Top 3 Steps to Make Your House the Hottest on the Tacoma Market

Curb appeal Spring has arrived right on time. We Realtors notice curb appeal and there is nothing quite like the vibrant colors of daffodils, tulips, rhodies and cherry blossoms to improve curb appeal. It’s just one more reason spring is a great time for real estate. This promises to be a great selling season. Buyers are ready and waiting for... Read More »

Downtown Ice Skating with Kareem Kandi

I hope the clear, crisp weather has you venturing out. Tonight consider some ice skating downtown, Rockefeller Center style. Local jazzman, Kareem Kandi, will be blowing sweet sounds at Franciscan Polar Ice Plaza at South 17th and Pacific Ave. Music is from 7-9pm. I caught up with Kareem to find out what kind of set a musician plans for an... Read More »

Market Snapshot

It’s a great November for real estate sales. I am normally planning for next year by now, but instead we are selling homes. Our friend, Marguerite, theorizes that the explanation behind this late activity is the wave of State Farm Insurance employees headed for new offices in the old Russell building downtown, which I discussed a few months back. “If... Read More »

Welcome to Our New Website

We are pleased to launch the newly updated website. It replaces a site developed in 2002, some eleven years ago. Eleven is acceptable if you are a Twinkie, not if you are website. Although that old site worked well, it was important to update the look and feel to be consistent with our current marketing, and we wanted improved functionality.... Read More »


A first for us: We recently produced a video of a listing in Lakewood with the help of a professional videographer, Matt Francis. It is an amazing, historic home on American Lake with killer views of Mount Rainier and a carriage house for guests on a separate nearby parcel. It really cried out to be filmed. Check it out. My... Read More »

Hume Tracks Down Missing Buyer for Exclusive Interview

Last month I reported a 60% pending percentage in North Tacoma (127 pending sales / 210 active listings). I boldly called for that to improve once the kids were back in school and buyers refocused. Not much changed. It is at 55%. That’s not a bad market. It is balanced, but I am left wondering; who were these deranged, bloodthirsty... Read More »

August Update

My son just completed a two week backpacking trip through Olympic National Park, incommunicado except for one phone call when his group resupplied. This was a special kind of agony for his parents. If he only knew how many times he was attacked by bears in my imagination, impaled on the horns of crabby mountain goats and washed over Niagara... Read More »