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Well, let’s see what sort of insane damage we’ve inflicted on our neighbors this week. (These are close-of-business numbers from Friday afternoon.)
*  US Senator Patty Murray again
*  US Congressman Norm Dicks AGAIN
*  28th Dist State Rep Troy Kelly again
*  28th Dist State Rep Tami Greene again
*  7th Dist County Council Stan Fleming – not new, just new to THAT job.

Same stuff. Different day.  So much for a clean sweep, huh?  In fact, all of our incumbents that ran are returning.  And as for the Republicans and Alice’s Tea Party sweeping the Democrats out of office…well, not around University Place!  The Mad Hatter didn’t even show up.  She stayed home…in Alaska.

By the way, for those who do not know, I am not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I’m a life-long Independent and intend to remain so.

At least the damned political ads are gone from the evening news and everyplace else, for that matter. Holy crap that was nauseating!  Does ANYBODY disagree with that observation?  ANYBODY?  And the signs! Mother of Mercy, what a blight! And they complain about a couple of real estate signs on a corner. That’s NOTHING like the visual disaster our community has been for the past months. No. Make that our nation. It’s not drastically different elsewhere. “Political freedom of speech as guaranteed by the US Constitution”  That’s the only defense I have ever heard for the mess our candidates make through their campaigners.  What a load of malarkey!  How sad that’s the way folks actually get elected, simple name recognition. And how do you achieve that?  Take the money. Spend the money. Buy the signs. Over and over and over and over again! Eventually the voter looks at his/her ballot and says, “Oh, I recognize that name.” and you add that to party loyalists who vote a straight slate of Republicans or Democrats regardless of what the individual may or may not bring to the task and what do you get? Elected! And now they all “wisely look out for our best interests”. Right.

Well, enough of that. Mark your calendar for Breakfast, November 13th at the American Legion Post on Cirque Drive just west of Bridgeport for a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am. Here’s what’s shakin’… A group called the University Place Veteran’s Memorial committee was formed last year by our late Councilwoman Jean Brooks and her husband Harvey. The dream was to create a lasting memorial in our city, dedicated to the honor of all military veterans and their families from U.P.  The committee driving this project is made up of a broad brush stroke of the community from civic leaders to vets and other volunteers. What they are thinking this gives us is an appropriate place to hold veteran related events such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veterans’ Day and I’m sure there will be more, once it’s open.  Just south of the intersection of Cirque and Bridgeport in that small pocket park on the west side.  They anticipate a cost of some $250K.  So, we’ll likely see more events such as this breakfast at  the American Legion, November 13th.  You can buy tickets ahead of time by calling 202-7134 or email UPVeteransMemorial@gmail.com and request your tickets. (Good way to make a donation whether you can make the breakfast or not. I’m going to be busy with another event that day but you can bet my retired Air Force bipee that I just called Dennis Jones at 202-7234 and ordered three tickets!)  What a superb cause. Don’t miss out!  Get your tickets before the sell out!!!  It’s just a phone call or an email away!

Have you read the UP Council Goals for 2011-2012?  They are worth having a look at to see how the council has prioritized the actions of our city government for the next couple of years.  The budget they are currently working is directly in support of those goals and frankly the staff and council have been digging damned hard to make it all work.  The city website is the place to go for details and I hope you have been watching UPTV lately and have seen the excellent, brief production entitled “Budget 101”.  Simply the creation and airing of that is an outstanding service to us all.  Watch for it.

The DUCK is still here.  The duck does not have a name. That makes the duck think he isn’t loved. (Or so I’m told.) Oh, what shall we do about the duck?

Remember I told you the council is working on the budget right now?  We should know that this is an extraordinarily tough time to run a city.  With the economy the way it is, that makes any jurisdiction’s general fund act demonstratively depleted and they are.  You should SEE some of the cuts that are happening at other cities across the country. We are in GREAT shape compared to some others and then again, we are really tight compare to still a few other jurisdictions but the point is, it’s a tough time to budget!  Our council members could use your support right now.  The big budget night is at the November 15th council meeting.  We owe it to those who are working FOR us to be informed and involved.

Have you gotten the picture that I stand in support of our city council?  Well, good because I do. I’m especially glad you see that because I am about to take issue with an item they are working over right now and that’s their own 3% cost of living annual increase.  You can discuss their plans to change that effective with future elections or you can refer to the law that says they cannot decrease their own salaries or you can bring up the fact that their salaries are very minor to begin with…No, NOBODY could live on them, they are tiny.  I know council members who I respect and often agree with don’t agree with this but my position very simply is, until we can fund our kids programs, the operations of our senior center,  REVERSE staff cuts and furloughs and reduced hours, until we can return to a budget that is not at core levels of service or less, the council takes NO increases!  None.  Some have set a marvelous example by way of a creative method to do that.  Former Mayor Linda Bird refused increases. She handed hers back to the city and I know that Mayor Koslowski and Council Member Belleci stand with Linda’s good example. Other council members also have, in the past.  Again, until the city can return to “normal” fully funded operations, the council should refuse any salary increases and frankly it should have started LAST YEAR!  Please don’t misunderstand. I am not operating under the delusion that this will solve the city’s budget woes. It won’t. It’s a drop in the bucket but your don’t refill that bucket until somebody starts dropping some in!   LEAD!

Nobody’s asked me but I would be just fine with paying an extra $20 on my car tabs to help our local crisis in funding IF it was applied to Public Safety.  So, count me in for 5 x $20 = $100 per year.  If that, collected from all UP resident’s vehicles, can fund the replacement of an eliminated Police officer…DO IT!

I almost don’t want to bring up the next point, that of council benefits but let me just offer the following consideration, briefly. I don’t believe anyone runs for city council to earn health care benefits. (If they do, they are very confused.)  Most cities, including ours, do not pay council members a salary plus benefits that comes anywhere near reimbursing them for all they give to our city…not nearly.  However, if I cannot take the loss in income which may occur when I am away from my job and out doing city business. If I am struggling to afford health care or I just don’t have any and I’m looking for it. If I am not financially able, I should not be running for city council.  I should get my own financial ducks in a row before I stand up and say, “I’m prepared to lead!”.  Yes, that’s an oversimplification but it’s also appropriate.  Further, what is being spent on council benefits is about enough to hire back that police investigator who Chief Wilder and the citizens of University Place need and deserve.   If I can’t afford to be a city council member without getting health care and other such benefits from the city, then I can’t afford to be a city council member.  When times are tight, we tighten up but NOT in Police Protection!  To tie a ribbon around this entire topic, you’ll remember I started chatting about the goals of the city council?  They have clearly stated that Public Safety is priority number one.  PLEASE be so kind as to put your money where your mouth is.   Some most certainly are.  LEAD!

