Want to Live Near JBLM? Here Are 4 Reasons Why People Choose to Call Lakewood Home

I recently worked with a buyer to purchase their dream home in Lakewood—a gorgeous, well-maintained 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath residence. Not only did this home feature stylish finishes, premium amenities, a private gate with a remote control, and a fully fenced, landscaped yard, but it was also nestled in the wonderful city of Lakewood!

The list of why someone might choose to call Lakewood “home sweet home” is a long one, but I’ve narrowed it down to 4 of the top reasons! (Want to see a Lakewood home listing for a great price? Check out this 3-bedroom rambler!)

1. Lakewood is super close to JBLM.

For many people, working close to home is important. Lakewood is located right on the northern border of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, meaning if you’re in the military, commuting to work could take anywhere from 1-18 minutes depending on where you live.

2. This city is home to several gorgeous lakes.

With the name “Lakewood,” it’s probably not a surprise that Lakewood is home to several beautiful lakes! American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, Gravelly Lake, Lake Louise, and Waughop lake are the largest of the lakes. Opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and other water sports are all aplenty here! With several lakes just minutes from home, it’s easy to pack up for a day of fishing.

3. You’re right next door to Chambers Bay.

Bordering Lakewood to the north, Chambers Bay is a 930-acre park that includes a 250-acre internationally acclaimed golf course in addition to beautiful walking trails. Whether you love to golf or just want to go for a run, Chambers Bay offers plenty of space to explore all while providing breathtaking views of the Puget Sound to enjoy the whole time.

4. Conveniently close to Interstate-5 and Highway 512.

Not only is Lakewood next door to JBLM, but it also offers quick and easy access to Interstate-5 and Highway 512. I-5 makes it easy to head south toward Olympia or north toward Tacoma and Seattle, while HIghway 512 heads west toward Puyallup.

Keep exploring Lakewood here:

Meet Cyrus Bonnet

My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA.” I love helping my clients find homes close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.

I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.

(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to check out my website.)

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on May 9, 2017 at 7:49 am
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Lakewood Real Estate |

Well-Maintained 3-Bedroom Rambler in Excellent Lakewood Location Close to JBLM

Carefully maintained and conveniently move-in ready, this bright and spacious rambler offers easy living in a great location! Just 5 minutes to North Fort Lewis and 10-15 minutes from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate/Madigan gate, this Lakewood treasure is ideal for those who commute to JBLM. Offering a welcoming 1,388-square-foot layout, this home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open-concept living space, a large backyard patio, and more! Located at 9722 109th St SW Lakewood, WA 98498, this lovely residence is listed for $259,950.

Discover comfort and convenience at every turn in this Lakewood rambler! As soon as you step in through the front door, this home’s expansive open-concept layout welcomes you in. Tall vaulted ceilings delight the eye, and a relaxing living room is ready for laidback hangouts or more formal entertaining. Wide windows bathe the space in natural light, and a stately fireplace serves as the room’s eye-catching focal point. Imagine cozy evenings sipping on a hot cup of tea while a fire dances in the background!

The open layout flows effortlessly into the kitchen and dining area, a haven that boasts elegance and efficient design. The kitchen comes with all appliances, and the smart layout ensures that everything from preparing school lunches to whipping up dinner is a breeze. Ample cabinetry offers lots of storage space, while large counters and a handy center island ensures there’s plenty of space for meal prep. Enjoy a relaxing morning cup of coffee in bar-style seating at the center island or in the sunny dining nook, a space that’s complete with dramatic lighting fixtures.

This home’s 3 bedrooms features a noteworthy master suite, a retreat that boasts a walk-in closet and an ensuite bath. Have an extra bedroom? Consider transforming it into a fitness center, a den, or a hobby room!

In the backyard, a low-maintenance hangout awaits. A large patio is ready for hosting summer barbecues and lively get-togethers, and shows off plenty of space for patio furniture. Add a couple of vibrant flower baskets and a string of firefly lights into the mix, and you’ll be ready to take advantage of this great outdoor space whenever the sun comes out!

Living in Lakewood

At 9722 109th St SW Lakewood, WA 98498, you’re located in a truly prime spot! Not only are you just 5 minutes to North Fort Lewis and 10-15 minutes from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate/Madigan gate, but you’re also close to shopping, restaurants, services, schools, and tons of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Lake Louise is literally a block from home, and you’re close to all of the other lakes of Lakewood, Chambers Bay, the Puget Sound and much more.

