homes for sale: Northwest MLS adds accessibility features to database to help buyers with diverse needs find homes in Olympia WA - 11/12/18 12:20 PM
The Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which I am a member of here in Olympia, WA, has recently added features to our database in order to identify properties that will fit the needs for people with physical limitations.  This undertaking by two NWMLS brokers (Barry Long and Tom Minty) earned the NWMLS a “Best Practices Award” from the Northwest Access Fund, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with disabilities.
 
For listing brokers, we now have listing input options that include how the property can be accessible, from entrances to the home to interior entrances to the kitchen, for example.
 
What defines accessibility? 
The … (1 comments)

homes for sale: Tumwater Hill, WA – an overlooked neighborhood for commuters - 10/03/18 08:38 PM
Many residents in Thurston County are outbound commuters and are typically going north to Tacoma, Joint-Base Lewis McChord or even Seattle. Many homebuyers want to be as far north as they can in Thurston County for their commutes but in doing so are missing out on a great neighborhood that may only add 5-10 minutes to their commute: Tumwater Hill.
 
Tumwater Hill is, of course, located in the city of Tumwater, WA. The hill has many different housing options from new construction to mid-century ramblers. But one of the biggest draws is the location to I-5. From Tumwater Hill, you can be … (1 comments)

homes for sale: 18549 Roseburg St SW in Rochester WA - now for sale! - 06/19/18 03:14 PM
Before a home buyer tells me how big or small of a home they need or how many bedrooms they want or what finishes they are looking for, they nearly almost always tell me they want this one elusive feature over everything else:  privacy.
 
The American dream is not just to own a home, but to own land where there is room to roam, a retreat to a peaceful and quiet setting, and a place where kids can explore and pretend as they take a brave turn on the rope swing in the 100-year-old cedar tree and watch the fuzzy bumblebees dart in and out of … (3 comments)

homes for sale: 4110 Michael Ct NE in Lacey WA now pending - 05/09/18 03:48 PM
It wasn't a surprise that 4110 Michael Court NE in Lacey WA went under contract quickly. It is a new home with upgrades like all hardwood floors on the main level, air conditioning, a large fully fenced yard and in a cul de sac.
Click here for the quick video.
 
 
Built by Rob Rice Homes in Olympia, WA, Campus Highlands is a neighborhood surrounded by two golf courses and offers sidewalks and bike paths.  This is just off of I-5 exit #111, making it an upscale neighborhood that is easy for commuters.
 
 
For other homes available in the North Lacey area, click here.  Or … (3 comments)

homes for sale: 5 Star Review for Francine Viola, Realtor in Olympia, WA - 03/25/18 07:34 PM

 
Francine Viola, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Olympia WA is proud to share this 5 Star Review:
 
"Francine helped us sell our home in Lacey. We were impressed with her honesty and thoroughness. She responded quickly to our questions and was very knowledgeable regarding the area we were living in. I would work with her again if given the opportunity."
 
If I could give them a review for being awesome sellers, I would!
They didn't need to do much to get their home in show-ready condition but were willing and able to do the finishes touches to make the … (0 comments)

homes for sale: 4055 Amelia Ct NE in Lacey WA SOLD! - 03/16/18 03:02 PM
This beautiful home at 4055 Amelia Ct NE, Lacey WA 98516 just sold in March 2018, but click here for other homes in Hawks Prairie for sale.
 
 
This home is an acclaimed Rob Rice Home in Campus Highlands.  In this same neighborhood, you can find other resales of Rob Rice Homes as well as his new construction homes. The location is perfect for I-5 commuters.  Heading north to JBLM or Tacoma - you are just a few minutes from the freeway.
 
 
For more information on this property and others like it, contact me today.  And be sure to visit my site for more homes … (1 comments)

homes for sale: Just Sold another home in Lacey WA - more available! - 12/01/17 10:51 AM
3091 Eagle Lp NE in Lacey WA just SOLD to the happy new buyers of this home in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey.
 
The new owners will certainly enjoy the 4 bedrooms, the main floor office and the huge upstairs media/bonus room!  They will also like that they only have ONE neighbor!  The fenced yard with the large composite deck will be perfect for entertaining outside (in a few months when it gets warmer!).  And what's not to love about an easy to maintain yard?!
 