[ Remove soapbox and get back to…. ]

Did you know that the city’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) is seeking to fill a vacancy?  The commission gets involved in a lot, behind the scenes around the business environment of our city.  The EDC was behind the change to license renewal with the state. They have been integral with respect to the city’s recent actions on development fees and they have their fingers in everything from Town Center to business planning and education.  If you are interested, contact Becky Metcalf at the city.  Oh, by the way, the next time the EDC makes a recommendation to council that effects your business and you don’t like it, if you didn’t step up to at least investigate what it would take to serve on the commission now that it has a vacancy,  well don’t complain then.  In other words, here’s your chance!

Here’s also a good opportunity for a well deserved “Thanks“.  Now that little league football has come to the end of their season, it makes me think of all of the parents/adults/volunteers involved in that and other youth athletic programs, here.  I saw a lot of 4th grade tackle football games this fall and I don’t think I ever saw fewer than seven or eight coaches on the field with our team. Most of the competing teams from other communities can’t say that.  Most of those coaches were Dads and appropriately so but some were  just lovers of the game with a warm spot in their hearts for the little guys. That’s pretty cool.  Whether it’s soccer, football, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, baseball…I’m forgetting some I’m sure but the point is it’s time to say thanks to two groups.  Those Mom’s behind the scenes organizing everything from banquets to game videos (and grandmas making cookies) to Dad’s out on the field and for that matter, the Mom’s who coach, too.  You all deserve a huge THANKS on behalf of the kids and the community at large. In these austere economic times, YOU are the reason our kids have a program. Whether it’s community or club sports, your work supporting the athletics of our little guys and gals are a DIRECT cause for the successes of our high school programs, to say nothing of the development of character in each and every one of those impressionable junior athletes.YOU make University Place a better place to live!  THANKS!

Be Well,

Pat Maddock

 

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So, just who IS this guy?

Pat’s been a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place and he was the 2007 President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS as well as a 2009 Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission.   Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran. But most importantly, he’s been a     University Place native since 1953.

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U.P. City Council Election

Candidates Forum

   We are a little over a month away from the second most significant election in the history of our young city and I promised back in June that I would run the candidate statement again.  So, now is about time.  Additionally, this week, you have an opportunity to hear it directly from the candidates themselves as the Universtiy Place -Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a live candidates forum.  Wednesday evening (9/30) from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Curtis High School Auditorim you’ll have a chance to listen to all of the candidates who attend. They’ve all been invited.  It’s a structured interview with question not known to the candidates in advance and hence, and opportunity for our citizens to hear live, what these people’s positions are on some of the real issues of the day in our city.  As it’s the Chamber hosting, I would expect a bent toward business related issues in U.P.  It should be a very informative evening and you are certainly invited.

I should add that the event is graciously sponsored  (Yes. There Are expenses but thanks to the sponsors, the doors will be wide open…)

                                         Johnson, Stone & Pagano, PS.

Sterling Savings Bank

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma

Heartwarming Care

and finally

Yeager Associates, Land Use and Planning.

  Well, a promise is a promise.  So, here, once again, are the unedited statements provided by our candidates just a couple of months ago.  Two declared candidates did not meet the same requirements all of the others did in submitting their photos and statement.  So, those candidates are not represented herein.  Subsequently, one of them lost out in the August primary election for position one.  The other candidate not represented herein  is opposing incumbant Ken Grassi.

Postion #1:  Linda Bird– incumbent,  Javier Figueroa– challenger

Position #3 :  Eric Choiniere – challenger, Lorna Smith– incumbent.

Position #4:  Ken Grassi– incumbent, Carl Mollnow – challenger

Position #5:  Denise McClusky and Rose Ehart are both vying for the seat vacated by retiring Councilmember Stand Fleming.

[  The following are solicited campaign statements furnished by the candidates.  The author of this blog, through inclusion, neither endorses nor represents as true, the statements made herein. ]

bird5LINDA BIRD: Promises Made—Promises Kept
We moved to Pierce County in 1974 when my husband was assigned to Ft. Lewis. We fell in love with the area and decided to stay. Twenty-six years ago, we moved to University Place because it was the best place for our children to grow and thrive.

When I realized how poorly managed growth and increasing crime were destroying the things I valued most about the community, I became an activist for better zoning and public safety and parks. In 1994 managed the successful “Citizens for Incorporation” campaign.

For fourteen years I have worked for you on the University Place City Council. I try to listen to your concerns and make the most balanced, sensible, responsible decisions I can. I want to serve you with integrity, fairness, and a sense of purpose.

I delivered on my promise to:
• Provide transparent and accessible city government
• Improve public safety,
• Maintain a balanced budget & a lean, efficient city government
• Support sensible land use planning
• Build sidewalks, and develop parks

Get Town Center moving forward.

