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Laundry Room Fires

April 11th, 2012

Have you seen that Farmers Insurance commercial about laundry room dryer fires?  You know the one, where the professor shows the agents just how flammable dryer lint can be by torching a giant lint ball with a flame thrower.  The lint ball that was removed from the dryer venting system in my daughters rental was bigger then a basketball and just as dangerous as the giant one in the commercial ...

Save Money with Your Edible Garden

April 1st, 2011

Spring is Here - Time to Plant

Save Money with Your Edible Garden

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: Julie Martens
Published: February 02, 2010

An edible garden featuring vegetables and herbs can save you a bundle if you keep it simple and raise plants that offer high yields.

Whether you're trying to pinch pennies on your grocery bill or just hungering to eat healthier, having your own edi ...

7 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home

January 27th, 2011

By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home.

1. Decide how much home you can afford

Generally, you can afford a home priced 2 to 3 times your gross income. Remember to consider costs every homeowner must cover: property taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, and community association fees, if applicable, as well as costs specific to your family, such ...

Buying a older home

January 15th, 2011

If you are buying a home that was built prior to 1950, it may have knob and tube wiring. Even though this technology is older it is still capable of carrying electricity throughout your home. There are additional factors that homeowners should know about when buying or selling a home with knob and tube wiring.

What is Knob and Tube Wiring?
The system uses porcelain insulators (knobs) for ...

Tribute to Dave Niehaus

December 23rd, 2010

If you live in Bellingham you have probably attended Seattle Mariner games.  If you listened on the radio or watched a game on TV you have heard of Dave Niehaus.  We lost the voice of the Mariners on November 10, 2010 at the age of 75.

Here is a great tribute to the Voice of the Mairners.  

Thank you so much for this song.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-My Oh My





8 Tips for Fireplace Safety

December 22nd, 2010

Winter weather is here, it’s time to get your wood burning fireplace ready for the season ahead.  Before lighting the first fire of the season be sure to take some time and  follow these safety tips.  



8 Tips for Fireplaces and Wood Stove Safety

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, de ...

Local Market Updates - November 2010

December 8th, 2010
Here is the local real estate market update for November 2010.

Please press this link and see what has happened in our local Bellingham, Washington real estate market over the last month.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you need more information.  St@stephanietwiford.com 

CBMA Monthly Stats


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

December 3rd, 2010

I found this great article about buying and selling a home.  It was written by Dan Steward he is the president of Pillar To Post Home Inspections.  He has some great points for sellers and buyers.  

It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, ...

Bellingham, Washington - A Local Living Economy

November 15th, 2010
Check out this video about my town, Bellingham, WA.  Thanks Sustainable Connections and the local living economy they have helped create.

Buying a home in a College Town

November 11th, 2010

COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE SURVEY FINDS NEW TREND IN COLLEGE TOWNS: “PARENT INVESTORS” BUYING HOMES VS. SPENDING ON RENT OR DORMS  


Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report Released Ranking Affordability of College Towns; Muncie, Ind. Most Affordable College Town; Palo Alto, Calif. Most Expensive

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Nov. 11, 2010) – Every fall, parents wave goodbye as their college-bound kids pack up ...

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