I’ve always had an interest in being a REALTOR®. After an illness forced me to close the daycare/preschool business I owned and operated, I decided to pursue that interest. After researching many Real Estate companies, I decided Coldwell Banker Bain would be the best fit for me.
What attracted me most about Coldwell Banker Bain was the extensive training, the resources they provide their agents and the support of literally everyone from the office personnel to co-agents and my Principal Managing Broker, Tasha Pasco. I must also mention Dale Shoemaker, my assistant Principal Managing Broker, because without his passion for teaching and his Real Estate school, I would not be where I am today.
I can assure you that I am an ethical person who believes strongly in the core values of hard work, honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and fairness. I am dedicated and will go above and beyond for every client.
When I’m not helping clients, I enjoy hiking, traveling and spending time outdoors. I am a huge baseball fan and you will often find me near a baseball field. The thing I enjoy most is time with my family and friends.
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Bonita Roeser, REALTOR®
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The charm of a small town feels with proximity to all the amenities the city of Tacoma has to offer. Quiet tree lined streets, familiar neighbors, award-winning schools and lifelong friends are among the many characteristics that draw people to University Place year after year. It truly is a place where eventually “everybody knows your name!” – Cheers theme song
The incorporated city of UP offers a wide range of outlets for people of all ages and stages in life. Avid golfers explore the waterside rolling greens of Chambers Bay golf course. Fitness enthusiasts love the numerous maintained trails within the residential communities or the 3 plus miles courses surrounding the golf course. Parks and playgrounds are scattered in abundance to entertain and occupy energetic jubilant children. At various times of the day, you will see what appears to be a retiree out for a brisk stroll. University Place is truly a town for everyone.
No need to travel light years away to enjoy a meal!! Local favorites like Lefty’s offers a delicious burger while Cheers West has created an atmosphere where one can enjoy a sporting event while children are occupied with video games, dart boards, and more. Let us not forget the local icon, the cozy Pine Cone Café. If you prefer home-cooked meals there is no shortage of options there either. University Place boasts FOUR major franchise grocers: Safeway, Fred Myers, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods. There is also the local Harbor Greens that may cater to some unique palates.
The sense of community is evident by the regularly held “Optimists” pancake breakfast, holiday dinners held at University Place Primary School, father/daughter or mother/son dances at Curtis High School, or the ever popular Viking sports events also at Curtis High School. There’s no lack of entertainment opportunities either. From outdoor summer concerts at Curran Orchard, Duck Days, or Sunfest University place is a city bustling in a pride all its own.
So take a drive through University Place and see if you fall in love with it the way so many others have.
LaKeshia Love, REALTOR®
911, what’s your emergency? A voice that is there to help! What a relief, but what if there wasn’t someone available to answer your call? What if there was a larger disaster in your area that would not allow emergency services to assist you and your family in a time of need. What would you do? Where would you go? Where would you get food and water? How would you be able to help yourself and your family in a disaster? Over the last several months we’ve witnessed various disasters across our country. Each has varied in level of devastation. Disasters are commonly unexpected with little or no warning and may cause Emergency Services to be overwhelmed.
Maybe you are in a new neighborhood; maybe you haven’t met your neighbors; maybe you aren’t even sure where the local Fire or Police station is located? These are simple tasks that will benefit you when a disaster strikes. Often times, our neighbors are nurses, doctors or have experience in the emergency services field. As a Realtor, I feel it’s important to talk with my clients to remind them how important it is to take the time to walk your neighborhood and introduce yourself to your neighbors. Take a drive or Google the location of your nearest Fire and Police station. It only takes a few minutes and by knowing where these services are located, in the event of an emergency, this knowledge could be lifesaving.
We often sit through the evening news and recognize that a disaster can happen in any area. We tend to have busy schedules and sometimes safety becomes an afterthought. October is Fire Safety Month and a great time to remind everyone of some of the things you can do to prepare for emergencies in and around your home. First thing, replace the battery in your smoke alarms. Not only will you not wake up to the horrible chirping at 3:00am when the battery is about to die, but in the event of a fire, this one task may save your family. Second, take time to sit down with your family and create a plan. Establish a safe place outside your home that your family can meet a school, church or neighbors home. It’s important to establish a location where everyone can check in. Third, decide on a friend or family member that everyone can call that is out of the area. This is another great way for you to all check in to make sure your family is safe. Last, don’t forget to prepare a “go” bag for each member of the family and don’t forget one for your family pet! Be sure to include at least three days’ worth of water and food. These precautions may help you become self-sustainable in the event of a disaster.
