Washington Park Rental: $4,995

Wash Park Homed

This beautiful 4 bed 3 bath Washington Park home is now available for rent on the highly sought after McGilvra Blvd E. This home has glorious views of the Cascades and Lake Washington, sitting high above the street, with a panoramic view, with a great neighborhood presence. Features include traditional detailing finish work, high ceilings, large rooms and natural light. The dining room and kitchen open out to the private terrace level lawn area, and the master bedroom is located upstairs with a view balcony.  The home is conveniently located near the Lake, parks, restaurants, and shops. If your interested in this  or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//3
Price: $4,995

41 Story Luxury Apartment Building Breaks Ground

Boston Developer GID Development Group announced yesterday that they had began construction on a 41 story apartment tower at 2030 8th Avenue, right across from the Amazon campus. The tower is planned to have 355 luxury units, ranging from studios to 3 bedroom apartments, and 3,000 sf of commercial space. construction

Seattle architecture firm Weber Thompson designed the tower, and according to the  Seattle Pi believes this  “will be Seattle’s most advanced high rise residential product.” The building has been designed to receive a silver rating in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program. The building will feature indoor and outdoor features surrounded around health, fitness and relaxation, entertaining and a variety of private events. The building will also have a concierge, an on-site maintenance team, and on-site management. Find more information on this project here.

Seattle Ranks #3 in Best US Cities for Dogs

The month of May is National Pet Month, and in an urban pet-loving city like Seattle, we’re highly set in our pet pampering ways. In a study conducted by the Estately blog, Seattle ranked #3 in the best US cities for our furry friends. Although Seattle doesn’t have as many sunny days as San Diego (ranked #2) or even Portland (ranked #1), we make up for it with our culture and communities committed to happy healthy pets. It may surprise some (but not most) to know that in recent years, Seattle’s dog population within the city limits has surpassed it’s children, and unlike many other fun loving dog cities, we even let our dogs ride on most public transportation; metro buses, ferries, light rails, and local seaplanes! dogs

Along with the growing number of off-leash dog parks we have spread across the emerald city,  owners can check the Seattle Dog Spot calendar for weekly activities, stop in and buy treats or toys at locally owned MudBay,  or if you’re going on an adventure, REI sells over 150 products dedicated to dog-related outdoor activities! For Seattle rentals that accept your furry friends, contact your local real estate agent today.

Ask and You Shall Receive: Rental Perks You Might Get if You Ask!

In general, the terms of your rental contract tend to be in your landlord’s hands. Most apartments do not come with extra services like a concierge, room service, or much housekeeping. While typical rentals do not come with such amenities, there are added bonuses available you might receive, if you just ask for them. What is an extra parking space worth? In most apartment buildings, spaces are limited to a per apartment space, but there are usually one or two spots tucked away in back, or an extra storage space nobody is using. If these things exist, there is definitely not enough to go around for everyone in the building, so how does one acquire these? You may have to put your name on a waiting list, or  pay an additional monthly fee, but the spot could be yours if you ask for it. rent

If you’ve found the perfect rental that has everything you’re looking for, but is clearly outlined in the fine print that your beloved dog Chappy isn’t welcome to live in the building, don’t walk away just yet. It’s worth asking if there are any exceptions to the policy, as sometimes a landlord might just own a few properties and not be familiar with all of the fine print himself. If you explain that your pet is well behaved, and provide references that backup the fact that you’re an excellent neighbor, you might just walk away with a lease; although you might be looking at a little higher rent, or a pet damage deposit. If you’re an existing tenant, and wish to get a pet, you might have a greater shot at getting accepted, as you’ve already proven to be a responsible tenant, and your landlord most likely won’t want to lose your lease. You can also ask if the property management company offers any incentives for referring a friend – does your girlfriend need a place to live? Bonus for you if you refer her to your landlord and they give you some cash in exchange for her business. At any rate, nothing is never worth asking; as and you might receive! For more information on Seattle Rentals,click here.

Kitchen Necessities for Under $200

When you’re moving into your new apartment, the next step once you’re all settled in is to make sure you’ve got all of the necessities you’ll need to complete your home. The folks over at Zillow have compiled a list of items you’ll want to have around the kitchen, including a number of tools that can be used in more ways than one. You’ll want to leave those very specific items such as a garlic press or ice cream maker on the shelf until you’ve got all of the basics out of the way.

