Olympia Real Estate

Oct. 9, 2017

What You Need To Know About Getting a Mortgage

Mortgage Process in Olympia and Lacey WA

Some Highlights 

-Many people are purchasing homes with less than 20% down.  In fact, many are getting a mortgage with as little as 3% down.

-You DON"T need perfect credit to qualify for a loan.

-Talk to a local expert and take advantage of their knowledge, to help ...

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April 6, 2017

April Can Be a Timely Entry Point for Olympia Listings

 

It’s Spring!--Traditionally the time of year when area homeowners who haven’t yet listed their homes for sale in Olympia, may have a legitimate question about whether it’s too late to benefit from the spring selling season. This year, they may also be legitimately concerned that the rise in ...

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March 27, 2017

Will Home Sales in Olympia Match “Soaring” U.S. Rate?

Olympia home sales usually do respond to seasonal patterns that are familiar in most other areas. Spring and summer lead the way for weather-related, financial, school scheduling and other family-related reasons. From now into well into the early fall, house sales activity can be counted on to peak. Those are ...

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March 22, 2017

Olympia Housing Market Fits Many Downsizing Agendas

Time Magazine ended last week with a commentary that could foreshadow how this year’s Olympia housing market might differ from years past. Author Bill Saporito identified a mismatch in the housing market that could bode well for empty nesters. Whether or not the implications will be a perfect fit for ...

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March 15, 2017

Predicting Olympia Home Prices Doesn’t Take a Nobel Prize

The timing for when to sell a Olympia home can be a decision that pretty much makes itself. Sometimes family demands call for a move to larger or smaller quarters; sometimes a change in career demands or a schooling decision dictates a residential switch. But there are other times when ...

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March 13, 2017

The Difference an Hour Makes

This Sunday marked the annual “spring forward” sleep-robbing occasion: the switch to this year’s Daylight Savings Time. “Springing forward” may sound like a spirited, energetic exercise, but for Olympia residents like me who do our best to keep regular hours, this week it will inevitably produce, at minimum, an extra ...

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March 7, 2017

20% Down Payment Fiction vs. Olympia Reality

It turns out that the run of admirable national and Olympia home sales advances have been pulled off despite a couple of strong counter-currents. At least that’s the theme that emerges from last month’s Aspiring Home Buyers Profile report, which supplied one obvious and one not-so-obvious widespread beliefs among would-be ...

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Feb. 21, 2017

Top 10 Nature Trails in Olympia

One of the best things about living in Thurston County, or in the PNW for that matter, is the abundance of nature trails and hiking. With such tremendous diversity in trails in Thurston County, it may be nearly impossible to pick the best one. Whether you are looking for kid ...

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Nov. 23, 2016

Why Interest Rates Are Rising

A recently published survey by Freddie Mac shows that 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rates increased to 3.94% this past week. Recently rates have been around 3.5% since early summer, leaving many inquiring about why the rates increased so significantly.

Why did rates increase?

Presidential elections always lead ...

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May 31, 2016

How Housing Builds Family Wealth

As the United States economy keeps improving, many more people beginning to see improved personal finances. Instead of just living paycheck to paycheck, many are now able to accumulate savings and look for other ways to build their personal wealth. If one has the ability, aquiring real estate is one ...

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