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Blog Post BUY NOW! And you might lose money later! A CAUTIONARY TALE

BUY NOW! And you might lose money later! A CAUTIONARY TALE

Desperate to grab hold of today’s historic low home loan interest rates, many people seem to be willing to PAY ANYTHING to lay claim to ownership of a home of their own … TO GET RICH IN THE FUTURE. Problem is, they aren’t paying attention to future changes that...
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Blog Post BEFORE YOU DECIDE NOT TO PAY YOUR RENT

BEFORE YOU DECIDE NOT TO PAY YOUR RENT

It’s appearing in the news now … unemployed renters who propose to PAY NO RENT until the COVID-19 epidemic has past.“Why should a wealthy landlord take advantage of and profit by my suffering?” is the common unspoken thread being used to weave this fabric...
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Blog Post TACOMA SHOOTS TO THE TOP (of the real estate heap!)

TACOMA SHOOTS TO THE TOP (of the real estate heap!)

Recently REDFIN, Seattle based progressive real estate brokerage know-it-all, declared“TACOMA – NATION’S HOTTEST HOUSING MARKET”This will be no surprise to those of you who have been searching in vain to purchase (or rent, for that matter) a home here in T...
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Blog Post How To Find & Get The Rental Home You Really Want!

How To Find & Get The Rental Home You Really Want!

PLAN (get ready…)GET THE MONEY READY (Deposit and first month’s rent) There’s no sense looking if you aren’t ready to pay up when you find it!CHECK ON YOUR CREDIT: Think your report may contain “NEGATIVE INFORMATION”? Run your credit report yo...
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Blog Post Expectations

Expectations

Owners … Renters … Property Managers … What do we expect of each other?Some expectations are common to us all … be honest, be on time, return your phone calls, keep your word … while other expectations are individualistic and very specific to th...
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Blog Post SEATTLE AND TACOMA ARE ENGAGED!

SEATTLE AND TACOMA ARE ENGAGED!

Back in the late 60’s, when I was a student at Wilson High in the West End of Tacoma, my insecure freshman hometown was constantly being given a swirly by the cool “collar turned up” senior men and women up in Seattle.Oh, you’re from the armpit of the stat...
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Blog Post THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS

THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS

So I’m sitting in Starbucks, sipping a cup of Pike Roast, wondering what ONE BUSINESS PRINCIPLE is so important that 1) I should write about it, and 2) you should take your time to read it… and here’s what I have for you.Seek relationship, not profitAs far...
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Blog Post LIFE IN THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT

LIFE IN THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT

(Earning versus Deserving)I called my son Calvin in Tucson the other day to tell him about the Honda Pilot I had recently purchased.“Dad, it’s about time! You deserve it.”, he erupted. (“Calvin,” I mused quietly to myself, “I earned it!”)...
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Blog Post Run, Forrest, run!… to Tacoma to buy or rent!

Run, Forrest, run!… to Tacoma to buy or rent!

“We had 8 offers in our 1st day on the market!” “I got so many calls on my rental ad on Craigslist that I couldn’t make outgoing calls”“Why is the freeway between Seattle and Tacoma so jammed up now?”“The neighbors had multiple off...
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Blog Post PIERCE COUNTY RENTAL RATE CHANGES

PIERCE COUNTY RENTAL RATE CHANGES

Everyone knows that property values have bounced back a bit since “The Great Recession of 2008”, but what about rental rates on single family homes … what are they doing? Have they gone up?First, let me say that most rents NEVER WENT DOWN here in Pierce County!...
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