Steve Sloboda

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Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever Using These Challenges & Lists

If you're like me, making resolutions is something you try to do every year but they don't last.  This year I decided to challenge myself on a few things rather than "make a resolution".  The link below helped me come up with some fun challenges for myself and my family.  Take a look and see if something catches your eye.  Good luck and may 2014 be your best year ever!!!

 

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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Check Out Michael Jordan’s Mansion For Sale at Auction

Michael Jordan's house outside Chicago is up for auction later this month and you just have to see this video tour!  There aren't many things I would change about this place.  It's spectacular in every sense of the word.  Does anybody out there have an extra twenty or so million dollars to blow?  If so, I'll happily set you up with the auctioneers.  If you get the place, I promise to visit often.  It's OK, the place is huge.  You won't even know I'm there.

Take a look….What do you think?

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For more information, Here's a link to the home's website:  Air Jordan's House

 

Are you a Pierce County luxury homeowner?  If not, would you like to be?  If you're thinking about buying or selling we should talk.  My team and I have ability to replicate and expand upon some of the innovative marketing techniques used for homes like this Jordan estate.  I've participated in almost half the sales over $1M in University Place since 2011.  With the US Open at Chambers Bay on the way, University Place is on the verge of major exposure and high desirability.  I'm ready and willing to help you make the most of the high end real estate market here in the Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place, and Steilacoom areas.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 9:18 am
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Want to Sell Your Home in The Fall? Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Consider.

Want to Sell Your House This Fall?

 

If you're looking to sell your home this Fall you'll want to do everything you can to make your house look its best. Contrary to popular belief, Fall can actually be a great time to sell.  Keep these tips in mind and you're likely to achieve positive results:

  • Curb appeal. A home shopper's first impression is everything. The moment they pull up to the curb, they'll make an instant judgment. You'll want to be sure it's positive. You can begin by making sure leaves are raked, and your shrubs and bushes are pruned.  Hang a festive fall wreath on your door.
  • Make sure your walkway is free of leaves and debris.
  • The Northwest is rainy…Be sure you have a good doormat so visitors can wipe their feet and not traipse mud and water through the house.
  • Make sure gutters are free from debris and drain properly.
  • Keep the house cozy. Entering a cold house could leave an unfavorable impression. Instead, set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature.
  • Make sure the back yard and your roof aren't covered in leaves.
  • Make sure your windows are sparkling clean.
  • Keep wall colors neutral and light. A light yellow or beige will make the room feel cooler than a brick red or dark taupe.
  • Let the light in. Open blinds and curtains so plenty of light can brighten up the home's interior.
  • And, just like any other time of year, get rid of the clutter throughout your house. And get rid of any odors that might be a distraction.
Finally, if you're selling your home during the fall, there's nothing more inviting to a potential home buyer than the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie!
 
- Steve Sloboda is a Managing Broker and Premier Associate at Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place, WA
 
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Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:48 am
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Sold: University Place’s First Million Dollar Listing of 2013

University Place, WA, June 27, 2013:

Steve Sloboda of Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place has closed University Place's first million dollar listing of 2013. Only the fifth residential property in University Place city limits to sell for more than a million dollars since 2008, this magnificent home located in the gated neighborhood of Augusta lasted only five days on the market.

"Homes like this with a rare combination of size, location, and elegance don't often become available" said Steve Sloboda. "In a real estate market like we're currently experiencing, even luxury homes can sell fast if they're priced right and marketed correctly."

The residence checks in at 5822 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It's situated on a 1.5 acre lot above Chambers Creek. Features include a temperature controlled wine cellar, a master suite with separate sauna, a billiards room, and a commercial quality HVAC system. The new owners, also represented by Windermere, are already residents of University Place.

 

 

  •  Steve Sloboda is an award winning Residential Real Estate Broker with Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place. He was voted "Best Real Estate Agent" by readers of South Sound Magazine and is one of only two Windermere Premier Associate Agents in Pierce County. The Windermere Premier Program is specialized to luxury homes priced $700,000 or higher.

 

  •  University Place is located in Pierce County, Washington. It's home to beautiful parks, highly rated schools, wonderful views, and Chambers Bay Golf Course – Host of the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament.

