North Tacoma Sophisticated Stadium District Condominium     We just listed this 2638sf three bed, three bath condo with dynamic views of Mt. Rainier and Commencement Bay. That’s not a typo. 2638sf. A secure elevator opens directly into the unit – the only one on the floor – offering a level of privacy rarely achieved with condo living.       […]
Buying A Home Creekside Living on the KP     We just listed this meticulously maintained two bed, two bath creek-side traditional on a wooded five acre parcel on the Key Peninsula.  If you’re looking for privacy and seclusion, this is the house for you.                                      […]
Architecture What Makes a House a “Craftsman”       As a Realtor and current member of the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission, nothing makes me crazier than seeing houses that are marketed incorrectly as Craftsmen. A Craftsman has a distinct architectural style that’s rarely seen with new or newer construction homes. A Craftsman is almost always an older, historic home with hallmark […]
Buying A Home Charming North End Craftsman Bungalow         We just listed this meticulously maintained single story Craftsman bungalow in a prime North End location – just blocks from Puget Park and the Proctor District. Features of this tastefully designed three bed, one bath home include:   Hardwood floors Gas fireplace Original built-ins Original leaded glass windows Updated kitchen Updated […]
Market Statistics Is the Tacoma Housing Market Flattening Out?     Despite Redfin’s recent announcement that Tacoma’s housing market is the “hottest” in the nation, the market in Tacoma’s North End looks a lot like it did a year ago. Our median home price is essentially unchanged, the number of homes selling remains steady and inventory levels are still incredibly tight.       […]
Buying A Home Charming North Tacoma English Tudor Revival     We just listed this fantastic five bed, four bath English Tudor Revival nestled between Old Town and the Stadium District, offering a great bed and bath count, close proximity to the Annie Wright Schools and a perfect combination of original character and modern updates.         Features include:  Hardwood floors  Original […]
Community Three Reasons to Visit the Tacoma Art Museum This Year   Before moving to Tacoma in 2010, Mark and I came up from Los Angeles for a couple of exploratory visits.  There were a lot of things about Tacoma that appealed to us, but it was ultimately the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) that played the pivotal role in our decision to make the move. We were […]
Architecture Historic Home Workshop for Real Estate Brokers   I’ve always had a deep appreciation for historic homes.  It’s one of the reasons that I love living and working in Tacoma, with its abundance of intact architecturally significant historic buildings.  It’s no accident that Tacoma still has so many incredible old homes.  In part, it’s because city leaders recognize and appreciate that historic […]
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Investing In Real Estate Investing in Real Estate in Tacoma’s North End Jeff and I recently bought a duplex in North Tacoma that we’re pretty excited about.  We weighed the pros and cons of purchasing in the current market and ultimately decided that the property met our needs, both for the short term and the long.  In light of our recent purchase, I thought it might be […]
New Construction Sophisticated Single Story Contemporary     10712 255th St E, Graham, WA   Designer inspired fixtures and finishes on the inside AND a spectacular, secluded setting on the outside.  It’s a winning combination.  Jeff, Mark and Miles recently listed this sophisticated single story three bed, two bath Contemporary in Graham. Nicely sited at the end of a quiet street, […]
Architecture Our Top Three Waterfront Sales   Waterfront living isn’t unique to the Puget Sound region, but it’s definitely part of what makes working as a Realtor in the area so special.  Jeff, Miles and I have listed and sold some really great waterfront properties over the years. They’ve each had features you would expect to find with a waterfront property, […]
Community How Pierce College is Raising the Bar for Student Success Obtaining a post-secondary education is a big accomplishment, but it can also be a challenging journey for many.  In addition to their academic demands, many students experience unexpected life events that can add a whole new level of difficulty to the process. Many high performing students at local Pierce College have been faced with these […]
North Tacoma South Sound Property Group Presents Jeff, Mark and Miles recently listed 2207 N Washington Street, a 1925 Craftsman that comes complete with a covered front porch and porch swing.  A great home in an even greater location, just blocks from all that the Proctor District has to offer.  The farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, happy hours at Cactus and date nights […]
Gig Harbor Real Estate Gig Harbor has Modest Price Increases in the 2nd Quarter
Buying A Home Low Levels of Inventory in Tacoma’s North End Fuel Prices in the 2nd Quarter
Market Statistics Are There Clues that the Real Estate Market is Starting to Cool? I’d like to begin this post with a disclaimer.  The information I’m sharing here is anecdotal in nature, and my opinions are based largely on my own personal experience investing in and selling residential real estate since 1993.  I know that quite a few Realtors may disagree with me, but I’m having a distinct feeling […]
Luxury Real Estate Pierce County’s Over Million Dollar House Market is Heating Up Jeff Williams and Mark Pinto were recently interviewed by Kate Martin of the Tacoma News Tribune to explore the current trends for the over million dollar housing market in Pierce County.  As the listing agents for three of the over million dollar listings that are currently pending sale in Pierce County, they shared insight about buyers for […]
Buying A Home Talk to a Lender Before You Start Your Home Search The number of buyers searching for homes in Tacoma’s North End far exceeds the number of homes for sale, which often results in multiple offer situations that require buyers to compete for the house of their dreams.  For buyers who plan to finance their home purchase, obtaining loan pre-approval before submitting an offer is critical.  […]
Selling Your Home Why selling your house in the winter may not be such a bad idea Redfin recently conducted a study looking at more than 7 million home sales over the course of the past four years to determine what impact, if any, seasonality had on the sales process.  Not surprisingly, the study confirmed that listing your home for sale in the springtime was likely to result in a quicker sale […]
Buying A Home Severe Lack of Home Appraisers is Complicating Real Estate Transactions Diana Olick of CNBC recently wrote an article that sums up the reason for frustration for many home buyers and sellers in the South Sound region.  Olick notes,  “Housing demand is rising rapidly, but a key cog in the wheel to homeownership is in deep trouble. The people most needed to close the deal are […]