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If you haven’t noticed before, I’ll point it out now. I rarely bother repeating negative news in this blog. Why not? Because the commercial media revels in reporting it and they waste no time. “Home sales are down again”, “The jobless rate is up for the ninth consecutive…” Why bother? They frame their newscasts and headlines around it. So, it IS nice to read a headline like the one in the May 31st Business Examiner. “Jobless rate falls”.
Back in 2002 housing in this country was fully one quarter of the gross domestic product. THAT was the red flag so many ignored. You can’t sustain that! And we did not. Housing fell, the banks fell, employment fell and conditions are still not conducive to a full-scale recovery. As has been the case in the past, housing led us down the path and housing will lead us back up. History has shown that time and again and our recovery from this e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d slump should be no different. Recent upturns in home sales have and continue to be encouraging and it’s all part of a slow, sober recovery but when you get a good shot in the arm like the April employment numbers, that adds clearly to the overall picture.
The state “…unemployment rate fell for the first time in more than three years.” The Business Examiner just reported.
When we read percentage rates of unemployment in our state we see numbers like 9.5% but what does that translate to in jobs? Well, the recent increase took unemployment in Washington from 9.5% in March to 9.2% in April but what that translates to is 5,800 additional jobs and that’s a damned good thing! Bring it on! I know too many good folks right here in University Place scrambling for income. This is the first significant and positive change to the state’s unemployment rates in 36 months! I’ll take 3/10ths of a percent as an increase. Oh, hell yes! Onward!
And this is all a vital part of the recovery. Declining unemployment, favorable interest rates, shrinking housing inventory…it all adds up to economic recovery and it IS a damned good thing. It’s coming slowly, every-so slowly but it’s coming and I for one continue to be encouraged.
Now, for the nay sayers who like to write me and want to tear the good news down and say “No
Way, there’s no recovery in sight”. Save your time. I won’t print you. Write the News Tribune. They love ya.

Meanwhile, back home…
University Place: What’s UP? DUCK DAZE! That’s what’s up. The unofficial kick off to summer in U.P. happens this weekend. So I hope you have your yellow rain slicker and your duck-billed cap ready.

Saturday … THIS Saturday, the 5th, 10am, the Duck Daze parade begins at 27th and Bridgeport and heads all the way up to Town Center.  It’s fun to gather along the parade route and view the get ups and antics of our neighbors but they tell me it’s even MORE fun to get out there and join in!

If you want to march in the parade, they need you at 27th and Bridgeport by 9:00 a.m. and you should call Dixie Harris first at 564-6373.  Following the parade, they all head for the Treasures in the Park Antique Show and  Flea Market and then most everyone heads over to the Public Safety building for the Fire Department and Police Department open house.  Treasures in the Park is scheduled for 10am to 4pm and they feature fun for the kids, too.  If you might be interested in a last-minute vendor opportunity, call Councilman Ken Grassi at 278-1946.  The Fire Dept and Police Dept open their doors from 10am to 2pm at the Public Safety building and that is all an open house with the firefighters and cops SHOULD be plus if you need a life jacket, bike helmet or a multi-sport helmet, they’ll be on sale there and the pros will properly fit you, which is even more important.  Good prices, too.  Life jacket $14, bike helmet $7, multi-sport helmet $10.   And there’s more fun down there for the kids with temporary tattoos, face painting, refreshments, etc.

Did you know that the UP Town Cruisin’ Association will also be out in force on Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Call Charlie Maxwell to find out more at 405-9014.  And the United for UP Coalition will be in the Town Hall Courtyard with informational booths from local businesses and nonprofit organizations and they, along with some of the other functions that day will all be collecting non-perishable food donations. 

You’ll encounter all sorts of entertainment throughout the day, even over and above the entertainment value of just seeing your friends and neighbors dressed up like DUCKS!   Tell me you don’t want to see Councilman Eric Choiniere in yellow feathers!   I would PAY to see that!

