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


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