Archives: April 2010

Bellingham Ski to Sea Gear Swap May 1

Since 1973, Bellingham‘s Ski to Sea Race — and the festivities surrounding it — have been a big part of life in Whatcom County. This year’s race is only a month away on May 30!

If you’re not familiar, Ski to Sea is a 90-mile race completed by hundreds of 8-member teams from all over the world. Racers start at Mt. Baker on cross-country skis. Downhill skiers or snowboarders take over from there, followed by running, road biking, canoeing, mountain biking and finally kayaking. The race ends in historic Fairhaven.

If you’re looking for gear for the race, or if you’re just looking for some good outdoor gear as the temps warm up, make sure to stop by the Community Building at Bloedel Donovan Park in the Silver Beach neighborhood, 2214 Electric Ave, from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 1. You’ll be able to find skis, snowboards, canoes, kayaks and bicycles at great prices!

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for these fun and family-friendly Ski to Sea festivities —

• Golf Classic May 20

• Jr. Parade May 21

• Jr. Race May 22

• Grand Parade May 29

• Ski to Sea Race May 30.

Bellingham recreation abounds during this time of year, and it’s only one more reason why life here in The Pacific Northwest is something special. To find a Whatcom County home here in this active, lively community, please give me a call today at (360) 319-4939 or toll-free at (888) 319-4939.

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Celebrate Fairhaven’s Dirty Dan Days Seafood Festival this weekend!

If you’re a seafood lover, you may want to make sure you make your way into Fairhaven for the Eighth Annual Dirty Dan Days festival, celebrating seafood and Fairhaven community founder Dan Harris!

Festivities include seafood (of course), live music, a pro fish fillet contest, salmon toss, cupcake eating contest, toy boat building, interactive fish art, an 1800’s dress-up, cooking demos, the Chuckanut Chowder cook-off, and — get this — a piano race down Harris Avenue!

Don’t miss out on this early-spring opportunity to celebrate the roots of the Fairhaven neighborhood.

To find homes in Fairhaven, please search my free MLS search, or give me a call to get the very latest information on great deals on Fairhaven homes!

Visit the Bellingham Farmer’s Market for Saturday fun!

For the very best in fresh, local Pacific Northwest produce, and quality, locally-made artisan crafts, make sure you visit The Bellingham Farmer’s Market, which just opened for its 18th season last Saturday.

In many of the stands, you’ll find plenty of organic, seasonal produce, a reflection of Bellingham’s commitment to a greener, healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

In others, you’ll find unique, handmade pottery, jewelry and other great gift ideas.

I also have to mention: the food is fantastic. What a wonderful place for a Saturday breakfast with the family or out-of-town visitors!

Head down Railroad Avenue in Downtown Bellingham any Saturday morning April to December, and you’ll find it bustling with activity, rain or shine!

The Bellingham Farmers Market is open at the following times and locations:

Saturday Market:

Downtown Bellingham on Railroad at Chestnut
April through Christmas
10am to 3pm

Wednesday Market:

Fairhaven on the Village Green behind Village Books
June through September
12 to 5pm

Tour Bellingham’s Award-Winning Green Home!

Bellingham now has a new award to add to its list! The Holcomb House in Bellingham’s Fairhaven neighborhood, built by Aiki Homes, won 2010’s Green Home Award in the Western Washington Custom Home category.

Built and certified using a Built Green checklist, the Holcomb House competed against other green homes from Western Washington, all designed for health, safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

Criteria for judging green homes included energy performance, materials used, low impact to surrounding enviroment, construction techniques, craftsmanship, design, and minimal construction waste generation, according to the Herald.

To tour the Holcomb Home at 1123 17th St. in Fairhaven, make sure to mark your calendars for a free tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Pacific Northwest Home Buyers Use The First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

Pacific Northwest home buyers-if you are searching the Pacific Northwest MLS for your dream home right now, you will want to try to find it before the end of April 2010, so you can take advantage of the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit. The tax credit has already been extended twice, and so far I have heard no news about extending it for a third time, so this may be the last chance you have to get the credit.

While you shouldn’t rush out to buy a home just because of the tax credit, if you happen to be already in the process of looking, or feel ready to make a purchase now, then it would be a shame to miss the benefit of the tax credit by only a few days.

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The credit does not have to be repaid unless the home is sold or ceases to be used as the buyer’s principal residence within three years after the initial purchase and offers a great way to save some money.

Are you not sure you can take advantage of the tax credit? Though the tax credit is for first time home buyers only, which the IRS defines  as someone who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase, there are some other restrictions so be sure to contact me to learn all the details.

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What is also great? The tax credit can be taken for THIS YEAR, but simply submitting and amendment to your 2009 taxes, so you should get your tax credit before the end of the summer. The tax credit is for 10% of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000 on homes priced at $800,000 or less. That is quite a nice sum of money to put towards your house, decorating your house, or even saving for a rainy day or a new roof down the road.

For homes purchased on or before April 30, 2010, single taxpayers with incomes up to $125,000 and married couples with incomes up to $225,000 qualify for the full tax credit. Additionally, so long as a binding contract is signed by April 30, 2010, the IRS will also grant the tax credit, so long as you close by June 30, 2010, so if you are already to start the Pacific Northwest home buying journey now, then you still have plenty of time.

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So while I don’t want you to feel pressured or rushed into buying Pacific Northwest homes for sale, if you have been searching for your perfect dream home, or feel ready to buy now, then it would be great to squeeze in on the tax credit deadline.

Contact Your Pacific Northwest Realtor

If you have questions, or want to put your Pacific Northwest MLS home search into high gear, simply contact me, Susan Stecher, your trusted Pacific Northwest real estate agent, to learn more about Pacific Northwest home buying and make sure you can get the Federal Housing Tax Credit.

Until next time,

Susan