Karaoke, storytelling, a band, a performing pianist, in fact, a lot of music and more!   Duck Daze is always fun and you know what?  One of these days each of us need to grab  Dixie Harris by the arm, look her in the eyes and tell her sincerely THANK YOU for making University Place a better place to live and raise a family! Among her other community endeavours, she has been behind the parade and Duck Daze itself since it’s inception, as I understand it.  And this is the 11th annual event! She would immediately point out all of the other folks who have contributed, too but they would all turn and point back at Dixie.  Credit finds its way where it belongs.  We all owe much to that sweet lady, hard worker, leader and really great neighbor!  ( Don’t you really think we should start calling her DIXIE DUCK? )

Oh, and finally…take a cue from Dixie and Dress Like A DUCK !!!

 29 years! That’s a heck of a lot to give to the people of Pierce County but it’s what U.P. Chief of Police Jim Andrews has done.  Since April of 1981 he has served us throughout the county and as our own chief for the past five years.  The announcement was just made by City Manager Steve Sugg and Pierce County sheriff Paul Pastor that Lt. Rusty Wilder will succeed Chief Andrews effective July 2nd.

And while Chief Andrews will certainly be missed on the softball field…  Oh, we’ll save that for later!

Hey, it’s good to be back.

In our next installment of the blog, we’ll get back into the University Place Real Estate Sale of the Day. (I WISH there were that many!)  There are plenty and we’ll start profiling them again for you.  So, you can keep tabs on what YOUR marketplace is doing and how it will affect your home value.

Do set a side some time this Saturday to watch the parade up Bridgeport and/or come walk through the activities in the park and around the area to include the open house at the Fire and Police Departments.  After all it’s DUCK DAZE and it only happens in UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON!

And that’s What’s Up!

PAT MADDOCK     

Coldwell Banker Bain REALTORS      3560 Bridgeport Way     University Place, WA  98466      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 the 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. But most importantly, he’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran. ( And he ain’t runnin’ for nuttin’! )

You can find Pat at the Bridgeport office of Coldwell Banker Bain.  If you want to know most anything about University Place real estate, talk with someone who knows it, understands it and can explain it !

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I’m afraid it’s time to pay for all of those warm sunny days we’ve been enjoying but what the heck. In Eastern Washington they’ll probably just keep having the sunny days and high temps. Yet, on this side of the hill, we’ll put up with a little rain and the “terrible task” of enjoying what it’s REALLY like to live in the EVERGREEN STATE!  The WEATHERMAN says, a bit above or very near 70 degrees through Sunday but wet several days.  He’s not predicting a bunch of downpours but enough for the kids to claim it’s video game time.  Then next week, it’s a bit better.  Still some showers in the forecast, depending upon who you listen to, but it does still look a bit damp on a couple of days next week.   So, we cut down on our water bill a little in terms of the lawn and gardens, this week,  as we let Mom handle the watering duties.  “Mom”?  Yep. Mother Nature. She does it more efficiently than we do anyway.

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Yes. It certainly is Flag Week.  Are you proudly displaying your colors?  Maybe it’s a flag pole at or on your home?  Maybe a nice t-shirt with a flag appropriately displayed on it. Maybe it’s a lapel pin on your suit.  Perhaps it’s good looking flag bumper sticker. I don’t care. Do it how you want to. Do it appropriately and with respect but just do it!

REMEMBER:  The U.P. Fire Department is the place for this Saturday’s FIRST AID and CPR Class.   It’s only offered six times annually. So, now is the time to get registered.  Again, it’s this Saturday 6/20 from 9am to 5pm. The cost is only $30 and to register I would contact them TODAY at 564-1623.

Wasn’t that a kick to sit back and enjoy watching the RAINIERS taking on the Portland Beavers live on FSN TV Monday night?  And an 11-2 win?!?  Holy smokes!  Then, Tuesday another win in the river city for the boys from T-town, 7-5 and tonight it’s “Ryan the Aussie”on the mound for the Rainiers. We’ll see if he’s really rehabbing and maybe they can sweep the Beavs.  I wasn’t complaining about returning to Mariners game broadcasts last night, though.  Felix proved he is about the best in MLB at least against the Padres. By they way, the M’s  are edging back toward 500 ball and might just leave California with an even record. (Sorry for diverting there…I get carried away during baseball season!)

