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Quick market update on our favorite city- Gig Harbor
I want to give you a quick update on the Gig Harbor real estate market. If it seems like houses are for sale all over our beloved city…it’s because THEY ARE! Once people visit and see the views, the green surroundings, and quick access to everything, they want to live here!
January 2020 was quite active for a winter month. The median sale price was $380,000 and the average price was $330,000. These amounts are an increase of just over 1% for the month and 13% for the year. Yes, you read that right- 13% increase for the year!
Just over 800 homes sold, and almost a thousand homes went on the market. That is an active winter month.
The average time on the market was just under five weeks. This time on the market is down 35% for the year. So, when homes pop up in Gig Harbor, they sell FAST!
Currently, there are two sellers for every buyer. My guess is that number will change pretty dramatically over the next few months as people come out of their homes, see their shadow, and start thinking about moving. Spring is always a great time to sell as the winter funk starts to fade.
So- with all of this in mind, what should you do?
Great question… first of all, if you are thinking about ANY real estate issues, make me your first call. I live with my finger on the pulse of the entire region and I can help you discern between a good idea and a great idea. And when it comes to real estate, the difference between good and great can be thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in your pocket.
If you are debating selling your home…call me! I’ll take a look at your home and give you great options to ensure you get the top dollar for your home.
If you are debating buying a new home…call me! My eyes are scouring the available listings daily! Nothing makes me happier than finding a house that is underpriced or in a distressed selling situation and calling one of my clients! This creates quick transactions that help both the seller and the buyer.
Thanks for reading! I love Gig Harbor and I REALLY LOVE handing keys over to people whose lives are about to get better.
Hope to talk to you soon!
Why is ‘Curb Appeal” such a big deal in getting your home sold? I’m glad you asked. This blog is a short primer on why the outside of your home matters almost as much as the inside!
While HGTV gets great ratings on shows that talk about staging the INTERIOR of your home… I want to raise a quick flag about making sure the EXTERIOR of your home is equally considered when selling your home.
Sadly, people do judge books by their covers. And buyers will PRE-judge your interior before ever seeing inside if they are taken back by the exterior. So let’s talk about some essentials.
First, let’s agree on what exactly is curb appeal. In its most straightforward form, curb appeal is a subjective appreciation for a physical asset. Specifically, this refers to the level of attractiveness one may feel for a property when viewing it from the street. The house presents itself well, and all of the typical components are in place: the yard is well-kept, the paint is vibrant, the siding looks good, the roof is intact, and things are in order. Curb appeal sets expectations. Prospective buyers are more inclined to look inside if they like what they see on the outside.
Everyone wants their home to have a “wow” factor… but let’s be honest; not every home will have that “wow” factor. But, at a minimum, your property shouldn’t turn off a vast majority of buyers. So, in many regards, our job here is to minimize any negative elements.
Don’t be overwhelmed…most of these improvements aren’t too difficult.
Driveways full of weeds or cracks won’t present your property in the best light. Fixing this can be as easy as a bottle of weed spray and twenty minutes of labor.
Few features will either turn away or attract prospective buyers more than a home’s roof. If the roof is old and has only a few years left, you will receive a positive return on your money by replacing it and trying to sell the home for a higher price. If the buyer doesn’t get a HUGE discount, they won’t want to spend to replace the roof. It is an option for the seller, but I like to keep my clients getting top dollar even if it requires them investing some money before the sale.
Landscaping improvements can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. Start with the grass and go from there. Then you should focus on the area immediately nearest to the house. A fresh layer of mulch can completely transform a property’s exterior. My advice to get a full picture of the home’s curb appeal, drive down your street, and take note of the first thing that stands out upon pulling up. These items are what others will notice, as well.
In addition to the roof, you also should look at the siding and exterior of the property itself. A dirty exterior is something that should not be ignored. Power washing a deck or the siding of your property won’t take very long but will have a significant impact.
Instead of replacing the door entirely, start by seeing if a fresh coat of paint will be enough to give it an updated look. If you are looking for a more permanent fix, a new door is certainly money well spent and will come with an impressive ROI.
So, this was a quick primer on Curb Appeal. I’m not a fan of working with buyers who are always trying to low-ball my sellers. A small amount of effort on your home’s curb appeal will pay off where it matters most: your profit!
Impeccably Updated 3-Bedroom, 1.5-Bath Vintage Home with Multi-Level Gardens in Excellent North Tacoma Location
Brimming with classic beauty and top-notch amenities that modern homeowners are sure to love, this 2,016-square-foot residence is move-in ready! In addition to 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bath, this home also includes a gourmet kitchen, stunning entertaining spaces, ample storage, a newer gas furnace and water heater, and many more updates. Plus, you’ll find a versatile backyard that features patios and multi-level gardens that are perfect for entertaining. Located at 213 N G St Tacoma WA 98403 and just a block away from places like Shake Shake Shake, Art House Cafe, and Indo Asian Street Eatery in the Stadium District, this home is listed for $489,950.
