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Are you looking for a place to gets some plants to spruce up your new home??? I know just the place to go…Watson’s!! We did some major landscaping at our house this year and I was ready to plant. I had heard about Watson’s and figured I would give it a shot; so glad I did!! This place was so much fun and had so many options to choose from. Lots of knowledgeable staff available to answer questions and suggest plants based on your yard and preference. I don’t really enjoy yard work so I was hunting for the plant it and forget about it plants! I also wanted a lot of evergreen shrubs to they would stay nice and green all year.

When I first walked in I was so overwhelmed by all the choices! It was so nice to have such a big selection!

They also had amazing home decor stuff as well. I really could have spent all day here! And, if you did want to spend a majority of the day you wouldn’t have to worry about getting hungry of thirsty because inside the main building is Anton’s Cafe!

If you are in need of amazing plants or home decor or even just ideas for your new home in the JBLM area, I highly recommend checking this place out. They even have some cool events that happen during winter too (reindeer come visit)!

If you are in the JBLM area and looking for things to do, make sure follow this blog and head over to my Facebook page to see even more stuff about the JBLM area and#jblmareathingstodo.

Are you relocating to the JBLM area? We would be happy to set up a personalized home search for you. An actual person will search listings for you on a regular basis and only send homes that are actively on the market, meet your criteria and will qualify for your specified financing. Set up your JBLM area home search today!

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It’s that time of year when home owners start thinking about putting their home on the market. It is common for sellers to wonder what their home is currently worth, and if they should do some updating to not only make it worth more, but for it to have better appeal. It is important for sellers to remember that looks count for a lot. Have you ever wondered what would be best to update before putting your home on the market? I suggest giving your Realtor a call to discuss current market conditions and how your home would hold up if put on the market in its current condition. Take a look at this article discussing The Renovation Dilemma: What to Fix If You’re Selling.

Kitchen_cabinet_pullsinterior paintingSomething as simple as new paint colors can make a huge difference in the eyes of a potential buyer. A home with a fresh, clean look usually gets some pretty good bonus points. There are some projects that aren’t recommended though, so make sure you are aware of those. They are covered nicely in the article mentioned above.

Best of luck on your renovations & getting that home on the market!

Are you in need of real estate advice in the JBLM or Thurston County market? Have questions about buying your first home or how to sell your current home? Contact Phil Sharp to get all of your real estate questions answered. He can be reached by phone at 360-970-9977 or send Phil an email.

 

messy-kidThe idea of trying to sell your home not only while you are currently living in it, but living in it with KIDS can seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry…it can be done! Deborah Kearns over at Realtor.com has come up with some simple tips on how to keep your home show ready even with little ones running around. Check out Smart Tips for Selling Your Home While Living in It With Kids.

It’s important to remember that when you decide to put your home on the market that keeping it looking nice will help with the sale. Potential buyers can have a hard time looking around a mess even if it could be there perfect home. Make sure to keep things as tidy as possible and it should help!

For more information on selling your home in the Thurston County/JBLM area, give Phil a call at 360-970-9977

 

unnamed April Maintenance Tips Courtesy of Boggs Home Inspection:

Tip #36
Tune Your Refrigerator for High Performance (Or Color It Green?)

The refrigerator is among the most neglected of household appliances, because usually it runs forever with little repair. However, it often consumes the most electricity among your home’s appliances. You can improve the performance and extend the life of your refrigerator with simple maintenance.

The condenser coil of a refrigerator transfers heat to the air of your room. You should clean the coil with a vacuum or soft brush once or twice a year. The coil is located behind or underneath the refrigerator; it’s a serpentine apparatus with small fins. The fins’ narrow spacing catches lint and debris. A small tube connected to your vacuum will quickly collect this dirt.

Viewing and accessing the coils is often as simple as snapping the plastic cover off the lower front of the refrigerator. Often there is also a small fan that moves air across the coils. The fan should also be carefully cleaned or vacuumed after you unplug the unit.

Cleaning the coil and fan will aid in heat transfer and shorten the refrigeration compressor’s run time. This will save electricity and lengthen the life of your refrigerator.

 

 
Entrance to The Old Cannery

Entrance to The Old Cannery

Are you looking to furnish your place after moving to the JBLM area? If so, you must check out the Old Cannery in Sumner! It’s a little bit of a drive, but it’s less than 30 minutes from JBLM.

This place is awesome and fun for kids, a double bonus! my brother-in-law and his wife were looking to furnish the new home they just bought from Phil Sharp Homes and asked if we wanted to tag along. They have an amazing selection of furniture and decor that priced pretty well. The kids had a blast with all the fun things to look at and explore. We even visited the fudge shop and got some snacks for the little explorers and some fudge to take home. Along with a great selection, they also have TWO scratch and dent areas! You can find some pretty good stuff in there!

The children’s furniture area was by far the best part. They have a model train set up in there and the kids can press buttons to keep it going. Be prepared to send a lot of time in there if you have young ones! At the end of the day we had our two trucks loaded up to the top with a bunch of furniture for the new home…

They also have some events coming up!

