I think my buyer just bought the dirtiest house in the county

I think my buyer just bought the dirtiest house in the county, and she’s really happy about it!  Why?  Because she knows she saved about $25,000, all because of dirt.

She is not like most buyers.  She has great vision and can see (and smell) beyond the filth in front of her.  (I, on the other hand, spent most of the showing outside because I just couldn’t take it.  And then I was even more distraught when I noticed the smell followed me and clung to my clothes!)

The only advantage I can see of a dirty home is the money buyers can save on the purchase price.  But other than that, there are not many benefits to a dirty home that is listed for sale.  The majority of buyers will keep looking. So sellers, if you live in filth, you just can’t list in filth.

For her closing gift, I thought it would be best to go the practical route, and I purchased just about every kind of cleaner, scrub brush, and other cleaning tools to give her a head start on the big task.

I’m all for green cleaners but I’m not sure vinegar and baking soda could even get the first layer of dirt off, so I purchased the toxic, heavy-duty cleaners to give her a head-start!

As a Realtor, it’s tough for me to see homes in such condition.  It’s my view that your home is typically your biggest financial asset and you should take care of it as best as you can.  Walking into a home where pets are allowed to use the carpet as their bathroom or the living room that is being used as the garbage dump is disheartening for me.

My buyers are also frustrated because they don’t understand why or how a seller would allow their home to be listed in this condition. Sometimes the seller is unable to care for their home, and sometimes the seller just doesn’t care at all.

In the end, this transaction worked out smoothly and my buyer ended up getting a great deal in what is currently a strong seller’s market.  And she got a kick out of her closing gift!

4129 Capri Ct NE, Lacey WA 98516 – home for sale

4129 Capri Ct NE, Lacey WA 98516 – home for sale

This highly sought-after main floor master plan is move-in ready in Lacey, WA – in the Campus Highlands neighborhood in Hawks Prairie!

See all the details here.

What makes this house a home

Finding newer one level or all main floor living homes is a challenge in our area.  Many ramblers (1-story) homes in our area are homes built in the 1970s that are very boxy, small in size and very bland in architecture and design.

In the Campus Highlands neighborhood in Hawks Prairie, the lot sizes are generous to accommodate rambler plans.

Another desirable feature of this home is the floor plan.  The half-story upstairs features a bedroom, full bath and a bonus room.  This makes the perfect separate living quarters for guests or family members.

Downstairs is the huge master bedroom at the back of the house.  The other two bedrooms are at the front of the house, separated by their full bath.

Check out the video here!

  • Built by Rob Rice Homes, a premier local builder in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, WA areas.
  • Built in 2011
  • 2,600 Square Feet
  • 4 bedrooms / 3 full baths
  • 0.218 acre lot
  • 3 car garage

See all the details here.

Desired location for commuters

Campus Highlands in Hawks Prairie is located in North Lacey.  There are two roads that can get you to I-5 quickly.  You can choose to drive south on Meridian and pick up I-5 at exit 114.  Or drive south on Willamette to exit 111 of I-5.

 

Desirable features

  • Extended hardwood floors from the entry to the kitchen, dining and family rooms open up the space.
  • The kitchen is large with stunning granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, nd a wine cooler.
  • Outside, you’ll appreciate the fully fenced yard with two garden gates for easy access.
  • This house sits on a corner lot in a cul de sac – the best of both worlds!
  • Fully sprinklered, lawn care is a breeze.
  • The sellers upgraded the patio with an extended covered patio for relaxing & entertaining, and they added a natural gas BBQ outlet!

And we can’t forget the 3-car garage with additional storage space, a utility sink, extra ceiling lighting when working in the garage, and epoxy-finished floor to keep it neat and clean!

You don’t want to miss out on this house.  Schedule your showing today, and you’ll see how this house will make a great home for you!

 

Buyers are looking for homes in Stikes Woods, Lacey WA

Buyers want to live in your neighborhood, Stikes Woods homeowners!

The two sellers I recently represented in your neighborhood experienced the joys of a seller’s market!  And you can too if you are thinking of selling.

5514 Jackson Farm Loop SE, next to Stikes Woods
Sold for $273,450 (over the asking price) in 1 day.
Sold February 2017

 

3605 Silver Maple Ct SE
Pending in April 2017 just 4 days after being listed.
Seller had to decide on 1 buyer from the multiple offers!

Both of these sellers prepared their homes for sale, priced the homes right, and had professional promotion; all of these actions created the perfect storm for a successful home-selling experience.

Right now, there are limited listings available for buyers in your neighborhood. And with two recent sales, I know this first-hand.  Buyers are looking for homes in good condition, in a great location with backyards bigger than a postage stamp!  And Stikes Woods has this.