 
This is in the Eagle Court neighborhood and offers GREAT access to I-5 within minutes, and is also … (6 comments)

homes for sale: 7601 Kodiak Ave NE in Lacey WA - home for sale! - 06/27/17 12:52 PM
This beautiful home at 7601 Kodiak Ave NE in Lacey WA is now for sale!
  
 
Click here for all the details for 7601 Kodiak Ave NE in Lacey, WA that is now listed for sale.
 
This is one of the larger homes (2,173 square feet) available for sale in the Edgewater neighborhood.
This neighborhood offers lots of parks within the neighborhood and just a few minutes away from Tolmie State Park - a great escape to the beach! This is also a commuter's dream with quick and easy access to I-5. JBLM is just 15 minutes away!
 
 
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features an … (4 comments)

homes for sale: The Olympia WA real estate market needs SELLERS! - 02/14/17 02:05 PM
The real estate market in Olympia WA and surrounding areas is in need of sellers!
In January 2017, we are breaking records.  This January is the best start of any year!  
Here's a quick recap in this video below.  Check it out!
 
 
In January 2017, we closed more sales than ever with 308 sales.  And you wouldn't consider January to be the peak of any real estate market.  Neither do we, and we are expecting much higher numbers in the coming months.
Buyers: buckle up and hang on!
Seller: get your homes ready to list!
 
 
This high number of sales is a combination effect of … (2 comments)

homes for sale: Ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater WA - 02/07/17 05:31 PM
Ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater WA are hot properties and are desired homes for residents in the Thurston County, WA area.Search here for the current ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and surrounding areas of Thurston County. 
 What is a rambler?A rambler is a single-story home.  Some may call it a ranch.  Others call it the perfect floor plan!  
Why are ramblers desirable?No stairs!   The convenience of not having to navigate stairs is appealing to a wide range of buyers.  Young, old, single, married with kids, empty-nesters and multi-generational buyers all find value in ramblers over 2-story homes. … (0 comments)

homes for sale: 5514 Jackson Farm Lp SE, Lacey WA, now pending after 1 day - 01/05/17 12:47 PM
5514 Jackson Farm Lp SE in Lacey WA is now pending.After being on the market for 1 day, we received a terrific offer and look forward to a successful close on this well-prepared and marketed home in Lacey, WA.
Click here to see the details of this home.
 
 
This tri-level appealed to many of the potential buyers who toured this home because it is well-maintained and has many brand new updates including a new kitchen.  The big ticket items have been taken care of and the new owner just needs to move in and enjoy their home!
 
 
Located in the heart of Lacey, WA, … (3 comments)

homes for sale: 442 Sawmill Ct SE Olympia WA - SOLD! - 08/01/16 09:05 AM
The new owners of 442 Sawmill Court SE in Olympia WA are thrilled to have the keys to their new home today!
This home sold within days over the asking price, and had multiple offers.
No transaction is without it's bumps, even in a hot seller's market, but both parties and brokers worked to bring this to a successful close.  Thanks to Phil Sharp of Phil Sharp Homes LLC who represented the buyers!
And congratulations to the new owners who I know will enjoy this super cute home on a large, private cul de sac lot in Olympia WA!
 
 
If you are  buyer or a seller … (5 comments)

homes for sale: 8870 Shepard Way NE, Lacey WA - 5 bedroom home for sale - 06/23/16 07:25 AM
8870 Shepard Way NE in Lacey WA is a 5-bedroom home for sale on The Woodlands golf course.The largest floor plan in Campus Peak (The Poplar) has 5 bedrooms + den with stunning views of the 18th fairway.
Built in 2015, this home is better than new with upgrades including A/C and blinds.
Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen w/brilliant white quartz counter tops, espresso stained cabinets w/stainless steel appliances all with an open floor plan with lots of natural light.
Master bedroom takes advantage of the sweeping views, 5 piece master bath has a large walk-in closet.
 Check out this tour for photos!
 
 
Located in the Rob … (4 comments)

homes for sale: 3031 Vista Verde Lane SW, Tumwater WA - sold in 4 days - 06/21/16 10:43 AM
3031 Vista Verde Lane SW in Tumwater WA sold in just 4 days!  
It is scheduled to close by the end of June 2016. Contact me today to keep you informed of other similar homes that come up on the market.
 
