Who we are

Our Brokers

Rick Thorp


Rick Thorp has been actively involved in commercial real estate since 1995.  He has owned, operated, and managed properties for over 20 years.  As an investor, previous appraiser, building contractor, and licensed broker, he has a well-rounded knowledge of the industry.  Additionally he has many years of advertising and marketing experience.  Rick’s focus on detail, quality, and professionalism has been a proven combination for success.

Chasen NIKOLICH


Chasen has been involved in real estate for over 10 years as a developer, contractor, builder, and  real estate broker. Along with his father, Steven Nikolich, he owns New Artisan Homes, a local construction company, which specializes in commercial and residential new construction, remodels and green/eco building

tom shuler


Tom is our resident dinosaur, and a man of few words. With over 40 years in real estate, Tom has been around since dirt was young, and doesn't like to blow his own horn, but he's very experienced in selling residential and multi-family properties and has had success listing storage facilities.

Commercial Advantage, L.L.C. (dba Commercial Advantage Real Estate) is a real estate firm licensed by the State of Washington, and located in Tacoma, Washington.  As a member of both the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and the Commercial Brokers Association, we have access to two large online listing services. We are a boutique firm, bringing hundreds of years of combined expertise in residential and commercial real estate, as well as investment in land, and land development. Our ability to perform in all of these disciplines gives you the advantage of each world of knowledge. There are many real estate companies to choose from. Commercial Advantage Real Estate is the firm with your interests in mind, for both commercial and residential real estate.

Doug Storey


Doug has been a real estate broker and investor for over 10 years. He specializes in land development and is very knowledgeable about all phases of residential construction. Doug is a great negotiator and is always looking for the best outcome for his clients.

richard clauson


In 2008, our Designated Broker, and owner of the company, Richard Clauson, formed Commercial Advantage, L.L.C., (dba Commercial Advantage Real Estate). Richard has been in the real estate business since 1987, working in both the residential and commercial markets.  After spending 20 years working for other people, it was time to venture out on his own. Today, Richard and his experienced team of real estate professionals are committed to serving their clients with integrity and providing the highest level of service.

Lambros Politis


​Lambros is the newest member of the Commercial Advantage team. In his previous life as a consumer debt attorney, Lambros managed a dedicated team committed to providing quality debt settlement services to distressed homeowners and consumer borrowers. Utilizing his gifts of empathy and clarity and drawing on his years of experience, he assisted homeowners in making informed decisions regarding their mortgage and personal debt. Lambros is regularly invited to speak at John L. Scott, Coldwell Banker, and Windermere real estate brokerages. He also teaches continuing education classes at the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors as well as at the Rockwell Institute. He is the author of the popular book, the Complete Guide to Short Sales, published in 2013. After a 5-year stint managing one of Washington's most successful foreclosure defense firms, Lambros has since shifted his focus away from the practice of law and towards commercial real estate transactions and the sale of businesses and privately held companies. ​

Steven Nikolich


Steve has been involved in real estate for almost 40 years as a developer, builder, and real estate broker, specializing in research and marketing. He has headed up a number of companies and joint ventures, producing construction trend reports for major companies as well as using his expertise in many building and development ventures.

Kate Stanford


Kate has built her career over 17 years, in projects spanning from residential resale, to corporate relocation and representation of bank owned properties; from new construction site management and land acquisition, to the sale and leasing of commercial properties.  Her marketing plan follows the very basic techniques of targeting specific buyers known to purchase similar properties, and offering opportunities to benefit both sellers and buyers.