Kim Thompson, Broker
Windermere Real Estate
360-296-3431
bellinghamlifestyle@gmail.com

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Studio b Camera contest

I have been a busy bee gathering marketing ideas and materials for my 2011 business plan. I'm designing my new website. My sweet sis-in-law with artistic talent and skills, the owner of successful blog http://ikeslife.blogspot.com/, Emily, is designing the banner for me and I've been digging into my old programming skills. I can't wait to have the website up!

I wish all of you happy new year and wanted to let you know Studio B's camera photo event & contest: 




Thursday, December 30, 2010

Deposit checks with Droid Phone

Hubby just informed me a good news.

The Chase banking app lets you deposit checks by taking a photo of them!!!!
No need to take the rent checks to the bank for the ATM anymore.


https://www.chase.com/online/Special-Offers/android.htm?MSC=IQ30166917

They launched the app for IPhone a while ago. I can't believe it took them a half a year to get Droid on board but hey, I'm grateful that they finally did.

Off to get the app!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blaine gets national spotlight

Blaine was nominated to be one of the names you need to know in 2011 by Forbes.
Of course I'm excited about what it will do to the real estate in this region.
If you have any real estate needs, contact me at (360)296-3431.

Names You Need to Know in 2011: Blaine, Washington

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Looking from Peace Arch Park toward Blaine ove...
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This post is part of an ongoing effort to crowd-source a repeating feature in Forbes magazine entitled Names You Need to Know. We are looking for the people, places, products and ideas that will have significant impact in the near future. Join the ongoing conversation here.
Here’s my nomination: Blaine, Washington. It’s the most strategically important 4,000 population city you never heard about–but will.
Sitting at a northwest corner of Washington State, the city has two vital land border crossings with Canada as well as rail and a harbor (pictured) that leads to the Pacific Ocean. That puts the city–home to the busiest border traffic west of Detroit– front and center in the escalating fight against escalating terrorism from abroad.  In clear anticipation of trouble–Seattle and its defense industries like Boeing sit just 110 miles to the south–the U.S. government is spending tens of millions building a state-of-the-art port-of-entry facility in Blaine to try and keep out bad people and bad stuff.
Meanwhile, scores of financial services industry types–also not all on the up-and-up–have set up shop in Blaine due to its proximity to Vancouver, B.C., 30 miles to the north  and still a thriving center of fraud.  These aiding and abetting newcomers have found a hospitable environment in Blaine, whose economy and culture long was based on smuggling and the wrong side of the law.
If you’re into trivia, Blaine is also the home of one of the few monuments in the world commemorating the Treaty of Ghent. What, you slept through that lesson in history class? The pact between the U.S. and England, named after the Belgium city where it was signed,  ended the War of 1812, a conflict that centered largely on U.S.-Canada border issues. In 1921 the 68-foot-high Peace Arch was built right on the line. The border-straddling arch and the surrounding Peach Arch Park are tourist attractions.
All proving, as someone once said, that wherever there’s a border, there’s money to be made.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hand Crank Films


I met Sarah and Max with their adorable kids at an open house I hosted and I instantly clicked with them. Max looked familiar and I finally figured out he directed St. Joseph commercial that made Ella a super star. :)


video


You can only imagine how delighted I was to be invited to their home to help them value their house to sell. Their home really reflected their personalities. It had such a warm and genuine feeling to it and Sarah's kitchen makeover was amazing. I hope to help them put their lovely house on the market in the spring.

But, for now I want to talk about Hand Crank Films, which Max founded.





I get really giddy when I find an awesome local business like his in Bellingham. That makes me even more proud to be a Bellinghamster. I just read an article about his firm in Puget Sound Business Journal. Here is the full story. Check it out!

I really loved Max's tips for success because lately I have given a lot of thought to investing in outside marketing to push my real estate business to the next level in this tough market. Maybe it is the sign that I should.

Hand Crank’s Max Kaiser explains his tips for success.

1. Build projects on meaning rather than price: We’ve always succeeded most when we’ve concentrated on meaning, or telling our client’s story to the best of our ability, regardless of price.

2. Double down in a bad market: A downturn in the economy is a great (though admittedly scary) time to make investments in your processes, your infrastructure, and your people.

3. The importance of good people: Some companies don’t realize that their brand is an extension of their culture. And that culture is defined by what happens inside the company. So hiring the right people isn’t a luxury, it’s an imperative

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My daily dose of laughs

These were pictured on one hot summer day. :)
My daily dose of laughs come from these girls. I'm so thankful.







Before and After

Jaw dropping before and after:


Images via younghouselove

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ruthie V's book signing

Come on over to Art Walk this Friday 6:30-9:00pm at Gary's, 128 W. Holly St, Bellingham to support a great local artist, Ruthie V.
She is going to be signing and selling her book of selected works. This book has many of my favorites!


www.RuthieV.com
360-DAY-ARTS





Friday, November 26, 2010

My old wing chair

This is my office/sitting room.


I love my wing chair. I bought it from Good Will a while back. I liked its small scale and color and how comfortable it is but the fabric is a bit worn and I thought I would reupholster it.  Now I have it in the room, I absolutely love it as is. I love how it shows its age but it's not dirty (at least it doesn't look dirty)  I think it's perfect. Now I understand when Brooke from Velvet and Linen  said she will never reupholster her antique Belgian chair. I thought she was crazy.