Plus, the Lakewood Towne Center is just a 10-minute drive from home—this one-stop shopping center is home to Safeway, Target, PetSmart, a movie theater, Barnes & Noble, and several other shops. Enjoy dining at nearby favorites here as well, like Applebee’s, Red Robin, Cold Stone, Starbucks, Old Country Buffet, Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Carl’s Jr., and much more!

Meet Cyrus Bonnet

My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA.” I love helping my clients find homes close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.

I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.

(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video above and check out my website.)

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on May 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Lakewood Real Estate |

Gorgeous Contemporary Home with 6 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths Close to JBLM in Frederickson

Impeccably maintained and like new, this 2011-built beauty is brimming with sophisticated style and elegant modern finishes! Boasting a sprawling 3,018-square-foot layout that includes a generous 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this home is just waiting for you to make it your own. Located at 3712 181st St E Tacoma, WA 98446 in the Frederickson community and close to shopping, outdoor adventures, and just 15 minutes to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this home is listed for $369,950.

As soon as you pull in the driveway, this home’s eye-catching exterior delights! Find a yard of lush green grass and a timeless, Craftsman-inspired exterior. Just inside, this home’s entryway and living room greet visitors with a contemporary atmosphere—sleek flooring meets plush carpets, and crisp white trim, exquisite recessed ceiling details, and a lovely color palette set the scene. Gorgeous arched doorways lead to the back of the home where you’ll find a fabulous open-concept great room!

The spacious great room is sure to become the center of daily life—in the living room, stunning built-ins offer the perfect spot to display framed photos, books, and other treasures, while a stately fireplace is ready for cozy evenings. The large layout flows effortlessly into the pristine kitchen and sunny dining nook. In the kitchen, attractive cabinetry, shimmering counters, a walk-in pantry, and bar-style seating offer ease and efficiency at every turn.

This home’s 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths are brimming with versatility. Have an extra room or 2? Consider transforming one into a fitness center or a hobby room, and the other into a playroom or an entertainment center! The possibilities go on, and this home’s long list of amenities are just waiting for your personal touch. This home’s master suite is definitely not to miss—find a calm neutral color palette, beautiful recessed ceiling details, rounded archways, and walk-in closets. A 5-piece master bath awaits, offering spa-like amenities like double sinks and a fabulous soaking tub that’s bathed in cheerful natural light.

If you’re searching for a backyard that’s both easy to maintain and the perfect hangout, then you’re in luck! This home’s paved backyard ensures yard work stays at a minimum, and there’s plenty of room for play and relaxation. Transform this space with a relaxing entertainment area—add in a barbecue, some, patio furniture, and flower baskets, and you’ll be ready for a summer of relaxation! Plus, there’s plenty of room for playing basketball or enjoying other sidewalk games, all in the comfort of your own backyard.

Living in Frederickson

Located between Spanaway and Puyallup, Frederickson is a community surrounded by city conveniences and outdoor opportunities. At 3712 181st St E Tacoma, WA 98446, enjoy being just a 15-minute drive to JBLM, and a 9-minute drive to Highway 512, making it easy to get around the area. The nearby hubs of Meridian and Canyon Road ensure grocery shopping, restaurants, services, and more are all within reach. For those who love staying active, Spanaway Lake and Golf Course are nearby, and other opportunities for golfing, boating, water sports, hiking, and more are all within reach! 

Meet Cyrus Bonnet

My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA.” I love helping my clients find homes close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.

I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.

(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video above and check out my website.)

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on May 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Frederickson Real Estate, Tacoma Real Estate |

Well-Maintained 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath Home in Excellent Yelm Location 15 Minutes to JBLM

A true stand-out gem in the neighborhood, this carefully maintained 2,000-square-foot home in Yelm is conveniently move-in ready! Featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a spacious lot and more, this 2004-built home offers comfort and convenience at every turn. Updated with a brand new 25-year roof, wired for a generator, featuring an A/C heat pump, and showing off high-end fixtures throughout, this beauty is ready for you to infuse it with your own personal style. Located at 15134 Carter Lp SE Yelm, WA 98597 just 15 minutes away from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this home is listed for $265,000.

