Elsa Borgen named TPCAR’s 2018 REALTOR® of the Year


Windermere Chambers Bay is proud to congratulate Elsa Borgen as the recipient of the 2018 REALTOR® of the Year Award from The Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS®. The award exemplifies faithfulness to the principles of the REALTOR® organization, commitment to education, professionalism, and the Code of Ethics.


Elsa Borgen, TPCAR 2018 REALTOR® of the Year“It’s almost surreal,” Borgen says. She said she was committed from day one of her real estate career to TPCAR and the REALTOR® community. She said it has always been important to her to understand the role of the association’s leadership and how their work benefits member agents.

“I really do believe in what the association does. Without the association, the public would suffer,” Borgen says. “We lobby for consumer rights.” And this is work Borgen plans to continue.

Borgen has worked on behalf of her colleagues on the local and state levels in many capacities, serving as a director for Washington REALTORS®, chairing the Diversity and Members Services committees, joining other committees and subcommittees, serving on the Presidential Advisory Group and lobbying the Washington state Legislature. She’s also worked diligently to revive the TPCAR member services committee alongside fellow Windermere Chambers Bay agent Linnie Smith. She earned the TPCAR and Washington REALTORS® Community Service Awards in 2014.

Borgen works to demonstrate the association’s value, especially to agents who are new to the business. Part of that involves being immersed in the community through activities like blood drives and volunteering at Mother Earth Farm and the Northwest Furniture Bank, because it’s not just agents who see the benefits of TPCAR.

“We need to grow what we have and make sure it’s sustainable — change with the times,” she says.

It was Borgen’s first attempt to look at a new home that set her on the road to her own real estate success story. About 12 years ago, she and her husband welcomed three new children within 18 months (including a set of twins) and found themselves needing a larger home for their already growing family.

“I was a nightmare client right from the very beginning,” Borgen jokes. As a mother with small children at home it was often a feat to mobilize everyone for even a short outing. Helping her through that transaction was an agent team, half of which just happens to be TPCAR’s 2017 REALTOR® of the year, Jasmyn Jefferson, who then worked alongside her agent father. It was with their encouragement Borgen got her real estate license and charged into the challenging real estate market of 2007.

In that economy, it took seven months for Borgen to log her first transaction, and she managed it with three children under that age of 3 at home.

“God gives you what you can handle, and it was exactly what I needed,” Borgen says.

She was invited to make the move to Windermere Real Estate after adeptly navigating a challenging transaction and has not looked back since. She fell in love with the company culture and found her dream office. She describes a connection with a great group of agents who are able to find the best mix of competing with each other while remaining collaborative and helpful. This fall is her 10-year anniversary as a Windermere agent.

“It’s a good business, and I’ve met a lot of great people,” Borgen says. She’s quick to acknowledge the support she’s had along the way, especially from Windermere Chambers Bay Broker/Owner Patience Colkitt.

“I feel like Patience has my back. I know I can bend her ear whenever I need to on a professional or personal level,” Borgen says. “I love that office. It feels like home. You can just be yourself and do what you need to do.”

Borgen says her clients describe her as patient, understanding and a good listener. She says she just does what’s best for her client.

“I’m here to help people get to where they want to be,” she says.

As much as she enjoys her business and her work family, Borgen is quick to share what comes first for her.

“My focus is my kids and getting them to adulthood,” she says. Borgen and her husband, Tom, have 13-year-old twins, a 15-year-old and one adult child. Today she’s active her children’s sports activities and parent-teacher organization. She also volunteers at the St. Charles Borromeo Food Bank in Tacoma as she has for about a decade and serves on the Seattle University Global Engagement task force.

And her clients and colleagues understand and respect her family-first focus.

“They let me do my thing my way,” she says.

And it appears that doing her thing her way is working out for everyone.

Her favorite part of the work she does is handing the house keys over to first-time homebuyers. She identifies with the time and work people put into buying their first home because it was something she saw her own parents do. Nicaraguan immigrants, Borgen’s mother and father worked for over a decade after moving to the United States to buy their first home here.

