South Sound Property Group Blog

Charming Bungalow Just Blocks From Tacoma’s Proctor District

This charming 1940’s bungalow is nicely sited above the street, just a few blocks from the heart of Proctor. Features include hardwood floors, a wood burning fireplace in the living room, a formal dining room and a kitchen with stainless appliances, tile counters and back yard access. Charming Bungalow Just Blocks From Tacoma’s Proctor District […]
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Tips For First Time Home Buyers

If you’ve been thinking about buying your first home, you’ve probably been experiencing lots of different feelings and emotions. Doubt, confusion and excitement tend to top the list. The home buying process can be daunting, particularly for first time home buyers, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. Tips For First Time Home Buyers Step […]
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Five Tips For Kitchen Renovations Plus Five Sparkling Kitchen Updates

I’ve been flipping houses since 1993, first in Pasadena, CA and more recently here in Tacoma.  Over the span of those 27 years, I’ve renovated more kitchens than I can count.  Looking back on some of my “greatest hits”, I thought I’d share a few tried and true principles that have worked well for me […]
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Single Story SeaTac Home Convenient To Airport And Parks

This well maintained three bedroom two bath home is nicely sited on a quiet street between the I-5 corridor and the airport, just blocks from area schools and parks. Features include a new roof in 2019, newer windows, hardwood floors, a wood burning stove and an  updated kitchen. Single Story SeaTac Home Convenient To Airport […]
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Tacoma Arts Live Goes Virtual

Tacoma Arts Live Goes Virtual

Like many non-profits in Pierce County, Tacoma Arts Live has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – both financially and programmatically – but the organization has risen to the occasion.  Ever resourceful, the staff has developed some innovative ways to continue serving the community during these challenging times. Tacoma Arts Live Goes Virtual As […]
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Wood Wrapped Windows Are Better Than Vinyl

As a city commissioner on Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, a former board member of Historic Tacoma and a long time restorer of historic homes, I often get questions from friends and clients who are restoring their own homes.  Window replacement can be a hot topic of conversation. Wood Wrapped Windows Are Better Than Vinyl Original […]
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3213 17th Street Place SE, Puyallup

Single Level Home On Expansive ¼ Acre Cul-de-sac Lot In Manorwood North

This single level home in Manorwood North features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, two fireplaces, spacious living and dining rooms, and a large family room that’s open to an eatin kitchen with new quartz counter tops. The four bedrooms include a master suite with a walk-in closet and large bathroom with separate shower […]
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How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Local Housing Market

Jeff and I have definitely felt the impact of COVID-19 in our own business, but I’ve been curious to know how the pandemic is affecting the broader market in the Puget Sound region.  What’s happening with new listings, pending sales, closed sales and median home prices? How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Local Housing Market? The […]
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Tacoma’s Vibrant Stadium District

Residential and commercial development has kicked into high gear in Tacoma’s historic Stadium District over the course of the past several years.  We’ve seen construction of the Stadium Apartments, a 172-unit apartment building at the corner of 1st and G. Tacoma’s Vibrant Stadium District An iconic Titus-Will auto dealership has been converted into the Rein […]
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Will COVID-19 Change Buyer Preferences?

A client of ours in Puyallup recently asked me if I thought COVID-19 might have an impact on buyer interest in the suburbs.  I wasn’t sure how to respond at the time, but I thought it was an interesting question so I decided to do a little investigating. Will COVID-19 Change Buyer Preferences? According to […]
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Manorwood Home On Expansive 1/3 Acre Lot

This Manorwood home features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, central heat and air, a family room with gas fireplace and an eat-in kitchen with GE Profile stainless appliances and walk-in pantry. A fully fenced backyard with patio can be accessed through French doors off the family room or the kitchen. Manorwood Home On Expansive 1/3 Acre […]
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Stylish South Facing 10th Floor Unit at the Meridian

This stylish south facing 10th floor unit at the Meridian offers an open floorplan and easy access to a wide range of building amenities. Features include travertine tile flooring in the entryway, an entry hall closet and a kitchen with granite counters, newer stainless appliances and a breakfast bar. The kitchen is open to the […]
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History Matters

