Aug. 22, 2012

Downtown Bellingham Hidden GEMS Tour – Aug 22

Come on downtown today for  the Downtown’s Hidden GEMS (Galleries, Electricity, Museums, Sweets) Tour, including the newly branded Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Mindport Exhibits, Cedarworks Gallery, and Bellingham Railway Museum (each stop will be 10 minutes). These museums/galleries are special attractions located in a 2-block vicinity within our ...

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July 2, 2012

Seattle’s new 175 foot tall Ferris Wheel open for business

Seattle's latest tourist attraction, destined to be a landmark, is a 17-story Ferris wheel billed as the tallest to go into year-round operation in the United States.

It opened to the public last Friday, giving riders a new panoramic view of theSeattle

Called the "Great Wheel" it has 42 ...

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June 6, 2012

Bellingham's Major Employers & Finding a Job in Whatcom County

Certain things about Bellingham are hard to miss- like the beauty of the San Islands across Bellingham Bay, or Mt. Baker looking down on us on a clear day.  But when people visit Bellingham, especially when thinking of relocating here, one important question inevitably rises to the surface:  ...

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June 4, 2012

Bank of America to reduce mortgage principle

Bank of America has said they will begin mailing 200,000 letters offering a select group of customers mortgage principal reduction.

If you are a have a mortgage with B of A and are behind on payments and "underwater", you may be eligible.   Don't toss away the letters ...

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June 4, 2012

One Good Reason To Relocate to Washington

Back Country Skiing!  As home to the most glaciers in the lower 48 states, Washington is a back country skiing wonderland.  We are skiing twelve months of the year here with the North Cascades in our backyard.  Granted, it takes a  healthy effort and a proper amount ...

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June 3, 2012

What is the Mutual Agreement Date?

The Mutual Agreement Date is the date the last party making an offer or counter offer receives notification that their offer (or counter offer) was accepted and both parties have  agreed to all terms and conditions of the Purchase and Sale agreement.

We often say it is the date the ...

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May 20, 2012

Bank of America Offers Up to $30,000 to Some Short Sale Sellers

Bank of America says it will provide up to $30,000 in relocation assistance to some borrowers who can't pay their mortgage. They want to work with the borrowers to obtain a preapproved short-sale price before submitting purchase offers.

To be eligible for the program and payment Short sales ...

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May 5, 2012

Waterfront Redevelopment Plans Scaled Down

At a joint meeting of City Council and the Port of Bellingham commission the announcement was made of a slimmed-down plan for a redeveloped central waterfront.
Of course the plan won't be finalized until fall, but some key changes from earlier proposals seem to be:

• Postponement of the ...

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April 23, 2012

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Streamline Short Sales

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to streamline the short sale process in order to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure.

This news came out last week.   The first stage of the new process will begin in June. The new timelines include the ...

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April 23, 2012

Downtown Mount Vernon Tulip Festival Street Fair

One of the many special events that takes place during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is Mount Vernon's annual Downtown Street Fair. I like it because it's a chance for many people who come to my valley when they tour the tulip fields to see our historic downtown ...

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