Modern 3 Bedroom Townhome Near Downtown Tacoma -SOLD-

Summary: 

2374 Court G, Tacoma WA, 98405

Square Feet: 1,539

3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths

1 Car Garage

Offered At: $279,950

MLS#1135959

This modern and spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has been updated since it was first purchased in 2014! Bright, clean feel from fresh interior paint and large windows throughout. Seller commented that the layout on the main floor is great for hosting guests- “Some of the best memories we have from this house are when friends were over. Whether it be for Thanksgiving or just a random Friday night, it was always a good time. The second floor (kitchen/living room) makes it really easy for everybody to be together when making food, watching a movie, or playing board games.” 

The seller says he will miss being in such a convenient location-

“The proximity to everything you need. You’re a quick drive or Uber ride from anything. Any type of restaurant. Various grocery stores. Plenty of nightlife and entertainment. Movie theaters. Live theater. The mall is five minutes away. JBLM is a quick commute. More than a couple farmers markets are close by. We’ve been spoiled. With quick access to I5 and 705, you’re positioned in the perfect location.”

HOA dues cover regular upkeep of the walk ways, and mulch.

Right when you enter the home, there is a bathroom to your left, and a door to the garage on the right.

Once you go into the first set of stairs, you enter into the main living area, and kitchen.

Large windows surrounding the living space. 

Air Conditioning to stay cool this summer!

Kitchen has new tile backsplash, and nice appliances that transfer to next owner.

Up the second set of stairs, you arrive to the second bathroom, and first two bedrooms.

 Double sinks, and cute decorative panel wall. 

Sellers used this room as an office, but you can fit a large bed and dresser in here. All rooms are spacious.

Large windows in every bedroom, providing tons of natural light.

Up the last set of stairs, leads you to the master bedroom.

Third bathroom right off of the master bedroom.

Lovely deck off of the master bedroom. Seller loved to BBQ on it!

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 12:54 am
Keryn Giguere | Category: Listings, Uncategorized

3 Bedroom Starter Home Near Mckinley -SOLD-

Summary:

3818 E K Street

Square Footage: 1,000

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

Fully Fenced Yard & Brand New Roof 

New Heat Pump For Efficient Heating and Cooling

Offered At $195,000

MLS# 1135590

Tucked away from the street, this affordable 3 bedroom, one bath home is located just a few blocks off of Mckinley and E 38th. Enjoy being super close to delicious Mexican food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at Antojos. They have a salsa and juice bar, and tasty tacos. You will also be near one of the coolest bars in Tacoma, Top of Tacoma. Less than 5 minutes away is the Lincoln District, where you will find plenty of grocery stores, and more places to eat.

New roof installed in May 2017. New heat pump reduced the seller’s utility bill.

The seller installed the privacy fence less than 2 years ago. Yard is equipped with a deck and patio for entertaining in the summers. The large yard would be great for gardening, or for your animals to prance freely in.

 Spacious living room, freshly painted with new carpeting.

Living space is versatile. There are many ways you could set it up, and enough room to make it multi-functional.

Dining area, right off of the living room.

Large master bedroom to the right.

Plenty of closet space in the main bedroom.

 Second bedroom can be used as guest room, or office.

There is additional space in the kitchen to add more counter space, or storage. 

Third bedroom is through the kitchen.

Large third bedroom where laundry is located.

Bathroom is located centrally to all three bedrooms. Convenient if you decide to have a roommate!

 

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Listings, Uncategorized

Beautifully Updated, Classic 3 Bedroom Home in Tacoma -SOLD-

Summary

Square Footage: 1,690

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Plus Bonus Room/Office Upstairs

4 Car Detached Garage/ Work Shop along with long driveway for guest parking

Fully Fenced Yard with Patio Space

Offered At $269,950

MLS# 1113362

Just a few minutes drive down S Yakima, and you will find yourself in the heart of the lively Lincoln District. The seller enjoyed biking to Top of Tacoma, and sunny days spent at Alling Park. She raves about the coffee and customer service at the Doo Wop coffee shop

“It is a real home that has history and was built with love and hard work! This house is full of so many wonderful memories. My favorite is the holidays every year because all my friends come over and we have just the biggest feast. We break open the holiday crackers and wear our crowns. So much laughter and love in this house. I will miss the comfort of this house…I hope whomever buys it will cherish it like I have.”

