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The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been [...]

Your Credit Score

One website I look at quite regularly is called “thepointsguy.com” – it mainly focuses on ways to use points/miles to maximize [...]

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Here’s 4 signs.

“Am I ready to buy a house, or should I just keep renting?” It’s one of the questions that we hear [...]

How to Simply Increase Your Family Wealth by Paying for Housing

Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. [...]

Excited About Buying A Home This Year? Here’s What to Watch

As we kick off the new year, many families have made resolutions to enter the housing market in 2019. Whether you [...]

What Makes a House a Home For You?

We frequently talk about why it makes sense to buy a home financially, but more often than not the emotional reasons [...]

No Bubble Here! How New Mortgage Standards Are Helping

Real estate is shifting to a more normal market; the days of national home appreciation topping 6% annually are over and [...]

Get Organized

15 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Pantries

Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2019?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate, [...]

Homeowners Aged 65+ Have 48x More Net Worth Than Renters

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. Their latest [...]

Further Proof It’s NOT 2008 All Over Again

Home sales numbers are leveling off, the rate of price appreciation has slowed to more historically normal averages, and inventory is [...]

Buyers: Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs!

Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about [...]

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

I know many of you will be shopping in stores and online this week – I hope that the items below [...]

NYTimes: More Weird Ways to Use Food to Clean Your Messes

Earlier this year we wrote about unusual ways to use foods like Tabasco sauce, sliced bread and cornmeal for cleaning, and [...]

What you need to know before building a custom home

By Steve Wydler and Hans Wydler - November 5 - Washington Post The process of building a custom home is often [...]

2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trend Study

Findings from a survey of 1,144 U.S. homeowners on Houzz about their recent or planned master bathroom renovation projects Anticipating Aging [...]

Email scams target real estate industry, intercept buyer closing money at last minute

Imagine scrimping and saving for a down payment to buy a home when a scammer swoops in and steals all that [...]

Weird things that “got junk” has picked up

I always lament about the junk I have in my garage and closets (how does this happen?!)  Fortunately,  I don’t have [...]

Lending

Many people aim to have the 20% down to avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance) in their monthly payment.  While this is [...]

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Are you a newcomer to Pierce County? What might surprise you about living in North Tacoma.

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SHANNON BELL-PETERSON, TACOMA REAL ESTATE EXPERT

Shannon Bell-Peterson, a Washington native, has always been one to make the most of her opportunities. Tenacious, enthusiastic and never afraid of hard work, Shannon graduated from Washington State University with a double major in Mathematics and Education. While working for 25 years as an educator, she also began a career in real estate. She enjoys connecting Buyers to their “right fit” homes and helping Sellers move on to their next chapter.