KENNEWICK, WA. -- It was another record year for the housing market in the Tri-Cities. Home sales set a 10 year high.
Whether you live in Kennewick, Richland or Pasco, the real estate market is on fire right now. Even if you're not buying or selling a home at the moment, you can take pride in knowing that this is a place where people desperately want to live.
Jim Carson and his family of four are excited for the future in their brand new Richland home.
"We're going to put in a pool," Jim told us.
They moved into their custom build just before Christmas, after looking for the right place for over a year.
"We did find a lot of things just sold in a heartbeat," Jim said. "We flipped our house in Kennewick in about two weeks."
And they aren't alone. Designated broker at Caldwell Banker Tomlinson, Travis Davis says this year has been a banner year for home sales.
"Looks like it's probably going to be the most units moved in the past 10 years," Davis said.
Overall, more than 3,600 homes have been sold all over the Tri-Cities, and it's not just one or two cities leading the charge.
The current real estate market means buyers have to act quick.
"When homes come on the market," Davis said. "The buyers have to be prepared kind of prepared to go and look at it and if it's something they like, then they got to act on it because that house probably won't be there within a couple days."
Travis says outdoor activities just add to the reasons why this is an attractive place to live.
"Everything that the Tri-Cities has to offer," Davis said. "You've got the river, you've got golf courses, the mountains are a couple hours away, it's a great landing spot for people. And the economy is also a huge driver in that."
All those things combined are attracting more families to put down their roots in the Tri-Cities than ever before.
"It's an awesome house," Jim said. "Can I plug the builder?"
"It's an exciting time," Davis told us.