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

Home Buyer Education Class

Attend our FREE Home Buyer Education Class and receive your certificate from Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Taking this class will allow you access to several special loan products offered. This is a 5 hour course that will cover everything involved in the home buying process from start to finish.

Class Dates: June 10th & June 12th
From: 5:30-8:30 pm
Free dinner will be provided; you must pre-register to attend
Contact an instructor below to register:
Danielle Groeneweg: 360.483.6490
Jerry Blankers: 360.410.1297
Dustin Brumley: 360.389.6605

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Every summer our office organizes & sponsors the 3on3 basketball tournament in downtown, Lynden. This is a fun-filled community event held in conjunction with The Northwest Raspberry Festival. Applications are available at our office and The Lynden Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from the 3on3 go directly to the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers are always welcomed, 360.354.4242

RELAY FOR LIFE BENEFIT DINNER!

Looking for a night out that benefits a good cause? Relay For Life is having a Dinner – Auction & Entertainment this Saturday, February 15. Space is limited so get your tickets soon!

MARKET RESEARCH STATS

Some interesting stats we came across in RE magazine you may find interesting:

  • 3.9% apartment vacancy rate in Washington; down from 4.5% in 3rd quarter 2012
  • 80.6 Housing Affordability Index for first-time buyers in 3rd quarter
  • $958 Average rent for 1-bedroom apartment in WA; increase of 7.9% in the last year
  • $263,400 Median price resale homes in Washington in 3rd quarter
  • 13,531 Number of completed foreclosures in WA (Jan-Oct); 64.8% more than last year
  • 4.1 Month’s supply of homes on market in WA, 3rd quarter; down from 5.8 last year
  • 38 Number of WA counties with All Buyer Housing Affordability Index above 100
  • 8.4% Increase in median home price in WA 2012: Q3-2013: Quarter 3
  • 34,947 Homes listed for sale in MLSs in WA as of end of 3rd quarter; 4.7% fewer than a year ago
  • 55,900 Number of WA mortgages at least 90 days past due or in foreclosure; down 6.7% from 2nd quarter and down 28.1% from a year ago.
  • Statistics provided by Glenn Crelin, Associate Director for Research, Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, University of Washington

WHATCOM COUNTY WATER RIGHTS MEETING

Water Rights Meeting

January 20th, 2014

10 am – 1pm

Mt. Baker Rotary Building, Lynden

Important Whatcom County water issues will be discussed in an upcoming meeting. If you are a farmer, owner of acreage, or just interested in Whatcom County water issues please come hear what Lummi Nation and ReSources (local environmental advocacy group) have to say about water in our county, and what this may mean for farmers. Hear ADC Water Attorney Bill Clarke’s evaluation of farmers’ options. Discuss how the farming community can work together to ensure the continued viability of ag in this area. Provide your input to the Ag District Coalition on our current strategy and next steps.

Lunch Provided – For Info Please Call 360.306.3580 – info@whatcomadc.org – wfcoop.com/resources/ADC

Be Informed, Be Proactive, Be Responsible

Organized by the Ag District Coalition

FOOD DRIVE

FOOD DRIVE at The Muljat Group North real estate office: 505 Front Street, downtown, Lynden, for info please call 360.354.4242

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Lynden

Let Lynden bring Christmas to you! On Saturday, December 7, Sinterklaas is coming to downtown, Lynden! Don’t miss out on all the fun activities planned ~ Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, caroling, kids activities, prizes, caroling, shopping and of course the famous lighted Christmas Parade in the evening, free soup at The Muljat Group North real estate office. For details contact Blake at 360.209.3945 or The Lynden Chamber of Commerce 360.354.5995

 

Lighted Christmas Parade

It is hard to believe that it is almost December! Lynden’s 23rd annual lighted parade will be on December 7, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Parade procession starts at Fairway Center and travels East along Front Street through downtown Lynden. Be sure to stop by our office for a complimentary steaming hot cup of soup. A menu of delicious soup will be served by our realtors®  to keep you warm while you watch carolers, lighted floats & more pass by. We hope to see you! Watch for updated event information on our facebook page, The Muljat Group North.

Twilight Open House, Thursday, October 24

Twilight Open House’ ~ Thursday, October 24, from 6-8pm. Come preview your future home in a different light! 13 houses will be open and refreshments will be served. Visit as many homes as you can to increase your chances of winning a $50 Gift Card to Steak9House in Lynden. Call The Muljat Group North real estate office with any questions you have 360.354.4242