Opportunity Zone Map – And New Airport in Olympia? Really!

Is your city on the Opportunity Zone Map? I attached the link below to the Map. What is an Opportunity Zone? Do we need a Airport in Olympia, not Sure? “Opportunity Zones are economically distressed communities, defined by individual census tract, nominated by America’s governors, and certified by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury via his delegation of that authority to the Internal Revenue Service. Under certain conditions, new investments in Opportunity Zones may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. There are 8,764 Opportunity Zones in the United States, many of which have experienced a lack of investment for decades. The Opportunity Zones initiative is not a top-down government program from Washington but an incentive to spur private and public investment in America’s underserved communities”. https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/reso… Ron Rougeaux is based in Olympia but serves all of Washington State! Call /Text me 360-338-8355 Email CaptainRonJr@gmail.com

Investors Market in Real Estate -Is the Marketing Swinging? Will it go crazy with certain Locations!

Right now I am seeing a lot more cash in the real estate market then I have before. I am also seeing more price reductions as well. What does this mean, depending on where you are at and what position. It may mean a great time to invest in the real estate market. Ron Rougeaux is based in Olympia but serves all of Washington State! Call /Text me 360-338-8355 Email CaptainRonJr@gmail.com

Market Update – 9/28/2022

LOVE EXP REALTY!

This is why I love where I work! They let me run my real estate business my way. With hard work, straight forward, honest design, and my style added in. It’s a combination that can’t be beat. I work hard ever day. And when the brokerage, your company is powered by rewards that. (Not just with a trophy). But a good chunk of cash, yes, I really appreciate it! And that to be honest is what the difference between a good brokerage and a great brokerage is. Rewarding hard work with Money. Let’s be honest if you want a certificate or congrats, you can go anywhere for that.

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Moving Day – PNW Homes Group – Olympia WA Ron Rougeaux

Moving day is always very exciting/fun and then crazy/stressful all at the same time.

My advice is simple and straight forward, always pack and get ready to move way ahead of the actually moving date.

And for goodness sakes we aren’t 20 years old anymore, Hire Movers, your friends don’t want a free slice of pizza or beer. They can buy their own!

If you would like my list of Movers – Please Message or Call 360-338-8355

REAL ESTATE MARKET & (LIFE) SUMMER “2022”

Right now the sun is shining bright and the weather is hot (smoking hot) and summer is here full force. This is why we live here in the PNW, best summers. You have the mountains on the cascades and olympics glittering bright with the snow reflecting the sun, just enticing you to come hike. With the waves in the Puget sound and rivers and lakes throwing the sun right back at you, saying come in and swim and fish in our waters. Yep nothing better in the summer than in the PNW and with no abundance of mosquitoes at least where we live at the lake. You can just setup your chair and really enjoy one of the last slices of nature before you head to Canada and Alaska. Of course in the high woods and mountains, yes we do have bears and Mountain Lions, coyotes and wolfs.

With real estate I believe everyone has learned or is finally learning – Location is everything. And yes sometimes you can’t get the perfect location. But when you can, nothing is better than that amazing location. In my opinion these are my 3 top locations for a Primary or Investment home.

  1. Waterfront pure and simple. Nothing is better than having water at your back or front door and being about to jump in for a swim or paddle/boat off into the sunset. It is the best spot to be in the hot summer days and everyone will want to becoming over for that bbq and swim/boat time. Now with that said, yes some waterfront is not good. (If you are in a flood zone or a very swampy location). Remember even with waterfront there are prime locations, good spots, and then just okay spots. With regards to the PNW in Washington state we have Salt water and Fresh Water locations. We then can go further with location here in Washington state as we have a lot of choices to pick from. Would you prefer lake or river/stream or would you like salt water bay/sound or oceanfront? This is totally up to you and to be honest, all waterfront in my mind is a solid purchase. Of course there are levels of prime locations on the water front as well. For example on the lake a clean spot for swimming and dock with boating in front of your house is perfect. But as the same lake if it is marshy and you can’t really swim and too shallow for a boat, while again you are waterfront but less desirable location. Budget will also have a huge determining factor on what you can pick/afford. And at the end of the day, I believe water front is 100 times better than a cookie cutter home with pavement and homes all around you.
  • 2. Land and great large raw land with maybe a creek/river or pond or if you are lucky to have large land with salt water. Land is becoming harder and harder to find. There are many factors to why there is less land, the obvious is more people and more people wanting land instead of living downtown or in the cities. The big chunks of raw land that are clean, by clean I mean no wetlands or gophers to stop you from being able to build. Also flat with some hills is good, but steep and extremely hard to build on lots is also not the best. So you will always have different levels of land that is Best to not the best. I will say when the land is private and doesn’t have eye sores around it, being that of either man built/living presence or views such as mud flats or swamps. The really nice pieces of land usually get sold off market to investors/developers or if you are hunting for land, a really good real estate broker will call around for you to see if any owner is looking to sell. Another great way to buy big chunks of raw land is to look for timber land from logging companies. Sometimes these lots are further out in the country. But if you can afford to buy and hold on to the property until it is built up around you or development has come close to the big chunks of land you can make a good penny developing the land or selling to a developer/investor.
  • 3. Downtown Residential/Commerical Downtown Residential/Commerical is amazing and can always be fun and exciting living or living/working close to all the action of a downtown city. Depending where the city is, you can have key locations downtown, if there is water then of course closer to the water or even better on the water is of course the best of the best you can get. If you have a residential of condo on a nice corner spot with restaurants and bars with cute stores, this again is very attractive and definitely helps the value. I really like if you can find a building to buy that has residential on top and a commercial unit on the bottom that you can either rent or use yourself for a business. These always are great buys, but harder to find sometimes. If you are just looking for commercial buildings, I usually recommend making sure the buildings are in key locations, unless they there in gentrification going on through the downtown key areas. These area are called opportunity zones and have awesome tax advantages and if you hold them for a key time period are a great investment, as long as it is just not sitting there vacant. 