I am excited about our future and the opportunities before us. With
opportunities come challenges. We need leaders who bring people
together to tackle the problems we face; who listen to the entire
community, and reject special interest politics. I have a “track
record” of doing just that. I appreciate your support and ask for your vote.—Mayor Linda Bird
More Information at http://www.re-electlindabird.com

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javierfigueroaphotoJAVIER FIGUEROA:  Javier Figueroa, a community leader and real estate development consultant, has announced his candidacy for University Place City Council. Figueroa is seeking election to position #1. Figueroa’s diverse background and 25 years of experience in forensic real estate contract management and property development will bring a fresh attitude and understanding to resolving the development and financial issues the City of University Place is currently facing. He is committed to making sure city government is transparent and accountable to the citizens of University Place.
Figueroa’s experience in the real estate field encompasses the specialized fields of contract management, sales, development, appraising, project management, environmental issues, and property rights. He is nationally & internationally recognized for his expertise in real estate negotiations, public right-of-ways, and financing of energy efficiency.
Deeply committed to the community, Figueroa has volunteered in a variety of community programs, from being a University Place Parks Commissioner to a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Pierce County Juvenile Court System, and from being a board member for The Grand Cinema to currently serving 15 years as a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Washington.
Javier has lived in Pierce County for 32 years. In 1991, he moved to University Place. He has been married to his wife, Mary Kay, for 27 years and has four children. Contact: Javier Figueroa , Real Property Development & Project Management javfig@comcast.net Mobile: 253.226.3927

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lorna1LORNA SMITH:  I chose to move to University Place in 1978 because it was a community that had the desirable elements that I was seeking, such as open space, housing areas with lots of trees, wonderful views, quality schools, family and church oriented, involved and caring citizens, and a friendly and affordable business climate. I wanted to preserve these great qualities and became an involved citizen as well; first through the Chamber of Commerce as a small business owner, serving as Gov. Affairs Chair and as President; also a member of the Piece County Advisory Commission for UP on land use issues; a Fire Commissioner; founder and first chair of UP Community Council which brought incorporation to our city.
 
My vote for incorporation was to preserve those desirable qualities that led me to move here 31 years ago. I have served on your city council for 14 years with the goal of enhancing and preserving the character of our community. I have been an advocate for public safety, parks and open space, a positive business climate and reducing costs while maximizing results for our citizens.
 
I am now concerned, as many of our citizens are, with the direction of our city as I feel it is drifting away from some of the vision and values of our community. Often, in opposition to the majority of the city council, I have questioned, spoken out and voted against some of the proposals brought forward to the council by our city manager which I felt would have a negative impact to our community.
 
To help improve this situation, I feel it is critical to have more open communication and involvement of our citizens. The council needs to resume neighborhood meetings, listening and considering voiced concerns. We also need to have staff that understands our vision and is capable of managing it well.
 
With your support, I will continue to be your advocate on the city council to preserve the values of our great community.  LornaSmith37@yahoo.com
To reach Council member Lorna Smith, call 460-0910.
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ericERIC CHOINIERE: Last year, many of us in our community stepped up to help change the way our government works. We were volunteers as phone callers, door knockers, vote registers & donated to campaigns for the first time ever. We were part of the process to bring change in the United States. We worked extremely hard to make this dream a reality.
We have been constantly reminded that change starts from the ground up. In 2009, our city has its own unique challenges & has the opportunity to bring representation to everyone in University Place.
We are a proud community with a strong spirit of togetherness. We need to keep this same spirit while at the same time, include 21st century ideas for everyone in University Place. With our current limited budget in University Place, I want to make sure we have all of the tools to do the job right for the first and last time. My main priority goals are:
  • Complete Town Center
  • Attract new business into University Place
  • Re-invest new revenue created by the new businesses into community programs from youth & seniors
  • Represent ALL residents of University Place
  • Create more open dialog with our community

I know I am ready for the task to represent the community on the University Place City Council & if you give me the privilege to hold this office, I will work for everyone in our city. With your help, we will bring new ideas & better solutions to everyone in University Place.                    New Ideas…Better Solutions!

To reach Eric Choiniere: Phone 253-273-8351 

Email: ericforup@gmail.com / www.ericforup.com

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kenKEN GRASSI:  HAVING BEEN ELECTED TO SERVE ON THE UNIVERSITY PLACE CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE TIME. I AM OFTEN ASKED IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER , WOULD I? YES! I ENJOY EVERY ASPECT OF THE JOB, AND FIND IT BOTH VERY CHALLENGING AND REWARDING AT THE SAME TIME.

ALTHOUGH MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE YEARS, IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE U.P. CHANGE AND GROW AND KNOW YOU HAD A SMALL PART IN THAT PROCESS. ONE OF THE PROJECTS I HAVE ENJOYED THE MOST IS STARTING THE CITY BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM. WHAT STARTED  WITH A CHALLENGE TO RAISE THE MONEY IF I WANTED TO SEE FLOWER BASKETS LINE OUR STREETS,   HAS RESULTED IN OVER 150 BASKETS ANNUALLY PAID FOR ENTIRELY BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. IN ADDITION OUR PATRON OF BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM HAS RAISED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO PAY FOR OUR CITY CLOCK, TRASH CANS, BIKE RACKS, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, AND OVER 60,000 DAFFODILS TO DATE. WE HAVE  VERY GENEROUS CITIZENS WHO GIVE OF BOTH TIME AND TALENT IN VOLUNTEER EFFORTS, AND OF THEIR RESOURCES.          

                   
I CONSIDER MYSELF A CONSERVATIVE VOICE ON THE COUNCIL, WHO TRULY CARES ABOUT CITIZEN CONCERNS. I BELIEVE CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE RUN LIKE A BUSINESS, WITH A BALANCED BUDGET AND RESERVES FOR THE RAINY SEASONS. I AM ENCOURAGED THAT OUR LONG AWAITED TOWN CENTER IS VERY CLOSE TO BECOMING A REALITY WITH RETAIL AND RESTAURANTS. THE NEXT 4 YEARS ARE GOING TO BE CRITICAL FOR THE CITY AS WE TRULY SHAPE THE FUTURE AND DIRECTION OF OUR DOWNTOWN. I AM READY AND WILLING TO SERVE TO ENSURE THAT ALL VOICES IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE BOTH HEARD AND RESPECTED.  SINCERELY, KEN GRASSI.    To reach Council Member Grassi, contact him at grassisfg@aol.com  

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rose_ehart_photo11ROSE EHART:   I love this city and have invested in making it better. My husband and I chose to start our family here and are proud to call home. But lately there have been too many bad decisions, from poor city planning, to turning a deaf ear to the voice of the people. Things in our city are at a standstill. We need some new blood and fresh, creative ideas to bring things back to life.

Why me? What’s my experience? My father, an Army veteran turned businessman and my mother raised me to think creatively. So at 18, I started my first business and then went into real estate sales and property management in my early 20’s. I’m running in part because of poor decisions with our real estate.

