WHAT BUYERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

For many first-time buyers, buying a home can be a scary experience. They know they’ll be maintaining or improving a home with little to no maintenance experience, so the solution is to buy a home in perfect condition. So they hire a home inspector to point out all the flaws.

The problem is — no perfect home exists. Air conditioners break, plumbing pipes leaks, and roof tiles blow off in the wind.

If you’re buying a home, start with a reasonable expectation of what home inspectors can do. Their job is to inform you about the integrity and condition of what you’re buying, good and bad.

A home inspection should take several hours, long enough to cover all built-in appliances, all mechanical, electrical, gas and plumbing systems, the roof, foundation, gutters, exterior, windows and doors.

An inspector doesn’t test for pests or check the septic tank. For those, you need industry-specific inspectors.

Here’s what else you need to do.

1. Make sure the inspector you hire is licensed. The responsibilities of home inspectors vary according to state law and their areas of expertise.

2. Ask what the inspection covers. Some inspection companies have extensive divisions that can provide environmental for radon and lead paint. Be prepared to hire and schedule several inspectors according to your lender’s requirements and to pay accordingly.
source: Blanche Evans, Realty Times, 1/28/15

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES!

Thriving Floral Shop in downtown, Lynden for sale! This store has a strong client base and sales. It is the only custom full service shop in town! Great Cash floor. All occasion floral shop for weddings, funerals, tuxedo rentals, plants, flowers, arrangements, gifts and delivery.

508 Front Street | Lynden | $79,900 | MLS# 727098

Liquor Store has been established for 27 years! Retail store for liquor, beer, wine, mixer & bar services in downtown, Lynden. Off-loading area and alley access on the back side of the building. Large receiving and staging area for filling orders.

610 Front Street | Lynden | $150,000 | MLS# 658417

2014 REAL ESTATE MARKET ENDED ON A HIGH NOTE!

Whatcom County’s real estate market ended 2014 on a high note.

Based on date from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service home sales and prices were strong in the beginning of the year, lagged in the middle, and finished strong.

Whatcom County – Median price, $280,000, up 7.7 percent; average price, $314,719, up 8.4 percent; units sold, 2,532, up 5.1 percent; DOM, 103, up 3.0 percent.

Bellingham – Median price, $298,883, up 1.3 percent; average price, $349,461, up 2.4 percent; units sold, 1,140, up 2.2 percent; DOM, 75, unchanged.

Birch Bay/Blaine – Median price, $230,000, up 3.6 percent; average price, $275,033, up 6.9 percent; units sold, 293, up 2.1 percent; DOM, 145, up 12.4 percent.

Ferndale – Median price, $267,500, up 0.9 percent; average price, $284,440, up 5.0 percent; units sold, 391, up 17.1 percent; DOM, 114, up 11.8 percent.

Lynden – Median price, $264,000, up 3.5 percent; average price, $287,131, up 4.3 percent; units sold, 225, up 7.7 percent; DOM, 105, up 8.2 percent.

Mount Baker – Median price, $135,000 up 28.8 percent; average price, $162,290, up 11.2 percent; units sold, 168, up 12.0 percent; DOM, 150, down 11.2%.

Nooksack Valley – Median price, $228,500, up 0.9 percent; average price, $237,667, up 5.2 percent; units sold, 104, up 19.5 percent; DOM, 98, down 26.3 percent.

Sudden Valley – Median price, $226,000, up 7.6 percent; average price, $235,361, up 5.4 percent; units sold, 160, down 0.6 percent; DOM, 112, up 3.7 percent.
Source: Bellingham Business Journal, Lylene Johnson

MAKE A MOVE IN THE WINTER!

The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter! Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to studies. Researchers say the winter market is less competitive for sellers since many people tend to wait until spring to list. The smaller inventory of active listings help sellers get more attention from buyers on their properties. Winter buyers tend to be more serious buyers. Source: “Best Time To List a Home for Sale? Want to sell your home during the holidays — Call a Muljat Group North Realtor®

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The festive holiday season has hit Lynden! Lots of events to enjoy for the family. Starting Friday, December 5, enjoy an evening of desserts and community fun at the Jansen Arts Center! If you are a baker this is your chance to enter the holiday dessert baking contest. On Saturday, December 6, have breakfast with Sinterklaas at the Lynden Community Center from 8am – 11am.
The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt starts on Saturday, from 11am – 5pm (that sneaky little Elf may be hiding at our office :) This little Elf is worth searching for, lots of prizes to be won! We will be open from 10am – 2pm. Community Tree Lighting & Caroling is from 5pm – 6pm. The Grand Finale will be the 24th annual Lighted Christmas Parade at 6pm starting at Fairway Center and arrives downtown at 6:15pm. Come downtown to our real estate office and pick up a complimentary cup of soup served by our friendly realtors! We hope to see you – Merry Christmas!
For a calendar of events visit The Lynden Chamber of Commerce

WINTER COAT DRIVE!

You can make a warmth of difference in someone’s life! Muljat Group North Real Estate office is having a Coat Drive from November 17 through December 1.
Please donate new or slightly used winter clothing, i.e.,:
* Coats * Mittens * Hats * Hooded Sweatshirts * All sizes
For each clothing item dropped off you will be entered into a drawing to win a Woods Coffee gift card
Your donation will be distributed to a Whatcom County family in need and will be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to call with any questions 360.354.4242

LYNDEN’S NEWEST COMMUNITY!

Brand new development North Prairie Cottages is located on the East side of Lynden and features low maintenance luxury cottages! A shared greenbelt, irrigation, worry-free landscaping & clubhouse are coming soon! Pick your low maintenance cottage design with options featuring vaulted & wood beam ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and open concept living. Each and every home is built with luxury in mind! Inquire about our presale listings MLS# 707438 & MLS# 707426. Come and tour two homes that are ready for ownership MLS# 707415 & MLS# 707381. Four plans to choose from starting in the $200's!

October 30, 2014, Peter Blanker’s Day


What a special time we had recognizing Pete and his retirement on October 30. To Pete’s surprise, Mayor Scott Korthuis declared October 30 as Pete Blanker’s Day! Pete was surrounded with love with over 200 people in attendance. Congratulations, Pete, 40 years in the real estate industry is an accomplishment. You are a pillar of knowledge! Article by the Lynden Tribune, October 29, 2014

Pete Blankers Retirement Party

A pillar in the real estate community is retiring after 40+ years. The Blanker’s family and Muljat Group North will be hosting a Retirement Open House for, Pete Blankers, Realtor®, on October 30 at The Mt. Baker Rotary Building – 1775 Front Street, Lynden, from 4pm-6pm. No RSVP is necessary! This invitation is open to everyone that has known Pete and his wife, Gigi. It will be a special time down memory lane. We look forward to celebrating Pete’s Retirement with you!

LYNDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL OCTOBER 8-12, 2014



Downtown Lynden will be filled with the sound of music! See the Schedule of Events for various concert locations and times.
We are excited to have the band, Two Buck Chuck, perform in front of our office this coming Friday, October 10 at 2:00 pm.
To find our more information on this event, please visit:
www.LyndenMusicFestival.com
Please feel free to drop by our office and say hello!