Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Make Your Rental Feel Like A Home

rentalJust because you live in a rental space doesn't mean that you have to feel like you are living in someone else's home. Adding a touch of "you" to the space will make it feel more special and like your own place. Before making changes be sure to talk with your landlord. Many landlords will be okay with certain changes if things are put back the way they were at the end of the lease or because those changes may make the space more desirable.
Sometimes you may have to negotiate certain changes such as painting walls. A new color on the walls could make the space feel more your style and the landlord may give the go ahead to paint in your choice of color as long as you repaint to the original color it was when you move out. You could also negotiate new appliances. If the landlord does not want to purchase new appliances, maybe if you offer to pay half the cost then they might be willing to do so.
Switching out light fixtures for more stylish ones such as hanging globes, chandeliers or sconces would be a great way to brighten the place up and add another touch of "you". Either changing the cupboard doors in the kitchen or removing them entirely is another way to update the place or make it feel more cozy. Something as simple as replacing door knobs is another way to add character. Be sure to keep the original doors and knobs or anything else you might change so that you can put everything back the way it was before moving out. Things such as removing metal blinds and replacing them with ones made of fabric or putting up curtains are something that could be negotiated with the next tenants. They may want to purchase them from you instead of using the metal blinds which usually make a space feel darker and like a rental.
Little touches here and there and new furniture from retailers or flea markets can make a big difference in making your rental feel like home. Remember that when looking for a rental, keep an open mind and see the potential.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Downtown Waterfront Rental: $3,000

rental ridge
This 2 bed 2 bath condo rental is the only condominium on the downtown waterfront, and is now available for rent! This fully furnished luxury condo overlooks the waterfront via floor to ceiling windows, with views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountain range. The master suite features 2 closets with a 5 piece bathroom including a relaxing jacuzzi tub. Features include granite counter tops, gas cooking pantry in the kitchen, gas fireplace, and laundry room with full size front load washer/dryer. There are two secured parking stalls, and the cost of rent includes water, sewer, garbage, cable and gas. For your convenience, there is 24 hour concierge service available. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2//2
Price: $3,000

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Washington Park Rental: $4,995

Wash Park Homed
This beautiful 4 bed 3 bath Washington Park home is now available for rent on the highly sought after McGilvra Blvd E. This home has glorious views of the Cascades and Lake Washington, sitting high above the street, with a panoramic view, with a great neighborhood presence. Features include traditional detailing finish work, high ceilings, large rooms and natural light. The dining room and kitchen open out to the private terrace level lawn area, and the master bedroom is located upstairs with a view balcony.  The home is conveniently located near the Lake, parks, restaurants, and shops. If your interested in this  or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//3
Price: $4,995

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Leschi Hillside Rental: $4,500

leschi rental
This contemporary masterpiece is nestled against the forested foothills of Leschi, and features a spectacular rooftop terrace with panoramic views! This 4 bed 3 bath rental home is mere steps to the waterfront, parks, shopping and minutes to downtown Seattle. The home features hardwood flooring throughout, radiant heat, a commercial grade elevator, and security system. There is a gourmet kitchen with slab granite counters and top appliances. This home also includes a 5 piece master suite in marble. If you’re interested in this home, or other Seattle rentals please contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//3
Price: $4,500

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tips to Receive Your Security Deposit Back

rent depositIf you’ve rented before, you’re likely familiar with that awful feeling that even though you’ve hired a cleaner to clean the carpets, and mopped every inch of the rental, you’re not going to receive that security deposit back. You wait eagerly by the mailbox in hopes of receiving a check, and when it comes you’re shocked to find that you’ve only received $100 back – where did all of your money go? To prevent this from happening again, here are some tips from our friends over at Curbed Seattle, on how to receive as much of your deposit back as possible.
1) Read Your Entire Lease – Don’t just skim it, really dig deep for anything you should not be responsible for. Landlords cannot add anything in the lease claiming tenant responsibility to pay for any damages that are not your fault. If a non-refundable cleaning fee is to be paid, it must be stated in the lease.
2)Take photos when you move in – Be sure to capture any damages already in place before you move into your rental. Be sure you receive a checklist of all previous damages agreed upon by your landlord and you, and signed by both parties; also make sure your receive a copy of this document.
3) Give Your Landlord 14 Days to Deliver the Deposit – By WA Law, your landlord must deliver your deposit to you within 14 days after your move out date. If you do not receive the check within this time period, you have the right to sue for double the deposit amount. Be sure to give your landlord your current address, otherwise the fault may be deemed your own.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tis the Season For Cold Damp Weather – How to Prevent Mold in Your Home

