Is it too late for me to list my Olympia WA home?

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

Many homeowners who are considering selling their Olympia WA home are looking at the calendar, seeing the school buses back on the roads, sipping their pumpkin spiced lattes and are wondering if they missed the summer real estate market. 


Put shortly, the answer is no. 


And here’s why the 2019 fall and winter real estate market in the Olympia WA will continue to be a great time to list your home for sale.


Less competition. 

Your competition may wait to list their home until next year or may take their home off the market, not realizing September through the rest of the year will still be very busy.  Buyers are still looking for homes and sellers have been slow to list their homes this year.  The fall and winter months bring out the serious and determined buyers, and sellers, those are the buyers you want.  This is the time for sellers to take advantage of the fewer homes on the market.


Low interest rates help you, too, sellers. 

The average Olympia WA sales price has increased nine percent from last summer.  But with the low interest rates (see the national average interest rates here), it is actually more affordable to buy a home now than it was last year.  Buyers’ dollars can go further in this market than last year.


Low supply and high demand still equal a seller’s market. 

The Olympia WA area is still seated firmly in a seller’s market, meaning there are more buyers than homes listed for sale.  In order to get to a balanced market, the Olympia WA area would need 2,348 homes actively listed for sale - and we have never had that many homes listed for sale.  Right now, we have 567 homes listed for sale.



Olympia has a healthy inbound migration of buyers.  Many Seattle and Tacoma buyers are looking for affordable options in Olympia.  They are fleeing the higher-priced areas of Seattle and Tacoma, and are happy to find more home for the money.  This doesn’t mean Olympia sellers can price haphazardly.  Sellers still need to price right in order to gain the buyers’ attention.


There is a lot that goes into successfully selling your Olympia area home. It takes expertise, knowledge and experience. Don't leave it up to an amateur.


Contact me for a professional assessment for your home and my suggested strategy for you to get the most this market can give.

Posted by


Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


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

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


Cell:      (360) 359-0689






Comments (4)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

List away !  Very often 4th and 1st quarter are our very best !

Sep 04, 2019 01:58 PM
Francine Viola

That's good to know in your market as our winter weather is more temperate than a WI winter!  Thanks Sally K. & David L. Hanson!

Sep 04, 2019 02:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Francine - real sellers sell and real buyers buy each and every day.  Go with a solid marketing plan as the time is right for YOU as the seller or the buyer.  

Sep 04, 2019 04:58 PM
Francine Viola

Great point Michael Jacobs and sound advice!

Sep 05, 2019 05:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Francine Viola ,

The fall market always score for many of the reasons you list! Buyer buy for many rerasons all year long. If your not on the market your home can't sell so if you want to make a move LIST and make it happen with Francine!

Sep 04, 2019 07:00 PM
Francine Viola

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - thanks for the boost!

Sep 05, 2019 05:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Francine, as far as I'm concerned there is no "bad" season to sell a home. They each have their own advantages and it's all about making the most of them.

Sep 05, 2019 07:39 AM
Francine Viola

Absolutely Nina Hollander - you have a great perspective!

Sep 05, 2019 05:35 PM