The Buy Local movement gained momentum here in the Northwest, and is now being adopted throughout the Country. Buying local encourages consumers to focus on doing business to support local jobs and schools, emergency services, public works programs and on and on, that rely on that tax base. At the same time, we are seeing a slow and steady recovery of the housing market. What does one thing have to do with the other?
The beauty and vibrancy of Bellingham is due in large measure to the people who live here, and their dedication to sustaining what is valuable and improving what needs improvement. It’s also due to an unwritten consensus; we like to have fun! This combination has not gone unnoticed and over the years Bellingham has made numerous “Best Of” lists, showcasing different aspects of why it’s so great to live here.
Thinking of selling your home and moving on to a new one? CONGRATULATIONS! Just making that decision is a huge step. It will entail physical, mental, and emotional work, but what do you do next? Do you try to sell first and hope something great comes on the market at the right price, so you can close on your sale and seamlessly move into your new home? Or, do you try to find the right home and hope you can get your home listed, marketed and sold in a limited amount of time?
Most people have volunteered at least a couple of times in their life. Many are volunteers who commit to short-term fundraising gigs or help out with a project here and there. They’ll get in, get out and try to make a difference if they can. Then there are those unique people in every community who are passionate about making a difference, and they make long-term, time-consuming commitments. Those dedicated volunteers are the heart and soul, and shapers of those communities.
A previous client approached me recently, asking if I’d take a look at their home and give my opinion on where to focus their time and money in getting the home ready to put on the market. This is a very smart move for a homeowner and an opportunity a real estate broker should jump on, so I am always surprised at how tentative and apologetic people are when they approach me. Taking the time to help you prepare a home for market, even months ahead of time, is a service a real estate broker should be happy to provide and one that is crucial to get the best return on investment from your home.