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'Smart' Upgrades for Home Rentals Seattle Investors NEED to Make!

Something is exciting about being part of the technological age, especially when those modern conveniences incorporate into your home. The best part is that renters don't have to be left out of the fold! There are many opportunities for your home...

Screening Still Matters | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

The economy is not at its best point right now, and there is a lot of uncertainty, which makes having a vacant Seattle investment property more anxiety-inducing than usual. While it might seem like a good idea to hand a lease and keys over to the...

When Evictions Are Banned | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

Figuring how to survive (or better yet, thrive) during a crisis can tax all of your property management and business management skills. When life and business function as usual, you have plenty of tools at your disposal to manage your Seattle...

The Best Rental Upgrades | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

What are some of the best ways landlords can improve the ROIs for their Seattle rental properties? In addition to being an excellent landlord, it might be time for some property upgrades! As a top provider of property management in Seattle, we're...

Increasing Renewals and ROI | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

Seattle residents have an incredible amount of choice in the marketplace. From homes provided by independent landlords to REITs consisting of blocks of houses, apartments, and townhomes, there is a bevy of options available for renters to choose...

Communication in a Disaster | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

It can be scary and concerning for Seattle renters when they can't get in touch with their landlord! Under "normal," everyday conditions, your residents need to know they can reach you if they have a maintenance emergency. They also appreciate quick...

Black Lives Matter

Real Property Associates, Inc believes Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color of our community and will work together to dismantle systematic racism in our society. A task long overdue.

Thriving in a Crisis | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

Is your real estate portfolio recession-proof—or at least, recession-resistant? Take it from property management in Seattle: investors can't count on a steady, positive economy year after year without any fluctuations. What happens to your...

Maintenance and COVID-19 | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

Handling routine maintenance and property repairs are hands-on tasks. When social distancing requires different protocols, how can landlords keep up with the maintenance that your properties need to stay in good condition? What happens when...

Creating Crisis Plans | Tips From Property Management in Seattle

No one wants to have to plan for, acknowledge, and live through a crisis—but being unprepared when hard times strike can make it difficult to recover. Your investment properties are one of the most stable ways to generate passive long-term...

For the Best Property Management, Seattle Landlords, Make Payments Easier!

Enforcing rental payments can often be a challenge—even when an economic crisis isn't affecting how your residents can pay the rent. When dealing with social distancing and a crisis like COVID-19, collecting the rent becomes more difficult for...

Property Management | Seattle Homeowners: Should You Become a Landlord?

As the best property management Seattle offers, it's understandable to us that an uncertain real estate market could change your plans to sell your Seattle home right now. Even when the market is unrestricted, and showings are at a peak, selling...

Property Management | Seattle Landlords: Your Renter Relationships Matter!

As the best property management Seattle offers, we know that landlord-renter relationships can quickly deteriorate during a crisis without a plan to maintain a positive atmosphere. When an economic disaster affects your residents' abilities to pay...

Payment Plans for Struggling Residents | Seattle Property Management Tips

As a Seattle property management professional, we always recommend that property investors set the rental rate for their Seattle rental properties based on their unique rental analysis results. As as provider of the best property management Seattle...

What to Do If Residents Can't Pay Rent | Seattle Property Management Tips

If you haven't seen it yet yourself, property owners could soon experience residents struggling to pay the rent. With the current COVID-19 crisis, the state of the economy is making it hard for many people to keep their jobs and pay their bills....

Seattle's Winter Eviction Ban: Seattle Apartment Managers Weigh In

Have you heard about the new winter eviction moratorium? The Seattle City Council recently passed a new law that prohibits most evictions from taking place between December 1 through March 1, despite the availability of alternative methods like...

Is Your Rent Too High? Too Low? Insight From West Seattle Property Management

The ideal rental rate isn't a myth! Every investment property has a monthly rental price that is not too low, not too high, but just right.  Renters are smart: whether you rent to millennials, Baby Boomers, or everyone in between, your residents...

What Is a Rental Analysis? Guidance From Apartment Management (Seattle)

Setting the ideal monthly rent for your investment properties can feel like a guessing game. As much as you might want to set the monthly rent at a price you have in mind, your property and the rental market are the true drivers of how much you can...

How to Choose a Property Management Company (Seattle)

Deciding to hire a property manager is an excellent way to grow your real estate portfolio income—but it's not the only decision you need to make. Choosing the best property management company (Seattle area) can be a tough follow-up choice! The...

Hiring Seattle Rental Management Is a Smart Investment for Your Portfolio!

You probably chose real estate because you can earn a significant income from investment properties. With expert Seattle rental management, you have the potential to make even more money than you would otherwise when trying to juggle everyday...

Top Tips for Better Listing Photos From Seattle Rental Management

Cellphones cameras have come a long way since the early days of trying to take a grainy selfie with a rear-facing-only camera. Today's cellphone cameras have plenty of pixels for high-quality photos. You can even edit images on your phone these...

Writing Effective Property Listings: Tips From Seattle Property Managers

What's the buzz on your investment properties in Seattle? If people aren't talking about your properties when they're ready for a new renter, it's time to take a look at your property listings and how you advertise your Seattle rental homes The buzz...

Raising the Rent in Seattle: How to Do It Right and Keep Your Renters

Before you advertise your Seattle rental property, you want to make sure you set an ideal monthly rent rate to attract quality renters. When your rental price is too low, you lose money every month. If your monthly rent is set too high, you'll...

'Is This Seattle Property a Good Investment?' Here's How to Strike Gold

How can a property investor in Seattle know if they're considering a property that will be a good investment? There are no guarantees that you're making a good choice when buying your next investment property. However, without the right information...

Crucial Rental Property Maintenance Tips for Seattle Landlords

Keeping your Seattle rental property in excellent condition is a year-round effort! From preparing your property for the changing seasons to getting a property ready for new renters, regular maintenance is a critical part of having a profitable...

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...