Broker Spotlight: Jennifer Davidson

From the first moment I called, Coldwell Banker Bain made me feel part of the team. The support, education, and tools that Coldwell offers is hands down the best around!

Ijennifer-davidson‘ve been in Real Estate for about two years. My background has been in Human Resources and Customer Service. Real Estate affords me the opportunity to combine both. Clients are always looking for a solution to their reason for seeking a new home. This role allows me to be solution oriented and gives me a driven purpose to provide service excellence.

Choosing Real Estate makes sense. I love architecture, the details of contracts, working with people and I’ve always enjoyed working in sales. For me, it’s the perfect match!
I love the outdoors. We hike, kayak, camp, snow shoe and fish as often as we can. Living in the Great Northwest gives us millions of places to explore and we love our family adventures.

I took up “wogging” several years ago. This would be my version of walking/jogging. Since then, I’ve now completed two full marathons. Yes. That is 26.2 miles. I’ve decided I’m a much better 1/2 marathoner and I’m looking forward to the runs I’m participating in this year and I’m always working to improve my personal record.

I live by the motto of I hope to always be a little better or do a little more today than I did yesterday. So far, it’s working.

Find out more about Jennifer Davidson on her website here.

Proctor: Where History and Tradition Find a Home

proctor-clockWell-maintained century-old houses shaded by tall, even older trees (come with a tire swing attached) mark the historic Proctor neighborhood, a place that just feels like home.

Named after John G. Proctor (1854-1925), a community leader who, as an architect, designed many of the homes here, the neighborhood today is the very essence of an urban village, boasting charming storefronts and local small businesses, a convenient, walkable retail core and restaurants that satisfy just about every palate. The University of Puget Sound keeps intellectual pursuits high and ensures a steady stream of cultural events. Other year-round events, including history walks, the Junior Daffodil Parade, cooking classes, art classes and more, mean there’s something for every member of the family in Proctor. Including your furry family member, who’s apt to find a doggie treat or water bowl set outside many a District business.

Unique to Proctor is the Blue Mouse Theater, one of the oldest in Washington, and the Chalet Bowl, where a game of 10 pins still provide hours of fun for young and old alike.

More than anything, though, it’s the residents themselves who make Proctor one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Tacoma. People who live here honor it, celebrate it and support the efforts to keep it’s rich character alive and well.  “It’s just one of the many reasons I choose to join Coldwell Banker Bain | Proctor,” Hollie Johnson noted.

hollie-johnson-photoShe also remarked that “After meeting so many welcoming members of the Proctor Business District Association, I knew I was going to be at home working here. These small, local, and family-owned businesses come together regularly to support each other serve their community and I am excited to participate in the cause!”

Visit Hollie Johnson on her webpage: HollieJohnson.com

New Year New Home, Sellers Get Ready!

 

Now that the Holidays are over the market will be picking up and buyers will be coming out looking for a new start in a new home. Are you ready to sell but not sure how to prepare your home to get the best return?

It’s the little things that can make a big difference. If your goal is to not simply sell your house, but to get the best price obtainable for your property in the shortest period of time, let us share some proven marketing techniques.

There are many ways to create a more exciting and saleable home, at surprisingly little cost. It is proven that people react favorably to a home shown under bright light. To achieve this effect you will want to make sure to keep your windows clean, use adequate wattage in light bulbs. Also, you can use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.

When focusing on the front of the home, remember your property’s landscape is not limited to the lawn and shrubs but encompasses everything from the street to your doorstep. You definitely want to make sure the street front of your house is free of litter and debris. If necessary, give it a fresh sweep and remove weeds from cracks. Taking the time to neatly trim shrubs and mow the lawn cost little, but can have a huge impact. Besides being freshly mowed and trimmed, a lawn should look healthy.

The kitchen may be the most important room in the house. it can definitely have a major impact on the value of your property. Make sure the room is virtually spotless and smells fresh. Try putting a lemon wedge in the garbage disposal and grinding it up. If your cabinets are dated, give them a fresh look by installing new knobs or hardware.

