lakewood: Real Estate Broker Tours Are Profitable in Many Ways - 03/01/14 06:12 AM
Real Estate Broker Tours are a grand way for REALTORS® to get together, preview houses that have just been listed, network with real estate brokers and agents from other companies, as well as get to know agents from their own office a bit better. 
Going in groups to various homes is beneficial to each other and to everyone's clients, as one broker will highlight something they like that the rest of us hadn't always noticed. For example, I am always looking for things to make life easier for elderly seniors who may be living on their own or moving in with … (0 comments)

lakewood: Learning & Helping to Keep Washington's Wild Critters AND Us Safe! - 01/29/14 12:06 PM
Washington is a state of many lovely and intriguing wonders - from the tall evergreens that give Washington its nickname of the evergreen state to the stately and majestic mountains, including the one we see from all over Pierce County - Mt. Rainier. 
Those wonders don't stop at inanimate objects either. There are plenty of delightful critters all around us. Geese - LOTS of geese - are a regular and enjoyable sight when driving through Lakewood, Steilacoom, and areas around JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord). My grandkids and I were thrilled to spot a deer munching the flowers at a home … (0 comments)

lakewood: Good News Abounds in Pierce County Washington Including JBLM, A Zoo, + - 01/28/14 01:34 PM
We hear so much bad news on the TV, radio, and in the newspapers. But the good news is that there is PLENTY of GOOD news out there in our communities. Here are some examples from my neck of the Pierce County Washington woods this month.
Grand news for Tacoma! The Tacoma Fire Department has just announced that they were awarded a grant from the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Program. While this grant won't pay to re-open a recently closed fire station in Tacoma, it will provide $3.4 million to fund as many as "20 existing front-line … (0 comments)

lakewood: Market Stats, Trends, and Tips for Five Lovely Cities in Pierce County - 01/24/14 08:55 AM
Washington is a beautiful state, full of evergreen trees, hence the nickname - The Evergreen State of Washington. The bodies of water are gorgeous to see as we drive around on errands or showing off the area to visiting friends and family. I really enjoy discovering new things about this lovely state, particularly the area of Pierce County where I am living and working.
Five of my favorite cities in this area are DuPont (I love both sides, but the new homes, parks, and biking/riding trails are grand), Steilacoom (this lovely quaint village on the gorgeous and serene Puget Sound make … (0 comments)

lakewood: Steilacoom, Charming Town on The Water's Edge of the Puget Sound - 01/19/14 02:26 PM
Steilacoom, Washington is a delightful little town located in the central portion of the Puget Sound. I love to drive through this charming city while on various errands. To get to Steilacoom from either direction (from Lakewood or JBLM / DuPont), you enjoy drive through towering trees that are gorgeous. Even in the middle of winter, many are still green. (Yet another reason for the state's nickname - the Evergreen State of Washington.) And whichever direction you arrive from, you end up enjoying a beautiful vista of water and islands.
This sweet city was featured by Coastal Living Magazine a few years … (2 comments)

lakewood: Writing On Local Areas Helps Our Readers, Real Estate Clients, AND Us - 01/08/14 10:52 AM
ActiveRain is a grand help for many of us in the real estate business. It's a terrific place to learn new things, encourage each other and be encouraged, and an excellent way to help grow our businesses online and off. 
One of ActiveRain's guiding principles from their "Weltanschauung," is "we believe that real estate professionals will thrive if they demonstrate their local market expertise. With ever greater access to listings, local knowledge is now the key differentiator." Well said!
Local knowledge is definitely a powerful tool for real estate agents to help their clients, those who live in the area already … (6 comments)

lakewood: Keller Williams Real Estate Apps Are A Handy Help for Our Clients - 01/07/14 02:28 PM
  Some of the many reasons I decided to work with Keller Williams Realty in Tacoma Washington were because I loved their values statement - "God, Family, then Business," because I valued their emphasis on training, and because I really appreciated that their love for technology matched mine.
Needless to say, finding out that I could get one of their awesome branded iPhone and Android apps to share with my clients was definitely a bit of icing on the cake. This uber cool Real Estate Search app is available for FREE for the Android, iPhone, or iPad, and gives my clients access to more than … (6 comments)