My Mission is to provide you with real estate expertise that helps you to find your dream home and have a smooth transaction whether you are moving across the country or across the street.
I specialize in residential real estate sales in Pierce County encompassing Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Tacoma, University Place and Fircrest. I enjoy working with first time home buyers and those who are downsizing or relocating.
"Joyce is awesome! I have used her on the sale of one home and the purchase of another and was impressed with her knowledge, attention to detail and her prompt response. Joyce is charming and very pleasant to work with and I would gladly recommend her to anyone."
"Joyce Shipley represents what every real estate should be: knowledgeable about pricing, a marketing genius, tactful negotiator, responsive, dependable, calm and kind. She literally held our hand throughout the sale process and when matters required us to be on site and we could not be there, she stepped in on our behalf. We could not have asked for a better representative for our new property purchase and for the sale of our previous home. Oh, and by the way—it sold in only 4 days! Thank you Joyce!"
"We really like to think through our decisions and Joyce was very patient throughout the process. If we had a question the answer was one based on her experience and us making a decision that would lead to us being informed correctly. Joyce was always there when needed, never to excited and very professional. Joyce always kept a very professional composure no matter what the situation and to me that really says a lot about a person."
"She was an excellent realtor! She helped me find the house I really wanted! Then she worked hard to get it closed on time!"
"Joyce has significant knowledge about real estate in Pierce County. She will go to significant lengths to address or answer any questions you have. For example, we were interested in contacting the carpenter who did the wood-working a house built 10 years ago-- she was able to track him down. She does fight to keep your costs low during the transaction. She sees value in how first-time buyers learn the process of buying a property. I will take that knowledge with me. It's a nice element to a process that can easily become purely a financial transaction."
"We would recommend Joyce Shipley in a heartbeat. She's professional and driven. She put together a game plan to sell our house and followed through with it and then some. She staged the house. All the transaction details were carefully explained to us in plain English, step by step. She is positive and never waivers from believing in herself and her abilities."
Blogs happen when something prompts me to write them and today is one of those days. Let me preface this by saying, I love my clients! And I keep in mind that I have to impart to them the details so their life is easier and therefore mine is too. But sometimes, things come […]
What happens at closing? It is confusing and makes everyone anxious. Once the escrow gets loan documents, several things have to happen. a. The escrow company completes a HUD statement of all the charges for both buyer and seller which is then sent to the lender to be approved. This includes seller payoffs. It also […]
The trees are turning and it is absolutely beautiful everywhere we look.
I received an article on Facebook from a friend yesterday and I decided to blog my response. I think I shared with you my moving adventure earlier this month. Now I will share with you that I bought 2 properties in WA in 2004 and 2 properties in 2005. All from the proceeds of the […]
At the end of May, 2005, my mom who was 88 and I drove to WA to visit my sister and one of my closest friends in Gig Harbor. On the spur of the moment, I decided to sell my condo in Channel Islands and move to Gig Harbor. I made an offer on a house after […]
In working yesterday for our Windermere Community Service Day assemblying furniture, I was reminded of my dad and some of the things he taught me about teamwork. You see, I started going to work with my dad when I was really small. He was a general contractor and built homes and churches in So. California. […]
Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There’s nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on […]
I was thinking about what I love about Gig Harbor and what I miss about Ventura, Ca where I was raised. We are surrounded by the Sound and everywhere I go I get views of the water that are breathtaking morning and night. Now that it has warmed a bit, we can go without a […]
Before you make the decision to purchase a home, you should determine how much you can afford to pay for one. In order to buy a home, most individuals have to obtain a mortgage, which is a loan for purchasing real estate. A mortgage requires you to pay back the amount of the loan and […]
I have a friend who bought their home in 2006 from a relative. So they paid top price. They have tried 10 times to refinance and their interest rate is almost 7 percent. They have always made their payments and their jobs wages have increased but were always told by their lender and other lenders […]
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