cleaning-toolsIt’s that time of year again, and the cold, damp weather is in full swing. If you’re living in an older rental it is important you check for signs of mold and mildew early this year to avoid extensive build up. Smell a musty odor coming from the basement? Build up of mold spores can accumulate in various parts of the house, causing reactions such as runny nose, itchy or watering eyes, or wheezing. To avoid mass build up, here are some things you can do to prevent and control mold build up in the home.
See clutter? Organize! Keep things like wood furniture, clothing etc. from contacting the walls and window sills, and put what you can in plastic tubs with tight sealing lids.
Kill mold building up- Scrub the area thoroughly with soap and water to remove the dirt accumulating, and then follow up with a stronger mold/mildew killing solution. Allow the mold killing solution to sit for 5-10 minutes, allowing it to settle in and kill all the germs. Try to find a cleaner without bleach, as bleach will not reach the roots of the mold spores, and may not kill them entirely. Contact your landlord if plumbing leaks occur, or you notice excess moisture in the home that could cause mold. If you’re interested in more information about Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Washington Park Rental Home: $10,000

Wash Park rental home

This beautiful Washington Park Rental Home is now available for rent, featuring large rooms, kitchen, family room, and oak floors. This 4 bed 3 bath home has a large second master bedroom, and fabulous views of Mt Rainier, close to Madison Park shops and restaurants. The perfect dwelling to meet all of your needs. For more information on this listing, or other Seattle rentals, contact your local Real Estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//3
Price: $10,000

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Downtown Condo Rental Available: $4,500

condo rental
This sleek two story corner unit in downtown Seattle is now available for rent! Condo features soaring 18ft ceilings, wrap around floor to ceiling windows and active views, with a large private deck. Warm interiors feature elegant colors and cherry hardwood flooring. The designer kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances make for an entertainer’s dream. Spacious Great Room with fireplace is perfect for entertaining (flat screen tv stays in unit!). The 2nd floor master suite has a large walk-in closet, five-piece master bath and office area/sitting room for your convenience. Tenant will also have a secure garage parking space. For more information on Seattle condo rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2,2
Price: $4,500

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Renter Competition is Stiff: Come Prepared With Renter Application Packet

These days Seattle rentals are few and far between, and in our competitive rental market bringing your checkbook ready to cash in the deposit no longer puts you on the top of the applicant stack. In other popular cities like San Francisco renters arriving at showings can expect a long line of other applicants already waiting at the door, so if you’re looking to be one step ahead of the game, putting together a renter application packet could be be your ticket to a new rental.
rental np
Downtown Seattle Rental: $4,500/Month

Get the following documents prepared before your rental showing:

  • A copy of your ID: either a driver’s license or passport
  • Proof of employment: A pay stub will suffice, but if you can get a letter from your employer confirming your employment that would be beneficial.
  • Pay stub: Several landlords have minimum salary requirements, so having at least 3 of your most recent pay stubs is important.
  • A bank statement: Having a bank statement available that indicates you are financially stable and capable of paying rent could be the difference between you and someone less prepared.
  • References: Have a list of references, past landlords, past neighbors and business partners is a great way to enphasize that you are a responsible tenant.
  • Rental Application, and fee: This is most important if you’re able to request the application prior to the showing. Some property management websites have these available for prospective tenants, and also having a check handy for the application fee will indicate your preparedness.
Make sure that you double check all of the application requirements prior to your showing if available, and don’t forget to bring your checkbook along with your completed renter application packet. Good luck on your rental hunt! If you’re interested in Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bellevue Rental Home: $3,200/Month

Bellevue Jason

This completely modernized and renovated home in the Woodridge neighborhood in Bellevue is now available for rent! Excellent schools in the area grades K-12, conveniently located near shopping district and close to 409 and I-90 highways. downtown Bellevue is a mere 5 minutes from home, and also an easy commute to downtown Seattle. This home has 4 beds, 2 remodeled baths, an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample storage and closet space.This single level home sits on a large lot, with a play area in the backyard, and the best secret: ask about future opportunity to purchase. For more information on Bellevue or Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
 Status: For Rent
 Bed/Baths: 4,2
 Price: $3,200

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Light In the Midst of a Goverment Shutdown