Please Call ME instead of just getting sent a random Real Estate Market Report

Please Call ME instead of just getting sent a random Real Estate Market Report. Yes the reports are fun to look at and if you know what you are reading, awesome. But wouldn’t you rather talk about the market while seeing the numbers in person or on a zoom meeting.

Any realtor can pull reports and send them to you. There is a huge difference if the realtor can sit down and explain the reports, actually show you what is going on in the local market. Even better is if the realtor has rentals and investment homes, and can show you their success in the real estate market.

And yes it is cool to know the US Market statistics at the Macro level, but ultimately the micro level of the area you are wanting to buy and sell is huge. We can take this on multiple levels depending on what you are wanting to accomplish in the real estate market. Are you wanting to invest, sell a home, buy and flip or buy in another part of the country? All of this requires you to look at different graphs and compare what your ultimate end goal is. So yes getting a report is great, if you are bored and want a Sunday read. If you want a specialized report for your specific needs, call me and we can talk. And then I can make you a detailed specific report and show you what the market is actually doing for what you are looking for.

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Home Inspections are Key when buying a House!

I have seen a lot of crazy things in real estate and the biggest one, is buyers waiving their home inspection. Of course there are always exceptions when to waive a home inspection. But to be honest not that often, even in a crazy buyers market. I have recently seen a few homes where the other agents buyers have waived their home inspection, and to be honest they were all costly mistakes. From small issues as electrical and plumbing to major issues as sewer issues and major mold issues.

Now remember even you get a home inspection, sometimes the inspector will not catching everything and hopefully they don’t miss anything major. But that is why as a real estate broker you as the agent should recommend a responsible while qualified inspection company. And like myself that has been at hundreds of home inspections with my buyers. I know which inspection companies to recommend.

There are 3 things you can do instead of waiving home inspection when buying a home.

  1. The most common, although in a sellers market it goes a little by the wayside. But making the home purchase contingent on a home inspection. Remember the short the inspection timeline the better that looks to the seller. (Remember I will know exactly your timeline on home insepction contingent date). If your agent does not get this maybe think of switching to a seasoned real estate broker.
  2. Pre-Home Inspection this is a lot more common during the sellers market, as it allows you to inspect the home before the offer review date. This does to things it allows you to know what you are getting into before you make an offer on the home. And two it allows you to waive the home inspection when and if you do write an offer. (Remember there is more to it than this but it works really well). Again if you real estate agent doesn’t understand this concept, maybe time to call me for real professional real estate help!
  3. The final option is of course to waive the home inspection in a very competitive real estate market. But remember your walk through with your real estate broker should be a through one. Remember your real estate broker should knowledgeable about what to look for when walking through the house. (Such as foundation cracks or issues on the outside of the house, any issues that are viewable – electrical/plumbing, a major one like floor slanting and so on). Remember some real estate agents like myself also build homes, went to college for house and commercial building and design. So this helps my buyers from the very start when viewing the home. Especially knowing tentatively what walls can be removed and how well the house seems constructed.

Home inspection is so important and remember it can save you thousands of dollars down the road. Also if you are looking for the best qualified home real estate broker – Give me a Call Ron Rougeaux– with PNW Homes Group and eXp Realty. Ask about all the homes I have sold to my buyers and investors and commercial buildings. Ask to view my homes I have built and take a look at my social media and google for my reviews and pictures/videos.

Home inspection with Ron Rougeaux real estate agent – best buyers agent in olympia Washington!