 Look at the TOWN CENTER. That dream has been languishing for years. A completed Town Center will boost our economy, create local jobs, attract new businesses, and reduce our personal taxes, just as we were promised. Instead, we’re on developer #4 after paying $1.75million to developer #3.

Remember why we became a city? We had no voice as an unincorporated area, and things we needed weren’t getting done. Well, it’s not been long, and once again, things are no longer getting done. We need leaders who can see beyond the immediate. I will honor my community by doing just that. Please give me that privilege by voting for me on November 3rd, because I am a prudent voice of change. Thank you.   

Rose Ehart can be contacted at:  The People for Rose Ehart, PO Box 65312, University Place, WA  98464  www.RoseEhart.org   253-564-8058

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mccluskeyDENISE McCLUSKEY:  As your newly elected University Place City Council Member, I will serve your needs with over 17 years of local volunteer community service and regional management experience.  I will make a commitment to ensure and protect the public process.  I will support community input in order to build the relationships that will improve transportation accessibility, protection of community assets and ensure financial stability for future generations.  The outcome of my leadership will include enhanced public trust and fiscal accountability. We have had substantial growth.  It is time to transition towards a steady state that provides reflective and responsible planning to ensure economic stability of all city services and businesses while sustaining UPs natural beauty in accordance with the city’s adopted comprehensive plan.   For more about my candidacy, please, either give me a call at 253-678-1520 or visit my website at www.denisemccluskey.com

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     It’s great that motivated citizens think enough of the future of our city to stand up and offer to dedicate themselves to years of what amounts to a very substantive commitment.  Again, our thanks to those of you who have. 

   Now, Pat’s harangue.  I’ve lived in countries where the people don’t enjoy the myriad of choices we have. Not even close. I’ve lived in countries where they guard their right to vote like life itself and I’ve lived in a country where too many citizens take for granted what others  don’t have.  You and I live there now.  The staggering statistics of this last Presidential election tell the tale, well.  We set records for voter turnout. Never before in American had that many of our eligible voters cast their ballots but of course, it was a controversial,  certainly a celebrity event  and the ballot held a number of “firsts”, factors we had never seen before. So, turnout was indeed record setting. Given that, let’s understand that the highest ever voter turnout still left 38% of eligible voters just sitting on their hands. More than 81 million eligible Americans chose not to vote.  I don’t know about you but I find that absolutely staggering!vote-smart1

As you put up a Rose Ehart or a Denise McCluskey sign in your front yard, your neighbor won’t be putting up a sign which reads “I’m not registered to vote” but understand that millions of Americans are not. I’m not going to moan on about why you should. If you can’t figure that out, I suppose I don’t WANT you to vote!  Instead, I’ll just remind you how to: 

1.) Must be a U.S. citizen 

 2.) Must be 18 years old by the date of the election 

3.)  To register here you must be a resident of Pierce County or just go register where you ARE a resident or you can even change your legal residence to Pierce County.  It is a land of choices!

4.) You must not be a convicted felon. 

Then surf on over to http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/Elections/REG2VOTE.htm  Complete the Mail-in Voter Registration Form and do so at least 30 days before the upcoming election.  Then sit back and wait for the mail to bring you a voter registration card and when the election approaches, in that same mailbox you’ll receive your ballot.

 NOVEMBER 3rd is the General Election. So, your voter registration MUST be in to the Pierce County Auditor by THIS FRIDAY, October 2nd!! 

   So, Wednesday night, September 30th from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Curtis High School Auditorium…the Chamber of Commerce U.P. Candidates Forum.  With this slate of clients, I guarantee it won’t be boring!  See you there.

REAL ESTATE SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information. SOLD:  3904 80th Ave West.Gibson  Here’s an example of something we discussed before herein and something else which seems to be “afoot”.  We’ve got a lovely residence in a highly sought after area that’s priced right and so why shouldn’t it sell for close to the asking price in a timely manner?  Well, because so many others over the past two years have NOT been.  The market has been challenging, to say the least.  Yet, here is a good example of how accurate pricing can make all the difference.  This 1,800 square foot, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath 1989 home earned a sale after just 19 days on the market and with a list price of $299, they took $297,500.  Sweet!  I love to see a fair and balanced sale. That is one where the buyer gets the value he is purchasing while the seller gets the value he’s maintained.  I should note that this home was NOT plagued with the stumbling block so many University Place homes have to deal with.  It was NOT a dated interior.  When you walked into that kitchen it looked just like a kitchen would look in a brand new home of this price range.  The old, dark, dated kitchens which blanket the -60’s, ’70’s and early ’80’s developments across U.P. stop buyers in their tracks.  The only time they are NOT problematic is when the price of the home is reduced to represent a value somewhat less than the home’s potential value, less the cost of updating.  Did you notice I said it’s when the home price is reduced to a value SOMEWHAT LESS than that.  Why?  Why not just the potential value of the home less updating costs?  Because the competition, this home for one, offer homes that are ready to go or “turnkey” as we say in the business.  They are homes where most buyers can move right in and maybe adjust a couple of things later but there are no current NEEDS such as an outdated, worn interior.  Think about a turnkey home priced at $300K.  Now compare it to the identical home on an equally attractive lot but where the interior dates back to the late ’70’s.  You know, chocolate brown millwork, cabinetry and “colorfully” patterned vinyl, aluminum framed windows… a GREAT HOME…no doubt, just dated, worn for a couple of decades or more. How much would we have to take off that $300K price to get the dated one to be the choice of the two.  Well, if it would cost $15K to remake the kitchen, $3K for each of two bathrooms and, let’s say it’s $10K to replace the windows with white vinyl window.  That’s a cost of $31K (and No, don’t quote this rough example for your own planning purposes).  The point is, if this home is on the market for $269K, the $300K home will sell first.  Why?  Because the work is done!  There is no risk of surprise when you open a wall or remove a sink.  I’m referring to “remodelling surprises”, you know, the ones that double the original estimate due to interior water damage you  had no clue was right there in the wall and extending under the floor, etc.  You’ve got the picture.  The point is this.  An updated home will always sell first before the same home in need of updating unless the second home is priced to a discount beyond the cost of remodelling.