Built in 1906, this gem offers the unique opportunity to own a piece of Tacoma’s history, all while enjoying the benefit of contemporary offerings throughout! This home’s many quality upgrades include new built-in cabinetry, bookshelves, recessed lighting, wainscoting, accent lighting, and custom paint. Each carefully curated space in this home could easily be found in the glossy pages of a home decor magazine as inspiration, but you have the fabulous opportunity to call it “home”!
In the front of the home, the formal living room makes for a memorable first impression, and cheerful bright sunlight streams in through large windows. Stunning built-ins frame the fireplace at the center of it all, and open shelving shows off the perfect place to display framed photos and chic decor elements. The layout flows right into the formal dining room, a well-appointed space with wainscoting and crisp white trim.
Just around the corner you’ll find the gourmet kitchen, an entertainer’s dream characterized by a fresh color palette and thoughtful design! This dynamic package features custom kitchen cabinets by Medallion, Cambria quartz counters, Jenn Air oven and French door fridge, a 6-burner Wolf Range with a vent hood, a Bosch dishwasher, plus a charming corner dining nook for laid-back meals.
This home’s 3 bedrooms all show off something special, but for the master suite, you’ll find that each eye-catching detail was carefully considered. A wall of exquisite built-ins ensure that staying organized is both easy and elegant, and beautiful wainscoting instantly elevates this inviting retreat. Find versatility with this home’s 2 additional bedrooms, and the unfinished basement is ready to be transformed into a fitness center or art studio!
When the weather warms up, this home’s private backyard oasis provides something truly special! Low maintenance, multi-level gardens feature mature landscaping, and you can choose to keep things simple or put your green thumb to work growing garden beds that overflow with flowers! A spacious patio and a potential sport court offer space to hang out and entertain, whether you choose to install a basketball hoop or a pickleball court, or transform the space into an outdoor oasis with a comfy dining set, lounge chairs, and vibrant plants. Easy living awaits in North Tacoma!
Living in North Tacoma
At 213 N G St Tacoma WA 98403, you’re just seconds away from some of the Stadium District’s best offerings! Just 0.2 miles away from home, you’ll find several restaurants and shops, like Shake Shake Shake, Indo Asian Street Eatery, Art House Cafe, Rankos’ Stadium Pharmacy, Harvester, Rhein Haus Tacoma, Stadium Thriftway, and so much more! Stadium High School is only 0.3 miles from home, and you’re also just minutes away from Downtown Tacoma, Ruston Way, and more. Those who commute are also sure to appreciate being just a 4-minute drive to hop onto Highway 705.
Well-Maintained Vintage 4-Bedroom, 1.75-Bath Rambler w/Daylight Basement & Gorgeous Backyard in Tacoma
Lovingly maintained over the years, this one owner property is wonderfully move-in ready! Built in 1968 and brimming with charming vintage elements, this rambler with a daylight basement features a sprawling 2,392-square-foot layout. Discover 4 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, inviting living spaces that are brimming with potential, energy efficient heat and air conditioning, plus a stunning storybook backyard! Located at 1001 143rd St S Tacoma WA 98444 in Parkland, this home is listed for $399,950.
Nestled on a generous 0.36 acres, this residence offers a truly idyllic setting! When you arrive home, the classic brick-accented exterior and lush green lawn delight the eye, offering a preview of the backyard oasis that awaits. Here you’ll find dreamy landscaping that features a stream that flows through mature greenery to reach a picturesque pond. Enjoy a view of it all from the large deck and covered patio! Whether you’re relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere or hosting weekend barbecues, you’ll find a time and place for it all in your very own slice of paradise.
When you head inside, this home’s inviting floor plan welcomes you in. Natural sunlight cascades in through large windows in the front living room, and an eye-catching stone-accented fireplace showcases timeless style while contributing to the cozy atmosphere. Plush carpets flow right into the adjacent dining area, where you’ll find laid-back meals among loved ones and special occasions alike are all a home.
The open kitchen is a haven of efficiency, and a skylight shines the spotlight on vintage details throughout. A smart design offers tons of counter space and storage, while unique details show off a splash of 1960s retro flair!
Even more dynamic living space awaits in the palatial family room downstairs where you’ll find a fireplace and a fabulous wet bar in the mix. Imagine transforming this versatile area into the ultimate hangout with a recreation area and an entertainment center—hosting game day or parties will never be the same again. This flexible space in addition to the home’s generous 4 bedrooms promises ample potential—you could even use the downstairs as a guest suite or rental. Plus, the 4 bedrooms ensure loved ones each have their own comfortable, private retreat to retire to at the end of each day.
Living in the Parkland Area of Tacoma
At 1001 143rd St S Tacoma WA 98444, you’re in a convenient Parkland location that’s close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, parks, shopping, restaurants, services, highways, and much more. Enjoy being just a 5-minute drive to Spanaway Lake Park, where you’ll find Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Spanaway Lake, and scenic opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Pacific Ave is only a 4-minute drive away, making it easy to reach grocery stores, eateries for quick dinners out, shops, the library, and more.