Another simple reminder for residents here in the Northwest would be to include walking the perimeter of your home to look for trees that may be nearby. Remove any branches that may be hanging over head or near your house or outbuildings. Fall tends to bring windstorms and this easy way to protect your new home and property may also save you time and money.
These tasks may seem overwhelming, but it is easy to break them down into a manageable to do list. Creating a Ten Tasks in Ten Days List will help. Quickly jot down ten tasks that relate to safety in your home or on your property and commit to doing one a day for ten days. Your new neighbor may just be the perfect accountability partner to help you complete the list.
If you have questions about disaster preparedness or are in need of ideas to create your plan or a go bag, please visit the websites below for more information.
Want to learn how to sign up for Pierce County Alert, Make a plan, build a Go Kit or help others? Visit: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/945/Emergency-Preparedness
The Great Shakeout is coming October 19, 2017 at 10:19am. Learn more about preparing for earthquakes and the proper way to drop, cover and hold. https://www.shakeout.org/washington
Looking for ways to meet and assist your neighbors? Visit: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/2297/Pierce-County-Neighborhood-Emergency-Tea
Today is a great day to make one change to help better prepare your family and your home for an emergency.
Jennifer Davidson, REALTOR®
Summer has come to a close and the crisp, fall air is here in full swing. Even though you may be ready for pumpkins, sweater weather, and raindrops – your home may not be. Fall and winter often bring harsher weather, and it’s best to take care of things prior to them becoming emergencies. Not to mention, many of these tips will help in keeping heating costs down. Following are some tips and tricks to ready your home for the colder, wetter months ahead.
- Clean out your gutters.
All kinds of gunk and debris get stuck in your gutters throughout the year. Now is a great time to get out your ladder and clean them out, before the rain sets in for good. Good drainage through properly functioning gutters and downspouts will lengthen the life of your roof and direct water away from the foundation of your home.
- Take care of drafty windows and doors.
It’s easy to forget about that drafty spot during the summer when air circulation is king. Check out the spaces around your doors and windows to find any drafts and seal them up before the cold sets in. Oftentimes you can apply an adhesive foam around the edges of doors and windows to take care of those pesky drafts. Taking care of this now will keep you cozier, not to mention your heating bill will be a little easier on the pocketbook.
- Speaking of heating – have your chimney serviced!
If you have a wood burning fireplace it is important to make sure to have a professional chimney sweep come service it. This service is essential as it maintains the health and safety of your fireplace to ensure you can enjoy it – safely – for years to come.
- Replace air filters.
Now is a good time to swap out those air filters in your heating system. A nice fresh filter encourages efficient heating as well as maintaining the air quality for you and your family. Even better, hire a professional to come out and check your entire system for maximum efficiency prior to your needing it on a daily basis.
- Cover your spigots.
If you’re in a place where it freezes, it’s important to cover your outside spigots with Styrofoam covers. These are very inexpensive and will ensure that you don’t end up with a burst pipe. As the water freezes and expands as we reach progressively colder temperatures this is a risk not worth taking. Those freezing temps sneak up on us fast!
- Inspect the exterior of the house.
Now is a great time to get out there and make sure your siding and roof are looking a-ok. It’s definitely easier to fix when the rain isn’t pouring down, and you’ll want to make sure that any roof issues are dealt with prior to discovering you’ve got a new indoor waterfall.
- Trim your trees.
Go outside and take a look at your trees. Take careful note of any branches that look unhealthy as well as anything that looks odd about the root system as that can signal a shallow and weak tree. You can’t always prevent a branch breaking or tree falling and damaging your home, but a little preventative maintenance goes a long way in preventing this sort of problem. If you suspect that there are issues make sure you call a certified arborist. Arborists are best prepared to do maintenance on trees large and small to encourage proper and strong growth.
While this list definitely isn’t everything you need to tackle in the fall to get your home ready for the months ahead, it’s a great starting point. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way and worry-free as the holiday season starts creeping up on us. Happy fall, and happy home prepping!
Misty Speers, REALTOR®