10 Clever ideas for transforming a guest room into a walk-in closet

Who needs a guest room when you can have a chandelier and see EVERY SINGLE PIECE of clothing you own! Who cares if you ever wear it? You can hang it up!

You see, it really doesn’t matter how many clothes you have or how many of them you actually wear. The real question is, wouldn’t you love to be able to see them all hanging up, around a beautiful chandelier? My guess is yes. Yes, you would!

So, welcome to my newly remodeled little slice of dressing room heaven. I hope these clever ideas inspire you to convert your guest room. You and I both know you don’t want your in-laws to spend the night, anyway!

Clever Idea #1: Cover the walls with rods and shelves! You will be surprised how easy it is to fill the. You may even have room to hang your T-shirts!

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Clever Idea #2: Hang a chandelier! This is a MUST for the full dressing-room effect. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, half price! They also have them at Home Depot and Lowes.

Clever Idea #3: Fuzzy black hangers are EVERYTHING!
For sure buy these for your dressing room. It won’t look nearly as stylish with the plastic ones.  Plus, everything stays put. You won’t have your shirts slipping off and falling on the floor like they do when you shop. So annoying!

Clever Idea #4: Pick a fun theme! I went with a gold, tiffany blue, and maps for my theme. The idea was to have the maps inspire me to take more vacations.

Clever Idea #5: Get some gold spray paint and add some fun accessories! (See photo). I had to get the paper mache half-body mannequin because it fit the walk-in closet feel. The lamp and spice rack came from my favorite thrift stores. Perfect for the budget and super easy to spray paint.

Clever Idea #6: Use campaign glasses and candy dishes as little jewelry holders! The spice rack works great for perfume, lipsticks, and nail polish.

Clever Idea #7: EVERY dressing room needs a makeup table and matching chair! We had an old country style table in the storage shed and not enough space for it so we sawed it in half. Voila! The perfect sized makeup table screwed right to the wall! Clever, right? I found a chair at Value Village for $9.99 that I painted the same color.

Clever Idea #8: Baskets and large photo boxes work great for extra storage! I store my leggings and pajamas in large photo storage boxes that I stack, and socks in easy-to-access matching baskets that I found at HomeGoods. A longer basket fits my curling irons and hair dryer perfectly.

Clever Idea #9: MUSIC! Don’t forget music in your dressing room. An Echo is perfect because you can play your favorite songs while you get dressed every day. “Alexa, play me some Bruno Mars!”

But WAIT, one last plug for a chandelier so this counts at #10 because it’s important enough to repeat.  Mine provides no light at all, but it doesn’t matter because it will make you smile every time you walk into your new dressing room!

D-1 Photo + QuoteMichelle McLean, REALTOR®
253-691-3029
For more fun makeover and organization ideas, follow my blog at http://realfamilyblog.com/michelle.html.

Thinking Of Buying A Home When School Starts?

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Back to School is just around the corner! Parents are jumping for joy as they ready their kids to return to school. (Who can blame them?) As the hot summer eventually cools down and turns to fall, parents are not the only ones who should be excited.  If you are looking for a good deal on a home, now is the time to find your perfect place. With the kids focused on school, it might just be the time to get your focus on finding your home.
Get started now, you’ve procrastinated long enough.

Waiting until August or September can have its pay offs.  Traditionally there are fewer buyer’s shopping. Which means for you less competition for that perfect mid-century ranch, a little cottage, or Tudor that you have been dreaming about.  No matter how hot the market is you will see price reductions and homes staying on the market longer from September through December. And schools within each market tend to drive the prices on single family homes. The pressure on property prices in these areas eases as July turns to August. With fewer buyers competing, it makes getting your offer accepted just a little higher and save some cash too. This really applies to single family homes in the suburbs. Those downtown lofts and condos, they will stay at the more consistent higher prices. So, no real deals there.
Stay Flexible

 After school starts sellers tend to be more inclined to negotiate to help seal the deal.  More sellers may contribute to closing costs. Which is helpful to buyers who have a good steady income, good credit, but not a lot of cash on hand. Interest rates are staying low, so buyers are feeling motivated to buy because interest will not stay low forever. A home buyers warranty, carpet allowance, are a couple of items you can ask for if sellers won’t budge on price. Price is not always the main negotiating factor involved. Flexibility to shorten or extend closings in the fall buying season can make both buyers and sellers happy.
Take Time