Another Reminder:  A lot gets started in U.P. Monday 6/22 with school ending this Friday.  (Ahh, the familiar sound of shrieking Mothers in the background.)   Many of the Parks & Rec programs begin next week and you can check them all out at the city website (lower right corner of this page).  CAMP UPLAY kicks off  Monday for the 5-12 year olds. It’s a series of week long summer day camps and each week they offer something different.  Mom, Dad…if it were me, I wouldn’t wait any longer to get “You know who” registered for any of the weeks.  Call Parks & Rec at 460-2530.

Friday is the last day of school in U.P.  Several other schools around us are already out. So, now is the time to remind you to DRIVE SAFELY.  Kids out playing, riding their bikes or scooters or skateboards or wheelies or whatever…well, they do stupid stuff.  They’re supposed to. They’re kids.  We, on the other hand are supposed to do the smart stuff AND look out for the kids, at the same time.  I cannot fathom a worse recipe than to run into a youngster who is out doing stupid stuff but really just playing his summer vacation away, when you hit him with your car.  There’s a GREAT excuse NOT to text or pay attention to ANYTHING other than what’s OUTSIDE of the car.  This is University Place and we have a LOT of youngsters running around, here.  PLEASE  watch out for our little ones. 

Perhaps you can help me on a personal matter.  I have a Father’s Day dilemma.  You see, a few summers back I was rebuilding my deck rails and I had borrowed my son-in-law’s nail gun and compressor. Ooooh baby was I ever ready to knock that project out. Well, I had a bit of a delayed start as the first nail I fired didn’t quit make it to the target.  I did, however, enjoy the company of some very nice medical professionals in the emergency room that afternoon as they determined the least damaging way to remove the nail which was buried deep into and through two fingers on my left hand.  So, I figured out what the problem was and with a bandaged left hand I proceeded to power nail the deck rails together.  As the old Dire Straits song says, “That ain’t workin’. That’s the way ya do it!”  And I became hooked. Nail gun for me, baby!  Except, you see, ever since, my family has been firm about “Dad not getting a nail gun as he’s a danger to himself and probably others”.  OK now, this is where the dilemma comes in.  I just stumbled onto the ULTIMATE  “Tool Toy”.  That is to say, I’ve found a tool that’s so much fun it should be called a toy.  You’ll recognize the framework of an M-16, I assume.  Now you understand how it’s the ultimate nail gun.  We’re talking semi or fully automatic!  This puppy will drive a 16-D nail through a 2X4 at 200 yards!  I mean you can sit in your lawn chair sippin’ a cold one and build a fence!  Just have your wife hold the fence boards in place and POW!  After all, isn’t she the one who’s always pleading, “Let’s do more things TOGETHER.”  Yeah baby, this is it!  And there’s an added benefit, too.  I figure that with a 100 round magazine, after a day of fence building, your wife will never give you another “Honey Do” project as long as you live!   But here’s the problem.    My family has been after me, “C’mon Dad. What do you want for Father’s Day?”  Well, now I KNOW what I want but I can’t figure out how to ask for it. You see my wife still has photos of my two fingers nailed together.  I need help. There’s got to be a way!Nail Gun

 

 

 

                                                                     HAPPY FATHER’S DAY?

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:  5609 96th Avenue Court West  A nice, 1984 3-bed, 2.5-bath home in Grandview Park, certainly within an easy stroll of the 96thproperties at Chambers Bay and all they offer.  This was just a perfectly priced home for it’s location, age, condition, etc.  They listed it at $333,500 and 15 days later they had it sold for $325K.  In this market, that’s perfect!  What might surprise is that it’s only 1,835 square feet.  It has some wear and tear on it. It needs new carpeting but they accounted for all of that with the dollar sign. Again, it was very appropriately priced and so it defied the slow market and earned a good, rapid sale.  We often have a tendency to want to “just try” for that higher price and while I don’t blame anyone for trying, if we leave it at a higher, unproductive price for long at all it becomes viewed by buyers and REALTORS alike as “damaged goods”.  So, pricing it right to begin with can make all the difference!  It certainly did with this one.

