The Art of the Personal Letter

by Tom Hume Seattle is pricing many Seattleites out of its market. Some of the exiled will become Tacomans. This is good in some ways, but it is putting added pressure on our thin real estate inventory. As you read this a properly priced Tacoma home is inciting a bidding frenzy. Would-be buyers are trying every trick in the book... Read More »

Korean Burger Truck is Welcome Addition to Tacoma

by Megan Bostic There’s a new food truck in town, and it’s quickly gaining popularity with Tacoma’s burger lovers. It’s Burger Seoul, located at 1750 S. Prospect, on the corner of South 19th street in the parking lot of the 19th Street Grocery & Deli. Owner of the truck, Young La, opened December 12th, and has had a steady stream... Read More »

9 Little Known Tacoma Facts

9 Little Known Tacoma Facts By Megan Bostic We all know our great city is home to wonderful museums, beautiful parks, and a Starbucks on every corner. However, there are some things about Tacoma that are not as widely known. Here are 9 things about Tacoma you may never have heard. The name Tacoma means Mother of the Waters. Our... Read More »

Verbal Negotiating and Murphy’s Law

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” -Murphy’s Law   I don’t buy Murphy’s Law completely. A nearly infinite amount of bad stuff is not happening every moment. Think about that. Nevertheless, it pays to expect the unexpected in real estate transactions, and whenever possible to shrink the amount of time things can go wrong. We recently received an... Read More »

Crown Bar Tacoma

by Megan Bostic Want to be treated like royalty? Head to the Crown Bar. Loosely inspired by the Crown Bar in Belfast Northern Ireland, Tacoma’s Crown Bar is nestled in the heart of the 6th Avenue business district. It is flanked on either side by House of Tattoo and Retrospect Vintage Clothing. Its warm and cozy atmosphere is inviting, the... Read More »

Remodeled in Oakbrook

9113 Zircon Dr SW Lakewood, WA $325,000 MLS 855255 4BR / 3BA. This Saturday (1-4pm) you can discover this beautifully remodeled Oakbrook home. featuring impressive updates throughout. Features include high ceilings, skylights, inviting natural gas fireplace, gleaming hardwoods & more. The master suite includes a very generous double shower with impressive tile, luxurious cherry vanity with quartz counter-tops. 2012 kitchen... Read More »

Selling Homes Can Be Scary

Our photographer returned to the office after a photo shoot in the north end looking freaked out and talking fast. She told me about photographing the main floor then walking upstairs to shoot the bedrooms. At the top of the stairs she felt a hard shove on her shoulder, but there was no one else in the house. There was... Read More »

Prepping for Doomsday Like a Pro

Steven King, you do not scare me. Kathryn Schulz, you keep me up at night with the lights on. You terrorized the Pacific Northwest in July with your New Yorker piece entitled The Really Big One. The article depicted the Cascadia subduction zone, a geological fault line running from Mendicino, California to Vancouver B.C. and its potential to devastate our... Read More »

Tacoma Market Stats

Here are the numbers for August, 2015 in Pierce County. Recall that anything below 4 months’ worth of inventory means “seller’s market”. We are well into that territory after August numbers posted. Expect some balancing out between now and February. I expect sales volume to lessen and for new listings to hit the market early in the year, as usual.... Read More »

A Home for Everyone In Tacoma

You probably know we are fanatical about Tacoma and want it to continue to improve as it has in so many ways over the years. Last year I wrote about Metropolitan Development Council opening the Randall Townsend Apartments. MDC is applying an innovative approach to homelessness, referred to as “housing first”. The concept is to provide housing along with access... Read More »