So you area first timer. Is that to Washington or Trulia?
Grays Harbor can get cold & gray during the winter. The further inland, the warmer. On the coast it is generally cooler because of the marine flow from the ocean. If you go to Eastern Washington, it is a dryer climate... colder in the winter & hotter summers. Snohomish County is the fastest growth areas, like Everett,Marysville & Smokey Point. The Eastside Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah areas are centrally located & is growing fast with mild climate.Seattle is about the same in climate with the metropolitan atmosphere. The south end in Kent, Tacoma, Covington areas for example, is a warmer climate.
I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty,Marysville. I grew up on the Eastside prior to moving to Marysville area over 15 years ago. Owned real estate in Eastern Washington & I know the state very well.
If I can answer any other questions,let me know. I hope this has helped you
Both of my collegues have good points about their areas of the state. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a 'bad' area. However, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Clark & Cowlitz counties here in the southern part of the state. Vancouver is a rapidly growing city within a stones throw of Portland, OR which is just across the Columbia. It's an area with a mild climate, and a range of recreational areas within a short drive. It runs the range from rural to urban lifestyles.
When you refer to 'hot' areas, what does that mean to you? What type of investment are you considering? Your goals and intentions will have a direct bearing.