One of the things that I love most about living and working in North Tacoma is its abundance of intact, historically significant building stock.  For me, historic homes create a connection with the past that reinforces the fabric of the community that we’re living in today. History Matters The value that we, as a community, […]
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Custom Built Contemporary with Equestrian Facilities in Redmond

This custom-built single story Contemporary is beautifully sited on a private five acre parcel just five miles from the heart of downtown Redmond. The covered front entry leads to a dramatic step down living room with a gas fireplace, vaulted beamed ceilings, clerestory windows and engineered hardwood floors. Custom Built Contemporary with Equestrian Facilities in […]
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Home Improvements with the Best Return on Investment

With home prices on the rise, Americans aren’t moving as often as they used to, which is fueling strong interest in the home remodeling market.  As someone who’s renovated and sold more than 50 homes since 1993, I’m often asked for home improvement advice by my real estate clients. Home Improvements with the Best Return […]
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North Tacoma First Quarter Update

Year over year home sales activity in Tacoma’s North End was down in the first quarter of 2020, but there was a surprising surge in the days leading up to the Governor’s “Stay Home” order in late March, which will likely yield a year over year increase in closed sales in the second quarter. First […]
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How Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order Affects Real Estate Activities

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Inslee recently issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Real estate brokers were initially classified as non-essential workers, prohibited from providing services in person.  The Governor subsequently modified his order, allowing brokers to provide services in person with restrictions. How […]
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Stately American Four Square in Tacoma’s historic North Slope

Historic North Slope Four Square With Original Details And Partial Water Views

We just listed this stately American Four Square featuring an impressive oak staircase and large formal living and dining rooms with original wainscoting, columns and trim. The first floor also includes a large formal entry parlor with a fireplace, a kitchen with Batchelder tile walls and counter tops, a breakfast room with birds’s eye maple […]
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616 S Baker, Tacoma

Spacious Built Green townhome with dynamic city and port views near restaurants and theaters

This spacious unit at the Triangle in downtown Tacoma offers brew pubs, theaters and restaurants all within a few blocks.  Features include dynamic city and port views, an open concept floor plan, a master suite and a roof top deck. Spacious Built Green townhome with dynamic city and port views near restaurants and theaters The […]
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Impressive Equestrian Estate In Desirable Foxhall Community

This well-designed equestrian estate is sited on nearly five dry acres in Olympia. Features include an updated gourmet kitchen, great room, master suite, five stall show barn, indoor arena and direct access to riding trails. Impressive Equestrian Estate In Desirable Foxhall Community 5027 Foxhall Drive NE, Olympia, WA | 3 bedrooms | 2½ baths | […]
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17 Things to Consider When Buying or Selling a Horse Property

As a real estate broker who also happens to be an equestrian (and past board president of the Washington State Quarter Horse Association), I have a lot of experience working with clients who are buying or selling horse properties. There are all sorts of things to consider when evaluating a horse property for purchase – […]
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1225 Tacoma

1925 Craftsman Bungalow With Commencement Bay Views And Tasteful Updates

We just listed this tastefully updated 1925 Craftsman bungalow offering views of Commencement Bay and Vashon Island and a convenient Old Town location. Features include a fireplace, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen and a main floor master suite. 1925 Craftsman Bungalow With Commencement Bay Views And Tasteful Updates 1225 N. Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, […]
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North Tacoma Fourth Quarter Update

179 single family homes were sold in zip codes 98403, 98406 and 98407 in the fourth quarter of 2019 – a somewhat surprising 13% increase in sales activity when compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. North Tacoma Fourth Quarter Update The median home price in Tacoma’s North End is 10% higher today than it […]
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Common Misconceptions about Tacoma’s Historic Districts

Tacoma is fortunate enough to have eight designated historic districts – the Wedge, North Slope, Old City Hall, the Union Depot/Warehouse District, Salmon Beach, Stadium, Buckley’s Addition and College Park. Common Misconceptions About Tacoma’s Historic Districts As a residential real estate broker, a former board member of Historic Tacoma and a current commissioner on Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation […]
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Dynamic Bay And Mountain Views In Tacoma’s Theater District

We just listed this tastefully appointed corner unit at the Vintage Y. Offering dynamic views of Commencement Bay and Mount Rainier, this unit features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances, refurbished original windows and a master suite with ample closet space and a full bathroom with separate tub and shower. Dynamic Bay […]
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Duplex Renovation Project South of 6th Ave