While we’re in the throws of a government shutdown, it’s a perfect time to shed some light on the things the government is powering up, such as the muncipally-owned Seattle City Light delivering cheap and green energy solutions to Seattle’s residential residents. Seattle City Light actually has one of the lowest residential rates compared to the top 25 largest cities in the nation, and delivers electricity while staying completely carbon neutral. Of the 100 largest utilities in the country, Seattle City Light has the 4th cheapest electric rates as well, and two of the three companies that are less expensive than Seattle (Iowa and Indiana) burn a significant amount of coal to make electricity. If your rental is powered by Seattle City Light, be thankful we have some of the cheapest cleaned power across the nation. Hooray! If you’re interested in Seattle Rentals, contact your residential agent today.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rental Scammers Thriving in Seattle’s Hot Rental Market

You’re shopping for a new rental on Craigslist or Hotpads, and stumble upon a beautiful listing that is asking well below the market norm – you’re first thought is it’s too good to be true, but at that price who could resist? If you’ve seen these ads while browsing, usually cluttered with grammatical mistakes in the property description, you’ve likely had this same thought. A four bedroom bungalow in Ballard with a garage and hardwoods for $1,200/month?! Sounds like the deal of a lifetime in Seattle’s hot rental market. This listing seems too good to be true, and it certainly is; online rental scammers are thriving in the cut throat Seattle rental market, so be on the lookout for these similarities on your quest for the perfect rental. Scammers almost never list a local phone number, and generally send you an email in response about an urgent matter that leaves no other choice than to deal with all transactions long distance.
Photo credit: www.third-estate.com
According to the Seattle Times, some of those who have fallen for rental scams have lots hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars. Sometimes the fake landlord seems to check out alright, they might even have an email that is listed as the actual landlord’s name. Do not wire anyone any money, and make sure to look into the rental company before choosing a rental home. If you’re interested in Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

High Seattle Rent + High Competition = High Stakes for Renters

rentalHave you been searching for a new Seattle rental and found that someone else is always one step ahead of you? You aren’t alone! Seattle renters in the throws of searching for a new place to call home have a lot of other renters competing for the same properties. Some renters have been attending open houses, even arriving early in hopes of getting to spe3ak with the landlord directly, only to find that there is a line of Seattleites ahead of them at the door, already discussing their game plan for landing that lease. What is a renter to do? One could spoke with Mynorthwest after a year long search for their rental home. “Oh, it’s awful. You’re like, I’m going to be smart and get to this house 20 minutes early and there’s already 20 people there and they’re all talking about their strategy,” said Ian Schuler. “Seattle is filled with beautiful Type-A personalities. Everybody knows what they want and they’re so competitive. And it takes, honestly, that that kind of personality, I think, to be on top of it.”
On average, a one bedroom in Seattle may have gone up 200-400 dollars this past year, and new construction apartments are coming on the market with a high price tag. To make themselves look desirable, many renters are putting together portfolios that include family resumes, pet resumes and neighbor recommendations, along with letters from previous landlords. Anything that might give them the edge needed to one up another prospective tenant. Stay on top of the rental search, and be prepared to have tough competition with the units you’d like to live in. If you’re looking for Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Washington Park Rental Home: $7,000

washington park home
This beautiful Washington Park rental home has spectacular views of Lake Washington and Mt Rainer from nearly every room, and is now available rent. This home was completely remodeled in 2007, and is in impeccable condition. There are 4 bedrooms on the top floor, an expansive deck which is adjacent to an open kitchen and living room, and also has a wonderful backyard, and a media room! The downstairs has a separate guest suite, and the home also includes an office with a wall-wall bookcase, and a wine cellar. There is a two car garage attached for your convenience. If you are interested in this, or other Seattle rentals, please contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5&4
Price: $7,000/Month

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tips to Move Safely Into Your Rental Home

