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Vancouver, BC Top 5 Place to Live

Posted on December 2, 2011
Vancouver British ColumbiaVancouver, BC - A recent article at CNBC.com is reporting that Vancouver is ranked the 5th best city in the world to live in. The quality of life and personal safety rank high for the metropolises at the top of the list, according to a survey by human resources consulting firm Mercer, which evaluated 221 cities worldwide.
Vancouver is the only Canadian and North American city to make the top 10 on the list.

The city of Vancouver is renowned for making numerous lists of the world's most livable cities over the past decade. It has ranked among the top five in the Mercer quality-of-life survey for the past five years.

Home to one of the mildest climates in Canada, Vancouver is also its greenest city, with the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America. The city is surrounded by water and snowy mountains, and its government constantly promotes green building, planning and technology, with the ambition of becoming the world's greenest city by 2020.

Jerry Campbell - Muljat Group - Bellingham WA - Bellingham Homes For Sale

BellinghamHomes.com Tops One Million Mark.

Posted on August 2, 2011
Bellingham HomesBellingham, WA - Our BellinghamHomes.com website recently went over the One Million mark on the number of pages viewed by internet users in the past 12 month period. The Bellingham Home site activity has increased every month by at least 10% or more for the past three years even in this tough real estate environment we are in. The amount of page views, according to Google Analytics is now 1,140,500 page views in the past 12 months. Even with our economy still in the tank, home buyers are actively looking and searching for real estate in the Bellingham area.
Internet visitors to BellinghamHomes.com on average view 16.5 pages per visit, spend an average of 8:51 minutes per visit on the site, and currently the site has a low bounce rate of only 22.3 percent. The Bellingham Homes website traffic is now over 50% return visitors who use the site daily. That has been the nicest endorsement so far when half of your traffic is from return visitors...tells you that your doing something right.
The site is built around an incredible IDX search engine provided by Graphical Data and that is fed into hundreds of custom searches within the site to make searching for homes that much easier. The site ranks in the top 5 over all in all searches when end users use our local geographic searches combined with real estate terms. Because of it's high ranking, the site does get a lot of visitors but when the end users get to the site they are also sticking to it as well based on the low bounce rate, average time on the site and page views. We also don't force registration inorder to search, which most people prefer when searching for a home.
One of the largest growing segments of the site traffic are Canadian visitors looking for great home buys just over the border here in Whatcom County. Canadians are buying homes and properties in the US market in a large way today taking advantage of the value of their dollar vs the US currency. They just have a lot more buying power right now than they have had for years. Most of the Canadian calls and leads we are seeing are for Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish, Birch Bay, other recreation property and second homes here in Whatcom County.
There are also a lot of new surprises about to be rolled out in the next few months that will really enhance the online experience for end users searching for real estate in Whatcom County area. Feel free to visit our BellinghamHomes site today and see what you think for yourself.
Jerry Campbell - Muljat Group - Bellingham WA - Bellingham Homes For Sale

Bellingham Ranked 3rd Secure City Nationally

Posted on December 21, 2010
Chuckanut DriveBellingham Washington - Bellingham is the third most secure place to live among mid-size cities in America, according to the Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Co. yearly study. The only national cities ranking ahead of Bellingham, WA were Olympia, WA., at number two and Sioux Falls, S.D., held the top spot in this this years most secure cities in America.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Bellingham has placed among the top 20; the city ranked fourth in 2009. The ranking covers 127 metropolitan areas with populations between 150,000 and 500,000.
Information about crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disaster, housing depreciation, air quality, environmental hazards, terrorist threats, life expectancy and job loss were all factors.
Jerry Campbell - The Muljat Group - Bellingham WA - Bellingham Homes For Sale

Land Trust Buys Vendovi Island

Posted on December 20, 2010
San Juan Islands WA - The San Juan Preservation Trust purchased Vendovi Island, a 217 acre private island located in the San Juan Islands. The trust paid $6.4 million for the island which was less than half the asking price.
Late high tech pioneer John Fluke bought Vendovi Island in 1966, and his family decided to put it up for auction this fall. The asking price prior to the auction was $14.5 million. The San Juan Preservation Trust came up with $3 million in donations and a $3.4 million low-interest loan from San Juan residents.
The heavily forested, largely undeveloped island is just south of Lummi Island and sandwiched between three other San Juan Islands with Samish Island to the southwest, Guemes Island to the south and Sinclair Island to the west. The Beautiful Chuckanut Drive on the mainland is 3 nautical miles to the east of the island. Vendovi island is 7 miles north Anacortes WA and has no ferry service. The island has six beaches, a four-bedroom house and a harbor protected by a rock breakwater.
No public access will be allowed while an inventory of the island's resources are conducted and a management plan is developed, but the trust says a public park is a long-term possibility.

Bellingham #5 Best Place to Retire

Posted on November 22, 2010
Bellingham, WA - CNNMoney recently published an article entitiled the "25 Best Places to Retire in the US. Bellingham, Washington not only made the list but was ranked as the # 5 town over all. We have gotten use to many top ten lists over the years and this one is no surprise to those that have lived here for awhile.
This vibrant small city tucked between the Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains is 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., and 90 miles north of Seattle. Yet while Bellingham offers easy access to two major metro areas, it's a distinct community in its own right, with a nationally recognized hospital, international airport, and state college.

From the downtown harbor, boats depart regularly for the nearby San Juan Islands. Bellingham Farmers market attracts more than 100 local vendors and thousands of visitors over long summer weekends.

The town has a large retiree community, many of whom are no doubt attracted by the state's lack of income tax. Mild summers (average July high of 73 degrees) and winters (average January low of 32) are another selling point (as long as you don't mind frequent cloudy days).

At the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Western Washington University, faculty or other experts lead 60 multi-session classes and excursions a year. That has drawn about 250 members to the 12-year-old program. 

SSK Real Estate and Muljat Group Merge

Posted on August 7, 2010

Muljat GroupTwo family-owned, independent real estate companies are merging into one firm. Snapper Shuler Kenner Real Estate in Lynden, WA has joined The Muljat Group and will take its name. The SSK Real Estate office, which has 22 agents, will be renamed The Muljat Group North, but there will be few other changes, said Jerry Blankers, branch broker.

The merger was partly the result of a contractual obligation. Paul Kenner, one of the partners at SSK Real Estate, was bought out and the company was required to give up the Snapper Shuler Kenner name. The remaining partners decided to align themselves with another company, reaching an agreement with Frank Muljat. The Blankers family will continue to operate the branch as they have for the past 35 years, with Jerry Blankers remaining as branch broker.

Jerry Blankers said the merger will allow the Lynden office to draw on other resources it previously didn't have, including the Muljat Groups appraisal division. For The Muljat Group, it will be the sixth Whatcom County office and the first in the Lynden area. The Muljat Group has three offices in Bellingham and one in Ferndale.

"It's a great benefit for us because we had considered expanding into the north county area," said Frank Muljat. "It's also a chance for two family-owned companies to grow together. (The two families) have known each other for quite some time and have similar ways of operating."

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance has been a separate company from the SSK real estate office since 1992.
The Muljat Group North office is located at 505 Front St. in Lynden, Washington. Feel free to stop by their Lynden offices for all your real estate needs.

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