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DeAnne Davidson, REALTOR®

Tacoma Investment Specialist

State: Washington

Counties: Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor

Cities and Towns: Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Olympia, University Place, Tumwater, Lacey, Packwood, Ocean Shores, Moclips, Pacific Beach

Real Estate Experience: 21 years

Company: RE/Max Professionals

About DeAnne Davidson

As an investor with my husband and a mentor to my friends I began my Real Estate practice in 1996 starting with a small home in South Tacoma. Over the years, my husband and I grew our Real Estate portfolio to several small homes, several duplexes and a fourplex. In 2014, we integrated our portfolio to strictly vacation homes. We currently have 4 homes (3 on the Washington Coast and 1 near Mt. Rainier) and it has been very successful and fun too! As a native 5th generation Washingtonian, I love showing people our beautiful area and am up to date on the real estate markets I own and work in. In my 20 years, I have earned two National honors for having the happiest clients during and after closing. Most of my business is repeat business due to my award winning service. I also have been named in Seattle Magazine as Lakewood's best of the best Realtors, which is voted on by clients and peers both. My style of investing is for the long term with a good positive cash flow. I have helped several of my investors do "turns" and am able to offer great suggestions for improvements that bring the most bang for your buck. I am well connected in my community and can direct you to good contractors of various types as well as Real Estate attorneys that do 1031 exchanges.

Aside from managing my Vacation Homes, my hobbies include photography, gardening, and music. I also love dogs. I would be delighted to answer any questions about our area and market!

About the Tacoma Area Market

Market Overview

Our market is very strong and pricing has increased rapidly over the past 24 months. Tacoma and the Counties I work are "bedroom" communities of Seattle Metro area and we are considerably more affordable with the median price of a SFR at $289,000. The entry level homes sometimes last only a few hours on the market as the demand is greater than supply right now. We are also short on rental homes in our area and the largest demand is for 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage homes. You can find these in average condition for around $180,000 — fixed up around $220,000 and a fixer for $140,000 — in the South Tacoma market.

Even this winter, we continue to battle with multiple offers on properly priced properties in good condition. There is currently less than 6 weeks of inventory in Pierce County. I recommend investing in property in the Greater Tacoma area as I still feel we have more upside in appreciation and with a need for rental homes, rents are strong. It is noted that Seattle is becoming more unaffordable and many "Seattlelites" are migrating to Tacoma to live and commute to their high paying job. We have the light rail in Lakewood, Puyallup and Tacoma for the Seattle commuters. At this juncture (12/2016), it is my opinion that a bank foreclosure or fixer in the 3 bedroom/1.5+ bath is your best bet to gain equity and get good rents. I would pick up a couple of homes and a mid range duplex if I were purchasing today.

Investment Price Points in Tacoma

Entry Level: $137,000 to $200,000

Mid Level: $200,000 to $420,000

Upper Level: $425,000 to $750,000

Tacoma Area Sample Properties

These recently settled homes are examples of what you can find in our market.

The sale prices are the actual sold prices, and the rents are what these types of homes could rent for in today’s market.

Entry Level

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3
Town Tacoma Lakewood Tacoma
Type (SF, TH, Condo, Multi) SF SF SF
Est. Sale Price $125,000 $145,000 $190,000
Est. Taxes (Monthly) $190 $184 $263
Est. Insurance (Monthly) $30 $35 $40
Est. HOA and/or Condo Fee (Monthly) N/A N/A N/A
Est. Rent (Monthly) $1,100 $1,050 $1,350
Age (Years) 108 62 24
Approx. Sq.ft. 1,633 1,100 1,616
Bedrooms/Full Baths/Half Baths 3/2/1 3/2/1 3/2/1
Garage 1 2 2
Lot Size .149 acre .459 acre .184 acre

Mid Level Price Points

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3
Town Tacoma University Place N. Tacoma
Type (SF, TH, Condo, Multi) Multi Multi Multi
Est. Sale Price $227,500 $290,000 $375,000
Est. Taxes (Monthly) $278 $327 $344
Est. Insurance (Monthly) $45 $50 $65
Est. HOA and/or Condo Fee (Monthly) N/A N/A N/A
Est. Rent (Monthly) $1,800 $2,100 $1,800
Age (Years) 54 35 120
Approx. Sq.ft. 1,920 2,350 1,879
Bedrooms/Full Baths/Half Baths 4/2/0 4/2/2 3/2/1
Garage 0 2 0
Lot Size .224 acres .138 acres .138 acres

Upper Level Price Points

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3
Town Tacoma Lakewood Lakewood wtft
Type (SF, TH, Condo, Multi) Multi Multi SF
Est. Sale Price $425,000 $700,000 $755,000
Est. Taxes (Monthly) $409 $476 $635
Est. Insurance (Monthly) $135 $217 $225
Est. HOA and/or Condo Fee (Monthly) N/A N/A N/A
Est. Rent (Monthly) $3,700 $4,760 $3,500
Age (Years) 66 58 24
Approx. Sq.ft. 3,656 4,684 4,924
Bedrooms/Full Baths/Half Baths 6/6/0 10/8/0 3/3/1
Garage 0 0 2
Lot Size .22 acre .72 acre .34 acre

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