I made reference above to another reason this home sold for nearly the list price in less than three weeks on the market and we’ll talk about it extensively in the next edition of this blog.  What is happening to the home sale market, right now?  Are there significant changes afoot?  Is the market changing drastically?  Is the inventory down, hence, the competition? How are prices? Number of recent sales and just what ARE the current trends?  What are the other economic indicators with direct bearing on our marketplace?  If we know the answers to those questions, we probably have a pretty good idea of where we are going in the near term future.  Why would I address all of that for you?  Because so many of you have made it clear to me that you are waiting for the market to turn before putting your homes up for sale.  Is it time? 

Watch for the next edition of “University Place:  What’s UP?” 

Until then, be well.

PAT MADDOCK   Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS              3560 Bridgeport Way West,  University Place, WA 98466                (253)682-1182

 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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WOW!  Great UPfest this weekend, huh? 

You know what I loved?  The car show!  Some sweet rides!  The red-on-red ’59 Corvette with the 283…yeow!  The ’48 drop top Jag was a real treat. There was a purple ’59 caddy with wings like the batmobile but it was in superb condition, too and dressed from stem to stern. Boy, did that bring back memories!  Most of the cars on display were eye-catchers in their own right.  It seems to grow each year and even with the heat, which obviously kept some folks away, the turnout of show cars was impressive.  I’m already looking forward to see what’s new in the show next year.

Attendance at the live music venue seemed light but again, I’ll write it off to the heat.  The cooling station was a gift from the gods.  And I’ll bet the Philly Steak Sandwich booth pumped a couple hundred gallons of lemonade.

A moment of silence is appropriate for the HOGS!  The HOSERS were victorious Friday evening in the heart of the fest as the firefighters did not let the cops repeat last year’s win.  The annual softball game between our two favorite teams was a well fought battle that may have, in fact, come down to two factors in the bitter end.  Late in the game, the sun was dropping in the sky which made it very, very difficult for batters to see the pitches. However, that effected both squads. So, in the end, perhaps it was just one catastrophic event which foretold the final outcome. Perhaps it was that one cataclysmic turn of fortune which doomed the police to defeat. In the end, it was, without a doubt, the strikeout of Police Chief Jim Andrews which literally handed the trophy to the Fire Department, on the proverbial platter.  A strikeout?  A strikeout?!?  WHO STRIKES OUT IN SOFTBALL?!?!  Even official Bob Lucy, out on the base path, stood there and watched with a look of stunned horror in his eyes as the chief’s bat flailed aimlessly at the gently arcing bright yellow melon, a target bigger than life. Even Ed Troyer, gabby PA commentator for the game, went deathly silent for the moment.  In fact, my eight year old grandson looked at me and asked, incredulously, “Did he REALLY strike out?!?”  Yes, even the eight year olds recognized the extreme disappointment, the abject failure, the terrible, terrrible let down of the entire team…No, the entire police force, in fact.  Well, Chief, I suppose one might say, “It’s only a game.”    Tsk, tsk, tsk…JimAndrews The Chief during happier times

It was nice to see some of the UP City Council Candidates out pressing the flesh and, more importantly, answering a lot of questions.  I especially watched Eric Choiniere and Linda Bird in their own individual booths working the crowds. Linda must have put smiles on 500 or more little faces as she handed them helium balloons.  But more to the point, those two candidates worked it Friday night and ALL DAY Saturday…in the heat!  My hat is off to both of them. I watched a lot of folks stop and engage them both in conversations about the city and city issues.  That was really encouraging. 

In all fairness, I did see a Denise McClusky booth in operation as well as a Lorna Smith booth and a Dan Carnrite booth, although I didn’t catch either Denise or Lorna  on site.  Probably my oversight. I do remember seeing Dan chatting with folks one time when I strolled by. I know Ken Grassi was working the fest, itself and spent his share of time dedicated throughout the event.  The other candidates may well have been very productively engaged, elsewhere this weekend but I do wonder when a candidate passes up such an event.

I should take a moment to share with you the results of the panel of REALTORS who interviewed most of our candidates a week or so back.  Five U.P. REALTORS spent from 1pm to 6pm asking the same questions of all candidates and listening to what they had to say about U.P. issues.  At the end of the day the following endorsements were issued:  Pos 1:  Javier Figueroa,  Pos3:  Lorna Smith, Pos 4: Ken Grassi and Pos 5: Rose Ehart.  Congratulations to all.

Ballots are out for the August 18th primary election and UP residents have four votes to make.

Both Proposition 1 and 2 are simply renewals, if you will, of the property tax levies we authorized before, dedicated to fire and EMS services within our fire district.  In my opinion, it’s a small price to pay for the outstanding and responsive quality services we enjoy from our Fire Department.  I highly encourage you to vote to APPROVE both propositions. 

UP Fire DeptI do think one additional point of discussion is salient BUT it should not get in the way of our support for this important funding.  That point is the question of whether these are basic services which should be provided by our incorporated city or if they should be funded, as they are, through special levies.  Elsewhere it’s done as we do and in yet other cities, they are funded as basic services.  I do think it’s a question that ought to be on the table but so too, the issue that we pay lower taxes since incorporation here than we would be if we were still unincorporated Pierce County.  While I am not a proponent for change in this manner, I do think that a robust discussion ought to be accommodated on the topic but again, let’s not let that get in the way of ensuring continued funding for these life-or-death services.  Please, Vote to APPROVE!

We also have the right to cast our votes in the primary race between Port of Tacoma Commissioner Position 1 candidates, Bernardo Tuma, Connie Bacon and Bill Casper. Without hesitation I canbacon heartily endorse Connie Bacon not because she is the incumbent but because of what she’s accomplished in that position and  respectful attitude she brings to the task.  Connie is a good ambassador of our community with her eyes cleared fixed on the future of that huge and growing economic engine. VOTE Connie Bacon!

And finally, the race most effecting U.P. citizens and a race that’s turning into the most controversial of all our City Council contests. That is the race for Position 1 on the UP City Council.  I should immediately apologize for using the term “controversial” in that the race really shouldn’t be seen that way.  This three way contest seems to be the race with the bull’s eye painted on it, however.  This is the contest which seems to represent the oft bandied about slogan, “It’s time for a change.”   Those chanting that may in fact have a leg to stand on but if they do, this is NOT the position to change. 

