Bellingham, WA Real Estate News

By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
 The Roosevelt Neighborhood is a diverse one indeed, there is single-family residences as well as industrial uses. There are hundred-year-old single-family homes in her brand-new apartment complexes. Some of the northern neighbors here will have use of Bellingham and the Bay, it is one of the larger and most populated neighborhoods in Bellingham. Their automobile dealerships, warehouses, & office developments all sharing the same neighborhood.The Railroad Trail former home to Burlington Northern railroad connects Whatcom Falls Park to the South Bay Trail. It is very well used by the residents of this neighborhood and the adjoining ones it links to. The trail provides a wildlife corridor as well as some open space. Roosevelt Park enjoys a playground, picnic area, basketball court as well...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Bellingham has launched a new service today to improve the permit center's ability to schedule building permit inspections. The new system which is interactive will provide homeowners as well as contractors a convenient way to schedule, reschedule, or cancel building inspections by phone or through the city's website. The system will also allow one to check inspection results and a history for each permit"This long-awaited technical upgrade will enhance our customer service and staff efficiency in scheduling inspections," said Preston Burris, Building Official for the City of Bellingham. Information about this new service is available in the Permit Center at City Hall, and on the city's website at http://www.cob.org/pcd/permit/helpdesk.htm. For more information contact City of Bellingha...
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By Bennett Appraisals
(Bennett Appraisals)
Lenders and brokers using Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and homeowners using "free online home values" to determine the value of a property need to know some of the major limitations of those models AVMs have three principal limitations: First, they are dependent upon the accuracy, comprehensiveness, and timeliness of the data they use. Data issues can include incomplete public records, non arms-length transaction records, insufficient sales of properties with comparable features within a specified geographic area, and a lag between the time when the market data are current and the AVM uses the data to generate an estimate of value. Second, AVMs cannot be used to determine the physical condition and relative marketability of a property. Third, AVMs can never fully incorporate the br...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
There is a new event coming to Bellingham this Friday, Bellingham's first Wig Out. Do you have a wig to wear. Kate Clark and Alice Clark, sisters and Wig Out organizers are putting this and some other fun events together with the goal of making Bellingham "less subdued and more exciting." Since this is Ski to Sea weekend they thought it would be a good time for some more fun in town. For those who like group fun, a Wig Walk will start at 4:30 p.m. at the American Museum of Radio & Electricity, 1312 Bay St. After the walk, the museum will host an all-ages Wig Out Party at 5:30 p.m., with music, dancing, prizes and awards (the coveted "Wiggy") for several categories, including tallest wig, biggest wig, the Wee Wigster Award for kids, and the Julia Wiggy Award for best complete look. If we...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
I'm sure there are a lot of you disappointed folks in the Fairhaven neighborhood today, as a city planning director Tim Stewart decided against their proposal for height limitations on buildings in the historic district. The debate centers around the future development of the proposed Fairhaven Harbor near Padden Creek. The Fairhaven neighbors group thinks that Fairhaven Harbor's 10 story building would be detrimental to the neighborhood character, last year they applied to limit building heights to 45 feet in Central Fairhaven and 35 feet in the surrounding areas. Stewart is asking residents, merchants, and property owners who all seem to have their own agenda to come together and agree on a height limit proposal before they can reapply for a code change to go into effect.
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
What My Clients Say "My Partner and I have had the pleasure of working with both Eric Badgley and Angela Gardner for nearly a year.  They have done a tremendous job for us representing our single family and condominium properties, locating qualified buyers and completing the sale in a smooth, professional manner. They always have a fresh approach to unforeseen challenges are not afraid to "roll up their sleeves" and get on with the task at hand.  They are both readily available and have many great ideas on how to market properties.  I would recommend them to anyone selling or purchasing property of any magnitude"Eric Badgley is leading expert in Bellingham WA Real Estate sales. Working with buyers and sellers throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, Eric, along with his partner Angela ...
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Cornwall Park Now that the sun is beginning to shine, the family may be anxious to get out and about. Enjoy an afternoon at Bellingham's Cornwall Park. There are many things to keep everyone occupied at this large, forested park. Playgrounds and water fun for the kids, swim and play around in Squalicum Creek, that runs directly through the park. Set up a picnic or BBQ among one of the many picnic areas set throughout the area. There are baseball fields for those who enjoy this great summer game. Recently added to Cornwall Park is the Frisbee Golf fields. Try your hand at this fun and exciting game the whole family can enjoy. Cornwall Park is a great location for company picnics and summer parties, conveniently located close to I-5 and Meridian. Come enjoy Cornwall Park.Eric Badgley & An...
