PT,What @GON is experiencing is totally opposite of the Illinois market. Prices in the Seattle Tacoma metro are very high. Location is a huge factor here, even more so than most places.
Here is a “affordable” house I picked out from Redfin. I actually know this house since I had a friend from long ago live there. It’s tiny. What is not disclosed is that someone was shot and killed in front of that garage a few years back. The area is a drug haven and crime is rampant. Gunfire on a regular basis. Count the nights you don’t hear any. But for $339k this 1200sf house can be yours.
DuPont is much better and Steilacoom is a good place. @GON should count his blessings.
Wow- they did a nice job staging and decorating that home. But it is clear that it is "lipstick on a pig".