Property ManagementMoving into a rental home can be stressful and taxing on the mind and body, so preparing to move safely and efficiently is essential to getting everything unpacked on the big moving day.  Packing each box lightly, or light enough to be carried is a smart idea if you’re not looking to experience any back pain at the end of the day. Many think that shoving as much as possible into each box will make things easier with fewer boxes, but in fact it will only slow down the process, and you might end up hurting yourself or others if the boxes are too heavy to hold.It may sound strange, but doing some basic stretches before you begin moving will loosen up your muscles, and may prevent and pulled injuries or soreness the next day.
Prepare for your move by bringing proper tools and equipment with you – if you do not have a big crew to help move your boxes, bringing a dolly can really help things run smoothly, and make the move go by much quicker. If you’re moving larger appliances, an appliance dolly would also be useful. Taking a walk around the property a day or two before moving day might help spot any tricky areas and solutions for the move, like how you’re going to fit the couch that is too wide through the front? Maybe there is a back entrance that will be easier to move larger pieces of furniture. Remember to dress comfortable for the big move, and wear comfortable protective tennis shoes. It’s also perfectly ok to move at your own pace – don’t rush yourself too much, a safe move is a happy one. For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rising Seattle Rents Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Hundreds of newly built rental units opened up this past year in Seattle, but the demand for more inventory and rental prices have continued to rise, with little to no signs of slowing down. Many renters and homeowners are having to reevaluate their lifestyle changes to keep up with the market today. According to the Seattle Times, wealthy folks are helping to revitalize different neighborhood business districts, but many renters are tied down by mediocre wages, and are being forced to reevaluate their lifestyle, or move out of the city altogether to make ends meet. With low inventory and a growing young tech community of employees, the time to buy a home is altered, and has contributed to the increase in rent through Seattle and the surrounding areas.
Photo credit: www.third-estate.com

According to the Times, the cost in renting a studio apartment over the last two years has risen $434 in Wallingford, $419 in Capitol Hill, and $306 in Ballard. The increase in rent is also being fueled by development. With a majority of new development geared for wealthy renters, the increase in inventory will not come to the aid of those just barely scraping by. Many Seattle renter are frustrated with the rise in costs, and are concerned they may not ever be able to save up enough money to buy a home. Many are worried that by the time prices calm down, the Seattle metro area will have a very different look and feel then when they moved to the city. For more information on Seattle Rentals, contact your local Real Estate agent today.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tips to Organize Your Tiny Kitchen

kitchen roomIs your tiny kitchen cramping your style? We often drool over beautiful pictures of expansive kitchens in Pottery Barn catalogs with huge dining rooms, and enough counter space to prepare a meal for the Seahawks defensive line, but most of us come home every night to cook our meals in kitchens a small portion of that size. Small kitchens can easily become disorganized, and not enjoyable to cook in, so here are a few tips from Zillow to clearing out the clutter, and redesigning your kitchen to better suit your lifestyle. Be careful not to crowd your small kitchen with huge appliances- work around the refrigerator, there are several companies that make smaller sized equipment such as slender microwaves that can save counter space.
Efficient use of storage is also essential to keeping things tidy in a smaller kitchen, such as the use of recycle bins, spice drawers, and open shelving can also do wonders for aesthetic purposes. If you’re given the option to paint in your rental, painting the walls and ceiling the same light color can make the room appear larger than it actually is. Don’t have enough counter space for everything? Look into purchasing a rolling cart with a flat counter top and shelving below, that can be handy for cooking and extra storage, but can also be moved out of the kitchen when it is crowded. For more information on redesigning your kitchen space, visit Zillow.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waterfront Madison Park Condo for Rent: $3,100

This fabulous two bedroom one bathroom waterfront condo located in the Madison Park neighborhood is available for rent! This unit has been completely remodeled and now features new stainless steel appliances, marble counter tops, a spacious living area, and an extensive deck. This Seattle rental offers many attractions within close proximity, such as: local shops and restaurants, bus lines, parks, the beach and much more. It also offers covered parking, a washer and dryer inside the unit, and rent includes most monthly cost such as utilities and basic cable.  In addition, if you are a boat owner ask about the availability of a boat slip.

Please inquire with Kristine Losh if you want to learn more about this tremendous Seattle rental.

Status For Rent
Bed/Bath 2/1
Price $3,100/month

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

First Hill Rental: $3,000/Month

first hill

This beautiful one bed two bath unit in First Hill is now available for rent, with an open floor plan, and an abundance of natural light. The unit features a wonderful chef’s kitchen, with top of the line appliances, and custom cabinets. It also features stunning views of Mt Rainer and Mt Baker. The master suite includes a built in office for your convenience, a steam shower, and alot of space. This unit is located in close proximity to Seattle University, Virginia Mason, and Cal Anderson Park.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1,2
Price: $3,000/Month

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ballard Beachfront Rental: $4,500