Would I say that the city council couldn’t stand to have some fresh blood in the mix?  No, I do believe some fresh eyes and energies may be a good thing right now and the recently announced retirement of Council Member Stan Fleming assures some of that.  While I am not endorsing in that race, I do believe candidate Rose Ehart will prevail over Denise McClusky.  But those who think that change should come by not returning incumbent Council Member and our current Mayor, Linda Bird, to the council… Well, they are sorely misinformed. 

birdEarly on, I publicly endorsed Linda Bird for Position 1 and I have seen no reason to waiver from that for even a moment.  I should mention that there are two gentlemen running against Mayor Bird but many of us have concerns about both. 

Challenger Dan Carnrite has but one issue he constantly thumps like the good book, itself. He carries the Comp Plan with him and frames the focus of his campaign around that document.  We understand how the Growth Management Act and the Comprehensive Plan provide a framework for aspects of our future but sir, that is but one very small piece of the pie called government.  Mr. Carnrite is a planner by profession.  So, it’s obvious why he clings so tightly to the planning publication, chanting on  about how we’re not following it and how no one will listen to him.  The old saying goes, “You do what you know.”  Again, sir, what you know could be a vital part of city governance but that’s why we have a planning commission, where you do currently serve.  It’s my position that you have found the place where you might serve this city best and I encourage you to continute doing so.

As for the final of three citizens vying for the council position, challenger Javier Figueroa bills himself as a commercial real estate consultant who has the solution to the town center dilemma.  Well, I have not been able to find any commercial agents who have worked with Mr Figueroa but that doesn’t mean he’s never done a commercial real estate deal.  One would think that his campaign material would include successful development projects in his past if they were there.  Plus, I don’t really understand why a commercial real estater who knows that realm as well as Mr. Figueroa claims to, why he would be working in the operations of a landscaping company.  But even more to the topic, he purports to have the solution to the Town Center project in his suggestions to stop the construction of the public buildings which are vertically visible on-scene now and turn them into commercial structures. Stop the construction of the Library and the Town Hall and sell the partially built structures, is what he is on record suggesting to be the right course and he emphasizes that as a ‘must happen’ to save it all.  What the candidate fails to take into account is that those structures are standing there, in-progress, due to public funds. Public grants, loans and other matching public funds are building those structures and if we sold them off to commercial developers as Mr. Figueroa suggests,  a lot of money would immediately be owed back from where it came and somebody would likely end up behind bars for the misappropriation of public funds!   Additionally, he insists that to give away what he calls the most valuable site in the whole development to public transit is crazy. What he is saying is that if we let public transit have one of the two corner lots at 35th and Bridgeport we are missing out on a building site that most any commercial developer would jump at the chance to use.  Well, it’s about a 6 year project thus far and I haven’t seen anyone jumping up and down on that corner, yet.  But more to the point, he insists that we just don’t need public transit in the development.  Who does he think funded the huge underground garage?  We have a development on a site where there is not sufficient surface parking  to support all of the proposed commercial functions.  With the addition of a transit hub, the funding for the underground parking becomes available and our parking problem is solved.  Rather smart solution, I would think.  Not Mr. Figueroa.  

I hold that the fix to the Town Center comes in the following ways.  The current commercial real estate team in place working this project and the single site development proposition, combined with a positive turn in the commercial market, those are the factors which will solve the town center issue.  Not ill-conceived schemes based on only partial knowledge of what is on site and how it came to be.   Those are NOT the solution. 

As with Mr. Carnrite there is but one issue which occupies the majority of Mr. Figueroa’s campaign thinking and that myopic approach to government won’t serve the city worth a hoot.  To select either of these gentlemen for the sake of change will cause irrevocable damage to the city council and the wide breadth of issues they have mastered and oversee most effectively.  In other words, it’s fine, gents, that you are each passionate about one issue but that don’t get the big  job done!

In Linda Bird, not only do you have the leading reason why our young city has accomplished so very much in it’s brief existence but I and MANY other U.P. citizens see clearly that in this dedicated,Vote Smart intelligent and respectful public servant lies the most sound future we can envision for our city.  My public endorsement for Mayor Linda Bird stands.  I encourage each of you as enthusiastically as I possibly can to vote for Linda Bird and more importantly to urge your neighbors to fill their ballots out and return them before the 18th, too. 

I really would be remiss if I did not add a nod to the News Tribune.  I don’t know if you saw it or not but about a week ago the News Tribune, which has taken issue with the Town Center project, overwhelmingly endorsed Linda Bird, saying “…it would be unfortunate if voters took out their frustration about the slow progress of  Town Center on Linda Bird, a fine incumbent…”  They continued by saying “If anybody on the University Place City Council enbodies the spirit of the city, it is Bird.”  They most clearly added, “…she is the best of the three candidates running.”

The Tribune has also gone on record warning voters about a University Place City Council candidate and how some of his campaign signs have wrongly claimed that he got the News Tribune’s endorsement and named himself as the second choice in a field of three candidates.  To set the record straight, the Tribune called Mr. Carnrite “…the better choice” for voters absolutely set on change while describing Mr. Figueroa as not having shown a proclivity for working together respectfully on other boards he has served on.

What we have are two candidates each myopically focused on a single issue and not necessarily very clearly, while Mayor Linda Bird offers very seasoned leadership at a time when our council will require sound leadership principals, interpersonal respect and a broad vision of governance in order to succeed.  Mark your ballot. Vote LINDA BIRD.

REAL ESTATE SALE OF THE DAY:  Due to the lengthy nature of today’s blog, we’ll skip the sale of the day and resume on Friday. 

Hey!  Anybody else going to watch the Rainiers tonight?  What a great night to enjoy  Cheney Stadium during it’s 50th Anniversary year!  See you there.

Be well

PAT MADDOCK   Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS      3560 Bridgeport Way West,  University Place, WA 98466                (253)682-1182

 patmaddock@cbbain.com

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Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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Welcome to the blog for and about the residents of the City of University Place, Washington.  Yes. We know others read it for a variety of reasons and that’s great. You are more than welcome.  But the efforts to create this are dedicated to furthering “community” in this wonderful little place we call our home.  This blog is rewritten every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by a VERY long time U.P. native who is also a busy REALTOR here.  Please accept it as it is offered, with sincerity, with sober efforts toward accuracy and with the hope that in it’s own small way, this blog might contribute to the wonderful quality of  life we enjoy  in University Place.  And if the occasional humor along the line doesn’t drive you nuts…enjoy!

