2461 Mountain View Road

 

MLS#968504

 

This classic charmer is waiting for the the right opportunist to come along and call this, home. Over the last few years, new flooring has been installed, new kitchen cabinets and countertops, new windows, new water heater and more! Only a few more things to do will make this the amazing single level home on quiet acreage that you have been searching for. Enjoy spectacular seasonal view of the Olympics as well. They didn't name this road "Mountain View" for nothing! Come see for yourself

 

Robert Contreras

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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7655 Long Lake Rd, Port Orchard WA

 

Wonderfully Private Sanctuary!

 

3bed 1.75bathmls#938988

 

Tucked into the trees across from Long Lake, this peaceful retreat waits to welcome you home. Enjoy the tranquility of the property from the expansive wrap around deck, or head to the garage/shop with plenty of room for your hobbies and even more in the loft above, the possibilities are endless. At the end of the day, head inside to enjoy the warm, spacious home with room for you and your guests. Pride of ownership is evident and this well loved home is ready to show that love to you. Call to make your viewing appointment today!

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Contreras

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 11:32 am
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7131 Roxburghe Pl SW, Port Orchard

 

 

Welcome to Hawkstone 

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 McCormick Woods

 

NWMLS#925264 

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Offered at $459,900

 

 

Make yourself at home on the 17th Fairway of McCormick Woods. Beautiful maple hardwood floors wait to welcome you in, and the inviting kitchen and open living room together with the warmth of the fireplace invite you to relax for a while. High ceilings and other features such as the quartz countertops and stainless appliances will impress your guests and the spacious master suite will rejuvenate you. Together with the amenities offered at McCormick Woods, this is the home you have been dreaming about.

 

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Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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4471 SE Scenic View Lane Port Orchard, WA 98367

Beautiful Home in McPherson Glen
Offered at $345,000

 

4471 Scenic View Lane

Click Here for more information!

 

Welcome to Long Lakes McPherson Glen! This stunning contemporary North West home has it all, starting with an exceptional kitchen featuring granite countertops and stainless appliances. The beautifully painted millwork and hardwood floors, make this a welcoming and ready to move in home. Outside, enjoy your expansive backyard and community access to Long Lake & private walking trails. Minutes to Southworth / Seattle Ferry. Contact your Realtor® or give me a call if you don't have a Realtor® to schedule your private showing. 

 

 

 

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Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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Which Home Search Site is the Best?

When I sit down with home shoppers to help them become home buyers, inevitably, this question comes up:

 

"Which home search website is the best?"

Short Answer: Your favorite one plus a great Realtor®

 

In case we are not on the same page here, there are tons of different home search websites out there for the public to use. Many of them are free to use and do not require any information for you to use them, though if you want access to all of the features, you will most likely be asked for your name and an email address. Because there are SO many different search sites, I am just going to categorize them into 3 major categories. There are several other ones out there are just lead capture sites cleverly disguised as search sites, but I won't be talking about those here. 

 

The Big Guys

The big guys include names you probably already know and love or hate. Here we can find names like Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia. These companies spend a lot of money to give you the best possible search experience. They are also heavily advertised on TV and radio so chances are, they are the first place you end up going when you search "homes for sale" in Google. Also creeping into this arena is Redfin, but they are a brokerage website and will be included in the next section. 

PROS – These search engines are very user friendly. Their slick interfaces and slew of extra options make these guys easy and fun to use. They are giants in the industry for a reason. You can easily sign in and use the same search on your desktop, laptop and mobile device as their data works very well between the browser and app versions of the websites. 

CONS – Your agent is going to have a love/hate relationship with any of these sites. Because of the way listing data is shared (which I won't get into here) there are frequently issues with missing, old or even wrong information and often times, real estate professionals are not able to interact with these companies to get the necessary corrections made in any kind of a timely manner. Also, on several of these sites, the featured agents listed on the are not always the best fit for where you are searching, that agent has just paid to have their face in that spot. Do not get me wrong, there are great professionals in that list of names, but it is important that you dig a little deeper than just clicking on a face to pick your agent / home buying partner. 

MY TAKE ON IT – Use the site you like. It is really that easy. If you have an app that you love, I recommend to my clients to keep using it. No matter how far off that Zestimate is or how old that listing is, or how wrong the information in the description is, you and I (or your agent) can always look for more complete or correct information elsewhere. 

 

The Brokerages

Every major real estate brand has their own search site that you can use. Windermere, Coldwell Banker, John L Scott, Remax, and so on and so on. Once again, these guys are all spending a great deal of cash to give you the best experience they can. Redfin is one of the big guys, but they are also a brokerage so it is hard to place them firmly in either of these categories so far.  

PROS – Because you are probably already committed to your agent at this point, you can have a search experience that is relatively ad free. Your search may be branded with your agents information, but that just makes it easy for you to contact your agent without having to look up the number or email address. These sites usually have a direct data feed from local Multiple Listing Services so their data is refreshed often, giving you one of the most solid places to check for up to the minute information (or 15 minutes in most cases) on listings you may have found using one of the big guys. Each of these brands may also bring a special functionality or additional tools that are unique to their brand to help you with additional information. 