When you pull in the driveway, this home’s picturesque exterior greets you with timeless style and a lush, neat yard! After a long day at work, this home’s inviting interior sets a warm and welcoming scene perfect for relaxing in. In the living room at the front of the home, find plush carpets and a neutral color palette, ensuring this versatile space is completely ready for you to move right in and begin making it your own.

The same is true of this home’s formal dining room—here, large windows offer plenty of natural light, and an exquisite light fixture adds a touch of stylish flair to the scene. Just around the corner, a kitchen replete with efficient features and elegant design is a delight to spend time in! Granite counters, sleek stainless steel appliances, and attractive recessed lighting provide top-notch amenities to take advantage of.

Boasting a total of 4 bedrooms, this home is filled with versatile space. Have an extra room? Consider transforming it into a hobby room, entertainment center, fitness center, and more! You definitely don’t want to miss the master suite—this fabulous retreat includes a walk-in closet, ensuring you have plenty of room for organization. Plus, indulge in a private ensuite bath, complete with a soaking tub that’s ready for bubble baths!

This home’s backyard is ready to become a fabulous summertime hangout. Featuring a patio, a storage shed and lovely green grass, this fenced area has plenty of space for a barbecue and comfy patio furniture. Whether you’re hosting a lively group for a weekend get-together or just basking in the sun in peace and quiet, this residence’s yard ensures you have room for it all!

Living in Yelm

Located in Thurston County, Yelm is just south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For those who commute to JBLM, at 15134 Carter Lp SE Yelm, WA 98597 you’ll love being a quick 15-minute drive to work! You’re also just 5 minutes away from downtown, and the elementary and middle school are only a few minutes away. Grocery shopping is close by at Safeway, and a long list of nearby eateries include favorites like Papa Murphy’s, Starbucks, Subway, Burger King, and more. Rite Aid, Yelm Cinemas, pharmacies, parks, and much more are also within reach.

Meet Cyrus Bonnet

My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA.” I love helping my clients find homes close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.

I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on April 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Yelm Real Estate |

Exceptional, Move-in Ready 3-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath Home in Lacey (Just 10 Minutes From JBLM!)

Lovingly maintained and boasting stylish design around every corner, this Lacey treasure is truly a joy to come home to! A professional color paint scheme creates a contemporary atmosphere, and a carefully designed 2,276-square-foot layout features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 3-car deep garage, fabulous entertaining spaces, and much more. Located at 9204 Periwinkle Lp NE, Lacey WA, 98516 in a prime spot and just a 10-minute drive to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this move-in ready residence is listed for $319,950.


Built in 2009, this home boasts traditional elements alongside eye-catching modern details. Nestled along sidewalk-lined streets, this home’s large drive and beautifully detailed exterior welcome you home! Just in through the tall 9-foot door, incredible 20-foot ceilings welcome you inside and show off high windows that fill the space with bright and cheerful light. Immediately to the right, a home office awaits, promising a private, quiet space to work or study. The formal dining room is just around the corner, a sophisticated space with a vibrant color palette and exquisite shimmering windows.

A convenient butler’s pantry connects the dining room to the kitchen, a dynamic area that promises to become the hub of daily life! Here, attractive rich cabinetry offers plenty of storage space, while a center island shows off even more counter space for meal prep and the opportunity for bar-style seating. Bold striped wall accents lead into the dining nook, an inviting space that’s perfect for laid-back meals with loved ones all while offering views of the backyard. 

An open-concept layout flows right into the living room, an exquisite retreat that’s ready for cozy evening by the gas fireplace. Plush carpets and a warm color palette contribute to the inviting feel, and whether you envision entertaining a room full of guests or quiet movie nights, this dynamic area is ready for it all!

Find additional comfort and convenience upstairs where 3 bedrooms and a huge family room await. The master suite is a true treat—here, discover vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, and a large ensuite bath with double sinks, a private shower in the corner, and a soaking tub that’s ready for luxurious bubble baths!

When the sun comes out and it’s time for some fresh air, this home’s backyard haven offers a long list of amenities to take advantage of. Fully fenced, this oasis boasts a patio that’s ready for hosting barbecue get-togethers, a hot tub for ultimate relaxation, and an easy-to-maintain yard.