People are often curious about the home renovation process so I thought I’d share an update on a project that I’m currently working on in North Tacoma. It’s an old Victorian foursquare that’s been divided into two apartments, with one unit upstairs and one down. Duplex Renovation Project South of 6th Ave Mark and I […]
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Freshly Updated Puyallup Traditional

We recently listed this freshly updated 4 bedroom, 2½ bath Puyallup Traditional. It features new paint inside and out, new carpet, new stainless appliances, a family room with gas fireplace, a master suite, a two car attached garage and a fully fenced back yard. Freshly Updated Puyallup Traditional 16916 123rd Avenue East, Puyallup, WA | […]
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Historic 1904 Victorian In Tacoma’s North Slope

We just listed this this 5 bed, 3 bath North Slope Victorian with original mill work, fir floors, updated plumbing and electrical, a new furnace with heat pump, updated kitchen and bathrooms and a master suite with water views. Historic 1904 Victorian In Tacoma’s North Slope The Huggins House  1123 N 9th Street Tacoma, WA […]
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Custom West End Mid-Century With Two Separate Living Quarters

We just listed this custom built West End mid-century offering two separate living quarters. The entry level features its own living room, eat-in kitchen, bedroom, full bath and laundry. The entire house was recently refreshed with new fixtures, new flooring and new interior paint. Custom West End Mid-Century With Two Separate Living Quarters 4808 N […]
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North Tacoma Third Quarter Update

The number of home buyers actively searching for properties in North Tacoma has tapered off since the spring, but multiple offer situations are still common and lots of houses are selling over list price. In July of this year, 47% of homes in Tacoma sold above list price compared to just 32% of homes in […]
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Updated 1905 Victorian with Water Views

We just listed this impressive 1905 Victorian, nicely sited above the street in one of North Tacoma’s most desirable neighborhoods, offering sweeping views of Commencement Bay and Vashon Island. The home has been extensively renovated and expanded to create an open floor plan on the entry level that appeals to a more modern sensibility. Updated […]
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Tacoma Arts Live 19/20

Tacoma Arts Live’s Regional Theater Program Launches New Season

Tacoma has a surprisingly vibrant performing arts scene that includes musical theater, straight plays, ballet, opera, symphonic music and an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues and country performances. Tacoma Arts Live’s Regional Theater Program Launches New Season The historic Pantages Theater, the Rialto Theater and Theater on the Square are three of Tacoma’s city-owned […]
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Five Things to Consider When Buying an Older House

As a commissioner for the City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and as a former board member of Historic Tacoma, I’ve had a lot of direct experience with historic properties.  I’ve also been buying, renovating and re-selling historic homes myself for more than 25 years.  Not surprisingly, my real estate clients often seek my advice before buying an older house. Five Things to […]
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235 Broadway #760

Spectacular water and mountain views from Sky Terrace condominium

We just listed this 7th floor condominium that offers spectacular water and mountain views rarely seen in this price range. Building amenities include a rooftop deck with a pool and BBQ area, a secure parking garage and dedicated storage. Spectacular water and mountain views rarely seen in this price range Sky Terrace Condo 235 Broadway […]
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612 North 4th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

Impressive shingle style Craftsman in the heart of Tacoma’s historic Stadium District

We just listed this stately piece of Tacoma history. Features include an inviting covered front porch with stone columns, the original front door, leaded and stained glass windows, original fir wainscoting and trim, quarter sawn oak floors and vintage wallpaper. The original speaking tube connecting the servant quarters to the main part of the house […]
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Simple Rules for a Successful Bathroom Remodel

Simple Rules for a Successful Bathroom Remodel

Most buyers have a wish list in mind when they’re shopping for a home to purchase. Updated bathrooms are almost always at or near the top of that list – so having an updated bathroom can make a big difference when it comes to selling your house. Simple Rules for a Successful Bathroom Remodel Updating […]
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Older Posts But Still Worth a Look

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.       […]
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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.                                      […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.       […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 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 […]
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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, […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.  […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Craft Beer Makers Revitalize Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District

