For Sale signs popping up like tulips

April 2nd, 2010 by Ken

If you think more houses are for sale now and if you think For Sale signs are popping up like tulips, you’re right.

According to Dave and Sheryll Apte with Coldwell Banker, some of the new sales listing is seasonal.  “People put away their sale ideas over the winter holidays and pull them out again when Spring comes,” Dave Apte said.

“And some of it is catching.  If a neighbor puts his house up for sale, others in the neighborhood may get the same idea.”

Walking around my neighborhood recently, I saw 7 For Sale signs up this past week, something I haven’t seen in awhile.   Apte said my neighborhood was full of the types of houses being sold right now.

“The home that sells the quickest is in the $180,00 to $240,000 range,” Sheryll Apte said.  “And, the homes that are priced right are the homes that sell the quickest.”

Further pushing the market this spring is the home buyers tax credit of $6500.  “The home has to be listed by April 30 and closed by June 30,” Dave said.  “People are trying to take advantage of the government offer.”

To qualify, a home owner had to live in the house 5 out of the last 8 years.

There are currently 1721 single family homes listed for sale in Thurston County.  The median price range of homes sales is $255,000 while the average cost is $313,000.

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