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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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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 16, 2012

Is there is a Recovery in the Housing Market?

 

houseup Is there is a Recovery in the Housing Market?It has been five years since the U.S. housing bust sent sales and prices declining. Is this the year things will turn around and look like a recovery.

Lower prices, record low mortgage rates, rising rents and an improving job market appear to be bringing out potential buyers ...

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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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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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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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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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