Birch Bay, WA Real Estate News

By Judy Schneider
(eXp Realty)
Birch Bay, Washington Homes Named by Archibald Menzies in the late 1700's, the Birch Bay area has always been a beautiful one. It was named Birch Bay because of the abundance of black birch trees that once grew in the area. There is also historical evidence that informs us that Semiahmoo, Lummi, and Nooksack Native American Tribes had inhabited this area since prehistoric times. I have shown homes and condos in Birch Bay, Washington many times over the past few months and it is apparent that the Birch Bay, Washington area is admired for many different reasons. Some like it as a vacation spot, some like the convenience of being so close to the Canadian border crossing, and some just like the small beach town feel to the area.There are many people who look for vacation homes here due to t...
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By Dan Pittsenbarger, Improving Conditions
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
Here are the stats for homes & condos in the Blaine & Birch Bay area for the 1st half of 2010. It is interesting that this area is almost the only area in Whatcom County that inventory is down and Year to Date sales are way up - 39.6% more homes and condos sold compared to the first half of 2009. The first block of numbers refers to Active Listings. The second block refers to all residential homes and condos sold in the Blaine & Birch Bay area. Area 880 – Blaine/Birch Bay Active Listings   Month of Jun New Listings – 48 units in ’09 to 47 units in ’10 – Down 2.0% YTD New Listings – 349 units in ’09 to 339 units in ’10 – Down 2.9% Month of Jun Total Active Listings – 264 units in ’09 to 288 units in ’10 – Up 9.1% Month of Jun Ave List Price - $516,538 in ’09 to $442,672 in ’10 – Down 14....
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Searching for homes in Birch Bay? Visit Birch Bay Home Search to search for all the listings in Birch Bay area from residential to condo listings.  Looking for waterfront homes?  Simply click on waterfront icon on left to narrow down your search criteria.   
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Summer's just around the corner.  Birch Bay Chmaber of Commerce is hosting Sandcastle competition along its famous Birch Bay Dr from Bay Center Market to C-Shop.  For the latest update, check out Birch Bay Chamber's website. http://www.birchbaychamber.com/   Date: June 26th, 2010 Start Time: 9am Judging: Noon  
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By Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker
(Pacific Continental Realty, LLC)
Birch Bay Washington is one of the most affordable oceanfront locations along the west coast. Birch Bay is located just one hour south of Vancouver British Columbia and 2 hours north of Seattle which makes it an incredibly accessible location for both Canadians and Americans. Birch Bay has been a popular vacation destination for the last 100 years. In the beginning, Birch Bay was just a group of small humble cabins located along the shoreline. Over time, Birch Bay has grown slowly but steadily. While many of the small cabins still exist today, there are also modern condominiums and timeshares mixed in along the waterfront. The main road in Birch Bay follows along the large public beach, while most of the homes and condos are located on the other side of the road. One of the main summer ...
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want to maximize your experience in birch bay? Check out of one our local birch bay resource site at http://www.birchbayvillage.com to find out the current tide schedule.  Lower the number the better and negative figures are always prefered.  At tide level of 0, you should be able to walkout atleast 150 yards from the shoreline. If you have questions about birch bay, feel free to call me at 360-220-0429 or visit our chamber site at http://www.birchbaychamber.com  If your looking for real estate advice for birch bay, visit http://www.callhugh.com Looking foward to your emails and comments. Sung
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Its always Sunny in Birch Bay! come out to Birch Bay on June 20th 2009!  Show us your talent in building your very own Sandcastle palace.  You can win prizes and watch all the creativity that will grow along birch bay's shoreline. Construction to begin at 9 am, judging at noon and prizes at 1pm. Please visit http://www.birchbaychamber.com for all the latest details. Photo from http://www.birchbaychamber.com Sung-Soo KimCall Hugh Real Estate TeamJohn L. Scott Real Estate360-220-0429http://www.callhugh.com/  
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VETS: Coming home to our economy in such a state --they deserve all the help we can offer! Considering so many veterans are re-entering the workforce at once, they may need help settling back into life at home. In many cases, their former jobs may no longer exist! Hopefully the VA centers are able to kick in with job training and transition assistance. Many vets may be asking if their homes or mortgages serve their current needs. I know members of the Active Rain community are on the lookout for ways to be of assistance. Having some basic information about VA loans could come in handy. 100% PURCHASE FINANCING Veterans, surviving spouses or active duty military persons can secure a VA loan at very attractive terms. Not all banks can fund VA Loans so if you know a vet you can help by rese...
