Big Dog Blog

June 6, 2017

Interest Rates

Current interest rates are hovering in the low 4% range... What a great time to buy!!



If you are currently looking for a local, reliable lender Bank of the Pacific is a great choice. Call Rob today and ask about taking the first step in buying real estate: getting in touch with a lender!



Posted in Buyers Blog
June 5, 2017

Mount Baker Ski Area

During the winter months, if I’m not in the office you will most likely find me, and many others in the community, up at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. This past year was the first year that I have had a seasons pass and boy what a year we had.

Anyone who lives in this area or is looking to live here should definitely take a drive up there; no matter the season the views are outstanding and the snow is to die for. The conditions up at Baker really couldn’t get any better, the ski area averages the most annual snowfall, 641 inches, in the continent and holds the record for most snowfall in a single season, 1,140 inches. Crazy right? 

Look at all of that powder! 

Another thing that I have noticed about Baker is the people, no matter the day or how the conditions are the people never change. They are most always friendly outgoing folks. Plenty of times I have gotten on a chair lift with a stranger and gotten off the same chair with a friend. People watch out for one another and help those in need. That is a community that I am proud to be a part of...

The facilities and staff up at the mountain are great too. Each lodge has it's own unique flair. My favorite lodge, though it has no parking lot and is often a bit crowded, is the Raven's Hut Lodge. It is cozy and inviting after a few hours in the cold.

I don't know how I could ever move away from this powder gold-mine!


 Photos by: Jasper Newton, Anne Cleary, Grant Gunderson and Emilia Zottoli

Posted in Destinations
June 2, 2017

Drone Photography


Tucker is here today to tell you about Whatcom House Hunters newest feature: Drone Photography!

Jillian, the head of our aerial department, is getting the hang of flying our newest marketing tool; the DJI Phantom 4 Drone. This high tech device takes outstanding photos from up to 300 feet in the air with a 3 mile flight range! We are able to take residential, commercial and vacant land drone photos that leave a lasting impression on buyers.

Tucker says, "The sound of the drone scared me at first, it sounds like a giant bee! I got stung by a bee one time and it hurt really bad. I can't imagine being stung by a drone sized bee."

Here are the drone photos we took a few weeks ago at our listing in Glenhaven, 452 Rainbow Dr:

Here are some more from our new home on acreage listing, 9920 Stardust Ln:

Aside from taking awesome residential photos the drone takes awesome landscape photos, check these out:

Professional photographers in Bellingham are currently charging a minimum of $125 for 10-15 photos but we are including this when you list with us at no extra charge to you! 

Contact us today to find out more about listing your real estate with Whatcom House Hunters!


Posted in Sellers Blog
May 5, 2017

Private Property Rights Week

Come learn about current events and important topics in Whatcom County Real Estate at Pioneer Pavilion this coming week Monday through Thursday from 7-8:30pm. Topics like the Water Moratorium and Development are important to home and land owners alike. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn more about your community and your rights.


May 1, 2017

Introduction, Jill Carlson - Assistant

Hello my name is Jillian!  I have been given the pleasure of working with Rob Merhaut and his team at RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. for almost a year now. In the time that I have worked with Rob I have learned so much, everything from CC&Rs- Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions to Creedence Clearwater Revival. I came into the real estate world with no previous knowledge, I had lived with my parents in the house my dad had built for almost my entire life and things like capitalization rate and disclosures seemed like a foreign language. But I have quickly learned so much about this new world that is real estate and am looking forward to becoming a licensed broker myself.

A day at the office for me has evolved over time but it usually involves lots of marketing, transaction coordinating, posting on our social media sites, reaching out to potential sellers, searching for homes for buyers, watching youtube videos that Rob insists are funny, and lots of random tasks. No two days ever look the same and I really do learn something new every time I work with Rob. I am very fortunate to work with such a great broker at such a supportive and welcoming brokerage.


Jill and Earl

Posted in Introduction Blog