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Bellingham is located about an hour and a half south of Vancouver British Columbia and approximately an hour and fifteen minutes north of Seattle.

Feb. 15, 2012

Bellingham,WA Neighborhoods:Birchwood: Home to Big Lots in Bellingham

On the western edge of Bellingham's city limits, centrally located to all major amenities, sits the Birchwood community. The title says it all. Known for its big lots which can vary from .20/acre to some just shy of an acre, these larger lots are attracting a growing community of persons wanting to garden, have urban farms (chickens, hobby farms, small orchards, even horses) or just some extra room between their neighbors. It is also easily recognized from the street names, i.e. Birchwood, Cedarwood, Alderwood, Maplewood,etc..  In terms of demographics, the population for Birchwood has grown to 5,269 according to the 2010 Census.

Close to Bellingham Technical College, near one of Bellingham's best trails, Bay to Baker and Little Squalicum which leads down to Squalicum Beach, and close to the future Bellingham Youth Sportsfield, Birchwood is a diverse and growing community. Besides larger lots, the homes in this community are also part of the appeal. Many are Craftsman style with all of the character and cottage appeal that those of us love about older homes. The average sale prices range from the low $200's to mid $200's.

     

For more information about Bellingham Neighborhoods and Bellingham Homes for Sale, contact Roberta at 360-303-3898. I look forward to being of service to you.

 

 

 

 

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Feb. 11, 2012

Virtual Real Estate Office - What's in it for you?

This is a typical office setting at eXp Realty.  In this screen capture you can see that there are brokers from 16 states, 3 internal technology team members from Working The Magic, 3 transaction coordinators and Business Fitness Coach - Pam Ostrowski attending our regular Wednesday morning Leadership meeting hosted by eXp's CEO Glenn Sanford.  We can effectively collaborate on ideas and systems together from all over the world...without the travel expenses.

FOR AGENTS AND BROKERS...

Here are a few reasons why Brokers are joining eXp Realty.

Mobility:

  • As a Agent Broker, wouldn't you want to be able join the meetings and training classes from your living room, coffee shop or beach?  Our virtual office is a game changer by giving team members the flexibility to meet on their terms.  We currently have over 20 classes being facilitated by Brokers and Agents from all over the country.
  • We don't just think "outside the box"...we got rid of it.

Collaboration:

  • Having come from a bricks and mortar office, I know that Agents are reluctant to share marketing expertise because every agent is his/her direct competition.  In our office, we have agents stepping up and sharing their "secret sauce" for lead generation and such.

Technology:

  • Having 3 full time technology geeks on staff certainly has it's benefits.
  • eXp Realty helps develop and host a website for every agent.  Not the normal company template  site either.  Check out a few of them: Washington Waterfront Homes and Katharine Carey

Money:

  • Offers an aggressive 80/20 split in favor of the agent with a 16k cap.
  • Minimal fees
  • Make an apples to apples comparison with our Expense Calculator

Retirement:

  • eXp Realty has the best Revenue Share program in the industry.  By helping the company grow you can earn an ongoing Revenue Share that can secure your retirement.
Opportunity:

 

FOR BUYERS OR SELLERS...

Here are a few bullet points to point out the benefits for you to use an eXp Realty Broker.

Efficiency:

  • Agents that understand and utilize technology can get you the information you need quicker.
  • eXp Realty Agents utilize paperless systems to keep focused and on track.

Conscientiousness:

  • By utilizing our Virtual environment it reduces each agents carbon footprint by reducing trips to the office.  See our Sustainability Promise.
  • Minimal paper use and reduced bricks and mortar qualifies us as a Green Company.

Effective:

  • eXp Realty was built by Top Agents to support and train Top Agents.
  • Bottom line is eXp Realty agents are on top of their game.

 

I would enjoy the opportunity to show you our office or a home anytime.  Give me a call or schedule a meeting with me below.  Cheers!

