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Aug. 17, 2023

Explore Snohomish

Snohomish, WA

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Living in Snohomish is like stepping back in time to a bygone era, where stunning historic homes and buildings line the streets, reminiscent of a living museum. From the beautifully restored Victorian-style Carnegie Library Building to the Romanesque Revival-style First Congregational Church, the town's architecture is a treat for the eyes and Instagram feed alike!

But don't let the town's historic charm fool you - there's plenty of fun to be had in Snohomish. The Oxford Saloon, rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a murdered prostitute, is always worth a visit, as is the annual Ground-Frog Day festival, which promises plenty of wacky and wonderful entertainment.

Despite its rich history, Snohomish is a thriving community, offering plenty of opportunities for growth and development. Whether you're interested in starting a business or simply looking for a place to call home, Snohomish has everything you need to flourish. The town has even been voted one of the best small towns in America, a testament to its welcoming and friendly community.

Speaking of community, the people in Snohomish are what truly make it special. From friendly farmers who greet you with fresh produce to shop owners who remember your name and favorite pastry, the town's locals are like one big, warm hug.

But Snohomish has much more to offer than just friendly faces and historic buildings. Antique stores are aplenty in the historic district, and the town boasts a delicious food scene.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, Snohomish offers plenty of options!  The Centennial Trail offers miles of scenic walking and biking trails alongside the Pilchuck River that are perfect for a weekend adventure.  Lord Hill Park is another popular spot for hiking and horseback riding.

Summer in Snohomish means Kla-Ha-Ya Days, a celebration of summer that truly brings the town to life. The festival, named after the native word for "welcome," is sure to make you feel right at home.

Fall is an especially exciting time in Snohomish, with more pumpkin patches than you can count. And for the brave at heart, the haunted Oxford Saloon is a must-see. If you don't see a ghost, you might just encounter some zombie-like individuals during the town's annual Zombie walk.

So come on down and experience the charming quirks of Snohomish for yourself. Whether you're a history buff, foodie, or just looking for a good time, this town has something for everyone. And don't forget to stop by Jake's Cafe for some strong coffee and lively conversation.

Thinking of moving to Snohomish? Search all Snohomish homes for sale HERE.


Posted in Explore Local
April 21, 2023

Explore Blaine


Blaine, WA

Greetings from Blaine, WA! Are you considering a move to our little town by the sea? Well, let me tell you, folks, there’s plenty for everyone in this little "corner" of the Pacific Northwest. 

First off, for those who don’t know, Blaine is a small town that is literally in the upper left corner of the state of Washington and the continental United States. It's situated on the border between the United States and Canada.  It’s a place where you can stand with one foot in each country, which is pretty cool. But it also means that sometimes you might accidentally forget which side of the border you’re on and get stopped by border patrol. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

Another fun fact about Blaine is that it’s the home of the “Peace Arch,” a giant white monument that symbolizes the friendship between the US and Canada. It’s a beautiful structure that’s great for photos, but let’s be real – it’s also a prime target for pigeons. If you’re not careful, you might end up with some unwanted souvenirs on your clothes.

One of the best things about living in Blaine is the abundance of wildlife. We’ve got all sorts of critters running around, from deer to raccoons to bald eagles. But the most famous residents are the resident harbor seals, who love to lounge on the docks and bark at passersby. They’re like the town mascots, and everyone loves them – unless you happen to be trying to sleep and they start serenading you at 2am.

Of course, like any small town, Blaine has its quirks. We’ve got a few restaurants, a couple of bars, and not much else. But we make do with what we’ve got. I mean, between Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and the Vault Wine bar, we've got you covered! There’s a certain charm to walking down Peace Portal Drive and seeing familiar faces at every turn. And when the biggest event of the year is the International Festival, you learn to appreciate the little things.

All in all, living in Blaine is a unique experience. It’s a place where you can appreciate the beauty of nature, the friendliness of the locals, and the occasional hilarity of being so close to Canada. If you’re looking for excitement, this might not be the town for you. But if you’re looking for a good laugh and a simpler way of life, then come on up and join us! We’ll save a spot for you at the seal docks.

Of course, if you are planning a move, we would love to help you find the perfect house here in Blaine!

Search all Blaine homes for sale HERE.

Posted in Explore Whatcom
April 1, 2023

Explore Birch Bay


Oh, hello there! It's me, your trusty local real estate agent, and I'm here to give you the lowdown on what it's like to live in Birch Bay, WA. So buckle up and get ready for a wild ride of laughter and information!

Let's start with the basics. Birch Bay is a small coastal community located in Whatcom County, Washington. But don't let the word "small" fool you. This town may be tiny, but it's packed with personality! And by personality, I mean some of the quirkiest, friendliest folks you'll ever meet.

