Maria's Blog Posts

Suburban ‘Boom’ Coming? May be Time to Act!

By Maria Kalafatich | June 4, 2020

More Telecommuters Might Want to Move to the Harbor An interesting article came across my path from the Seattle PI. “Zillow” found that 75% of Americans working from home due to COVID-19 would prefer to telecommute at least half of the time once the pandemic subsides, and 66% said they would consider moving if their […]

4 Major Highlights of this Craftsman Masterpiece in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club

By Maria Kalafatich | May 11, 2020

Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club community offers the opportunity for resort-inspired living, and this 2,570-square-foot masterpiece presents the ideal situation! Perched high up on a 0.4-acre lot with fantastic east and west sun exposure, this residence offers Pacific Northwest living at its finest. In addition to a sprawling layout that includes 3 bedrooms, […]

Zillow Vs. Reality

By Maria Kalafatich | May 1, 2020

Zillow is a very popular Real Estate estimation service…but does popularity mean accuracy?  As a real estate agent, I love helping people find, improve, sell or invest in real estate. I think I have the best job in the world. Every day, I get to walk alongside people who see a preferred future and have […]

COVID-19 Real Estate FAQ

By Maria Kalafatich | May 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been a scary time for all of us. If you’re thinking about buying or selling, you may have some questions. I’m going to answer the ones I’m hearing most frequently.   Can I still buy a house during the COVID – 19 Crisis? Yes, you absolutely can still buy a home during this […]

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Market Report

By Maria Kalafatich | March 2, 2020

*photo credit: cward360 Quick market update on our favorite city- Gig Harbor Hey friends!  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, […]

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal is Sale Appeal

By Maria Kalafatich | February 1, 2020

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 […]

Remodeling your Home

Don’t Turn Remodeling Projects Into a Money Pit!

By Maria Kalafatich | January 1, 2020

A great article came across my desk the other week about the home featured in the mid-eighties movie “Money Pit.” This was the hysterical movie with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long who were two yuppie home buyers who decided to buy a fixer and …well, fix it! Every home-fixer on the planet laughed until they cried at their […]

New and Unique Reason for Higher Home Prices

By Maria Kalafatich | December 1, 2019

A couple of articles came across my desk this week that I found… interesting.  Redfin, a Seattle based Real Estate brokerage did some research and the Wall Street Journal expanded it into an article.  Their research showed them that home ownership has increased from an average of eight years to around thirteen years! This average […]

Fall Home Buying

Fall Home Buying Could Mean Falling Prices!

By Maria Kalafatich | October 31, 2019

Contrary 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 […]

Now is a great time to buy

Now Is a Great Time to Buy

By Maria Kalafatich | October 3, 2019

  There are many conflicting voices in the Real Estate world. But I’ve been around enough to know some good trends when I see them. Give me a couple minutes of your time and I’ll tell you why now is a great time to buy your first home, or move up to the home you […]