Home buyers have increasingly had to deal with bidding wars, unbelievable cash offers, homes on the market for 1 or 2 days. The results are, buyers buying to buy because that was the only home that they sort of liked. Waiting until the kids are in school means taking your time, and finding the home that is right for you. You will be happy with no buyer’s remorse, financial regrets and things that they did not notice about the house in the rush to buy.
Be Ready with the Right Offer

In the fall research, the area and be ready to make the right offer on the right home.  Sellers tend to want to get their property sold prior to the holidays. This gives buyers the opportunity to research the comps and know what to offer at just below asking or at asking. Versus the Spring /Summer over asking price, shelling out extra cash to get the home they want.  Contrary to what many believe, August and September are good for buying homes and finding the right home at the right price for your budget. So, do your research, find your REALTOR® and get house hunting.
Mary Klein Photo 2016Mary Klein, REALTOR®
253-590-7140
maryklein@cbbain.com

 

Broker Spotlight: Elisha Scott

I chose Coldwell Banker Bain because of their attention to detail, training and their ability to provide their clients with the best services around. And being a proud resident of the Puget Sound area for over 25 years, it is only natural that I choose a local company like Coldwell Banker Bain.

I have been a REALTOR® since April 2017, but have experience buying/purchasing real estate for the last 10 years. Before going into real estate, I was a stay at home mom, who homeschooled. Before that, I was an air traffic controller in the FAA and served in the navy. I chose to become a REALTOR® because I want to help educate home buyers so that they can purchase a home that will make them happy for years to come.

I enjoy taking my three daughters to the 3 local zoos, Pt Defiance, NW Trek and Woodland Zoo. I also like to hike and travel to new places.

OutlookEmoji-1501887265935_D-1cfe465b1-d0f9-4b72-bb12-dc6c0c772d18Elisha Scott, REALTOR®
360-731-2762 mobile
elishascott@cbbain.com
http://elishascott.coldwellbankerbain.com

 

Broker Spotlight: Lorena McPhail

Purchasing a home is often the single-most expensive investment a person will make in their lifetime.  Buying or selling can be an emotionally-charged process that often comes with unexpected obstacles.  Such an important purchase requires an understanding and knowledgeable professional to help buyers and sellers successfully navigate through the transaction process.  Since being licensed in 1999, I have assisted buyers and sellers in Washington and Colorado, providing them with the necessary knowledge and negotiating skills to close the deal and achieve the best possible outcome.

Partnering with Coldwell Banker Bain in Tacoma was to me the obvious best choice! According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Coldwell Banker has the largest market share and highest sales volume on the I-5 corridor.   I’m excited to be partnered with a brokerage whose mission is to “Do the right thing”, reinforcing my mission to be a caring Realtor for you, and to convey the professional image needed to attract the highest-quality buyers for your home.  As a home-buyer, you can expect the same quality service while finding your dream home.

Caring for people and being supportive are the most important things I will ever do in my lifetime. Becoming an advocate for families and children with special needs has become one of my passions.  Prior to my real estate career, I taught preschool for 12 years, working with children and families with special needs.  Following the death of my adult son Jordan to schizophrenia and suicide in 2011, I became an advocate in the Washington State Legislature for Mental Healthcare Reform and Suicide Prevention. I currently work with the Steilacoom School district to help children with special needs.

Since moving back from Colorado in 2016, I now live on Anderson Island with my family.  However, most of my childhood memories are of living and going to school in both University Place and North Tacoma where I attended Stadium and Foss High Schools. I frequented Pt. Defiance Park and spent countless summer weekends at my parent’s vacation cabin on Anderson Island.

Lori McPhail PhotoLorena McPhail, Managing Broker, CRS
lorenamcphail@cbbain.com | 253.592.8205
lorimcphail.coldwellbankerbain.com

Tacoma’s Wright Park

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION … is important as realtors will tell you. You can remodel or restore a house but you cannot easily change its location! So what neighborhood amenities are important to you when buying a home? Stores, schools, view, waterfront? What about a park?

I was fortunate to live near Tacoma’s Wright Park for awhile and regularly walked my dog around the circumference of the park (a 1.8-mile trail). Wright Park is over 100 years old and some of the 600 trees were planted in 1895. It is an awesome place of natural beauty. Right now the summer canopy of leaves and the pond cools the park. Make time to slowly walk a path and look UP at the trees. In our busy lives, this park is a calm oasis of natural beauty.

