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Pet Screening Protects Your Seattle Property! Don't Skip This Step

Smart landlords know that it's a bad idea to place a resident in your rental property without a thorough screening process. Did you know you should do the same thing for pets?  Deciding to allow pets into your Seattle rental property isn't an easy...

Renting to Millennials in Seattle Is Easier Than You Might Think!

Is your rental property ready? Millennials are flocking to Seattle in droves—and they need places to live.  According to Business Insider, Seattle is the second most popular city where millennials chose to move in 2019. The city grew by about 8,000...

'Should I Rent My Seattle Home, or Sell It?' One Supports Long-Term Wealth!

Moving into your next phase of life in Seattle is exciting—but you have decisions to make. Leaving a house behind means you've probably been asking yourself this question a lot as moving day draws near: "Should I rent my Seattle home, or sell it?"...

Seattle Property Management Shares—5 Tips for Your First Real Estate Investment

When you first dive into Seattle property management and own your first rental property, it’s easy to stress out. There are many pitfalls, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll fall into them. Whether it’s properly optimizing your...

5 Tips for Your First Real Estate Investment

Real Estate Investment When you first dive into Seattle property management and own your first rental property, it’s easy to stress out. There are many pitfalls, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll fall into them. Whether it’s properly optimizing your...

Rent Your First Apartment in Seattle

Are you searching for your very first Seattle apartment? At Real Property Associates, Inc., we’re raising the bar for property management services and are ideally positioned to help you find the perfect place to call home. Of course, if you’re...

SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES – Is it better to buy or rent in Seattle?

At Real Property Associates Inc., we focus on delivering simply better property management services, and for both Seattle area homeowners and renters. We also understand how challenging it can be to find the perfect place to call home in the Seattle...

SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES – About Real Property Associates (RPA)

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SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES - How to Screen Rental Property Tenants

It’s every landlord’s desire to have a tenant who pays the rent promptly and who takes care of the rental property. But how can you tell that a person is a good tenant? The most significant step is to conduct a proper screening check before you sign...

SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES – Best places for rentals in Seattle

Moving to Seattle is simply amazing; try asking anyone who resides in Seattle also referred to as "The Emerald City"! They may have a few quibbles about its traffic and graffiti - but what large city doesn't? And if you ask them directly whether...

SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES – How to Advertise Your Rental Property

Finding new renters for your residential rental property can be one of the most difficult tasks that landlords have to manage. It’s tough, it’s tiring, and often it’s troublesome. The entire process can make you dread people ever ending their...

SEATTLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SHARES - How To Increase The Value Of Your Seattle Rental Property

If you are planning to invest in real estate or if you are already a landlord, you probably want to increase your rental property's value in the housing market and Seattle rental market. You can always wait for an upswing in the housing market or...

Seattle's "first-come, first-served" Rental Law Rejected by Judge

Judge rejects Seattle’s ‘first-come, first-served’ rental law as unconstitutional Choosing a tenant “is a fundamental attribute of property ownership,” King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien said in a written ruling. Share story Seattle’s...

Get Ready for Higher Property Taxes in King County

The largest property-tax increase in King County in modern history is about to go into effect:

The Streak Continues!

It's not surprising that Seattle's housing-market streak continues--now up to 15 months--but housing isn't the only expense breaking records across the country. According to the most recent Cost of Living Index, as summed up by this Seattle Times...

The Seattle Rental Market – A Look Back and Forward to 2018

  As we enter our 28th year in business and look forward to a new year, we certainly want to recognize and thank our owners for the opportunity to manage your properties. At last count, we have over 900 owners and ownership groups who entrust us to...

Seattle's Rental Market Forecast 2018

What 2018 Holds For Seattle’s Residential Rental Market

Americans Moving Less

Though you wouldn't know it based on the influx of new residents and construction of high-rise apartment buildings in Seattle, as a country, we are moving less frequently, according to this article in The Seattle Times:

The BLOCK Project Building Tiny Houses for Seattle's Homeless

Check out this article in Yes! Magazine to see how some local Seattle folks are taking a grassroots approach to the housing crisis. The BLOCK Project, an offshoot of Facing Homelessness, builds tiny houses in backyards for homeless individuals, and...

How the GOP Tax Cut Affects Homeowners

According to this article in Business Insider, both the House and Senate versions of the GOP tax cut will eliminate one of the biggest tax benefits for homeowners.

New Regulations for Short-Term Seattle Rentals

In addition to the new Airbnb and other short-term rental taxes voted on by the City Council last month, there will now be new regulations that will limit the number of units that can be offered and will require a license to operate.

Toys for Tots at RPA

Once again RPA is proud to sponsor #ToysforTots this holiday season! If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped (new) toy to our Roosevelt office and drop it in our donation box during business hours. (7500 Roosevelt Way NE; Monday...

Find a Home, Become a Star!

If you, or someone you know, will be looking for a home to rent in Seattle in early 2018, check out this opportunity to be a part of a new house-hunting reality-TV series. According to the president of the Casting Firm, "It’s a feel-good show that...

Seattle Rental Market Update

Good news for Seattle landlords as recent reports reveal that rent prices throughout the Seattle area continue to experience an upward trend. Actually, Seattle rentals are currently among the highest in the U.S.. The news comes at a time when other...

New Tax for Airbnb Rentals

On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of a per-night tax on short-term rental properties, such as Airbnb units, according to this Seattle Times article. This new tax is a part of the Council's effort to alleviate Seattle's housing...

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Is the Seattle Real Estate Bubble Going To Burst?

