Should My House Be Listed During the Holidays?

I saw a “back to school” ad in July, before the weather had even gotten any good here in Tacoma. Do me a favor, advertisers, and let me and all of the other kids enjoy summer before reminding that it’s almost over. From a Realtor’s perspective, the time around the first day of school tends to be slow, which is... Read More »

Summer Numbers

Three people commented similarly on my recent newsletters and blog posts, noting that I had drifted away from numbers; drifted away from being, well, nerdy. I instead wrote about a new restaurant (Marrow), the exciting opening of the LeMay Car Museum, and I criticized our local paper for clumsy wording in a real estate story. Maybe criticizing a newspaper is... Read More »

Doom Sells

I seriously question the Tacoma News Tribune for its misleading front page headline yesterday: “Local Home Values Plummet” or if you read the online version, “Pierce County Home Values Plummet“. When I saw this headline, without reading I knew it was false, based on what I see happening in the real world. I consulted the most recent MLS figures (May... Read More »

Happy Days

LeMay – America’s Car Museum opens June 2nd. In a stroke of good fortune, Matt Weber, financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, invited me and my wife, Nicole, to a client appreciation party nearly a month ahead of the Grand Opening. We had a fabulous time perusing four floors of shiny classics. Mid-century cars are exciting for their bold colors and... Read More »



My wife and I tried Marrow, a new restaurant on 6th Avenue. Marrow is different… and quite amazing. The decor is designer cool, with bare light bulbs hanging in clustered bouquets from the rafters, as an example. Our waitress, Brie, was personable, helpful and had outrageous tattoos, most of which propriety would not allow her to show us, in spite... Read More »

How to Research Tacoma Neighborhoods

All of us with David Gala & The Hume Group have lived in the Tacoma area most of our lives. We know the individual quirks and amenities of each neighborhood like the backs of our hands. That said, it is against the Federal Fair Housing Law for and of us to steer your towards a neighborhood or talk you out... Read More »

Can’t Trust a Zestimate – Conclusion

Estimating the value of your Tacoma home Last fall I wrote a post about how my own home value was low on Zillow–about 32% at the time. Furthermore, they showed 3 bedrooms instead of 4, no view of Puget Sound, baseboard heating instead of gas, and about half the correct square footage according to the Pierce County assessor. I learned... Read More »