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Downtown Tacoma, WA [2022]

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Downtown Tacoma, WA [2022]

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Downtown Tacoma, WA

On the bottom edge of Puget Sound lies Tacoma, Washington, a city of just over 219,000 people. It’s part of the larger South Sound region with a population of about 1 million.  After a period of decline, Tacoma made a comeback in the 1990s with a ton of development and restoration.  Now, young and old alike enjoy all that Tacoma has to offer.  With the waters coming into the middle of the city, the area is picturesque with tons of amazing areas and charm.

Living in Downtown Tacoma

People who live downtown love the views of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, Commencement Bay, and the Port of Tacoma, where you can see commerce in action with the loading and unloading of cargo ships.  Downtown Tacoma is one of the most affordable places to live in the area.  Condominiums, lofts, single-family, and vintage homes are integrated within these neighborhoods:

The Foss Waterway

The Thea Foss Waterway area is a popular downtown Tacoma neighborhood that is great to hang out or live in.  There are condominiums for purchase, museums to visit, and a waterfront walkway where you can find restaurants, parks, picnic areas, and kayak or paddleboard rentals.  You can walk there from central downtown and access the waterfront via two bridges and a glass elevator.

The Theater District

Along with the restoration of old buildings are two theaters – the Pantages Theater and The Rialto.  Dating back to 1918, these are venues for music and theater.  A more modern venue was added in 1993 called Theater on the Square.  Lofts with tall ceilings and original bricks have sprung up throughout downtown and are trendy homes.

Pantages Theater In Tacoma, WA

Pacific Avenue

Tacoma’s charm shines through in the Pacific Avenue area.  Renovated brick buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s are now shops, museums, lofts, restaurants, and more.  Local hangouts include:

Plus, check out Dale Chihuly’s art inside Union Station (now a US District Court).

Other Neighborhoods

Tacoma Downtown has a few more neighborhoods worth mentioning.

  • Stadium District is a historic neighborhood with a grocery store, coffee shop, boutiques, and eateries.  There you’ll also find Wright Park, a 27-acre park with a conservatory, arboretum, hundreds of trees, walking trails, and a pond.  Stadium district is one of several neighborhoods known for revitalizing the neighborhoods to include single-family homes mixed in with mixed-use business districts.
  • St. Helens has stunning views of Commencement Bay
  • Dome District has shopping, restaurants, and the Tacoma Dome, where conventions and concerts occr.
  • McCarver Neighborhood has newer condominiums and townhomes and a maple-lined central street.

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Getting Around

Downtown Tacoma has everything within easy walking distance or via a free Link Light Rail. You’ll still want that car to get to neighboring cities, off to the mountains, north to Seattle, or south to Olympia.

Working in Tacoma

There are plenty of opportunities to work for small and large businesses in the downtown area.  Tacoma is home to lumber company Simpson, and food companies, Roman Meal and Brown and Haley.  Fun fact:  candy giant Mars, Incorporated, started in Tacoma in 1911.  The biggest employers in the area are Joint Base Lewis-McChord (an army base 9 miles south of the city), MultiCare Health System, the State of Washington, and Tacoma Public Schools.

The Downtown Tacoma Partnership will work with you to start your own business if that is your dream.

Working In Tacoma, WA

Schools

The Tacoma Public Schools serve the area with 36 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and ten high schools.  There are non-traditional high schools, alternative high schools, and charter schools.  Downtown Tacoma is also home to the Tacoma School of the Arts for high school students and numerous private schools.

The University of Washington built a campus that incorporates some of the area’s historic buildings.  Other colleges close by are the University of Puget SoundTacoma Community CollegeCity University of Seattle-Tacoma, and Bates Technical College.

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Shopping

There are so many things to do in Downtown Tacoma.  Pacific Avenue has unique shops, and restaurants in classic buildings.  Another option is Antiques Row, with several multi-level antique stores.  Find hidden treasures at Lily Pad Antiques, and many more.  Tacoma Mall is on the city’s outskirts for big store shopping experiences – think Macy’s, Nordstrom and JC Penney.

Museum District

Tacoma’s Museum District is comprised of world-class museums, including:

Each of these offers a unique perspective of the area.

Other Landmarks

If you haven’t realized, Tacoma cherishes its old buildings, incorporating them into neighborhoods.  There are 165 individual city landmarks and 1,000 historic properties scattered throughout the metro area.  Some near downtown are:

Fireboat No.1- National Historic Landmark - Tacoma, WA

Outdoors

While some may find the rainy pacific northwest weather an adjustment, there are plenty of sunny days to enjoy the waterfront and the mountains.  Metro Parks Tacoma maintains over 50 parks and open spaces in and around Tacoma.  We mentioned the easy walk to Foss Waterway, plus where 6th Avenue meets the water is a scuba diving area. Downtown’s Frost Park has sidewalk chalk contests.  Those with pups can take them to Rogers Off-Leash Dog Park.

