 165 107 87 132 June 4 - 11 221 56 112 54 Number of properties on the Market - Whatcom Whatcom Residential Condo Vacant Land Multi Family April 9 -16 1527 544 1055 84 April 30 - May 7 1618 567 1096 82 May 7 - 14 1624 569 1130 84 May 14-21 1654 571 1105 86 May 28 - June 4 1644 564 1130 84 June 4 - 11 1666 584 1160 91 Median Sale Price since January 1, 2007   Residential Condo Vacant Land Multi Family Whatcom $293,725 $272,000 $277,000 $293,725 Median List Price since January 1, 2007   Residen...
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By Appraisals Appraisals
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 Per Port of Bellingham Press Release on June 07 2007:  "The Port of Bellingham has received a national boating access award from the Boat Owners Association of the United States for its efforts to turn Bellingham's industrial waterfront into a boater-friendly downtown. Boat U.S is the nation's most powerful advocate for advancing the interests of boaters.  Boat U.S. recognized the Port, the City, the Waterfront Advisory Group, and all the project partners for planning to help meet local boating needs while preserving the city's working waterfront and for forging a model for other communities to follow..The planned marina and waterfront redevelopment are the subject of a feature article in the May issue of Boat U.S. Magazine, the world's largest publication in recreational boating with ...
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Do you have a skills and or talents that you can share?  Don't know where to start?  There are a bunch of programs out there to match your skills and talents to specific volunteer work! Volunteer Match: http://www.volunteermatch.org/bymsa/m860/c/opp1.html Whatcom Volunteer Center: http://www.whatcomvolunteer.org/ City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer: http://www.cob.org/parks/volunteer/ "Small service is true service"-------William Wordsworth"Helping out is not some special skill.  It is not the domain of rare individuals.  It is not confined to a single part or time of our lives.  We simply heed the call of that natural caring impulse and follow where it leads" -------------------Ram Dass and Paul Gorman
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The Washington Center for Real Estate Research (WCRER) An excellent resource for those in the Washington State Real Estate Industry.  The Center was created in 1989 by the Washington State University Board of Regents to achieve the university's  mission of education, research and service in the real estate Industry. Per their website:  "The Center's objectives under this mission include providing research and educational tools to real estate licensees, offering relevant services to practitioners in related businesses, cooperating with state and local government agencies, and keeping consumers informed about important real estate issues. The ultimate goal of the Center is to provide a wide range of useful and understandable information, analysis and knowledge using academic methods in pr...
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The more we navigate around the U.S. Small Business Administration's website the more information we find!  Don't waste money on all of those business model books...when there is so much free info out there!  There are courses on the following:Starting a businessBusiness PlanningBusiness ManagementFinancing & AccountingMarketing and AdvertisingGovernment ContractingRisk Management and Cyber Security E- CommerceInternational TradeFedreal Tax TrainingSmall Business RetirementThere are some great online courses available online at the following website:http://www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses/index.html P.S. You have to fill out a short form to proceed but it is painless and worth it 
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By Appraisals Appraisals
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According to the FHA Website here are the manufactured home guidelines required for getting a FHA loan:  A Title I loan for a manufactured home requires one of the following:A certificate label attached to the home, or A label verification letter. Obtain a label verification letter by visiting the website of the HUD approved contractor, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) A Title II loan requires all of the following:A certificate label or label verification letter. The placement of the home on a permanent foundation that complies with the Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing (PFGMH). A certification from a licensed professional engineer verifying compliance with the PFGMH. The most common permanent foundation errors delaying the approval of an FHA-in...
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By Appraisals Appraisals
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 Check out the online Video Demo of HUD and PATH's Concept Homehttp://www.pathnet.org/concepthomedemo/A Concept Home is an energy efficent, sustainable and affordable alternative: Reduce building and energy costs by cutting construction building timeand improving the overall energy efficiency of all aspects of the home. Increase the overall life expectancy of the home by increasing durability and reducing maintenance needs. Create greater flexibility in the home design to allow adapt it to the changing needs of the occupants. Reduce the overall impact of the home on the environment, including reducing job-site construction waste
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