Within the 27 acre park are picnic tables, paths, a playground/spray ground, basketball court, and the history W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory.

Inside the plant filled conservatory, you can pick up a pamphlet entitled “Champion Tree Tour”. It lists the names and description of 20 Champion Trees in the park and a map showing their location. A Champion Tree is the biggest tree of their species and has historic significance in Washington state. You will notice most trees in the park have interpretive signage attached.

Fortunately, in our area, there are many parks for us to enjoy. Hope you will make time to have a peaceful picnic, a run or a walk and look at the beauty of the natural environment that has been preserved in our city parks for us to enjoy.

Wright Park is located at 501 South “I” Street, Tacoma
For more information: MetroParksTacoma.org/Arboretum

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253-376-3628
carolgoforth@cbbain.com

 

Greystone Is Not Just A Place

11214 Greystone Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Offered at $635,000

Greystone is not just a place, it is a community. Real estate = location, location, location. Greystone is the same. It is literally just a couple of minutes from all the stores and shops one may need, movie theaters, health  care, restaurants, access to I-5, Tacoma Country Club and, not one but two, Starbucks. What more could one ask?

Our home within Greystone is traditional and homey yet illustrates the precision of details, of hard wood floors, granite and stainless steel, to the finish carpentry of crown and dental molding. It is designed for living in the Great Northwest with lots of glass and skylights to make even the dreariest of winter days cheerful. Up to 18 foot ceilings makes space seem even more spacious. The exterior reflects the interior with the beauty of mature rhodies which makes our Spring even more delightful. There is a huge back deck overlooking a private patio and a double tiered backyard which leads 200 feet to the soothing sounds of Chambers Creek.

Greystone is a gated community, but more than that it truly is a community. There are just 16 beautiful homes. We support and enjoy our neighbors, yet we are not hovering. Such is a comfort as some travel or spend extended vacations elsewhere. An email goes to “Team Greystone” as to schedules and other FYIs.

So the question arises, if Greystone is so wonderful, “why move?” An easy answer, but a hard decision. For the first time, we will have a chance to live near our children and grandchildren. So to the new owners, congratulations on a wonderful new living experience. Greystone, indeed, is both a place and a community. Welcome.

David and Penny Loving

Richard Houldsworth Photo- USE THIS ONEContact Richard Houldsworth for more information about this listing.
253.468.8673 (mobile)
richardhouldsworth@cbbain.com
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Broker Spotlight: Kristina K Loper

Growing up in the Northwest, I have always seen Coldwell Banker as the local name for real estate.  When it was time to choose a brokerage, it was clear that the “local” company was an international company with decades of experience was the best fit for me.  With constant training, exclusive resources, and knowing I can consult with hundreds of years of experience in my office when there’s an unusual situation means I can confidently serve my clients in a way that no other brokerage can offer.

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I’m in my third year as a licensed broker.  I bring 25 years of non-profit experience in health education, an Information Systems degree, and community coordination to my transactions.  It helps me consider the larger picture in negotiations, strategize, and embrace new, innovative technologies and marketing tools to best serve my clients.

As a kid, I enjoyed reading the comics and then looking at the housing ads in the Sunday paper.  When it was time for me to return to the workforce after a few years as a stay-at-home mom, I knew the magnetic pull towards real estate was pretty much the only option for me.  Each day keeps me on my toes.  I enjoy mixing the opportunity to meet new people with looking at architecture, problem-solving and creatively helping people move to the next stage in their life.  Adding to that, being a Realtor important to me because it means I am telling my clients I am committed to a higher standard for everyone that I serve.

As a parent, my kiddos are the ones that motivate me to get out of bed in the morning, followed by the opportunity to help a neighbor feel more confident in their situation.  Real Estate can be intimidating to many people and the need to learn about it often comes at a time when there’s a time crunch or difficult changes in circumstances.  I aim to help my clients feel confident about their options and know there is someone alongside them to just offering a casual Lunch with a Realtor so they can just talk through their situation and figure out what the best next steps are for them.

Kristina K. Loper, REALTOR®
253-778-6255 (mobile)
kristina@kristinaloper.com
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