Tacoma was recently featured in a report by KIRO-7 news’ Kevin McCarty.  McCarty notes, “Tacoma has always been a beer town… and these days business is booming”.  “Several independent craft beer makers are reviving the city’s historic brewery district.  Craft breweries large and small are popping up in and around the city’s historic brewery district along Pacific […]
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Why is Tacoma a Top 10 Housing Market to Watch in 2016

Tacoma recently ranked as number 10 on Trulia’s top 10 housing markets to watch in 2016, a list that also included cities like Grand Rapids, MI, Charleston, SC and Austin, TX (see the full report here).  Trulia’s rankings were based on a number of different criteria including strong job growth, low vacancy rates and high […]
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North End Homes Prices Continue to Strengthen

Sales data for third quarter 2015 are in, and unlike previous years where we've seen a weaking in third quarter in north end home values, this year we've seen the market remain strong.  Inventory levels are a incredibly low levels.  We expect a slow down due to seasonality in the fourth quarter but all indications […]
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Foreclosures drop to lowest rate since 2008

The number of homes in foreclosure has hit its lowest mark since January of 2008 – just another sign that the housing market has fully recovered.  Only 1.1% of all houses in Washington State are in active foreclosure.  The rate may be a bit higher in Tacoma’s North End, given the fact that Pierce County […]
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Census Data Suggests a Shift from King to Pierce County

  According to an article in the Seattle Times, Gene Balk examined recent census data surrounding an emerging trend that points to a shift from King County to more affordable Pierce county.  Gene notes, "It's no secret that newcomers are pouring into King County from around the country and the globe.  In fact, we broke a record in 2014 for the […]
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North End Home Prices Weaken

After a very strong spring real estate market, prices for homes in the North End of Tacoma (zip codes 98403, 98406 and 98407) are weakening and inventory is increasing. With interest rates staying low and inventory on the rise the market has created a window of opportunity for buyers this fall.  Click here for full […]
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The Vintage Y – Home in Tacoma’s Theater District

  One of the things I love most about selling real estate in downtown Tacoma is introducing clients to the different condominium buildings there – some shiny and new and others tastefully restored.  The Vintage Y at 714 Market Street falls into the tastefully restored category.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the […]
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Misconceptions about Tacoma’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods

There are a lot of misconceptions about historic homes and historic districts in Tacoma.  As a Realtor, a former board member of Historic Tacoma and a current member of the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission, I’m often asked about the potential impact that historic designation might have on a property.  Many people worry that historic designation is a negative thing.  I believe (and […]
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What Makes a House a “Craftsman?”

As a Realtor who comes from Pasadena, California (the birthplace of Craftsman architecture), and a current member of the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission, nothing makes me crazier than real estate agents who incorrectly market houses as a Craftsman.  It is our job as Realtors to understand houses!  Craftsman is a distinct historic architectural style, and 95% of the […]
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Five Major Considerations When Buying an Old House

As a commissioner for the City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission and a former board member of Historic Tacoma, I've had a lot of experience with historic properties.  I've also been buying, renovating and selling historic homes myself for more than twenty years (45 houses and counting).  Not surprisingly, clients often seek my advice when they're thinking about buying an […]
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Investing in Houses in Tacoma’s North End

The demand for rental homes in Tacoma’s North End is high, with landlords charging as much as $1800-$2000 per month for a nice three bedroom house in a desirable location like Proctor or the Stadium District.  Many homeowners were able to secure extremely low interest rates by refinancing when the market was low, which prompts […]
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Top 5 Reasons to Live In Proctor

The Proctor District is one of  North Tacoma’s most popular neighborhoods.  Historic homes, great public schools, tree lined streets, views of the water and a charming central business district are just a few of the things that make this neighborhood so special.  For those who aren’t familiar with Proctor (and for those who are already […]
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How Much is a Water View Worth in North Tacoma?