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By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
7943 E Golf Course Dr Blaine, WA Click For Listing Website Click For Interactive e-Tour MLS# 28111681 $269,000 3 Bed, 2 Bath 7943 E Golf Course DrBlaine WA, 98230 Chris Farkas EXIT REALTY ASSOCIATES 360-756-6500 chris@exitrealtybellingham.com
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
Birch Bay is the fastest growing area in Whatcom County. The bay itself has a huge tide flat of sand that is several square miles in size and bares itself at low tide. As the water returns to the tide flats over the hot sand it warms to bath water temperatures in the summer. Birch Bay has one of the largest heron nesting rookeries in the state, and outstanding birding, especially for seabirds and shorebirds. It's classed by the Audubon Society as one of the 50 most Important Birding Areas in Washington State, along with nearby Blaine's Drayton Harbor. The area was until recently a summer tourist destination but it's discovery has it rapidly becoming a year round town. A few popular activities include a sand castle contest in the summer and a well attended Polar Bear Swim every New Years...
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By Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker
(Pacific Continental Realty, LLC)
Birch Bay Condos for Sale - Market ReportThere are currently 33 Birch Bay condos for sale. The average price of available condos for sale in Birch Bay is currently $376,494. There are 8 Birch Bay condos under contract at this time with the average price being $377,081. Over the last 6 months, 33 Birch Bay condos have sold. The average price of sold condos in Birch Bay over the last 6 months was $324,412. If you are looking to purchase a condo in Birch Bay, contact Ryan Martin at 360-319-0040.*This market report is regarding Birch Bay Condos only. Condos in Blaine and Semiahmoo have been excluded from this report.Find Birch Bay condos for sale Ryan Martin, e-Pro®, Realtor® - 360-319-0040Windermere Real Estate - BellinghamBirch Bay Condos
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By KC Coonc, Bellingham Commercial Real Estate
(Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom, Inc.)
Birch Bay Waterfront a Great Canadian InvestmentNestled between Canada and the Pacific Ocean, Birch Bay is an emerald that isjust being discovered. Birch Bay offers miles of sandy beaches with a sereneoutdoors life that is not overcrowded. An ideal place for crabbing, beachcombing or just relaxing come discover Birch Bay for yourself.With the strength of the Canadian Dollar and proximity to the border, Birch Bayis a perfect place to invest in a second home on the waterfront. Homes in BirchBay probably cost less than you may think. If you are a beach lover, waterfronthomes on Birch Bay are a truly incredible value. If you only plan on staying invisiting Birch Bay for a couple weekends out of the year, no problem. Hundredsofpeople rent waterfront homes in Birch Bay for a week or weekend a...
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By Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy
(eXp Realty)
The Washington state's County Road Administration Board will pay Whatcom County more than $8.1 million in grant money for a new Lummi Island ferry. The money will come in installments of more than $407,000 annually for 20 years. A lot of Lummi Island residents came to Tuesday night's council meeting to voice their opinion for a new ferry to replace the aging 45- year-old Whatcom Chief, which is not in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and is showing signs of a deteriorating hull. 
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By Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector
(King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.)
Some of the best views in Washington real estate are found at Birch Bay. Birch Bay addresses are part of the small city of Blaine, and it is north of Bellingham near the border. I remember back 35 years ago and recall that Canadians have always had a strong presence at Birch Bay. The young people would come down to party at Birch Bay State Park and the adults would establish second homes for summers and weekends. People were smart enough, even back then when I was a kid, to know the beach was a good place to be. Today there are a number of residences and condos at Birch Bay, available in different price ranges. The property is highly desirable, especially for those people who can afford the water view. But, sometimes just being nearby is good enough. The area has campgrounds, restaurant...
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