Dale A. Kreiser
Washington State Broker
EXP Realty LLC
360.389.3141
425.463.4284 fax

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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 created.  The Rhino was a birthday gift to his wife, Anna.  She told him a couple of months before her birthday she wanted him to make her something, an animal, a Rhinoceros.  and Voila!  Along with the Rhino are a large crow and a spear-bearing sentry amongst other incredible works of steel and art.

They are the welded works of Harlow Friday.  Some are whimsical, some come with a story, and some are functional but, they are all incredible!  I am drawn to welded art, the fact that a cold, strong substance, steel, can become something warm and beautiful, even soft.  Harlow designs and constructs all of his art at his home shop here in Bellingham.  He is an avid welder and sculptor.  He and Anna live in their creative and colorful compound that at one time was a chicken house/coop that Harlow reconstructed and renovated in 2001 when they relocated here from Oregon.  Harlow even lived in his grandchildren's tree house for a short time while working on his home.

Anna, a textile artist, wears her designs of embellished denim clothing and crocheted hats, crocheted curtains that function as closet doors, and even canine garments for their mini-pinscher, Josie.  In addition to the crocheted pieces, she hand sews them on to the main fabric. On occasion you will find Anna pedaling,  chauffeuring Josie in Josie's Hot Pink Chariot!!

 

 

Here is a photo tour of their wondrous playground and gallery of art:

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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament 
~Oscar Wilde 

 

 

 

For more information about Bellingham Homes for Sale,  Bellingham Real Estate, or Bellingham Art, you can contact Roberta at 360-303-3898.

 

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Jan. 29, 2012

Relaxing Birch Bay Beach House For Sale: $349,000

Have you been dreaming about owning a cozy, inviting beach house on one of NW Washington's most beautiful sandy shores?  Are you looking for someplace to host family vacations, corporate retreats or weekend getaways with your special someone, free from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further. Welcome to Shady Nook, the most inviting, relaxing beach house for sale in Birch Bay, Washington.

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Birch Bay is the warmest saltwater bay on Puget Sound, offering shallow swimming, boating, clam digging, crabbing, and tide flat volley ball. Nearby amenities include golf courses, baseball fields, waterslides and parks.  The property is only 1/2 block from the local grocery store, and just down the road from many wonderful Birch Bay shops and restaurants. This classic Birch Bay beach home is only a 45 min drive to beautiful Vancouver, BC, and  18 min to Bellingham and the local airport.
  • Property is 31 feet wide and 150 feet deep and completely level
  • Main home (Shady Nook) and guest house (Sleepy Hollow) both one bedroom. Sleeps 10
  • Classic Knotty Pine interior and French windows
  • Guest parking for 8 cars, with RV parking on front lawn
  • More than 70 feet of outdoor deck
  • Fire pit in back yard
  • Back deck has outdoor hot water shower
  • Airtight fireplace.
  • Gas cooking, hot water and furnace
  • All this for $349,000!
The current owners have operated this property as a Birch Bay vacation rental since purchasing a larger home in 1997. They did a major renovation of this property in 1987, anticipating later adding a set back second floor with two additional bedrooms.  The new foundation extends under the front porch so the street-side windows can be moved out to enlarge the current living room by 8 feet.
Call Rob at 206.883.6668 today to set up a tour of this truly unique Birch Bay waterfront home for sale.

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Rob LeRoy is a real estate agent and social media marketing coach with eXp Realty.

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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 paper's Web site. "They create jobs, boost local economies and add vibrancy to nearby communities — and that is particularly true in the 25 cities on our list. These metropolitan areas, which range from bustling New York City to towns in central Oregon, are hotbeds for small businesses and local entrepreneurs."

They say that Bellingham: "is encouraging residents to chime in with their ideas for a revamped downtown using an online survey on the city's Web site. The city will share its plans with residents early next year."

If you have any questions or want to see any Bellingham Real Estate feel free to email me at or give me a call at 360-739-6981

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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's books, minimizing the losses and putting people back in them will help stabilize neighborhoods as well as housing values.