  With market values in Tacoma’s North End on the rise, we’re often asked by our clients to “keep our eyes open” for a house exactly like theirs but with a water view.  The implication being that if they found a view home that was as nice as their current residence, they would want to buy […]
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North Tacoma Home Prices End 2013 Just Above 2012

  As we start the New Year, we thought it might be a good idea to take a quick look back at what happened to the housing market in Tacoma’s North End in 2013 and to make a few predictions about what to expect in 2014.  The market in Tacoma’s North End essentially took two steps […]
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Jeff Williams named to the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission

Congratulations to Jeff,  recently nominated and approved by the Tacoma City Council to serve a two year term on the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The mission of the group is as follows: The Commission reviews and approves applications for changes to registered Landmarks and buildings within local historic districts, reviews nominations and advises City Council regarding […]
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The Value of a Garage in Tacoma’s Coveted North End

Homeowners in Tacoma’s coveted North End really like their garages, whether they’re attached or detached, one car or two.  Some people use their garages as workshops.  Others use them for overflow storage.  Some people actually use them the old fashioned way – for parking cars.  Regardless of how it’s used, the presence of a garage in […]
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List of Considerations When Buying or Selling Horse Property

As a Realtor who also happens to be President of the Washington State Quarter Horse Association, I’m often asked to help clients who are purchasing or selling a horse property.  Buying or selling a horse property involves a special set of considerations above and beyond those associated with a typical real estate transaction.  Below is […]
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Words of Advice for First Time Home Buyers

If you’ve been thinking about buying your first home, you may be experiencing a whole host of emotions.  Excitement, fear and confusion tend to top the list.  The process can admittedly be daunting, particularly for first time home buyers, but it’s important to keep things in perspective.  Step one – take a deep breath.  Step […]
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Thea’s Landing – Waterfront Condos in Downtown Tacoma

Have you ever wondered about the multicolored contemporary building next door to the Museum of Glass on Dock Street?  Well, wonder no more.  The building is called Thea’s Landing, which makes sense given its location on the historic Thea Foss Waterway.  The mixed use complex was built in 2002 and offers spectacular views of downtown […]
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Tacoma’s Historic Stadium District

Driving through Tacoma’s stylish Stadium district is a popular activity for out of town visitors and Tacoma residents alike, this writer included.  The Stadium Seminary National Historic District was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and occupies the area between North I Street and the shoreline and between First Street […]
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Why the Triangle Townhomes in downtown Tacoma are so great!

  We had dinner Tuesday night with a friend of ours on her rooftop deck at the Triangle Townhomes in downtown Tacoma.  We helped her purchase her unit there a few years ago, and she couldn't be happier.  The Triangle Townhomes were designed by Seattle-based Johnston Architects and built in two phases in 2005 and […]
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Jeff Interviewed by Fox 13 News Regarding the City “Flipping” Houses

I was was recently interviewed by Fox 13 News regarding a proposal going in front of the Tacoma City Council that recommends the city start "flipping" derelict properties.  Given my experience flipping houses I feel that an $800K grant is not enough money for the city to impact the many derelict properties in Tacoma.  I believe the […]
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Western Washington – 2nd Quarter Economic & Real Estate Recap

Western Washington | second quarter 2013, Volume XXII Posted in Market News by Matthew Gardner We have been looking for balance within the real estate market for several years now. During the crash, there were clearly far more sellers than buyers, but when we found the bottom of the market and prices started to rise, the tables were […]
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Western Washington Home Prices Continue to Rise

  Windermere Real Estate is proud to partner with Gardner Economics on this analysis of the Western Washington real estate market.   Matt Gardner provides indepth analysis of first quarter 2013 economic and real estate data on Windermere.com.   In his first quarter 2013 recap Gardner observes, "The Samuel Taylor Coleridge quote, “Water, water everywhere, nor […]
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The Perkins Lofts – Downtown Tacoma

  The Perkins Lofts in Downtown Tacoma   If you're looking for lofts for sale in downtown Tacoma, the historic Perkins Building is sure to show up on your list. The Perkins was designed by the architectural firm of Russell & Babcock and constructed in 1907 as a newspaper plant for the Tacoma Ledger and Daily News, founded by […]
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Why Replacing Wood Windows is a Costly Mistake

As a member of the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission, former board member of Historic Tacoma and a long time restorer of historic homes, Jeff is frequently asked by friends and real estate clients about restoring their houses.  In Tacoma, and across the country for that matter, many home owners believe vinyl windows are an inexpensive […]
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What is it about Proctor?

