Tips for Securing Your Apartment for Fall

Having an apartment of your own is a truly wonderful experience, and making certain that your new home is secure while you are away is an important part of the move in process for new movers to learn. Apartment security can be easily overlooked, but here is a checklist the folks over at Zillow have compiled to make the process a bit easier for first time renters.

1.) Check your Detectors- When moving into a new place, be sure to check and make sure your smoke detector is in working order, and make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector in your apartment as well. Make sure that your batteries aren’t dead, and change them twice a year just to be overcautious.

2.) Outer Security Check- Make sure that your outside locks at the entrance of your apartment are working, as they are your first defense, should an unwanted guest attempt to enter. If there is a problem with your lock, contact your property management to get the locked replaced as soon as possible.

3.) Dead-Bolt Check- This goes in line with outer security, and making sure your apartment has a deadbolt, especially if you’re living alone is a top priority. Make sure the dead-bolt is sturdy and properly installed to insure your home’s security.

4.) Do you have a Peephole?- Having a peephole is a great addition to your home’s security, and making sure this isn’t painted over or cleared of debris is important. If you don’t recognize the knock, use the peephole to decipher if you know the knocker, and if you don’t, do not open the door.

5.) First Floor Precautions- If you’re living on a first floor unit, it’s best to take extra precautions on top of those previously listed.  Make sure all of the windows have secured locking systems, or grated coverings, and remember to close the shades when you’re not home. Don’t leave your expensive belongings in plain sight, and if you’ll feel safer with Renter’s Insurance, it might be worth looking into, should a burglary occur when you’re not home.

For more information on Rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

More Seattle Rentals Becoming Pet Friendly

Attention pet owners: did you find it a huge pain to find an affordable, available rental that could accommodate you and your furry roommate? You’re not alone, according to a study conducted through apartments.com, 43% of those surveyed in the nation are pet owners/ soon to be pet owners, and Washington State was ranked up there as number 13 on the list of top animal friendly places to live. What does that mean for renters?

A spike in animal friendly rental units have been popping up all over Seattle and the surrounding communities, and many apartment managers are becoming more lenient on their pet policies. If you have a pet already, you know how expensive they can be, and although rental communities are becoming more accommodating, pet deposits are rising, (as are security deposits) and can be in the upwards of $200 or more per pet. For more information on where to find pet friendly rentals in Seattle, visit apartments.com.

 

Two Story Downtown Luxury Rental: $3,995

This sleek modern downtown corner unit on the 900 block of Lenora features 18 foot high ceilings in this luxury two story unit! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit has massive floor to ceiling wrap around windows, with an impressive deck looking out to Northwest views.

The unit features beautiful cherry wood flooring, a designer kitchen with granite counter tops, and new state of the art stainless steel appliances. The living room hosts a toasty fireplace, and has flat screen TV stays for entertainment. The master suite is located on the top floor with a large walk in closet, a five piece master bath, and an office area. This unit is in close proximity to downtown retail shopping, and a variety of local eateries, as well as Denny Park. Contact Ewing & Clark for more information on this one of a kind Seattle dwelling!

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2, 2
Price: $3,995

King County Home Prices Have Double Digit Rise!

This has been the third straight month in a row that we’ve seen a year over year price increase in King County, and it’s definitely the largest! According to the Seattle Times, for the first time in five years, we’ve seen a double digit increase, with the median value in homes estimated at $380,000, a 10.1% rise since June of last year. The last time there was a year over year double digit increase was back in 2007, when the median also hit an all time high of $481,000.

Denny Blaine Home listed for $3,895,000

After the high, the inevitable countrywide median housing drop occurred, falling nearly 36% nationwide, dropping down to $308,125  this past February. According to the Times, this June was a jaw dropper, with 23 or 29 King County areas experiencing a year over year increase, with 13 of them in the double digits! While not as impressive as King County, Snohomish and Kitsap County also saw slight increases, and condo prices in King County went up nearly 5% as well. For more information on the price of homes in King County, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

3 Generations In 1 Home

What’s the average family living under 1 roof look like today? Three generations under 1 roof is becoming a common theme around America; as today’s economy continues to hammer down on consumer finances, an influx of 20-30 year old offspring are moving in with mom and dad to help with the costs of living. According to CNN Money, 4.4 Million US Homes have 3 generations or more living under the same roof, a 15% increase from 2008.

Photo Courtesy of Wallpaperfx

Multi-Generational homes, while not the ideal living situation for many, does have it’s pay offs. Everyone typically saves money, and it’s an advantage to have multiple wage earners in the same household. This can cut child care expenses, and duplicate costs, and can give older children the opportunity to go back to school while job opportunities are down. Builders are also acknowledging this as a lead after the recession, as these families will want  to move into larger homes, with more bedrooms to accommodate everyone. They can rest assured that this is true, because they are already beginning to build add-ons for already existing homes to accommodate multi generations.

3 Generations In 1 Home

What’s the average family living under 1 roof look like today? Three generations under 1 roof is becoming a common theme around America; as today’s economy continues to hammer down on consumer finances, an influx of 20-30 year old offspring are moving in with mom and dad to help with the costs of living. According to CNN Money, 4.4 Million US Homes have 3 generations or more living under the same roof, a 15% increase from 2008.

Photo Courtesy of Wallpaperfx

Multi-Generational homes, while not the ideal living situation for many, does have it’s pay offs. Everyone typically saves money, and it’s an advantage to have multiple wage earners in the same household. This can cut child care expenses, and duplicate costs, and can give older children the opportunity to go back to school while job opportunities are down. Builders are also acknowledging this as a lead after the recession, as these families will want  to move into larger homes, with more bedrooms to accommodate everyone. They can rest assured that this is true, because they are already beginning to build add-ons for already existing homes to accommodate multi generations.