Speaking of homes, it’s time for me to get back to it.  Be well and I’ll catch you again as we prepare for the weekend.

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

 

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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 – FircrestDivision 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, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953. Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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WHEW! What a week!

What a week for the RAINIERS, as well. It started off dismally with back to back losses to Las Vegas (0-4 and 8-10 following their opening win (9-2) on Saturday. So, to even up the series, the Rainierspulled out the final game in a Tuesday win 6-3. On the road Wednesday brought them to their next four-game series in Sacramento. They took the opener against the River Cats Thursday 6-4 then Friday night Sacramento turned the tide witha 3-2 victory against Ryan Rowland Smith and the Rainiers. Two more games are scheduled in Sacto. Then Monday night, you can catch the boys in a televised game at the Portland Beavers. That’s Monday at 7pm on the Fox Sports Net instead of the Mariners who’ll have Monday night off. And in case you are interested, the current weekend series against Sacramento is available on On Demand TV.

Our friend, buddy, love-interest the WEATHERMAN is staying in our good graces with a forecast calling for partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid ’70’s…darned near perfection! I don’t even see any showers in his forecast until next Friday. Could this be the same guy who called for such an elongated season of crud, this last winter? Well, of course it was his fault! But he gets the credit now and we’re lovin’ the guy!

Hey! The sale is Saturday (6/13) at the U.P. Library. Books and stuff, 10am to 4pm. The Library uses the proceeds for their special activity programs and I understand some good deals are to be found!

What an amazing group of kids we have here in U.P. I mean to say that we were so very impressed with the hundreds of Kindergarten-through- fourth graders who participated in the Design Day for the new Playground By The Sound (PBTS)on Thursday. Designers went to all of our Elementary schools that morning to host back-to-back sessions of students, many of whom came armed with their prepared artistic renderings representing their input, their ideas for the new playground and before the day was over, our professional designer from Ithaca, New York had combined the oft-repeated highlights into an amazing design for the new playground. My personal experience was at Chambers Elementary where they students were not only interested but well behaved, attentive, enthusiastic and communicative (By the way, why do little kids whisper? I swear they’re afraid to speak up.)…they represented their imaginative ideas clearly. They had been given more than a fair degree of thought. Kudos to the teachers, parents, principals and everyone involved in making sure our youngsters had their say in this future project in their community. The steering committee behind the PBTSwas in a bit of a dawn-to-dust mode that day and many found out how exhausting the effort was going to be. OK, I’ll admit, I was whipped after two hours of intense sessions withthe kids. But the final design was well worth it. So, what’s next? Well over $100,000 still needs to be raised to make this all happen next Spring. Personalized fence pickets are being sold, donations being rustled up and much more planing and execution is underway. Additional volunteers are needed in support of a wide variety of preparatory activities as well as the multi-day build. Interested? Well, the easiest way to get involved is to respond to this blog. That’s right. Just reply withyour comment telling us who you are and how we can reach you and we’ll follow up. It’s a huge undertaking but the payoff will be well worthit. And by the way, it’s a rather green project, as well, using recycled materials throughout the structure. We’ll continue to keep you posted as this wonderful community building project unfolds but now IS the time for you to get involved in what is actually amounting to a lot of fun with some very, very good people!

Something is eating the garden!  No, it’s not slugs. My wife is a notorious slug murderer. She’s got that well covered. It’s something bigger. Yes, we have a population of squirrels in our yard roughly equal to the population of India but I’m pretty sure it’s not those bushy tailed critters unless they can use a chain saw. Whatever it is, it’s much bigger.  It just took down two corn stalks!  See what I mean about bigger.  I suspect rabbits.  I don’t see dogs or cats interested in chewing up the dahlias and gnawing at corn stalks until they surrender.  So, it was off to my local wharehouse store to wander through their aisle of repellants.  And repellants is a polite word.  They have concoctions of destruction and fear suitable for everything from cockroaches to deer!  They’ve got powders that promise to eradicate aphids. They’ve got stuff that will strike terror into the heart of any skunk. They’ve got… They’ve gotrabbiteverything. Everything, that is, except what I went looking for.  I was lectured the other night that what I really needed was (Oh, you’re gonna love this!) concentrated, dried coyote urine.  ( You just can’t make stuff like that up. )   And the guy who told me about it, swears by it. (Who gathers this stuff?  I thought I’ve had bad jobs!)  He promises me that it not only drove out all of the neighborhood pets but it also made his yard totally free of mice, squirrels, rabbits, racoons, possums and apparently it even drove off his first wife!  “Wow!”, I thought, “That IS good stuff!”  So, I went looking for it only to be told that the only place they knew that carried it was the good old Duffle Bag, which, of course, closed it’s doors forever, last year. 

