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Sellers in Olympia WA are Seeing Good Equity Gains – and that’s putting it mildly

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

The real estate market in Olympia WA continues to grow and there aren’t signs that this trend will be stopping anytime soon.



This chart below shows the average gains sellers, who sold this year, are achieving from when they purchased.  On average, market-wide median home prices are up 8.6 percent, much higher than our long-term historical average of 5 percent per year.



And these are not just high-priced sales – these are the average of ALL sales in Thurston County, excluding manufactured homes, distressed homes, and homes that were significantly remodeled.  These are historically incredible numbers for our real estate market.


Why is the Olympia WA real estate market hot?


  1. With absorption rate at a record low – the lowest it has ever been at 0.89 months of supply – there simply are not enough homes available for the higher number of buyers looking to purchase.  Builders cannot keep up with this pace, and existing home sellers have been slow to come onto the market.
  2. More buyers are migrating to Thurston County and the Olympia area, looking for more affordable housing.  Thurston County remains the best county along the I-5 corridor for housing.
  3. Interest rates are still historically low and it is anticipated to stay this way through next year, stretching the purchasing power for buyers.


When will this hot market end?


We are not seeing this hot market trend ending anytime soon because:


  1. The unemployment rate is low.  For the Olympia area, the rate is 4.8 percent.
  2. Incomes are rising.
  3. Interest rates are dropping and are forecasted to stay low.
  4. To get back to a “normal” or balanced market, we would need to add 293 percent more listings to meet the current pace of sales.  In our history, we have only been there once, and that was during the recent recession where there was an over-abundance of new construction and overbuilding.


So the market is still looking good for sellers in the Olympia area.  If you are thinking about selling, you don’t need to wait until the spring market.  Thurston County is open for business 12 months out of the year!  Contact me today to discuss your equity position in today’s real estate market.

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

Email:  Francine.Viola@cbolympia.com

Web:     www.FrancineViola.com





Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

God morning Francine. Thinventory is such an ugly thing unless you are a seller. Enjoy your day!

Dec 18, 2019 04:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Francine... you could be writing about the Charlotte market! (Loved your photo of the house.)

Dec 18, 2019 05:42 AM
The Woodland Companies of Alaska
Woodland Management Service - Wasilla, AK
Alaska Forest Land Experts!

Thanks for the update on this community, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.


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Dec 18, 2019 09:52 AM