realtor: Home for sale - 4301 Campus Green Lp NE, Lacey, WA 98516 - 07/11/19 08:48 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
This stylish residence nestled in the desirable Campus Green neighborhood with tree-lined sidewalks is a quick jaunt to 2 golf courses, the beach, new shops & eateries and I-5. And you’ll have time to enjoy these fun spots with this easy-to-maintain home & yard!
Click here for all the details.
 
 
 
 
 
The coveted split bedroom floor plan is designed for privacy & comfort. The master suite is the entire south wing of the home with the other two bedrooms, separated from each other, on the north side.
 
 
 
 
 
You’ll love the crisp white kitchen with contrasting granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, organizational pull-outs and storage. … (5 comments)

realtor: Thurston County WA where you can find affordable housing - 03/14/19 03:38 PM

The University of Washington Center for Real Estate Research in Seattle, WA publishes reports about the economy and the real estate sector in Washington State. One of their reports is the housing affordability index.
 

 
The Index tracks affordability in all Washington counties. We are tracking King (where Seattle is located), Pierce (Tacoma) and Thurston (Olympia) counties and how Thurston County compares to its northern neighbors.
 
The Index looks at median income and median-priced homes if the buyer was buying a home with a 20% down payment on a 30-year fixed-rate loan.
 
An index higher than 100 means the market is affordable; below 100 is … (4 comments)

realtor: We may do the same job but the outcome varies greatly - 03/06/19 11:01 AM

The family I helped purchase a home sent me this terrific mug in the mail - I love it! The message of "Keep calm, I'm your Realtor" hits home with these buyers of mine because they had a not-so-stellar experience with their lender, and the experience caused so much stress on them, the wife ended up quite ill.
 

 
But I'll get to the ending first. It all worked out beautifully in the end....with another lender.
 
Real estate professionals may all respectively do the same job but the outcome for the consumer varies greatly.
 
In this case, my buyers used a national lender to … (3 comments)

realtor: 4121 Abigail Ct NE, Lacey WA - 6-bedroom home for sale - 03/04/19 03:42 PM
Sharing bedrooms is a thing of the past with this SIX bedroom home!
 
 
See all the details here:
 
http://www.francineviola.com/ListingDetails/4121-Abigail-Ct-NE-Lacey-WA-98516/1415765
 
 
Guests may not ever leave when they come to visit you as they have their own private main floor master suite with attached ¾ bath.
 
This home is move-in ready and has the features you are looking for:
 
-Light hardwood floors on the main level
 
-Granite counter tops
 
-Wall oven/microwave combination
 
-Gas range with hood
 
-Walk-in pantry
 
 
There is also plenty of storage including a walk-in linen closet upstairs.  The master bedroom has an enviable walk-in closet, too.  Outside is a large shed that matches the home, a man-door from the 3rd … (5 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: A Walk in Tenino WA - 01/27/19 05:15 PM

 
Looking for a great trail to walk, run or bike?  Be sure to check out the Chehalis Western Trail that runs north and south through Olympia to Rainier, WA.  This trail was a railroad line that is now a flat, paved trail, perfect for getting some fresh air and burning a few calories.
 
Today, we walked a couple of miles on the trail outside of Tenino. We saw a few friends along the way and stopped by the Monarch Sculpture Park.
 

 
The Monarch Sculpture Park is open to the public, seven days a week from dawn to dusk.  The sculptures in the park … (7 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: REALTOR Gratitude Coin - 12/12/18 02:48 PM
Earlier this year, the REALTOR Own It Gratitude coins were unveiled at the NAR Leadership Summit and Committee Leadership Camp.  I was not a part of these camps but served in 2018 on my local REALTOR board.  Our outgoing President presented these coins to us in recognition for our commitment to our association.
 
 
Although this was a gift, it isn't meant to be kept.  (This is where re-gifting is not frowned upon but encouraged!)  We have been instructed to pass these coins along to other REALTORS who embody the ethics and spirit of being a REALTOR.
 
If you receive a coin, register … (11 comments)

realtor: The REAL real estate market report for Olympia, WA - 11/30/18 01:10 PM
The REAL real estate market report for Olympia, WA
 
I emphasize the word, “real” because I’m weary of these sensational headlines about the end of the real estate market. And then I have clients who quote these sources and believe them to be true.
 
The analysis of statistics can always be manipulated to get the intended point across, but I would like to offer a flip side to the media headlines that state the housing market is heading towards a crisis.
 