So, I left the mega-box store with a bag of fertilizer. I know, I know… I went looking for repellant.  Well, apparently, it is.  I had a bag of something called blood meal. What is blood meal? I can’t really tell you other than to say that it’s made from animal blood and other animals apparently hate the stuff and they stay away. The package states, multiple times, that mine is not from cows but does it ever tell you what it’s from? Nope. ( Unless, well, does “porcine” mean pig? ) Meanwhile it supposedly replenishes the necessary supply of nitrogen in the soil.  Then, if you stop by, what I call, the “Big Cheap Store” and you buy a container of Cayenne Pepper… we’re talking more Cayenne than you would ever use in one kitchen in your entire lifetime, but what they heck, it only cost a buck!  You get home, mix the Cayenne into the Blood Meal and then go sprinkle it around your garden, supposedly, the critters are gone for at least a month!  They damned sure better be gone because the guy who told me about it was right. My wife is also gone.  Apparently, no matter how much hot water and soap you use, the rather offensive stench of blood meal does not come out of your hands no matter what.  The last I saw my wife, she was muttering something about the guest room or the RV. So, I would advise anyone wanting to apply the above concoction to try a disposable plastic glove.  Unless of course you actually want….  Oh, never mind.  I’ll let you know if the offending critter returns.  No, I don’t mean my wife!

Speaking of good people, the candidate statementsare rolling in. You’ll recall that after the close of election filing, I invited the candidates for City Council, to submit up to a 250 word campaign statement and photo by next Wednesday (6/17) and we’ll run them for you to examine, soon after. Several of our candidates have done so and I look forward to getting those in front of you in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Have you seen the concentration of work going on at the new town center, lately? While construction continues on several facets of the project, the contractor has been scrambling to complete the area which will be called MARKET SQUAREin front of the New City Hall and Library. A state grant is funding the near $1M project and it’s designed to serve as a public plaza, outdoor multi-use area for events throughout the year. Now, while it won’t be open for daily use this summer as it’s still in the heart of a major construction area, a dedication event is fast approaching. When the project is about complete the city will announce it’s plans. The center really is set aside as the heart of the overall project and it contains not only the site and setting for the city Christmas tree but it’s got a children’s spray fountain for summer fun, as well. Trees, lawn, fire pit…the design is quite varied and if similar “central park spaces” in other recent city developments across the country should tell us anything, it’s bound to be a well used area. One of my favorites is the one in the Denver area surrounded by retail, restaurants and second story offices. It features a lawn and stage for open-air performances and I watched it in use last August while we dined in an open-front restaurant while a live band entertained from not a half-block away and hundreds of “picnickers” feasted on their casual meals on the grass while enjoying the show. What a sense of connected community! What a cool idea and, in reality, how very, very practical. Our Market Square will be unique in itself and we’ll learn how best to make it come to life all in good time. But the word is, it will soon be finished and dedicated. We’ll let you know.

americanflagAs the last week of school is upon us, so to is FLAG DAY, this Sunday 6/14. Remember all of the campaign “bull” about Barack Obama not pledging allegiance? Well, here’s a good way to put that all to bed. On Thursday, President Obama officially declared Sunday to be Flag Day and the week following to be Flag Week during which he directed the displaying of the flag on all federal government buildings and he urged all of us to observe the day and week by flying our colors at home and other suitable places and by publicly reciting the pledge of allegiance. Do you have your colors up? Do your children understand what it’s all about? Should we leave that lesson to the schools? No! Where should our youngsters learn what it means to be an American? With their teacher or with Mom and Dad? Here’s a good opportunity to explain another facet of what it all means. A good Flag Day and Flag Week to you and yours!