Borgen was 6 years old when her family moved here. She didn’t speak English. She remarks on that journey to where she is in her career now, in the Pacific Northwest where she’s made her home for more than 20 years.

“It’s kind of crazy,” she says. “God has a plan and you just have to go with it.”



Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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Enjoy Island Living w/Lovely 3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Home on Day Island

Indulging in island living is a breeze with this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home—there’s no ferry ride involved in reaching your Day Island cottage! Conveniently connected to University Place by the Day Island Bridge, this seaside home offers the best of both worlds. With partial views of the shimmering Puget Sound, the majestic Olympics and picturesque Fox Island, this haven is a Northwest treasure! Located at 2243 Day Island Blvd W University Place, WA 98466, this 1,552-square-foot residence is listed for $350,000.

0_2_gallery.jpg&h=534&bgcolor=eeeeeeLovingly maintained, the front entrance offers an inviting scene to arrive home to. Inside, a cool palette of light, sky-blue hues and eye-catching cream trim create a comfortable atmosphere, welcoming you to kick back and let your worries melt away! At the front of the home, an open, versatile space features room for an office, library, or den, and its picturesque view of sparkling water shows off a vacation-worthy scene. In the adjacent living room, you’ll find plush carpet and a charming brick fireplace. Imagine snuggling up in the evening with a fire dancing in the background, and a good book in hand!

The open concept layout features a spacious dining area, and just beyond, a separate kitchen provides convenience. Wall-to-wall cabinetry on both sides of the kitchen ensure there’s plenty of storage and counter space, and the tile floor continues out into an area that could easily be transformed into a separate dining nook.

2_2_gallery1_2_galleryJourney farther into the home to discover 3 bedrooms, each with their own special details and charming character. The spacious master bedroom boasts windows that bathe the room in bright light, separate closet space, and two-toned walls complete with pleasing trim accents. Another bedroom shows off contrasting navy and blue walls, and yet another option features custom built-in shelving, drawer and closet space!

16_2_galleryOn sunny days, the backyard provides both covered and open patio space, ideal for hosting barbecues or just basking in the sun and sea breeze! Lush green grass and a garden area offer the chance to try out your green thumb, and when it’s time to stretch your legs, a small nearby public park with a public beach is just a short walk away. At the back of the home, a detached 2-car garage and plenty of street parking ensure ease and efficiency day in and day out!


Living on Day Island

A small island just west of University Place, Day Island provides easy access to and from the mainland with the Day Island Bridge. Many residents love the fact that there’s no need to take a ferry, all while still enjoying the benefits of living on a small island! Take advantage of all that nearby University Place offers, including a close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Interstate-5, and a myriad of shopping and dining options. And of course, many who choose to live on Day Island love the outdoor maritime opportunities that await, whether you enjoy boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or simply taking a stroll along the waterfront!

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Elsa Borgen online here or give her a call/text at (253) 606-8212!

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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Sprawling 4-Bedroom, 2-Bath Rambler w/Updated Windows & Huge Yard in Lakewood

Resting against a serene backdrop of towering trees on nearly half an acre of land, this 4-bedroom, 2-bath rambler masterfully blends modern aesthetics and updated features with the convenience of single-level living. Located at 11520 Gravelly Lake Dr SW in the heart of Lakewood near Lakewood Town Center and I-5, this home is listed for $435,000.

Lakewood 214_5_6When you arrive home, a long driveway leads you to a handsome brick facade, complemented by powder-blue wooden siding. An updated window package—including fiberglass windows with lifetime warranty—and fully-finished soffit await you, ensuring that your home is as functional as it is beautiful, prepared to weather all that Mother Nature throws your way.

Upon entry, sunlight cascades in through tall windows to illuminate richly-hued wooden floors, and an open floor plan cultivates a sense of community and togetherness, allowing seamless transition from room to room. Prepare delicious meals in the gourmet kitchen, which offers expansive counter space and elegant cabinetry. Updated stainless steel appliances bring a luxurious sheen to stately granite countertops, and a dine-in island rounds out this divine culinary experience.