CONS – These guys are in the business of being face to face with you and getting you out to see homes in person and help you through the home buying process. They are not spending as much on their search tech as the big guys are and that leads to search functions that are sometimes clunky or hard to use for some users. They are not bad, they just lack some of the ease of use that the big guys can give. 

MY TAKE ON IT –  Once again, if you have a brokerage site that you like to use, I say stick with it. If there is a certain tool you like to use that is only offered in one place, such as drive time searches (which are getting more popular) or Neighborhood News (my Windermere plug!) keep using it and let your agent know you are using it. 

 

The Grand Pappy

That's right, the keeper of the information, the originator of all the data, your local multiple listing service or MLS. This is where the rubber meets the road and your real estate professionals are working all day every day. As soon as an agent updates data, everyone has it instantly. 

PROS – This is the source. If the information here says "Sold", then it is sold. If there are mistakes in the listing information it is because they were entered that way and as soon as hey are correct, the mistakes are gone, only to be found as ghosts on the big guys search sites. You will know about new listings as soon as many agents are seeing it for the first time. 

CONS – To have access to these sites, you will most likely have to go through an agent. If you picked an agent who is constantly marketing to their data base, you may be inundated with emails and even phone calls every time you click on something. Talk to your agent to find out what MLS access means you will be subjecting yourself too. The search features can require a higher degree of expertise to navigate as they are intended for advanced users. 

MY TAKE ON IT – If you like and can use the MLS well, this is where you should be looking. It has the best data you can get and it often allows your agent to see where you have been looking and what you have been  looking at so that they can jump on what you want. If you don't like to use the MLS, I recommend you at least punch in the listings you found on the big guys search app to check the most current information. 

 

If you are thinking about becoming a home buyer or even just a home shopper and you would like to know how to be really good at it, I would love to sit down with you and help you to do just that. 

 

 

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm
Robert Contreras | Category: Uncategorized

5405 Bethel Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA

54055 BETHEL RD SE - NWMLS#890609 (1)

Offered at $295,000

Offering you an incredible opportunity in nearly 10 acres of land. Build your own private sanctuary or subdivide the lot for development. Mixed Use zoning opens up plenty of possibilities. Don't just drive by, call me today to tour the property or you will miss the best of this lot has to offer! Some wetlands are present but there is plenty of dry level land to work with. Existing structure on the property is a teardown. Well and septic not maintained but are present. If you do decide to drive by without me, please do not disturb tenant in blue home. Call me with any questions you have! Click the image or HERE for more information.

 

 

 

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm
Robert Contreras | Category: Uncategorized

Countertops

Choices are the spice of life, am I right? What about when you have to choose the type of countertop you are about to purchase? The material choice alone can be daunting if you don't really know the pros and cons of the materials you are choosing from. Here is my take on a few popular countertops. I didn't include such options as travertine, glass, concrete or other alternatives because I just don't see them used as countertops very often if at all, even though concrete is making a run in certain parts of the country. That being said, let's get started!

 

 

Granite

Granite

The king of HGTV and the favorite material in most new construction, granite is one of the most popular upper end materials being used in kitchens today. 

Pros: Granite is a natural stone formed in the molten heat of the earth. Each square inch of every slab is unique and natural, giving a it a beauty that isn't easily matched. Because of the way it is formed, granite is very durable and stands up well to knife nicks and scratches, staining, heat and other wear and tear. 

Cons: Granite needs to be sealed to avoid stains. Because if its natural slab design, if you somehow manage to chip or crack your countertop, repairs can be costly or even impossible. 

 

 

Corian

Corian

Corian is actually a brand name for a synthetic countertop material made from acrylics. The brand name has been adopted as a general term for this type of material.

Pros: Corian is nonporous like stone which makes it virtually maintenance free, but it can be scratched and burned. No worries, if it isn't too bad, those accidents are fairly easy to sand out. Because it is a synthetic material, much like laminate, there are an incredible array of colors and patterns available to get the exact look you want. 

Cons: Corian can have a tendency to look and feel like plastic and still cost as much as some natural stone.It also doesn't do too well against hot pans or sharp knives as well as other materials that can stain or melt the material. 

 

 

Quartz 

Quartz

Also called engineered quartz, this man made stone is a great combination of easy maintenance and natural looking beauty. Made of resin and quartz chips tinted with color, quartz is quickly becoming a very popular choice for countertops. Don't confuse this with the naturally occurring Quartzite! For more information, check out this informative piece on Quartz vs. Quartzite

Pros: Quartz  has the same pros as Corian as far as maintenance. As a man made product, it's available in more colors and patterns than natural stone and can be poured into any shape if you have a challenging project. 

