Thinking of Selling your Home This Spring? Here are 5 Reasons Why Your Answer Should Be #YAAAS!

1. Demand is High.
Nearly all of my current buyers are competing in multiple offer situations, and when I say multiple, I mean mul.ti.ple. Let me tell you, our local market is hotter than hot, and buyers are out in full force, ready, willing, and able to purchase!

2. Competition is Low.
We’re seeing available months of inventory at 1.6 in Pierce County. (6 months of inventory = a balanced housing market) There aren’t enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers that are looking. Low inventory means low competition when your home hits the market! (Click here to visit my website where I update stats on Pierce County and other local neighborhoods each month!)

3. The Process is Faster Than Ever.
This competitive market has conditioned buyers to be the best they can be: Pre-approved, educated, and aware of exactly what they’re looking for. There simply isn’t time to mess around so serious buyers are on their A-game.

4. Moving Up?
Moving up? You’re in luck! Presently, the inventory of luxury homes in most local neighborhoods favors buyers! This means that if you are planning on selling a starter home, it will sell quickly, AND you’ll be able to find a premium home as a move-up buyer!

5. You Are Worth It.
Ultimately, only you can decide when the perfect time is for you to sell your home. If you’re curious as to what your home is worth in this compelling market, or have questions about the buying and selling process, I’ve got your back! Connect with me, your local real estate expert, today! Click here to send me a message, or call/text (253)569-4696!


Posted on April 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm
Amy Thor | Posted in buying a home, Market Stats, market trends, Puyallup Real Estate, real estate, selling a home |

Spacious 2 Bed+Den, 2.5 Bath Home Situated on Private Greenbelt in Coveted Brentwood Community in Puyallup!

Welcome home to this stunning, 2 bedroom PLUS spacious den, 2.5 bath, 1,759 square foot condo centrally located at 13101 127th St Ct E in Puyallup! Lovingly maintained and situated on a greenbelt for optimal privacy in the coveted Brentwood community, this home has it all. Just wait ‘till you see inside!

The entryway greets you with a bright, open floor plan. Enjoy entertaining in your sunny, spacious great room with cozy gas fireplace and airy kitchen featuring gorgeous granite countertops!

The home lives large at 1,759 square feet, the vaulted ceilings and upstairs lookouts add to the spacious feel throughout! Stay cool in the summer with newer AC unit upgrade!

Large master bedroom sits on the main floor with pleasant natural light and private, full bath and walk-in closet.

Additional ½ bath and utility room are also seated on the main. Utility room opens to your spacious garage where you can store all your toys.

Upstairs, you are greeted with sunlight, the 2nd bedroom, full bath, and a spacious den featuring look-out to great room and large skylight allowing the soothing natural light to stream in.

Enjoy your morning coffee on your private patio, tranquil and serene protected by a lush greenbelt.

Living an organized lifestyle is a breeze! Given the ample storage space throughout, this home is sure to spark joy!

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can contact REALTOR® Amy Thor online here or give her a call/text at (253) 569-4696 to schedule your private tour.


Posted on March 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm
Amy Thor | Posted in buying a home, Puyallup Real Estate, real estate |

Whose Equity Do You Want to Build: Your’s, or Your Landlord’s?

Feeling super passionate about this topic as rent rates continue to rise, (and it’s no secret that, based on historical data, they will continue to increase overall as our years progress.) If you’re currently renting, or considering moving in that direction,  you should most definitely read on!

As a previous renter, I completely understand the appeal. Steve and I rented our first home together and we look back on those years with great memories, but I cringe when I think about our hard-earned money we essentially blew, while our landlord gained all the equity!

The thought of taking on the responsibility of a mortgage has the tendency to deter people from purchasing their own home, but it’s important to realize that (unless you’re living rent-free) you -are- paying a mortgage… either yours, or your landlord’s.

Another common intimidating factor when it comes to buying a home is the downpayment. Many believe that 20% is required, but did you know that in 2018, the median down payment on approved loans was only 5%? This little-known fact is so significant when it comes to your purchasing power!

If you haven’t already,  click here to check out my blog post, ‘Got Buyer Fatigue? 2019 Brings Hope!’ providing a snapshot of where local inventory and interest rates are at now, and where they’re projected to go over the course of 2019.

