Puyallup Real Estate Blog

Mild Winter Brings Early Blooms in Skagit County

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 7:36pm. 9 Views, 0 Comments.

Thanks to Mother Nature and the mild winter in Western Washington this year the flower buds are showing up early in the Skagit County. My family and I try to go every year and every year it is just as beautiful. However, we generally make our trip up North towards the end of April because there aren’t usually as many tulips to see if you go early. This year the tulips could be blooming within the next couple weeks, Anthony DeGoede, owner of Tulip Town in Skagit County thinks the best view will be earlier this year, and that they might be ready to start picking flowers mid-March. He is predicting that the last week of March, first weekend of April is going to be magnificent!

 Lucky for us, tulips like cold weather so if the region gets a little more

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A Bit of Good News on Short Sales in 2014

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 1:48pm. 10 Views, 0 Comments.

So, there is a little bit of good news for the Sellers that had to Short Sale their home in 2014. On December 16, 2014 President Obama signed an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 and now all Short Sales that closed by December 31, 2014 are able to qualify for the tax break. For those who might not know what the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act  is; this bill is basically a Debt Cancellation. If you borrow money and the lender later cancels the debt, you may be on the hook for paying income tax on income you never received.  MFDRA prevents the homeowners that Short Sale their home from getting taxed on the amount of the forgiven Mortgage Debt.

 In the meantime, according to the National Association of Realtors there are

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A Few Tips for Potential Sellers in Puyallup

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 5:56pm. 26 Views, 0 Comments.

I know that Selling a Home can be one of the most personal and stressful times in your life. For a seller your home holds special meaning and memories but not every buyer will like your home or like how you’ve decorated or staged it. Your home will not appeal to everyone but your goal should always be to maximize the amount of appeal to as many buyers as possible. Give buyers the ability to see themselves in the home and come up with a staging plan that will allow your home to shine for every showing. Here are a few tips that any seller can handle.

 Buyers are rarely looking for BOLD décor, keep it neutral. Potential Buyers will try and begin and imagine their own belongings in the home. Try and avoid any distracting themes and get rid of any worn out

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New Indoor Petting Zoo coming to Tacoma and the South End

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 3:00pm. 128 Views, 0 Comments.

There is something new and fun coming to the South End!! The folks from the City Goat Farm in Spanaway are opening up a new Petting Zoo in the Tacoma Area near Sprinker, its called Jozee Rooz and it is INDOOR which means you can go year round and not worry about the yucky, rainy, cold weather. You can go whenever you feel like it and visit the yaks, goats, rabbits, wallabies and moreANDthere will be staff members dedicated to keeping the animal areas clean.

 Admission is $10 per/child and each child can get ONE grown up in for FREE, you can stay as long as you want to pet, brush, and just love on these cute little pets. At Jozee Rooz Indoor Petting Zoo they will have an area for hosting birthday parties and will offer pony rides. The address is 120

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Upcoming Family Friendly Entertainment in Sumner!

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 9:38am. 74 Views, 0 Comments.

Mainstage Theatre is a non-profit theatre in the community of Sumner. Mainstage Theatre features creative artists that entertain audiences of all ages, theses talented artists serve their community by producing professional family oriented plays. I discovered this theatre last year when I took my 5 year old daughter to see Snow White. I wasn’t sure how she would sit still, but she did and she was completely entertained. There were quite a few youngsters in the audience in their favorite princess costume. It was very cute. We are very much looking forward to going back again, and I believe the upcoming production of 'Seussical, the musical' will be the perfect show for grabbing her attention and keeping her entertained throughout. This should be a lot of

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Final Weekend of Ice Skating at the Franciscan Polar Plaza

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 5:22pm. 41 Views, 0 Comments.

The holidays are over but it is not too late to enjoy some art and ice skating. Franciscan Polar Plaza with the Tacoma Art Museum has brought you another fun season of ice skating at Tollefson Plaza on 17th and Pacific.

 The Polar Plaza is wrapping up its 4th year of art, fun and skating. The temporary ice skating rink is a must do that opens annually at the end of November and is available through the holidays. The good news is that the rink is still open for one final weekend and they are offering free skate rentals because it is customer appreciation week.

 Skating Hours:

January  9th :4pm to 10pm

January 10th:10am to 10pm

January 11th:10am to 8pm

 General Admission is $8.00

Kids 5 and under are $4.00

 DOUBLE BLADES are

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Christmas Tree Pick-Up in Puyallup

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 5:34pm. 33 Views, 0 Comments.

The end of the Holiday season is always so bittersweet. As much as I love everything about Christmas; by the time its over I’m left with a feeling of exhaustion and a little sadness that it is all over. I know there are some people who are so ready for it to be over that there Christmas Tree and decorations are down the very next day, I like to keep my stuff up until after New Years, maybe because I am too tired and lazy to do it earlier or maybe because it’s that I hate how the house looks so empty when it is all gone. Eventually I do have to take it all down and I must say it is very nice to have a de-cluttered, clean house again.

 A lot of folks nowadays have the artificial tree which makes packing up after Christmas a lot easier in my opinion. For

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Christmas Scents on the Stove Top

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 5:33pm. 42 Views, 0 Comments.

There are lots of wonderful things that make this time of year so special but I think decorating for Christmas with my family is one of my most favorite. We put on our favorite Christmas music and get to work bringing some Christmas Magic into the home as we put out Christmas decorations and put up our tree and the day is never complete without the scent of Christmas on the stovetop.  Holiday Spice Potpourri simmering on the stove is one of the yummiest smells ever. If you’d like to give it a try here are a few Potpourri options to choose from. 

Option 1

1 Orange (sliced)

3 Cinnamon Sticks (broken in half)

1 Cup Fresh Cranberries

1-2 tsp Cloves (whole of ground)

1-2 tsp Nutmeg

Fill with water about an inch below the rim – you can also

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Christmas Lights in Pierce County

Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 6:21pm. 159 Views, 0 Comments.

If you and your family enjoy checking out the different Christmas Light displays during the holiday season, you may want to check out the Zoo Lights at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma and Fantasy Lights in Spanaway.

 Zoo Lights is one of our family favorites every year. The zoo comes alive with more than a half-million lights and spectacular 3D animal light displays. You can ride a camel surrounded by dazzling lights or take a ride on the carousel…Be sure to bundle up!!  Open everyday 5-9pm.

 See below for the top 10 favorite fun Zoo Light activities at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.http://www.pdza.org/zoolightsfun/

 Fantasy Lights, put on by Pierce County Parks and Recreation is the largest holiday drive- through display in the area. The 2

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Mark your calendar! FUN, Family Friendly events coming up in Puyallup for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 3:29pm. 42 Views, 0 Comments.

Join Puyallup for another year of great family traditions and enjoy some time spent with friends and family! Mark your calendars for the FUN, Family Friendly events coming up in Puyallup.

 To kick start your holiday season start with the Holiday Market this Saturday (December 6th) from 9:30 to 4pm in Pioneer Park.  The market will offer unique holiday gift ideas, and feature festive holiday home décor and specialty food items. Following the Holiday Vendor Market is the Annual Lighted Santa Parade at 5pm. Bundle up, grab a hot cocoa and watch Santa as he rides thru Downtown Puyallup and Sumner, and lastly stick around for the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Downtown Puyallup is definitely the place to be this weekend. Don’t miss it!

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