Local real estate low-down

What's going on with the local real estate market? Is there a slow down? Should we wait until prices go down to buy? How can we sell when we can't find a place we want to buy? Come to this week's meeting on Sept. 13 and get these and your other real estate questions answered. Julie Carpenter has been serving buyers and sellers locally for 20+ years. She is an Accredited Buyer's Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, and Certified Negotiations Expert.  RE/MAX Whatcom County is one of the most productive brokerages in the country, and RE/MAX sells more real estate than any other brokerage in the world.

Chocolate with a purpose

BIJA Chocolates was created as a business and social enterprise that uses cacao to raise awareness to the human cost of chocolate and provides economic opportunities to groups throughout the world. BIJA Chocolates is working towards providing support for 24 certified organic women’s cooperatives throughout the equatorial belt to positively impact the women and their communities. Recently, BIJA was recognized by Whole Foods Market as one of the most innovative small businesses in America that creates impact through ethical sourcing and social entrepreneurship. BIJA co-founder Ariana Lee shares stories from BIJA at our July 26 meeting.

Tim Ballew II, 42nd District Candidate

Tim Ballew II, candidate for the 42nd District state senate seat, is our June 21 speaker.

Ballew, who was recently appointed to the at-large position of the Whatcom County Council is also a former Lummi Nation chairman. He is running against incumbent Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale and Bellingham City Council member Pinky Vargas. Vargas spoke to WWN earlier this year; Ericksen’s campaign did not respond to requests to speak.

Ballew will share his platform and take questions. Guests are welcome to attend. 

Developing emotional intelligence

Counselor/therapist Virginia Malmquist will speak about emotional intelligence at our June 7 meeting. People with average IQs outperform people with high IQs approximately 70% of the time. Research suggests this is because they have higher levels of emotional intelligence. In many respects, this is something you can develop in yourself. Virginia will cover the 18 traits of high emotional intelligence and talk about how one can enhance these qualities.