Cons: Some lower end quartz can look like they have been engineered and lack the beauty of natural stone. It isn't cheap, but exceptional durability and a natural look can make higher end quartz a worthwhile investment. 

 

 

Quartzite

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Often confused with its engineered cousin quartz, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is harder than granite. 

Pros: Because it is a natural stone, quartzite will carry its unique traits and beauty into your home. It is a very durable stone that will hold up to scratching, cutting or staining. 

Cons: Like all natural stones, quartzite will need to be sealed once or twice a year to keep it easy to clean. Also, still pointing at the fact that this is a natural stone, your color choices will be limited and prices may be higher if you have large countertops. 

 

 

Marble

marble

One of the classics, marble is a favorite of candy makers and pastry chefs. 

Pros: While not as popular today as granite and quartz, marble has been an elegant choice for decades. As mentioned above, candy makers and pastry chefs have taken advantage of marbles ability to remain cool. 

Cons: Marble stains like crazy, even with proper sealing. Because of this, most folks who choose marble these days only use it on one or two countertops in conjunction with other materials. 

 

 

Tile

Tile

Tile can work in any kitchen design because of how versatile and modular it is. With a great designer, you can create a timeless masterpiece. 

Pros: It is pretty durable and holds up well against heat and sharp blades, and stains. If one or two tiles break or chip, they are relatively easy to replace.

Cons: Tile is uneven and can make using a cutting board frustrating. Also, grout lines mean you won't be rolling out dough on your tile counter. If those grout lines are not well sealed, they will trap all sorts of grime and stains. 

 

 

Laminate

laminate

Often considered to be "cheap junk" from the 70's, laminate has come a long way and is looking better and better every year. Because of advances in engineering and design, the product is more durable and stylish than every. 

Pros: Laminate is flat out the lowest cost option out there making it a mainstay in budget kitchen deigns. It is also available in an infinite array of colors and patterns. 

Cons: Laminate is prone to scratching, burns and, in some cases, staining. With wear and moisture exposure, the layers can peel. If it gets damaged, you are going to replacing the entire sheet of laminate. 

 

 

Stainless Steel

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Once found mostly in commercial kitchens, stainless steel is sneaking into modern kitchen designs in the home.

Pros: Think of stainless steel as the "Incredible Hulk" of countertops. You are not going burn, scratch, or stain this countertop unless you are trying to. There is a reason you find this stuff in most commercial kitchens. 

Cons: Stainless steel can and will dent if you are banging pans around. Chances are you won't be doing that though because of how loud your kitchen will be with stainless. Also, you are going to be wiping fingerprints from your countertops for EVER!

 

 

Butcher Block

butcher block

Butcher Block brings a functionality and classic beauty to your kitchen that is tough to match. 

Pros: Having the warm look of wood brings a farm or cottage feel to the kitchen and gives you a cutting board every where! Some who go with this material enjoy the look of the wear and cuts that come with use and those who don't can easily sand out any worn spots and make the countertop new again. 

Cons: Being wood, the porous material can harbor bacteria if not properly clean and disinfected. it also will absorb moisture causing it to swell and recede. 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to call or email and I will get you to the information you need! Thank you for reading. 

 

 

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 11:33 am
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2711 SW Pine Rd, Port Orchard

 

 

 

 Offered at $254,900

 

Wait till you see this place! Everything you’re looking for, just in time for the holidays! Great location, just moments from Port Orchard or Gig Harbor. This outstanding property has an electric gated entry, is fenced, and comes w/1200 ft garage, separate shop, dog run, & storage building too! Immaculate 4 bedroom home With open floor plan, tile entry, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, new paint, & new carpet. Brand new roof and Trex deck mean it’s ready right now! What are you waiting for?

 

 

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm
Robert Contreras | Category: Uncategorized

Rising Home Prices (A Perspective)

 

 

 

 

Robert Contreras
Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com

WA Lic. #116083

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm
Robert Contreras | Category: Uncategorized

2235 SE Upchurch Way

SOLD 

4 Days on Market / Full Price

 

 

Better than new, this immaculate home has the space you want today and the space you will need for tomorrow. Enjoy Olympic mountain views from your master suite or one of your two back decks. Prepare meals and entertain guests in your beautiful kitchen, finished with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. With the main floors open concept, you won't have to neglect your guests while hosting. Most of lighting fixtures through out the home have  had LED bulbs installed to save energy and save having to replace a bulb for years to come. Located near schools, parks, shopping, dining, coffee, freeway access, public transportation and van pools to PSNS, this is the one you have been waiting for.

Contact your buyers agent, or call Robert Contreras to arrange your private tour now.

 

 

Robert Contreras

 

 

Real Estate Broker / REALTOR®
Windermere Port Orchard
(360)979-0529 cell
(360)876-9600 office
robertc@windermere.com
www.RobertContrerasHomes.com
WA Lic. #116083

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 25, 2015 at 6:30 am
Robert Contreras | Category: Uncategorized