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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 [...]


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

Black Kitchens

Bright, white kitchens are as popular as they are timeless, but have you ever considered black? Get inspired to try a [...]

Forbes Ranks Seattle #1

I know we aren’t Seattle . but we’re close – so whatever happens up there tends to impact us over time.   [...]

In Service to Others

I truly enjoy sharing my real estate findings with you via print and digital newsletter.  I try to “curate” articles from [...]


The most common “malady” at a home inspection is rot – Welcome to Wet Washington!  Here’s an environmentally sensitive way to [...]

“Free and Clear” Mortgage Rates – how do we compare?

Thought this was interesting – Seattle seems to be carrying quite hefty mortgages.  I think Tacoma is better off, but as [...]

Looking for a signature piece of art?

Artist Heather Ernst has recently moved to our area and I think her work is pretty amazing.  You can find more [...]


North Tacoma Living

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

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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.