Venture a little further to Port Defiance Park with a 5-mile drive leading to Owen Beach, Fort Nisqually, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  The Cascade Mountains, Mt Rainier, and Mt. St Helens are very close for wilderness seekers.

Moving to Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma retains its charm with many historic buildings, a friendly atmosphere, and a close-knit community.  It is worth checking out if you enjoy an urban atmosphere.  It has culture, education, unique homes, and always new mixed in with the old.

Ron Rougeaux, located in Olympia, Washington is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. PNW Homes Group are committed to their key core values of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty providing quality service is his highest priority. Whether you are buying, selling, or curious about the market, PNW Homes has the answers. 

A local Tacoma real estate agent is ready to help you find your dream home!

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Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Ranked: The 10 Best High Schools in Olympia, WA [2021 Edition]

Olympia, Washington has so many amazing things going for it. It’s a beautiful city full of great real estate, amazing scenery, and fantastic schools. There are so many great schools that each have their own special features. If you are thinking about making a move, have a look at this list of the best high schools in Olympia, Wa ranked from 10 all the way to number 1. 

#10  New Market High School | 7299 New Market Street SW, Tumwater, WA 98501


This high school is a public alternative school with a total of 47 students in grades 10-12. They have a student-to-teacher ratio of 34 to 1. They have been given the rating of #441 Most Diverse Public High Schools in the State by niche.com.

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#9  Secondary Options School | 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512


Secondary Options is a public alternative school that has a total of 100 students in grades 8-12. They have a student-to-teacher ratio of 24 to 1 and an average graduation rate of 45%. They have been given the ranking of #504 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington.

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#8 Olympia Regional Learning Academy | 2400 15th ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501


This public alternative school has a total of 58 students in grades k-12. They have an excellent student-to-teacher ratio of 5 to 1. They have been graded with a B- from niche.com and they have also been ranked as the #178 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington and #195 Best High Schools for STEM in Washington. 

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#7  South Sound High School | 411 College St NE, Lacey, WA 98516


South Sound High School is a public alternative school that has around 104 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. They have been given a grade of B- from Niche.com and they have also been ranked as #87 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington.  

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#6 North Thurston High School | 600 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Lacey, WA 98506


This high school has about 1,475 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. It has been given a B+ grade by niche.com and they have also ranked them as #89 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington, #110 Most Diver Public High Schools in Washington, and #113 Best Public High Schools in Washington. The school offers AP classes and a Gifted Program and they have an average graduation rate of 86%.

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#5  Avanti High School | 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501


This highly-rated public high school has a total of 147 students in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. They have been given a grade of B+ by niche.com and they have also been given the rankings of #16 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington, #91 Best Public High Schools in Washington, and #160 Best College Prep Public High School in Washington. They offer IB courses for students and have an average graduation rate of 75%.

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#4 A. G. West Black Hills High School | 7741 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, WA 98512 


A.G. West Black Hills High School has a total of 867 students in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. The school has been graded with an A- from niche.com along with being given the rankings of #52 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington, #78 Best Public High Schools in Washington, and #97 Best College Prep High School in Washington. The school offers AP courses and a Gifted Program and they have an average graduation rate of 92%.

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#3  Timberline High School | 6120 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503


This public school has been rated highly and they have a total student population of 1,458 in grades 9-12. Their student-to-teacher ratio is 22 to 1 and they offer AP courses and a Gifted Program plus they have a graduation rate of 95%. The school has been given a grade of A- by niche.com and they have also been ranked as #43 Most Diverse Public High School in Washington, #64 Best Public High School in Washington, and #66 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington.

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#2  Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502


Capital High school has a total of 1,389 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. The school offers IB courses and has an average graduation rate of 92%. They have been graded with an A- by niche.com along with getting the ranking #57 Best Public High Schools in Washington, #59 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Washington, and #74 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington.

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#1 Olympia High School | 1302 North St SE, Olympia, WA 98501


Olympia High School is ranked as one of the best schools in Olympia, WA and has a student population of 1,879 students in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. They offer both AP and IB courses plus they have an average graduation rate of 92%. They have been given the grade of A by niche.com along with the rankings #21 Best Public High School in Washington, #22 Best College Prep Public High School in Washington, and #29 Best Public High School Teachers in Washington.

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There are plenty of great high schools in the Olympia area that are just waiting for your family to attend. It’s a great idea to look through the details of each school including the school rankings for Olympia Wa, before making your final choice. There are so many to choose from so choosing the one that suits you and your family’s needs is the best to have the highest chance of success. 

Ron Rougeaux, located in Olympia, Washington is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. PNW Homes Group are committed to their key core values of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty providing quality service is his highest priority. Whether you are buying, selling, or curious about the market, PNW Homes has the answers.