The Revitalizing of Lincoln District

Tacoma’s promise to revitalize the community of Lincoln, known formally as the Lincoln International District, is great news to homeowners and renters alike. The South End community is set to be the next happening spot, and Coldwell Banker Bain Tacoma can take you there.

The average median sold price in the district for $211,807, up 2.6% from the month of January, while the average days on market for the immediate area are 32 days.

“23% of the recently closed homes in Lincoln sold at or above the listing price. It’s a great time to be looking at the Lincoln International District,” said Cory Armstrong, a Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain of University Place.

The revitalization, which includes several new features and improvements along the 38th Street corridor, is set to not only improve accessibility to local businesses but also inflate the values of homes in the area.C-1 Lincoln District Photo

Lincoln is an older neighborhood, the average age of houses in the community is 65 years old, making it a perfect place for the first-time homebuyer to buy a house to improve. With the median age of its residents being 37, the Lincoln community is a laid-back, professional district with quiet nights and eventful days.

Interested in finding out more about the Lincoln International District or on getting a free market report on the area?  Give us a call! At Coldwell Banker Bain in Tacoma, we are always happy to help and excited to share our expansive knowledge with you.

Cory Armstrong PhotoCory Armstrong
t: 423-946-2717


Tacoma Tool Library

Spring is here and many of us are planning home maintenance projects. Houses need repairs or updating at times and homeowners often prefer to save money by doing the work themselves. Carol Goforth, a Coldwell Banker Bain Realtor, is sure you would like to know about Tacoma’s Tool Library—-a library that lends tools! You may need an expensive tool only once, why invest in an expensive tool to complete a one-time project? First-time homeowners may not know which tool is best for a project or may not have extra funds to purchase it….so borrow a tool.

If you’ve sanded a floor and then need to sand the corners, there are different sanders one could use and the Tool Library has several you can borrow. Or if you don’ know which tool would be best for a project, ask the Tool Library volunteers, they are knowledgeable and helpful.

Tacoma’s Tool Library just celebrated its first year of successes: over 1100 tools in inventory and 1700+ tool loans. All tools are numbered and photographed and a catalog is on their website: Tool rental is for one week. Tools that are valued more than $200 require a deposit upon rental.

“We are excited about our new location in the Lincoln District” according to Board Member, Rebecca Solverson “we have a large collection of common and specialized tools, and are a great resource for first time home buyers.”

Membership is open to all—in any city or state! The library is a nonprofit business and suggested membership donation is $40 per person per year. The donation can be a monetary or a tool donation.

So if your project requires a hammer, wheel barrel or garden tools, a pressure washer or a ladder, you are in luck: borrow it from Tacoma’s Tool Library.

OPEN Wednesday 5pm to 8pm & Saturday 10am to 5pm
754 S. 38th Street, Tacoma, WA
Phone: 954-866-5253

MISSION: Tacoma Tool Library improves the quality of life in the South Sound by providing tools, education, space, and support to cultivate self-sufficiency while reducing waste.

VISION: We believe this will lead to empowered individuals, increased involvement, reduced consumption, more entrepreneurship, better-looking neighborhoods, a stronger sharing economy, and a more resilient community.

Carol Goforth Photo - Use this oneFor more information, call Carol Goforth at 253-376-3628 or email her at

Broker Spotlight: Mary Klein

I chose Coldwell Banker Bain for the training and support that they give their agent/brokers. When helping Clients find their new home as Buyers or Selling their home, I know I have the support of Coldwell Banker Bain behind me. I also chose to work here because I wanted to work for and represent a company that has an outstanding reputation not just in the Puget Sound Area but worldwide.

CaptureI got into Real estate this past year. I was in Retail middle management as a District Manager for 32 of a 37-year career. Over that period, I traveled weekly all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Northern California. In Districts that were from 18
stores to 30 stores. Ensuring my store were managed to the company’s expectations and our customers were delivered a great shopping experience every time they shopped with us. I decided to change careers because I had always wanted to own my own business and real estate gives me that opportunity. And being close to my daughter and grandson is an added bonus.

Being a Realtor was something I had always wanted to do. My Great -Grandfather and Grandfather both built Craftsman and Custom homes. And my step-father is a custom cabinet builder. So being around homes was an easy step for me to make. I love to see the excitement in a client’s eye when they know they have stepped into a house that they know they can make their home. I love houses and what they represent to people. A place to love, security and an investment in their future.

I am a writer. I write under a pen name. I just published a little book of Poetry called Awakened by my Angels. I do not think about a poem. I just hear the words and the poetry flows. That is the only way I know how to explain my writing.  And when I’m not writing, I like to spend time with my grandson who will be 2 this July.  Spending time with this curious little boy brings much joy to my life.

Mary Klein, RELATOR®
t: 253-590-7140

Upside of Downsizing

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Tacoma will soon host a major conference for the purpose of educating boomers, seniors and their adult children on the process of downsizing.  Conference attendees will get tips on how to sort through personal belongings, when to consider a downsizing move, options on where to consider moving, and a Six Step Checklist to make downsizing successful.

Mary Span, President of “Upside of Downsizing” says, “We want to help our attendees through every step of the downsizing process.  All the way from getting started to finding new housing and making the final move.”  To facilitate this objective, the conference will include valuable services and products specifically tailored to meet the needs of seniors, boomers, and, in many cases, their adult children.

