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

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

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...

Rent Your First Apartment in Seattle

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?

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

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...

The Streak Continues!

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 BLOCK Project Building Tiny Houses for Seattle's Homeless

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

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

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.

New Tax for Airbnb Rentals

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...

Why Seattle Rental Property Owners Are Considering A/C?

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...

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

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

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...

Rental Marketing How To – Seattle Property Management Advice

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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 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

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.

Micro Apartment living in Seattle

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 Tenant Incomes

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...

Proposed Zoning Changes for the University District

Proposed Zoning Changes for the University District RPA has several buildings that we manage within the newly proposed density overlay as discussed in today's Seattle Times article.  If passed, it will be interesting to see how quickly properties become assembled, proposed, permitted and constructed....

All the world’s a stage… 5 reasons why you should stage your home!

All the world’s a stage… 5 reasons why you should stage your home! In the past, a thorough scrubbing and a little de-cluttering would suffice as adequate preparation for making your home "show ready" to potential buyers. With the popularization of home-decorating shows and HGTV, sellers are now faced with higher...

What is Renter’s Insurance? Seattle Property Management Education

What is Renter’s Insurance? Seattle Property Management Education   Everybody has heard of the term “renter’s insurance,” but not everyone knows what it is and what it covers. We’ve invited Andrew Cowan with FirstMark Insurance to talk to us about how it can benefit both tenants and landlords in Seattle.  

More Bay Area Housing Prices in the news

More Bay Area Housing Prices in the news   Another Seattle Times article discussing California, Bay area housing and the flight of those in the tech industry.  We are placing many Seattle tenants with very similar stories:

Zumper National Rent Report: March 2016

Will easing the rules for backyard cottages help or hurt Seattle livability?

Will easing the rules for backyard cottages help or hurt Seattle livability? Changing the owner-occupancy requirement for backyard cottages could create a loophole for developers to tear down houses and essentially build multifamily housing structures in single-family zones. Share story FOR decades, Seattle has pursued many...