wa: Housing in 2019 is more affordable than last year in Olympia WA - 08/27/19 01:53 PM
Buyers in Thurston County, WA (which include Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm) are seeing higher home prices but are enjoying near-historic low interest rates, making homes more affordable now than last year at this time.
 
 
 
 
 
The average home price in Thurston County, WA is $371,323, up 4 percent from last year. But because interest rates have plummeted 1 percent from last year, buyers are seeing their dollars go further. 
 
The average-priced home of $371,323 with the national average 30-year mortgage rate of 3.55% realizes a monthly principal and interest payment of $1,678 (taxes and insurance would increase this number).  Comparing the average home … (2 comments)

wa: Open Houses this weekend in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater WA - August 24-25, 2019 - 08/23/19 10:49 AM
 
Get your slip-on shoes on and head out this weekend to visit open houses in the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater areas in Thurston County, WA!  Click here for the open houses this weekend, August 24-25, 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are some great choices this weekend from cute little bungalows to homes on acreage to waterfront properties. And be sure to be kind to your open house hosts! Say hi and introduce yourself. I promise you, the real estate agent hosting the open house won't bite!
 
 
 
Have fun and if you see a house you'd like more information on, please contact me this weekend.
 
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wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: 2019 Real Estate Forecast for Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, WA in Thurston County - 01/16/19 12:38 PM
This year in real estate in the Thurston County, WA area, including the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, are bound to be a very successful year both for sellers and buyers.  Here is the 2018 recap with the 2019 projections.
 
 
Record Number of Sellers
A record number of resale homes came to the market throughout 2018.  That gave buyers more choices and it moved the standing inventory of homes (those available at any moment in time) from record low levels.  The increase in both helped nudge our market out of a deep seller’s market and begin a trend back toward balance.
 
2019 Projection: … (1 comments)

wa: 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)

wa: A better way to donate to local charities in the Olympia, WA area - 10/29/18 11:13 AM
   
 
Give where you live this season! 
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound (www.thecommunityfoundation.com) is an organization in Olympia, WA that manages charitable gifts from donors by administering and professionally managing donated funds to make the most of the gifted funds.
 
Between October 31 to November 20, 2018, the Foundation is running the GIVE LOCAL campaign.  This three-week online giving campaign will support non-profits in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties in Washington State.  There are over 75 organizations that have been reviewed by the Community Foundation.  And 100% of the funds raised from GIVE LOCAL are passed along to the … (4 comments)

wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: How to find out if a residential oil tank has been decommissioned in Olympia, WA - 09/05/18 05:23 PM
Tips for finding records on decommissioned oil tanks in Olympia, WASome older homes in the Olympia WA area relied on buried and sometimes above-ground oil tanks to fuel their furnaces to heat their homes.  Many of these homes have since been converted to natural gas or electric and the oil tank is now not in use. Oil tanks can last for about 30 years before they start to corrode and potentially start to leak oil into the soil and groundwater. 
 
Decommissioning a tank involves either digging out the tank and removing it or leaving the tank in place and filling it with material … (0 comments)

wa: 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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wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: 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)

wa: Tumwater Falls Park in Tumwater WA - the fish are flyin'! - 10/30/17 10:50 AM
This autumn at the Tumwater Falls Park located in Tumwater, WA, I was surprised to see the salmon working their way up the river.  The river seems pretty mighty.  As I was standing on the bridge at the lower part of the falls, I was amazed to see these flyin' fish battling the strong currents.
 
 
I really like to visit the Tumwater Falls Park as it's right next to my office and is a great place to take a walk and be out in nature even though you are right in town.  The park surrounds the old Olympia Beer Brewery.
 
I start at … (2 comments)

wa: Walking around downtown Olympia WA - 10/27/17 02:39 PM
Any time of the year is a fun time to take a stroll through the streets of downtown Olympia.  And recently, we did the fall Arts Walk in October 2017 where stores host local artists' work of all mediums. 
Arts Walk is the perfect excuse to stop in and check out all the unique shops that you might not have wandered into before.  And to discover and appreciate all the creative talent we have right here!  We have lots of innovating artists creating original works of art living in and around Olympia!
 
It was a beautiful fall day with the sun out, highlighting the … (2 comments)

wa: 8615 Zircon Dr SW, #H2 Lakewood WA condo for sale, but not for long! - 09/28/17 01:33 PM
This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to buy a home for a great price! 
8615 Zircon Dr SW, #H2 in Lakewood WA is located in The Bluffs condominium complex next door to the Oakbrook Golf Club and minutes to JBLM! 
 
Click here for all the details.
 
 
 

 
This condo is on the main floor - just one step into the secured building, and then once inside the unit, two steps down into the living room and kitchen.
 
 
 
 

 
This is a 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath condo that has updated kitchens and baths - all new Shaker-style cabinets, tile floors, solid … (6 comments)

wa: 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)

 
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