real estate agent: Is now a good time to buy or sell in Olympia, WA for January 2019? - 02/15/19 09:28 AM

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the real estate market in Olympia, WA that is causing all kinds of problems for both buyers and sellers.  Buyers and sellers are asking, is this a good time to buy/sell? 
 
It’s no wonder there is so much confusion.  Even today, the real estate headline in our local paper touts how great this “balanced market” is for buyers.  Huh?  A balanced market?  This is just not correct.  The Olympia, WA market is squarely in a seller’s market. 
 
If buyers were solely guided by what they read in today’s paper, they would be missing out … (5 comments)

real estate agent: Helped military buyers buy their first home in Shelton WA - 01/09/18 12:29 PM
I was happy to be able to assist in the first-time home purchase for my military buyers in Shelton WA! And the lender was able to close the transaction 10 days ahead of schedule.  Buyers and sellers were very happy with the faster close.
 
Although Shelton is a bit of a drive from Joint-Base Lewis McChord, many military buyers are finding good deals in this town in Mason County.
 
 
Compared to Olympia’s average home price of $330,648 last year, Shelton buyers can find good real estate deals for an average of $213,247.  With that kind of savings, many buyers will endure a longer … (3 comments)

real estate agent: 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)

real estate agent: What do Halloween candy, pumpkin spice lattes and a well-presented house for sale all have in common?   - 10/22/17 10:14 AM
They all go fast!  And in this scary-fast real estate market, buyers and sellers now more than ever need a really good REALTOR® on their side.
 
But the fear of the unknown stops many buyers and sellers dead in their tracks.  They wander from open house to open house like the walking dead, not knowing where to start or where to go.  Sellers may feel apprehensive about contacting an agent and worry about the costs to sell.  They decide to list on their own and hope for the best.
Real estate is only scary when you don’t have the information you need to … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Home sold in the Edgewater neighborhood in Lacey WA - happy buyers & happy sellers! - 07/25/17 12:24 PM
This beautiful home at 7601 Kodiak Ave NE in Lacey WA just sold!  
 
 
Happy sellers and happy buyers for this home in the Edgewater neighborhood in North Lacey.  
This was one of the larger homes (2,173 square feet) available for sale this summer. This neighborhood of Edgewater in North Lacey 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!
 
 
Why did this home sell so fast and for … (2 comments)

real estate agent: Thurston County WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/10/15 04:15 AM
The trends are positive for Thurston County! Here is the Thurston County WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
                           
Thinking about selling? You can!
In 2005 and 2006, the Thurston County real estate market was saturated with new construction that was meant to supply the demand in 2003 and 2004. This overhang of supply coupled with a significant percentage of distressed sales (short-sales and foreclosures) reaching 34% of the market, caused an oversupply that would persist for the next five years. With the increasing supply … (1 comments)

real estate agent: DuPont WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 08:04 AM
Here is the DuPont WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
What's it like to live in DuPont?
DuPont is a middle point between Tacoma and Olympia, and offers an excellent location for Joint-Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) commuters.
In 1994, Northwest Landing, a master planned community in DuPont, was developed on 3,200 acres. There are 50 acres of parks. Trails, sidewalks and bike lanes make it enjoyable to get out and enjoy the area or to play a round of golf. And you can leave the car at home as the city center of DuPont offers shopping, restaurants and … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Rochester WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 07:54 AM
Here is the Rochester WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live in Rochester?
Rochester, WA is located in the southernmost part of Thurston County, and is best known for its Scandinavian heritage celebrations. Rochester is also the home to the Great Wolf Lodge and the Lucky Eagle Casino operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.
Schools: Many residents of these towns are in the Rochester School District.
Homes: Rochester features farming parcels as well as vintage homes in the downtown area. Neighborhoods in Rochester include Applegate, Beaver Creek, Black River, Country Manor, Grand Mound, Independence … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Tenino and Bucoda WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 07:43 AM
Here is the Tenino and Bucoda WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live in Tenino?
Tenino WA is located Southeast of Olympia off of Old Highway 99. There is some dispute how Tenino got its name; some say it is from a Native American word meaning "junction" or "meeting place;" others say it was named after the railroad engine numbered "10-9-0."
 
Why live in Bucoda?
Bucoda WA is just south of Tenino. Bucoda's name is clearly documented. It was named after three men in the town's mining business: James Buckley, Samuel Coulter and John David. Bucoda … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Yelm / Rainier WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 07:36 AM
Here is the Yelm / Rainier WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live in Yelm?
Yelm is not only is close to JBLM's East Gate, but offers affordable homes and is 15 miles from Olympia. Yelm has also been recognized as Tree City USA, and you'll certainly see that as you tour its diverse urban forest of trees.
Yelm's downtown core has experienced quite the growth in the last few years with major retailers, restaurants and parks that residents can enjoy. A new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in 2007, and in 2010, a $9 million medical care center … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Lake Saint Clair / Pattison Lake / Sunwood Lakes WA real estate market update for January 2015. - 02/09/15 07:26 AM
Here is the Lake Saint Clair / Pattison Lake / Sunwood Lakes WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live here?
Southeast Thurston County features some beautiful lake front properties and communities such as Lake St. Clair, Pattison Lake, Kelly's Corner and Sunwood Lakes. Residents in this area can also get larger parcels for horses at Evergreen Valley, new construction, and late-century homes.
Schools: Many residents are in the North Thurston School District and Yelm School District.
Search homes for sale in Lake Saint Clair, Pattison Lake, Sunwood Lakes WA.

 
Lake Saint Clair / Pattison Lake … (0 comments)

real estate agent: East Lacey WA real estate update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 07:15 AM
Here is the East Lacey WA real estate update for January 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: … (0 comments)

real estate agent: Lacey WA real estate update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 06:52 AM
Here is the Lacey WA real estate update for January 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 these spring events:
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Arbor Day Seedling Giveway
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Lacey Family Fish-In
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 … (0 comments)

real estate agent: East Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 06:41 AM
Here is the East Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live in East Olympia?
East Olympians enjoy a variety of home choices - from the gated golf community of Indian Summer to larger parcels suitable for horses to lake front homes on Hewitt Lake. Residents enjoy biking and walking on the Chehalis-Western Trail, Lattin's Country Cider Mill and Farm, and floating down the Deschutes River on a hot summer day.
Find homes for sale in East Olympia.
Schools: Many residents in this area are in the North Thurston School District and Tumwater School District.
 
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real estate agent: North Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/07/15 02:58 AM
Here is the North Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015.
 
Why live in North Olympia?
North Olympia beckons home-dwellers who are inspired by vintage homes, some of which are on the Historic Registry. This area includes the Capitol Campus, downtown Olympia, Bigelow, East Bay and East Olympia Hill. Homes in this area range from the majestic homes of Olympia's original pioneers to the more modest homes built for the pioneering sawmill and port workers.
Some homes offer water and Capitol views, and many residents enjoy being able to walk to the Capitol, downtown Olympia and the waterfront.
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