New Scam in the Seattle Apartment Market

According to the Seattle Times, there’s a new scam in the housing market. Online scammers advertise listed homes and foreclosed properties as for rent on popular rental websites such as Craigslist, with potential renters sending a deposit before receiving the keys. Be wary if the deal looks to be good to be true and/or the “property manager” asks you to wire funds through Western Union or Moneygram without letting you see the rental unit. For more details and tips, please read the article here.

Do You Have Renters’ Insurance?

If you are renting a house, condo or apartment in the Seattle area, then you should have renters’ insurance.  Starting around $15 a month you can have the peace of mind that your belongings can be replaced if stolen or destroyed.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, “Your furniture, clothes, sports equipment and other personal items are covered if they are stolen or destroyed by fire, hurricane or other insured disaster.”  Seattle renters have computers, stereos, iPods, iPads, etc. that would be protected with renters’ insurance.  With crime being a problem in many Seattle neighborhoods from Magnolia to Madrona, insurance has never been as important.  If your attending University of Washington and living in an off-campus apartment, in a Seattle rental in a downtown condominium, or renting a luxury home on Mercer Island, then it is not a bad idea to spend that extra few dollars a month on renters insurance.

Mercer Island Home- Available

Ewing & Clark’s Mercer Island office has this luxury rental on Mercer Island’s popular First Hill neighborhood. The home offers spectacular western views of Lake Washington, Downtown Seattle and the Olympics. This 5,200 sqft, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths  home was built in  2001 and has all the perks. Features include a Chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, double oven, two washers and dryers, granite and more. The layout of the home includes a formal dining and living rooms, guest suite, and an executive office. This home is perfect for kids with the Recreation room, bonus room, Covered play, and children’s play structure in backyard. The multiple decks provide amazing viewpoints.  To see more luxury rentals, click here.

East Mercer Home-RENTED

This big, beautiful, and contemporary home is in East Mercer on the Mercer Island Waterfront. The 6,160 sf home has a luxurious master suite with attached office and lake views. Bedrooms are en suite with bathrooms that have been beautifully remodeled with marble and granite.  There is a large bonus room on the home’s lower level.  The ample deck space has lake vistas and there is an attached four-car garage and huge lot with  50 ft of Lake Washington waterfront.

Status Rented
List Price $3,950
Bed/Bath 4,4.5

Mid Island Home-RENTED

This is a wonderful Mercer Island home in Mid Islane is in a great location and neighborhood.  The 2,050 sf home is updated and remodeled throughout.  It features a true chef’s kitchen with high end appliances that opens to a family room and fabulous, sunny and level backyard with sport court.  There is a newer roof, furnace and refinished hardwood floors. This home is an absolute must see!

Status Rented
List Price $3,000
Bed/Bath 3,2.5

South End Mercer Island Home-RENTED

Mercer Island South End

Mercer Island South End Home

This 3,750 sf home lies in the South End of Mercer Island.  The home has a super floor plan and is in a great neighborhood with cul-de-sacs at both ends of the street.  On the main floor there is a living room, dining room, family room, playroom and office. The home’s upper level has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.  The updated kitchen has Cherry Cab and top of the line appliances including a gas stove.  The home has a great, level yard that is partially fenced.

Status Rented
List Price $3,300
Bed/Bath 4,2.5

South End Mercer Island Home-RENTED

Mercer Island South End

Mercer Island South End Home

This 3,750 sf home lies in the South End of Mercer Island.  The home has a super floor plan and is in a great neighborhood with cul-de-sacs at both ends of the street.  On the main floor there is a living room, dining room, family room, playroom and office. The home’s upper level has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.  The updated kitchen has Cherry Cab and top of the line appliances including a gas stove.  The home has a great, level yard that is partially fenced.

Status Rented
List Price $3,300
Bed/Bath 4,2.5

Mercer Island South End Home-RENTED

South End Rental Home

South End Rental Home

This Ridgecrest Lane home in the South End of Mercer Island has sweeping lake and mountain views from every floor.  This premier residences is private and serene, boasting well over 5000 sq ft of first class appointments.  The chef’s kitchen has new appliances and granite throughout, and the master suite has an extra sitting room and fireplace.  The lower level features a  bar with an entertaining room.

Status Rented
List Price $3,995
Bed/Bath 4,4

North Island Home-RENTED

Mercer Island Rental Home

North Island Home

This charming home in the North End of Mercer Island is in move-in condition!  The home has 4 bedrooms plus den,a  family and bonus rooms.  The interior features granites and hardwoods and the exterior has lovely gardens and a 3 car garage.  There is a community waterfront nearby with level beach and day dock, perfect for the warm summer months.  The 3,800 sf home is perfect for a family with children.

Status Rented
List Price $4,350
Bed/Bath 4,2.5

Mid Island Home-RENTED

Mercer Island Rental Home

Mercer Island Rental Home

This stylish and traditional in Mid Island exudes warmth and class, lending itself to today’s casual lifestyle.   The home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a den and bonus room.  The large, chef’s kitchen has granite and stainless steel appliances and custom maple cabinets.  The media center and family room feature floor to ceiling bookcases.  The master suite includes a sitting area, luxurious bathroom with dual vanities, and two walk in closets. The home has two staircases, hardwood floors on the main level, and a  3 car garage plus shop.  Lush gardens and an entertainment sized patio grace the exterior.

Status Rented
List Price $4,200
Bed/Bath 4,2.5