May 2012 ...

May 2012
Volume 2 Issue 4
What is your home worth?
If you haven't checked to see how much your home is worth lately, you might be in
for a pleasant surprise. Nationally, the median list price of a single family home is
$189,900, up 5.6 percent compared to March 2011, according to So,
what's your house worth? At Trulia, you can get an estimate of your home's value
simply by entering your address. Edit or add facts about your property if information
is wrong or missing. Trulia is also an excellent tool for home buyers, whether they're
looking to move across town or across the country. For a more serious appraisal,
take a look at Zillow. Type in your address - or any home you're curious about - to
see Zillow's estimate, or the Zestimate. When you're searching for homes for sale, a
significant difference in the asking price and the Zestimate can alert you to a
potentially good deal. If you're a homeowner and disagree with a Zestimate, check to see whether the facts about
your home are wrong or out of date. You're allowed to update your home facts, but you can’t remove your home
from the site. Finally, there's the official site of the National Association of Realtors, More than 900
Multiple Listing Services across the U.S. funnel home listings here. is a trove of information about
mortgages, real estate trends and other topics. Keep in mind that estimates are only starting points. They're no
substitute for a professional appraisal and a comparative market analysis.
Donate Life
May is National Donate Life Month. Transplantation is one of the most remarkable
success stories in the history of medicine and technology, the need for organs and
tissue is vastly greater than the number available for transplantation.
Transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and provides
many others with active and renewed lives. In 2011, there were 14,144 organ
donors. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical
history. There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation. As of March 2012
there were 113,115 patients waiting for donors. The altruistic process of donating organs or tissue
begins when people perform the simple act of indicating their consent to be a donor by enrolling in their
state’s donor registry. Most often this happens when obtaining or renewing a driver’s license. Most
people also tell their family they want to be a donor so their family can support their decision when
needed. To learn more or to sign up to be an organ donor go to or to make a
financial contribution go to
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Farmer’s Markets
A farmers market is made up of any number of individual farmers who set up booths
and tables (indoors or outdoors) to sell products. These products can include fruits,
vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, artisan breads, arts and crafts. The majority of
products sold at farmers markets are locally and organically grown at farms and homes
nearby. The produce that they sell is seasonal, so everything is fresh and ready to eat.
South Puget sound has many farmers markets in the area, shopping at a farmers markets is a great way to get
healthy, quality foods. Below are some of the Farmer’s Markets in the Area.
Broadway Farmers Market
902 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
Between 9th and 11th streets in
downtown Tacoma Thursdays,
10am to 3pm
May - October
6th Avenue Farmers Market
6 and North Pine
Tacoma, WA
3pm to 7pm
May to September
Auburn International Farmers
Auburn Sound Transit Plaza
23 A St SW
Auburn, WA
9am to 2pm
June 10 to September 23
Proctor Farmers Market
2609 North Proctor Street
Tacoma WA
Enter at North 27th and Proctor St.
9 am to 2 pm
March 21 - December 22.
Puyallup Farmers Market
The Pioneer Park Pavilion
in Pioneer Park
along 4th Avenue in downtown
Puyallup, WA
Saturdays 9am to 2pm
May to October
Sundays 10am to 2pm
May to August
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
4701 Pt. Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, WA
Uptown Gig Harbor next to the Galaxy
8:30am to 2pm
April to September
South Tacoma Market
Metro Parks Star center
3873 S 66th Street
Tacoma, WA
11am to 3pm
June 3 - September
Kent Farmers Market
Town Square Plaza
2nd Ave & Smith St
in downtown Kent
next to the Kent Library
Kent, WA
9 am to 2 pm
June 2 - September 29
Skansie Brothers
Park (Gig Harbor)
3125 Judson Street
Gig Harbor, WA
Downtown Gig Harbor
Wednesdays and Sundays
June to September
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