Fall Home Buying Could Mean Falling Prices!

Fall Home BuyingContrary to popular belief- buying homes in the Fall and Winter can be the best times if you know what to look for…and what to avoid. 

Fewer Buyers Mean More Motivated Sellers!

This time of year, usually means the families with kids are already situated. Those owners of homes that didn’t sell will be extra motivated. Find a few homes you like and start the discussion. As your realtor, I can make sure you are negotiating from a place of strength to maximize your budget! 

The year-end clock is ticking!

Many sellers will want to have their home sold by year-end! Tax considerations for the seller are a very real financial issue. 

For a buyer, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ should be your theme song. Certainly, jump on the house you love at the price you can afford…but if you have a little flexibility in your timeline, waiting till the clock strikes twelve is to your advantage!

Winter Exposes Many Flaws

It’s easy to make a home look perfect when the grass is nice and green. But no leaves and drab gardens will give a buyer some more information and negotiating room. If the seller has been watching their home go from glorious Summer to drab-and-dreary Winter, they may start to panic a bit. 

‘Days on Market’ Mean Dollars Off Price

Memorial Day…Mother’s Day…Father’s Day…Fourth of July… as those Holidays go buy and Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, a seller may get nervous. Especially as the Calendar says December and January. 

If you have time on your side, you can score an amazing value if a seller has to get out from under their property. As your realtor, I’ve been watching homes age on the market and can inform you of when a great time might be to offer an extra-low price. This means you’ll either get more home or pay less for the home you want.  

While most people are thinking of Football, Turkey and Mistletoe…we can be thinking about snagging the Real Estate bargain of the year! 

Send me an email and we can start talking! 


Posted on October 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Maria Kalafatich | Category: Eatonville Real Estate, Fox Island Real Estate, Gig Harbor Real Estate, Olalla Real Estate, Port Orchard Real Estate, Puyallup Real Estate, Tacoma Real Estate, Union Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

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.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact  REALTOR® Maria Kalafatich online here or give her a call/text at (253) 376-5559!

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Maria Kalafatich | Category: Tacoma Real Estate

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.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact  REALTOR® Maria Kalafatich online here or give her a call/text at (253) 376-5559!

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Maria Kalafatich | Category: Tacoma Real Estate

Updated Vintage 3-Bedroom, 2.25-Bath Home with Huge Detached Garage Near 6th Ave in Tacoma

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.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Maria Kalafatich online here or give her a call/text at (253) 376-5559!

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Maria Kalafatich | Category: Tacoma Real Estate

Beautifully Maintained 3-Bedroom, 1.75-Bath Home w/Lovely Patio in Central Tacoma

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.

a045-6As 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.

a045-10a045-8When 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!

a045-7Living in Central Tacoma

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!


Posted on April 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm
Maria Kalafatich | Category: Tacoma Real Estate | Tagged