25853 176th Pl SE, Covington, WA 98042

NEW LISTING – Open House
Sunday, February 18, 12 – 3 pm

$420,000

4 bedrooms; 2.5 bathrooms; 2,060 square feet

Open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors throughout the main level, vaulted ceiling, new carpet and skylight. You’ll appreciate the fully fenced level lot, fresh landscaping with new sod, shed and private patio ideal for entertaining with an awning. You’ll enjoy the large open kitchen with elegant cabinets and eating area. The 3 car garage includes a utility sink and new water heater. The master bedroom features cathedral ceilings, walk-in closet and 5 piece bath with relaxing soaking tub.

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4821 64th St E, Tacoma, WA 98443

Several Offers Received within 36 hours
and Sold Above List Price

$295,470

3 bedrooms; 1.75 bathrooms; 1,334 square feet

Bright and open floor plan with vaulted ceiling and skylights! You’ll appreciate newer windows, light fixtures, doors, molding & granite counters thru-out. Cozy living room w/pellet stove & beautiful bamboo floor. Kitchen features newer cabinets, apps, double sink & tile floor. Updated bathrooms. Large fully-fenced level lot w/gates, garden beds, sprinklers, shed, lean to, long carport for trailers/boats & extra parking. Enjoy entertaining on the large partially covered patio or relax in the hot tub.

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3 Design Tips to Enhance a Home’s Good Vibes

A space can have an instant effect on your mood. How can you make sure a home gives off positive energy and style? A recent article at The New York Times shares tips from designers on creating a home that supports a person’s well-being. Some of these tips could also apply to creating a more welcoming vibe in the staging of properties.

Embrace the two-foot rule.

Justina Blakeney, author of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes, abides by a rule that passageways within the home be at least 24 inches between furnishings. “Even in small spaces, if you can leave two feet for these passageways, you tend not to bonk as much and get as cluttered,” she told The New York Times.

Let more light flow in.

“If I had to pick one tool that makes a home feel good, I would pick natural light,” Blakeney says. “Having a big window where there was none is a huge game changer. I would choose that over the sofa of my dreams.” Mirrors can also help add in more light by strategically reflecting whatever natural light the space does have.

Add in more plants.

“Anyone who spends a day hiking in the forest can attest that being in nature is good for the soul,” Blakeney says. “Why not bring that feeling home?” She has 52 houseplants in her 1,100-square-foot home. The plants range from small succulents to large palms in every room. “Living energy in your home is positive energy,” she said. “It’s people, pets, and plants that make a home.”

Source: “Designing a Feel-Good Home,” The New York Times (Jan. 23, 2018)

8203 Woodland Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98371

$774,000

4 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms; 5,436 square feet; 0.85 acre lot

Spacious and ideal for entertaining with a HUGE rec room! This completely updated home is a must-see with too many new/newer features to list: roof, heat pump, carpet, beautiful hardwood floors, contemporary bathrooms, granite counters & stainless appliances. You’ll enjoy lots of light with skylights & numerous large windows with Mt Rainier views. Relax by the pool or pond & appreciate all that the large lot offers: circular driveway, plenty of parking, trailer/boat carport, shed & garden beds.

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4 Feng Shui Staging Tips

The Chinese system of Feng Shui is believed to bring people into harmony with their environment. The practice uses design to manage the way chi, or energy, flows through a building. Could feng shui help you, your guests and potential buyers enjoy your home even more? Here are a few general tips:

  1. Energize your entry

Give your front door a fresh coat of paint, preferably in a color that contrasts with your siding. This helps invite energy (as well as guests and prospective buyers) into your home. Add a potted plant on each side of the front door. The living plants attract energy. Plants with rounded leaves are more welcoming than plants with sharp, spikey leaves, which can give off a more aggressive impression.

  1. Create a “room of first impression”

Draw everyone to the most attractive room in the home by arranging the directional flow of furniture toward it. Or hang a bright piece of art in the room where it can be seen, like a beacon, from other parts of the home.

  1. Produce positive energy

Clear your kitchen counters of clutter and set out a bowl of fresh fruit. Food, especially round produce, symbolizes wealth and prosperity.

  1. Lids down

Martha Stewart would surely tell to you to close the lid on your toilet. Feng shui advocates the same, but for a different reason. The philosophy holds that water, energy and good fortune can swirl right down the drain.

Considering a new home, or know of someone who is? I’ll be happy to help; contact me today!

January 2018 RE/MAX National Housing Report

2017 Closes Strong, Record High December Home Prices

While sales dropped slightly from a year ago, December capped off a 2017 of record home prices, speedy sales and low inventory.

The January RE/MAX National Housing Report shows the median home price rose 8.1% year-over-year, with 50 of the report’s 54 markets posting increases. At the same time, December sales dropped 3.3% from December 2016, with 39 markets reporting fewer transactions. Making sales harder was a Months Supply of Inventory of 3.7 which is the lowest December figure in the nine-year history of the report. That corresponds with a 14.6% decline in inventory, lengthening a streak of monthly declines that began in November 2008.

Also setting a report record for December was the speed of home sales: 57 days. That figured into an overall 2017 median for Days on Market of 52.5 — nearly a week less than the 2016 median of 58.5 days.

Home buyers paid record prices in 2017, led by June’s Median Price Sold of $245,000. Prices increased year-over-year in every month of 2017, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year price increases dating back to April 2016.

Read the full article in RE/MAX’s newsroom

Watch the 40 second summary video on YouTube