If you’d like to know more about how your home fits in the market place, contact me today!

Also EMAIL me and I’ll send you my pre-listing packet with the same top strategies I shared with these sellers to get your home sold.  You’ll also see marketing examples of what I do for my seller clients to properly and professionally market your home.

Don’t be shy—contact me today! I’m here to provide you with the facts so you can make the best decision for YOU.

The Olympia WA real estate market needs SELLERS!

The real estate market in Olympia WA and surrounding areas is in need of sellers!

In January 2017, we are breaking records.  This January is the best start of any year!  Here’s a quick recap in this video below.  Check it out!

In January 2017, we closed more sales than ever with 308 sales.  And you wouldn’t consider January to be the peak of any real estate market.  Neither do we, and we are expecting much higher numbers in the coming months.

Buyers: buckle up and hang on!
Seller: get your homes ready to list!

This high number of sales is a combination effect of sellers who have been waiting to sell, can now sell.  And buyers who are experiencing continued low interest rates, strong buying power and the confidence to invest in real estate.

Sellers are realizing strong gains and healthy prices due to the lack of inventory available for buyers.  We are at record lows for inventory in Thurston County with just 1.5 months of supply (a balanced market is 4-6 months of supply).  Many sellers are receiving multiple offers, which is putting buyers in a bidding war.

As you can see from this chart, we are at a historic low for inventory since 2000.

Advice for Buyers

Buyers, as always but this is even more important now, you must be ready to buy.  That means you must be pre-qualified with a strong, local lender or you must have your cash funds ready and available.

Gone are the days where you can expect a seller to pay for your closing costs.  Be prepare to pay your own costs.  Also be prepared to be in a bidding situation where you may offer over the asking price, eliminate contingencies or offer other terms and conditions.  If you are looking to invest in real estate, start saving now for your closing costs and down payment.

Advice for Sellers

All the basics of listing and selling your home still apply:

  • Price appropriately – an over-priced listing will sit on the market just like it did in the worst of the market.
  • Present a clean and organized home – if you don’t care to present your home well, how can you expect a buyer to offer you top dollar?  Unprepared homes will only get you low-ball offers or none at all.
  • Professional representation  – now more than ever, Realtors’ experience is needed. Some of the issues we are seeing in this fast-paced market are dealing properly and legally with multiple offers.  Some buyers get caught up in the bidding process and then end up backing out.  Make sure you have a qualified Realtor on your side (such as myself!) who can help sort out the stronger buyers, and keep buyers on track to close the deal.
  • Professional presentation – enough said on this topic but we are still seeing very poor and sloppy marketing.  Don’t let your listing be one of these – call me to represent you!

Call me today and I can advise you on how you can be a successful buyer or seller in this very fast-paced market.

 

Ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater WA

Ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater WA are hot properties and are desired homes for residents in the Thurston County, WA area.

Search here for the current ramblers for sale in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and surrounding areas of Thurston County. 

What is a rambler?

A rambler is a single-story home.  Some may call it a ranch.  Others call it the perfect floor plan!

 

Why are ramblers desirable?

No stairs!   The convenience of not having to navigate stairs is appealing to a wide range of buyers.  Young, old, single, married with kids, empty-nesters and multi-generational buyers all find value in ramblers over 2-story homes.

 

Why are new construction ramblers hard to find?

In our Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater areas, brand new ramblers are available but not as many as buyers would like.  Many of the new subdivisions have lots that are too narrow and small to fit a rambler. Therefore, many of the ramblers for sale will be older homes on larger lots (10,000 SF+ lots).

 

Do ramblers have good re-sale value?

In my opinion, absolutely!  With an aging population who is living longer and who is more apt to modify their home than to move to some type of an assisted-living facility, ramblers will continue to have a very strong appeal for buyers.  Every day in my own real estate practice, most of my buyers want ramblers.

 

If you are looking specifically for a brand new rambler, contact me today and I can easily find those for you and set up that search.  Or if you’d like to narrow down the rambler search by price, location, size, etc., I can help with that, too.  Contact me today to find your next rambler home!

 

 

5514 Jackson Farm Lp SE – Home for Sale in Lacey WA – Now Pending

5514 Jackson Farm Lp SE in Lacey WA is now pending.

After being on the market for 1 day, we received a terrific offer and look forward to a successful close on this well-prepared and marketed home in Lacey, WA.

Click here to see the details of this home.

This tri-level appealed to many of the potential buyers who toured this home because it is well-maintained and has many brand new updates including a new kitchen.  The big ticket items have been taken care of and the new owner just needs to move in and enjoy their home!

