A BRIEF LOCAL BIOGRAPHY
My name is Jonathan Phillips, and I am a Real Estate Broker
in Tacoma, Washington. I developed this website and maintain it in order to
help buyers and sellers in Tacoma and neighboring areas of Western
Washington (Puyallup, Fife, Milton, Sumner, Fircrest, University Place,
Olympia, Seattle, and Auburn to name a few).
I first came to Tacoma in 1977, to visit my brother Harold Phillips, who
still lives in Puyallup. I immediately appreciated the people, the scenery,
the weather, and the quality of life. I moved here permanently in 1979.
I earned my Real Estate Agent's license in 1982, and a Broker's license in
1984. I have represented buyers and sellers in residential, investment, and
commercial real estate sales, and real estate funding transactions.
After completing a degree in Computers & Data Processing in 1985, I
gained various certifications in the computer industry from Novell,
Microsoft, and Intel. I was the exclusive dealer for Contour Software
products from 1986-1997 for Washington and Oregon, building and
installing computer networks to automate real estate and mortgage
company document preparation and reporting. This may sound like a
different career, but it was very closely connected to my knowledge of
real estate transactions and what it takes to process one accurately,
swiftly, and profitably.
I am active in my local community, and spend a considerable amount of time
in activities that I believe improve the quality of life and the physical
environment of our neighborhoods. (See below.)
That's the past. What about the future? While I'm no oracle, I believe the
market we're in is one of the most fascinating, astonishing, and available
ones that I've seen in 20 years. With interest rates at levels not seen
since the 1960s, and the US economy showing an amazing ability to hold
together in the face of terrorist attacks on American soil, we are really in
a new Millennium, as a new people, with a reawakened knowledge of the
fragility of life, and the immeasurable value of that life.
If you have a little time, please read my Business Philosophy 101 page. I
believe many of the questions that sellers and buyers of real estate ask me
in our first meeting are answered there.
APPOINTMENT TO THE TACOMA
In August, 2005 I was appointed to serve on the Tacoma
City Council as Council
District #2 Representative. The appointment lasted through the end of 2005.
It was my great honor and privilege to serve with the dedicated Mayor,
Council, and City Manager & City Staff for this brief period.
COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER WORK
I have been a Member of the North End Neighborhood Council
1993, and a Board Member of the Council since 1998. I currently serve as the
Chair of the NENC and also serve as Chair of the Land Use Committee.
I also serve on the Executive Committee of the NENC, and represent the NENC
on the Across The Fence Committee of the Community Council. I have
represented the North End Neighborhood on the University of Puget Sound's
University District Committee since 1997.
I encourage everyone to contact their local Neighborhood Council and become
involved. Tacoma is one of the few municipal governments in the US that
provides its residents with such access to its elected officials and
TACOMA LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION:
I was appointed to the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in
2000 and served until Spring of 2008. I served as a Commissioner, as the Chair of the LPC,
and as Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee
and the By-Laws Review Committee.
Tacoma is filled with hundreds of beautiful, historic parks, homes,
buildings, and districts. The Landmarks Preservation Commission
is charged with insuring that existing properties are protected and
preserved, but allowing for adaptive re-use while maintaining their historic
BROADWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS:
I was appointed to the BCPA in March of 2006. The BCPA is the
organization responsible for maintaining, operating, renovating, and
developing programs for the Pantages Theater, the Rialto Theater, and the
Tacoma Actor's Guild Theater.
I am currently the Past-President of the Board of Trustees of
the BCPA, and will serve through the end of the 2010 performance season.
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Phillips Realty LLC
917 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402