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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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April 20, 2012

Bellingham's Recycled Art & Resource Expo

RARE  - Recycled Art & Resource Expo is Bellingham's celebration of recycled art and innovation. It is a 3 day event from April 20th-22nd that will be held in several venues around town. There will be exhibits, workshops, speakers, entertainment and vendors. Take home some ideas, get creative and make ...

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April 18, 2012

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Required When Selling Your Home

Beginning this month, sellers of residential property must have carbon monoxide detectors installed in their home before closing.   This requirement is for all homes regardless of the type of appliances and heating system in the residence, yes that's right, even if your home is all electric. 

 

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April 13, 2012

Bank of America to Streamline the Short Sale Process

Bank of America is making changes to its short sale procedures with a goal of  reducing the time frame for a short sale decision to less than three weeks.

Beginning Saturday, April 14, real estate professionals working with B of A will be required to submit five documents for short sales ...

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April 11, 2012

Home Maintenance tips: Fire in the laundry room - is your dryer venting system at risk?

Have you seen that Farmers Insurance commercial about laundry room dryer fires?  You know the one, where the professor shows the agents just how flammable dryer lint can be by torching a giant lint ball with a flame thrower.  The lint ball that was removed from the dryer ...

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March 9, 2012

Bellingham Real Estate Market Snapshot

Could it be? Has the market "bottomed out" as news articles are reporting?  It's hard to make this big of a projection or statement, but I will agree that inventory is shrinking.  I want to share what I am witnessing in our market as well as the data to ...
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Feb. 15, 2012

Do you know your REAL Credit Score?

Do you know that banks use different credit scoring software than most free credit reporting websites. So if you go to the free credit reporting sites to find out what your credit score is you're not necessarily going to get the same score as the bank will when they ...

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Jan. 31, 2012

Bellingham Art: The Art of Friday: Harlow and Anna Friday

So you're driving north on Guide Meridian near Cornwall Park and WHOA!!! there's a  Rhinoceros in someones front yard! Yes, in fact a Sumatran Rhinoceros here in the heart of Bellingham.  This is the work of Harlow Friday, or one of many pieces of art that he has ...

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Jan. 26, 2012

Washington Post ranks Bellingham #2 America's Best Cities for Fostering Entrepreneurial Business

Bellingham shows up as  No. 2 , on  The Washington Post's rankings of America's best cities for fostering entrepreneurial business. Mount Vernon comes in at No. 17. The only other Washington city listed was Longview.

"Locally-owned businesses are at the heart of the American economy," the article says on the ...

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Jan. 18, 2012

Government wants to turn foreclosures into rentals.

Government officials want to start a trial program to sell the homes that they own in bulk to investors who will turn them into rentals. That means Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA homes in selected markets around the country. Their hopes are that getting these homes off the government ...

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