Berries upon Berries

It’s officially Berry Season and what better way to celebrate than to come to the Raspberry Festival this weekend? You won’t be disappointed with so much tasty food, live music, activities, and of course, raspberries! You can satisfy that sweet tooth craving by pairing your berries with Edaleen Dairy ice cream, which costs only $2.00!

This annual event brings everyone together and you will see that there is something for every age. Lynden comes alive in the event as streets are blocked off for basketball tournaments and food venders, scavenger hunts, BBQ, music, a classic car show, prize drawings, and a Kid’s Zone.

There is no entry fee and the event goes from 9:00am to 8:00pm. If you are planning to grab a bite to eat, you can choose from a variety of options: a hotdog meal will cost you $6.00, the fresh Salmon BBQ prepared over a traditional wood fire rack including fixings and drink will cost you $15.00, and the Saturday pancake breakfast served from 7:00am to 11:00am will cost you $5.00.

For more detailed info about the event, visit https://www.bellingham.org/events/northwest-raspberry-festival-2/

The beauty of living in Whatcom County is that there are plenty of U-pick/we-pick berry farms to visit. Gather as many fresh berries as you want and sort through them yourself, making sure they are the perfect ones for your baking or snacking needs!

We thought we’d put a list of some of our favorite farms for you! *Hours of farms may vary.

  • Boxx Berry Farm (Ferndale, WA)
  • Barbie’s Berries (Ferndale, WA)
  • Haugen’s Raspberries (Lynden, WA)
  • Breckenridge Blueberries (Everson, WA)
  • Bellingham Country Gardens (Bellingham, WA)
  • Cascade Blueberry Farm (Custer, WA)

Stay updated with events in our community and learn more about what it’s like to live in Whatcom County by visiting our blog! There is so much our community has to offer.

Demand for Homes to Buy Continues to Climb

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Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a highly competitive summer real estate market.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale “has fallen year-over-year for 36 consecutive months,” and now stands at a 4.1-month supply. A 6-month supply of inventory is necessary for a balanced market and has not been seen since August of 2012.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say,

“Inventory coming onto the market during this year’s spring buying season – as evidenced again by last month’s weak reading – was not even close to being enough to satisfy demand.

That is why home prices keep outpacing incomes and listings are going under contract in less than a month – and much faster – in many parts of the country.”

Is There Any Relief Coming?

According to the CoreLogic’s 2018 Consumer Housing Sentiment Study, four times as many renters are considering buying homes in the next 12 months than homeowners who are planning to sell, “which is the crux of the available housing-supply imbalance.”

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As more and more renters realize the benefits of homeownership, the demand for housing will continue to rise.

Do homeowners realize demand is so high? With home prices rising across the country, homeowners gained over a trillion dollars in equity over the last 12 months, with the average homeowner gaining over $16,000!

The map below shows the breakdown by state:

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Many homeowners who have not thought about listing their homes may not even realize how much equity they have gained, or the opportunity available to them in today’s market!

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many homeowners across the country who hasn’t quite found their forever home, now may be a great time to list your house for sale and find your dream home! Click Here to begin the search.

We would love assist you in the buying and selling process, if you have questions on what your current home may be worth or what the market is doing in your area, Click Here to Contact us today!

 

Stay Active this Summer!

tennis-2100437_960_720Get the most out of your summer this year by staying busy doing so many fun things with your friends and family! Not sure what’s going on in the community? Here are some ideas for you.

Here in Bellingham, it’s easy to stay active and healthy. For example, grab a friend and head over to Whatcom Community College tonight for a tennis match instead of your regular (or not) stop by the gym. From 6:00-7:30pm tonight,  you can gather with others to play tennis in a 90 min session. Equipment is provided, and you will get started by having a  group warm up, and finish off with a festival style play. Any ages and skill levels are welcome to join!

Not so into tennis? There’s plenty of other activities that you can do outside. Hit the lake while the sun is out and rent a kayak or paddle board, or even take a sailing class at San Juan Sailing and Yachting, or at the Community Boating Center. If you’re a student at either Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, or Northwest Indian College, you’re eligible for a discount at the Lakewood Boathouse where they have rentals available as well.

Stay tuned for more on exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a fun and active way!

If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas of a perfect way to spend your summer outside, feel free to contact us here!

See Bellingham From the Bay

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What do you have planned for your Tuesday evening?

It might be worth setting an hour of your day for some time on the water either on a paddle board, kayak, rowboat, or a sea kayak to explore Bellingham from a viewpoint that you haven’t yet seen it from. Starting July 10th until August 14th, you can enjoy a full hour of fun on the water and interact with others in your community every Tuesday at no cost! Afterwards, spend an evening full of activities and games with your family and friends. Local food and beer will be available on site provided by Stones Throw Brewery. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or you’ve never set foot in one, you might find yourself relishing the moment more than you expect.

