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.

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.

Buying a Home Might Not Get Much Cheaper

Many renters today are choosing to put off buying a home for several reasons, statistics show that buying a home might not get any cheaper than it is right now. Experts say that 2012 may bet the last year for buyers to take advantage of the weak housing market and foreclosure influx. According to CNN Money, home prices are down 34% Nationally from 2006, and mortgage rates are at an all time low, making it the best year yet to find the bargain deal of a lifetime.

Economists with PNC Financial Services believe that home prices will flatten out by the third quarter of this year, and might begin to climb at the beginning of next year. There are several indicators that the housing market is picking up like the decline in foreclosures, and continued job growth nationwide, and buyers will have more access to affordable mortgages as they build their credit scores. While some prospective buyers who have been wary might be more willing to follow through because of the all-time low mortgage rates and lower home values, some renters still aren’t in a position to take the next step and will ultimately miss the grace period. For more information on the housing market, click here.