Get all the 1913 classic charm, with modern touches. This home features 3 BR/1 BA.

Coffered ceiling pillars, glass front built-ins, along with new roof, electrical updates, and hardwood floors.

Main bedroom and bathroom conveniently located on first floor. 

Updated in 2015, the kitchen includes a cute nook for additional dining space.

Spacious bedroom upstairs with tons of natural light.

Second bedroom upstairs is currently being used as bright office space.

Bonus space upstairs makes a great office or your dream walk-in closet.

Giant shop/4 car garage with fully fenced yard, and patio space to entertain.

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 2:58 am
Keryn Giguere | Category: Listings, Uncategorized

Invitation to Discrimination: “Love Letters” and Fair Housing

 

The real estate market in Tacoma, the past couple of years especially, has been difficult for buyers. There are multiple offers, low inventory, and folks with cash, eliminating the seller’s need to accept an offer from buyer using traditional financing, which requires additional steps like an appraisal.

While representing a buyer, it is my duty to present clients with all of the strategic options at their disposal for competing in this sellers’ market, and to encourage them to take advantage of options that are available to them to enhance their offer, and hopefully beat the competing offers.

The conflict for me is, what about tactics that I think muddy the ethical waters in Real Estate?

“Love letters” are commonly found in the real estate world, especially in competitive markets, where houses are receiving multiple offers. The letters I have seen typically include a cute little bio about the buyer’s family, what they like about the house, and their plans moving forward after they’ve completed the purchase. Some even include pictures of the buyers.

If you are like me, you might start to question the ethical validity of something like this. Sure, for the heteronormative, cis couple with an adorable child and golden retriever, this sounds like a wonderful tactic. But what if you are a gay, childless couple? A single woman? What if you are a gender nonconforming person trying to compete for the same house?

I have had gay and straight couples write letters, and there are times where a seller has loved the letter and hasn’t discriminated against my clients. However, I have had letters put my clients at a disadvantage as well.

I have seen my buyers lose in a competitive situation because the seller preferred a family move in rather than a single lady. This does happen. My question is how is this allowed?

I agree that as long as this is legal, we shouldn’t tell our buyers that they cant submit a letter to a seller. I have had clients write up some well thought out letters, focusing on the house and their plans, more than their personality and marital status. I have had clients submit the cute family photo, with no malice or ill will intended. I just can’t help but think of my clients who are scared that the seller won’t want to cooperate with them if they find out their identity. I have had gay clients worried about the seller being at the inspection and not liking that they are LGBTQ. There are concerns that some have to carry that others do not.

Some people may argue that the seller can’t break a contract because of these things, but they sure can make it difficult and discourage a smooth transaction; for example, not cooperating on needed repairs, or not allowing an extension of the closing date because of appraisal issues. 

In some circumstances, a letter can backfire. What if the buyer writes about how much they love animals, and how they are looking forward to moving in with their three kitties, and the seller doesn’t like cats? Sometimes these details can be more detrimental than beneficial to the buyer’s competitiveness.

I don’t think people who write letters are doing a bad thing. I do however think that the letters inherently encourage bias, prejudices and favoritism based on factors that dance on the line of ethics in fair housing.

 

Posted on March 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Buying Real Estate, Uncategorized

Spacious 3 Bedroom Home in South Tacoma -SOLD-

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At a Glance

Square Feet: 1,222 

Lot Square Feet: 6,000

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath 

Fenced Gravel Parking Space in Back, Off of Alley

Offered at $175,000

MLS# 1038365

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Located on a lovely, quiet street, this darling home offers character, essential updates (including new wiring, sewer line, and electrical panel), and a functional layout. The seller said that some of her favorite things about living here were,

“Dance parties in the kitchen, bbq’ing in the backyard, hanging out inside on a hot day (it stays pretty cool inside during the summer), and having a dedicated sewing/craft room upstairs.”

The house’s location allows for convenient access to I-5 and the ability to walk to the Sounder Train.

