Happy New Year!

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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 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.”

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

BLOCK PARTY ON JULY 4 – DOWNTOWN, LYNDEN!

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Lynden will be celebrating winning America’s Main Streets competition with a – Block Party on July 4 | 11am-2pm | 5th Street (between Front & Grover Street)
The Downtown Business Association will celebrate the $25,000 cash award. The presentation of the oversized $25,000 check will begin at noon with the national anthem performed by the King’s Men of Song, followed by a proclamation by Mayor Scott Korthuis. Bill Brunelle, co-founder of the Independent We Stand coalition supporting local business districts, will then present the winning check.
There will be free food, drinks, t-shirts & mini-flags for the first 300 people. Queens Bluegrass will be performing live. Enter your name for three grand prize drawings, one for a new STIHL, leaf blower and two for Van Wingerden’s hanging baskets. You must be present to win all drawings.
At least a dozen businesses will be open throughout the celebration. Some businesses will offer 25% discounts and each store will have a drawing for $25 gift certificates. So come on downtown on July 4 and be a part of the Block Party Celebration!

America’s Main Street Winner Is Lynden!

Yes, it’s true! The beautiful community of Lynden, Washington, really won America’s Main Street contest.
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After an incredible display of support for Main Streets from coast to coast, Independent We Stand, recognized Downtown Lynden, Washington, as the grand prize winner of the America’s Main Streets contest. More than 280,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide. Lynden’s Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize Main Street. Lynden is definitely on the upstream with many new businesses opening shop, namely: The INN at LYNDEN, OVERFLOW TAPS, Avenue Bread, Village Books, the Mill, Bellingham Baby Company and more! Be sure to visit The Muljat Group North real estate office in downtown, Lynden ~ located on beautiful Front Street, in downtown, Lynden Washington! It’s a terrific time to list your home & buy real estate in Whatcom County.
We have the most helpful Lynden Chamber of Commerce ~ Lynden is a great place to live ~ work ~ play!

America’s Main Streets Contest – Lynden, Washington

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“Why are America’s Main Streets Important?” Main Streets are really the heartbeat of America’s cities and towns. They play an important part in the long-term success of communities and really help build a sense of place. When Main Streets are strong, so are the communites that surround them.
Your Vote Counts! 253 nominees from all over the United States have competed to show America that they deserved to be named, “America’s Main Street”.
Downtown, Lynden’s Main Street, has officially been named among the top 25 Main Streets in America!
Lynden’s Main Street greatly benefit if it won the cash prize of $25,000….after a slumping economy, with vacant and neglected buildings and a fire that destroyed a major anchor building in 2008 that housed both retail and service businesses. Lynden’s most urgent needs are creating a brand for the community, implementing wayfinding signage to and around downtown, creating a historical walking tour, and upgrading the downtown beautification program (flowers, streetscape and art), and so much more. Winning this award would allow the downtown to go a long way toward achieving some of these needs and goals.
Visit and Vote: Downtown, Lynden WA, America’s Main Streets contest
Let’s have Lynden’s Main Street be #1 and win! Just think what $25,000 in cash could do for Lynden’s downtown, Main Street!

Billy Waples Day in Lynden!

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Upcoming chowder feed, beer garden, kids’ games and a day of family-fun activities in celebration of Billy Waples Day! Half a block of Fifth Street will be blocked off for outdoor seating.

The Mercantile building has been revitalized to once again claim it’s rightful place as the heart of Lynden. The historic Waples Mercantile Building was owned and built by Billy Waples, one of the original founding fathers of Lynden. The Mercantile Building was formerly the Lynden Department Store. The Lynden Department Store was the gathering place, and the market place, of the Lynden farming community. The Waples Mercantile Building is the vibrant new home for The Inn at Lynden, one of very few hotels in Washington State that resides in a structure listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is also the home for new businesses…Village Books And Paper Dreams, Drizzle, Overflow Taps, Avenue Bread and Bellingham Baby Company.

Come celebrate Billy Waples Day in the heart of downtown, Lynden, on May 1st!

Place: Waples Mercantile Building | 100 5th Street, Lynden
Date: Sunday, May 1st
Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm