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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realtor: 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)

realtor: 7115 Rothenberg Dr SW Tumwater WA 4-bedroom home for sale! - 01/22/18 12:34 PM
This beautiful Tumwater, WA 4-bedroom home for sale located at 7115 Rothenberg Dr SW offers a great location to schools, shopping and freeway access.  Plus Countryside Place it's a great neighborhood to call home.
Click here for all the details.
 
The quick features of this home are:
4 bedrooms / 2.5 baths 2,570 square feet 2-story home built in 2005 Tumwater school district Fully fenced private backyard 2-car garage See this video for a tour of this Tumwater WA home for sale.
 
 
Best features of this home include:
Lots of natural light.  The home has large windows to let in the light, and the … (3 comments)

realtor: Found the right home in Spanaway WA for a relocating military family - 01/12/18 02:19 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Patrick and his family who are relocating from Virginia to Washington State. 
They had one day to find a home in their whirlwind weekend trip here to the area last November, and we were very fortunate to find the right house at the right time!  They were kind enough to write a review for me:
 
 
 
 
If you think finding a home to buy in another state is challenging, imagine if you are in the military with very little time to house-hunt and need to make big decisions in a very short amount of time.  That is … (1 comments)

realtor: Just Sold - Condo in Dupont WA - but more for sale! - 01/11/18 04:36 PM
Just Sold this move-in ready condo at 2460 Simmons St, #B in DuPont, WA!  Look for more condos for sale in DuPont WA here.
 
 
This condo sold for $238,000 in January 2018.
 
With brand new carpets and freshened up interior paint, this neat and clean condo is ready for its lucky new owner.  The floor plan is exceptional as it makes this condo feel like a single-family home.  You aren't aware there are two other units in this building!
The entry opens to the great room, with an open kitchen with a breakfast bar.  All the matching appliances are included in the sale.  Downstairs, … (4 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: What has your REALTOR® done for you today? They worked to save homeowners money. - 12/26/17 11:22 AM
What has your REALTOR® done for you today?  They worked to save homeowners money.
 
 
Most recently REALTORS® rallied together to contact Congress about shaping the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  In short, REALTORS® worked to educate legislators on how to advance the bill with these improvements:
- Keeping the capital gains exclusion.  This is a huge win for homeowners.  The current law was left in place on capital gains of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for married couples.  The original bill was to make this exclusion much harder to qualify for, but fortunately, REALTORS® worked with legislators to keep this … (13 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Helped my client's grandfather sell his Lakewood, WA condo - 10/25/17 04:56 PM
It's certainly an honor whenever a client refers me to someone who needs help with their real estate needs.  In this case, my client's grandfather needed to sell his condo in Lakewood, WA and needed to sell rather quickly.
 
There were a lot of moving parts to this transaction that required A LOT of teamwork to get this sold and closed for the seller.  And the good part was this condo was in great shape and had recently been renovated, so that part was easy!
 
We received very good multiple offers and choosing one wasn't easy.  In just 3 weeks, we sold and … (1 comments)

realtor: Keep it simple - photographing a bathroom - 10/25/17 01:54 PM
Photographing a bathroom has its challenges.  It's usually a small, tight space with no natural light.  With good preparation and post-editing techniques, a great bathroom photograph can be achieved.  Here is what I do when photographing a bathroom.
 
PHOTO GOALS
No matter if it's been updated or if it's a vintage bathroom, the goal is to showcase a crisp, clean bathroom.  To do this:
 
Set the Stage
1. Clean the bathroom.
2. Clear everything out of the bathroom except for a few towels.
3. Put the toilet seat and lid down.
 
Camera Work
1. Use to tripod to level the shot.
2. Shoot in landscape mode.
3. Use a wide-angle lens.
4. Use flash or … (20 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Helped an out of state, military seller sell their home in Lacey WA - 10/04/17 05:31 PM
I'm happy to have helped another out-of-state military seller sell their townhome in Lacey, WA this week!
 
 
 
Working with out of state clients, whether they are buyers or sellers, takes extra diligence.  It's very easy for miscommunication and misunderstanding of the entire real estate process, especially when you cannot have face-to-face conversations.  Luckily my clients asked a lot of great questions!  I also had lots of information ready to go to share with the sellers on the selling process.
 
When sellers are not in town and are selling a property, there is a much longer list of things that I worked to take care of, … (3 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 4055 Amelia Ct NE - home for sale in Lacey WA 98516 - 09/05/17 04:27 PM
Come see this beautiful home for sale at 4055 Amelia Ct NE, Lacey WA 98516!
Click here for all the details.
 
As an acclaimed Rob Rice Home in Campus Highlands, this 3 year old home is on a private lot that is tucked-away on a cul de sac in Campus Highlands in Lacey, WA.  It backs The Woodlands golf course but also offers a private and wooded view.
 
 
Looking for a no-carpet home?  The home has been upgraded to hardwood floors throughout!
4 bedrooms + office + bonus room 2,462 Sq. Ft. Built in 2014 0.192 acres 2 car garage + storage space Fully … (7 comments)

realtor: Be Care-Free and Car-Free in this centrally located home in Lacey WA - 08/30/17 09:54 AM
Be Care-Free and Car-Free in this centrally located home in Lacey WA!
This town home, located at 5645 56th Loop SE in Lacey, WA, is now available for sale!
Check out all the details here!
Details of this town home:
3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 1,765 square feet 1 car garage Monthly HOA fees: just $50!  
Click here for a short video of this elegantly appointed town home in Lacey WA.
 
 
 
This is a town home that is centrally-located so that you can be car-free!  Close to shopping, restaurants, and the Capitol City golf course, you can live "green!"  
 
 
This low-maintenance town home in Summerwalk … (2 comments)

realtor: Olympia WA real estate market update for August 2017 - 08/03/17 03:03 PM
Like our August weather, the Olympia WA real estate market is continuing to be smokin' hot!  
This update is short and sweet, but please contact me for customized information about how your home fits into the market.
 
Check out my video update here about the real estate market in Olympia WA.
 
 
As an Olympia WA seller, here is what to love about this year's real estate market:
Buyers competing for your home - driving up the price
You may have heard that inventory levels are down.  They are but we are also adding new listings at a record pace.  Even with all the new listings … (0 comments)

realtor: 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)

 
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Olympia, WA

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