Living in Lacey

Tucked away in a convenient Lacey location that boasts access to outdoor activities and city conveniences alike, at 9204 Periwinkle Lp NE, Lacey WA, 98516, you’re also a wonderful 10-minute drive to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A dream for those who commute to JBLM, this home is also right next door to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Meridian Neighborhood Park, William B. Ives Trail, and the stunning Puget Sound is just minutes away as well. If you love staying active and exploring the outdoors, you’ve truly hit the jackpot with this home! You’re also close to a long list of restaurants and shopping opportunities, and places like Walmart, the Hawks Prairie Village Mall, Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy, Cabela’s and more are all a quick 12-minute drive away.

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on March 1, 2017 at 11:26 am
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Lacey Real Estate |

How to Invest With a VA Loan

If you’re in the military and considering home ownership (or maybe you already own a home and want to make another investment), then there are a few different ways you can take advantage of a VA Loan. Below, I’ve included a couple of ways you can use your VA loan to invest, a close-up look at a real-life scenario, a couple of helpful charts, tips on how to find a VA lender, and information directly from the VA website.

How can you use your VA loan for an investment property?

  1. Use your VA loan to purchase your first home, live in it for one year, and then purchase another home. After purchasing your first home, you must have the home serve as your primary residence for one year. After one year, you will be able to purchase another home within specific guidelines as outlined by the VA with any remaining entitlement. Traditionally, it is for a reason that results from necessity, such as moving out of the area, upsizing to a bigger home, etc. It could also be for something minor, but you should consult your lender or the VA directly for specifics.
  2. If you can afford it, buy a property with multiple units and rent out the extra units. As you can see in the chart above, if you can afford it and have enough entitlement you can buy up to 4 units as long as they are all combined onto one property (including a duplex, triplex, and fourplex). This type of purchase will also require you to live in the residence for at least one year, but the benefit is that you can collect rent money from renters occupying your extra units. If you’re careful and run your numbers right, you can make a profit on your VA loan.

The table below includes the new 2017 VA loan limits on single-family 1-unit dwellings, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in both Pierce County and King County. As you can see, there are some opportunities for investments here:

A Real Life Example

One of my past clients bought a home for $190,000, and soon after they got married. My client’s wife, sister-in-law, and the sister-in-law’s boyfriend were all going to move in together, so they needed to upsize their home. At the time, their county limit was $417,000. Two years later, they ended up purchasing a larger home for $245,000 which was plenty with their eligibility (find specifics on how this is calculated below, but your lender can always help explain this more thoroughly!). This particular client rented out his first home for $1,500. The mortgage was $1,080, so each month he profited $420. Not only did he have positive cash flow, but each month his mortgage was getting paid, in turn building the veteran positive equity.

If you did this over a few properties, you could retire with homes paid off all while getting rent money on the top! This is a decent retirement on top of other retirement plans. (For more information on VA loans and VA loan investments, contact me or your lender.)

More Information on VA Loans From the VA Website:

As with all things, inflation in our economy affects those in the military just as it does with civilians. This is in part why the VA puts out new loan limits based on certain counties across the U.S.

Below, I’ve also include some highlights regarding VA loans directly from the VA website:

  • “VA does not set a cap on how much you can borrow to finance your home. However, there are limits on the amount of liability VA can assume, which usually affects the amount of money an institution will lend you. The loan limits are the amount a qualified Veteran with full entitlement may be able to borrow without making a down payment. These loan limits vary by county, since the value of a house depends in part on its location.”
  • “The basic entitlement available to each eligible Veteran is $36,000. Lenders will generally loan up to 4 times a Veteran’s available entitlement without a down payment, provided the Veteran is income and credit qualified and the property appraises for the asking price.”
  • “Veterans who had a VA loan before may still have “remaining entitlement” to use for another VA loan. Most lenders require that a combination of the guaranty entitlement and any cash down payment must equal at least 25 percent of the reasonable value or sales price of the property, whichever is less. Thus, for example, $23,500 remaining entitlement would probably meet a lender’s minimum guaranty requirement for a no-down payment loan to buy a property valued at and selling for $94,000. You could also combine a down payment with the remaining entitlement for a larger loan amount.”