 

Keep in mind that this is a first come first serve event so plan to be there at 4:30 p.m.! Event goes until 10:00 p.m.

 

*There is a charge for rentals that exceed one hour, as well as for beer and food.

 

Location: Community Boating Center. 555 Harris Ave. Bellingham, WA

 

If you have any questions, contact the community Boating Center via email: Erica@boatingcenter.org or call 360.714.8891

 

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Are You Wondering If You Can Buy Your First Home?

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There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they get married or start a family, some might think they are too young, and still, some others might think their current incomes would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.

We want to share what the typical first-time homebuyer actually looks like based on the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. Here are some interesting revelations on the first-time buyer:

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Bottom Line

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DREARY TO DREAMY

A Once-Dark Home Is Now a Light-Filled Retreat

WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY  PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMA PETER

A two-story veranda helps the homeowners take advantage of the waterfront views, which surround three sides of the property.

A two-story veranda helps the homeowners take advantage of the waterfront views, which surround three sides of the property.

Tired, neglected, and disconnected from its surroundings. For Registered Interior Designer Jodi McKeown Foster, those words describe the home that once sat on this island off the coast of British Columbia. A massive fireplace wall, sunken living room, low ceilings, tiny windows, and a solid brick exterior railing blocked the amazing waterfront views.

The new owners, who purchased the home as a vacation property, felt a remodel could overcome those shortcomings, so they approached McKeown Foster about the project. McKeown Foster owns Jodi Foster Design + Planning, a Victoria, British Columbia–based firm. She had worked with the homeowners previously on an adjacent property, so her firm was the natural choice for the project. “Once you work with a client, you understand where they’re coming from, their personalities, and how they like to work. The relationship becomes more cohesive every time you work together,” she says.

A neutral palette makes the waterfront views the focal point. All living spaces and bedrooms in the home have direct access to the veranda.

A neutral palette makes the waterfront views the focal point. All living spaces and bedrooms in the home have direct access to the veranda.

On the island, strict laws govern waterfront development. Those laws required keeping the original footprint of the house. Even with those limits, McKeown Foster was able to realize the homeowners’ vision. “They wanted a light-filled, comfortable, easy-to-care-for, and accessible home, with room for extended family and visitors. They were inspired by the Cape Cod style.” After the old home was brought down to its studs, McKeown Foster resurrected a cottage reminiscent of Eastern seaboard architecture. The t-shaped footprint of the home was a challenge, but McKeown Foster used the intuition that a space planner gains with experience. “If you listen to what the house wants to do and what the clients need it to do, the space presents itself to you logically,” she says.

A first step in the remodel was to open the home to the panoramic vista. “I believe a home should relate to its surroundings, whether that is a natural rural landscape, waterfront, or a vibrant cityscape,” says McKeown Foster. This home, bordered on three sides by water and backed by a centuries-old forest, has beautiful surroundings to draw from. One aim of the remodel was to invite that beauty indoors. “The views are spectacular. We wanted the interior palette to be muted and quiet to get the most value from the view,” she says. The remodel took optimal advantage of the sun’s path across the property. “Our design process usually includes taking time in an existing space or site at different times of the day to get a sense of how the light moves and changes.”

The new design seamlessly connects the interior and exterior spaces. Every principal room in the home has direct access to the two-level, wraparound veranda. Light floods in from tall windows and French doors, both topped by transoms. Skylights illuminate darker spots in the home and mirrors are used on interior walls to capture and reflect all available light. Glass, crystal, and nickel hardware and fixtures gleam, while crisp-white walls and creamy trim amplify the daylight and frame the wood and waterfront vistas.

McKeown Foster’s firm makes plain its belief in creating timeless and enduring spaces. “Great bones are essential,” she says. “If a space is planned and designed to function well, then that space will always work no matter the manner of decor or trend applied after the fact.” This vacation home was designed to welcome a crowd and to function as the carefree backdrop for a family on vacation. One-hundred-year-old, reclaimed-hemlock floors take in stride the sand and saltwater tracked in by children, guests, and pets. Slipcovers encase common area furniture and can be easily washed. Wooden pieces can be wiped down. Frequent use only adds to the charm of antiqued bed frames and case goods.

“The project was a great before-and-after experience,” says the designer. “The transformation was truly breathtaking, from a dark and forgotten place to a light-filled cottage with sweeping views.”

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ABOVE: The home’s entry faces the woods, making it a little dark. But judicious window and skylight placement provide just the right amount of light. Reclaimed wood floors and antiqued bed frames can survive the sand, water, and sun that are part and parcel of a waterfront home.

ABOVE: The home’s entry faces the woods, making it a little dark. But judicious window and skylight placement provide just the right amount of light. Reclaimed wood floors and antiqued bed frames can survive the sand, water, and sun that are part and parcel of a waterfront home.

 

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