Windermere Real Estate: Latest Real Estate Report Shows Promising Ranking for Grays Harbor

Tom Quigg of Windermere Real Estate Aberdeen is the founder of the Aberdeen (1991) and Ocean Shores (1992) offices. He recently sold both offices to Travis Jelovich, who had been a broker in the Aberdeen office.  “People often ask if I’ve retired,” Tom says, “and the answer is always ‘Not as long as I’m having fun working.’”

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Tom Quigg of Windermere Real Estate enjoys his job to much to retire. Photo courtesy: Windermere Real Estate

Although Tom specializes in commercial and industrial real estate sales, he also provides monthly updates recapping the residential real estate market for Grays Harbor County.  His update for May 2, 2018 features “The Gardner Report”, written by Matthew Gardner, the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate. In his last report, Gardner revealed some exciting data in Grays Harbor’s real estate market comparing the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2017.

For the 1st Quarter of 2018, Grays Harbor experienced noteworthy changes, ranking second in the number of home sales with an increase of 7.7 percent and ranking first for the increase in the average sales price with an increase of 27.5 percent.

The report analyzes changes in the real estate market in Western Washington, taking into account fluctuations in home sales, home sale prices and average days on the market, as well as other economic statistics between 15 counties in Western Washington.

“In all the time I’ve been in real estate we’ve never ranked so high in any category,” Tom says. “It was big news for us.”

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Grays Harbor County ranked first in the change of home sales prices, going up an impressive 27.5 percent. Photo courtesy: Windermere Real Estate

Tom, who has been in real estate full time since 1991, says he believes there are multiple reasons Grays Harbor would see these jumps in the statistics.

“People are beginning to recognize a couple of things,” Tom says. “We have a pretty good lifestyle in Grays Harbor County, plus it’s economical to live here.” Because of this, local realtors have clients nearing retirement age who are considering Grays Harbor as an ideal place to settle down.

“Real estate brokers are finding several customers selling out of the higher priced communities, and coming here to buy a less expensive home, in a better neighborhood, and calling us home.” he adds.

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Grays Harbor came in second after Clallam County for annual home sales, one of the few counties to see a positive jump. Photo courtesy: Windermere Real Estate

A benefit often mentioned is the ease of getting around as opposed to heavy traffic congestion in larger communities.

“We also hear of people relocating here because of our temperate climate,” Tom says. “We don’t have the extreme temperatures. I sometimes kid people by saying we have a Goldie Locks climate, ‘Neither too hot, nor too cold, but just right.’ People do have to get used to a few more cooler and damp days, but I often tell visitors, ‘We just get our rain a day sooner than Seattle, and we get a little more of it. Other than that, it’s about the same.'”

To read the full detailed report, see it here. Windermere also offers a monthly real estate activity report for all its customers. Contact any local Windermere Real Estate broker to be added to the mailing list for updates, or e-mail Tom Quigg at tomquigg@windermere.com.

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Windermere Real Estate is one of the few companies in the northwest that has a staff economist. Photo courtesy: Windermere Real Estate

By the way, Tom is also quick to tell stories about the rich history of Grays Harbor County. A quick summary for many of those stories can be found in a booklet he’s published that lists a large number of people of national or international acclaim who come from Grays Harbor County. Readers are always surprised to find a famous or renowned person who they never realized was from The Harbor. The online version can be seen at www.cultureofsuccess.com, and a free print version can be picked up at the W

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