Lynden Open House

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Join me for an Open House this Saturday August 26 11-1 and see this beautiful Lynden Home.

1112 Aaron Drive, Lynden, WA 98264

~Perfect starter or investment, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath open layout home is affordable & move-in ready! Brand new interior paint, professionally cleaned carpets, well maintained landscaping & more make this home ready for you. Open main level floor plan boasts spacious kitchen w/ eating bar, 1/2 bath for guests and inviting living space. Master bed upstairs includes walk-in closet & bath. All in mature neighborhood minutes from Bender park, schools & more!~

Feel free to call me for more information or directions.

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Brand New Listing-Lynden

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1112 Aaron Drive, Lynden

Priced at $ 249,000

Perfect starter or investment, this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath open layout home is affordable & move-in ready! Brand new interior paint, professionally cleaned carpets, well maintained landscaping & more make this home ready for you. Open main level floor plan boasts spacious kitchen w/ eating bar, 1/2 bath for guests and inviting living space. Master bed upstairs includes walk-in closet & bath. All in mature neighborhood minutes from Bender park, schools & more!

June 2016 Trends

I’m sure most of you have heard how HOT the current housing market it is. I know I have been telling my clients that if you are even thinking about selling now is the time to do it. Proof is in the numbers though so below I have the graphs that show the active listings, pendings and solds for both the Bellingham and Lynden markets.

BELLINGHAM:

June Bham GraphFor the full graph and to see the average price per square foot check out my website here.

June For Sales have gone up 17.5% since May, Sold: 9..5% and Pended: 9%. It is currently a sellers market.

LYNDEN:

2016 June Lynden Graph

For the full graph and to see the average price per square foot check out my website here.

June For Sales have gone up 42.9% since May, Solds: 0% and Pended: 14.3%. It is currently a sellers market.

If you have any questions regarding either one of these graphs or are thinking about selling your home and would like more information that is specific to your neighborhood, let me know. I would be more than happy to give you a call.

Thanks for reading.

Northwest Washington Fair

Can you believe it is almost August? That means the fair is just around the corner! The dates this year for the Fair are August 15-20. In case you haven’t gotten any tickets for the Grandstand shows I wanted to just mention what they are this year.

Monday: Demolition Derby starts at 12:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: Lynden PRCA Rodeo starts at 7:30pm both evenings

Thursday: Gaither Vocal Band starts at 7:30pm.

Friday: Loverboy starts at 7:30pm. This concert is also FREE! You can buy reserved seating if you wish, otherwise it is a first come basis for seating.

Saturday: Josh Turner starts at 7:30 pm.

For more information or if you would like to purchase tickets to these events you can visit the NWW Fair website here. THE Fair

Whatcom County Razz Fest

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Hope everyone is able to make it to the Northwest Raspberry Festival! It is a great community event in Lynden that happens today  and goes on all day Saturday. Below I have attached the schedule for all the events. Don’t forget the Curt Maberry 3on3 basketball tournament will be going on most of the weekend. My office does put together the basketball tournament so you can catch me helping out under the Bracket Tent. If you do come to the festival, please stop by and say hi. Hope you all can make it!

 

Razz Fest schedule

Starter Home vs Forever Home

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Were any of you able to read my blog a couple weeks ago about why it is important to buy your first home at a young age? If not, I hope you take the time to read it. This article is some what of a continuation. I want to talk about the importance of starting off buying a Starter Home vs. buying your Forever Home. I know a lot of us spend hours on Pinterest looking at pins of beautiful homes with massive kitchens and master bedrooms. Ideally though, your first home will probably not be your dream home. Like I mentioned in my past blog, the average home owner moves out of their first home in 3-5 years. It’s more important to get your foot in the door, AKA in real estate, build up your equity so you can make some money off of your investment which can help put you into your second home which might even be your forever home. I wanted to share a great article from Realtor.com, written by, Margaret Heidenry that explains the idea of Starter Home or Forver home. Please read on and let me know what you think. Article was taken from here.

 

“House hunting can feel like a never-ending series of choices. Apartment or home? City or suburbs? One story or two? Carpeting or wood floors? But if there’s one question that really keeps buyers up at night, it’s the one they must ask themselves straight out of the gate: Should I buy a starter home or a forever home?

In the past, there was no question: First-time buyers were nearly always steered toward smaller, more affordable homes to build equity (and credit). Established homeowners were pointed toward abodes that could accommodate a larger family—and, eventually, visits from adult children and their kids. But that’s all been turned on its head now.

In fact, a new study by Bank of America found that 75% of first-time buyers plan to bypass a starter home and splurge on a house that will serve them for the long haul. Meanwhile, retirees are increasingly eager to jettison the hassles of a huge family home, opting instead for smaller digs.

So which is right for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help point you in the right direction.

Where am I in life?

Every home search is different, but identifying your current stage of life will help narrow your focus, says Maria Babaev of New York’s Douglas Elliman. Just remember, life stages aren’t necessarily dictated by age anymore. A millennial could be looking to start a family and settle down for the long term, while a middle-aged couple without kids might prefer to pioneer a neighborhood with a starter home. So take any advice you might hear about what type of home is “appropriate” for your age with a huge grain of salt. A truckload of salt! Instead, home in on what feels right for you.

What type of home will fit the way I live today?