Now, Birch Bay is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months. But don't let that scare you off. You can totally fit in as a local if you start practicing your sandcastle-building skills. Yes, you heard me right. The Birch Bay Sandcastle Competition is a thing, and it's a big deal. So get your bucket and shovel ready because you're going to need them if you want to be crowned the sandcastle king or queen.

But wait, there's more! Birch Bay has miles of pristine beaches, perfect for strolling, beachcombing, swimming, and sunbathing. Just don't forget your sunscreen unless you want to end up looking like a lobster. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding. Just make sure you have a waterproof phone case because you'll want to snap some pics of the stunning views of Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and the Strait of Georgia.

You may also be surprised to learn that Birch Bay is a golfer’s haven. Yes, you read that right. Birch Bay has some fantastic golf courses that are a favorite among locals and tourists alike. There's nothing quite like hitting a few rounds with the stunning views of the Pacific Northwest as your backdrop.

But here's where it gets really interesting. Did you know that in Birch Bay, you can legally drive your golf cart on the streets? That's right, folks. You can take your golf cart from the course straight to the local bar or restaurant without any hassle. It's a unique experience that you won't find in many other places.

But let's talk about the real reason you're here. You want to know about the people of Birch Bay. Well, let me tell you, they are a quirky bunch. But in the best possible way. They're the kind of people who will invite you over for a barbecue even if they just met you at the grocery store. They'll wave at you from across the street and say hi even if they don't know your name. And if you're lucky, they might even share their secret fishing spot with you. But shh, don't tell anyone I told you that.

So, in summary, Birch Bay is a town filled with sandcastle-building, beachcombing, golf cart driving, friendly folks who will make you feel right at home. It's got everything you need, from grocery stores and restaurants to parks and trails. And if you're ever feeling adventurous, the larger city of Bellingham is just a short drive away. So why not give Birch Bay a try? Who knows, you might just fall in love with this quirky little town like so many others before you.

Search all Birch Bay homes for sale HERE.

Posted in Explore Whatcom
March 23, 2023

Explore Lynden


Welcome to Lynden, WA, where the cows outnumber the people, and the smell of manure is a constant reminder that you're living in the country.

Life in Lynden is like living in a small town straight out of a Hallmark movie, but with more tractors and fewer eligible bachelors. It's a place where everyone knows your name and your business, whether you want them to or not.

One of the best things about living in Lynden is the way the locals embrace the town’s Dutch Heritage. Windmills, tulips, clogs... Oh my! And you can't go wrong with the Lynden Dutch Bakery for a maple bacon donut. Yes, you read that right. Maple. Bacon. Donut. It's probably a heart attack waiting to happen, but totally worth it.

If you're looking for entertainment, head to the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. You'll find everything from rodeos to demolition derbies, concerts and the occasional tractor pull. It's a great place to take the family, but don't forget to bring a hat and some sunscreen, because it gets hot out there. (And I’m not just talking about the cowboys!)

Speaking of weather, living in Lynden means you may experience all four seasons in one day. One minute it's sunny and warm, and the next it's raining and cold. It's like Mother Nature can't make up her mind.

If you're a fan of cows, you'll feel right at home in Lynden. There are cows everywhere. You'll see them grazing in fields, standing in the middle of the road, and possibly even peeking into your living room window. Don't worry, they're friendly. Just don't try to milk them without permission.

Not a fan of Dairy? How about a berry? In Lynden, there are berry fields as far as the eye can see. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and more! Come to the annual Farmers Day Parade in July and you’ll witness the annual tradition of creating the world’s longest Strawberry shortcake! (Once we are done creating it, then we get to eat it!)

Driving in Lynden can be a bit of an adventure. You'll need to watch out for tractors, slow-moving farm equipment, and the occasional horse and buggy. It's like playing a game of Frogger, but with more manure.

But besides all the farmland, Lynden is also known for its lovely housing communities, sprawling country properties, an award-winning golf course, quality schools, and its quaint downtown shops.

All in all, Lynden is a lovely, small, and charming town. It may not be for everyone, but for those who love living in the country, eating fresh berries, maple bacon donuts, and seeing lots of cows, it's a slice of heaven.

Ready to start the next chapter of your life in Lynden? We would love to help get you mooo-ved here! Contact us to get started! 

Search all Lynden homes for sale HERE.

Posted in Explore Whatcom
March 15, 2023

Explore Ferndale WA


Thinking about moving to Ferndale, WA? Congratulations! You're about to enter a small town with a big personality! But before you pack up your bags and head out, let's talk about what you can expect in your new home.

