Red vs White Fire Extinguishers

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen?  If so, what color is it? Kitchen fire extinguishers are WHITE and are a K extinguisher.  Extinguishers used in other home locations are RED, a standard ABC Multipurpose extinguisher.  This was what the Fire Fighters at the Tacoma’s Proctor Station mentioned.

Carol Goforth of Coldwell Banker Bain Proctor stopped by the station and was instructed on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. In firefighter lingo, it is PASS: Pull the pin; Aim nozzle at the fire; Squeeze the handle; Sweep side to side across the flame.

For a stove top fire, use a white fire extinguisher while standing 5 feet from the fire. Sweep only as necessary to cover the inside of the cooking vessel. Empty the entire contents of the extinguisher. Once the extinguisher has been emptied. Turn off the appliance, evacuate the home and make sure the fire department has been called. Do not move or disturb extinguishing agent.

Use a red fire extinguisher on fires involving wood, paper, textile, flammable liquids or electrical equipment. Stand back from the fire and PASS the fire extinguisher.

Be sure to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher.  Please remember that once used, replace your fire extinguisher or have it refilled.

CaptureCarol Goforth, REALTOR®
253-376-3628 mobile

Broker Spotlight: Emily Hasenleder

As many probably say, I chose Coldwell Banker Bain after talking with Tasha. After meeting her, I had this gut feeling that this is where I am supposed to be, and now that I am here, I cannot imagine being anywhere else. Just the people alone are amazing, but then you put us all working for the same great company and it becomes home.

I am just starting in Real Estate; I’ve been a stay at home mom the last 3.5 years, so I think it goes without saying that I am ready for a change! Previous to meeting my husband and having my daughter, I was going to school, gearing up to start my own photography business, while working two other independent jobs. After having my daughter, staying home with her was the best option for our family, but now things have changed a bit to where I am able to pursue a career.Capture

After talking with a few friends that had recently started in the Real Estate business, and hearing that they love it, and the flexibility it offers, becoming a Realtor sort of became a no-brainer for me. I’ve always enjoyed looking at homes for sale (and just in general), and so getting to take that and help people at the same time, while earning money, it’s like a dream come true! Plus my husband helped encouraged me to do it, he thought it would be a good fit, not only for me but our family (and I agreed).

When I am not working, I am at my first home, spending time with my family. Most of the time that means just taking care of my daughter and doing house chores, but when my husband is home it means trying to spend some quality time together, and with extended family. In my spare time though, I like to practice photography, but that doesn’t happen very often.

I look forward to the opportunity to help a variety of people find new homes, and I’m sure that will soon become the only motivation I need.

Emily Hasenleder, REALTOR®
253-381-2922 (cell)

Broker Spotlight: Amanda Stanfield

My reasoning for choosing to partner with Coldwell Banker Bain was due to the extensive investment they put into their agents. CBBain not only teaches you how to be a competent and knowledgeable agent but also how to build and run your business. I also was excited to join with a firm that has a guarantee backing of all their agents, it shows me the true depth of their commitment to my success.

CaptureAlthough I am new in my Real Estate career I am a second-generation realtor. Both of my parents, as well as an uncle, have been in Real Estate for over the past two decades. My love of residential architecture and property started at a young age but I chose my first passion to follow right out of college. Now a decade later I am ready to transition into the exciting world of Real Estate, I am making the career change because I want to help guide people through the process of one of the most important investments in their lives.
Before becoming a Realtor, I was a hair designer. While in that profession one of my favorite experiences was styling bridal party hair. To be a part of people’s special day and the biggest commitment in their lives filled my heart with joy. As a Realtor, I am again part of such an exciting time in people’s lives.

My motivation to get out of bed each and every morning is driven by love. Love of other as well as a love of self. Helping others achieve their Real Estate dreams and invest in their families future is one of the more rewarding things I could possible think to do. I am also driven by the goal to continuously become the best version of myself.

When I am not helping clients some my favorite things to do are reading, watching movies, trying new restaurants and relaxing with my family and animals. I am a huge dog lover and nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by wiggly butts.

Amanda Stanfield, REALTOR®
253-318-7940 mobile

Power. Prestige. Excellence.

How do you know when you are in the presence of excellence?

You sense it.  Like when you step across the threshold of an architectural masterpiece, and the walls sing:  “This is home.”  That’s how it feels to work with a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury specialist.  They are leaders in their profession, ranking among the best in the world by exceeding expectations and creating exceptional experiences for their discerning clients every day.


Sell $133.5 million in luxury homes each day and are ranked among the 2016 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” survey, generating $166.4 billion in sales volume – 40% more than the next highest-ranking brand.

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program sets the benchmark for modern luxury real estate marketing, continuing the legacy established more than 80 years ago.  The essence of this elite program is simple:  combine the prestige of the Coldwell Banker® name with the top luxury real estate masters and the reach of a robust international network in 48 countries and territories.  The result is an unparalleled fusion of leadership and experience in one program.




For those who appreciate the energetic, on-the-move Northwest lifestyle, you’ll find the luxury home market just as active.  For over 40 years Coldwell Banker Global Luxury has served the needs of the Northwest premium home owner.  Our Global Luxury brokers are specifically trained to consider our clients’ lifestyles and interests.  Whether buying or selling, we’ll create a real estate experience that’s a stroll in the park, while presenting properties to send hearts racing.  From the snow to the sand, the boards to the bike, we invite you to explore the luxuries of Northwest living and: Make life gold.