Source: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/purchaseco_loan_limits.asp

What You Need to Know About VA Lenders

I’ve mentioned a couple times that it’s important to reach out to a lender for additional information, but that can be a challenge in and of itself. Who do you work with? It’s very, very important for you to work with a lender who TRULY knows the VA. Don’t get sucked into using a lender just because they offer a cash incentive or claim to be a military lender. You’ll usually pay the price for that in higher rates, not working with just one person, and being confused all the time (they’ll probably be confused, too, and end up wasting time by doing things like asking for loan documentation more than once, for example). Oftentimes, these uninformed types of lenders are also not up-to-speed on local laws, taxes, and processes in different area, making it a challenge to close on time.

Personally, for me (on both of my purchase and refinances), for my family, and for the majority of my clients, we end up using local lenders like Mike Villano of www.VeteransNationalLendingGroup.com. He is my go-to guy for VA questions and problem solving, in case you need a recommendation!

Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.

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Posted on February 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in VA Loans |

4 Reasons Why People Who Work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Choose to Live in Puyallup

If you’re searching for a home that’s near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I highly recommend the city of Puyallup! Puyallup is a top choice for those who are looking to be surrounded by convenience all while enjoying a more laidback atmosphere and a community feel.

But first, here’s a little more background on me: My name is REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA/military real estate professional.” I love helping my clients find the right home close to JBLM, whether you’re looking for something that’s 15 minutes to JBLM or 1 hour to JBLM. As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM.

I’m Military & Veteran Housing Certified, a Certified Military Housing Specialist (USAcares.org), a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I serve as the Tacoma chapter’s president 2014-2016)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.

(If you’d like to learn more about me, check out my website.)

Anyway—more about Puyallup! Depending on where you live in Puyallup, you’re just about a 15- to 25-minute drive to JBLM. Puyallup is just east of Spanaway, Frederickson, and JBLM, making it a premium choice for those who have to commute to JBLM. (Tip: You may hear people refer to “South Hill” as a different place, but it’s still part of Puyallup—it’s just the southern part of Puyallup and on a hill, as the name suggests!)

Here are 4 reasons why many people who work at JBLM choose to live in Puyallup:

  1. As I’ve already mentioned, Puyallup is very close to JBLM.

Especially in neighborhoods like Silver Creek (located at 176th and Meridian), you’ll find yourself enjoying the amenities of Puyallup and a peaceful suburban community while still being approximately 25 minutes away from work.

  1. Although Puyallup is a developed area, it’s still growing.

Puyallup just keeps growing, and homebuyers can enjoy the benefits of new construction here whether you’re looking for single-family homes or condos. It Is also known to hold its value to its continued growth and amenities.

  1. You’re surrounded by a large variety of incredible amenities.

Puyallup is home to tons of restaurants, schools, health services, parks, and so much more. With a population at almost 40,000, Puyallup has over 30 schools (including Pierce College, a community college). Puyallup is also home to a few large shopping centers, including the South Hill Mall, an expansive destination that features large department stores, a movie theater, and restaurants. 2 Targets, 2 Walmarts, and countless other grocery stores, shops, fast food options, sit-down restaurants, and more all await in Puyallup as well!

  1. The outdoors are right at your fingertips!

Puyallup is home to some truly gorgeous parks (like Bradley Lake Park and Pioneer Park), but if you want to really head into the great outdoors for some adventure, you’re in luck! Puyallup is in close proximity to hiking, fishing, camping, and boating opportunities. Lake Tapps, Lake Alder, and Lake Kapowsin are all within an hour away from Puyallup (depending on where you live) making it super easy to head out for a weekend of peace, quiet, and adventure. Mt Rainier National Park is also less than an hour away, offering a haven of hiking, camping, and even more adventuring!
Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on February 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Puyallup |

Looking For a Home Near JBLM? Here Are 3 Reasons Why Spanaway is a Top Choice For Those in the Military

Looking for a home that’s close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord? Moving to the JBLM area and scoping out the perfect neighborhood to live in? Looking for realtors around JBLM? My name is Cyrus Bonnet and I am “JBLM’s Dedicated VA & military real estate specialist.” I love helping my military clients find homes that fit their needs when they arrive to JBLM, Many times proximity to JBLM is important, many of my clients want a home 30 minutes to JBLM, 15 minutes to JBLM, or more road friendly and willing to drive an hour to JBLM. Whatever the distance to Ft lewis or McCord air force base I am here to guide you, and not only with distance, but with full service to the VA home buying process.