For more tips like this, why not turn to Coldwell Bankers Home Enhancement Guide.

According to Stephanie Brooks, the Coldwell Banker Home Enhancement Guide is her go to when looking for tips.

Stephanie states that “The guide has simple, inexpensive, easy to do tips that don’t take a professional to accomplish. Every listing can benefit from this information”. In fact, she found it so valuable that she recorded a series of videos based on the Home Enhancement Guide. Follow her video series on facebook.com/stephaniebrooksrealtor or contact Stephanie for a copy today!

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Contact info:
e-mail stephaniebrooks@cbbain.com
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Puyallup, WA: Relaxed Country Life Meets Modern Amenities

Live comfortably, close to major cities, with a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier, and plenty of local activities all year long. In a nutshell, that’s Puyallup! But the appeal of this town goes beyond pretty scenery and fun fairs.

When we ventured to Puyallup for our latest City Skinny edition, it was a gorgeous day and the Washington State Fair was in full swing. The parks were full and the streets were busy with folks grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a stroll through the Antique District.

Situated east of Tacoma and south of Seattle, Puyallup may seem a world away. But with an abundance of festivals happening all year long, it’s a bustling, generous community (the town’s name literally means, “generous people”).

Do The Puyallup

Every September, the Washington State Fair isn’t just the biggest event in the state: It’s continually ranked as one of the largest fairs in the world with over 1 million guests. It spreads across nearly 170 acres, with rides, concerts (including major and contemporary artists, like Carrie Underwood and Pitbull), a rodeo, animals, arts and crafts, and plenty of scrumptious food (over 165 booths).

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Puyallup is home to many annual events, including Oktoberfest, Meeker Days Festival(June 19-21) where they’re celebrating the city’s 125th anniversary this year, and theDaffodil Festival that’s taken place every spring since 1934.

Small Town Appeal
Festivals occur throughout the year, but Puyallup is still a small community that maintains its historic downtown charm. Many of the buildings are original 1800’s architecture, and a plethora of antique stores, like Victoria Sells Antiques, line the north-south street of Meridian. If you’re looking for a yummy bite, The Farmer’s Market and plenty of dining options await.

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Big City Proximity
If you want to enjoy a livelier night on the town, Tacoma and Seattle are a short Sounder train ride away. It’s the most convenient way to have your fun and then head home for a quiet evening.

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New Neighborhoods and Wide Open Spaces
People love Puyallup because it’s peaceful and pretty, and you can enjoy the atmosphere from your newer modern home in the south end of town, or on a sprawling property with your horses. No matter which you choose, Mt. Rainier greets you with the sun every morning!

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Recreational Fun
Pioneer Park is a major highlight right in town with a wading pool and kid’s play area. Go fishing at Bradley Lake Park or take a leisurely stroll along its trails.

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Impressive Schools
If you’ve got kids, there’s no shortage of schools in and around Puyallup. 21 elementary schools, 7 junior high and 3 high schools serve over 22,000 students, with consistently high rankings.

With friendly folks and modern amenities available, Puyallup is the perfect mix of relaxed life in the country and big city fun. Come check it out!

source: Fences & Flowers, the CB Bain Blog

FREE Electronic Recycling

Coldwell Banker Bain is excited partner with 1 Green Planet to host a FREE electronic recycling event at our University Place office.  Come on by with your recyclable items! (Did we mention that this is FREE?? You just have to bring your recyclables.)

TIME: 10AM – 2PM
LOCATION: 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA

Here are some examples of what you can recycle:

Computers, Printers, Computer Parts, Faxes, Scanners, Modems, Wires, Computer Batteries

Appliances, Washer/Dryer, Refrigerators, Water Heaters

Stereos, DVD, CD, VHS, Cassette Players, Speakers

Bicycles, Motorcycles, Barbecues (no propane tanks)

Lawn Mowers (empty gasoline & oil), Fitness Equipment, Medical Equipment

Things NOT To bring: Televisions, Wood, Glass, Chemicals, Hazardous Waste, Paint, Tires or Alkaline Batteries.