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)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Newcastle home sold for $27,000 over asking! Olympia WA - 06/03/17 10:41 AM
This beautiful home in the Newcastle neighborhood in the Olympia, WA school district was a hot property!  With multiple bids and even a back-up offer, this home sold for $27,000 over the asking price!
These sellers were experienced sellers and knew how important cleaning, staging and decluttering were in presenting a home to the market.  I didn't even need to give them my speech about these three topics!
One secret the seller shared with me is she used baby oil on the stainless steel appliances to make them pop!  See the photo above - they look brand new.
The sellers also appreciated the work … (3 comments)

realtor: Why should the REALTOR you hire be a CRS – Certified Residential Specialist? - 05/11/17 09:41 AM
Why should the REALTOR you hire be a CRS – Certified Residential Specialist?
With more than 1 million REALTORS working in the United States, only 3% have achieved their CRS credential.
Why is this important to you?
The more education I have, the better educated my clients are in their sale or purchase of their home.
The education and training that CRS offers to its members drill down on the details of key issues for buyers and sellers.
Earlier this month, I attended a 2-day CRS class in Olympia, WA.  This class was 16 hours of instruction on helping sellers achieve the best results when selling … (0 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: How to be smart buyers in a sellers’ market – lessons from my first-time home buyers - 03/28/17 02:23 PM
Just sold a great house in Lacey, WA to a great family this past month!  These first-time home buyers learned lessons that are good for ALL buyers in this busy sellers' market. 
When the perfect home came up, it was also the perfect home for about 10 other buyers!
My first-time home buyers were nervous but confidently submitted their first offer, hoping to beat out the other buyers.  Unfortunately, they didn't get the house, but what they did get were valuable lessons about being buyers in a sellers' market.  And they were smart to learn what they needed to do on the next … (4 comments)

realtor: Olympia real estate market update by The Olympian with Francine Viola - 10/07/15 05:34 AM
The Olympian, the local newspaper here in Olympia, WA was kind enough to stop by my open house this last weekend at #Campus Highlands in Lacey and interview me and potential buyers about the real estate market.  
Click here to read The Olympian article by Rolf Boone.
This is one of the photos from The Olympian
The market here in the Olympia area (Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County overall) is still going strong.  More to follow on that in the coming weeks with my formal quarterly report, but the good news for buyers and sellers is that both are realizing gains and deals.
It's … (3 comments)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 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)

realtor: 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.

realtor: South Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015 - 02/09/15 06:33 AM
Here is the South Olympia WA real estate market update for January 2015.
Why live in South Olympia?
South Olympia is considered a desirable part of Thurston County by its residents.
South Olympians have lots of sidewalks and biking paths, and many enjoy the amenities of the YMCA, which has an indoor swimming pool. Ward Lake and Chambers Lake offer lakefront homes and water activities, while the Carlyon neighborhood offers a mix of mid-century and older vintage homes. Watch my walking tour of the South Capitol neighborhood:

Schools: Many residents covet the Olympia School District, especially Olympia High … (0 comments)

realtor: 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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Olympia, WA

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