 

Contact Information:

 

Steve Sloboda Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners
2700 Bridgeport Way West, Suite F University Place, WA 98466

253-988-3120
sloboda@windermere.com
stevesloboda.com

 

 

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:15 am
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Cole Vukich is “The Toughest Kid I Know”

Sometimes we hear stories about people doing amazing things and it gets us a little inspired.  Sometimes we hear stories about people overcoming obstacles or beating the odds and that gets us a little inspired.  And sometimes, you get placed in the presence of people that are doing those amazing things while overcoming those obstacles, and without any thought of not being just "what they do".  It's being in the presence of those people where you can be inspired to your inner core!  That's how my family and I feel about the Vukich Family, and more specifically, Mr. Cole Vukich! 

We were lucky to meet the Vukich family through the University Place youth sports program when Cole and his twin brother Case were placed on the Tee-Ball team I coached the spring before the kids started school together.  I'd heard about Cole and the cancer fight he'd been dealing with since the age of two.  His story had struck a chord with me because I'd lost my Dad to a similar type of cancer in 1994.  Knowing what my Dad went through in the last years of his life made Cole's story as a kid even more amazing.

The first day of practice I went out there knowing Cole was on the team but we'd yet had opportunity to meet.  I scanned the group of typical rambuncious four year olds in front of me looking for the "kid with cancer" but couldn't find him.  "Is he here?" I thought as I asked the kids to tell me their names.  As we went down the list I heard this rather outgoing little guy say "Cole" when asked his name.  I thought no way is this the kid I'd heard about but sure enough, that kiddo, different from nobody standing there, was him.  It was then that I realized I was in the presence of something a little different. 

If you didn't know already, you flat out couldn't walk up to my team and pick out the "kid with cancer".  You know why?  It's because we don't have a kid with cancer.  We have Cole, and he just happens to be the kid kicking Leukemia's butt!  That surely doesn't define him though.  He's as crazy, or crazier than any kid I know.  He's as happy, or happier than any kid I know. And he's just as athletic as any kid I know.  Hearing about what he deals with on a daily basis no doubt makes him "the toughest kid I know".  I tell him all the time he's the toughest kid I know, and the smile he gives back is enough to inspire me like nothing I've ever been around.

The stories over the last couple years are pretty awesome and the stories yet to come are sure to be even better.  The next time we cross paths just ask and I'll share a couple with you.  In the meantime, take a look at this article from the Tacoma News Tribune's front page.  It talks about his Dad doing the Firefighter's Stair Climb to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  That's a great event and I highly recommend you donate to the cause.  However, the real story here is one of inspiration and how one kid's blind toughness can inspire others to do everything they can to be their best all the time.  Thanks Cole Vukich, and the Vukich family.  It's a true honor to have your presence in our lives. 

Click here for the News Tribune article: http://goo.gl/0We1d

 

Click here to donate to the Firefighter's Stair Climb event:  http://goo.gl/27q09  

 

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm
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Calling All Stat Freaks & Seamheads! The 2012 NWMLS Market Recap is Here!

People ask me all the time; "Hey, How's the market?"  "Are things picking up?"  "Are we out of the down real estate market?"…  I tend to always answer that things are "UNBELIEVABLE" because really, that covers the market no matter what's going on.  It's a little trick I learned from Tom Hopkins in his book "How to Master the Art of Listing & Selling Real Estate".  It's a book so old it's basically written in hieroglyphics.  Even though it's old, that trick has stood the test of time…
 
The Urban Dictionary defines the word "seamhead" as an avid baseball fanatic, especially one who frequently utilizes statistical analysis and urges others to do the same.
 
I don't consider myself to be a seamhead even though a lot of people that know me well would diagaree.  That said, I do like pretty pictures with lots of colors, graphs, and quick recaps of extensive information.  In this entry I will attempt to convey some valuable information in both formats.
 
First, the quick recap:
 

Kirkland, WA, January 17, 2013 – Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service tallied 64,624 closed sales of single family homes and condominiums during 2012, improving on 2011’s volume by 8,332 transaction for a gain of nearly 15 percent.

Last year’s completed sales included 55,699 single family homes and 8,925 condominiums. Together, these sales were valued at more than $19.9 billion, which compares to the previous year’s total of around $16.7 billion (up nearly 19.6 percent).

Median prices area-wide increased by $10,000 (about 4.3 percent), rising from $235,000 to $245,000, although not all areas reported gains. Mason, Snohomish and King counties reported the healthiest jumps.

Prices on single family homes rose, while condo prices fell. The median price for single family homes that sold last year was $255,000 across the 21 counties, improving on the previous year by 8.5 percent. King County claimed the highest median prices for single family homes ($365,000), while the most affordably priced homes – based on 2012 median prices – were located in Pacific County ($111,000).