Here is another old chair from Elle Decor showroom 2010.

  

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Snowy thanksgiving

What a snowy Thanksgiving this is! Kids had so much fun.





Merry Christmas!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Master bedroom via mud/laundry room

A house I'm selling has a master bedroom that you have to go through mud/laundry room to get to it. One of real estate agents I talked to thinks it's such a poor design. I completely disagree.

The mud/laundry room is conveniently located by the kitchen, master bedroom as well as garage. As long as you make it a pleasant place to pass through, I can't find a better place in this house for it. I gathered some ideas how to make it functional and pretty.

Image: Better Homes and Gardens

Image: Better Homes and Gardens

Image: Southern Living

Image: Southern Living

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

House of the week

I'm seeing more of  'Not so big house' trend lately. Now, how big is 'not so big' is arguable. In fact, According to the architect and author, Sarah Susanka, it doesn't mean small! It means by carefully designing the space with nice finishes, the house feels much bigger than it is because you can use it more effectively. So instead of trying to build a house with extra square footage that ends up being a soul-less house, spend your money on the space you will actually use. I really like this concept and I'd like to do a special post on that another time.

Now, the house I have just listed I think achieved a lot of that because this house feels a lot more spacious and comfortable with 1650 square feet with lots of nice finishes. I swear it feels much bigger than my house of 2200 sf. This house flows so well.

$239,000
679 Robinson St. Everson
Newly constructed spacious single story with high end finishes at a great price. 4 beds, 2 baths with 9 foot ceilings and vaulted ceilings in living room. Granite counter tops, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, kitchen island, 6' soaking tub, separate toilet stall in master, custom stained concrete walks & drives, huge yard, travertine backsplashes, open floor plan, and generous moldings. Lots of natural light. Space for RV and gardening.






If you'd like to tour this home, please give me a call at 360-296-3431.
Kim Thompson
Windermere Real Estate

Friday, November 12, 2010

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” by Plato

It got me thinking about how I should treat people.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

.crackabo

A good friend of mine, Tiffany Rylant is one of the most stylish and talented people I know. She runs this etsy shop called .crackabo. Check out how adorable her creation is. Yup, she sew them herself. You can find her stuff at Bellingham Baby Company in the Barkley village if you are local. She also takes custom orders. I just put my order in. I'm getting a baby blanket, bib and burpie gift set with big G on them for Griffin. She let me pick the fabric too! I can't wait to see it.

So what's with the name? It comes from an old way that Tiffany's husband's grandfather would have his grandchildren count to 10. Instead of 1, 2, 3 and so on, it was: unry, zurry, zachary, zen, zollabo, CRACKABO, peewee, wiggletail, dollarware ten!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

San Juan Islands "Rock Star"

Have you seen this house in San Juan Islands featured in New York Times here?
I'm dying to look at it in person. Will it ever go for sale in my lifetime?





House of the week

Please someone buy this beauty and restore it.
MLS# 140726

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Window Seat

I have a fantasy about sitting on a light filled window seat and reading a book to my child. Dear Santa, Could you bring me one of these please?

Image: House Beautiful
Image: House Beautiful


Image: Domino


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween events in B-Ham

Lots of things are happening this weekend for Halloween. Enjoy!




Monday, October 25, 2010

House of the week

I have a soft spot for houses with white exterior. This South Hill house speak to me with lovely bay windows, well designed porch, not so prominent garage, simple yet elegant landscaping, and the list goes on. It has lots of old house feel and features, yet it's built in 2001. Thus it fits perfectly for modern lifestyle.  I absolutely adore this house.





MLS#14026

One of my favorite blogs, 6th street design school just posted Etsy Pumpkin Roundup and I think they are the cutest things. Check it out.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cloud Mountain Farm

We made it to Cloud Mountain Farm over the weekend. Jen was right about that place. What an amazing nursery. I loved the setting, friendly and knowledgeable staff and wonderful selection of plants. 30% off was just icing on the cake!

If you've been to the farm, you probably noticed the paperbark maple in front of the store. I've always loved that tree. It gives year-round interest. It is low maintenance and is perfect for a small garden. What else could you ask for?  I recently saw a paperbark during the Whatcom artist studio tour in front of  Lisa Mcshane's  studio and I thought it was my destiny to have one even though I had no clue where I can put it! (Hi Lisa!) Then, I saw the one in front of the store at Cloud Mountain which just confirmed it was indeed destiny... I loaded up all my trees, including some apples and beeches and drove home. Along the way home, I realized I forgot to tell the staff I wanted a paperbark, too. Haha. So the next day, of course I had to go back to get it and it was a good excuse to get some more plants. :)

These came home with me today.

Two apple trees- hubby wants to espalier them to hide unsightly chain link fence to the storm water pond behind our property.

It's hard to imagine though that my ugly twiggy little tree can become something like this. 

Three columnar beech trees- this will give nice vertical element to the backyard while providing some screening to the neighbor's yard. I hope Ian (he's my landscaper and brother-in-law) will agree.

One Methley plum tree - this is self pollinating so I only needed one. How fun it will be to harvest juicy plums with the kids.

An added bonus was that there was a pumpkin patch at the Cloud Mountain and my kids had lots of fun. Thank you Stephanie for baby sitting my kids at the farm!








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