“Our Global Luxury agents come to you with confidence, build long-term relationships and provide high-end quality service.  We know our market, know our clients and know how to make the real-estate experience exceptional for you.”

D-1 Stephanie CallenStephanie Callen
Global Luxury Director Coldwell Banker Bain Puyallup
253.370.2771 mobile

Broker Spotlight: Carol Goforth

Capture.PNGThe reason I chose Coldwell Banker Bain is due to the knowledge and expertise of the Principal Managing Broker as well as the agents in the office. I also hope to have more IT support than I’ve had in the past at another brokerage.

When I’m not helping my clients, I like to volunteer to support “my Tacoma”.  I am so glad I live in this town. I love the diversity of neighborhoods, the architecture, and the people.

I’ve had my real estate license for 20 years, working with buyers and sellers. The reason I chose to be a REALTOR® was because I had a background of buying and selling real estate as an investor, and I wanted to share my knowledge with others.  Since I was new to Tacoma when I earned my license, I often worked with first time home buyers and still love working with them to find their perfect first home.

Here’s something about me that has surprised even my long time friends and family: I am total “un”-athletic person but have worked out with the same trainer for almost 11 years.

Carol Goforth, REALTOR®
t: 253-376-3628

Selling Your Home 101

When it comes to selling your home, it is always a good idea to have a home inspection first before you put your home on the market.  Here’s why:C-1 Photo

  • When was the last time you went into your attic? Poor ventilation in your attic can lead to mold issues.
  • What about your crawlspace? Dry-rot can lead to big issues if not replaced.
  • Check to make sure your hot water heater has the required earthquake straps.
  • Curb appeal is a MUST to get potential buyers interested in your home. Investing in curb appeal is one of the most important things you can start with. Make your house stand out from all the rest!
  • Cleaning your gutters is one of the items an appraiser will call for to have done.
  • Has your roof been cleaned recently? There should not be any moss growing there.

“It is always a good idea to have your furnace cleaned and serviced,” noted Leslie Swindahl of Coldwell Banker Bain Tacoma.

If you find any of these issues, you will want to get them fixed as soon as possible. Once you have addressed health and safety issues, it’s time for a Coldwell Banker Bain REALTOR® to come and look at your home inside and out. Our REALTORS® will always put our knowledge on your side.

When it comes to selling your home for the first time, this is when a Coldwell Banker Bain REALTOR® is your best choice to help you through the process. When you work with Coldwell Banker Bain, you can expect friendly, professional service that includes in-depth knowledge of the area and the current market conditions, outstanding communication skills along with the ability to aggressively market, manage and negotiate for you!

Leslie Photo 2017Leslie Swindahl, REALTOR®
253-312-0447 (cell)
or check out her blog here

The Art of Decluttering


Awe the retirement years! You are finally free from the things that tie you down and are ready to embrace a new adventure. But, where do you begin? You have lived in your home for many years and are surrounded by the “things” that house your memories. As you look around your home, you see the wedding gift you received from Aunt Sally.  It has been sitting in your china hutch for 40 years – never used. You never really liked the gift, but you love Aunt Sally.  Then there are the five boxes of your children’s artwork dating back to Kindergarten. These are all fond memories. So, where do you begin with deciding what to keep and what to eliminate?

A good rule of thumb is: “Either you love something or you need something. If it doesn’t answer either of those things, it doesn’t stay,” says Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Another question that will help you decide is: Are these objects in my life going to help me move forward or are they blocking me?

Items in the “Love it” column might include things that remind you of loved ones, big life events or milestones, precious pieces of artwork or craftwork, heirlooms or anything that you cherish. In the “Need It” column, you would keep anything that you use on a regular basis. For example, you might use a coffee pot daily, but when was the last time you used your fondue set? Don’t get caught in the trap of keeping things out of fear that you might use it sometime in the future. Also, just because an item might have value for someone, if it is not something you use, let it go. Another good principle to follow when evaluating what you really “need” is the six-month rule. If you have not used the item in six months, it is probably not worth keeping. Consider donating items that could be of value to someone else and let it go.

If an item has no value to you or to anyone else, then it goes in the “Leave It” column.  Examples include old papers, appliances or lawn equipment that don’t work or that are very outdated, broken items, outdated sporting goods, clothes that you haven’t worn in years, things you purchased on a whim that seemed to be a good idea at the time, and virtually anything that you can let go of without feeling remorse.

Once you have made the decision about what to keep and what to let go, then the awesome job of figuring out how to get rid of the “Leave it” items begins. In my next article, I will define some clear and simple steps that will help you through the process. The key is to get an early start so that you are not pressured for time.

croppedjoyceheadhighresv2 (1)For more information about the downsizing process, consider attending an upcoming event called “The Upside of Downsizing” being held on April 22nd at the Tacoma Dome and find out about the eight steps involved in the downsizing process. For more information on downsizing in general or to register for the April 22nd seminar, please call Joyce Hill at 253-318-2792.

(Information gathered from Renew by Home Health Care)