3201 Pacific Ave #1007, Tacoma, WA 98418

$309,900

2 bedrooms; 1.75 bathrooms; 1,281 square feet

Enjoy stunning Tacoma and Commencement Bay views from this beautiful high-rise condo that includes a common garage space, as well as an individual garage w/ lots of storage. Completely modern w/ granite kitchen counters & newer tile floors, built-in desk/work area, closet organizers & wine rack. Enjoy AC, Mt Rainier views from a bedroom & instant hot water. Pacific Tower is a secure building w/ a welcoming lobby, has a clubhouse w/ exercise rm, elevators & storage for each unit. Don’t miss this!

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3119 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 98466

$354,900

3 bedrooms; 1 bathroom; 1,199 square feet

Updated & move-in ready! You’ll appreciate the newer roof, hardie plank siding & vinyl windows. Enjoy hardwood flrs through-out, new light fixtures & all rooms on the main level, except for 1 bedrm. Refreshed kitchen & bathrm w/ new SS dishwasher, microwave, pedestal sink & tile shower. Huge utility rm w/ sink & tons of storage/pantry; deep garage w/ lots of storage too. Relax in the large, level, fully-fenced backyard w/ patio, shed & large gate. Paved RV/boat/trailer parking. Don’t miss this!

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4 Ways to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

Square footage determines how big a home is, but painting, furnishings and decorating can affect how big a home feels. Looking to make a small space feel bigger? A few simple cosmetic changes can help.

Consider these four ways to make any small space in your home appear more spacious.

  1. Incorporate mirrors

Create the illusion of expansive walls with the addition of a mirror. This elegant touch can save a room from art-overload, which happens when too much pattern and color collide in a small space. A mirror also creates depth, which is always a plus.

Best of all, mirrors reflect natural light, potentially doubling the amount of sunlight streaming into the room. That alone will make the space feel bigger.

  1. Try lighter colors

Especially in small spaces, lightness means brightness. A fresh coat of light-colored paint in a cramped room creates an inviting atmosphere by mimicking natural light. For those who enjoy brighter colors, white walls are a fresh blank canvas for other elements.

If repainting needs to stay on the to-do list for the time being, try adding pops of light color on décor around the room. In a small living room, for example, give the sofa a makeover with white linen throw pillows and a neutral throw blanket – or opt for other quick fixes like bright new lampshades.

  1. Streamline furniture

If you’re looking to make a bigger change to a small space, reconsider the size of the current furniture. When every piece is chunky, a room tends to look crowded. A few sleek pieces of furniture will open up floor space and let you showcase larger items like an heirloom hutch or statement coffee table. Aim to make your furniture proportionate to the size of the room.

Also, don’t underestimate the impact of window accessories. Long drapes are popular for making ceilings look higher – hang them well above the window frame to show-off the full length of the wall. Sometimes, simply replacing old, heavy curtains with unobtrusive shades can make a major difference.

  1. Get rid of clutter

While purging clutter around the house benefits your well-being in multiple ways, it also makes your rooms appear bigger and less stuffy. Go minimalist and simplify surfaces like walls, bookshelves and end tables, reserving those areas for a select few favorite pieces.

In the end, making a small space feel bigger is mostly about the balance between personal flair and a clean, uncluttered ambiance.

xxxxx 22nd Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198

$168,000

7,500 square foot Vacant Lot

Conveniently located vacant land with power, water and gas on the property, and sewer in the street. Some outbuildings need to be removed, but level and ready to develop very close to Highline College!

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RE/MAX National Housing Report for June 2020

Home Sales Post Near-Record Turnaround Despite Inventory Constraints

June home sales posted a near-record 37% gain over a pandemic-impacted May while Months Supply of Inventory dropped below two months for the first time in the report’s 12-year history.

Overall, U.S. home sales returned to near seasonal levels – just 6.9% lower than last June, which was the third-highest sales month of 2019. All of the report’s 53 metro markets posted gains over May and a third of them topped last June. The June results were far different than those of May and April, which both reflected widespread stay-at-home mandates in many states.

The 37% increase in sales from May to June was the third-highest month-over-month turnaround in the report’s history. The 12-year average for May-to-June sales increases is 8.4%.

Going in the opposite direction, inventory dropped 27.9% year over year, pushing the Months Supply of Inventory to 1.9 from the previous report low of 2.7 months set in May. The number of homes for sale is at low levels not seen consistently since early 2018.

June’s Median Sales Price of $275,000 is up 1.9% year over year, the lowest year-over-year price increase of any month since December 2018’s 0.4% price drop.

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25844 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038

$354,900

2 bedrooms; 1 bathroom; 990 square feet

Don’t miss this beauty! New roof and water heater. Newer siding, windows, laminate floors, doors and molding throughout. Updated electrical and plumbing. Remodeled kitchen with newer cabinets, counters, deep drawers, lots of storage, stainless apps with propane range/oven and frig that stays. Remodeled bathroom with sun tube, heated tile floor and newer fixtures. Tons of parking and maneuverability in front; power in the carport. Fully fenced, level backyard with multiple gates and RV parking with alley access in back.

