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Nov. 19, 2011

What's New with you, Bellingham WA?

Some things I liked about this past week.
Putting on a heavy warm sweater for the cooler weather. Blustery storms. Seeing the surprised yet refreshing smile of a passerby as I said good morning to him.  Handing the keys to a happy new homeowner for their waterfront home.
Receiving a ...

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Oct. 15, 2011

Warning! Short Sale: Enter at your own Risk

They've been a predominant player in our market for at least the last 3-5 years. The term has become part of our national vocabulary and with real estate still at the forefront of our news, the term Short Sale is just as hot if not on fire!  With more ...

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Oct. 5, 2011

Bellingham Art: Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

It must be October because this past weekend, 10/1 and 10/2 and this coming weekend, 10/8 and 10/9, is the annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour.  Over 50 artists presenting their art, their studios and how they create.  Some offering live demonstrations.  Art from every medium: painting ...

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Sept. 22, 2011

$100,000 real estate deals; Bellingham and hyper-local markets

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$100,000, Seems this is the magical price that buyers think will get a good deal. Without fail, I receive numerous calls for buyers looking for a home and even better, a home near the water or with a water view for $100,000. I suppose this would be an ...

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Sept. 6, 2011

Purchase and Sale Agreement Explained

You've gone out and looked at 15 homes, you've found the one you want to buy.
You've contacted your lender You've gotten pre-approved for a loan and you're ready to write an offer on your dream home. The offer is going to be on the ...

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Aug. 30, 2011

Zillow said my home is worth what?

Zillow has become a very popular website for people to look up the value of their homes. It seems to be the most popular of what's known as an automated value models. Only trouble is they're not very accurate, they even state that on their own website explaining ...

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June 21, 2011

Bellingham's Farmer's Market #1 in Sunset Magazines Top 10 Farmer's Market

It's no wonder to me that Sunset Magazines chose  Bellingham's Farmer's Market #1 in their list of top 10 farmer's markets.

The market has been a hit since it opened back in 1993 when a dedicated group of locals had the vision to see locally grown ...

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June 20, 2011

Wall Street Journal Predicts Bellingham #5 Market to Rise

It seems next to impossible to find good news about the real estate market or any other market for that matter these days. Well here's a good news story from the Wall Street Journal predicting that Belleghem will be the #5 market to rise in price this year.

Yes their project price increases for ...

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June 15, 2011

Need help with closing costs, Fannie Mae is offering up to 3.5% in closing cost assistance for HomePath properties

Fannie Mae's Homepath program just got better. They are offering up to 3.5% in closing cost assistance for HomePath properties beginning June 14 through October 31, 2011.

There are presently 16 homes and condos available for this program

Here are the Eligibility Details

  • Buyers and/or selling agents (the ...
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June 9, 2011

Interest rates drop for 8th straight week

If your thinking about buying a home consider this. Fixed rate mortgages have dropped for an eighth straight week!

The average rate for a 30-year mortgage went to 4.49 percent from 4.55 percent, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The average rate on the 15-year fixed home loan, fell to ...

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