In addition, several top industry professionals will be featured speakers.  Among those will be a family counselor, an estate planning attorney, an interior designer and home stager, and a real estate broker.  These individuals will share their knowledge and expertise, specifically addressing the fears and concerns related to a downsizing move.

Joyce Hill, a real estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain, says, “There are many emotions connected with the downsizing process on the part of both the primary individuals who are downsizing as well as their family members.  It is important for the professionals who service this special group to exercise patience, kindness and concern for them.”

The Upside of Downsizing primarily assists seniors and boomers in gaining the freedom that comes with downsizing their homes.  The process may also benefit newly-single individuals who are looking for a fresh start.  Another demographic is that of adult children of seniors and boomers, who often are tasked with helping their parents to make the decision to downsize.

The conference is being held on April 22 at the Tacoma Dome from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Ticket prices are $25 per person through April 8 and $35 per person beginning April 9.  Space is limited so it is suggested that you RSVP early.  Get ready for your new adventure.

For more information on Downsizing, call Joyce Hill 253.318.2792, or email her at

Conference registration and information is available at  



The Inside Scoop on Home Buying

So you’re thinking about buying a home? Homeownership is an exciting and smart investment that brings a sense of security and the freedom of having your own space. Here are some important things you’ll want to know before starting the process…  

Buyers Typically Don’t Pay Their Agents

Many first-time homebuyers wonder how to pay their agent and are surprised to find out that they don’t! A homebuyer does not pay their agent. Typically sellers pay both the listing and selling agents commissions.

Know what you can afford

One of the very first steps in the home buying process should be getting pre-approved with a trusted lender. Especially in a competitive market, some sellers won’t even consider an offer that isn’t accompanied by a pre-approval letter. Ask your real estate broker for recommendations on a few lenders they have successfully worked with in the past. Your lender will work closely with you to figure out what you can truly afford. You may even qualify for more than you think! Even in a market that isn’t as competitive, knowing your budget is always a good idea and will give you confidence of knowing if your dream home is within reach.

Don’t be turned off by cosmetic faux pas

A funky paint color or questionable design choice can cause a buyer to overlook a home that’s otherwise a perfect fit. Most cosmetic changes are easy and affordable to do, and you’re probably going to want to personalize your new home when it becomes yours.. Instead of focusing on the pink tile in the bathroom or that outdated light fixture, pay more attention to the floorplan, view, location, natural light, and outdoor space.

It will probably feel like it’s never going to happen.

A typical residential real estate transaction should take anywhere from 30-45 days once an offer is accepted, but it’s probably going to feel like a lifetime. It is important to work with an experienced Realtor who will maintain realistic expectations and keep you updated every step of the way.  Our clients have been pleased with our services and hope you will be too:

“Madison was the best part of our home buying process (other than our dream home of course)! I highly recommend Madison’s services, she was fun and professional during our home search, it felt more like looking at houses with and old friend.”

Brittney is very knowledgeable in real estate matters. She always kept me updated, was easily accessible, provided honest advice at every step of the process, and worked very hard to make sure my loan closed on time. I would highly recommend Brittney to anyone who is looking for honest, hardworking real estate agent!”

Looking to learn more about the process and get all your questions answered?

Join Madison and Brittney and their guest speakers for an informal and FREE Hopeful Homebuyer Happy Hour on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm.  NYP Bar & Grill, 3702 S Fife St, Tacoma WA 98409. Visit the Facebook event page “Hopeful Homebuyer Happy Hour!” or contact Madison Basham at 831-601-5077 for more information.


Listing of the Week

Beautiful And Spacious in Kent, WA.

Open House

3 Bedroom              1.75 Bath

2470 Square Feet             MLS #1081651 

Featuring a winding road that leads into an inviting entry. The impressive living room has a gas fireplace.  French doors leads out to a secluded patio. Picture window with a view to Seattle Skyline. Formal dining room with gleaming hardwood floor throughout. Large windows allow for natural lighting, territorial and city views. The kitchen opens to an expansive covered patio perfect for entertaining. Comfortable and cozy masterr bedroom. Large family room with a gas fireplace,  ideal for a big screen TV, and the room opens to outdoors. Rolling green lawn, gardens and shade trees are part of this beautiful setting. Priced to sell at $473,999.

Come visit the open house on Saturday, March 18th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

Check this listing out here.

Broker Spotlight: Andrea Agostinacci

Our Broker Spotlight this week features Andrea Agostinacci:

I chose Coldwell Banker Bain because of the well-known reputation and knowledge in the real estate industry and specifically the office atmosphere. Coldwell Banker Bain fosters agent cohesiveness and truly lives their mission statement of people helping people, both with clients and other agents alikAndreae.

When I am not helping clients, I am spending time with my family. I am a mom to 5 children in a blended family so whether I am going to the park, helping out at girl scouts, going to sports practice, or staying in having a movie night – we are always up to something! If I’m not spending time with my family I enjoy hiking and being outdoors or going to the spa to relax.

I have been in real estate for 12 years in different capacities, including property management and finance. I have a background in management and have a passion for developing people. Over the last 10 years, I have done real estate part-time and am looking forward to the switch as my full-time career.

I grew up on a job site, my father is a builder and has owned his own construction company for many years. I remember as a child all I wanted was a real tool belt for Christmas, and it was the best gift ever! I chose real estate as my profession because I have had a fascination for all things real estate; whether getting down in dirty in a full-on renovation, or watching before and after design ideas, or helping with an investor to make the most out of their money.

Andrea Agostinacci, REALTOR®
T: 425-213-8542
Visit her website at