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:  5421 89th Ct West.  After 389 days on the market, this nice tri-29021005level home featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,168 square feet on almost a half acre lot is now sold.  Three different REALTORS handled the home for over a year and finally, the asking price got reasonable and low and behold, there was the buyer!  It wasn’t that the first two agents weren’t any good. Nor was it that they weren’t doing what it took to sell the home.  The price was too high!  It was really that simple.  They started at $375K and finally, when they price got to $339K, they accepted an offer of $324K and it was done.  But when it sells at $324k you’ve got to know that $375K was a waste of everyone’s time.

Well, let’s get out there and enjoy. Yeah, I know, it might be “enjoying” the yard work or it might be “enjoying” painting the house or it might …  whatever… it’s outside, it’s great out there and we’re not depressed and complaining ’cause it’s wet and gloomy. Plus I just noticed last night that I’ve got red strawberries in the garden!  I love summer!  See you Monday.

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 – FircrestDivision 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, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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Four University Place City Council races are coming up this year. This was the week for candidates to file. As of 10:47 this morning, here’s what the contests look like (If there are any additions before the close-of-business deadline, I’ll edit and add, then):

old UP logoPosition #1: Incumbent – Mayor Linda Bird Challenger: Javier Figueroa     AND HERE’S A LAST MINUTE ADDITION:  CHALLENGER Daniel Carnrite.

Position #3: Incumbent – Councilmember Lorna Smith Challenger: Eric Choiniere

Position #4: Incumbent – Councilmember Ken Grassi Challenger: Carl Mollnow

Position #5: Incumbent – Councilmember Stan Fleming (Has not  filed) Challenger: Rose Ehart   Challanger: Denise McCluskey

I also see that in the U.P. School Board races, we have two uncontested candidates, Ray Tennison and Michael Ehart.

Next, we’ll pursue the candidates for their campaign statements and if you have thoughts on this year’s election we would certainly like to hear them.  The PRIMARY ELECTION is set for August 18th with the GENERAL ELECTION being held November 3rd.

GARAGE SALES: I’m sure I’m missing some neighborhoods but the bigger sales set for this weekend are today and tomorrow in Woodlake off Chambers Creek Rd. Then Saturday it’s sales galore in Vintage on Bridgeport and in Westhampton off 54th west of Bridgeport. DRIVE CAREFULLY!!!  Watch out for the “little shoppers” crossing the streets.  They live here!

And what does the WEATHERMAN say about this weekend?  The call today was for Partly Cloudy with a high of 73 while tomorrow they expect cloudy skies and a high of 70 and a 20% change of something wet. Sunday they think it will stay mostly cloudy but warm back up to about 75 and then into the new week it looks like up to a 30% chance of rain by Wednesday with temps in the upper 60s.

The RAINIERS are trying NOT to split the four game series with Reno tonight following a Tuesday 5-1 win, a 4-10 loss on Wednesday and their 8-5 victory last night.  At 29 and 25, they are only 3.5 games out which is still ahead of the Mariners who are at 26 and 28 at 5.5 games back…not that they would want me to compare the two but, it’s baseball…it’s all about stats!    The RAINIERS have a 7pm home game tonight, of course, with FIREWORKS!   And you can take the kids for CHEAP!

Well, this Saturday is a big day here in University Place as we officially, if not prematurely, kick off the Summer season with DUCK DAZE beginning with the PARADE Saturday morning at 10am marching south from 27th and Bridgeport to City Hall and Homestead Park, the site of TREASURES IN THE PARK, the city’s yard sale, antiques sale and much, much more including the FIRE DEPARTMENT AND U.P. POLICE OPEN HOUSE which will run all day long.  Come out, line the parade route on Bridgeport, catch all of the costumes and you just never know what else. Then head for the park and make a day of it.  I was at the city this morning for a meeting and they were already setting up canopies and blowing up the Bouncy House (or whatever you call that big inflatable thing that kids get into and bounce all over each other and HOWL with laughter!).  Why so early?  Well, City Manager Bob Jean is a big guy but even HE can’t get that thing blown up quickly!