Few people in this small city of ours can make a bigger difference than those men and women we elect to serve as our City Council members. Seven residents of University Place serve by virtue of our votes and because they stood up in the crowd and said, “I will”  in the first place. Simply for doing so seriously, I think we owe them all a vote of thanks. I know I haven’t said “I will”. You haven’t either but they have and for that, we ought to be grateful and supportive of their efforts but, of course, first, they have to get elected. Yes. It’s approaching that time again.

This year, for four positions, nine candidates have filed to run, three incumbents and six challengers. In one race, Position #5,  the incumbent, Council member Stan Flemming is retiring after more than a decade of service to our city. Certainly anyone who will dedicate that amount of time to his neighbors deserves our appreciation and Council member Fleming is not just “anyone”.  But we’ll talk about Stan another time. 

As for now, it’s time to start exposing the city to who these candidates are and what they are all about. To do so, once filing was complete June 5th, I offered each of them the opportunity to submit a campaign statement up to 250 words, along with a photo, and I offered to run those statements in the blog more than once between now and the elections. Let me be repetitive for just a moment.  “I offered each of them.”  That statement will become significant below.  Today we begin delivering those statements to you. Since we have no incumbent in one race, we’ll start there. Both of these candidates have run for the council before, against incumbents. This time, as I said, they are challenging each other for the soon-to-be empty seat of Position #5. In alphabetical order, they are Rose Ehart and Denise McCluskey.  Here are their Unedited statements.

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ROSE EHART:   I love this city and have invested in making it better. My husband and I rose_ehart_photo[1]chose to start our family here and are proud to call home. But lately there have been too many bad decisions, from poor city planning, to turning a deaf ear to the voice of the people. Things in our city are at a standstill. We need some new blood and fresh, creative ideas to bring things back to life.

Why me? What’s my experience? My father, an Army veteran turned businessman and my mother raised me to think creatively. So at 18, I started my first business and then went into real estate sales and property management in my early 20’s. I’m running in part because of poor decisions with our real estate.

 Look at the TOWN CENTER. That dream has been languishing for years. A completed Town Center will boost our economy, create local jobs, attract new businesses, and reduce our personal taxes, just as we were promised. Instead, we’re on developer #4 after paying $1.75million to developer #3.

Remember why we became a city? We had no voice as an unincorporated area, and things we needed weren’t getting done. Well, it’s not been long, and once again, things are no longer getting done. We need leaders who can see beyond the immediate. I will honor my community by doing just that. Please give me that privilege by voting for me on November 3rd, because I am a prudent voice of change. Thank you.   

Rose Ehart can be contacted at:  The People for Rose Ehart, PO Box 65312, University Place, WA  98464  www.RoseEhart.org   253-564-8058

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DENISE McCLUSKEY:  As your newly elected University Place City Council Member, I will serve your needs with over 17 years of local mccluskeyvolunteer community service and regional management experience.  I will make a commitment to ensure and protect the public process.  I will support community input in order to build the relationships that will improve transportation accessibility, protection of community assets and ensure financial stability for future generations.  The outcome of my leadership will include enhanced public trust and fiscal accountability. We have had substantial growth.  It is time to transition towards a steady state that provides reflective and responsible planning to ensure economic stability of all city services and businesses while sustaining UPs natural beauty in accordance with the city’s adopted comprehensive plan.   For more about my candidacy, please, either give me a call at 253-678-1520 or visit my website at www.denisemccluskey.com

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It’s great that motivated citizens think enough of the future of our city to stand up and offer to dedicate themselves to years of what amounts to a very substantive commitment.  Again, our thanks to those of you who have. 

Now, begins Pat’s harangue.  I’ve lived in countries where the people don’t enjoy the myriad of choices we have. Not even close. I’ve lived in countries where they guard their right to vote like life itself and I’ve lived in a country where too many citizens take for granted what others  don’t have.  You and I live there now.  The staggering statistics of this last Presidential election tell the tale, well.  We set records for voter turnout. Never before in American had that many of our eligible voters cast their ballots but of course, it was a controversial,  certainly a celebrity event  and the ballot held a number of “firsts”, factors we had never seen before. So, turnout was indeed record setting. Given that, let’s understand that the highest ever voter turnout still left 38% of eligible voters just sitting on their hands. More than 81 million eligible Americans chose not to vote.  I don’t know about you but I find that absolutely staggering!

As you put up a Rose Ehart or a Denise McCluskey sign in your front yard, your neighbor won’t be putting up a sign which reads “I’m not registered to vote” but understand that millions of Americans are not. I’m not going to moan on about why you should. Instead, I’ll just tell you how to: 

1.) Must be a U.S. citizen 

 2.) Must be 18 years old by the date of the election 

3.)  To register here you must be a resident of Pierce County or just go register where you ARE a resident or you can even change your legal residence to Pierce County.  It is a land of choices!

4.) You must not be a convicted felon. 

Then surf on over to http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/Elections/REG2VOTE.htm  Complete the Mail-in Voter Registration Form and do so at least 30 days before the upcoming election.  Then sit back and wait for the mail to bring you a voter registration card and when the election approaches, in that same mailbox you’ll receive your ballot. 

Remember your first ballot?  Did you go to the polls?  Did it come through the mail?  While serving in an Air Force uniform for more than two decades, mostly outside of the United States, I don’t ever remember anything but a ballot in the mail.  How much easier can they make it for you?  Do it at your dinner table!  Do it in bed!  Do it on the “john”!  OK, maybe not on the “john” but you get the point.  As the folks at Nike enjoy saying, “Just Do It”!  There is NO, NO, NO excuse not to.  Remember, this is the guy who’s lived where they can’t, where they barely can and now, where they don’t seem to give a damn.  In November, there will be nowhere near the 62% that turned out last year. It just won’t happen. So, your vote counts now more than ever.  Be thankful for what we have and make your voice heard!