The first item on the list is a good saute pan. A solid saute pan is a must-have, and choosing one that feels a little on the heavier side with a stainless steel cooking surface is a good option. Finding an all metal pan (no plastic or rubber handles) that can be used while cooking in the oven. That pan should have a heavy bottom to avoid burning your food, and a good saute pan can be found for under $45. Next on the list is a set of good cutting knives. One good quality 8  inch chef knife is worth more than several dull knives, so splurge on a few really good versatile knives, as their likely the number one tool you’ll be using in the kitchen. A good knife can be found for under $30, and a pairing knife can be useful as well for under $10.  Having a good cutting board on hand is essential, and avoid any stone, glass or hard surface boards as they’ll quickly damage your new knives.  A cheap cutting board is just as good as any other, and can be found for $5. A cheap strainer gets the job done as well, but don’t skimp on the quality of a good stock pot for soups and cooking in large quantities. These are just a few of the tools needed to  run a  successful kitchen, please find the extensive list of good kitchen household items, here.

 

Seattle Ranks High in Best 2013 Real Estate Markets

The nation’s real estate market is slowly recovering after the long haul, and 2013 is said to be the year for a turn around. According to the Seattle Pi, San Francisco is predictably the top city, but shortly behind with a secondary market is our very own Seattle. Investors are leaning towards Real Estate because despite the slow recovery they are still able to profit.

The Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report by the Urban Land Institute indicated that San Francisco landed the # 1 spot due to tech, trade, and quality of life in the city along with neighbor San Jose which ranked 3rd on the list. Seattle, along with Houston, was highly ranked because of the growing number of “echo boomers” or those 25-34 year olds. This group has increased by 20% in Seattle, and reflect the future homeowners in the area. Right now the statistics show that this group is currently willing to rent smaller apartments for higher prices as long as they have enticing amenities and close proximity to public transportation. When will the echo boomers make the transition to buyers? Predictably 2013. For more information on the Emerging Trends report, visit the Urban Land Institute.

Helpful Tips to Get the Landlord to Pick You

As a new prospective renter, you’ve probably spent countless weekends searching for the perfect rental for yourself, and finally stumble on the right one for you; only problem is, 20 other potential tenants have applied and think it’s the perfect place for them too! Are there things you can do to help yourself standout amongst the other applications? Yes of course! Zillow has provided a few useful tips to set you ahead of the rest. First and foremost, you should really only be pursuing rental accommodations that you can afford. If you go into a showing knowing the maximum rent you can afford with your income, you’re in great shape. You’re landlord needs to know that you’re capable of paying your rent, and paying it on time, so being knowledgeable of this is important at the time of viewing.

Knowing your credit history is also important, as almost every landlord these days will be doing their homework, and checking your credit score prior to giving the OK to accept your application. Credit scores generally range from 300-850, and according to Zillow, a score of 550-580 should be sufficient for a first time renter with a decent income. You can actually go online and check your credit score for free through the Federal government once a year, and you’ll want to do so before searching for an apartment so you can keep that in mind. You should also dress presentable when meeting with a potential landlord to view an apartment (remember while it may feel like you’re interviewing them for finding the right home for you, their actually interviewing you to make sure you’re the perfect fit to work with their company, and the building’s tenants too!). Be on time, and dress business casual, or dressy casual will do the trick, as the first impression on how you appear, and present yourself during this initial meeting is crucial to setting yourself apart from the rest. For other tips, and things you can do to give yourself a head-start in the rental world, visit Zillow’s Blog.

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.

How is Your Cost of Rent Determined?

There are several factors that come into play when owners, landlords, and housing boards decide how much to rent a particular space for. In Seattle it can be assumed that since inventory is low, the cost of rent is rising and will continue to do so for the next few years. The Seattle Transit Blog has an interesting take on how your rental price is determined, and why that price was decided maybe even before your apartment was built!

According to Seattle Transit, construction costs, and debt accumulated are taken into consideration, as well as what the market will hold when determining the set rent. They suggest that the cost of rent is decided before the unit is finished being built. There is a supply and demand factor in the housing price decision. If inventory is low, rent is high, but if there is a surge in construction maybe the quality of housing will decrease and renters will wind up eating extra costs. Seattle Transit suggests that if all goes well in the construction process, and attracts prospective tenants, we should be seeing an increase in supply and lower costs in housing production. Read the full story to gain a better understand of all the bells and whistles that come into play when deciding that final rental rate. Understanding that there are many factors at hand and wrapping your head around what those factors are should open the flood gates for new ideas to cut costs for renters and builders alike.