Located in the heart of Lacey, WA, this home is just a few minutes away from I-5 access, making it easy for commuters.

The large, fully-fenced yard backs up the HOA greenbelt, offering additional privacy.

For other homes similar to this, contact me today, and I can help you find your next home.  Or if you are looking to sell your home, take a look at how I marketed this home to get quick results for my sellers.

4525 Freemont St NE, Lacey WA home for sale!

4525 Freemont St NE in Lacey WA is now for sale!

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Here’s a short video on this home featuring the park-like backyard with waterfalls!  Absolutely a stunning home in Lacey WA.  Click here for the video.

Details:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • 2,929 square feet
  • Built in 2008

Located in The Greens at Edgewater in North Lacey WA, this home offers great access to I-5 Exit 111 and perfect for commuters heading to JBLM, DuPont, Tacoma, Olympia, Tumwater and beyond.

Beautifully upgraded & immaculate home was made for entertaining inside & out!

WaterfallsThe private backyard sanctuary has waterfalls, 2 gas fire pits, over-sized patio w/hot tub, retractable awnings, fully fenced.

Dining roomRed oak hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, A/C crown molding are just a few of the finishing touches.

Check out the XXL bonus room!  Current owners have it set up as the ideal game room and media area.  Make this your new home in time for the football season!  (Go Hawks!)

Upstairs master bedroom has a gas fireplace, huge walk-in closet & over-sized tile floor.

The 3-car garage has 20 amp 1Loft5service, overhead outlets, hot/cold hose bib.

And what could be better? The HOA maintains front yard!

This home will please the most discerning buyer.

Call me today to set up your tour of this immaculate home at 4525 Freemont St NE in Lacey WA. 1Porch

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8870 Shepard Way NE, Lacey WA – 5 bedroom home SOLD

8870 Shepard Way NE in Lacey WA is a 5-bedroom home for sale on The Woodlands golf course. SOLD AUGUST 31, 2016  For similar homes for sale, contact me today!

The largest floor plan in Campus Peak (The Poplar) has 5 bedrooms + den with stunning views of the 18th fairway.

Built in 2015, this home is better than new with upgrades including A/C and blinds.

Hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen w/brilliant white quartz counter tops, espresso stained cabinets w/stainless steel appliances all with an open floor plan with lots of natural light.

Master bedroom takes advantage of the sweeping views, 5 piece master bath has a large walk-in closet.  Check out this tour for photos!

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Located in the Rob Rice Campus Peak division in Hawks Prairie in Lacey, WA, this makes commuting on I-5 a breeze, as you are just minutes away.

With limited inventory in this area, this home is ready for you to move into!  No need to wait for a new home to be built.

Call me today for your tour of this immaculate home on the 18th fairway!

3031 Vista Verde Ln SW, Tumwater WA – sold in 4 days

3031 Vista Verde Lane SW in Tumwater WA sold in just 4 days!  This home sold June 30, 2016 for over the asking price.

Contact me today to keep you informed of other similar homes that come up on the market.

With lots of activity and multiple offers, the seller had a tough time choosing, as all the offers were strong, came from pre-qualified buyers represented by Realtors.

3031 Vista Verde Ln SW, Tumwater

This home is just 3 years old and is in great condition.

3 bedrooms / 2.5 baths / 1,765 square feet built in 2013 on Tumwater Hill, which is a terrific location to the freeway, shopping, schools and amenities.

Modern clean lines define this Tumwater Hill 2-story home that is move-in ready. You’ll appreciate the main floor hardwood floors, huge kitchen w/tons of cabinet and counter space, open living and dining room with 2-story vaulted ceiling. Upstairs features a loft, 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Fully fenced, easy to maintain yard, 2 car garage, minutes to freeway, shopping and schools. This is low maintenance living w/a super easy commute! Check out the video!

442 Sawmill Ct SE, Olympia WA – SOLD!

442 Sawmill Court SE in Olympia, WA is SOLD after just being on the market for 3 days!

The seller received many showings and multiple offers in this short period of time, from buyers who were ready – they were pre-qualified with local lenders, had an agent representing them and submitted strong offers.

442 Sawmill Ct SE, Olympia WA - already pending

Located in East Olympia, 442 Sawmill Court SE is located in Meridian Acres, a community of homes on larger lots (1/3 acre +/-) where owners take pride in ownership.

Minutes to I-5, this neighborhood is a great location for commuters to JBLM and beyond.

This home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and is 1,671 square feet.  Built in 1986, this home has been impeccably maintained.  Check out the video!

For similar homes that ARE for sale, contact me today!