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
The Birchwood Neigborhood The Birchwood Neighborhood is known for it's long, narrow lots and rambler style homes. Mainly single family residents, condo-coverted apartments are popping up around the area. Close proximity to Northwest Drive, Meridian Street and Cornwall Park allow residents a short drive to all shopping and recreational needs. Most streets and lots are lined with old growth trees that give this area a sense of the great outdoors that Bellingham residents enjoy.Birchwood Neighborhood Bellingham Home to Bellingham Technical College, the Birchwood Neighborhood is great for students who study at the college. Homes in this area are moderatly priced and well geared towards families. Schools are close by and easily accesible to most homes in the area. Eric Badgley & Angela Gardn...
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Mainly established in the late 1800's, the Lettered Streets Neigborhood consists of old craftsman homes built around the late 1890's and early 1900's. Most lots are small and the homes modest, however the charm of this neighborhood speaks for itself. Treed lined streets host sidewalks, narrow streets and older homes. Although many homes began as rentals, owner-occupied homes are becoming more frequent. With it's great location close to downtown Bellingham, the Lettered Streets Neighborhood has easy access to all of one's shopping needs and restaurants.
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Fairhaven Bellingam  The Fairhaven District is one of Bellingham's most historic and sougt after locations. The streets are lined with qauint shops and restaurants with condominum living above. Most old buildings have been restored and converted to host some of Bellingham's most unique local businesses. With bay views, Fairhaven homes have tremendous value and most boast with old town charm.Fairhaven neighborhood Home of Dirty Dan's Restaurant, Avenue Bread and Deli, Village Books, AW Bistro and Restaurant and more, there is never a boring moment is old Fairhaven. Spend your days shopping and your nights dancing at The Fairhaven Pub, home to many visiting bands and quite the hot spot. Eric Badgley and Angela Gardner are experts in the Fairhaven Bellingham Real estate market, check out m...
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Whatcom County's largest fresh water lake, Lake Whatcom Real Estate has everything a sun and water lover can enjoy: swimming, hiking, picnics, boating and water sports and more. At Bloedel-Donovan park at the tip of Lake Whatcom just the family can enjoy shallow water swimming, picnic areas and park facilities. Launch the boat for a day of water skiing, knee-boarding or inner tubing. Across the backside hikers can enjoy a day of trail walking along the Blue Canyon Mine Railroad trails snuggled up to Stewart Mountain.   
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By Eric Badgley, Bellingham Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Lake Padden Bellingham The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, there is no better time than a day sitting by the lake with a fishing pole. Lake Padden fishing is a great way to relax and catch the nights meal. Lake Trout are the major catch in this recreational area of Whatcom County. Grill them on the BBQ with some lemon and garlic, add some baked beans and garlic bread to top of the meal. Samish hill neighborhoodBring the family, if the kids aren't interested in staring at a pole, Lake Padden has great entertainment for all. Hiking around the trail with the family dog, swinging at the playground, picnic and BBQ pits throughout make dinner or lunch an easy chore while the kids play. Bring the row boat or canoe for easier fishing or paddle across the lake for recreation. This miniat...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
I am always amazed at the peace & serenity available at one of Bellingham's hidden treasures, Big Rock Park.It is very beautiful, especially this time of year when many of the rhodedendrons and azaleas are in bloom. The park is in the Alabama Hill neighborhood, above Lake Whatcom. It is in a small forest with lots of sculptures by various local and internatioina artists surrounded by giant old cedar, fir & hemlock trees. Originally named Gardens of Art by founders George, Mary Ann and David Drake in 1981, the City of Bellingham purchased the garden in 1993. It is a wonderful place to spend part of a day enjoying both nature and art at their best. 