SALE OF THE DAY: In an effort to help you keep tabs on this continually changing real estate market in 65th St Ct WUniversity Place here’s another recently sold U.P. home with details from public information.  SOLD:7812 65th St Ct W across from Charles Wright Academy.  This 4,000 sq ft, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home languishedon the market for over a year!   Why?  Well, in April of ’08 they started at $599K.  When it ends up selling for $549K, that pretty much explains it.  They house was really chocked full of fine appointments and it overlooked the “ultimate greenbelt” Chambers Creek but the right price works. The wrong price doesn’t. End of story!  We often have a tendency to try to make this all out to be more complicated than it is.  You do your homework and with appropriate experience of doing this every day, every week for years and years, you put the right price on it and get is sold in a reasonable timeframe.  That’s that.

Hey. It’s a good looking Friday. School’s getting close to wrapping up for the year. Lots going on around us. So, I’ll cut this short and just say…”Get out there and get into life. Don’t let it pass you by!”  

Until Monday, 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, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                      Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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I found myself recently communicating with a friend back east and talking about what a beautiful month May was here.  Later, I went back and read some of the weather comments in this blog at the beginning of the month. Ha!  We were celebrating 65 degrees and partly cloudy. What was it yesterday, 83?   And now the WEATHERMAN says 85 by mid-week ?!   Let is be known, that next week looks like it may have a few showers in store for us. So, take advantage of our lack of clouds, this week.

My son and his family live up north in Marysville.  So, while they do enjoy their community, it’s parks, etc  they don’t often have a chance to catch up on what’s happening around here, at least not by participating.  Yesterday was an exception. My son, his barking, frolicking lab-on-a-leash and two of my grandsons accompanied me to Central Meadows.  How cool.  Yes, it was the first time I’ve gotten out of the car down there and “touched”  it.  It really is a unique environment that you ought to check out if it’s not already on your list of frequented spots in U.P.  And by the way, if you’ve only viewed it from “up on top” you’ll be impressed by how HUGE the park space actually is, when you’re down there.  My eight year old grandsons were clambering about on the historic old concrete structures, my son was extolling the virtues and qualities of the veryCentral Meadows open park space, his dog was lovin’ it and I was just taking it and them all in, to say nothing of the other folks enjoying the park, each in their own ways. From young adults sunbathing, to teenagers also climbing the concrete structures, to other dog owners with multiple leashes tugging, to families enjoying the park in any number of ways, kite flying, skateboards, bikes, trikes, you name it…  juniors, seniors and all that fit in between.  We talked about up and coming elements, too.  My grade school grandsons (My daughter’s boys) were talking about where the new Playground (Playground By The Sound) they are helping to design is going in next summer (They’re excited about it.) and I explained what was happening with the work to rebuild the old pier for public enjoyment.  My visiting  son was very impressed and mentioned bringing his family back to enjoy the area.  And by the way, they do have some very impressive parks up in Marysville.  Well, the same can be said right here!

Our RAINIERS will be trying to just split the visit they’re wrapping up tonight in Colorado Springs following Fridays’ 9-13 loss, Saturday’s 6-5 win and Sunday’s 4-12 defeat.  They’re back home hosting the Reno Aces for four 7pm games Tue-Fri nights this week before they head out of town again. You know, sitting in the stands at Cheney Stadium with this week’s  glorious weather will be something close to perfection!  (Yes, Fireworks Friday)

This week will be crazy around town but you’ve got to love options! We’ve covered a lot of this weeks events in prior editions of this little epistle.

Give some thought to coming by the Environmental Services Building at the south end of Grandview  this Thursday from 4:30 to 7pm for the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase.  You’ll be surprised at the wide variety of businesses working right here in our community and many will be there, showing just what they offer. Considering that many do NOT have storefront locations, it makes this event more than worthwhile.  Food, music, drinks, drawings… it will be a good event. Yes, there’s an admission charge but I think you’ll find it more than interesting.  If you ARE a business and still want to register to participate, call Susie Wagner at the Chamber at 627-2175 but hurry!  Stop by and say Hello. 