Holiday Events:

Santa Land and Santa Pictures at The Old Cannery Friday November 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM – Friday November 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The Old Cannery Bridge Lighting & Festival Celebration with Fireworks Show Friday November 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM – Friday November 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

 

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20140128_171746We recently bought a house in Lakewood, which is about 10 minutes from Ft Lewis, WA. We bought an older home and are in the process of updating it…and oh what a process! With two kids under and three, it’s been quite crazy in our house since we moved in. It is always a construction zone with some project going on.

We just demoed part of the kitchen! We are changing the layout and opening things up quite a bit. It was fun to see what a difference it has made. I can now see the kids when I’m in the kitchen, which is pretty important since I feel like I spend 90% of my day in here!

 

Since we wanted to save money we chose to install our own cabinets and found a great place online to purchase them. We used CliqStudios and they were pretty awesome. I love the cabinets and the quality seems to be very good.

Here the progress so far…

 

You will notice that my daughter is no where to be found, she HATES loud noises but my son LOVES them!kitchen demo

 

Have you been waiting to make improvements on your home in the JBLM area?

 

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

If you have been waiting on the economy  to make improvements to your home, this is a great time to get going.  There are still some hungry contractors out there…they are busy, but after the experiances of the past few years, they are also being aggressive when bidding new jobs.  As the recovery continues, they will transition from “Survival Mode” to “Profit Mode”, and prices will go up.

As has always been the case, the place to spend $ is the Kitchen and Bathrooms.  Kitchen and Bath remodels almost always provide the best return on your investment, and they don’t have to be as expensive as many people think….especially if you are able to do some of the work yourself.  Following Kitchens and baths, Energy efficiency is another good choice.  New windows, added insulation, updated heating systems all add value.

2013 looks like the year to dust off those old plans / projects and get busy.  Take advantage of some of the deals that are lingering from the economic crisis (as of this writing, Home Depot will re-carpet your entire home for $99 plus materials).  Keep in mind that improvements are not the same as maintenance, and ask your realtor if you aren’t sure whether you should spent the money to improve.

 

Email to Phil about renting a a home in the JBLM area.

 

My husband just found out we are going to Fort Lewis last night so I began my search for info on the place. Coincidentally we are in Germany also. This will be our first REAL PCS move so I am trying to figure out all that I need to know. I am not sure we are looking into buying a home right this minute we just got all our bills paid and have a car payment but most likely in the next two years we would be interested in buying a house but like I said not sure. If you do help with rentals that would be amazing. We are particularly interested in the Lacey or Olympia areas.

Phil’s response.

 

Thanks for your email.  I want to be up front with you and let you know that I don’t manage rentals.  I do sell homes, and although this sounds like a sales pitch…this may be the best time to buy a home for the rest of your life!

 

I would certainly consider buying, and speak with a mortgage lender before making the final decision.  Right now, in the JBLM area, you can buy for considerably less than what you can rent for.  For example, a decent 1800 square foot home can be purchased with a monthly payment of about $1100, rent for the same home would be $1350-1400.  A very unique situation, that will not last.

 

If you do move forward with renting, I can refer you to someone who manages properties.  If you decide to buy, I can refer you to a local Mortgage lender who will counsel you on best courses of action and who can give you exact $ numbers.

 

Respectfully, Phil

 

What Happened to the “Shadow Inventory” of Foreclosures….?

Foreclosure ListingsLast winter, the news media was all excited about the shadow inventory of foreclosures that were going to catch us all by surprise, and tank the real estate market again.  Well…It is well known that I have very little affection for the mainstream media, and my sentiments have been re-enforced yet again.  The shadow inventory hasn’t appeared (in fact, any record at the courthouse, were foreclosures happen, seems to have disappeared), and new foreclosure filings are way WAY down, all a result of home buyers coming off the fence to take advantage of the change.

While there are still foreclosures that will come and go for the next couple of years, it appears that the worst of it is over.  Of course, we are in the most delicate stage of the recovery, we are in an election year, and the federal legislature couldn’t agree on the color of the sky…but maybe if they can’t do anything, then they won’t do anything wrong.

So it looks like we may have a recovery happening in the Ft. Lewis area real estate market.  Inventory is way down, prices are starting to creep up, and there is optimism in the air.  This is a great time to add a home or two to your portfolio.