As far as what there is to do nearby, there is the Star Center for play, fitness, and community. Make sure to check out their indoor and outdoor play areas! Pop on over to Stone Gate Pizza for happy hour and live music 7 days a week! V&V Pho for your soup and Banh Mi fix, which is rumored to have the best vegetarian pho in Tacoma.

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You will find hardwoods throughout the main level along with charming built-ins. Take in the colorful, eye-catching  window!

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The kitchen offers tons of storage and natural light. It has an adorable cut out breakfast nook.

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Bright master bedroom located on the main level.

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Updated bathroom, conveniently located for guests and easy access to both bedrooms on the main floor.

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Second bedroom located on the main floor also has good natural light. Stairs lead up to the two bonus rooms.

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The yard is large and fully fenced, with a new gravel parking area off of the alley. Enjoy fresh apples grown right in your backyard! There is an additional fenced side yard.

 

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 12:35 am
Keryn Giguere | Category: Listings, Uncategorized

Bright, Cheerful, 3 Bedroom Home in the Heart of Lincoln District!

763 S 40th Street, Tacoma, WA 98418

At a Glance: 

1,320 Sq. Ft.

6,000 Sq. Ft. Lot 

3 Bedrooms/1 Bath

Detached, 2 Car Garage

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This bright, cheerful, & clean home is located in the heart of the Lincoln District. Restaurants, shops, & markets just a couple of blocks away! Find some of the best sushi in town at Gari of Sushi. Yummy Vietnamese food nearby at Vien Dong. Buy affordable groceries at East Asia Supermarket!

The Lincoln District was recently granted money for a revitalization project. The project includes raising the power lines and pedestrian infastructure improvements. Read more about it on the City of Tacoma’s website, here!

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Front door opens into the spacious living room. The floors are painted hardwood!

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Right as you enter the front door, first room is to the right. Every room in this house has plenty of natural light.

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As you walk straight through the living room, stairs are on the right.

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At the top of the stairs, the master bedroom is located to the right. Large walk-in closet…

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Master bedroom, walk-in closet with tons of room and storage options! There is more room to add storage if you wanted to.

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Second bedroom upstairs, to the left. Currently used by owners as guest bedroom/office!

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Living room leads to dining area and cute kitchen. The open floor-plan has an inviting & expansive feel.

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Plenty of room for table and chairs off of the kitchen.

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Updated kitchen with plenty of storage. 

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Large utility/laundry room! Washer and dryer are less than a year old. New flooring and trim just installed.

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Extra toilet/”powder room” in the utility room. 

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Large, fully fenced backyard. Fence was installed last summer!

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2 car garage with alley access! Store your items inside and/or park your vehicle(s). 

Wondering where you can grab a bite to eat in the Lincoln District? 

Check out these places to start!

Gari of Sushi 

Vien Dong

El Zocalo

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:13 am
Keryn Giguere | Category: Listings, Uncategorized

4 Effective, Inexpensive, Natural Cleaning Products

I function best when my space is clean and orderly. I have spent quite a bit of money on mainstream cleaners in the past, until the past year or so when I discovered the beauty of making my own natural cleaning products. The cleaning solutions that I use at home are easy to make, affordable, effective, and safer than conventional cleaning products. Try them for yourself and long term you will see the benefits in your bank account and notice how much better you feel while using them! 

1. The Steam Mop

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When we purchased our steam mop, my life was forever changed! It has reusable pads, unlike other mops that create waste every single time you use them. It disinfects with heat+steam. You only need water! I like to add vinegar since it is another way to disinfect and it is an odor neutralizer. Here is a link to the one I own: http://www.amazon.com/SI-70-Multi-Multiple-Purpose-Steamer/dp/B005555WFI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453270300&sr=8-1&keywords=haan+steam+mop

2. White Vinegar

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White vinegar is such a great product. It is cheap, versatile, and effective! I use white vinegar to dust surfaces, clean my fridge, and wash my floors. For surfaces, I mix 2 parts vinegar with 1 part water, and sometimes add a drop of dish soap and a few drops of essential oils. White vinegar is an odor neutralizer, so it is great for floors if you have animals. For my floors I use 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water in my steam mop and occasionally add essential oils to the cleaning pads. Do not add the oils directly into the tank because it can cause the steam mop to become clogged!