With interest rates still remaining at historic lows, and inventory expected to increase in most local neighborhoods, there is so much hope for buyers right now! Got questions? Empowering those around me with knowledge and facts so that they can make moves when the time is perfect for them is my jam! Feel free to connect with me today! Click here to message me, call/text me at (253) 569-4696, or email me at amythor@windermere.com!


Posted on February 18, 2019 at 8:07 pm
Amy Thor | Posted in buying a home, Interest Rates, Market Stats, market trends, real estate |

Lake Tapps Life: A Winter Wonderland!

Is there anything better than a surprise snow day here in the Pacific Northwest? One of the many things I love about living in the Lake Tapps neighborhood is that, due to its elevation,  if there’s a chance of snow in the local forecast, you can bet your bottom dollar that the magical fluffy stuff will make its appearance!

Today, with nearly all Western Washington area schools being delayed or closed, neighbors were out and about, taking snowy walks, sledding down any hill that could be found, building snowpeople, and making snow angels. So much fun!

I don’t know about your favorite fido, but my pup LOVES running (and rolling!) around in the snow! (The perfect precursor to lots of snuggles once we’re home and all dried off, cozied up watching the snow out the window). Check out Max, all smiles, loving that snow life.

There’s just something about the stillness that the snow brings. Whatever this snowday brought you, I hope it allowed for some time to relax, slow down, and truly enjoy the moment.

This is just one of the many reasons I love living in the the Lake Tapps community! If you’d like to learn more about the Lake Tapps neighborhood or surrounding communities, click here to connect with your local expert, Amy Thor, today!


Posted on February 5, 2019 at 2:13 am
Amy Thor | Posted in Active Lifestyle, Lake Tapps Life |

Lake Tapps Life: Fun Year-Round!

Did you know you don’t have to live –on– Lake Tapps to enjoy the awesome perks of a waterfront lifestyle?

Neighborhood homeowner associations surrounding the lake provide residents with exclusive access to the lake’s many private parks, (and take it from one of those residents and her water-loving Golden Retriever, it’s seriously amazing all year-round)!!

So what’s there to do in the winter you ask?

In my opinion, nothing beats a relaxing walk around the glassy lake! Bundle up, grab your to-go mug, and you’ll be set! Here’s a pic of Max and I on this morning’s walk:

Have Fido run off some steam at one of the dog-friendly private parks (if your pup is anything like my Mer-Dog, they will end up in the water regardless of the temp!)

Insider Tip: take advantage of the calm water during the winter months for some choice kayaking, fishing pole optional 🙂

Want to learn more about the Lake Tapps community? Click here to connect with your local expert, Amy Thor, today!


Posted on January 14, 2019 at 3:05 am
Amy Thor | Posted in Active Lifestyle, Kayaking, Lake Tapps Life, Lake Tapps Parks, waterfront, Waterfront Living |

Got Buyer Fatigue? 2019 Brings Hope!

It’s no secret that in our local market, low inventory and rising home prices, combined with increasing interest rates made it pretty challenging for buyers in 2018. Well, I’m here to excitedly share that 2019 brings much hope, especially for those who may be feeling jaded by the fatigue that 2018 brought.

Throughout 2018 until mid-November, interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage climbed consistently. That rise halted in December, as rates returned to levels that we saw back in August, closing the year out at 4.55%. Now, in 2019, mortgage rates continue to decline, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipping to 4.51%.

Combine that with increased inventory in most local neighborhoods, and we’ve got one exciting opportunity for buyers. (Check out my website, amythor.com, for local neighborhood market stats, and click here to reach out to me if you’d like information on any neighborhoods that aren’t already listed!)

The big question is, will this trend continue? According to the latest forecasts from Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors, mortgage rates will increase as we continue moving through 2019, but not as quickly as they rose in 2018. Here’s a snapshot of those forecasts:

The most important thing to understand is that even a small increase or decrease in interest rates can impact your monthly housing cost, and home price and inventory directly impact your buying power. If buying a home is something you’ve been thinking about, connect with me today! I’d love to keep you in-the-know so that you can invest when the time is perfect for you.


Posted on January 9, 2019 at 10:50 pm
Amy Thor | Posted in Interest Rates, Market Stats |