In upcoming editions of the blog we’ll feature the other candidates for city council both the incumbents and the challengers.  In those other races, I’ve received statements and photos from:

Postion #1:  Linda Bird– incumbent,  Javier Figueroa– challenger, Dan Carnrite – challenger – did not submit.

Position #3 :  Eric Choiniere – challenger, Lorna Smith– incumbent.

Position #4:  Ken Grassi– incumbent, Carl Mollnow – challenger – did not submit.

It’s a pleasure to assist  both the candidates to get the word out and to assist you in getting it “from the horses” mouth, Unedited.  We’ll run them all and run them again.  It’s that important.

Hey!  Independence Day is almost upon us.  Do you know the NEW rule about Fireworks in Univsity Place?  I mean, we do have an active police force and I would hate to have you meet them as you stand there with your bottle rocket in hand incredulously asking, “What?”  A dispatcher told me today that if they get fireworks complaint calls they WILL be dispatching police patrols.  I don’t know what the fine is and I don’t want to know.

University Place FIREWORKS Rules

Discharge or use of fireworks is restricted to

July 4th from 9am to Midnight

Please note that is the NEW rule for University Place effective this year!  Legal sales here can be conducted from Noon June 28th through 9pm, July 4th.

You must be 16 years old to purchase fireworks and to discharge, a youngster below 16 must be under the direct supervision of an adult.

Any fireworks purchased at a licensed stand in University Place are legal for you to discharge in U.P.  Fireworks purchased elsewhere leave you as the responsible party to make sure what you have are legal here. You can surf over to the city website (the link is in the lower right corner of this page) for a definitive description.  To give you a general idea of what’s NOT legal here…  Missle-type rockets, Skyrockets, Chasers, Firecrackers, Salutes, Cherry Bombs and the good old M80’s.  (Which, come to think of it, weren’t really any good for anything other than destruction, anyway.) illegal

Fireworks are prohibited in all city parks and on all school grounds and on my old neighbor’s shake roof…you remember, the one that burnt that year because of fireworks that landed there when they weren’t home…on July 3rd!                                               NOPE !

Here’s one final thought for today on fireworks. Sparklers burn up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot enough to melt gold.  What will it do to a kid’s face, bare foot, hand…his eye?  

We’ve got a real dilemma in terms of our friend the WEATHERMAN. It depends upon who you want to listen to this week. Some are calling for more rain while others think that’s behind us for the near future.  Well, my favorite guy says, nothing more than a 20% chance of precip between now and Independence Day. Temps are forecast to start climbing again from 70 today up to 81 degrees by the holiday.  Not to jinx it but Woo Hoo Baby! 

Between now and then I’m looking forward to a drive up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics with some out of state relatives and freinds and a night in Port Townsend.  With those plans, this kind of forecast ROCKS!

Our RAINIERS, speaking of Woo Hoo, came back to life last night and in hellacious fashion. Holy Crap, 14-4 over Las Vegas! A six run seventh inning didn’t hurt us a bit.  Both Shelton and Clement homered last night.  It’s pretty colorful right now at Cheney Stadium with Jeff Clement here. Kenji  Johjima is still here. Mike Morse was at short stop last night. Ryan Rowland-Smith started and pitched into the fourth inning.  Did anybody else notice that he hit the batter immediately AFTER the coach’s trip to the mound?  Hmmm?  Yes, Smith was ejected last night.  By the way, if you see Ryan today, consider not saying “How’s it going?”  Jesus Delgado took over and earned the win. Vegas is here through Friday night. (Fireworks!)  Then our boys are on the road again.

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in University Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information. SOLD:  8722 33rd St West here was a nice little sale and it gives us another opportunity for yet one more ‘Lesson in Real Estate’ from your REALTOR, Pat Maddock.  Often, home owners fall into the easy trap of seeing what another home in their area sells for and applying the factors 8722of that sale directly to their own home, thereby concluding an incorrect value for theirs.  Why?  Because homes are apples and oranges. You know, for example, that the home right next to yours is very different than yours. It may be much larger or smaller or newer or older or it has a hardiplank exterior while your is simulated stucco…there’s a million and one possible differences.  Most often, when folks go astray extrapolating  factors from on sale and applying them to their own property, it has to do with size and that old stand by of  “price per square footage”.  Do I use price per sq ft to evaluate homes?  Well, of course I do. HOWEVER, I cannot look at that factor alone…never, never, never or I guarantee I will come to the wrong value for a house.  For example, we recently evaluated the sale of a U.P. property that offered 2,876 square feet of finished living space and it sold for $310K.  Today’s example is a small home offering only 896 square feet and it just sold for $195K.  The first home had a price per sq ft of $108, while the small home sold at $218/sq ft.  If I live in a U.P. home that’s about 2,800 sq ft am I safe to figure my value at $108/sq ft?  NO!  If I have a small, say 900 sq ft home can’t I then assume it will go for about $218/sq ft. Absolutely Not!   And for about a million reasons.  But frankly, that’s what you hire a REALTOR  for. To know how to factor in all of those other reasons and to correctly understand and apply the lessons learned from today’s sale and use them in evaluating your home.  So, what did we find in this little home?  2 beds, one full bath.  It was built just blocks from the home I grew up in and it was built in the same year, 1953.  Down west of Grandview on 33rd, this sits in what was the heart of U.P. back then. Now, it’s an affordable, starter-sized home within walking distance of the schools. They were a bit optimistic when they listed it back in March at $239,950 but their final list price of $219,950 brought the successful offer. It really is a good looking little home and the grounds look marvelous. New roof, new furnace…all-in-all, someone got a very nice buy and probably is looking forward to using the $8,000 tax credit for first time buyers.  And why not?

There’s lots going on around here this weekend that you’ll find listed in past editions but we’ll hit the highlights again when we get to Friday.  In the meanwhile, be well.

Pat Maddock, Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS, 3560 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 (253)682-1182 patmaddock@cbbain.com 

bain

Who is this guy?

As a top producer with Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS in University Place, Pat Maddock is the former President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS and a current Vice-President of the Washington REALTORS, the statewide trade association of professional members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). He also serves the University Place – Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce on it’s Board of Directors and he serves the City of University Place on the Economic Development Commission. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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