We're constantly asked… why is Proctor so hot?  Our listings in the Proctor area of Tacoma sell faster than anywhere else in the city.  We live in Proctor in a 1885 Victorian that is on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places.  We know a thing or two about the area.  We love Proctor, but you […]
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Nationwide home prices are increasing at a fast pace

  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in January at the fastest pace since the summer of 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening ahead of the spring buying season. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 8.1 percent in the 12 months ending in […]
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A Charming North Tacoma Bungalow – Before and After Restoration

4715 N. 33rd Street, Tacoma This charming 1948 brick-faced bungalow was an abandoned property that Jeff purchased from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Misguided renovations had left the property sub-optimized.  One of two downstairs bedrooms had been converted to a bathroom, the original bath was converted to a laundry, and there was no […]
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NW Furniture Bank Receives Windermere Donation

  Windermere Professional Partners Agents Present $9,000 Check to Northwest Furniture Bank! Caring for the Community, Local News, Windermere This week Windermere Professional Partners agents returned to Northwest Furniture Bank to present them with a check for $9,000. Last time the agents were atNorthwest Furniture Bank they were delivering mattresses, assembling furniture, and painting walls. So what happened? […]
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Jeff recently participated in the Urban Land Institute’s study of the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma

  Tacoma, WA   Fellowship Cities Austin, TX Charlotte, NC Detroit, MI Hartford, CT Houston, TX Kansas City, MO Louisville, KY Minneapolis, MN Nashville, TN Oakland, CA Philadelphia, PA Phoenix, AZ Providence, RI Sacramento, CA Tacoma, WA Tampa, FL Tacoma, Washington: Leveraging existing and future assets to attract investment along the Martin Luther King Jr. […]
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A Peek Inside McMenamin’s Elks Lodge

    We here in Tacoma have been anxiously awaiting the start of construction by boutique hotel chain McMenamins to restore the Elks Lodge in downtown.  Well the latest from McMenamins website shows some amazing "before" pictures of the heavily vandalized property, and predicts an opening in late 2013.  Oh, please let me it be […]
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Historic Tacoma Buildings – Status Updates

    Watch List Updates February 11, 2013     Quick Links Visit our Website  About Us Latest Newsletter Join Us Historic Tacoma maintains a Watch List of vulnerable properties; click through on the links for more details and photos. Elks Lodge-McMenamins project In the original redevelopment plans, the 1937 annex to the north was to be demolished to […]
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Take Action! Digital Billboard Legislation is Back

    Action Needed: Digital Billboard Legislation back in Olympia   February 3, 2013     Quick Links Visit our Website  About Us Latest Newsletter Join Us We've just received news of House and Senate bills (HB 1408 and SB 5304) moving at breakneck speed to public hearing in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, Feb 5th, at 3:30pm. […]
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Historic Tacoma Nominates Hilltop buildings to historic register

  Browne's Star Grill & Pochert Building Kellogg-Sicker Building (aka Browne's Star Grill) Address: 1114-16  Martin Luther King Jr.Way Construction Date: 1906 Architect: Carl August Darmer AND Pochert Building  Address: 1110-1112 Martin Luther King Jr.Way Construction Date: 1904 Architect: Carl August Darmer Architect Significance:      A pioneer architect in Tacoma, Darmer was responsible for designing a number of prominent buildings in […]
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Tacoma Schools Endorsed for Historic Designation

  Historic Tacoma Tuesday Landmark's Preservation Commission Endorses Proposition 1 Bond Measure Last week the City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to endorse Proposition 1 Bond Measure supporting improvement to neighborhood schools. The commission supports the bond because of the district's commitment to preservation, particularly through the recent designation of 6 historic schools, and […]
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New Plans for Prairie Line Trail in Downtown Tacoma

  New Plans for the Prairie Line Trail, UWT Station By Exit133 at 25. January 2013, 11:17 : – 5 Comments At this week’s City Council study session we got a look at the new design plans for the Prairie Line Trail – UWT Station. About a year ago, we saw the first set of proposed designs for the project, which UWT was calling the […]
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Before and After photos of Jeff’s North Tacoma Flip Project

Finished in just six weeks and sold in only four days, this charming North Tacoma bungalow now has a new lease on life! Click here for all the before and after photos.           
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Jeff’s next flip is in escrow

How does one describe Jeff's next project…  dirty, weird, sad, has potential, could be cute?  Let us know what you think (click the photo for details).  
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South Sound Property Group on YouTube

Jeff and Mark recently started hosting all of their active listings on YouTube.  Check out the videos of our listings, and follow us!
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