Olive 8 Rental Available: $4,000

Looking for a downtown Seattle rental you can show off to friends and colleagues? This 2 bed 2 bath in the lavish Olive 8 is urban living at it’s finest, in this SE corner unit. The unit has a wonderful private balcony with beautiful views of the city, from the nearly floor to ceiling wrap around bay windows. The chef’s kitchen has new state of the art stainless steel appliances, granite custom counter tops, and new hardwood flooring. The master bathroom also has custom granite counter tops, and there is a fireplace in the living area, perfect for entertaining. The unit also has access to all of the Hyatt Hotel amenities, such as room service, access to the gym and swimming pool and spa. You can even take advantage of housekeeping needs! This rental can be yours for $4,000. For more information on this unit, or others in the neighborhood, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2,2
Price: $4,000

The Renter’s Essential Toolkit

When you find the right rental, making it look like home is an essential part of calling it home. Just because you don’t own your humble abode, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have good toolkit around for emergency repairs, home improvement needs, and decorating! Many new renters don’t think of keeping these household items around until they need them, so here is a thorough list of must-haves to consider getting now before you run into stressful situations.

  • Power Drill
  • Screw Driver set
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammer
  • Extension Cords & Power Strips
  • Wire
  • Flashlight
  • Small Ladder
  • Hose
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Fasteners & Hooks
  • Pliers
  • Light Bulbs

You never know when you’re going to run into a DIY situation, so it’s always best to be prepared beforehand, and you might even feel a boost in self esteem after accomplishing  something on your own!

The Renter’s Essential Toolkit

When you find the right rental, making it look like home is an essential part of calling it home. Just because you don’t own your humble abode, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have good toolkit around for emergency repairs, home improvement needs, and decorating! Many new renters don’t think of keeping these household items around until they need them, so here is a thorough list of must-haves to consider getting now before you run into stressful situations.

  • Power Drill
  • Screw Driver set
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammer
  • Extension Cords & Power Strips
  • Wire
  • Flashlight
  • Small Ladder
  • Hose
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Fasteners & Hooks
  • Pliers
  • Light Bulbs

You never know when you’re going to run into a DIY situation, so it’s always best to be prepared beforehand, and you might even feel a boost in self esteem after accomplishing  something on your own!

Where Have All the Rentals Gone?

It’s a question many rental seekers have been asking themselves while on the quest for the right apartment. According to Seattle’s Real Estate ladies Team Diva, “the rental market out there just sucks right now and I would not expect it to get better any time soon.” Seattle has a very tough, competitive market right now and if you’re looking into renting, you should expect to fight for it like they do  in New York and LA these days.

Last year rental prices rose around 10% from the past year, and in particular certain neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have prices that continued to climb. If you want to give yourself the competitive edge against other potential renters, Team Diva has compiled a checklist of things that will make your application stand out among the rest.  It might be useful to have letters of recommendation handy from your previous landlord, have a cashier’s check ready for the deposit, and have a renter’s resume that includes a description of what you will bring to the community, past rental history, and pet description, or other information needing to be disclosed. For more information on the best places to find rentals, visit Team Divas.

Where Have All the Rentals Gone?

It’s a question many rental seekers have been asking themselves while on the quest for the right apartment. According to Seattle’s Real Estate ladies Team Diva, “the rental market out there just sucks right now and I would not expect it to get better any time soon.” Seattle has a very tough, competitive market right now and if you’re looking into renting, you should expect to fight for it like they do  in New York and LA these days.

Last year rental prices rose around 10% from the past year, and in particular certain neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have prices that continued to climb. If you want to give yourself the competitive edge against other potential renters, Team Diva has compiled a checklist of things that will make your application stand out among the rest.  It might be useful to have letters of recommendation handy from your previous landlord, have a cashier’s check ready for the deposit, and have a renter’s resume that includes a description of what you will bring to the community, past rental history, and pet description, or other information needing to be disclosed. For more information on the best places to find rentals, visit Team Divas.