Showing off contemporary updates alongside vintage charm, this 1950-built beauty is a delight through and through! Featuring an expansive 2,420-square-foot layout that includes 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, a fully finished basement, an updated kitchen, plus a huge detached garage, this turn-key residence is brimming with potential. Located at 623 Rochester N Tacoma, WA 98406, this Tacoma treasure is listed for $339,000.
Featuring a lovely storybook-like exterior that includes eye-catching details like a brick chimney and lush landscaping, this residence offers a picturesque scene as soon as you arrive home! Just in through the front door, the front living room does not disappoint. Featuring a cheerful, sunlit space that’s perfect for entertaining, the living room offers a large layout and an incredible fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone accents. Potential for a formal dining room can be found on the way to the kitchen, ensuring you have plenty of room for hosting guests if you enjoy entertaining!
Thoughtfully updated and featuring excellent modern amenities, the kitchen also shows off new, rich laminate flooring that just contributes to the warm, inviting atmosphere. A vibrant red accent wall complements the space, and crisp white cabinetry offers tons of convenient storage space! Plus, the large layout includes ample room for a dining nook, which provides a laid-back spot to enjoy meals among loved ones or a peaceful morning cup of coffee.
The same contemporary charm flows right into this home’s 3 bedrooms, each offering something special. Showing off 3 different color palettes and design elements, each comfortable bedroom offers a private space to retreat to at the end of the day. The master bedroom on the upper level is especially of note—this chic space includes new flooring and a wonderful walk-in closet!
Find even more versatile space in the huge finished basement, an entertainer’s delight. Complete with a wet bar, a pool table, and tons of room to spread out in, this downstairs haven promises to become the ultimate hangout. Dream of having your very own shop space or office, too? This property’s expansive detached garage offers even more dynamic room to call your own! Featuring an office and shop area, this separate retreat provides ample space for working on projects all year long.
When the sun comes out, this residence’s incredible backyard oasis offers a gorgeous pressure-washed deck and a garden area, all while being conveniently fully fenced. The deck showcases lots of room for a barbecue and multiple sets of patio furniture and lounge chairs, making it a breeze to host summertime parties and get-togethers!
Living in Tacoma Near 6th Ave
At 623 Rochester N Tacoma, WA 98406, you’re close to several top-notch city conveniences! Here, you’re just a couple blocks away from grocery stores, shops, services, and several eateries along 6th Ave. Travel south for just a couple of minutes and even more options along South 19th Street open up, like Fred Meyer, Planet Fitness, Rite Aid, and more. You’re also just 1 mile away from Titlow Park, making it easy and fun to stay active all while taking in beautiful views of the Puget Sound! Commuters are especially in luck in this central location—bus lines run right along 6th Ave, and Highway 16 is merely a 3-minute drive from home.
Pleasantly inviting and thoroughly comfortable, this 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath residence is ready to become your new home-sweet-home! Lovingly maintained throughout the years, this Central Tacoma treasure boasts a spacious layout, handsome details, and a dynamic backyard that offers hours of entertainment. Located at 1644 Firlands Dr, Tacoma WA 98405, this 1,643-square-foot home is listed for $269,000.
As soon as you enter through the front door, a welcoming living room beckons! Imagine relaxing evenings cozied up by the fireplace; watch a movie or read a book as warm flames dance in the background. Plush carpet leads towards the dining room; hardwood can be found under the carpet on the main level, just in case that suites your style more! Beyond the dining room, a spacious kitchen offers ample space to prep meals while a casual dining nook provides the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee at.
When it’s time to turn in for the day, 3 bedrooms ensure everyone has their own private space. Additionally, just above the garage, a bonus room offers a myriad of possibilities! Transform this large space into a recreation room, entertainment hub, fitness center, hobby room, play room, and more!
A backyard filled with garden space, a patio, storage shed, and mature trees sets a picturesque scene of natural beauty. Host summertime garden parties or barbecues on your delightful patio, and roast marshmallows in your charming fireplace! Try out your green thumb in the garden beds, or set up a fruit and vegetable garden in the ample-sized yard. Both inside and out, this home is brimming with the potential to become your unique vision of home!
Tucked away in the heart of Central Tacoma, at 1644 Firlands Dr, Tacoma WA 98405, convenience is at your fingertips! It’s a mere 1-minute drive (but who’s counting?) to hop onto Highway 16, making it easy to head north or connect to Interstate-5 going north or south. Being so close to S 19th Street is also a perk—heading east to Downtown Tacoma or west towards Fircrest and University Place is quick and direct! In this special locale, you’re also surrounded by 3 parks, including Delong Park, Heidelberg-Davis Park and Snake Lake, and China Lake Park, making it easy to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Maria Kalafatich online here or give her a call/text at (253) 376-5559!