3. Castile Soap

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I love castile soap! There are many different scents but my favorite is peppermint. You can use this soap as body wash, shampoo, cleaner, and even fruit+veggie wash! It is heavily concentrated, so one big bottle lasts us 6+ months. I like to clean with just the soap, but I also mix castile soap and baking soda to make a scrubbing paste.

4. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is one of my favorite products to clean with. Like white vinegar, it is cheap and an odor neutralizer. I use baking soda in my fridge, bathrooms, and rugs! Sprinkle the baking soda on carpets and leave for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up. Baking soda is great for sprinkling in your shoes to neutralize odors.

 

For more natural cleaning supply recipes, check out these sources: 

Video, "Non-Toxic Cleaning Guide": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEVOYRwfrkg

Article,"My Favorite Natural Cleaning Recipes": http://www.atypicalenglishhome.com/2014/09/my-favorite-natural-cleaning-recipes.html

Article, "Make These 69 Cleaning Products for Pennies": http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Cleaning-Products-28901279#photo-28901350

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Uncategorized

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Save Money!

About half of the homes in the U.S are under insulated. Insulation provides resistance to heat flow; the more resistance, the less it costs to heat and cool your home. Insulation is necessary in older and newer homes but as a general rule, the older a home is, the more insulation is needed. 

Wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot to reduce energy. Also try doing larger loads of laundry to cut down on the amount of loads you do and use environmentally friendly detergents/soaps.

You may have heard about how fast bamboo grows; it is in fact, one of the fastest growing plants! This makes it a more environmentally friendly option, rather than one of the other hard-wood flooring products. It looks lovely and is easy to clean! 

Swap out your old lighbulbs for some energy efficient ones! Better quality said to last longer! 

Solar energy is on the rise. It is renewable, can decrease your energy costs by 50 percent, and on average costs 15 thousand to install. Depending on where you live, you might get to put zero down on the installation and you can receive a hefty tax deduction! Invest the money in solar upfront and the benefits and savings will come!

Instead of filling the water kettle up all of the way, try only filling it up with the amount you will use. Less water means less energy used! Showers use less water than baths; do you take long showers? Try reducing the length of your showers gradually to save water. 

Seal any gaps that you find in windows, around doors, floorboords, or air gaps around outlets and switch boxes to avoid cool arit form getting in, and warm air from getting out. 

Geothermal systems use the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home. Installation on average costs about 30k. Pipes are installed 6-7 feet underground and hot and cold water is circulated through through pipes in the home to heat and cool it. Geothermal energy is efficient, green, and super cool! Like solar, there are federal tax credits available and typically you start to see a return on your investimate in 3-5 years. 

Install a low-flow shower head and toilet. A low flow shower head can reduce your water usage by 15-20 gallons of water a day! 

As an alternative to cranking up the heat this fall and winter, throw on another layer of clothes and snuggle up to your pet(s)! My cats are a great source of natural heating and Langston (pictured above) loves to cuddle up after a long day. 

Sources:

http://inhabitat.com/infographic-a-guide-to-improving-the-energy-efficiency-of-your-home-2/

http://inhabitat.com/infographic-50-ways-your-home-could-help-save-the-planet/

http://blog.blinds.com/5-surprising-ways-your-home-is-losing-energy/

http://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Minimalism, Uncategorized

How Exactly Does A Minimalist Sell Real Estate?

About a year ago I became interested in creating a minimalist lifestyle.

I started to question what I owned, and what I wanted versus what I needed.

I have noticed the philosophy that I live by at home transfers into the way I do business.

How exactly does a minimalist sell real estate?

Unfortunately, housing is not free.

We live in a society where we need money to have shelter.

I am in a business that provides something of value.

I am not selling you stuff you do not need! 

I am much happier focusing on quality of business versus quantity.

Having clients that I click with and who like me is super important. 

Creating meaningful-relationships with the people I work with and for provides me with a greater sense of job satisfaction and accomplishment.

I want clients that want to work with me because they can see the value I bring to them.

We all like to feel valued, right?

Being newer to the industry doesn’t have to be a detriment to your clients.

I have the opportunity to collaborate with successful, more experienced agents while bringing a forward-thinking, fresh energy to those I work for and with.