Ballard rental
This lovely 2 bed, 1.5 bath beachfront condo is now available for rent in the Sunset Hill neighborhood. Located where the locks meet the Puget Sound, this top floor penthouse unit has private elevator access, an open floor plan with beautiful hardwood flooring, and high ceilings.The kitchen has granite counter tops, high end stainless steel appliances, and opens to the living/dining room area, which includes floor to ceiling windows, maximizing the views and light. The master bedroom has a walk in closet, laundry room, entertainment room, and one reserved parking space. The unit also features a large private deck. This rental is located within walking distance to downtown Ballard, and Golden Gardens. If you’re interested in this, or other Seattle Rentals, please contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2/1.5
Price: $4,500

Thursday, June 27, 2013

67 Unit Apartment Building Possibly Planned for 3601 Greenwood Ave N

01rr94Puget Sound Reprographics has occupied the space located at 3601 Greenwood Ave N for some time, but since Ewing & Clark assisted selling the space last month, different plans have been floating around for the space, including a proposal for a 67 unit apartment building. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, an LLC registered to John Graham of Graham Capital Group filed a proposal with the city seeking a 4 story apartment building, which would include 67 units, and 3,500 sf of commercial retail space.
The current building that sits on Greenwood Ave would be demolished with this plan, there will be a design review meeting that will take place on July 22nd in the Ballard Library. If you’d like more information on the property, visit the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Washington Park Rental Home: $6,000

wash park

This picture perfect 4 bed, 2 bath home in the heart of Washington Park is now available to rent! The home is updated throughout using the highest quality materials and construction. Features include spacious rooms, private outlook, beautiful oak floors, fine mill-work, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and a sunny private deck. This home is elegant and inviting, and could be yours to rent today. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status:  For Rent
Bed/Baths: 4/2.25
Price: $6,000

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Do you Have Loud Neighbors? Tips for Dealing With the Noise

blow hornIf you’re renting an apartment, the reality of dealing with possible altercations from neighbors is always a possibility, and the reality of having to deal with a noisy neighbor at some point is very likely. Here are some helpful tips to dealing with the noise:
Confront your neighbor directly- and nicely- that you can hear their late night noise through your walls, and that you would appreciate it if they could keep the noise at a comfortable level after hours. It’s likely that your neighbor might not even know that they are being loud, and by bringing it to their attention, might resolve the issue right then and there. If you feel comfortable bringing it to their attention, it’s a good idea to come up with a compromise, so that you both feel comfortable for the outcome. Give them a heads up of your schedule, and when you’d like quiet hours, and ask them what their schedule looks like too so it feels like a two way deal. If you don’t feel comfortable confronting your neighbor directly, contact your management- if the noise is too much for you to deal with, it is a responsible decision to leave it to them to resolve the issue; after all, your landlord is the only one authorized to fix the situation. You should also check your lease, as most apartments have quiet hours in the evenings, and if your neighbors are breaking those rules, you’ll have even the more claim to contacting management. For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Madison Park Home For Rent: $8,000

mad park

This freshly rebuilt  4 bed, 2.25 bath Washington Park Home is now available for rent! The home has outstanding views of Lake Washington and Mountain views from nearly every room, including views of Mt Rainer! There are three spacious bedrooms on the upper level, and the main floor has the kitchen, and family room, with a walk-out level lawn and terrace. The lower level has a rec room, and a nanny’s quarters, and the homes comes with a two car garage. There is also ample street parking, and the home is a stone’s throw from the popular Madison Park favored restaurants and shops. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
 Status: For Rent
 Bed/Bath: 4/2.25
 Price: $8,000

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Downtown View Rental Available: $1,700

ridge downtown rental
This lovely one bedroom unit in the Newmark Tower is now available, with expansive views of Downtown Seattle. Recently remodeled unit new to Pike Place Market, featuring floor to ceiling windows, with stainless steel  oven and dishwasher, and washer and dryer in unit. The quaint kitchen has granite counter tops and bamboo flooring, and there is a small private deck off of the living area. This unit has a large bedroom, and a sizeable closet, as well as parking and storage included in the price of rent. Building amenities include 24 hour concierge, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, entertainment room, a fitness center, and a large common roof top terrace, perfect for beautiful summer nights. For more information on this unit, or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1&1
Price: $1,700

