Rochester WA Market Update for October 2013

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Here is the Rochester WA Market Update for October 2013 (area 455 on the map below).

Rochester, WA is located in the southernmost part of Thurston County, and is best known for its Scandinavian heritage celebrations.  Rochester is also the home to the Great Wolf Lodge and the Lucky Eagle Casino operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.  Rochester features farming parcels as well as vintage homes in the downtown area.  Many residents of these towns are in the Rochester School District.


Thurston County Map 


Market Snapshot: 

Rochester (Area 455) This Year Last Year + / - / =
Average Sales Price January—September: $180,723 $171,073 Good!
# of Homes Sold January—September: 92 91 Stable
Absorption Rate (how long it takes the market to absorb the inventory): 5 months 4 months Balanced Market
# of Homes Currently Listed: 77
Current Listed Home Price Range: $39,950 to $992,000

Average home prices for Rochester saw over a 5% (!) increase over last year at this time.  This is a positive sign as Rochester is still in a process of recovery.  Thurston County overall has seen incremental home sales price increases (2.6% last month).  Thurston County's average home price is currently $238,799.

The number of homes sold for Rochester has remained steady.  Also a very good sign in the move towards a healthy market.

The absorption rate currentlyis in balance and was in balance last year, too.  (A balanced market is if all the inventory sold in 4-6 months; a seller's market is less than 4 months.)  The average absorption rate for Thurston County is 5 months.


What does this mean for Sellers?

The bottom has hit and we are moving passed the lowest point of the market.  This doesn't mean prices will skyrocket upward.  The market still has many months of recovery but the downward spiral has stopped.

Sellers still need to price appropriately with the market.  No matter if it's a "hot" seller's market or a slow buyer's market, sellers still need to price right according to the conditions of the market in order to have a successful sale.

Less inventory.  This is good for sellers as there is less for buyers to choose, and we have seen multiple offer situations with several buyers competing for the same property.

Overall, it's been a long time coming, but the market has improved enough for many sellers to consider their next move.


What does this mean for Buyers?

Buyers need to act - no more fence-sitting.  The luxury of waiting and watching the market are over for buyers.  With less inventory and more buyers entering the market, buyers may find themselves competing for a property.

Pay attention to where interest rates are heading.  Even though interest rates below 6% are considered very low, many buyers over the last five years have enjoyed rates at half that - 3% to 4%.  At some point, interest rates will need to rise.  Buyers will need to stay on top of where interest rates are heading.

Be prepared.  Buyers need to be prepared financially to purchase a property.  That means working with a quality local lender and getting pre-approved so that you are ready to make an offer when you find the right house.  Secondly, buyers need to be prepared that a seller may not agree to pay a buyer's closing costs.


Here are the homes that have sold within the last 3 months:


Search Olympia WA Homes for Sale   See all the homes currently listed for sale in 455 Rochester.

Local statistics compiled by Francine Viola from NWMLS data. Statistics not compiled or published by  NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service).

Originally posted and written by Francine Viola at

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Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

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