Serving Western Washington, including the San Juan Islands, specializing in HUD Homes, Short Sales & Bank Owned properties. A Bellingham Condo & Historic Fairhaven Neighborhood Specialist.
Get to know Stephanie Johnson
I am dedicated to the Real Estate Industry and to educating the clients that I am lucky to work with. Serving as Designated Broker to the Keller Williams Western Realty offices in Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor. Additionally, I have specialized in the Default Services sector of Real Estate selling Bank Owned and Short Sale properties.
During my 22 years as a Real Estate Broker I have been involved in both the Washington State Association of Realtors and local Whatcom County Association of Realtors serving as a State Director on the Board of Directors. Plus, serving on several committees through my local association including the Habitat for Humanity Committee and Chairperson of the Countywide Open House event in April 2009, which had 650 homes open to the public over one weekend.
My passion lies in supporting our wonderful community! I coordinate several fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Keller Williams Red Day Community Service Event, KW Cares program for Keller Williams Associates & their families, plus raising funds for the Bellingham Food Bank through the Food Truck Roundup.
There are many outdoor Pacific Northwest activites and events that I enjoy participating in, that includes kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and motorcycling riding.
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Serving Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Snohomish counties.
Specializing in HUD Homes, Short Sales and Bank owned property sales. Experienced in Condominium sales and First Time Home Buyers. I am al Neighborhood Specialist in the Historic Fairhaven District.
The expansion of Condominiums in the "greater" Bellingham area has increased dramatically over the last few years and the development of Fairhaven as an Urban Village with mixed-use buildings has grown. Condominiums continue to be a very popular investment for easy low maintenance living in our beautiful Pacific Northwest corner of the United States where most people want to be out participating in various activities instead of maintaining a single family home.
- Whatcom County Real Estate
Located in the Northwest corner of the United States, Whatcom County is snuggled in between the Canadian border to the north, Cascade Mountain Range to the east, Pacific Ocean to the west and Skagit County on the southern border. Bellingham is centrally located between two major metropolitan cities; Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. along the I-5 corridor.
The abundance of outdoor activities is unlimited with the amount of flora and fauna that encompasses Whatcom County from the Mt. Baker Wilderness area to the Puget Sound with the San Juan Islands and the numerous parks, lakes and trails that are scattered among the neighborhoods. The annual Ski to Sea race from the slopes of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay is a world renown race that brings competitors from all over the world to Bellingham. The Bellingham Parks Department as well as the Greenways group do a wonderful job of maintaining our many parks as well as developing new ones. The Innerurban trail runs parallel to the popular and scenic Chuckanut Drive taking you from South Bellingham through Larrabee Park ending at Clayton Beach.
- Skagit County Real Estate
The sleepy Skagit River Valley has grown tremendously over the past few years and has changed before my eyes. As a child growing up in Sedro Woolley, along the North Cascades Highway, and now an adult it has been an amazing transformation to see. From a sleepy logging community, originally named Bug, Sedro Woolley is a bustling community and the gateway to the North Cascades.
With the hub cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington on the I-5 coridor, Anacortes to the west on Fidalgo Island and Sedro Woolley to the east the Skagit River Valley is a diverse area. The river valley "flats" creates an excellent area to grow Tulips and Daffodils, which Skagit Valley is famous for and distrbutes their bulbs all over the world. The Historic town of La Conner is a small town on a water channel that brings in thousands of travels every year.
- San Juan County
The San Juan Islands located off the Northwest Coast of Washington State provide a beautiful landscape for west coast island living. The four larger islands; San Juan, Orcas, Lopez & Shaw have Washington State Ferry access via Anacortes.
- First Time Homebuyers
As a First Time Homebuyer it is an exciting and educational experience going through the process of learning about home ownership. At our first meeting I will provide you with this free guide, answer your questions and start going over these basic steps.
Looking at homes, whether it be condominiums or single family homes, is only a part of the excitement and I am here to help you through the home purchase process. Keeping you updated on new listings that come on the market daily or referring you to lenders and professional home inspectors is part of my commitment to you.
The interest rates are at all time lows and there are many great financing programs for the First Time Home Buyer, so if you think you can't qualify or don't have enough money for a down payment be sure to speak to a lender so you really know. In some cases, you can get an FHA loan with as little as 3.5% down and you can use gifts or loans from family members as well as us money from your IRA. You can check out FHA, HUD or Rural Development loan programs online, if you want to do further research prior to speaking to a lender.
- REO Northwest
We have a successful team in Western Washington with an REO presence along the I-5 corridor. We provide exceptional service to our corporate clients as well as to our large network of buyers. Our team has been commended several times.
The members of the team to include; Listing Specialists, Buyer Representatives, Transaction Coordinators, IT staff, BPO Specialist, Administrative and maintenance personnel.
Our team is highly proficient at completing BPO's and understanding market trends. We have frequent team meetings, discuss and analyze market shifts and stay current with all legislation that impacts the real estate and mortgage industries. All of this translates into the quality of our BPO's and our knowledge of the market & ability to think "outside of the box".
Utilizing the latest advances in technology to procure the most accurate & timely data. All team members are equipped with wireless technology to stay connected in field use, which means we can quickly communicate new assignments, vendor requests, or buyer lead information form the home office to our team members in the field.
Additionally, our websites are actively promoted and have a growing pool of investor/buyers who log in regularly to check out our active listings. Furthermore, we have a network of repeat buyers because of the rapport we have established with both banks & buyers, and because of our ability to smoothly and quickly negotiate transactions while maintaining a high level of integrity.
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Short Sale Specialist
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