Fannie and Freddie combined have about 215,000 homes with more coming into foreclosure every day. This program could help get some of those homes lived in again and even help stabilize the housing market as there will not be so many distressed sales dragging down property values. Since rates are beginning to rise in many parts of the country this may help stabilize the rental market as well.

This program will probably take place in selected markets where there are large numbers of foreclosures. Reading between the lines I don't think this will have much effect here in Bellingham.

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Jan. 17, 2012

Bellingham Real Estate Market Report - December, 2011

Here's a quick analysis of the Bellingham Residential Real Estate Market

The graph looks like we bounced up a bit from last month, but we're still in a downward trend overall, and ended the year that way. I  think that what happens next year in the housing market will depend a lot on what happens in the economy in general, and even in the European economy as that will affect ours.

Stay tuned for 2012.

There is still a First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Available through a program called the Mortgage Credit Certification. It is a Tax Credit paid on Mortgage interest.

Interest rates are at historic low's and there are some great values in the Bellingham market right now. You might want to take a look at what it would cost you to purchase one of these homes at today’s rates. You might be surprised at what your monthly payments would be, maybe less than your paying for rent right now if you are renting a comparable sized house or condo.

If you have any questions or want to see any Bellingham Real Estate feel free to email me at or give me a call at 360-739-6981

Data are based on information provided by the NWMLS

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Dec. 2, 2011

2011 Lighted Boat Parade & Superhero Lighted Bike Parade

It's that time of year, the days are short, the nights are long, a great time for some lighted parades. Friday and Saturday (Dec 2 & Dec 3 from 5pm - 8pm) you can see the Lighted Boat Parade if your anywhere near the waterfront, but especially around Fairhaven. Boats will gather near the Bellingham Cruise terminal and make 2 laps past Taylor Dock and Boulevard Park.

If you don't have a boat and are looking for a participatory event, there is the Superhero Lighted Bike Parade tonight. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and bike through down town Bellingham. Be sure to decorate your bike with lights and reflectors, riders will rendezvous at 6:30 pm at the Pacific Arts Festival grand opening (formerly TubeTime) next to Public Market on Cornwall Avenue

 

image courtesy of flicker.com by kevincole

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Dec. 1, 2011

Bellingham Real Estate Market Report - November, 2011

Here's a quick analysis of the Bellingham Residential Real Estate Market

 

The graph looks like we are at the lowest prices of the past 6 years.

What's next. stay tuned.

There is still a First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Available through a program called the Mortgage Credit Certification. It is a Tax Credit paid on Mortgage interest.

Interest rates are at historic low's and there are some great values in the Bellingham market right now. You might want to take a look at what it would cost you to purchase one of these homes at today’s rates. You might be surprised at what your monthly payments would be, maybe less than your paying for rent right now if you are renting a comparable sized house or condo.

If you have any questions or want to see any Bellingham Real Estate feel free to email me at or give me a call at 360-739-6981

Data are based on information provided by the NWMLS

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Dec. 1, 2011

Whatcom County Real Estate Market Report - November, 2011

Here's a quick analysis of the Whatcom County Residential Real Estate Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like both the residential and condo markets are down from last year . The number of sales in the county is up for 18 homes for tesidential.  Stay tuned to see where we are heading.

 

The Wall Street Journal is predicting Bellingham's Real Estate prices to rise by 4.9% this year and another 12.4% next year. Let's take a look next month and see how close they were.

There is still a First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Available through a program called the Mortgage Credit Certification. It is a Tax Credit paid on Mortgage interest.

Interest rates are at historical lows and there are some great values in the Bellingham market right now. You might want to take a look at what it would cost you to purchase one of these homes at today’s rates. You might be surprised at what your monthly payments would be, maybe less than your paying for rent right now if you are renting a comparable sized house.

If you have any questions or want to see any Bellingham Real Estate feel free to email me at or give me a call at 360-739-6981

Data are based on information provided by the NWMLS

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