Here is the West Olympia WA real estate market update for September 2014.
Why live in West Olympia?
West Olympians love their part of town! There is The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College, Capitol Medical Center and the shopping mall to name a few amenities. The main north-south road, Cooper Point Road NW, leads to the homes with water views of either Eld Inlet to the west or Budd Inlet to the east.
Investors can find opportunities with rental properties near The Evergreen State College while longtime, homesteaders can find their dream home in West Olympia.
Schools: Many residents are in the Olympia School District.
Types of homes: West Olympia offers some residents with desirable inlet water views, new construction and vintage homes. Neighborhoods in West Olympia include Aspinwall, Cooper Point, Olympia Country Club, Green Cove, and Ken Lake. Search West Olympia homes for sale.
West Olympia Real Estate Market Snapshot for the third quarter 2014.
- Average Sales Price for Q3 2014 is $314,791. Last year at this time, the average sales price was $279,695. Good, steady sales price increase!
- Number of Home Sales is 109 vs. 91 last year at this time – very good to see.
- Months of Inventory has gone down to a balanced market of 4 months of inventory. Last year at this time, inventory was at 7 months.
- How fast are homes selling in West Olympia? On average, homes were on the market for 79 days. This is a solid, balanced time frame for homes to be on the market.
What does this mean for Sellers?
Sellers – we need you! Right now there are 115 homes listed for sale. Last year at this time, there were 167 homes listed for sale. Buyers have fewer homes to choose from so this fall might be an excellent time to get your home listed before the typical rush of the spring.
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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. Rates are still historically low and can boost buying power but these low rates cannot last forever. Buyers should take advantage now before the end of the year when experts predict a rate increase.
Be prepared. Buyers need to be prepared financially to purchase a property. Working with a quality local lender and getting pre-approved before submitting an offer are a must as buyers might find themselves competing with another buyer for the same house. Buyers also need to be prepared that a seller may not agree to pay the buyer’s closing costs.
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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!