Olympia Washington Real Estate
by Veteran Army Realtor Phil Sharp 1SG, Retired
Olympia is the State Capital of Washington, located at the southern tip of the Puget Sound, and straddling the Interstate 5 corridor, Olympia and the surrounding communities of Tumwater, Lacey and Yelm, have grown fantastically in just the past few years, with Thurston County being the fastest growing in the state.
Although an urban center, home to the State Capitol and the County Seat, Olympia still has many rural characteristics. Many Olympia mailing addresses are actually farms and larger parcels. Olympia borders the Olympic National Forest, and numerous other parks, recreation areas and public facilities, yet is less than an hour’s drive to downtown Seattle.
Olympia WA Real Estate, Olympia Homes for Sale and Relocation Info
Real Estate and Homes for Sale in Olympia, Washington: Real Estate Representation with Real Estate Broker Phil Sharp Are you expecting to be involved in the Olympia Real Estate market in the near future? In this uncertain market, choosing the right real estate representation is more important than ever. My name is Phil Sharp, I recently retired from the Army at Fort Lewis (JBLM), and since my retirement have made a living as a Realtor and Owner of a real estate brokerage located in Olympia Washington. In choosing a Realtor to represent you, either when buying or selling a home, skill and resources are the most important parts of the equation.
I offer a plan with clear path to put experienced and first time home buyers and sellers together using aggressive market exposure, consistent communication and my experience as an “in demand” real estate agent. My goal is to provide the best resources available to assist you in finding homes for sale in Olympia and the Fort Lewis-McChord AFB area. Use our real estate home search tools to search for real estate listings, visit the buyer and seller toolboxes to learn more about buying or selling a home, or request a Market Snapshot made up of real time MLS sales and market data.
Buying a home or relocating to Olympia Washington?
Whether you are relocating to the Olympia area, or are a lifelong resident…First time home buyer, or experienced investor, We have the experience to fulfill your needs. The following resources are at your disposal in the belief that the right tools and education always result in a better experience. Make sure to visit the Buyers Tool Box for first hand accounts and personal experiances of myself and our past customers.
• If you are relocating to the area, we offer a huge amount of local information, as well as information about JBLM at the Lewis-McChord Real Estate Guide. If you would like a relocation packet, you can Request a Relocation Packet to be sent to you via US Mail- find FREE STUFF link top of page
• Visit the Buyers Tool Box
• Home Loans, Mortgage And Pre-Qualification info and assistance
Thinking of Selling Your Home?
Listing and selling your home is first and foremost a business decision. In any important decision, getting the best counsel, and having experience on your side, can make all the difference in the final outcome. No two home sales are alike. If you choose an inexperienced Realtor, he or she may get taken to the cleaners (with you in tow), by the more knowledgeable agent from down the street. Make sure you select an agent who maintains a sharp edge on the competition…regular practice and experience = stronger skills. So, you gotta’ get a buyer to the table for the previous paragraph to have any bearing on selling your home. Marketing and market exposure are what brings buyers.
If the price is right, the presentation is good, and the people who are in the market know your home is for sale…They Will Come! I offer what is arguably the widest exposure to the real estate market available in the Olympia area….and we can prove it!
• Visit the Sellers Tool Box…. Learn about our Market Exposure and the Plan to get your home sold!
• Request a Market Snapshot….Sales, Prices and Time on Market report for your neighborhood, derived from Real time MLS data
• Request a Comparative Market Analysis for your home, find out how it compares to other homes sold in your neighborhood.
Market your home to the largest group of home buyers in the Olympia area…the Soldiers of Ft. Lewis, and the Airmen of McChord AFB (JBLM) There is no question that our marketing to the military, and our commitment to assisting relocating service members, is the best available. I believe that almost all personnel moving to JBLM start looking for homes online prior to arrival…I challenge you to search for any real estate term related to JBLM or Ft Lewis, you will find one of our real estate web sites on the first page of Google every time. Learn about our Relocation Sponsor Jen Warren, offering information about commuting, employment, schools and other stuff important to your move in the Relocation Dept.