With lots of activity and multiple offers, the seller had a tough time choosing, as all the offers were strong, came from pre-qualified buyers represented by Realtors.
 
 
This home is just 3 years old and is in great condition. 3 bedrooms / 2.5 baths / 1,765 square feet built in 2013 on Tumwater Hill, which is a terrific location to the freeway, … (2 comments)

homes for sale: 442 Sawmill Ct SE, Olympia WA - already pending - 06/21/16 10:16 AM
442 Sawmill Court SE in Olympia, WA is already pending after just being on the market for 3 days!
 
The seller received many showings and multiple offers in this short period of time, from buyers who were ready - they were pre-qualified with local lenders, had an agent representing them and submitted strong offers.
 
 
Located in East Olympia, 442 Sawmill Court SE is located in Meridian Acres, a community of homes on larger lots (1/3 acre +/-) where owners take pride in ownership.
Minutes to I-5, this neighborhood is a great location for commuters to JBLM and beyond.
 
 
This home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths … (4 comments)

homes for sale: Hawks Prairie in Lacey WA real estate update for January 2016 - 01/08/16 04:03 AM
Here is the Lacey WA / Hawks Prairie area real estate update for January 2016.
The 2015 year in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey, WA for real estate was phenomenal. 2015 was the most sales this area has seen in the last 10 years.  The second highest year for sales was in 2006.  Here is a comparison of the numbers for all of 2014 compared to 2015.
All the numbers look great for the North Lacey / Hawks Prairie area!
Sales Prices are up. Number of home sales is up. Inventory numbers have improved.  Between the buyer activity and the fewer listings on the market, this … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Summit Lake / Steamboat Island WA real estate January 2016 - 01/06/16 02:23 AM
Here is the Summit Lake / Steamboat Island WA real estate market update for January 2016.
 
Summit Lake / Steamboat Island WA real estate market snapshot.  In looking at how 2015 rounded out, there were great strides in recovery for the Summit Lake and Steamboat Island areas.
All the numbers look great for the Summit Lake/Steamboat Island area!
Sales Prices are up slightly. Number of home sales are down a bit but are very stable. Inventory numbers and number of homes listed for sale are improved.  This is great news for sellers.  Sellers have less competition but buyers have less inventory to choose from. With 3 … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Fireplaces - the secret to a better Thanksgiving and other winter holidays - 11/20/15 03:34 AM
It's getting cold outside!  I just took this photo this morning of my frosty willow.
 
This time of year makes me feel like staying inside and starting up the fireplace.  And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, even more so.
 
But even though Thanksgiving and other winter holidays are something I look forward to, there is also that innate dread that washes over me at times, and that dread is usually spelled R-E-L-A-T-I-V-E-S.  
We all have THOSE relatives.  You know, the ones that love to start family drama at the table, or the ones laying drunk under the table, or the ones dancing … (7 comments)

homes for sale: Move already! Why it's okay to finally list and sell your home! - 11/17/15 07:47 AM
Have you heard?  The real estate market is improving!  Move already - now is the time to list and sell your home today!
 
For home owners who purchased at the height of the market in 2005 to 2007, many felt stuck in their homes and that they could not sell.  If you've been waiting for the market to improve so you could sell your home, wait no more, and here's why:  Absorption Rate.
 
What is Absorption Rate?
This is perhaps the single best statistic in real estate to gauge the market's health.  The absorption rate takes into consideration both supply and demand.  In measures the … (2 comments)

homes for sale: Rochester WA real estate market update for September 2015 - 11/01/15 02:58 AM
Here is the Rochester WA real estate market update for September 2015.
 
Rochester WA real estate market snapshot.  As fall approaches, the market is still going strong.  These market stats are not SCARY at all!
 
All the numbers look great for the Rochester area!
Sales Prices are up. Number of home sales is up. Inventory numbers have remained stable. Number of listings has improved with fewer homes on the market, leaving buyers with fewer choices and sellers with less competition. What does all this mean? In a nutshell, the market has improved and is still improving for sellers, who are able to sell their home and in many cases, seeing a … (0 comments)

 
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