Condo prices declined about 2.7 percent, with the area-wide median price falling from $180,000 in 2011 to $175,200 for last year’s sales.

Inventory also shrunk from 2011 levels year as a result of stronger sales and fewer new listings. Over the course of the year, brokers added 10,071 fewer new listings to the Northwest MLS database when compared to 2011 for a drop of 9.9 percent.

In its annual statistical summary report for its 20,000-plus brokers, the multiple listing service examined various indicators of activity. Among the findings:

  • Single family homes accounted for about 86 percent of the sales volume as measured by units, and nearly 90 percent of the dollar volume.
  • About 40 percent of last year’s sales were for homes in King County.
  • About half the homes that sold last year (48.8 percent) had 3 bedrooms, while more than three-fourths of condos (77 percent) had 2 or fewer bedrooms.
  • Last year’s sales included 7,710 newly built single family homes and 930 newly built condominiums. Of this new construction component, new condos fetched a higher price ($331,888) than newly built single family homes, which had a median sales price of $299,950.
  • Northwest MLS brokers reported 1,254 sales with prices of $1 million or more, including 1,116 single family homes and 138 condominiums. More than half the top-end homes were located in Eastside communities, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Sammamish.
  • The highest priced single family home in the MLS system that sold last year was on Mercer Island (with a selling price of $21.625 million), while the most expensive condo ($4.25 million) was a penthouse in a downtown Seattle high-rise.
  • Northwest MLS members reported 93,778 pending sales (mutually accepted offers) during 2012. That marked an increase of about 15.6 percent from 2011 when members logged 81,109 pending sales. (Note: Not all pending sales become closed transactions. Failed home inspections, mortgage loan rejections, low appraisals and contract contingencies are among many factors that cause transactions to be cancelled.)
  • The pace of sales as measured by “months supply” (an estimate of how long it would take for all inventory of active listings to sell at the current pace assuming no new inventory is added) showed a system-wide total of 3.15 months, which compares to a figure of 5.02 months for 2011.  Based on this barometer, both King and Snohomish counties averaged less than two months of supply during 2012. (Analysts consider a supply of 3-to-6 months to be a balanced market, meaning the market favors neither buyers nor sellers.)

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 20,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 21 counties in Washington state.

Are you still with me?  If so, Here's the complete report……All 37 pages of it.  Read and enjoy!  As always, I'm here if you'd like some of this information broken down into details.  Don't hesitate to drop me a line….

 
 
 
 
Posted on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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New Seahawks, Huskies, and Cougar Football Schedules Are Here!

Crimson & Gray or Purple & Gold?

 

Here are the schedules for our favorite football teams…  Get 'em on your calendar…Football season is HERE!!!

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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Amputee Olympian is Ready To Go!

Have you seen Oscar Pistorius run yet?  He's the South African double amputee who fought for the right to compete against able bodied athletes.  This summer he will be competing for gold in both the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay.

You can see him run here.

The latest news on his debut is here!

Seriously….How cool is that?

My Dad lost part of his leg in 1993 and he all he wanted to do was golf again.  He worked hard to get there and did eventually achieve that goal!  Memory of his struggle is something that inspires me to do better.

I hope you are enjoying the Olympics.  My family sure is…  I'm here if you need help with anything.

 

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm
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48 Room Mansion For Sale w/ No Bathrooms! Huh? What?

My new obsession with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” made it so I had to share this.

One of Britain’s most historic country mansions has gone on the market for the bargain price of $3.8 million. Not bad considering the British government bought it just eight years ago and spent $6 million dollars renovating it. You’ll have to live without bathrooms though because this palace is missing its ‘throne room.’  The whole story is here.

Just more proof that buyers want updated baths! I hope you’re having a great day – Let me know if you need anything.

 

Talk to the Hand

The King Slayer

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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Take a Break…For Goodness Sake-

Are the longest breaks you take these days stopping for red lights and standing in line at the grocery store?  Sometimes I feel like mine are.  Why are we so bad at taking breaks, even when one would improve our energy level and our concentration?

Here are some ideas on how to take better ones. I like the “thumb and pinkie brain break.”  What is your favorite?

Have a great day!  Please let me know if you need anything.

Speaking of Breaks.  Here’s a great way to spend four minutes….And put a hop to your step for the rest the day.

 

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Posted on April 6, 2012 at 9:20 am
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