As a military real estate professional, I have a lot of experience serving those who are new to the area and need to find real estate close to JBLM. Not only am I a veteran but I have used my VA loan many times and have even gone further to get all necessary training to stay up to date. I have many qualifications from various places such as: Military & Veteran Housing Certified, Certified Military Housing Specialist, a Military Relocation Professional, a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist, and I’m a part of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (plus I served as the Tacoma chapter’s president 2014-2015!)… and more! I also love supporting organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, War Dogs Making it Home, Paws & Stripes, etc.Since 2013 I have donated over $20,000 to these and other organizations.

(If you’d like to learn more about me, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video above and check out my website www.SoldiersAgent.com )

But you’re probably here because you want to learn more about living in Spanaway, Washington. Spanaway borders Joint Base Lewis-McChord, making it a highly desired location for those in the military.

Here are my 3 top reasons why Spanaway is an excellent choice for those in the military:

  1. Spanaway is super close to JBLM.

Like I already mentioned, Spanaway borders JBLM to the east. Depending on where you live in Spanaway, it can take anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes to get to JBLM, which makes commuting a breeze. Spanaway is also close to larger cities like Puyallup and Tacoma, opening up a wealth of options, whether you’re looking for shopping, restaurants, entertainment, services, etc. It’s also in close proximity to Highway 512 and Interstate-5, making it easy to head north toward Seattle or south toward Olympia. It is also filled with many new communities and various builders to choose from. Your dollar takes you further with new homes here than other areas.

  1. Spanaway offers tons of amenities & conveniences.

Pacific Avenue turns into Mountain Highway (both also known as Highway 7) and runs through Spanaway. This main road takes you past a whole host of Spanaway conveniences, including tons of restaurants and fast food options, grocery stores, shops, and several other shopping centers, services, and much more. Thanks to this central area, running errands is efficient, and it’s also easy to stop somewhere to grab dinner on the way home from work!

  1. Spanaway is the gateway to the outdoors.

Not only is Spanaway home to Spanaway Lake, Spanaway Lake Park, Lake Spanaway Golf Course, and other parks, but it’s also in close proximity to hiking, camping, fishing, and many other opportunities for enjoying the outdoors close to JBLM. It only takes 30 minutes to get to Lake Kapowsin for example, a haven of fishing, canoeing, and boating. Several other lakes surround the area as well, ensuring there’s plenty of space to find your special fishing spot. At just 30 minutes from Spanaway, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is another favorite destination, a fun place to head to for a day for kids and adults alike. Mt. Rainier National Park is less than an hour away from Spanaway as well, offering a myriad of opportunity for taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s beauty… all in JBLM’s backyard!


Want to work with a military REALTOR®? Ready to learn about homes near JBLM? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet, the VA specialist, online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on January 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Uncategorized |

Modern & Move-in Ready 3-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath Townhouse in w/Views in Downtown Tacoma

Nestled in an excellent Downtown Tacoma location and boasting stunning views of the Port of Tacoma and Mt. Rainier, this 2004-built townhouse shows off comfort and convenience at every turn! Inside this inviting townhome, discover a generous 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths included in the 1,600-square-foot layout. Step outside to find yourself surrounded by amenities, from restaurants and shopping to museums and easy transit options. Located at 1525 S G Street, Tacoma WA 98405 this downtown dream is listed for $204,950.

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A charming yellow exterior welcomes you home, and as soon as you step in through the front door, the welcoming main living area invites you in to relax and unwind. Here, an open-concept layout offers a warm scene ideal for quiet days spent watching movies or lively evenings spent entertaining guests! Plush carpets create a cozy atmosphere, and bar-style counter seating in the open kitchen offers a laid-back spot for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Just beyond, the living area is ready to be transformed into a haven of rest and relaxation! Sliding doors let in natural light while also leading out onto a deck, showing off space for summertime barbecues and patio furniture. Imagine hosting backyard get-togethers before heading out for a night on the town!

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3 bedrooms include a large master bedroom, complete with a master bath and even 2 separate closets. Enjoy having enough space to stay organized in, and a private haven to call your very own. For even more room, a large bonus room (that could also be used as a storage room) awaits just above the garage.

