July Update: King County Rental Market

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Featured rental: 1375 32nd Ave. S

King County rental activity was up in July from June with 308 leased properties, according to stats from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.  This number is down from the same time last year with 332 leased properties in King County.  Currently, there are 342 available King County rentals on the NWMLS, with 81 in neighborhoods within five miles of the downtown Seattle core.  The current highest asking price is $9,500/mo, both for a five-bedroom single-family home in Capitol Hill, and for a two-bedroom condo at the Four Seasons Private Residences in Downtown Seattle.  For more information about Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Update On King County’s Rental Market

rentKing County rental activity was hot in the month of May with 269 leased properties, according to stats from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The market picks up in the spring and summer, so we can expect the number of rented properties (and rental rates!) to increase in June and into July. This number was up from the same time last year with 244 leased properties in King County. Currently, there are 218 available King County rentals on the NWMLS, 68 of which are within 7 miles of the downtown Seattle core. The current highest asking price is $17,000/mo for a 5-bedroom/6-bathroom single family home in Washington Park. For more information about Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Despite Record Number Of Units, Rents Are Still Rising

rentIf it seems like construction cranes are sprouting like spring tulips in the Seattle skyline, there is good reason: 56 new residential buildings are under construction, planned, or recently completed in Downtown Seattle, which will add 12,392 new residential housing units to the market by then end of 2015. That number will break the record for number of units built in one year, which now stands at 10,056 units built in 1989. Normally, when inventory increases the market sees vacancy rates increase and rents level off, but with Seattle’s booming job market and continued influx of people wanting to call the Northwest home, that has not been the case. Average rent in King Country has climbed to $1,341 per month, with downtown Seattle and Bellevue topping that at $2,084 and $1,961 respectively.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the average rent in King and Snohomish counties is up $28, or 2 percent, over the first quarter of this year, and the vacancy rate for existing buildings is 4.46 percent, which is down slightly since the end of last year. Newly built properties are posting vacancy rates of 4.3 percent. MyNorthwest.com quotes a report from the CoStar Group, a real estate data and information company, that states in order for “vacancies and rents to remain at healthy levels, developers need to dial back new construction after 2015.”

If you are interested in renting in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!

King County Rental Market Recap March 2014

The King County rental market saw an increase in leased properties in March,  with 641 rentals, versus 611 leased properties in the same month last year, according to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). While the NWMLS is a good gauge, it is only a portion of the real estate market.  Nonetheless, it shows rentals continue to be in high demand, especially in Metro areas.   Developers are following suit with big apartment buildings popping up in Ballard, Downtown, and South Lake Union and   according to an article from PSBJ, Seattle ranked the 7th best market for rental property investing. bellevue home

There are 268 current active rentals per the NWMLS in King County, 72 of which are in Seattle neighborhoods within about 6 miles of the downtown core and primarily made up of apartments and condos.  Rents continue to be competitive in the real estate market.

For more information on Seattle rentals, please contact your local real estate agent.

City Council Approves Registration & Inspection of Rentals

There has been alot of hype in the real estate realm around whether the City Council should approve the program which will require the registration and inspection of all rental properties. But yesterday afternoon  City Council must have agree with the tenant and landlord groups who’ve advocated that tenants have the right to healthy and safe living conditions, because the program was approved.

While many tenants and support groups are excited for the change to take place in 2014, other landlord groups are concerned about the potential fees from rental inspectors that could begin at $150 a day for those refusing to correct the problems. Under the program, all properties that have 10 or more units will need to register with the city prior to Dec 31, 2014, and properties with 1-4 units by Dec 31, 2016. According to the Seattle Times, the vote was 5-0 in favor of the program. For more information on rental property inspections, visit the Seattle Times.