Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are still searching for an amazing Thanksgiving dessert you may want to take a check out our neighbor the Lynden Dutch Bakery. Their amazing bakery team has made 675 whole pies, thousands of rolls, cookies, bars and other amazing baked goods that are packaged and ready for Thanksgiving. They are located at 421 Front Street, Lynden, Washington. Give them a call 360-354-3911; they take pre-orders!
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Veteran’s Day

veterans-day-2016Today we thank and honor all those who served.

Kid’s Design An Ad Contest – Lynden Tribune Newspaper

We want to thank all the 5th grade kids from Isom Elementary that participated in the Design An Ad contest. We enjoyed all the entries that were designed specifically for our real estate office. The winner we chose was created by, Khushi. Congratulations Khushi!! We loved that you had our company logo, office contact information and the tag line……”Come to Muljat Group where we get your house sold in no time” design-an-ad-2016-winner43

Lynden City-Wide Trick or Treat

City-Wide Halloween Trick-or-Treat 2016The front lobby of the office was filled with all sorts of spooky characters on the afternoon of October 31st. It was so much fun handing out treats to all the children. We happily gave 400+ pieces of candy to goblins, ghosts, princesses, football players, butterflies, construction workers, aliens, Scooby Doo….you name it we had it! See you next Halloween! We plan on purchasing a lot more candy as we anticipate this event getting spookier in a good way!

City-Wide Trick-Or-Treating!

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Our office is participating in the City-Wide trick-or-treating event. We can’t wait to see all the children dressed up in their costumes on October 31st.
We will be handing out candy from 3:00-5:00 pm. Businesses that have orange balloons will be handing out treats!
Visit The Lynden Chamber of Commerce to find out more information on all upcoming community events!
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Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers.” And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.” I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people’s doors and go, “Trick or treat.” “No thank you.”

Lynden Comes Alive With Music

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The 8th Annual Lynden Music Festival starts tomorrow, October 5 through 9. Thirty concerts will be performing at 17 different business venues in downtown, Lynden. A variety of musical concerts & musicians will be performing everything from Jazz, country, big band music & more.
Come celebrate Lynden and its musical heritage paying tribute to musicians who have greatly contributed to enriching the Lynden community with music.
A variety of music genres will be performing ~ don’t miss out on this lively festival of music.

For a complete list of performances, locations & times, please visit: Lynden Music Festival

Lynden – 2016 America’s Main Streets Contest Winner

Independent We Stand created a beautiful video showcasing Lynden! It pretty much sums it up why the City of Lynden won America’s Main Street competition this past July. New businesses have started up, the population is growing, and we have new schools being built. So much progress since the 2008 fire in Delft Square. Once you visit Lynden you will be drawn back! Our office is independently owned and has been located in Lynden since 1925. Our Realtors® would be happy to assist you in your property search today!
Bringing Lynden to you – watch the following video:

Your Home’s Fall Checklist

Today’s the first day of Fall! We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather. Fall is the perfect time to spruce up your home. Try tackling this Checklist before the weather changes!
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Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
Walk the walks (and drive). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.

Home Buyer Confidence on the Rise

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Home purchase sentiment reached an all-time survey high this summer, an indication that Americans are feeling more upbeat about the housing market, according to Fannie Mae.
Overall sentiments rose 3.3 points to a reading of 86.5. Each of the index’s six components including selling outlook and personal finances – also rose last month. One interesting potential bright note for housing in July survey is that younger households may finally be shifting toward buying rather than renting in greater numbers. Whether the shift in sentiment in July toward buying rather than renting on their next move holds up or is a temporary reaction to their view that rents are on the rise and mortgage rates will be lower, we will see.
Here are some findings from the latest survey:
* 33% of Americans say it’s a good time to buy a house, a 1 percentage increase over June.
* 20% of Americans say it’s a good time to sell a home, a 2 percentage point increase from June (a new survey high).
* 41% of Americans believe home prices will rise, an 8 percentage point increase from June.
* 36% of Americans believe mortgage rates will drop over the next year.
* 69% of Americans say they are not concerned with losing their job, a 1 percentage point increase from June.
* 11% of Americans say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago, a 3 percentage point increase from June’s sharp decline
Source: Fannie Mae

Real Estate Market Heating Up Locally

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On June 29, 2016, Jerry Blankers, from our firm was interviewed by Tim Newcomb of the Lynden Tribune Newspaper about the hot real estate market. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.

Right now, anything under $400,000 in Lynden is selling well, fitting into the sweet spot of single-family housing. Jerry Blankers, managing broker for Muljat Group North said that as inventory remains short – “there’s not a lot out there” – and interest rates hold low, often under 4 percent, prices of homes have begun to increase. That said, predictors of rising interest rates have moved buyers into the market. “If people are going to get in, they better get in,” Jerry says. “Inventory is down, almost scary low. There is not a lot out there.
As prices go up, the low interest rates still make it affordable to buy. You buy according to what you can afford. If rates go up, it makes a huge impact on what you can afford to buy. It isn’t only homes in Lynden selling well, as property – both residential and commercial has strengthened across north Whatcom County. The local uptick really started earlier this year with the prediction of higher interest rates by the end of 2016, and the initial wave of higher pricing on homes started in Bellingham and few months before moving north.

So if you are planning on buying a home you better jump right in! Contact a Muljat Group North Real Estate Broker today, 360-354-4242