Don’t buy mainly for the future, say Jessica Peters and Stephanie O’Brien of the Peters-O’Brien Team of Douglas Elliman. While you may have a preconceived idea of where you’ll be in five years, remember that life’s favorite pitch is the curveball. (The knuckleball also seems to be a specialty.) Be realistic—you may be ready to decorate your dream home, but the cold hard fact is that most people move 11.4 times in their lifetime.

Babaev says a starter home is a better bet for those buyers whose lives are “constantly shifting.” This means people who change jobs often, get relocated, or have a growing family. Other starter-home candidates include anyone with frequent changes in finances or tastes that tend to fluctuate. But if you’re a buyer looking for “an enduring lifestyle and sense of community” instead of just a roof over your head, Babaev puts you in the forever home category.

How much can I afford?

Bottom line: The amount of down payment you can afford will help you decide between home types.

“Starter homes typically have a lower home price value, meaning your down payment will likely be less than that of a forever home,” says Ray Rodriguez, regional mortgage sales manager at TD Bank. When eyeballing your finances, remember to look beyond your estimated mortgage payment and figure in other monthly costs such as utilities, homeowners association fees, cable, and internet. And when in doubt, don’t stretch past what you can afford, since you never know what could be coming around the corner.

Do I want to make a big profit on my home once I sell?

Consider the investment aspect of your decision when choosing between a starter or forever home. If you’re not looking for a huge return on investment and can afford a property priced at the top of the market, a forever home is in your sights. Forever homes “are generally occupied for much longer periods of time, versus a starter home,” says Peters. And while a dream home will typically hold its value, it will take longer to drastically appreciate. But if you’re hoping to make a tidy profit on your house in the foreseeable future, go for a starter home. Just remember that, according to Peters and O’Brien, the payoff timeline is likely five years.

Might I like to be a landlord one day?

One thing to keep in mind with a starter home is that even when it no longer suits your needs, it could be someone else’s dream rental.

“One of the great benefits of a starter home is the opportunity to turn it into a rental property down the road,” says Rodriguez. But first do a gut check to make sure you can handle being a landlord (i.e., vetting tenants and managing maintenance). If so, investing in a starter home that can become a rental property could turn into a great source of added income later in life. Better yet, put the extra dollars from a rental toward the eventual purchase of your forever home”

I hope this helps clarify whether it is a better decision for you to buy a starter home or a forever home. Sometimes you don’t know until you start looking at homes in person and realize that the home you’ve been dreaming of it just not in your price range. If you are ready to either take a leap into real estate or are thinking about selling your starter home please contact me. I would love to help you not matter what stage you are at.

Thanks for reading.

Open House Weekend!

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Open House this Saturday June 18 11-1. Please stop by at 1932 North Prairie Lane Lynden, WA.

There is TWO model homes to walk through and TWO presales are available. Still time to pick colors and finishes.

~Largest Cottage lot, still time to choose colors! BRAND new affordable single family home. Built w/luxury in mind, this new low maintenance cottage features vinyl plank wood flooring, open concept floor plan, main floor master with full ensuite & walk-in closet. Kitchen boasts gorgeous granite counters, tons of tall cabinets, walkin pantry & island. At the North Prairie Cottages community enjoy easy living – shared greenbelt, irrigation & future clubhouse. Call for details about this community!~

Hope to see you there!

Why it’s smart to buy your first home when you’re YOUNG

RedIn the time I’ve been in real estate, I’ve helped countless first time buyers get into the market. It is honestly my favorite part of my job. During the process of helping them find their first home, buyers are often faced with needing to compromise on their wish list in order to reconcile what they can afford with what the market has available. My advice most of the time is, “this is your first home, the average buyer owns their first home for 3-5 years, so think of this as more of an investment.” How does this relate to being young? Well, if you buy your first home when you are say 21, you will most likely sell for a profit (of course depending on the market trends) in 3 years +/- and buy your second home (which will be nicer and worth more $). Say in another 5 years or so you sell and buy again (you are now around 29/30 years old) and may very well be in your forever home. The one you wanted when you were 21. It does take time to see a return when you invest in real estate, but it is very much a solid bet in the long run. Right now the average buyer who bought 3 years ago is seeing a return on their investment of at least $30,000. That’s not bad for just buying a home. No matter what age you start your ‘smart’ investment in real estate, just know that it is usually 2 houses later until you are in your dream home. That’s why I say it’s smart to buy your first home when you are YOUNG!

*please note, this is an opinion piece based on my experience only. I am not claiming any of it to be fact

Thanks for reading!

 

Happy Memorial Day

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I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day & long weekend. I’m sure lots of you or either camping, spending time with family & friends or trying to get some home projects completed. I encourage you to take some time on Monday and just reflect on what the day is really for.

Thanks for reading!

Lynden Open House

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Open House this Saturday May 21,2016

1932 North Prairie Ln, Lynden

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Move In Ready! BRAND new affordable single family home. Built w/luxury in mind, this new low maintenance cottage features vinyl plank wood flooring, open concept floor plan, main flr master w/full ensuite & walk in closet. Kitchen boasts gorgeous granite counters, tons of tall white cabs, w/in pantry & island. At the North Prairie Cottages, community, enjoy easy living w/shared greenbelt, irrigation, worry-free landscaping & future clubhouse. Call for details about this lovely community.

Come check out this home in the North Prairie Cottages and also the 2 homes that are under construction and learn more about the options this new community has to offer.

Hope to see you there!