Lakewood 020_1_2_3_4Steps away in the living room, enjoy views of the impeccably landscaped backyard through double glass doors. A slate-colored brick wall is home to a unique, cutout fireplace with a live edge mantle; for an evening of ultimate tranquility and comfort, cozy up before the crackling flames with your favorite book and glass of wine. Make your way to the master suite and discover that yet another deluxe fireplace awaits you, plus a multitude of amenities sure to inspire a vacation-worthy experience.  

Outside, entertainment options abound—test out your green thumb in the garden and enjoy your favorite lawn games in the sprawling back yard, which includes a play structure. The detached 2-car garage and separate storage shed ensure that your living area remains flawlessly uncluttered, and a custom wooden fence guarantees the utmost in safety, privacy, and protection for your family. To top it all off, enjoy keyless entry to this retreat!Lakewood 199_200_201

Living in Lakewood

Aptly named for its abundance of beautiful lakes, the City of Lakewood is located just south of Tacoma. Home to a lush landscape that includes first-class golf courses, opportunities for recreation, private clubs and more, Lakewood is a Pacific Northwest treasure. At 11520 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, you’re located within walking distance from Gravelly Lake, and it’s just a quick 5-minute drive to connect to Interstate-5, a dream for commuters!

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Elsa Borgen online here or give her a call/text at (253) 606-8212!

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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Stunning 3-Bed, 2.5-Bath Tri-Level w/Large Backyard in Puyallup

This meticulously maintained 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath tri-level in Puyallup’s gated community of Avalaine has it all! Resting against a backdrop of vivid greenery along a welcoming cul-de-sac, this spacious, serene abode boasts immaculate wood flooring and eye-catching vaulted ceilings. Move-in ready with sizable front and back yards and plenty of storage space, this 1,932-square-foot home is located at 15014 87th Ave E, Puyallup WA, 98375 and is listed for $262,900.

Lovely white trim and a manicured lawn set the stage and offer great curb appeal, and welcome you home to comfort and style! Upon entry, a thoughtfully constructed floor plan awaits you; several open, generously sized rooms offer a variety of opportunities for entertaining and relaxing! Sunlight pours in through wood-wrapped windows with custom coverings, filling each room with an air of cheer and warmth. The walls feature unique cut-outs and the majestic hardwood floors gleam, adding instant elegance to the main level.

The living room boasts an eye-catching cherry-red entertainment center replete with a fireplace, providing the ideal atmosphere for a cozy movie night or Sunday afternoon spent watching the game. The open-concept kitchen and casual dining area with ample counter space invite friends and family to make and share meals together, and when it’s time to host more formal affairs, a separate dining room offers an ideal, elegant setting.

Upstairs, explore a welcoming master suite with an ensuite bathroom that’s all yours! 2 more versatile bedrooms share another full bath, and offer plenty of space and privacy. For additional room, a fully finished basement provides a place for leisure and play, and the enormous backyard offers a quiet, picturesque refuge to unwind from the day. When the sun comes out, a sprawling patio surrounded by a beautiful yard and garden offers space for hosting lively barbecues or simply relaxing in the company of loved ones. A sizable TUFF storage shed offers extra space for gardening tools, outdoor toys and more!

Living in Puyallup

Known for its wonderful sense of community, Puyallup is a dynamic city that offers both a small-town feel alongside the conveniences of a larger city. At 15014 87th Ave E, Puyallup WA, 98375, you're just a quick 8-minute drive to the South Hill Mall, and even closer to schools, parks, grocery stores, services, a wide variety of dining options, and more! The convenient Highway 512 is also a quick 8-minute drive away, making it easy for commuters to connect to Highway 167 or Interstate-5.

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Elsa Borgen online here or give her a call/text at (253) 606-8212!


