Whatcom County Home & Garden Show

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The 38th Home & Garden Show is happening this weekend at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds – Henry Jansen Ag Building.
It’s scheduled to run from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5.
Approximately 150 vendors will be present, says the sponsoring Building Industry Association of Whatcom County.
It’s a great place to talk to local experts on home design, gardening & home building.
Popular gardening expert, Ciscoe Morris, will be speaking at noon on Sunday.
Date night is Friday and Saturday will bring live comedy and music.
So if you have a free weekend, why not check out the Home & Garden Show in downtown, Lynden!

Whatcom County Water Rights

The Washington Supreme Court decision in Hirst et al. vs. Whatcom County, WA Sup. Ct. No. 91475-3, took away the right of rural property owners to develop small household sized wells. This case, you may recall, concerned Whatcom County’s use of exempt wells to allow construction in the unincorporated portions of Whatcom County, particularly in areas where the watershed had not been closed. The County argued that it was able to rely on the Dept. of Ecology’s determinations concerning water availability to make such decisions and to grant permits for construction where the water would be provided by an exempt well.
The Senate’s effort to save household wells was highlighted at a hearing Tuesday, February 21, 2017, before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Property owners from Whatcom County and elsewhere said they have been devastated by the Supreme Court’s decision last fall that took away their rights to drill wells, and with it, their right to build on the land. A vote on SB 5239 is expected this week.
A hearing in Olympia makes a compelling case for household wells, property owners. Please watch the following Hearing:


Follow effort to save household wells on Washington State Senator, Doug Erickson’s, webpage: Senator Doug Erickson Webpage

Housing Market 2017

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These 3 trends will shape the housing market in 2017

1. Rates: In December, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for only the second time since 2006, and a majority of the members of the Fed’s rate-setting board predict there will be three more increases coming in 2017.

2. More Credit: Though mortgage rates may fall, mortgage credit will likely be more widely available due to slightly looser lending standards. The Federal Housing Administration will likely lower fees it charges first-time homebuyers. In addition, starting in 2017, government-owned mortgage companies will begin backing large mortgages for the first time in over a decade, making it easier for buyers in expensive markets to finance their purchases.

3. More New Homes: The overall trend in home construction is clearly positive, with the average annual rate of new groundbreakings reaching a 1.163 million rate so far in 2016, up about 5% from 1.108 million in 2015. Expect this to continue in 2017, as home buyers are encouraged by higher wages, looser credit, and increased demand from buyers.

According to 2016 data from the Northwest Washington Multiple Listing Service the average listing price for a 3 bedroom home in Lynden was $317,3999. The average sold price for a 3 bedroom home in Lynden was $310,954 and the the average square footage: 1,835.

So will you be jumping into the 2017 marketing market? The mortgage rates are still low and if you have strong credit we encourage you to take the plunge. Really, any day is a good day to invest in real estate. Call our office and talk to a licensed and experienced, Realtor®, whether it be purchasing real estate or selling real estate. We have an onsite mortgage consultant, Casey Porter, Caliber Home Loans who would gladly answer your mortgage inquiries.

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Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas

From all us to you….May peace and happiness be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year! Merry Christmas!
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Caliber Home Loans

We have a new on-site Loan Consultant. It’s been a welcome addition to have Casey at the office! Casey will provide you with superior and personal expert guidance throughout the home financing process.

Casey Porter, Caliber Home Loans
Tel: 360.398.5834
Mobile: 360.510.2840
Email: casey.porter@caliberhomeloans.com
Office location: 505 Front Street, downtown, Lynden
Website: Casey Porter Caliber Home Loans
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Jansen Art Center

The Jansen Art Center has a number of interesting classes to join all year round. The studio workspaces are located on the lower level with the largest being the Ceramics studio opening to an outdoor patio. The studio contains electric kilns and a gas kiln. You can learn to paint silk, weave, make jewelry and paint. There are two large dance studios with sprung wood floors. The Northwest Ballet Academy offers classes in balley, modern and lyrical dance. Yoga and violin and guitar lessons are also available. Browse some of the classes right here: Jansen Art Center Classes
Jerry Blankers, our Managing Broker & Realtor® recently rented the Chamber Hall for his holiday party. The room was beautiful with the natural lighting and hardwood floors. The Jansen Art Center was very accommodating with buffet tables and chairs and helping us set up sound. Here are a few pictures from Jerry’s event that was held in the Chamber Hall:
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We would highly recommend renting a room from the Jansen Art Center for an event that you may be hosting. Contact Margaret @ 360.354.3600 and ask for Rentals & Events.
The Center also has an impressive art exhibit that rotates. Some of the artworks are available for purchase whether it be a water color, oil painting, pottery or jewelry. Right now they have a fundraiser for the ceramics studio. Buy one of the designated bowls or mugs and enjoy free chili, hot chocolate or coffee from the Firehall Cafe. The café is open Tuesday – Saturday. It is located inside the Jansen Art Center and takes part in the mission for artists to create, teach, share and engage the community if the arts. Lindsy Saldivar is the café manager and she has developed an innovative approach to dining that you don’t find anywhere else on Front Street. Each recipe is made with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. The Café has weekly events with free live music, café coloring, happy hour and so much more!
Interested in going to an event visit their site to purchase tickets for live music performances or for their upcoming New Year’s Eve Bash!

Lynden Highlights

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Lynden. Lynden’s 26th annual Lighted Christmas Parade was on December 3. It was a beautiful site watching the colorful lighted parade of trucks, tractors and floats roll by. Edaleen Dairy was the title sponsor for the event. The sidewalks on Front Street were packed with parade spectators. The Realtors® at our office ladled up home made complimentary cups of hot soup during the parade. We were serving seafood chowder, taco soup, broccoli cheddar soup, meatball soup, salmon corn chowder, chicken noodle & more! If you missed out on our soup night, please be sure to visit us next year as this has turned into an annual event. Just remember to come early as we run out of soup in just over an hour! We all enjoy something free and delicious, right!
The whole day was fun-filled with family activities. Sinterklaas, from The Netherlands, entertained children and adults during a breakfast at the Lynden Community Center. The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt was throughout town at participating businesses. The scavenger hunt draws a huge crowd and if your lucky enough to win the gifts are pretty spectacular. Lynden also has a tree lighting and community caroling. We hope you were able to participate in the festivities around town! If not this year we hope you can make it next year! Be sure to check out The Lynden Chamber of Commerce for year round events happening in Lynden, Washington.
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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.