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Seattle Ranks #3 in Best US Cities for Dogs

dogsThe month of May is National Pet Month, and in an urban pet-loving city like Seattle, we’re highly set in our pet pampering ways. In a study conducted by the Estately blog, Seattle ranked #3 in the best US cities for our furry friends. Although Seattle doesn’t have as many sunny days as San Diego (ranked #2) or even Portland (ranked #1), we make up for it with our culture and communities committed to happy healthy pets. It may surprise some (but not most) to know that in recent years, Seattle’s dog population within the city limits has surpassed it’s children, and unlike many other fun loving dog cities, we even let our dogs ride on most public transportation; metro buses, ferries, light rails, and local seaplanes!
Along with the growing number of off-leash dog parks we have spread across the emerald city,  owners can check the Seattle Dog Spot calendar for weekly activities, stop in and buy treats or toys at locally owned MudBay,  or if you’re going on an adventure, REI sells over 150 products dedicated to dog-related outdoor activities! For Seattle rentals that accept your furry friends, contact your local real estate agent today.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kirkland Rental Available: $2,795


Located in the heart of Downtown Kirkland, this 3 bed 3.25 bath townhome is within walking distance to the waterfront restaurants, shops, prestige schools, parks, and public transportation. The home features a gourmet kitchen with granite counter-tops, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and lovely hardwood flooring. The kitchen opens to a dining and living room with a beautiful gas fireplace, and is perfect for entertaining. The home also has an office with french doors, with built-in shelving and desk. Master bedroom is upstairs with a walk-in closet and 5 piece bath, and a loft bedroom. Third bedroom is on the bottom floor, full bathroom, and large living room, this bedroom is extremely private, even has it’s own desperate entrance with patio that opens to the backyard. Pets are negotiable on a case by case basis with security deposit. For more information about this or other Seattle Rentals, contact your local Real Estate Agent today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 3/3.25
Price: $2,795

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Enso Condominium Rental: $2,395


This beautiful 1 bed 1 bath condo rental in the Enso building is now available, with amazing city and Lake Union views! The unit features include vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows,  patio, and the kitchen contains new stainless steel appliances, with gas range and  granite/limestone counter tops. The open floor plan includes bamboo hardwood flooring and a double sided fireplace.The bathroom has a spa feel, and a large soaking tub, (one of few in the whole building) and marble counter tops. The building has 24 hour controlled security, and the unit comes with 1 parking space. Some of the building amenities include a fitness center, community garden, BBQ deck and a guest suite for overnight visitors! The Enso is located in the heart of the Amazon campus, in close proximity to coffee shops, retail shopping district, and streetcar access. For more information on this listing, or other Seattle Rentals contact your local Real Estate Agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1,1
Price: $2,395

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Queen Anne Rental: $2,250/Month


This spacious one bedroom condo in the coveted Le Parc condominiums is now available for rent! The one bed, 2 bath space has a lavish master bath with a sizable tub and his and her sinks, walk in closet, beautiful fireplace and a lovely terrace overlooking the downtown skyline, with Space Needle views. Le Parc sits in a prime Queen Anne location, on a quiet street overlooking the Bhy Kracke Park. This unit has a  den, secured parking, and does not allow pets or smoking. If you’re interested in this unit, or other Seattle Rentals, contact your local Real Estate Agent for more information today.
Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1&2
Price: $2,250

Friday, April 19, 2013

Is Seattle's Apartment Boom Overbuilt?

jasonIf you’ve seen new apartment buildings sprouting up left and right in your neighborhood, you’re not the only one. Developers are planning on opening more apartments this year, than they have in the past 20 years, and plan on continuing to built throughout 2014 too. The majority of the building will be done in the downtown neighborhoods, and to some watching, it seems like a classic act of over the top real estate. According to the Seattle Times, many banks and others increased their financing for apartments in 2012, but some lenders are becoming more cautious, with the understanding that when new apartments open when rental rates are higher, they might have to offer deeper discounts to fill vacancies.  Concerns aren’t running high at this stage in the game, but if construction continues at the rate it is going, many are concerned that a Seattle apartment bubble is in place, is demands aren’t keeping up to pace.
On the other end, construction wouldn’t be booming if vacancies weren’t at the lowest they’ve been in over a decade, which has caused rent to skyrocket. The market rate is currently well below 5%, and even below 3% in some neighborhoods, causing an unbalance between the hierarchy in power between landlords and tenants. According to the Times, apartment construction and rent growth in Seattle is more intense than in most of the nation. Apartment developers are flocking to Seattle due to the strong job growth projections, but are the estimates going to cause the city to be overbuilt? For more information on Seattle’s apartment growth, visit the Seattle Times. If you’re currently searching for a new apartment, check out some of these Seattle Rentals.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eastlake Receives A Micro Apartment Proposal

