thurston county wa: August 17-18 2019 Open Houses in Olympia WA - 08/16/19 01:57 PM
Here are the open houses this weekend in the Olympia WA area (Thurston County WA). There are over 100 homes hosting an open house in all price ranges. 
Be sure to check them out by clicking here or on the photo below!
Can't make it to an open house, call me to arrange your own tour at a time that works best for you.
 
 Tips for going to open houses:--Say hi and introduce yourself to the hosting agent!  Don't be shy.  If you are working with an agent, let them know that.
 
 
--Wear slip-on shoes as you may be asked to remove your … (2 comments)

thurston county wa: How are my Thurston County, WA Real Estate Property Taxes Determined? - 07/03/18 04:39 PM
How are my Thurston County, WA real estate property taxes determined?Every year, Thurston County, WA homeowners get a notice of their assessed value and how much their property taxes will be for the year.  If you track your property tax values, you’ll see that they go up and down every year, and don’t seem to be based on current market values (which is a good thing, and I’ll explain why later in this post).
First, let’s discuss the tax collection budget.
 
Let’s pretend we have a small town where there are only four homes.
The assessed values for the homes LAST YEAR … (2 comments)

thurston county wa: Getting involved in my local REALTORS Government Affairs Committee! - 01/26/18 02:56 PM
Today was my first meeting of the Thurston County REALTORS Association Government Affairs Committee.  And yes, it was as exciting as this picture depicts!!  :-)
 
 
But all kidding aside, I'm excited to be a part of this committee because this is really why being a REALTOR (over just a real estate agent) is so important:  this committee works directly on issues that impact homeowners and future homeowners.
 
As a committee, we will interview local candidates running for office, vote to endorse or not endorse candidates, attend city and county council meetings to learn what's ahead,  and educate our colleagues on what is happening on … (4 comments)

thurston county wa: February 2017 was the month home buyers fell in love with houses in Olympia WA! - 03/08/17 02:42 PM
February 2017 was filled with love in Olympia WA as home buyers came out in the rain, sleet, snow and hail and purchased homes! 
 
 
Many sellers in Olympia WA (in Thurston County) were wooed and pursued by several buyers who offered expensive purchase prices, took off their contingencies and proved their commitment by using a reputable local lender.  Yes, this market is sexier than a steamy romance novel!  Check out these record-breaking love connections:
 
February 2017 was THE February of all Februarys. 
Thurston County sold the most homes this February than all other Februarys with 294 sales.  The second closest year to this record was in 2006 … (1 comments)

thurston county wa: Olympia and Lacey WA housing market forecast for 2017 - 01/17/17 03:35 PM
Last year was a record year in the Olympia and Lacey WA housing market, and 2017 is on a path to exceed 2016's numbers.
 
Here's a snapshot of 2016:
 
4,893 home sales in Thurston County, WA.  For comparison, in 2011, at the bottom of our market, Thurston County had just 2,600 home sales.
 
$282,738 average sales price.  Since 2013, the average sales price has increased nearly 28%! 
 
 
 
677 homes for sale as of December 2016.  For 2016, we nearly beat our historic low for active listings.  In 2011, there were 675 homes listed for sale in Thurston County.  
For comparison, at the worst of our … (3 comments)

thurston county wa: 2016 High School Student Essay Contest - Olympia WA - 04/04/16 06:45 AM
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic's 2016 High School Student Essay Contest starts April 11, 2016!
What:  Write a 500-word essay on "What Makes a House a Home." Our past winners expressed quite a bit of creativity, and that's one of the criteria for judging.
 
Who:  Any Thurston County, WA High School Student who either resides in Thurston County or attends a Thurston County High School.
 