Posted on October 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Spacious 5-Bedroom, 3.5-Bath Home on 1.5 Beautiful Acres in Lake Tapps

Nestled on a sprawling 1.5 acre estate, this 4,034-sq.-ft. home is tucked away amidst fruit trees, lush foliage, and plenty of outdoor space to spread out on. Located at 16216 Forest Canyon Rd E, Lake Tapps, WA 98391, this home includes 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, a 3-car garage, 2 master suites, lots of storage, and several updates including a newer roof and driveway! This vacation-worthy retreat is listed for $449,999.

With this 1.5-acre property, staying active outdoors is made easy and enjoyable. A 3-car detached garage provides plenty of space for hobbies (including a working pit), and the rest of the yard is a gardener’s paradise. You can do as much or as little as you choose—natural landscaping and fruit trees offer fresh apples, plums, cherries and grape vines. A sprawling, partially covered deck provides the perfect space for entertaining outdoors, whether you’re having several friends over for a barbecue or simply relaxing in peace with a glass of lemonade! (Does it seem like too much land for your taste? No problem—the owner has already begun the short plat process for you!)

Inside this residence, a spacious, inviting atmosphere welcomes you home. The main floor’s large and versatile living room, dining room, and kitchen all feature wide windows that let in lots of natural light, plush carpets, sleek hardwoods, and more! For extra ease and convenience, the main level also includes a master bedroom. This private retreat features a sliding glass door that leads right into the yard, with its very own little porch and beautiful views of nature!

Upstairs, another master bedroom and additional bedrooms await! Another living area—ideal for an entertainment center or recreation room—offer lots of space to spread out in and have fun. A handy wet bar, exquisite vaulted ceilings, skylights and more.

Living in Lake Tapps

Located just 30 minutes east of Downtown Tacoma, Lake Tapps in Pierce County is a beautiful, nature-infused community. With lots of its attractions and activities centered around the lovely Lake Tapps, there’s plenty to do and staying active is easy! Locals love heading out for a boat ride on sunny days, and going for walks along the shore. At 16216 Forest Canyon Rd E, Lake Tapps, WA 98391, commuters are in luck: It’s just a quick 10-minute drive to Highway 167, making it easy to connect to Highway 512, or Interstate-5 going North or South!

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Elsa Borgen online here or give her a call/text at (253) 606-8212!

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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Luxurious 5-Bedroom Estate w/180-Degree Views of Narrows & Cascade Mountain Range & Wine Cellar on Tacoma’s West Slope

Indulge in luxurious living with this fabulous view home on Tacoma’s West Slope! Breathtaking 180-degree views of the Narrows Bridges and the Cascade Mountain Range from every room is a welcome sight, no matter the time of day or year! Located at 1715 S Sunset Dr, Tacoma, WA 98465, this 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is a rare gem in a highly desired neighborhood. At 3,531 sq. ft. with 2 stories and a basement, this home is listed for $849,000.

Whether you’re unwinding after a long day or entertaining and hosting classy dinner parties, this West Slope residence delivers ultimate comfort alongside luxury and elegance. After stepping through the front door, a formal living and dining room welcome you into a peaceful atmosphere with huge windows that offer stunning views. Relax by the fireplace as you enjoy peace and quiet or the company of friends and family.

The spacious, gourmet kitchen includes Subzero & Wolf appliances, and a fabulous wine cellar ensures all of your dinners and desserts have just the right wine at the ready! Ample storage and gorgeous cabinets, countertops and appliances provide convenience alongside beauty.

Outdoors, a true, vacation-worthy retreat awaits.The paradise-like patio with a fountain boasts incredible views, and the fully landscaped and terraced yard offers a haven for gardeners. New siding door and roof provide top-notch durability.

Living in Tacoma’s West Slope Neighborhood
The picturesque West Slope neighborhood is perched on a hill that offers its residents wonderful views of the Narrows, Cascade Mountains, and Puget Sound. Just minutes to natural wonders like Chambers Bay and Titlow Beach, this locale is also within easy access to freeways, shopping, restaurants, and a variety of other amenities.

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Elsa Borgen online here or give her a call/text at (253) 606-8212!

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm
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