The tiny apartment boom has gained popularity in areas like Capitol Hill, and now the Eastlake neighborhood might be getting a new Micro Apartment complex as well. Johnson Carr LLC development team has submitted a proposal to build a room-share style apartment complex. Similar projects have gained popularity due to affordability, and are set up a little different than your typical apartment; with rooms organized around centrally located common spaces on one floor. Residents share common kitchen and laundry facilities, but individual units have their own bathrooms and kitchenettes.
Micro Apartment sketch from Biz Journal
Micro Apartment Sketch, courtesy of Biz Journal

Johnson Car LLC is proposing a 5 story project, with 115 units at 2820 Eastlake Avenue E, on a site that currently has a house and a small apartment building that will have to be demolished. The developer has teamed up with Janette Architecture | Planning | Design, and a Seattle design review board meeting was scheduled last night to discuss the proposal. For more information on the project, visit the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tiny Apartment Giving You the Blues? Tips for Organization and Feng Shui!

feng-shuiIf you're living in a tiny apartment, or sharing a home with several others thus limiting your own personal space, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice organization, or the ultimate Feng Shui. The folks over at Zillow have put together an excellent list of things you can do with any room big or small that will create and maintain a good flow system.
For starters, it's good to designate a strong command position, somewhere in the room where you feel the strongest and most safe, most often it will be the spot directly across from the entryway. In a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, you'll oftentimes need to arrange furniture and things around your bed. Sometimes the use of room dividers can make the space feel larger than it is. De-cluttering your space can transcend into other aspects of your life, eliminating  unnecessary stress caused by the mess. Using self-storage to store furniture that won't fit is a good start, or storing your belongings vertically can offer a varietal for wall decorations. Keeping the entryway clear in Feng Shui is said to produce good energy, that can  flow throughout your apartment easily. And lastly, make your place your own. It can be difficult to get yourself to decorate and personalize your apartment if you know you won't be staying there for long, but it's important to feel comfortable in your space, no matter how long the stay. For more tips on making your space your own, visit Zillow.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Searching for a Rental From Afar? Tips for the Long Distance Search

rentMoving into a new place can be stressful in itself, but searching for a new home from across the country can seem like a mountain too big to tackle. When you don’t know alot about the city you’re moving to, it can be hard to find the right resources and search tools, but here are a few tips that should ease the process.
First, utilize your network. Do you any friends colleagues, or family living in or around the new city? There is usually someone within your reach, who at least knows someone who knows something about the city and can offer some free advise. Using social media to expand your reach is also a good resource; it can’t hurt to ask the Facebook realm if they have any advice on where to start. It is also important to do your research on the best neighborhoods that suit your needs. Before you start randomly browsing rentals, it will help to know which neighborhoods make the most sense for you; are they close to schools, parks or work? What is the crime rate? How does the transportation look? All good things to look into prior to search actual listings.
If you can afford it flying out to scope out the neighborhoods in person is really the best way to determine if you’ll feel at home there. One weekend is a very short period of time to try and fit in apartment hunting, but if you contact the right real estate management company, someone should be available to show you around town. Your local real estate expert should also be able to work with you remotely to find the right place for you, and your family. For more information on relocating, contact your local real estate expert today.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Seattle Ranks #2 in Cities Where Renters Rule!

rentalWhile renting might sometimes feel like you’re flushing a hefty portion of your income down the drain, as it turns out, renting might make the best financial sense for a few years. According to a reporting from Zillow’s break even horizon metric, (a system measuring the number of years it takes after buying a home is more financially beneficial than renting) Seattle ranks # 2 in the top 10 cities where renters actually might have the financial edge over homeowners.
Zillow’s results were found by taking the period of time calculated with the net cost of buying a home, and also the costs of renting that same home. The results show the average and median break even points at the city and metro areas. Seattle ranked 2nd only to NYC, and advised renters in New York City need not feel rushed into buying, unless you’ll be staying for at least 5 years, as it generally makes more financial sense to rent a flat within the city limits. The average break even point for Seattle homeowners is 4.3 years, so renting for the short term, might be the best financial option. More information on Seattle Rentals can be found here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Two New Developers Begin Apartment Construction this Summer on 14th & Republican