My commitment to each and every customer: I will provide you with professional, ethical and competent real estate representation. I will keep you fully informed every step of the way. I will stand behind my representation of you, and will make every effort to ensure that your experience is both memorable and satisfying.
Feedback from my customers:
"Phil: your knowledge and expertise in the housing market, coupled with your relaxed attitude, helped lead us to the right home in the right neighborhood. We appreciate your knowledge and dedication, and hope to work with you in the future. The Cohen family Phil- Thanks for all of your help with our son and daughter in laws' move to Fort Lewis. Your insight on military families and their concerns, coupled with your obvious skill as a realtor made this relocation a joy." -Guy Mossman Olympia, WA
"Thank you so much for your patience with us. Since we are relocating to our (hopefully) last home, we were a little picky. What we appreciated the most was that you didn't push us to buy a home that didn't fit what we wanted 100%. Best of luck to you." -Carrol Stokes Yelm, Wa
"Phil- Thanks for all of your help, and please stay in touch. We are very interested in getting your advice about remodeling...and we love the house. Top, Thanks for your professionalism, Our move to Fort Lewis was one of the smoothest ever, and I attribute a large part of that to you." -The Roberts family
"Thank you so much for all of your efforts in getting our home sold. It was a great experience, and we felt like you really had control at all times. You were right on with the price too:)" -Michelle Palmer
"Phil- I wish I had known an experienced investor like you when I started in real estate. I have been doing this for almost 20 years and I still learn something from you every time we talk...whether I want to or not. A great mentor is that way. Best of luck and lets stay in touch." -John
"Phil, We really appreciate your help, and we love your approach. The "Favorites" function on your website is a great idea, and saved us all lots of time. I am really used to taking a day or two just getting on the same wavelength as the agent. This way of doing business allows us to shop for our house, and allows you to do your job as "Realtor" and not "salesman". This was our 5th Army move, and was definitely the one with the highest "comfort" level." ---Mark Rueda
"Phil You have been a great help and a fantastic agent. Your knowledge of the real estate business and all that goes along with it is really great. If it hadn't been for your knowledge of the home building and permitting process we would have been living in the camper for six years instead of six months. Thanks again, stay in touch, lets get together and burn some meat." -Garry Pierson
Olympia, Washington Area FAQs
Q What is the commute time from JBLM to Olympia?
A It really depends on where you are in Olympia. It can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. From the Westside (where most of the shopping is) it is about a 30 minute drive. From downtown Olympia is about 20 minutes and the east side is 15 minutes.
Q What is the population of Olympia?
A According to the 2010 Census the population was 46,478.
Q What is the difference between Lacey and Olympia? Are they the same town?
A They are not the same town but sometimes it sure seems like it. When you are driving around the area you can’t really tell when you have left one and arrived in the other. Olympia is located a little more west than Lacey.
Q Are there employment opportunities in Olympia?
A There are many job opportunities in Olympia. The top employer is the State of Washington, 2nd is the local government and 3rd is Providence St. Peter Hospital.
Q How much new construction is available?
A There is a lot of new construction available in Olympia.
Q It seems like a small town, is there anything to do?
A Olympia is a small town with lots of character. If you travel to the west side of Olympia you will find all the major shopping at the Westfield Mall and restaurants. If you stay in downtown there are all the local shops and the farmer’s market, which is awesome! For children, you must visit the Hands on Children’s Museum, they will have a blast! We also have some great restaurants with views of Budd Bay. Every year for the past 50 years Lakefair comes to town. It is a local fair that is in the month of July.
Q What are the parks like?
A The parks in Olympia are great. Some of my favorite are Priest Point Parks, Burfoot Park and Yauger Park.
Q What about schools?
A The main public school district is the Olympia School District and it is very well known. There are 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 high schools. In 2008 Olympia began the new Parent Partnership Program, providing more opportunities for homeschooling families. There is also an online high schools and private schools. For higher education there is South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College.