C’mon in, it’s open!

This weekend has been subconsciously dubbed Nationwide Open House Weekend by the National Association of Realtors. And you know what that means! 

That’s right– 49 degrees and rain…

Acutally, the weekend forecast doesn’t look all that bad, with even a threat of sun for Sunday. Catchy…

But rain or shine, we Realtors will be out tying balloons to our sandwich boards and arranging the cookies just so. Basically grinning & gripping from 11-4pm both days, doing everything short of windows “to sell this house today”  just like Annette Bening in American Beauty. 

Ah, if it were only so glamorous. My weekend won’t be spent schmoozing by the pool, or nibbling biscotti while admiring my listing’s commanding view of the Bay. Instead, I’ll be slogging it out down in the trenches in two manufactured homes with combined 800 days on the market.

Still, I think both these listings have a good chance of selling this weekend, and I’ll tell you why.

         Sunday, April 21  2-4pm             3762 Sinclair Drive, Ferndale                                                          $199,000

This lavishly updated 1990s built manufactured home in Sandy Point Heights walks the line between exceedingly well-maintained and dangerously over-improved. While not quite like painting the 1972 Vega with 14-carrot goldflake lacquer, there probably is a point beyond which one’s return on remodel investment is diminished in a home of this style.

Still, there is always something to be said for being the nicest home in any neighborhood, and the owners of this property have completed every project with style and great skill. Hundreds of square feet of artisan ceramic tile, complete with ornamental medallions of compasses (astrologically correct, naturally…). Stunning cook’s kitchen featuring custom oak cabinetry, stainless appliances and marble (not granite– marble!) counters. Hand-stacked stone hearth and high-end airtight stove. Three covered synthetic decks. Five hundred square foot detached shop w/ power & heat. New roof, windows, doors, skylights, lighting fixtures, appliances, furnace and water heater. It’s literally so much better than new it’s not even funny. 

Amazingly, the raddest feature of this home is not any of the physical world upgrades the sellers have done, but instead it’s the view. Sandy Point Heights isn’t that spotty smattering of trailers south of Slater Road on the Lummi Indian Reservation. Rather, it is that quiet and kept pocket of mostly newer manufactured homes south of Slater Road on the Lummi Indian Reservation, resting on the bluff above Sandy Point proper, home of million-dollar no-bank waterfront properties and the Sandy Point Country Club. It’s a mellow neighborhood, woven with gently sloped & wooded lanes named after Islands in the San Juan archipelago. And it’s got a dynamite view looking south and east down the Strait of Georgia toward Mt. Baker and Bellingham. 

Stop by and see me tomorrow, and I’ll buy you a cookie. 

Take the Slater Road exit off I5 and blaze a trail of glory east past the Casino to Lake Terrel Road. Go left and drop down almost to the water, turning into Sandy Point Heights on your right 

–tMdR

C’mon in– it’s open!

This weekend has been self-consciously dubbed Nationwide Open House Weekend by the National Association of Realtors– and you know what that means…

That’s right– 49 degrees and rain!

Actually, the weekend forecast doesn’t look all that bad, with even a threat of sun for Sunday. Catchy…

But rain or shine, we Realtors will be out tying balloons to our sandwich boards and arranging the cookies just so. Basically grinning & gripping from 11-4pm both days, doing everything short of windows “to sell this house today”  just like Annette Bening in American Beauty. 

Ah, if it were only so glamorous. My weekend won’t be spent schmoozing by the pool, or nibbling biscotti while admiring my listing’s commanding view of the Bay. Instead, I’ll be slogging it out down in the trenches in two manufactured homes with combined 800 days on the market.

Still, I think both these listings have a good chance of selling this weekend, and I’ll tell you why.

Saturday, April 20  2-4pm   3802 James Street Road #37         $109,000

This affordable condo alternative sits on a coveted south-facing lot in Bellingham’s favorite 55+ community– James Street Estates. Yes, this is the trailer park that strings up all the Christmas lights during the holidays, except it’s not a trailer park. James Street Estates is the most-established mobile home community in Whatcom County, with 94 mostly full-time residents who wouldn’t live anywhere else if you paid them. This resident-owned cooperative is fully built-out and financially secure, with modern double-wide upgrades and even some triple-wide Taj Mahals. No corrugated boxcars in this neighborhood…

My listing is a 1990s-built Marlette Desert Manor with an attached garage and fenced backyard complete with newer synthetic deck and water feature. Most of these double-wides are about 1500sqft, and the 2-bed 2-bath places like this have a much more open floorplan than the 3 bed places. The kitchen is open and has more cabinetry than most of the homes in my neighborhood (including mine) and there’s new laminate flooring throughout the main living area. Some new paint, but plenty of opportunities for the making it of your own. 

This is a very attractive living option for the retiree or snowbird who does not want to be enslaved by the maintenance of a stick-built home anymore. Unlike most of the other parks around Bellingham, the monthly dues in JSE are very low, a reflection of the shared resident ownership. If I had a bunch of money, I would buy some land and develop a high-end park like this. With the boomers punching their tickets at the rate they’ll be doing, this will be a viable segment of our market for many years to come. I just hope this listing of mine sells sooner than that. In fact, this weekend! 

Come see me Saturday, I’ll buy you a cookie.

From Sunset, get behind K-Mart and proceed north on James Street Road and look for my sandwich board with all the balloons tied to it on the right just before Telegraph Road. Or take Telegraph east from Home Depot then right on James. Boom!

Tune in later for a tour of Sunday’s open house at 3762 Sinclair Drive

–tMdR

Happy belated birthday, Udo!

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Udo Dirkshneider

Today was not Take your Kid to Work Day, but sometimes when you’re really busy, you just have to take your kid to work for a minute.

I needed to have my buyers sign an inspection addendum real quick today, and mid-afternoon was the only time they were together and available. I was taking Vincent to the dentist from school, and Dave & Fran’s house was right in between. I asked them first if they wouldn’t mind me having my unlicensed assistant along, and of course they said of course not. Dave & Fran are hip– I wouldn’t drag my son into a meeting with just any client, no matter how brief.

Dave & I repaired to the kitchen counter to review the language in the addendum. Fran offered Vincent a seat in the adjacent living room, and asked if he’d like a snack. He politely declined, and Fran struck up a conversation about one of any teenager’s favorite subjects– themselves. 

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