Being newer to real estate does not have to be a dirty secret!

The real estate business is always changing, which is what attracts so many of us to this job; we are always learning and adapting! 

Life isn’t all about owning a huge, fancy house, is it?

What type of lifestyle do you want to live? Most of my clients don’t want to buy a house at the very top of their budget. They want to figure out what monthly payment they are comfortable with, that will allow them to spend less of their money on housing. 

 What other values do you hold? Do you want to be able to give back to your community? Take vacations? Contribute to your retirement and savings? These are important things to ask yourself during your path to homeownership. 

Selling real estate isn’t solely about the houses or the mechanics of the process. It is about the people; the relationships you make and thinking of ways to create a more enjoyable and meaningful experience for you and your clients. 

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Minimalism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,

Do You Own Too Much Stuff?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The message our society lives by most often is the more the better. More stuff = more happiness, right?

About 6 months ago I started an experiment. I was going to buy less and donate about 1/3 of my belongings. Not all at once, but slowly, over time. Here are some of the lessons that I have learned as I make progress with buying and consuming less and purging more!

1. Stuff doesn't make me happy. 

It is not the stuff that makes us happy, it is the thought of what the items will bring us. That dress will make me confident enough to do X. That car is going to make me look successful. That belonging is going to make me feel accomplished. Don't get me wrong, there are some things you need to live comfortably and there is a certain amount of privilege associated with the fact that I can even make consuming less a priority. I believe if you can afford to consume more, you have a duty and a responsibility to the planet and to your community. 

2. I appreciate empty spaces.

I used to look at an empty space like an empty drawer, or shelf, and think, what could I put here? I would have stuff tucked away in every nook and cranny. Now I think, do I need anything there? I now can look at an empty space and appreciate it. I have empty spaces in my home and I find them relaxing! I recently made a meditation corner in my office and it feels good to have the space to experiment with. I enjoy the look of my tables and shelves even more when they are not drowning in items.

3. You don't necessarily need a bigger house, you may just need less belongings.

I get it. Sometimes you just need more space. Maybe you are a homebody with a large family or perhaps you have a lot of hobbies that take up space…or maybe you just own too much crap. If you are having to put items in storage, or buying more storage containers and shelving, maybe it is time to donate or sell some of those belonings. 

4. The dream of the item is always better than actually owning it.

Imagining how that fancy coat will make you look, or how confident you will feel in that expensive car is always better than the reality of it. The truth is, that reliable but less expensive car will be just as satisfying as the expensive one and that less costly coat will bring you the same level of "happiness" that you are imagining receiving from the designer one! It is not the stuff that brings you joy, it is how you think the stuff will make you feel

5. I never miss what I purge. 

If I attempted to list everything I have parted with over the past 6 months I would maybe be able to recall 5 items. I never miss something after I let it go. This is ironic because as you may know, it is very hard to let stuff go sometimes! Common thoughts creep in when I am trying to part with an item- I might miss this, I might want to wear this one day, or I paid too much for this to let it go. Just be honest with yourself! If you know you truly won't use it and it is better off going to someone who will, just let it go. 

7. I have less buyers remorse and consumerism hangovers. 

You know that feeling when you are out buying that thing that you know you always buy too much of? Whether it is books, clothing, expensive junk food, music, shoes, WHATEVER it is- it feels great in the moment, but then buyers remorse settles in after the shopping high is over and you are left feeling hung over and broke. I used to get buyers remorse frequently, but not anymore! 

8. I have more money.

When you commit to less impulsive buys and spend less money on "stuff" you will have more money. In the begnining if you have the urge to go buy things, look for stuff to donate instead. 

9. It feels good to donate nice stuff. 

I used to mainly donate stuff that I felt was too worn, or that I didn't think was nice enough to hold onto. Try donating stuff that you still like and that is in great condition. People like being able to own nice things and it feels good knowing that someone is going to be happy to find a great deal on a good product. 

10. If I don't see it, it basically doesn't exist. 

I have discovered that if I can't see something, it basically doesn't exist. That bottle of whatever, tucked away in a box behind that basket of art supplies? If I can't see it, I don't know it is there. When you clear away clutter and make it easy to access everything you own, you will appreciate and use more of what you already have! 

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Uncategorized