Here is a headline from The Seattle Times:
“Prices haven’t fallen this fast since 2011 when the market was still bottoming … (4 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Olympia WA real estate market October 2018 - 11/08/18 11:31 AM
The real estate market trend for the Olympia, WA area is starting to level out as we head into the winter months.  
 
The recently released data shows a modest decline in closed sales (down 3.6%) and pending sales (down 4%) from a year ago, however, both figures made this the second-best October on record.
 
Combined with fewer closed sales, active inventory inched up a bit to 723 homes for sale in all of Thurston County, WA.  That rise is just 6.5% up from last month yet that rise did not push the market into a balanced market. 
The Thurston County … (1 comments)

realtor: Fall 2018 Olympia WA Real Estate Market Update – is the market finally softening? - 10/28/18 01:48 PM
Fall 2018 Olympia WA Real Estate Market Update – is the market finally softening? 
 
Have you read the headlines that the market is correcting and we are heading towards a downturn?  That might be a little premature but anytime there are fewer closed sales or an increase in inventory, the media is quick to sound the “market correction” alarms.  But in looking at the broader context, the market is still firmly set in a seller’s market despite the media reports.
Here are the facts for the Olympia WA area real estate market.
 
FACT:
Closed sales were down 14.9% from September last year. … (3 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Great price for this home on Tumwater Hill! 1685 Ridgeview Lp SW, Tumwater WA - 09/24/18 04:05 PM
1685 Ridgeview Lp SW located on top of Tumwater Hill in Tumwater WA is a Euro-modern Benjamin Ryan home that is now for sale for the great price of $399,950.
 
 Check out all the details here. 
 
 
 
In the Pacific Northwest, the architecture can be boring and if it's not boring, it's a Craftsman!  But this Benjamin Ryan resale home offers a different type of look that many buyers are craving.
 
 
 
 
This elegant Euro-inspired 4-bedroom home is for the buyer looking for something modern and something different from the rest. The sleek finishes include vessel sinks, floating vanities, raised gas fireplace, lots of windows, tall … (2 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 1685 Ridgeview Lp SW in Tumwater WA now for sale! - 08/06/18 03:52 PM
1685 Ridgeview Lp SW located on top of Tumwater Hill in Tumwater WA is a Euro-modern Benjamin Ryan home that is now for sale.
 
Check out all the details here.
 
 
 
 

 
In the Pacific Northwest, the architecture can be boring and if it's not boring, it's a Craftsman!  But this Benjamin Ryan resale home offers a different type of look that many buyers are craving.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This elegant Euro-inspired 4-bedroom home is for the buyer looking for something modern and something different from the rest. The sleek finishes include vessel sinks, floating vanities, raised gas fireplace, lots of windows, tall ceilings, and cool lighting fixtures.
 
 
 
 
 
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realtor: Olympia WA Real Estate Market Update Summer 2018 - 08/03/18 10:01 AM
What’s Driving this Hot Market?
 
The South Sound continues to set records in the housing market.  I’m often asked, “what’s next in store?”  (How long will this last?  What is the longer-term impact on our market?)
 
Forecasting is a tricky business, but we focus on many trends to anticipate things to come. 
 
One of those is regional home prices. Coming out of the recession, our market’s gains primarily came from a huge rush of pent-up demand from local buyers.  This pool of buyers is still robust.  However, going forward a big impact is coming from in-bound migration of buyers in search … (0 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 9023 Merrill Ct NE, Lacey WA - 4 bedroom home for sale - 06/06/18 07:56 PM
9023 Merrill Ct NE in Lacey, WA is located in the beautiful golf course community of Campus Highlands.  This 4 bedroom home + bonus room + office + den welcomes you with warm hardwoods on the main level, white crown molding, soaring ceilings, open floor plan, and granite countertops.
 
 
For all the details and more photos, visit www.FrancineViola.com/1306107.  And check out this quick video:
 
 
 
Relax in the luxury-sized master bedroom suite w/a gas fireplace, garden tub and walk-in closet.
 
The grounds of this home are impeccable.  The long driveway leads to a large covered front porch.  The backyard has an extended … (4 comments)

realtor: Beautiful Bell Hill home in DuPont WA Sold by Francine Viola - 05/15/18 08:17 PM
This beautifully appointed Craftsman located at 1935 Nelson St in DuPont WA 98327 sold in May 2018 for $15,000 over the asking price.
 
The new owners will love their new home, located in DuPont's desired Bell Hill neighborhood.
My sellers prepared their home for sale and achieved great results.
Even in a fast-paced market, a skilled Realtor in your corner can yield big results like these.  Contact me today if you are considering selling!
 
Looking for homes for sale in DuPont, WA?  Click here!
 
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