Monday, March 12, 2012

Scams in Seattle Rental Market

The Seattle Times has announced that there are currently scams in the housing market to be aware of when browsing for your new home. Online scammers are advertising listed homes and foreclosures as "For Rent" that they most likely do not own, and very likely have never even seen before. These homes are usually For Sale, or currently being foreclosed, and scammers are taking advantage of the new vacancies right and left. Potential renters are asked to send a deposit before receiving their keys. This scam may seem like an obvious one, but these kinds of scams have been on the rise along with unemployment and desperate apartment seekers looking for a low price ticket. Be wary if a manager asks for wired funds through Western Union or Money gram without letting you into the Unit first. For a detailed description, read the extended article here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Seattle Rentals on the Rise

According to, U.S. apartment and rental vacancies have decreased over the last few months, which have allowed landlords and apartment buildings to increase their rental rates. There has been an increase in the number of families relocating to Seattle with companies such as Amazon, Fred Hutchinson, local hospitals, and other companies going through hiring frenzies. Many of these families aren't in a hurry to purchase, since they aren’t familiar with the Seattle neighborhoods, and aren't sure which would best suit their needs; almost all also have the luxury of temporary housing.  Larger companies tend to offer temporary housing which allows tenants the time to learn more about which neighborhoods they would prefer to live in, while simultaneously leading to a decrease in Seattle apartment vacancies. Owners of single family rental homes throughout the Puget Sound area have benefiting from those wishing to find their dream home, and opting for a house instead of an apartment. These owners benefit due to a lack of inventory and a large amount of people searching, which consequently has allowed landlords to obtain higher rental rates. To find more about Seattle Rentals, check out some current listings here.