There is a new apartment project being planned on Capitol Hill, on the corner of 14th Ave E & E Republican Street, that is said to be for renters looking for a boutique building to live in, with retail and a great walkable score. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, new developers  John Schack and Dugan Earl have formed a development and consulting  company in the Seattle area called Revolve, and will begin construction on their first project this summer. Finding the perfect site for the proposed 35 unit 4 story apartment complex wasn’t easy. The dynamic due apparently spent 6 months analyzing  some 150 sites on Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Columbia City and West Seattle; all urban areas predicted to continue blossoming with renters. 14th and republican st
While they were knee deep in the search, they ran into a road block, and a big one at that. According to Schack, “once a property is listed, it’s blood in the water for piranhas.” They found themselves coming in second, and being beat to the punch when expressing interest in any given project, so they found an alternative option. They approached sites that were of interest to them that were off-market, and purchased a 10,183-square-foot Capitol Hill site in November 2011 that is soon to be the home of their first project. The building will have 33 one bedroom units, 2 studios, and 19 stalls for below ground parking, a courtyard for entertainment, and a roof top deck. For more news to come on when the project will be leasing units, visit Revolve’s news blog.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Shoreline Rental Available: $1,799

This lovely 2 bed, 1 bath rental home in Shoreline is now available! Located in a quiet neighborhood in a cul-de-sac, this rental is in a great location near shops, close proximity to a bus line, Shoreline Community College, Ronald Bog Park, among other attractions. The home sits on a large landscaped lot, with a fenced backyard, with a new deck, and hot tub! Inside the home, there are two fireplaces, hardwood flooring throughout, new tiling, and a recently updated kitchen and bathroom. This is a first time rental, and you can definitely see! For more information on rentals around the Seattle area, visit your local Real Estate Agent.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2&1
Price: $1799/mo

Friday, February 8, 2013

Walton Loft Apartments Coming to Belltown

The Schuster Group has scooped up land on the corner of First and Vine, and is planning a 132 unit 12 story apartment complex, with 75 underground parking stalls. Walton Lofts will be right across the street from the Millionaire’s Club, Bang Bang Cafe, and a hop skip and a jump to the Belltown Cottage Park (which played a role in the building’s design process) and Rudy’s Barber Shop.
Photo courtesy of the Schuster Group
Photo courtesy of the Schuster Group
The land is currently a parking lot at the corner of Vine Street, and VIA Architecture and Shoesmith Architects are the building designers. Vine street has been designated a “green street” along with 16 others around town, non arterial roads that are designated to providing pedestrian gathering spaces, and more trees and landscaping than other city blocks. Walton Lofts is planning to have trees and shrubs on site, and wider sidewalks along Western to create more hang out areas. For more information on the project, visit the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter Causing a Spike in Your Energy Bills? Check These Spotty Areas for Air Leaks

billsThe weather outside is frightful; dropping into the 30s and 20s this week in Seattle and surrounding areas! Now that winter is settling in nicely, you may have noticed a spike in your energy bills… and now you’re wallet is scarier than the snow flurries out your window! before you crank the thermostat, check out these nooks and crannies in your apartment, and see if there is any air leaking in, causing your home to lose heat. Your door is a great place to start. You use it to get in and out, so it’s going to cause some heat to escape throughout the day, but heat should not be escaping when the door is shut.
Door seals and weather strips can be damaged or outdated, so check with your landlord to see if this is something they will fix, or if you can solve to issue yourself. Your windows is another notorious place to cause issues, with heat escaping through the glass (especially in single pane windows) and through the casing around the glass. Window insulator kits are a great way to keep the heat in and cold air out, and can be found at most home improvement stores. If your rental has a fireplace that cannot be used, check to be sure it’s plugged and the flues are sealed, and if its a wood burning fireplace more heat will escape through the chimney than enters your house; so be sure the doors are closed if it’s not in use if possible. If you’re home still doesn’t seem to be keeping the heat in, you can check with your property manager to see if they have any further tips for keeping your particular unit nice and warm, and those bills down.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Magnolia Craftsman Home Rental: $3,200

This impressive 3 bed 1.75 bath Magnolia craftsman home is now available for rent, and features hardwoods throughout the main level, with a gas fireplace, and open floor plan for entertaining. It also has a great deck on the front of the home, perfect to oversee the neighborhood, sweeping bay and mountain views and great for entertaining. The lower level has a fully finished basement with custom built-ins and finishes, bedroom and recently updated bathroom. The home also comes with a 2 car garage, and is a first time rental; and it certainly shows! The home is just blocks away from Discovery Park, and in close proximity to the Magnolia Thriftway and the Magnolia Public Library.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 3/1.75
Price: $3,200/Mo