When:  Send in your essays between April 11, 2016 through May 8, 2016
 
Where:  Submit essays to www.coldwellbankerolympia.com
 
Prizes:  
First Place:  $1,000
Second Place:  $750
Third Place:  $500
 
The First Place winner will also choose who will receive the Inspirational Educator Award and a $500 … (10 comments)

thurston county wa: Thurston County WA real estate market update for September 2015 - 11/01/15 02:45 AM
Here is the Thurston County WA real estate market update for September 2015.
Highlights for Thurston County for September 2015
All areas are showing improvement in all categories. The South Puget Sound is diving deeper into a Seller’s Market and this current market has been the best since the fall of 2004! Closed sales are up. For Thurston County, the number of sales closed is now 52% higher than the bottom of the market in 2011. In Thurston County (and similar in the neighboring counties), sellers, on average, are seeing offers within the first 28 days, which is excellent. Sellers don’t need to … (0 comments)

thurston county wa: Thurston County WA real estate market update Fall 2014 - 11/07/14 08:19 AM
The Thurston County WA real estate market for Fall 2014 has continued on a positive trend of increasing home sale prices and strong buyer activity.
The Thurston County real estate market has been through its trials since the downturn in the summer of 2008 to the summer of 2013.  Sixty months of decline was going to take some effort to stop and turn around, and for the last 19 months, Thurston County saw consistent gains in average home sales prices.
 
Prices always hinge on supply and demand
To move prices back up, buyers had to return to the Thurston County market.  When … (0 comments)

thurston county wa: Thurston County Fair 2014 - 07/31/14 06:33 AM
Thurston County Fair 2014 is in full swing between now and August 3rd, 2014.
 

When:  July 30 - August 3, 2014, 10 AM to 10 PM, except open until 8 PM on Sunday, August 3rd
Where:  Thurston County Fair Grounds
3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey WA 98503
Admission:  $7 with other fees for seniors and kids
Parking:  On site $5, or free parking at the bus barn on Carpenter or at Woodland Elementary School with shuttles to the fair.
For more information, check out their website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/default.asp.
 
I attended the opening day of the Thurston County Fair … (5 comments)

thurston county wa: Going Bagless in Olympia WA - 05/30/14 08:49 AM
Mark your calendars, Thurston County Washingtonians:
on July 1, 2014, single-use plastic bags will be banned
 
I love my reusable bags. 
This ban is not only a smart move towards a healthier environment but it's an easy change for most consumers because the reusable bags are far superior to thin plastic bags.  The reusable bags can hold more groceries, stay upright in the car, and they are much easier to handle.  So I am in favor of this ban, however, there are quite a few rules that really take the enthusiasm out of saving the environment.   
 
Just bring your own bag.  It's really just that simple....sort … (3 comments)

thurston county wa: Essay Scholarship Contest open to Thurston County, WA students - 04/16/14 08:16 AM
My brokerage, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. in Olympia, WA is holding its annual essay scholarship contest for high school student in Thurston County.  First place is a $1,000 scholarship!  (Second prize is $750 and third prize is $500.) 
Unlike many scholarships, this is open to all high school age students, not just seniors.  As long as you are either a resident of Thurston County, WA or attend a school located in Thurston County, you are eligible.

What?  The theme is "What Makes a House a Home?"  All eligible contestants may enter one essay up to 500 words that describes … (0 comments)

thurston county wa: Thurston County WA current real estate market update - 02/26/14 04:21 AM
Here is the Thurston County WA current real estate market update as of April 2014.
Thurston County WA is located in the South Puget Sound region of Western Washington. It is the home of the State Capitol in Olympia. The other major towns in Thurston County are Tumwater, Lacey, Yelm, Tenino and Rochester.

Some fun facts about Washington State:
State Flower:  Coast rhododendron
State Marine Mammal: Orca
State Tree: Western Hemlock
State Bird: Willow goldfinch
State Gem: Petrified wood
State Fossil: Columbian mammoth
Unofficial State Nickname: the Evergreen State

Major Employers in Thurston County include:
Federal, State and City Government Providence St. … (2 comments)

 
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