 

 

  1. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties N. Proctor
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  2. $384,500 : 6812 9 St E, Fife
    3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Emerald Properties
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  3. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  4. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,050 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  5. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Real Estate
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  6. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,381 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  7. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,430 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  8. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,734 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Michael J Real Estate LLC
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  9. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by Gary Wagner Real Estate
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  10. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Abbey Realty Inc
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  11. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,834 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  12. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Evergreen Realty NW
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  13. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,019 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.08 ac
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,282 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  15. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,617 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Leske Realty
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  16. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,436 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.68 ac
    Listing provided by John L. Scott R.E. Lake Tapps
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  17. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,704 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by NW Choice Realty
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  18. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,335 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by Gateway Real Estate
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  19. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,648 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Solution Partners NW
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  20. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  21. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,054 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  22. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,316 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Listing provided by ZipRealty Residential Brkg
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  23. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  24. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  25. 5 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,536 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by RE*USA LLC
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  26. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,922 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by John L. Scott, Inc.
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  27. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,775 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  28. 5 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,634 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Van Dorm Realty, Inc.
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  29. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,516 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Realty
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  30. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,721 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Realty
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  31. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.05 ac
    Listing provided by My Home Group Real Estate LLC
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  32. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  33. 2 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,776 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Heiser Team Real Estate Co.
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  34. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,967 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  35. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,183 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Lennar Sales Corp.
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  36. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,460 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  37. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Realty PS
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  38. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by Real Estate 2000 Inc.
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  39. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,720 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by ALLEN Realtors
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  40. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  41. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  42. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  43. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  44. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  45. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,018 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  46. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,211 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by DR Horton
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  47. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,197 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  48. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,197 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by LGI Realty
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  49. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,399 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by DR Horton
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  50. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,587 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.50 ac
    Listing provided by Windermere R.E. Key Realty
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(all data current as of 6/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 

  1. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,409 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Listing provided by John L. Scott Orting
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  2. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties N. Proctor
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  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,514 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by Leske Realty
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  4. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,936 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Realty
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  5. $384,500 : 6812 9 St E, Fife
    3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Emerald Properties
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  6. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,188 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams West Sound
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  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,434 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by Windermere RE Puyallup, Inc
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  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,156 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by Professional Realty Services
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  9. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,822 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Dupont Realty & Property Mgmt
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  10. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Listing provided by Coldwell Banker Bain
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  11. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 3,045 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Listing provided by JohnSRealty
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  12. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  13. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,024 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by John L. Scott Dupont
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  14. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,050 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Richmond Realty of Washington
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  15. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Real Estate 2000 Inc.
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  16. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,032 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by ALLEN Realtors
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  17. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,875 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by JohnSRealty
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  18. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,049 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Listing provided by Berkshire Hathaway HS NW
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  19. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,977 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by RE/MAX Parkside Affiliates
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  20. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,238 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,295 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Real Estate
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  21. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,080 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.13 ac
    Listing provided by ALLEN Realtors
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  22. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,342 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by DeLucco Realty Group LLC
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  23. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,204 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Real Estate
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  24. 5 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,883 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,325 sqft
    Listing provided by Elite Properties
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  25. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,485 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Prodigy Real Estate Inc.
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  26. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,387 sq ft
    Listing provided by Caliber Real Estate
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  27. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,860 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Rlty Bellevue
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  28. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,530 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  29. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,103 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Listing provided by Turn Key Real Estate, Inc.
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  30. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,122 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,325 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  31. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,852 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Van Dorm Realty, Inc.
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  32. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Real Estate
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  33. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,334 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Kensington Real Estate LLC
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  34. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,728 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Allied RE Services, LLC
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  35. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,422 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Listing provided by Van Dorm Realty, Inc.
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  36. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,736 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Listing provided by CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center
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  37. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Summit
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  38. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Listing provided by Coldwell Banker Danforth
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  39. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,344 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by Kelly Right RE of Seattle LLC
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  40. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,181 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft
    Listing provided by John L. Scott/Yelm
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  41. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,728 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,086 sqft
    Listing provided by Berkshire Hathaway Sound Rltrs
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  42. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Better Properties Real Estate
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  43. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,851 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by KW Everett
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  44. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,042 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by RE/MAX Professionals
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  45. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,381 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  46. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,507 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Parkside Realty
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  47. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,430 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Tacoma
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  48. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,472 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,602 sqft
    Listing provided by Keller Williams Seattle Metro
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  49. 3 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,734 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Michael J Real Estate LLC
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  50. 4 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,005 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
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Been Trying to Time the Bottom….Looks Like Times Up

Have you been watching the market for signs of the bottom, or watching in anticipation of moving to Washington?  If you have, then you have likely noticed major changes in the local housing inventory.  Inventory is below “normal” in the lower price ranges, and we are seeing quick sales and multiple offer situations on attractively prices homes across the board.

What is driving the current uptick in the Real Estate  market…Well, Boeing is selling airplanes like crazy, JBLM is growing by 20% or more this year, and everyone in California is still trying to move to Washington.  The other very significant factor is pent up demand from buyers of all sorts, and from numerous sources.

In addition to real estate investors wanting to take advantage of good prices and low rates, there is pent up demand from people wanting to trade up, down, and sideways.   Know anyone who lost money in the stock market in 2008?  There are lots of folks who did, and who think it makes sense to add a couple of rental homes to the retirement portfolio…and they seem to think it is time to do so.  Whatever the reason, homes are selling, and the real estate market “feels” better to me than it has in several years.

There are plenty more good deals, distressed homes and foreclosures yet to come on the market, but if current activity is any indicator, things are changing quickly and dramatically.  Barring another fumble by our national leadership, or major disaster, it looks like real estate in western Washington is on the rebound.  Time will tell…