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Foreclosure, mortgage delinquency rates dropped in August

Foreclosure, mortgage delinquency rates dropped in August

Foreclosure rates for August in Bellingham decreased by 0.26 percentage points from August 2013, according to new data released by CoreLogic. The foreclosure rate among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.91 percent. That’s lower than the statewide rate of 1.44 percent and the national rate of 1.61 percent for August 2014. The mortgage delinquency rate in [...]

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Downtown clothing store celebrates 10 year anniversary

Downtown clothing store celebrates 10 year anniversary

LuLu, a women’s clothing store at 124 W. Holly St., is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week. The store’s anniversary celebration started on Oct. 21 and continues until Oct. 31 with hot cider and cookies,and raffles for a wallet and a $100 LuLu gift certificate. After making a purchase, shoppers will receive a surprise [...]

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The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

The Shakedown: a music venue with ambition is expanding

Hollie Huthman assesses risk, and decides whether or not to issue loans as a consumer loan underwriter at Whatcom Educational Credit Union. At the end of the day, the 33-year-old swaps her WECU shirt for a hoodie and begins her second job of booking shows, pouring drinks and managing The Shakedown, a bar and music [...]

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Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Bellingham attorney discusses marijuana business law

Bellingham attorney Heather Wolf didn’t plan to get into marijuana law. She practices land use and zoning law, and last year clients started asking her about where they could open retail marijuana stores. Wolf, who has been an attorney since 1997, got involved with Whatcom County’s adoption of zoning laws on behalf on her clients, [...]

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N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

A North Carolina company with the slogan “fully loaded college living,” is already leasing apartments for Fall 2015 in Bellingham. The Grove, a national housing company that markets toward college students, opened a downtown office at 1305 Cornwall Ave., and broke ground on 216-unit apartment complex south of Fred Meyer in early October. The project [...]

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Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Bellingham residential contractors finding ample work

Residential contractors are saying they have more work than they’ve had in years, said Brian Evans, executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. “Residential remodel is quite strong,” Evans said. “Homeowner confidence is up. People are back to believing that their house is a good place to invest money.” David Brogan, President [...]

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WTA test-drives an electric bus

WTA test-drives an electric bus

Whatcom Transit Authority took an all-electric bus for a test drive on Friday, Oct. 10, and gave passengers free rides between downtown and Fairhaven. WTA borrowed the bus from BYD Motors, a china-based electric auto maker. The bus was built in the United States. BYD Motors representatives are touring the state and have let several [...]

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Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Bellingham’s soap queen: building a soap empire

Editor’s note: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Anne-Marie Faiola put $50,000, rather than $15,000, on a credit card to start her business. The online version has been corrected.  Anne-Marie Faiola quit her job as a corrections officer 16 years ago, put $15,000 on her credit card, and started her soap making [...]

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