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Washington State NWMLS Market Snapshot for June 2020

Brokers in the 23 counties that are part of Northwest MLS point to a shortage of homes as a key factor in bidding wars. At the end of June, there was only 1.16 months of supply system-wide, which is the second lowest level in the past decade.

Not surprisingly, the supply/demand imbalance is causing prices to ratchet up. Median prices for last month’s 8,312 closed sales of single family homes and condos increased nearly 5.7% compared to a year ago, rising from $440,000 to $465,000. A comparison to May shows an increase of more than 3.3%.

In the four-county central Puget Sound area, year-over-year prices rose even more. Of these counties, King County had the smallest increase at nearly 5.9% (rising from $637,675 to $675,000). Pierce County prices jumped nearly 8.2%, from $372,500 to $403,000. Prices were up nearly 6.7% in Snohomish County and more than 7.7% in Kitsap County.

The new report from Northwest MLS shows last month’s volume of pending sales surged 15% from May (increasing from 10,389 to 11,916); closed sales jumped more than 39% (from 5,957 to 8,312), and month-over-month prices rose more than 3.3% (from $449,850 to $465,000).

Year-over-year comparisons show pending sales increased nearly 3%, closed sales dropped about 12.3% and prices increased 5.7%.

Source: NWMLS 7/6/20

5 Areas in Your House Causing Stress – and How to Organize Them

Here are 5 common areas in a household notorious for causing stress, and how to fix them once and for all!

1. Pantry and refrigerator

With more food staples on hand, now is a good time to clear everything off the shelves and put it all back in a stacked, organized and easy-to-reach manner. A pantry, or fridge, will have greater capacity – and be easier to navigate – once the contents have been rearranged to save space. Check dates for expired condiments, which hog room along the door shelves, and consolidate loose items like granola bars into boxes or jars so no snack gets left behind.

2. Underneath the bathroom sink

This location may not be causing stress, but its underutilized storage capabilities can help alleviate stress by clearing up space in other messy zones.

The cabinet underneath the bathroom sink isn’t just for items like Band-Aids and plungers. Perhaps you have excess paper goods on hand – ahem, toilet paper – so optimize this area by stacking goods in the back you use less frequently and keeping common items toward the front. This hidden gem storage space is the perfect spot for concealing odds and ends.

3. Entryway

So many shoes by the door but nowhere to go! The entry way is likely cluttered with slippers, sneakers, as well as rain jackets and bags hanging on hooks. Store away items used infrequently and allow one pair of shoes per person to live by the door, moving the rest inside a closet – out of sight and out of mind.

4. Kitchen table

Is your kitchen table now functioning as a home office, place to eat, homework spot for kids, craft zone, etc.? By day, this multifunctional area is a hub of the house – so try to keep it as orderly as possible, not allowing clutter to linger when the workday or school day is done.

Unless you’re in the midst of a great big puzzle, clear off the kitchen table at the end of each day so your house feels normal again when it’s time for rest and relaxation.

5. General dust and dirt

Even when order has been instilled upon shelves, countertops and closets, you may still be feeling stress from general dirtiness – especially if you have light-colored floors or carpet. Get in the habit of running a vacuum through high-traffic areas, like the living room, every few days so visible dirt never piles up. Though life is out of routine at the moment, stick to regular maintenance such as wiping down kitchen counter surfaces daily and giving the bathroom a good scrub on the weekends.

RE/MAX National Housing Report for May 2020

Home Sales Down 34% Over Previous Year While Price Increases Remain

May, often the second-strongest month for home sales, saw what many believe may be the biggest housing impact from the pandemic as closings dropped 33.7% compared to last year.

All 53 markets in the report sustained double-digit year-over-year sales declines:

• Sales in four markets shrunk by more than half, led by Detroit’s drop of 64.8%

• Eighteen markets saw sales drop by one-fourth to one-third

• Des Moines’s sales decline of 14.3% was the smallest

While the Median Sales Price of $272,000 was up 4.7%, it was softer than the 5.4% average May-to-May price increase in the previous five years.

Inventory dropped 25% year-over-year to one of the lowest levels for May in the report’s 12-year history. Only Indianapolis (12.7%), Wichita (4.3%) and Chicago (1%) posted increases in the number of homes for sale compared to May 2019.

With May being the second full month under stay-at-home mandates in many states, home sales were the lowest for the month since 2012, and on a par with wintertime home-sales activity. Compare that to 2017, 2018 and 2019, when May posted the highest or second-highest home sales of the year. June typically sees the year’s most home sales and highest Median Sales Price.

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145 152nd Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98007

$825,000

5 bedrooms; 1.75 bathrooms; 2020 square feet

You’ll appreciate a newer roof, ext paint, gas furnace & water heater in this beautiful home! Also features gleaming hardwood flrs through-out the main level, newer laminate down, shiplap wall & cozy wood fireplaces. The master suite, living area & separate entrance downstairs offers options. Enjoy relaxing & entertaining on the deck & in the private, level, fully-fenced yard. Don’t miss the storage on the garage side & new DW. Conveniently located near shopping, fitness, library, trails & lake.

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