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March 26, 2010

10 Great Rainy Day Activities in Bellingham

Thanks to happy reader Sonia for submitting the following question, which made it really easy to come up with today's post!

"We're looking at moving there in the next two years and are curious about  things to do during the REAL rainy season. We live in Florida and have ...

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March 10, 2010

Fun Facts About Short Sales

5 Things You Should Know About Short Sales

It can be awfully tempting to get excited about "amazing," "smokin" or "crazy" deals. There are certainly enough people out there blabbering on and on about them, especially in the real estate world. In particular, the hype surrounding short-sales and foreclosed, bank-owned ...

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Nov. 7, 2009

Bellingham Real Estate Market Report for October, 2009

The following is a quick analysis of the Residential Bellingham real estate market.Bellingham Real Estate Stats

  • Currently Active Listings: 468
  • Price range of active listings - $124,900 - $4,500,000
  • Average List Price $506,950 Days on the Market: 118
  • Median List Price: $379,450 Days on the Market:  ...
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Oct. 23, 2009

What are my closing costs?

Another common question from buyers as well as sellers is, "what are my closing costs?"  Some typical closing costs in real estate transaction are

Title search fees -- is the assurance of clear title to the property and title insurance to defend against any future claims made on the title ...

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Oct. 22, 2009

Top 5 Reasons Buyers Fail with Fixers

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These days, it is all too easy for  inexperienced buyers to become obsessed with getting the "best deal".   I'm talking about  the "weekend warrior" buyer- the one ...

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Oct. 22, 2009

What is the $8000 Tax Credit?

The $8000 first time buyer tax credit has gotten a lot of attention in recent months. If you're reading this, you probably already know that, I guess. You are obviously capable of operating a computer and navigating the internets... So, if you are curious about the $8000 tax credit ...
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Oct. 15, 2009

Can I get my earnest money back?

This is a question this often on the minds of buyers.  Buyer's want to be sure they are to not going to lose their earnest money.

What is earnest money anyway?  It's like a deposit to show the seller that you really interested (earnestly) in buying ...

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Oct. 9, 2009

Be a Better Buyer

So you've been driving around looking at houses, that's usually how it starts.  Go to this neighborhood or that one, Fairhaven, Columbia, Sunnyland (we all want to be within walking distance to Trader Joes!).  We love the craftsman, or so I think! or maybe new construction ...

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Sept. 30, 2009

A behind the scenes look at a Bellingham Real Estate Agent's Day

Got a great call from my mom.  It's at 1:55 on a Tuesday afternoon, the kind where she asks what I'm up to, forgetting the time difference between Rhode Island and here. In her defense, and playing to my role as a good Irish son, my ...

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Aug. 12, 2009

What Buyers Should Know About Appraisals

Just about everybody has heard of an appraisal and knows what it is- an assessment of a home's value based on empirical evidence like recent sales, replacement costs, and the subjective opinions of underpaid appraisers hurrying from one gig to the next.  What many Buyers don't know ...

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