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Holiday & Winter Fire Safety

With the winter and the holiday season arriving, now is a good time for homeowners to take some simple precautions to help protect their family and property from fire. Here are some tips that can help prevent fire hazards in the home and can save property and more importantly the lives of the people and pets you love.

  • Check holiday lights for fraying or broken wires and plugs. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as to how many strands can be joined together, as a fire hazard could result from overload. Enjoy indoor holiday lighting only while someone is home and turn it off before going to bed.
  • Candles add lovely ambience to a holiday home. Never leave burning candles unattended, even for a short time. For peace of mind, use battery-operated LED candles for a realistic-looking alternative that is safe for all.
  • Keep live Christmas trees in a water-filled stand and check daily for dehydration. Brown or lots of fallen needles indicate a dangerously dried-out tree that could catch on fire easily and quickly and should be discarded immediately.
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REALTOR PROfile: Diskin Young

This Bellwether broker has built a thriving business around continuing education, a great corporate culture, and a commitment to always going the extra mile for every client.

Few high schoolers know what they really want to be when they grow up, and even fewer have the impetus to shepherd those early career aspirations through to reality.

Diskin Young is one of those few. This managing broker and co-founder of Bellwether Real Estate in Bellingham says he recognized early just how fulfilling a career in real estate could be. In fact, he got a taste of that right under his own family’s roof.

“My dad’s been in real estate for nearly 30 years, so I grew up watching him and seeing how he was able to provide a nice lifestyle for all of us,” says Young, a member of REALTOR® Magazine’s 2019 class of 30 Under 30. It is no wonder that he earned that distinction, with an interest in a real estate career starting at the early age of 14.

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One of the hottest markets on the west coast

The Bellingham & Whatcom County real estate market is smoking hot! At the end of June 2019, the average price of a residential home in Bellingham was $548,090, up 12.6% year over year. The median in the county was $470,000, up 10.6 %. The median days on the market, meaning from the list date to contract date, was 8 days! Also, the months of supply, meaning if nothing else came on the market, we would run completely out of homes to sell in 1.7 months (extremely low). While pricing is up, the total amount of sales is up 6.6%, the total number of homes sold is down 5.4%. This an indicator that it is becoming more expensive in Bellingham and driving buyers to the outside markets like Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine.

Ferndale’s average price is $405,045 up 6.5%, median is $381,000, and there is 2.4 months of supply. Total sales are up 12.2% and the number of homes sold is up 5.4%. Lynden’s average price is $417,416, with the median at $382,500, 2 months of inventory with total sales down 9.1% (lack of inventory) and the number of homes sold at a drop of 4.3%.

The Blaine market, which has lagged behind the bigger sisters, looks as follows; the average sales price is $391,324 up 9.1%, median is $348,000 up 10.5%, the months of inventory is at 4.4 up 29.4% (that’s where some building is happening). Total sales are up 5.5% and number of homes sold is down 3.3%.

In short, Whatcom county is still one of the hottest markets on the west coast and if one is looking to make a move, it could be a great time to do so.