Saturday, if you can’t find something to do in U.P. then just crawl back into your hole.  From MEGA-garage sales to a parade down Bridgeport to… oh, you name it!

The big event, of course, is DUCK DAZE which kicks off with a parade little ducksat 10am starting from 27th and Bridgeport heading south until it reaches City Hall and the Homestead Park where more events follow, all day and Hey, don’t miss the Open House at the Police and Fire Stations.  Our public servants want to see you, feed you and… Oh, just come on over!  The weather will be perfect  and even if you don’t plan to put on your best yellow and feathers and march in our first rite of Summer, come line the route and cheer ’em on.  That should be most entertaining in and of itself.  10am on Bridgeport between 27th and 37th.  See you there!

Today is the first day of filing at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for our City Council Electionsthis year.  Four incumbent’s  seats are open and by close-of-business this Friday, we’ll know who’s vying for what.  Our current Mayor, Linda Bird holds Position 1 which may be contested this year along with Lorna Smith’s Position 3, Ken Grassi’s Position 4 and Stan Fleming’s Position 5.

I’ve been asked by any number of readers how I may or may not take a position on the races.  While I would like to stay neutral and simply report to you the who, the what and the whys, I know myself better than that. I DO have strong opinions on a couple of the positions.  What I hope to do is offer the campaign positions of each candidate and do so fairly.  If you have an opinion on the races, please share it. 

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 UP home with details from public information.    SOLD: 4418 66th Avenue West,  just off 44th near Weathervane, built in 1993, this really is a lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home offering 2,575 square feet of two-story living.  It didn’t offer a pool or66 Ave extravagant landscaping…anything extreme.  It is just a really nice home, well appointed, in a great location, in excellent condition and the key behind the 14 day sale was simply appropriate pricing.  The sellers and their REALTOR did a good job in not overpricing it.  Hence, it’s not lingering on the market endlessly begging for a buyer as so many others are.  The list price was $439K and they closed it last week at $405K.

MAY SALES:  In our area, as with most all others across the country, May was another comparatively slow month for home sales closings.  Statistically, in May of ’07 we closed 66,  ’08 we closed 38 and this year we closed 22. 

Year-to-date the numbers look like:  2007 – 267,  2008 – 169 and 2009 – 111.  Yuck!  When you hear people say “But it looks like the market is picking up.”  Well, it is but it’s pretty much on a par with most every other year in terms of what amounts to a seasonal adjustment.  That is to say, the market generally warms up as the weather warms up.  Here are the 2009 monthly numbers for our area:  Jan -19, Feb-20, March-30, April – 20, May – 22, again, for a total of 111 closed sales to date.

Rather than let any numbers get me down, I face the fact that the market is what it is and focus, not on the overall marketplace but on the piece of it over which I can exercise some element of control. 

In his most recent blog, a mentor of mine, management guru Dr. Lowell “Duke” Kuehn, who just happens to also love living in University Place, tells the story of, Lee Odems,  a REALTOR friend back in Virginia, who puts it this way, “I realized something a few months ago. There are two economies. There’s the national economy and there’s nothing I can do about it. And then there’s my economy, Lee’s economy, and I can do a lot about that. And I’ll tell you, since I started working on my economy, things have been going much better.”  Right on, Lee!

By the way, if you want to be in tune with the digital mentorship of Dr. Kuehn, catch him at pnwconsult.com  Duke is extraordinarily insightful and very well respected, from coast to coast.

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Hey, the kids are almost out of school. Are you ready for the onslaught?!?  Of course that means the WSU students in our midst have already been homes since what, February?  Back in my Gonzaga days I always wondered how the WSU kids got all the good jobs back home.   Well, whether or not it IS summer, it sure feels like it. Get out there and enjoy and, of course, kick the kids outside, too!  See you back here Wednesday.

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, Pat’s been a University Place native since 1953.                Pat is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.

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