Lacey WA real estate update for September 2014

Here is the Lacey WA real estate update for September 2014.

Why live in Lacey?

Lacey residents take pride in their town! The city sponsors many events throughout the year to promote a sense of community with events such as these fall and winter events:

November 2, 2014 – Club Oly Running is celebrating the extra hour with the time change with their “Turn Back the Clock Fun Run.”

December 4, 2014 –  see the Lighting of the Christmas Trees at Huntamer Park.

Nearly 20 percent of Lacey is made up of parks and green space, giving residents lots of places to walk, relax and enjoy a bit of nature. But green space isn’t the only thing green about Lacey. It is one of the few cities in the US to be an official EPA Green Power Community, for its commitment to green power use.

Lacey is also popular with commuters who need easy access to I-5, and Lacey is approximately 30 minutes to JBLM.

Schools: Most residents in the area are in the North Thurston School District.

Types of Homes: There is a mix of new construction and mid-century homes in Lacey. Neighborhoods include Capitol City (on the Capitol City golf course), Hicks Lake, Horizon Pointe, Long Lake, Pattison Lake, and Tanglewilde. Search Lacey WA homes for sale.

 

Lacey WA real estate market snapshot for the third quarter 2014.

Lacey home pricesAverage Sales Price for Q3 2014 is $213,345. This is up from last year at this time when the average sales price was $199,435.

Number of Home Sales is also up: 122 vs. 115 last year at this time.

Months of Inventory is in a seller’s market with 3 months of inventory. This is the same as last year at this time.

How fast are homes selling in Lacey? On average homes were on the market for 48 days, which is good news!


What does this mean for Sellers?

Sellers are feeling more confident in listing their homes for sale. Currently there are 123 homes listed for sale. Last year at this time there were 94 homes listed, so there is steady listing activity.


Sellers still need to price appropriately.
Right now the average list price is $226,752 with the average sales price of $213,752. In broad terms, sellers in Lacey are pricing a little high. But even in the hottest market, overpriced homes did not sell, and sellers need to price right for the market conditions.

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What does this mean for buyers?

Buyers shouldn’t shy away from “over-priced” listings. In looking at the data above, sellers are pricing higher than the average sales price. Don’t be afraid to do a little negotiating.

Pay attention to where interest rates are heading. Even though interest rates have remained low despite predictions, experts agree time is running out for buyers to take advantage of rates below 4%. 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. Buyers also need to be prepared that a seller may not agree to pay a buyer’s closing costs.

Find Lacey WA homes for sale.

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If you’d like to learn more about how your home fits into this market and would like a personalized home evaluation, feel free to email me (francine.viola@cbolympia.com) or call me today at (360) 359-0689. With no obligation, I can give you straight-forward, fact-based information so you can decide if the time is right to make your next real estate move.

Click here for the market update for East Lacey

Click here for the market update for North Lacey, including Hawks Prairie

Click here to see the market updates for other areas of Thurston County

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 her blog site: www.InTuneRealEstate.com, where you can learn more about the real estate market in Thurston County and get tips and advice for a smooth real estate transaction!

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