Olympic Hills Rental: $2,195

Looking for a rental in North Seattle, a little outside the city? This 3 bed 1.75 bath mid century rambler is available in the Olympic Heights neighborhood, just north of Lake City. The home sits on a dead end street, with excellent access to the freeway, and has a huge backyard for entertaining. The west facing kitchen features laminated flooring, new counters and opens up to a covered deck overlooking the backyard. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and hardwood flooring, and the basement is fairly sizable for entertaining as well. This home is in close proximity to the Jackson Park Golf Course, a Boys & Girls Club, and the Lake City Farmer’s Market. For more information on this rental, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 3/1.75
Price: $2,195

Moving in With a Roomate? Tips For a Happy Home

Have you been considering moving in with a roommate? When you do make sure you consider these things to ensure you’re both moving into a happy healthy home. First and foremost; make sure that you actually really want a roommate. If you are simply looking for a roommate for financial reasons, search around and see if you afford an apartment on your own. It helps to keep things equal between roommates to level the playing field for all and to keep the home from feeling like it’s owned more by one person than the other. You should also both sign the lease agreement, allowing both parties to have equal rights to the property.

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Keeping the lines of communications open is key in any relationship, (especially someone you live with!) and it’s important to establish  your expectations upfront before you move in to make certain you’re on the same page, and everyone’s needs are being met. of course, you won’t always get everything you want, and compromise is also a key component to a happy healthy home. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and when things aren’t going according to plan, it’s best to put things into perspective and weigh the situation, choosing your battles wisely, and compromising when the situation isn’t worth the fight. Living with a roommate can be a very rewarding experience, and create a lasting friendship, so make sure you plan ahead and choose the right person to share your home. For more information on multi-bedroom rentals in Seattle, visit Ewing & Clark.

Tips For Choosing the Perfect Rental

The Rental market has become quite competitive in recent months, with long time homeowners swiftly switching back into the renting along with prospective renters, all in search of the perfect rental. While everyone seems to be scrambling to find a home, there are a few things to keep in mind while searching for the right rental for you, before you sign the lease.

Make sure you know what you want before you go shopping. What are your personal requirements for renting? Do you need covered parking, a good pet policy, or washer and dryer in the unit? What are your wants vs needs? Make sure that you’re open to different options, and that you don’t expect the landlord to add additional amenities just for you. It’s also important to connect with the landlord; you don’t have to be best friends, but you want to make sure you’re able to have a working relationship with them. Being aware of possible scams is a good thing to keep in mind when you’re searching rentals on Craigslist, Zillow, other sites where anyone can post a listing. Don’t give financial information to just anyone, or even personal information if you don’t have legitimate information on the company or landlord first. For more information on rental listings, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

DIY Home Projects With Your Kids

Having young children in the house almost always makes the home more lively, exciting, and louder, among other things, and alot of times those summer projects that you’d like to get done around the house get put on the back burner in order to enjoy those precious beautiful summer days with the whole family. Luckily we found that Zillow has put together a list of home projects that the whole family can participate in to make your house or rental feel more like home sweet home.

You can have your kids fill plants in a window box, using a small container and seasonal plants that can be interchangeable. Kids generally enjoy playing with dirt, but the real treat is seeing their handy work come to life when the plants begin to grow. You can have them create  homemade stepping stones for the garden, mixing the cement for them, and allowing them to place stones, shells, etc in a design they enjoy. There are plenty of other projects you’ll be happy to get done around the house, and your kids will enjoy feeling like they helped out too. For more DIY prospective projects, visit Zillow.

North Queen Anne Rental: $3,200

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is located in the heart of North Queen Anne, and has sweeping views from the wooded deck! The kitchen has been recently remodeled  with new stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, nice hardwood floors and a cute breakfast bar. The kitchen opens up to an expansive naturally filled light dining room, and large deck. The living room features nice hardwood floors, crown molding, and the basement is completely finished, perfect for entertainment. This lovely home is in close proximity to Seattle Pacific University, Denali Fitness, and Interbay Golf Center.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4,2
Price: $3,200