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Living in Downtown Tacoma

Brimming with things to do and see, Downtown Tacoma is a hub of activity, fun, and convenience! At 1525 S G Street, Tacoma WA 98405, you’re just a few minutes away from all of the amenities of Pacific Avenue. Downtown Tacoma is home to a wide variety of restaurants, including popular choices like Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, Pacific Grill, Harmon Brewery & Eatery, The Matador, The Melting Pot and more! Spend the weekend exploring museums (the Tacoma Art Museum, the Glass Museum, the Washington State History Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma are all in the mix), or enjoy taking in the scenic beauty of the Thea Foss Waterway.

University of Washington Tacoma is also downtown, and other amenities like hospitals, the convention center, Hotel Murano, the YMCA, and a huge variety of shopping and entertainment options are also within reach. For those who need to commute, it’s easy to hop onto Highway 705 and connect to Interstate-5 whether you’re commuting to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or Seattle, and the nearby Tacoma Dome Station makes it a breeze to take the Sounder Train to nearby cities like Seattle.

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet online here or give him a call/text at (253) 343-4910.


Posted on December 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Downtown Tacoma Real Estate |

Real Estate Espionage For the Buyer How to find hidden information about a potential home.

 

The internet is the greatest single tool one has at their disposal when looking to purchase a home. Generally speaking, the more time you allocate to researching and fully discovering the type of home that best fits your needs, the more satisfied you will be. Most of the information that you need to know will be readily available on sites like Tulia, Zillow, and Redfin. They have the largest and most comprehensive databases that will give you all the formal information including: current, future, and past price, lot size, school district quality, income levels, etc. These serve as our primary indicators and are the most important statistics we have at our disposal when we are preparing to buy a home. Once you have a type of house in mind including price-point, location(s), and lot-size you can begin using other techniques and tools to better investigate your future potential home.

 

Google Earth

Assuming that you have done a fair amount of basic research and have narrowed down your potential candidates to a manageable number you should begin using Google Earth to further investigate your potential future home. Say you have 8 potential properties you would like to visit and get a feel for their respective neighborhoods. Instead of driving to all of the aforementioned houses and spending valuable time and energy checking out each individual house; Do a little recon and visit each of these addresses online. For instance, look at the backyard and get a visual idea of how much space you have and what you could do with it. In addition, you can visually find out what type of privacy you can expect from your neighbors, their house size, and perhaps any other properties in the area which might come across as suspect. By this I mean perhaps there is evidence of hoarders, un-kept homes, or other unsightly aspects which would be unappealing. Keep in mind that the images from both, Google Earth and Google Maps are taken in the recent past, sometimes up to one year prior from the present. Thus, one can see if there were some major repairs taking place or other features which might raise some questions.

 

Consult Online Registries

               If you have small children or are thinking about having children in the near future you should consult Family Watch Dog before buying a home in a specific neighborhood. The map has a nice widget that allows you to see not only the sex offenders in the area, but also how far they live from each individual school. A quick Google search for pawn shops, gun stores, alcohol stores and other similar types of business should give you a decent idea as to the overall affluence of the area. Check out Urban Spoon to see which type of restaurants are in the area. If you have dogs check out dog parks in the area and perhaps dog friendly restaurants.

 

Blogs

               Blogs are a nice way to find out about a neighborhood before you move there. For instance, if you Google a desired neighborhood and plenty of blogs come up it may be a good indication that the neighborhood has a good sense of community and that it is a healthy place to raise a family. Sifting through the many blogs may also bring up the instances of bad neighbors, loud pets, and other unruly facets that could raise alarm.

 

Junk Removal Companies

               Many people will move before they have an official buyer thus the property may be transferred to a realtor/broker/investor who will hire many different companies to tidy-up the property before official showings may commence. Finding out which company they used could take some recon and persistence, but the potential results may be well worth it. Some people are disgusting and you would not believe the kind of junk they leave behind or live in. For starters look up local junk removal companies and give the first few a call.  To find local companies click here. For extreme cases (legal issues) the company will be forced to call the police in which case the record will, most likely, become public.  In other cases you may want to be made aware of if there were unusual pets, too-many pets, and other instances which could factor into your decision. 


Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm
Cyrus Bonnet | Posted in Uncategorized |