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
 'Honey I shrunk the lots!' Event will be presented by The KulshanCLT May 29 to Showcase Neighborhood-Friendly HousingKulshan Community Land Trust (KulshanCLT) is sponsoring architect William Kreager to Bellingham on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm for a discussion entitled "Honey, I Shrunk the Lots!" at The Majestic, 1027 North Forest Street. The free event is  open to the public and is sponsored by Horizon Bank and Transform. Kreager will challenge commonly held misconceptions about housing with examples illustrating quality projects from Washington state. Kreager, philosophy is housing density is perceived, not measured. He says with good planning and architectural design, neighborhoods might find 30 homes per acre desirable. According to Paul Schissler, executive director at KulshanCLT, ...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Fairhaven is the one of the southside neighborhoods of Bellingham, It was founded in 1880. It is one of Bellinghams most desireable neighborhoods, with its proximity to the water and it's quaint historic district. It is the site of the Alaska Ferry Terminal, the southern end of the Alaska Marine Highway System, as well as Amtack and bus terminals. It is close to Western Washington UniversityIt was once an independent town, along with Whatcom & Sehome thatmerged with Bellingham1903 to become .the city we know today. Fairhaven has blossomed in recent years with growth of new retail space and businessess as well as lots of condos and the beautiful Village Green in its center where many local events are held as well as a Wednesday Farmer's Market from June through September.Fairhaven boasts...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The Alabama Hill neighborhood is named for the major arterial street that bisects the neighborhood, Alabama Street. It is perched on the Hill where many of the homes in this neighborhood take full advantage of the beautiful views of the city, Bellingham Bay and the islands beyond. Most of the homes were built during the 60s and 70s.Whatcom Falls Park is at the south end of the neighborhood, there are a few small neighborhood parks like St. Clair and Highland Heights Park and one of Bellingham's hidden treasures Big Rock Garden Park with its beautiful array of outdoor sculptures. The neighborhood also borders below Bloedel-Donovan Park and access to Lake Whatcom. The popular Railroad Trail winds through the neighborhood as well.Students in this neighborhood attended Roosevelt elementary,...
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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)  announced the launch of its updated Home Loan Learning Center (http://www.homeloanlearningcenter.com/), an interactive online resource that provides consumers with critical information on mortgages and the home-buying process. MBA created the Home Loan Learning Center to inform consumers about options that best fit their life circumstances when buying a home.  The Web site provides essential loan, credit and other valuable information using a simple and very user-friendly approach. Call Bennett Appraisals for all of your appraisal needs 360-746-0224www.bennett4appraisals.comDisclaimer: Bennett Appraisals does not promote any other companies or products we just appraise residential properties in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish Counties WA.
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Bellingham's premier outdoor event, Ski to Sea is Coming soon. It takes place on Memorial Day Weekend (on Sunday- this year May 27. The 85 mile relay race begins at Mt Baker and consists of 7 legs, downhill & cross country skiing, running, bicycling, canoing, mountain biking and kayaking to the finish in Fairhaven. There are usually about 400 teams participating in the race from around the world, amateurs, to professionals. The race has been nationally televised several times in the past. There are carnivals, parades,art & car shows, and a junior race May 19 at Lake Padden. And the big race day the big party where it all ends in Fairhaven.In my former profession as a massage therapist I got to volunteer several times working on the raceres as they finished their legs, a great experience...
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By Bennett Appraisals
(Bennett Appraisals)
According to a front page article published by the Bellingham Business Journal:  A group of developers are planning to build a 60 unit, townhouse style live and work type developement on the almost 5.0 acre parcel of land located at 195 Bellis Fair Parkway.  If this project is completed it will be the largest live and work type development in the city.The project is still in its design phase and the developer hopes to submit a design review permit for the site within the next 90 days and thinks it might take another 6-9 months before they can even break ground.The city planners are currently working with the developers on wetland and setback issues  
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By Bennett Appraisals
(Bennett Appraisals)
In Washington DC today - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today hosted a Homeownership Summit with leading stakeholders in the housing community to discuss the impact of risky, high-priced loans, and actions against predatory lending and how modernizing the Federal Housing Administration During the summit, seven areas of agreement were determined for protecting and preserving homeownership: Homeownership is still the best investment for the long-term. Every responsible step must be taken to enable Americans to become homeowners. Lending should be legal, fiscally responsible, and ethical. Housing counseling is critical and borrowers must read the fine print before buying a home. There is no place for predatory lending in the housing industry. Modernization of the Fede...
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