Not anytime soon, according to this Seattle Times article by Mike Rosenburg. Seattle has been the hottest real estate market in the country for a full year, with housing costs growing more than double the national rate. As we all already know,...

Another Seattle Landlord Tenant Regulation is Proposed

 

A second group has sued the city of Seattle over their new Tenant Ordinance

As a Seattle area property management company, we have heard many threats from landlords who are "up in arms" about the new cap on move-in fees. This article talks about this landlord group and the lawsuit against the city to overturn the ordinance....

Why Seattle Rental Property Owners Are Considering A/C?

As a premiere Seattle property management company, we make it our duty to keep our clients informed about the issues that are important to landlords in Seattle and throughout the King and Snohomish counties. With this in mind, today’s topic focuses...

First Lawsuit for the New First In Time Ordinance Seattle

The Seattle Times reports the first lawsuit to Seattle's new landlord / tenant ordinance.  We have heard rumors of several more to follow from other individuals and organizations.   It will be interesting to see how this all plays out:

City Council Approves U District Upzone

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/u-district-upzone-handful-of-landowners-have-most-to-gain/ As a property manager of several parcels in the U District, it will be interesting to see how quickly redevelopment occurs.

Preventative Rental Property Maintenance Advice for Your Seattle Home

Maintaining your rental property effectively will help you preserve its condition and increase your ROI. It will also keep your tenants happy, because they want to live in a home that is well-maintained and safe. Instead of reacting to every...

Getting Your House Ready to Rent to a Tenant | A Seattle Property Management How To

If you’re an investor buying a home specifically for this purpose, getting your house ready to rent is pretty easy. However, if you have been living in the property and you’re now turning it into a rental property, preparing your home for a tenant...

Seattle is #1 Housing Market - Once Again

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-chugs-along-as-americas-hottest-home-market-despite-slowing-a-bit/ As written in the Seattle Times: Even as local home-price gains slowed for the fourth straight month, the region still had...

Rental Marketing How To – Seattle Property Management Advice

Rental advertising has evolved from placing nickel ads in the classified section of local newspapers to major marketing campaigns on a variety of platforms, including websites and social media. This is a critical part of finding a good tenant and...

Best Rental Improvements for Top Dollar Rent in Seattle

To earn top rent in the Seattle market, you need to provide a property that’s desirable and modern. While there’s no need to completely remodel your property, you should make a few key improvements that will make a huge difference in attracting and...

How to Price Your Rental – Tips from a Seattle Property Management Company

   

Washington Eviction Process Legal Advice | Need to Know's for Managing Your Seattle Rental Property

Seattle property management companies and landlords need to follow a series of specific steps when performing a residential eviction in Washington. Brian Read, an experienced landlord and tenant attorney who has worked with RPA for several years,...

Seattle’s record apartment boom is ready to explode; what it means for rents

THE SEATTLE TIMES   MIKE ROSENBERG Seattle’s record apartment boom is ready to explode; what it means for rents Nearly 10,000 new apartments are set to open in Seattle during 2017 – almost twice as many as in any previous year. Share story The...

Someone found some humor in the Seattle rental market

THE SEATTLE TIMES BENJAMIN WOODARD ‘Sweet deal’: Ad for $2,000-a-month gingerbread house in Central District is the satire we all need right now For rent: a “HUGE micro house” with an “efficient floor plan” of about 1 square foot. But be warned, you...

Seattle Property Management News: What is the New “First in Time” Ordinance?

An important update that will soon affect landlords, property managers and owners of rental property located inside the Seattle city limits. Recently, the Seattle city council voted for and adopted some new ordinances that will affect landlords,...

Seattle's Rental Law and Unintended Consequences -- as reported by The Seattle Times

The first-come, first served renter's law has the best of intentions. But sometimes interventions in the economy can go wrong. By Jon Talton,.

As housing costs soar, Seattle becomes nation’s top roommate city -- as reported by The Seattle Times

As living solo becomes more expensive, finding a roommate is essential for many city residents. Seattle now ranks No. 1 in the percentage of people living with an unrelated adult. By Gene Balk for The Seattle Times, gbalk@seattletimes.com.

Kshama Sawant’s Cap on Move-In Fees Gets One Step Closer to Full Council Vote - as reported The Stranger

by Heidi Groover for The Stranger Over the objections of landlords who claim Seattle is burdening them with over regulation, a majority of the Seattle City Council sided with renters today and voted in favor of a proposal to limit move-in fees.

Most Home Buyers Keep Their Options Open, Consider Renting Instead -- as reported by Puget Sound Business Journal

SEATTLE, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's competitive housing market, most of those who moved recently considered both buying and renting while looking for a new place to live, according to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends.

Micro Apartment living in Seattle

Interesting article in the Seattle Times profiling a super small micro apartment for rent in the U District.  This $750 unit is so tiny that they cannot enclose the bathroom.  While we manage and rent many micro units, we do not have any this small!

Micro units in Seattle

Interesting article in the Seattle Times profiling a really small micro apt in the U District.  So small in fact that the bathroom cannot be enclosed.  While we rent many micros in the Seattle area, we have yet to see one this...

Seattle Energy Benchmarking & Reporting

All mid-size to large apartment and commercial buildings in the city of Seattle are required to report energy consumption. If you do not report this information annually, you will be subject to a fine. One of the positive things that this does is...

Seattle Tenant Incomes

Is Seattle losing its lowest earning residents? Seattle Property management is much more than simply looking after a rental property on behalf of the property owner. Of course, the simple things like routine maintenance, repairing damage and...