First things first: Although there are many beautiful newer housing communities, you might notice that downtown Ferndale seems to be perpetually stuck in the 80s. It's not uncommon to see a guy walking down Main Street with a mullet and acid-washed jeans. But hey, who are we to judge? Everyone's free to express themselves however they want, right?

And if you're a fan of music, you'll be happy to know that Ferndale is home to a unique landmark: the Metallica Bridge. Yes, you read that right. The railroad bridge that crosses over the Nooksack River alongside Main Street is named after the famous heavy metal band, Metallica. So next time you cross the bridge, be sure to crank up some Metallica tunes and rock out to the beat. It's just one of the many quirky and fun ways that Ferndale residents like to express themselves.

Speaking of expressing yourself… Thanks to the Ferndale Arts Commission, you’ll find several vibrant and eclectic murals around town, each one telling its own story and showcasing the unique personality of our town. From bright and bold abstract designs to thought-provoking cultural images, the murals are a true reflection of the community's values and interests. Whether you're a visitor or a resident of Ferndale, taking a stroll through the town's streets to appreciate the quirky collection of public art is an experience not to be missed.

If you aren’t used to the weather in the Pacific Northwest, be warned. Ferndale is also known for its quirky weather. You might wake up to a bright, sunny day, only to have it turn into a torrential downpour by lunchtime. And sometimes we can go weeks without seeing the sun, just skies as grey as an accountant’s suit. It's the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee, and then promptly fall asleep because the sound of the rain is like a lullaby. So be sure to pack a rain jacket, some cozy sweaters, and maybe even some waterproof shoes.

If you're into the great outdoors, you are in for a treat! Ferndale is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. You can go hiking in the nearby mountains, fishing in the streams and rivers, or just take a leisurely stroll through one of the many parks. Hovander Homestead Park is a local favorite! A big red barn stands tall and proud, serving as the beloved centerpiece of the local park, showcasing Ferndale’s rich history of farming. Enjoy the nearly 350 acres of this park, including over a mile of Nooksack River frontage. This park offers recreational opportunities for all ages in every season.

Ah, but nothing says "springtime in Ferndale" quite like the pink hanging flower baskets! They're like a springtime explosion of color and cheer, bursting forth from every lamppost along Main Street. Some folks say they're so bright and cheerful, they can cure the worst case of the grumpies. Others say they're so pink, they make flamingos blush. But one thing's for sure: if you're ever feeling down in the dumps, just take a stroll down Main Street and bask in the rosy glow of those delightful hanging baskets. Just another example of why Ferndale is a great place to live!

Another thing you'll notice is that “Friendly Ferndale” is a tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone. If you're new in town, take the opportunity to attend one of the many events and Festivals. If you show up at Pioneer Park during Old Settlers Weekend, you'll likely be greeted with warm smiles and open arms and hear some interesting stories from the locals. On top of that, you’ll find some amazing food, and local vendors as well as baseball tournaments, crafts, musical entertainment, flower show, car show and a beer garden!

Speaking of beer… Do you enjoy a good local craft beer? You’re in luck! In recent years, Ferndale has become home to some pretty great breweries. In 2019, FrinGe Brewing opened its doors and quickly became a favorite among Ferndale locals with its cozy and casual tasting room and in-house production area. And let’s not forget Washington State’s first self-serve tap room, Downtime Taps! That’s right! It’s a pour-it-yourself taproom with a large selection of beer, cider and wine! If you’re looking for a unique experience, this is a must try!

So if you're planning on moving to Ferndale, WA, get ready for a blast from the past, a warm and welcoming community, beautiful flowers and public art, fun local events, and some of the most stunning scenery you'll ever see. Embrace your quirks, enjoy the outdoors, and don't forget, we are here to help with your Real Estate needs. Welcome to Ferndale!

Want to learn more? Click here to see our video all about Ferndale!

Search all Ferndale homes for sale HERE


Posted in Explore Whatcom
March 7, 2023

Explore our Communities


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Welcome to our new blog series, where we'll be taking you on a journey to explore some of the most interesting and fun-filled communities in our region. With each new post, we'll showcase a different local community, revealing the unique and exciting aspects that make it stand out from the rest.

Whether you're a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, this series will give you a fresh perspective on the communities that surround you. We'll take you beyond the usual tourist attractions and introduce you to the hidden gems, quirky landmarks, and offbeat activities that make each community special.

From vibrant neighborhoods to charming small towns, we'll highlight the best things to see and do, including local festivals, museums, restaurants, and outdoor activities. You'll discover fascinating stories and meet the interesting people who call these communities home.

So, come along with us on this adventure as we explore the local communities in our region, uncovering all the fun and interesting things they have to offer. Whether you're planning to move to the area, or just looking for a new place to explore, we've got you covered. Check out the first post in our series all about Bellingham and stay tuned for our next featured city coming soon!

