lacey: Housing in 2019 is more affordable than last year in Olympia WA - 08/27/19 01:53 PM
Buyers in Thurston County, WA (which include Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm) are seeing higher home prices but are enjoying near-historic low interest rates, making homes more affordable now than last year at this time.
The average home price in Thurston County, WA is $371,323, up 4 percent from last year. But because interest rates have plummeted 1 percent from last year, buyers are seeing their dollars go further. 
The average-priced home of $371,323 with the national average 30-year mortgage rate of 3.55% realizes a monthly principal and interest payment of $1,678 (taxes and insurance would increase this number).  Comparing the average home … (2 comments)

lacey: Open Houses this weekend in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater WA - August 24-25, 2019 - 08/23/19 10:49 AM
Get your slip-on shoes on and head out this weekend to visit open houses in the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater areas in Thurston County, WA!  Click here for the open houses this weekend, August 24-25, 2019.
There are some great choices this weekend from cute little bungalows to homes on acreage to waterfront properties. And be sure to be kind to your open house hosts! Say hi and introduce yourself. I promise you, the real estate agent hosting the open house won't bite!
Have fun and if you see a house you'd like more information on, please contact me this weekend.

lacey: 2019 Real Estate Forecast for Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, WA in Thurston County - 01/16/19 12:38 PM
This year in real estate in the Thurston County, WA area, including the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, are bound to be a very successful year both for sellers and buyers.  Here is the 2018 recap with the 2019 projections.
Record Number of Sellers
A record number of resale homes came to the market throughout 2018.  That gave buyers more choices and it moved the standing inventory of homes (those available at any moment in time) from record low levels.  The increase in both helped nudge our market out of a deep seller’s market and begin a trend back toward balance.
2019 Projection: … (1 comments)

lacey: The Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, WA Housing Market Update for December 2018 - 01/13/19 10:36 AM

The Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, WA Housing Market Update for December 2018
Olympia, WA is the capital city of Washington State and is located in Thurston County with the other major cities of Lacey and Tumwater, WA.
The December 2018 Highlights:
Overall the market in 2018 was very good for Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater WA home buyers and sellers.  Some sellers did see multiple offers on their homes while buyers were very savvy in their negotiations to successfully become homeowners.
Increased inventory means more choices for buyers. Year-to-Date sales are down however December 2018 was still the 3rd highest December ever for closed sales. … (8 comments)

lacey: When you can’t find the right house - 09/13/18 10:45 AM
Looking for a new home can start out to be a fun process but can quickly turn very frustrating in a market where new listings are few and far between.  Here are some tips if you are looking to buy a home but just can’t seem to find the right one.
Revisit why you are moving. 
Usually, a change in job, marital status, family status and/or financial position are the main reasons why people move. From here, buyers develop their list of wants and needs for their next home.  This list may have some things you can compromise on. Then there is … (1 comments)

lacey: How to find out if a residential oil tank has been decommissioned in Olympia, WA - 09/05/18 05:23 PM
Tips for finding records on decommissioned oil tanks in Olympia, WASome older homes in the Olympia WA area relied on buried and sometimes above-ground oil tanks to fuel their furnaces to heat their homes.  Many of these homes have since been converted to natural gas or electric and the oil tank is now not in use. Oil tanks can last for about 30 years before they start to corrode and potentially start to leak oil into the soil and groundwater. 
Decommissioning a tank involves either digging out the tank and removing it or leaving the tank in place and filling it with material … (0 comments)

lacey: 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)

lacey: Olympia WA Real Estate Market Update December 2017 - 12/14/17 01:46 PM
Here is the Olympia WA real estate market update for mid-December 2017.
It's been quite a record-breaking year in Olympia and the surrounding areas in Thurston County WA. 
In 2017...
We had more closed sales:
All of 2016 - 4,912 sales
YTD 2017 - 5,212 sales so far with two more weeks left in the year  
The number of new listings is up slightly from last year:
All of 2016 - 5,930 new listings
YTD 2017 - 5,932 new listings so far. The last time we had these many listings added to the market was in 2005 to 2008 BUT the STANDING INVENTORY was higher in those years … (2 comments)

lacey: Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater WA Real Estate Market Update for Summer 2017 - 09/06/17 03:14 PM
The end of summer is upon us, and the real estate market has been just as hot as the summer weather.
Here is the summer 2017 real estate market update for the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater areas of Washington.
Click here to watch the 1-minute update:
Supply is LOW, Demand is HIGH, which is driving up SALES PRICES
Supply is VERY LOW with just 1.7 months of supply.  As you can see by this chart, the last time our market was anywhere near this low of supply within the last 17 years was in 2004. This market has been in a Seller's Market for … (0 comments)

lacey: Just Sold - Lacey WA home - 4129 Capri Ct NE - 08/15/17 12:33 PM
4129 Capri Ct NE, Lacey WA 98516 - JUST SOLD!
The new homeowners are moving into this beautiful home in Campus Highlands in Lacey, WA!
The market can be tough for buyers.  Become a buyer success story!  Call me and I can help you find and get the home of your dreams in this busy market.
Built by Rob Rice Homes, a premier local builder in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, WA areas. Built in 2011 2,600 Square Feet 4 bedrooms / 3 full baths 0.218 acre lot 3 car garage  
Desired location for commuters
Campus Highlands in Hawks Prairie is located in North Lacey.  There … (1 comments)

lacey: Thinking of selling your Olympia or Lacey WA home in 2017? - 07/21/17 01:55 PM
Thinking of selling your home in Olympia, WA or Lacey, WA this year?  Now could be the time.
Here is just a sample of the sellers I represented who took advantage of the 2017 market.  
The Olympia and Lacey WA inventory of homes for sale remains at an all-time LOW, while buyer activity remains at an all-time HIGH.
Think you missed out on the spring/summer market to list your home?
You didn't.  This market is going strong and is not showing any signs of slowing down. (In fact, our ratios for buyer activity and sales was actually higher in December than in July of … (3 comments)

lacey: Why all the negativity in such a great real estate market? - 07/10/17 03:28 PM
Why all the negativity in such a great real estate market?
The real estate market for 2017 has been a good year.
After years of short-sales, bank-owned properties, an unstable economy and low buyer confidence, 2017 is a breath of fresh air.  But sometimes, you just can’t make people happy, especially the media.
Last week, The Olympian, our local newspaper headlined an article, “Buying a home in Thurston County continues to be an exercise in frustration.” The first two paragraphs read:
“If you’re a prospective home-buyer looking for a little relief in a market that favors sellers, you didn’t find it in June, according … (5 comments)

lacey: Buyers are looking for homes in Stikes Woods, Lacey WA - 04/13/17 08:29 AM
Buyers want to live in your neighborhood, Stikes Woods homeowners!
The two sellers I recently represented in your neighborhood experienced the joys of a seller’s market! And you can too if you are thinking of selling.
5514 Jackson Farm Loop SE, next to Stikes Woods
Sold for $273,450 (over the asking price) in 1 day.
Sold February 2017  
3605 Silver Maple Ct SE
Pending in April 2017 just 4 days after being listed.
The seller had to decide on 1 buyer from the multiple offers!
Both of these sellers prepared their homes for sale, priced the homes right, and had professional promotion; all of these actions created the perfect storm for … (0 comments)

lacey: 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)

lacey: How these sellers made $60,000 on their Lacey, WA house in just 15 months - 11/08/16 08:08 AM
"How these sellers made $60,000 on their Lacey, WA house in just 15 months" seems like a pretty sensational headline and I usually don't start out my blog posts this way, but this is absolutely true.  Here's how these sellers did it.
My clients purchased this newly-constructed home in July 2014 for $409,950 in Lacey, WA.  Fifteen months later in October 2016, they sold the home in just 7 days for $470,000.
How did these sellers get the most amount of money for the home in the least amount of time, and came out ahead after just buying the home 15 months ago?
Market … (1 comments)

lacey: 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)

lacey: Lacey WA real estate update for September 2015 - 11/01/15 02:49 AM
Here is the Lacey WA real estate update for September 2015.
Lacey 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 Lacey WA 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 has pushed Lacey into a strong seller's market. 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 … (1 comments)

lacey: Lacey WA real estate update for June 2015 - 08/06/15 09:24 AM
Here is the Lacey WA real estate update for June 2015.
Why live in Lacey?
Lacey residents take pride in their town! The city sponsors many events throughout the year to promote a sense of community with events such as this one:
Summer's End at Lacey - Rod, Custom and Specialty Car Show - September 19, 2015.
Nearly 20 percent of Lacey is made up of parks and green space, giving residents lots of places to walk, relax and enjoy a bit of nature. But green space isn't the only thing green about Lacey. It is one of the few cities in the US to be … (2 comments)

lacey: North Lacey / Hawks Prairie WA real estate update for June 2015 - 08/03/15 06:29 AM
Here is the North Lacey / Hawks Prairie WA real estate update for June 2015.
Why live in the North Lacey / Hawks Prairie WA area?
Hawks Prairie is aptly named as hawks, eagles, woodland birds, and wetland birds make this area their home.  You can see bald eagles soaring through the skies above neighborhoods in Hawks Prairie.  The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is nearby, which is a rich home for the birds and other wildlife.
North Lacey is a fast-developing part of the county, with lots of residential and commercial new construction, the completion of Cabela's, and other major retailers coming soon.
This area is … (2 comments)

lacey: East Lacey WA real estate update for March 2015 - 04/16/15 03:11 AM
Here is the East Lacey WA real estate update for March 2015.
Why live in East Lacey WA?
East Lacey is a growing part of Thurston County with housing, shopping and entertainment.
A newer addition to this area is the Regional Athletic Complex which features 5 baseball/softball fields, 6 soccer/football/rugby fields, playgrounds, walking trails and more.  This complex is considered to be one of the finest outdoor sports complex in the state.
East Lacey offers the convenience of easy freeway access to I-5 for commuters and those needing to get to JBLM from either I-5 exit 111 or 114.
Schools: Most residents in the area are in the North Thurston … (0 comments)

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Olympia, WA

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