Posted in Explore Local
Feb. 28, 2023

Explore Bellingham


Let's Explore Bellingham!

Ah, Bellingham, Washington - the land of rain, hipsters, and endless outdoor activities. If you’re planning to become a resident of “The City of Subdued Excitement”, you may want to get to know its quirks and idiosyncrasies. Here are just a few of the things that make living in Bellingham so unique:

Rain, rain, and more rain. Let's face it, Bellingham is basically Seattle's (much cooler) little sister. And like Seattle, it rains a lot. In fact, it rains so much that if you don't own a good Gore-Tex rain jacket, you might as well just give up and move to the desert. You may think that an umbrella would be a must-have, but trust me, if you use an umbrella, you’ll stand out as a newcomer for sure! Yes, we have a lot of rainy days, but hey, at least all that rain keeps the hipsters hydrated.

You may be interested to learn that the official mode of transportation in Bellingham is a Subaru. If you're driving around Bellingham and you're not in a Subaru, you're doing it wrong. And it's not just any Subaru - it's got to be an Outback or a Forester, preferably with a "Coexist" sticker on the back. Just kidding, obviously, but they are everywhere!

Bellingham is also home to Western Washington University, which means we've got a whole bunch of young, energetic college students keeping us on our toes. They keep the bars lively, the streets filled with bikes, and the thrift stores packed with vintage finds.

Do you enjoy a good IPA? Bellingham is home to some seriously good breweries, and we take our beer very seriously. In fact, we've got a whole event dedicated to it - the Bellingham Beer Week. So, if you're a beer lover, you'll feel right at home here.

But what really sets Bellingham apart is its incredible outdoor opportunities. With its proximity to the mountains and the ocean, Bellingham offers a wide range of outdoor activities that will keep you busy all year round.

Hiking is a favorite pastime of Bellingham locals, and for good reason - we're surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains and forests in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, there's a trail for you. From the popular Oyster Dome hike to the more challenging Mount Baker summit, there's no shortage of options.

Mountain biking is another popular activity in Bellingham, and we've got some world-class trails to prove it. Galbraith Mountain is a local favorite, with over 50 miles of trails that range from beginner-friendly to downright gnarly. And with new trails being built all the time, there's always something new to explore.

If you prefer to be on the water, kayaking is a great option. Bellingham Bay offers calm waters and stunning views, and there are plenty of local outfitters that offer guided tours and rentals. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, head up to nearby Lake Whatcom or Lake Padden for a more secluded paddle.

And of course, we can't forget about skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mount Baker. With some of the deepest snowpack in North America, Mount Baker is a skier's paradise. And with over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain, there's plenty of room for everyone.

All in all, living in Bellingham is a pretty great experience. Sure, we may get a little soggy from time to time, but we've got good beer, good food, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep us entertained. So, if you’re planning to move to Bellingham, head over to REI for your official Bellingham puffer jacket, and the rest of your outdoor gear. And don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!

And when the time comes to purchase a home, don't forget, Buck Real Estate is here to help! Contact us to get started! 

Search all Bellingham homes for sale HERE.

Posted in Explore Whatcom
Oct. 31, 2021

Your Home Equity is Growing

Your Home Equity Is Growing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your Home Equity Is Growing [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • If you’re a homeowner, today’s rising equity is great news. On average, homeowners have gained $51,500 in equity since this time last year.
  • Whether it’s funding an education, fueling your next move, or starting a business, your home equity is a great tool you can use to power your dreams.
  • Ready to sell? Let’s connect to talk about how you can take advantage of your rising equity to reach your goals.
Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 31, 2021

The Mortgage Process Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

The Mortgage Process Doesn’t Have To Be Scary [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Mortgage Process Doesn’t Have To Be Scary [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • Applying for a mortgage is a big step towards homeownership, but it doesn’t need to be one you fear. Here are some tips to help you prepare.
  • Know your credit score and work to build strong credit. When you’re ready, lean on your agent to connect you with a lender so you can get pre-approved and begin your home search.
  • Any major life change can be scary, and buying a home is no different. Let’s connect so you have an advisor by your side to take the fear out of the equation.
Posted in Market Updates
May 15, 2021

Just Listed in Ferndale!

Enjoy affordable living in Friendly Ferndale! Convenient location right off Main Street with easy access to I-5. Extremely well-maintained home offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings. Energy efficient mini-split heat pump and newer dual pane windows keep utility bills low. Attached garage with lots of storage and plenty of parking on the driveway. You'll love the private, landscaped backyard with deck, and no neighbors behind the home! Move in-ready and in a quiet, all-ages park with low space rent! This is the one you've been looking for! Contact Marilyn for more details. 30-599-0397.

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